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Johannesburg

Very intriguing and impressive, this pastiche of Woolf's Mrs Dalloway. On the day that the people of Johannesburg say goodbye to the recently deceased Mandela, an artist organises a party and the lives of black and white cross each other to an inexorable dramatic conclusion of the day. A slow burner, but I really admire the bravery of the author.

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Here Comes Trouble

Kyrzbekistan may be an imaginary country neighbouring Kazakhstan, but the difficulties Ellis faces are all too real. A darkly funny look at a sixteen year old's life when he cannot ignore corruption and bigotry, even though he would rather concentrate on losing his virginity. Lots of lessons for us all as Ellis tries to make available real facts in this age of 'fake news'. I just hope the ambiguous ending isn't as sad as I fear.

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The Low Voices

The author shares memories of his own childhood in this intimate coming-of-age story. The warmth with which he recounts events from his past and the love he has for his family is touching and insightful. He uses his journalistic talents to portray a past lived in the shadow of the Spanish Civil War in a refreshingly philosophical way.

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In Our Mad and Furious City

Demanding but unforgettable, this story of survival on a London estate will have you rooting for the 'youngers' whose lives are blighted by hatred and poverty. Cutting across generations and races, it places its faint hope in the power of love.

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