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Not Another Day by Julius Chingono

Chingono’s poems and stories illuminate the everyday worlds in which he lives: the buzzing township, and the rural homestead. He brings a sharp eye to events and a ready humour to otherwise bleak situations. A compassionate but humorous writer, he can inject funerals with farce, and find courage in unlikely places. His acuteness to the many absurdities of contemporary society make him a lifeenhancing chronicler of its development.

 

The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu

"Like very good dark chocolate this is a delicious novel, with a bitter-sweet flavour.
Vimbai is a hairdresser, the best in Mrs Khumalo's salon, and she knows she is the queen on whom they all depend. Her situation is reversed when the good-looking, smooth-talking Dumisani joins them. However, his charm and desire to please slowly erode Vimbai's rancour and when he needs somewhere to live, Vimbai becomes his landlady.

The Uncertainty of Hope by Valerie Tagwira

Through 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.

 

 The Stone Virgins by Yvonne Vera

 A gentle but fearless book, The Stone Virgins explores the emotional and physical scars caused by warfare, and enables us to respond truthfully to the catastrophic depths of conflict.