The stories in Akusayi Kuphinda are written in language that comes straight from the daily lives of young people from urban and rural communities all over South Africa. The characters respond to the kinds of challenges faced by many South African youth. These include families where one of the parents had to work far from home; poverty; being a single parent; abuse of women and girls; bullying in schools and loss of self-esteem; arranged marriages; HIV and AIDS; as well as same sex relationships and the way they are looked at in the communities. Click for more . . .(Recommended retail price: R75)
GIRL ON THE EDGE
Face2Face Books has released the memoir of Ruth Carneson, girl on the edge. Ruth’s story offers a perspective of a child born to parents who were involved in the struggle against apartheid, and the impossibility of ever having a normal upbringing. With an artist’s eye for detail and colour, Carneson recalls her life with unflinching honesty: the Treason Trial; her struggle to conform; the Friern Barnet Asylum for the “hopelessly insane”; her experiences with LSD, protests and free love in London; art school and motherhood; communes and campaigning – all steps in a journey that finally brought her home to a South Africa on the brink of change. Click here for more… (Recommended retail price: R190)
In Blood ties, the latest book in the hugely popular Harmony High series, Pholisa is struggling to make a fresh start in Cape Town with her brother Masi. Her old friend Lelethu is there to welcome her to Harmony High, and when she meets the lovely Lazola romance is in the air… But at home, life is difficult. When Masi spirals out of control, all of their lives are shattered, and Pholisa is forced to make one of the most difficult choices of her life. Click here for more… (Recommended retail price: R75)
BIG UPS! NO.3
FunDza brings you a third collection of its most popular short stories given BIG UPS by FunDza fanz. A girl who is mocked because she is albino, a family who gets rich and neglects their old neighbours, a blind date with a twist, a teen ghost-fighter, a haunted house- these all appear in the latest set of FunDza’s fabulous stories written by some of our favourite authors. Click here for more. . . (Recommended retail price: R75)
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