Winter is at our door step and most of us will be booked off sick because of a cold, but don’t let that get you down. We’ve compiled a list of 5 page turners that can nurse you back to health.
1. “Little Suns” by Dr Zakes Mda
It is 1903. A lame and frail Malangana ‘Little Suns’ searches for his beloved Mthwakazi after many lonely years spent in Lesotho. Mthwakazi was the young woman he had fallen in love with twenty years earlier, before the assassination of Hamilton Hope ripped the two of them apart. Intertwined with Malangana’s story, is the account of Hope – a colonial magistrate who, in the late nineteenth century, was undermining the local kingdoms of the Eastern Cape in order to bring them under the control of the British. It was he who wanted to coerce Malangana’s king and his people, the amaMpondomise, into joining his battle a scheme Malangana’s conscience could not allow. Zakes Mda’s fine new novel ‘Little Suns’ weaves the true events surrounding the death of Magistrate Hope into a touching story of love and perseverance that can transcend exile and strife.
2. Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson
When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she’s fresh out of high school, pregnant with her art teacher’s baby, and totally on her own. Izzy knows she can be a good mother but without any money or relatives to help, she’s left searching. Dr. Grind, an awkwardly charming child psychologist, has spent his life studying family, even after tragedy struck his own. Now, with the help of an eccentric billionaire, he has the chance to create a “perfect little world” to study what would happen when 10 children are raised collectively, without knowing who their biological parents are. He calls it The Infinite Family Project and he wants Izzy and her son to join.
3. The Affair by Sue Hickey and Pjilppa Sklaar
The Affair is a unique self-help book that examines the psyche of both perpetrators and victims of affairs and anyone who struggles with monogamy and fidelity. Written by expert relationship therapist Sue Hickey, along with her client Philippa Sklaar, who has cheated and been cheated on, the book delves into true personal confessions of men and women, old and young, lovers and opportunists who have experienced betrayal and have betrayed. The duo earlier collaborated on the relationship bestseller When Loving Him Hurts (MF Books Joburg, 2015).
4. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett returns with a provocative and assured novel of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazon rainforest. Infusing the narrative with the same ingenuity and emotional urgency that pervaded her acclaimed previous novels Bel Canto, Taft, Run, The Magician’s Assistant, and ThePatron Saint of Liars, Patchett delivers an enthrallingly innovative tale of aspiration, exploration, and attachment in State of Wonder — a gripping adventure story and a profound look at the difficult choices we make in the name of discovery and love.
5. Dancing the death drill by Fred Khumalo
More than six hundred of his countrymen, mostly black soldiers, lost their lives in a catastrophe that official history largely forgot. One particularly cruel moment from that day will remain etched in Pitso’s mind, resurfacing decades later to devastating effect. Dancing the Death Drill recounts the life of Pitso Motaung. It is a personal and political tale that spans continents and generations, moving from the battlefields of the Boer War to the front lines in France and beyond. With a captivating blend of pathos and humour, Fred Khumalo brings to life a historical event, honouring both those who perished in the disaster and those who survived.