In the days leading up to the nationwide lockdown, bookstores remained open to the public and many started delivering books to customers to encourage them to keep reading. As independent publishers and retailers need the support while they’re closed during lockdown the websites and email services of many of your beloved bookshops are still operational, however, deliveries will only be scheduled for after the lockdown lifts.
If you’re an avid reader like me, you finally have time for all the books you’ve put on your reading list for the year. And for those of you who can’t get your hands on physical copies, you can still buy ebooks during lockdown.
Here’s our list of inspiring, educational and humorous novels to keep you distracted from the chaos:
1. The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela by Sisonke Msimang
This is an astute examination of one of South Africa’s most controversial political figures, of the rise and fall – and rise, again – of a woman who not only battled the apartheid regime, but the patriarchal character of the struggle itself. In telling Mama Winnie’s story, Sisonke shows us that activism matters, and that the meaning of women’s lives can be reclaimed.
2. Black Tax: Burden or Ubuntu by Niq Mhlongo
‘The real significance of this book lies in the fact that it tells us more about the everyday life of black South Africans. It delves into the essence of black family life and the secret anguish of family members who often battle to cope’ – Niq Mhlongo
Available at the Penguin Random House ebook store, visit shop.snapplify.com
3. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
This compelling, inspiring and comically sublime New York Times bestseller is one man’s coming-of-age story set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
This book has also been adapted for young readers and both editions are available at kobo.com
4. Why Africa Fails by Elly Twineyo-Kamugisha
This is a fresh look at the problems and successes of African countries. Elly’s survey of sub-Saharan countries looks at what has worked since colonialism ended and suggests solutions for Africa in its current state.
5. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
A simple story of a “strong man” whose life is dominated by fear and anger, Things Fall Apart is written with remarkable economy and subtle irony. Uniquely and richly African, at the same time it reveals Chinua Achebe’s keen awareness of the human qualities common to men of all times and places.
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