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10 new books to get your nose stuck in to this summer

SUMMER IS finally here and with it comes some time for a relaxing holiday.

Whether you’re stuck on a crowded flight or relaxing on the beach, here are some stellar new book releases by black authors or starring black characters for you to take along with you for some exhilarating summer reading.

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Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Morayo Da Silva, a cosmopolitan Nigerian woman, lives in hip San Francisco. On the cusp of seventy-five, she is in good health and makes the most of it, enjoying road trips in her vintage Porsche, chatting to strangers, and recollecting characters from her favourite novels. Then she has a fall and her independence crumbles. Without the support of family, she relies on friends and chance encounters. As Morayo recounts her story, moving seamlessly between past and present, we meet Dawud, a charming Palestinian shopkeeper, Sage, a feisty, homeless Grateful Dead devotee, and Antonio, the poet whom Morayo desired more than her ambassador husband. A subtle story about ageing, friendship and loss, this is also a nuanced study of the erotic yearnings of an older woman.

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The Rich the Poor and Foolish by Paul Liburd

Increase your financial IQ in just 60 minutes with this very easy to understand format comparing and contrasting different financial and lifestyle strategies.

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The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers and the Systematic Theft of Africa’s Wealth by Tom Burgis

A shocking investigative journey into the way the resource trade wreaks havoc on Africa, The Looting Machine explores the dark underbelly of the global economy.

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The Lazarus Effect by H.J Golakai

In compelling and witty prose, The Lazarus Effect is an evocative tale of the underbelly and otherworld of love, murder and madness in a Cape Town that visitors seldom see.

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Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

A powerful story of love and longing - set against undercurrents of political violence - unfurls gently, revealing layers of emotion that defy age, class and religion.

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Power Charged by Norma Armand

A collection of Christian short stories for children, packed with tales that relate to children’s everyday experiences, dealing with issues such as honesty, forgiveness and prayer.

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We Are Not Such Things by Justine van der Leun

A gripping journey through the bizarre twists and turns of true-crime case and its aftermath – and a lucid, eye-opening account of life today in a society still fractured and haunted by apartheid.

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The Sellout by Paul Beatty

A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and how he initiates the reinstating of slavery and segregation, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

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The Real President by Noah Kaindama

Set in an imaginary country in Africa, the book explores the challenges of creating a true nation state and providing visionary leadership, lacking in many countries on the continent.

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Unapologetic Poetry by Michelle Smith

A compelling compilation of poems based on the author’s life experiences from youth to adulthood and boldly challenges issues from a standpoint of culture, family, race and gender.

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It Had To Be You by Barbara Hannay and Nikki Logan

Starring Mills & Boon’s Man of the Year Courtney Hayles on the cover, these two stories treat you to two favourite heroes, in two contrasting romantic settings.

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