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Karin Schimke Lists Her Top Ten Books of 2012

Karin Schimke, books editor of the Cape Times, compiled a list of her top ten books of the past year for their sister newspaper The Star. Consisting entirely of local reads, the list includes Tan Twan Eng’s Man Booker and Man Asian longlisted novel, The Garden of Evening Mists, and works by Books LIVE members Richard de Nooy (The Big Stick), Jamala Safari (The Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the Godd), Dawn Garisch (Eloquent Body) and Kelwyn Sole (Absent Tongues).

The Garden of Evening MistsThe Big StickMy Father, My MonsterThe Hungry SeasonThe Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the GodsThe Long Way Home
This Book Betrays my BrotherEloquent BodyBikoAbsent Tongues

For the past three years I’ve been asked by The Star newspaper to compile a list of the top ten South African books of the year. Here is this year’s:

The Big Stick
Richard de Nooy
Jacana

A mother travels to reclaim her gay son’s body in Amsterdam, which is where he fled to escape his dorp community’s misunderstanding of his “condition”. Self-identification, finding “home” and understanding, are themes tackled in pacy, excessively readable prose using multiple voices that range from earthy to elegiac. De Nooy’s sad and funny second novel establishes him as a confident, bracing, sophisticated voice with global appeal.

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