Our much-deserved time off is just around the corner, so we decided to make the most of the holiday by lining up some books. These four local reads make great to-me-from-me presents, and will delight the book worms in your life when they find them in their stockings.

Local lit
You might have seen the movie, but the book Happiness is a Four Letter Word, by Cynthia Jele, is different enough that you should still read it: it has a fourth main character. Described as a local Sex and the City, with the main character living in Fourways, lovers of chick lit need to read this story about four amazing women. Nandi’s about to get married but her ex suddenly reappears on the scene. Zaza is trying to keep her rich husband so that she doesn’t have to go back home. Tumi meets a stranger who says Tumi’s husband is the father of her child. Princess falls for Theo, but when she gets pregnant, he disappears with half of what she owns. Read it already!

Too yummy
Zola Nene is back with a host of recipes that are simple to make, yet deeply satisfying for both the stomach and the soul. Dip into Simply Zola and treat yourself to barley, grape and pecan nut salad; prawn, lemon and chilli linguine; cola-braised beef short ribs; and rocky road waffles with salted caramel sauce. There’s also a whole section of recipes for one, like this microwave coffee and chocolate cake.

Road trip
Journey around South Africa with Sihle Khumalo as he drives from the top to the bottom of the country. On his journey through teeny dorps, big cities and everything in between, he encounters all types of locals – from security guards to activists, drunks, politicians and religious leaders. Rainbow Nation My Zulu Arse is an enlightening and entertaining book about finding the warmth in people, even in the strangest situations.

Explore the city
People who are interested in history will love Johannesburg Then and Now by Marc Latilla. It’s a photo-rich book that shows how our city has grown from a little mining town to one of the biggest economic hubs on the continent. Many of the pictures were taken from the same views so readers can exactly what’s changed. The archival images date back to 1880. This is a fascinating look back in time.

Fill your bookcase
Our favourite place to fulfil our bookish needs is Estoril Books at Fourways Mall. Browse the shelves to stumble on your next read or ask the friendly staff to order what you’re after.



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