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Tale of Tamari by Shimmer Chinodya

Tale of TamariShimmer Chinodya is a wonderful story-teller. The characters in the book come vividly to life as Tamari grows up and has to contend with the school bullies, the onset of puberty, and much else besides.

The Tale of Tamari is not a sad or didactic story, but one which delights us with its freshness and its empathy, and gives us a richly varied slice of life in Zimbabwe in the early 2000s, as orphans make their way into a future.

The Uncertainty of Hope by Valerie Tagwira

The Uncertainty of HopeThrough the lives of Onai Moyo – a market woman and responsible mother, and her best friend Katy Nguni – a vendor and black-market currency dealer – we acquire an insight into the challenges that face those who only survive by their wits, their labour and their friendship. This richly detailed novel reveals how precarious the future was for the poor in 2005. However, if the lives of these two close friends are situated in a high-density suburb, Tagwira also introduces us to a wider cross-section of Zimbabwean society: Tom Sibanda, a young businessman and farmer, his girlfriend, Faith, a law student, Tom’s sister Emily, a doctor, and Mawaya, the ostensible beggar. With depth and sensitivity, Tagwira pulls these many threads into a densely woven novel that provides us with of some of the many faces of contemporary Zimbabwe.

Practical Criticism for A-level Students of Literature - Edited and compiled by Jason Perlman, Taurai Chinyanganya, Kevin Hanssen, Njabulo Mbono and Irene Staunton

Practical Criticism for A-level Students of LiteratureAlthough designed with A-level students and their teachers in mind, this book will be of value to anyone interested in literature. It includes an introduction to practical criticism, a glossary of useful literary terms and techniques, a series of questions calculated to direct the students’ (and teachers’) attention to important aspects of the texts, and practical ways of dealing with them.