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    A Family Affair Original price was: R299.00.Current price is: R220.00.

    Meet the Mafus, a close-knit, traditional family with three daughters. As leaders of their church, The Kingdom of God, Pastor Abraham and his wife Phumla are guiding the community of Bulawayo in faith, while trying to keep the different branches of their family intact.
    Independent and feisty Xoliswa returns home, after a hiatus abroad, hoping for a fresh start and a chance to steer the family business; rebellious Yandisa has met the love of her life and is finally getting her act together; while dutiful newlywed Zandile is slowly becoming disillusioned with her happily ever after.

    The Mafus always present a united front, but as their personal lives unravel, devastating secrets are revealed that threaten to tear the family apart. For how long will they be able to hide behind the façade of a picture-perfect family?

    Author: Sue Nyathi

  • Black Widow Society R150.00

    In 1994 when South Africans were finally seeing the light of freedom and independence, three well-respected businesswomen – Talullah Ntuli, Edna Whithead and Nkosazana Dlamini – formed the Black Widow Society.
    In 1994 when South Africans were finally seeing the light of freedom and independence, three well-respected businesswomen – Talullah Ntuli, Edna Whithead and Nkosazana Dlamini – formed the Black Widow Society, a secret organisation aimed at liberating women trapped in emotionally and physically abusive relationships by assisting in ‘eliminating’ their errant husbands. For fifteen years the Black Widow Society operated undetected, impeccably run by The Triumvirate with the help of their suave and mysterious hired gun, Mzwakhe Khuzwayo, a slick ex-convict meticulous in his responsibilities. But as the secret organisation recruits more members, the wheels of this well-oiled machine threaten to fall off. Will Talullah’s controlling streak or Nkosazana’s unfettered material aspirations jeopardise the future of the Black Widow Society? Or perhaps one of the new recruits, unsettled by the reality of the elimination of her former husband, will lose her nerve and expose the workings of the group after all this time? As the tension mounts, Black Widow Society builds to a chilling and bloody climax that will keep you guessing and riveted until the very last page.

    Author: Angela Makholwa

  • Freshwater R199.00

    Ada has always been unusual. Her parents prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry. Their troubled child begins to develop separate selves and is prone to fits of anger and grief.When Ada grows up and heads to college in America, a traumatic event crystallises the selves into something more powerful. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind, these ‘alters’ – now protective, now hedonistic – take control, shifting her life in a dangerous direction.

    Author: Akwaeke Emezi

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    If You Keep Digging (Paperback) Original price was: R360.00.Current price is: R250.00.

    If You Keep Digging is a moving collection of short stories, which will resonate with a South African audience. The selection of stories highlights marginalised identities and looks at the daily lives of people who may otherwise be forgotten or dismissed.
    Monkeys is a skillful commentary on domestic violence, toxic masculinity, patriarchy (and how it is racialised), power dynamics between white and black men and how children come to “know” that they are white or black. Skinned, whose protagonist is a woman with albinism, is a powerful story about learning to accept that you deserve love when the world constantly tells you otherwise. In Fourteen the author deftly demonstrates the ability to play with concepts of time and reality. It is a compelling story about potential and how one can feel unfulfilled despite having hopes and ambitions.

    The collection is also deeply concerned with covering the early post democracy years in South Africa. Each of the characters deals with questions around the “new” country. The book implores one to think about diverse topics and perspectives, difficult family relationships, abandonment, social and class issues, power dynamics at school and at work, mental illness, witchcraft, sexuality, domestic abuse and the ancestral realm, among other things.

    Author(s): Keletso Mopai

  • Iqunga (Hlomu: Book 4) R280.00

    He is speaking in a hushed tone, as if this is a forbidden subject. ‘He said there were twins here, boys. He said their father died on the day they were born.’ He stops and squints as if trying to remember something. ‘I’m not sure if I’m getting the story right, but there were other twins before, but they all died. The father must have done something because these two lived, only them, and then he died. They were good children, that’s what my father said, but then one day they must have been 14 years old…’ He stops when he hears a gasp.
    ‘What happened? What did they do?’ Qhawe asks. ‘They killed a priest. He was one of those that were recruiting people o join a church, and most people here believed him and followed him. He built a school and stuff. The twins went to that school. But he must have made them very angry because…’ ‘How did they kill him?’-Mqhele

    The man shrugs before he speaks. ‘From what I was told, they slit his throat and left him sitting on a chair, bleeding to death.’ There’s silence. The man is telling the story like its an urban legend, but they know, it is a familiar one. ‘Is that what you wanted to know?’ the man asks, looking at Sisekelo. He doesn’t answer. ‘So, what happened to the twins’ mother?’ Qhawe asks. The man sighs deeply. ‘They burnt her alive.’

