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From Zuma Exposed to Manguang: Andile Ndlovu Reflects on the Popularity of Political Books

Andile Ndlovu from The Times has written about the rise in popularity of political novels ahead of the ANC National Elective Conference, which will be held in Manguang from 16 – 20 December.

Ndlovu mentions the furore on the Facebook page for Adriaan Basson’s Zuma Exposed as being indicative of the interest, both positive and negative, that political books are generating.

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Ndlovu looks at how The Road to Manguang campaign by Exclusive Books has promoted a range of titles, including From Aardvark to Zuma: The South African Alphabet by Alex Latimer and Mangaung: Kings and Kingmakers by Mandy Rossouw. He also mentions Ebrahim Harvey’s Kgalema Motlanthe: A Political Biography and External Mission: The ANC in Exile by Stephen Ellis.

Jeremy Boraine, publishing director at Jonathan Ball commented on the cyclical nature of the popularity of political books but said that eReaders and the recession have had a negative impact on this year’s run up to the conference as opposed to the Polokwane conference five years ago.

The heated debate on the Facebook page for ‘Zuma Exposed’ vindicates the release of a slew of political books ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December. Citizens appear hungry to know more about the inner workings of the ANC and the party’s leaders.

Take a trip to an Exclusive Books store and you will see Road to Mangaung posters promoting titles such as From Aardvark to Zuma by Alex Latimer, Mangaung: Kings and Kingmakers by Mandy Rossouw and the soon-to-be-released Zuma Exposed by Adriaan Basson.

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