Blogs in April 2024

A World of Strangers 3rd April 2024

Toby Hood, a young Englishman, shuns the politics and the causes his liberal parents passionately support. Living in Johannesburg as a representative of his family’s publishing company, Toby moves easily, carelessly, between the complacent wealthy white suburbs and the...

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Life Times: Stories 1952-2007 16th August 2020

Throughout her career the internationally renowned South African writer Nadine Gordimer has built a literary reputation with her incisive short stories as much as with her acclaimed novels. Together with her essays, this highly imaginative and committed body of...

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My Son’s Story 9th June 2020

A schoolboy playing truant bumps into his revered father coming out of the cinema with a woman. An ordinary mishap; but the father is no ordinary man, and the family, threatened by the affair, is no ordinary family. This...

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The Pickup 9th June 2020

Who picked up whom? Is the pickup the illegal immigrant desperate to evade deportation to his impoverished desert country? Or is the pickup the powerful businessman’s daughter trying to escape a priveleged background she despises? When Julie Summers’ car...

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July’s People 1st January 1970

For years, it has been what is called a ‘deteriorating situation’. Now all over South Africa the cities are battlegrounds. The members of the Smales family – liberal whites – are rescued from the terror by their servant, July,...

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