    Author: Dudu Busani-Dube

  • Liwa - Always On Their Minds R250.00

    Childhood friends, Liwa Nile and Noel Glass grow up in Port Alfred bound by hope and pure love for each other. But their deep dark desires bring in sinister trails of lust, murder and unclassified sexual escapades to the heart of Melrose Arch.

    When Liwa loses her beloved father, hear dear friend Noel comes to the rescue. As they grow their architecture business, it emerges that Noel is no ordinary painter. Her love for darkness quickly turns Liwa’s wet bed into a nightmare.

    With every break of dawn, a soul falls. More bodies are soon disappearing and their business is thriving.

    Tyson Manson seeks sexual pleasure. So when a love affair boils over, he discovers more than expected. As he digs deeper into their past, more worms fill in the missing pieces. Will his findings destroy the bondages of a long-standing friendship?

     

     

  • Lola's Heart (The Harvard Series Book 2) R260.00

    When a weekend of wicked pleasure drives to such leading headlines;

    “Prophet’s wife comes forward with the shocking news that spell murder in Fire-Fire Ministries.”

    Sowetan LIVE
    In a gruesome twist of events, a Prophet’s wife has come forward with incriminating evidence that spells mayhem for the Fire-Fire Ministries and possibly lead to the life imprisonment of her husband. This is not Ikechukwu’s first brush with the law.

    Several months ago the Apostle was making media waves when the Business magnate Jarred Levine’s daughter accused him of choking her almost to death because he feared that she would expose their whirlwind affair. The Apostle refused charges or that there was even an affair between him and the Jarred Levine’s daughter, Lola.”

    …one wonders will Lola’s Heart survive all the turmoil, horror, murder and disaster that come with a weekend that not only changes her but her family’s lives forever.

    Author: Busisekile Khumalo

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    Mess (Hlomu: Book 5) Original price was: R299.00.Current price is: R280.00.

    One of the few guys with no tattoos has been staring at my sneakers for too long and I know he’s trying to figure me out. I have four tattoos, and they are all on my arms. Maybe that will work in my favour, at least they show I can stand pain. I will stand here, in the corner, for the whole night if I have to. I have slept under bridges, I have killed men with their eyes looking into mine. I am Nomafu’s son.

    A cold hand over my mouth and a tight grip pulling my arms back are nothing compared to the knife going repeatedly into my thighs. They aren’t trying to kill me, that I know for sure, because otherwise he would have gouged that knife into my heart by now. The stabs in my thighs are continuous but not deep. I can feel them. It’s my blood they want to see, not my dead body lying on the floor.

    I’m still trying to kick and free myself, though. Screaming for help is not an option. Men don’t scream for help. They fight to the death with their teeth clenched and voice held in their throat. I fight until I can’t move my legs anymore and I know that this is it, I’m dying tonight. I’ve always wanted to take my own life, die on my terms, in my own time. But it’s clear now that I’ll never get what I want in this life. I never have been able to. I feel my mind separating from my body and I know it’s over. I Stop. For the first time in my life, I stop fighting before I win. I’m dead. It’s happening for real this time and I don’t have my brothers to stop me.

    Author: Dudu Busani-Dube

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    Nomaswazi Original price was: R289.00.Current price is: R200.00.

