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My Top Ten Reads of 2021

I finally managed to order my thoughts together about the books I enjoyed most last year. It was suprisingly easy to choose the ten. I think what helped is my deciding to no

NOT ENOUGH: Assembly_Book Review

Let me first cast my controversial colours on the mast: This novella starts brilliantly with acute powers of observation and psychological insight. But the story fizzles towards the end. I think the writer

The Literature of Unfulfilled Hopes

The Manbooker Prize has long been coming for Damon Galgut since 2003 when his book, The Good Doctor, was shortlisted. In 2010 I certainly thought his shortlisted book, In A Strange Room, should

The Wanderers_Book Review

‘This is the voice of contemporary South African fiction’—Joanne Ruth Davis reviews Mphuthumi Ntabeni’s new novel The WanderersMphuthumi Ntabeni’s The Wanderers is a novel that indicates a storyteller in love

The Promise: Book Review

I came to this book with preconceived ideas of reading something written in sparse and controlled emotional intensity, the usual things I adore about Damon Galgut writing style I first discovered in books