SA women of colour whose fiction novels you should be reading right now


Literature picks from some of SA's best and up and coming fiction and non-fiction wordsmiths.

The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa

A book that takes a daring and hilarious look at blesser culture and introduces us to our heroine, the street smart Bontle Tau, a woman not afraid to use everything at her disposal to live the kind of lifestyle most of us can only dream of.

It’s no easy feat but Bontle is savvy enough to navigate her way through a myriad of men all willing to provide both love and financial support.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t challenges looming particularly when love and life have a way of meddling.

Afika, my colleague who is currently reading this has this to say about it so far:

“Currently enjoying getting inside the mind of Jo’burg go-getter girls like Bontle Tau, who will not compromise when it comes to achieving their dreams and living lavish even if it means juggling a few awkward men who aren’t even their type.”

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Being Kari by Qarnita Loxton

We recently featured an excerpt from this book about a woman who finds herself revisiting and rediscovering her identity after her partner cheats on her.  

After Kari du Toit received a phone call from her brother who she hasn’t heard from in years, she suddenly finds herself back in a world once familiar to her – a world where she was Karima Essop – and one where she discovers that sometimes to go forward, means going back.

Check out the book extract over here

How Many Ways Can you Say Hello? by Refiloe Moahloli

If you’re looking for something for the little ones, Refiloe Moahloli’s How Many Ways Can you Say Hello? is the perfect choice – particularly if you want to introduce your little ones to our diverse and inclusive culture and languages.

The best thing about the book is that if you’re not sure how to pronounce any of the words, the book comes with a free CD narrated by the author herself to help you with any pronunciation you may struggle with.

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Flame of Truth by Bontle Senne

Bontle Senne’s Flame of Truth is the third book in a middlegrade series focusing on the adventures of Zithembe and Nom who must save the world.

Think dynamic duo, wonderful friendships, magical knives and a bit of ghostly help and you’ve got the recipe for adventurous shenanigans that will appeal to kids and those who consider themselves to be young at heart.

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Softness of the Lime by Maxine Case

Inspired by the history of her own ancestors, Maxine Case’s Softness of the Lime tells the story of a Gert, a wealthy Dutchman who falls in love with Lena, a young slave he inherited from his father.

Set during a time when slavery and ownership of people are considered a symbol of wealth, power and oppression, Gert is forced to confront his responsibilities and failings as a man and father especially when he decides to marry a woman from the Cape’s upper social circles.

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Outside the Lines by Ameera Patel

Described as being both a thriller and family drama, Outside the Lines is the story of Cathleen, a woman battling her own demons, Flora, the domestic worker who works for Cathleen and the events that transpire when Cathleen disappears.

Set in Johannesburg, this contemporary novel is a story about dysfunctional families, drug abuse and what it means to live outside the lines.

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The Yearning by Mohale Mashigo

The author also known has Black Porcelain has written an impressive debut novel which recently saw her winning the University of Johannesburg’s debut prize for the South African writing award.

The Yearning tells the story of Marubini, a young woman who seemingly has it all until shadows lurking in her past threaten to undo everything she’s worked hard for.

Fellow critically acclaimed author Zakes Mda describes the book as a story with “subversive wisdom and subtle humour” and says it’s written with “ charming lucidity and disarming characterisation.”

High praise from one of SA’s literary giants.

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Stay tuned for our non-fiction segment.

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