    Dumped at the altar, shame and the bitter taste of rejection drive a teenage girl from the sheltered rural lands of Swaziland to the hard streets of Johannesburg. Forsaking the riches of her former life, she manages to build herself up from bartending to the respectable offices of a reputable law firm.
    Dumped at the altar, shame and the bitter taste of rejection drive a teenage girl from the sheltered rural lands of Swaziland to the hard streets of Johannesburg. Forsaking the riches of her former life, she manages to build herself up from bartending to the respectable offices of a reputable law firm. Her tranquility is shattered when the same arrogant devil who almost drove her to suicide through his rejection, comes back into her life, claiming and marking her as his wife.
    Nomaswazi is forced to come back home a prodigal daughter when her father’s health takes a turn for the worst.

    Her father had always cocooned her from the harsh truths of her birth but even he couldn’t protect her from the revelations which awaited her in the rustic hills of Maphalaleni. Her character is tested again and again, the only person she is left to rely on is the charcoal eyed devil who left her reeling.

    Author: Busisekile Khumalo

  • Perfect Imperfections (Paperback) R250.00

    Maxine escapes an abusive polygamous marriage to a man much older than her to make a new life in Harare, Zimbabwe. The story follows the five madams she works for. Through them, we see the struggles of women trying to hold down careers and relationships in a big city where tradition, patriarchy, domestic abuse and unhealthy societal behaviours form a backdrop. While Maxine bears witness to the women’s lives, she also tries to work through her own issues, finding a way to free herself of the cruel man she married and experience meaningful relationships.

    The book explores women learning about and seeking the love they feel they deserve. Whether self-love or romantic love, each woman must find the courage to believe in and hold onto that love. Through Maxine’s narration, the intricacies of the relationship women share with their helpers are uncovered. These relationships reveal the truth that women can discover themselves via their friendships with other women.

    Author(s): Makanaka Mavengere-Munsaka

  • Push-Push and Other Stories R160.00

    A collection of short stories, in the detail of their varied backgrounds, range in location from rural Transkei and township life in the Cape to central New York. They have in common also, as before, the authors’ perceptive and vivid creation of memorable characters, whether hilarious or tragic.

    Author: Sindiwe Magona

  • Sweet Medicine (Paperback) R250.00

    Sweet Medicine takes place in Harare at the height of Zimbabwe’s economic woes in 2008. Tsitsi, a young woman, raised by her strict, devout Catholic mother, believes that hard work, prayer and an education will ensure a prosperous and happy future. She does well at her mission boarding school, and goes on to obtain a scholarship to attend university, but the change in the economic situation in Zimbabwe destroys the old system where hard work and a degree guaranteed a good life.

    Out of university, Tsitsi finds herself in a position much lower than she had set her sights on, working as a clerk in the office of the local politician, Zvobgo. With a salary that barely provides her a means to survive, she finds herself increasingly compromising her Christian values to negotiate ways to get ahead.

    Sweet Medicine is a thorough and evocative attempt at grappling with a variety of important issues in the postcolonial context: tradition and modernity; feminism and patriarchy; spiritual and political freedoms and responsibilities; poverty and desperation; and wealth and abundance.

    Author(s): Panashe Chigumadzi

    Available on back-order

  • The Princess and The Piper (The Harvard Series - Book 3) R280.00

    “The third instalment of the Harvard series is far from a fairytale.”

    The Princess…

    High society heiress, medical protégé, Oyama Sisulu’s bedside manner is cold and aloof, has been since she was a fifteen-year-old rebelling against the truth of her birth, her parents’ separation and being suddenly thrust into media scrutiny. One stolen night out, completely robs her of her innocence, gives her Amandla and catapults her into a world of sexual violence, one she manages to keep away from her family and struggles with on her own until she meets Sipho, the Pied Piper who draws her out with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows, one rainy winter day.

    …and the Piper.

    Sphola was just a gangly young man, when a big fancy car stopped by his Kota stand. His life about to change through the kindness of a rich stranger, but he only had eyes for her fifteen-year-old princess who sat stonily in the car, not even sparing him a glance. Sphola spurred up to be the kind of man that she would sit up and notice, worked himself out of his ghetto Kota stand to a children’s fast-food chain while neglecting his role in his son’s life. Grown-up Sipho unlike Sphola the gangly teen, doesn’t have to work hard to get the attention of the girl who has had his heart since she was fifteen, but what will it take for him to break down the walls that she has barricaded around her heart? Will he fight her demons at the expense of his spiritual gift?

    Author: Busisekile Khumalo

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