Stories of women find an audience

2016-11-16 06:00
Dudu Busani Dube will be doing a book signing at Exclusive Books in Pieter-maritzburg on 12 November. PHOTO: supplied

Dudu Busani Dube will be doing a book signing at Exclusive Books in Pieter-maritzburg on 12 November. PHOTO: supplied

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KWAMASHU resident Dudu Busani Dube’s three books have taken the African­ reading market by storm. To date Hlomu - The Wife, Zandile - The Resolute and Naledi - His Love have sold over 3 000 copies.

The 34-year-old print journalist started writing her first book in May 2014. All are written in the first person.

“I did that because I wanted readers to use their imagination and feel as though they are living her life as they read. The response Ihave received and continue to receive is overwhelming.

“I always knew I would write a book at some point in my life. I just didn’t know when.”

In high school Dube was rebellious and didn’t recognise her talent until her teacher challenged her to write a piece, which made her famous at school.

“She later advised me to study journalism, and it is the best advice I have ever been given,” she says.

As a working journalist, Dube covers hard news, particularly court cases, and has sat through the trials of some of the country’s worst and most dangerous criminals. But when it comes to her books, she prefers fiction­.

Hlomu - The Wife tells of a young woman named Mahlomu who meets a man, Mqhele Zulu, and falls in love.

She’s happy but can’t help noticing certain things about him that make her uncomfortable. He has money, a lot of it, which she finds suspicious.

Zulu and his seven brothers have a dark past, which they have never confronted. Their father was a warlord from Mbuba village in Greytown. He died in a mob-justice incident with their mother.

When Zulu asks Hlomu to marry him, she has no choice but to force the brothers to return to Mbuba and face their past.

The second book, Zandile - The Resolute, tells the story of the eldest Zulu brother, Nkosana, while the third book is narrated by Naledi, who ends up marrying another of the brothers, Qhawe.

Dube said she wanted to write a book that could be easily read and would allow people to find a bit of themselves in the characters. Her sales show she has succeeded.

— Books Editor.

• Dudu Busani Dube will be doing a book signing at Exclusive Books in the Liberty Midlands Mall in Pietermaritzburg on 12 November between 11am and 1pm.

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