For our first read in January we have chosen the continent of Africa and the theme of biographies. We hope you see something you like in our suggestions! Here are the blurbs for the five options, and below you’ll find the voting button. The reason we ask you to give us your country is simply so we can see how wide spread The Fairy Book Club has become! It’s exciting.
The book club options:
Endings and Beginnings by Redi Tlhabi
When Redi Tlhabi is eleven years old, two years after her father’s death, she meets the handsome, charming and smooth, Mabegzo. A rumoured gangster, murderer and rapist, he is a veritable ‘jack-roller’ of the neighbourhood. Against her family’s wishes, she develops a strong connection to him. Redi herself doesn’t understand why she is drawn to Mabegzo and why, at eleven, she feels a brokenness that only Mabegzo can fix.
From Whiskey to Water by Samantha Cowen
“My name is Samantha and I’m an alcoholic.” “At the time of writing, I’ve been sober for 13 years, 11 months and 16 days. And yes I still count. I promised I would never speak about it publicly until my children understood what that meant, that mommy was an alcoholic. I think they may have understood long before I did.” From Whiskey to Water is the no-holds-barred memoir by one of South Africa’s most loved radio talk show hosts, Sam Cowen. Having kept her alcohol addiction well away from the public eye for over 14 years, in this tell-all tale, Sam finds the courage to talk about her struggle with her addiction to whiskey, food and finally to a passion that saved her life – marathon swimming.
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela is a true hero of our times, loved and admired across the globe for his dedication to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and for justice and peace throughout the world.
This book tells the story of his life, from his carefree days as an ordinary village boy, to his unflinching leadership of the ANC, the long years in prison and his eventual freedom and extraordinary elevation to President of South Africa.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
One of the comedy world’s brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his focus inward, giving readers a deeply personal, heartfelt and humorous look at the world that shaped him.
The Other Side by Hillary Rohde
Hillary Rohde has lived the kind of life not often found outside of fiction; a life which seems to have had a bit of every genre all rolled into one single incredible and fantastic tale. Over the years she’s journeyed to the far corners of the globe—from the United States to the People’s Republic of China and from the southern tip of Africa to the northern reaches of Great Britain. She’s traveled by horse and cart with gypsies, studied art in London, escaped mercenaries in Fernando Po, lived it up like a rock star in Mick Jagger’s country house, and fallen in love with an American in Scotland along the way—all while on the road to becoming an exceptionally successful business woman at the head of knitwear company. Interspersed with letters home and to old friends, Hillary’s fluent and vivid prose relays her emotional response to her amazing adventures as they unfold, providing an internal dialogue as intimate as a diary that is at times wonderfully funny and bitterly poignant.