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This Pretoria mom has 50 000 books in her home – and she knows exactly where everything is

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Roza Pretorius says through her books, she’s lived more than one life and has learned something from every single one. (PHOTO: Papi Morake)
Roza Pretorius says through her books, she’s lived more than one life and has learned something from every single one. (PHOTO: Papi Morake)

Before you even enter the house, you can tell a book-lover lives here. There’s an earthy, woody scent in the air that hits you as you walk in from the gate. The front porch is a reader’s dream: a comfy brown leather couch you just want to sink into, with a small coffee table in front of it and two armchairs.

And there are books everywhere: on the table, beside the couch, behind the couch, piled high on bookcases. Step inside and there’s more. Every room, apart from the kitchen, is packed with books.

In fact, Roza Pretorius owns more than 50 000 books, all jostling for space in her house in Muckleneuk, Pretoria. Shelves are filled to the brim with books, which are organised alphabetically and by type.

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