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Force of NatureForce of Nature

The Guardian, Amanda Coe

Forget having choices and being in control, what if that’s all bullshit? I don’t feel in control at all. What if we don’t have any choice in anything, and we’re actually all destined to stay lost out here? Alone and scared and never found?

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Born in ChainsDiary of an Angry Born Free

W24, Clinton Chauke

With great self-awareness, Clinton negotiates the pitfalls and lifelines of a young life: crime and drugs, football, religion, friendship, school, circumcision and, ultimately, becoming a man.

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RamaphosaRamaphosa: The Man who would be king

Business Day, Xolisa Phillip

"Who the f*** do you think you are? You can’t give me instructions. None of you can give me instructions. Don’t you ever dare tell me what I have to do," a young Ramaphosa, the founding general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), told a mine manager in 1985 during tense wage negotiations.

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Manage Your Money MRBManage Your Money Like a F*cking Grownup

The Gremlin, Brian Joss

Written in a light-hearted and readable style it has a serious message: how not to make mistakes with money. Beckbessinger says that everything we know about money “comes from advertising or from other people who know as little as we do. No wonder we make such basic mistakes”.

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The Tattoist

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Irish Times

On arrival in Auschwitz-Birkenau Lale was given the job of tattooing numbers on prisoners selected to work, to live another day, numbers that would come to represent the most iconic symbol of the Holocaust. It was while tattooing 18-year-old Gita that he looked into her eyes and fell hopelessly in love. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is their story, a story of beauty, hope, courage and survival against the odds. A story about the love between two young people destined to be together for more than 60 years.

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The Belles MRB

The World of The Belles

Dhonielle Clayton, The Beauty Caisse

beauty caisse: a cross between an old-fashioned apothecary case and a massive jewelry box that houses all of the belle’s makeup, tools, and accoutrement leeches: the Belles use leeches to reset their blood protein levels and carry them around in beautiful porcelain bowls oftentimes stored in their beauty caisses

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The Child finder

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

W24, Hannah Atkins


There’s something magical about Denfeld’s writing. It’s sorrowful and relentless, pushing you forward to the conclusion – and you are powerless to resist. 

This book is ideal for those who prefer what I like to call ‘quiet’ mysteries – it’s not action-packed, but there is certainly a palpable sense of dread, and a focus just as much on the personal as the procedural.

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