Book recommendations from your favourite authors
Book recommendations from Sue Nyathi, Phumlani Pikoli, Craig Higginson, Fiona Snyckers and Gaongalelwe Tiro.
In these uncertain and difficult times, more people are turning to reading for comfort, inspiration and escapism. We asked our local authors to share their reading list filled with books they've read and enjoyed. Full of insightful, poignant and reflective books, this list has something for everyone. Not only is this inspirational but it is also a great way to get to know your favourite authors better. And to get a glimpse into their book shelves, bedside tables and reading taste.
Sue was born and raised in Bulawayo and resides in Johannesburg. Her debut novel, The Polygamist, was published in 2012. The GoldDiggers was first published in 2018, receiving much acclaim from readers and critics alike (now longlisted for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award).
- Sarah Ladipo Manyika - In Dependence
- Hassan Ghedi Santur - The Youth of God
- Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu - The Theory of Flight
- Kurt Ellis - In the Midst of Wolves
A multi-disciplinary artist whose writing has been described as ‘a generational ode’. Phumlani's novel, Born Freeloader is a must-read!
- Saul Bellows - Humboldt’s Gift
- Ralph Ellison - The Invisible Man
- Angela Makholwa - Black Widow
- Ivan Vladislavic - Double Negative
Craig is an internationally acclaimed playwright and novelist. His plays have been performed and produced in many theatres and festivals around the world. His novels include Last Summer, The Landscape Painter, The Dream House and The White Room. The Dream House is the IEB English matric setwork for South African schools (2019–2021). His latest novel, The Book of Gifts is available online and in-stores.
- Sally Rooney - Normal People
- Annie Proulx - The Shipping News
- Barbara Kingsolver - Prodigal Summer
- Ian McEwan - Machines Like Me
Author of the Trinity series of young adult novels, the Eulalie Park series of mystery novels, and two high-concept thrillers, Now Following You and Spire. Fiona Snyckers' Lacuna, has recently been announced the winner of 2020 National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences Award in the Fiction - Best Novel category.
- Gail Schimmel – The Accident
- Lauri Kubuitsile - But Deliver Us From Evil
- Edited by Zukiswa Wanner - Water Birds on the Lakeshore
- Karen Jennings - Upturned Earth
Parcel of Death recounts the little-told life story of Onkgopotse Abram Tiro, the first South African freedom fighter the apartheid regime pursued beyond the country’s borders to assassinate with a parcel bomb. Gaongalelwe Tiro is a communication professional. He has extensive journalism experience, including stints with international wire agency. Tiro was born and raised in the township of Temba, near Hammanskraal. Onkgopotse Abram Tiro was his (paternal) uncle.
- Robert Trent Vinson - The Americans Are Coming!: Dreams of African American Liberation in Segregationist South Africa
- Cedric Robinson - Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition
- Ndumiso Dladla - Here is a Table: A Philosophical Essay on the History of Race in South Africa
- Colson Whitehead - The Underground Railroad
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