South Africa

Every secret thing: my family, my country - Gillian Slovo
Slovo's own account of her childhood in South Africa and her relationship with her parents, both heavily involved in the anti-apartheid movement.

Occasion for loving - Nadine Gordimer
A story told against the background of South Africa in the 1960's which focuses on an illicit love affair between a black man and a white woman

A Dry White Season - Andre Brink
Ben Du Toit is an ordinary, decent, harmless man whose sense of justice is outraged by the death at the hands of the police of a man knew. As Ben investigates, he finds that his curiosity becomes labelled as rebellion.

Frankie and Stankie - Barbara Trapido
Dinah's parents are dissenting liberals 1950s South Africa, where racial laws are tightening. We follow Dinah through childhood and adolescence, and into one of the darker passages of twentieth-century history.

Cry the beloved country - Alan Paton
First published in 1948 Paton addresses the problem of race relations in South Africa with the scrupulousness of a historian and the sensitivity of a poet and it stands as the single most important novel in twentieth-century South African literature.

Power of one - Bryce Courtenay
A very powerful novel following a young boy Pekay though his traumatic childhood and his dreams to become a boxer in apartheid South Africa.

The sound of thunder - Wilbur Smith
Sean Courtney, the impulsive adventurer, returns from the wilderness a rich man, until he is robbed by the Boers. A grim homecoming finds his country in the grip of war, but conflicts within the family will prove far more bitter than any fought on the veld.

Age of iron - JM Coetzee
Set in South Africa, this is the story of a retired university teacher who learns, in the same day, that she is dying of cancer and that she has a vagrant in her yard. The story describes the contrast between the dreams of the old woman and the political and social situation around her.

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