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Pillowtalk: Karen Jayes

For the Mercy of WaterBy Pearl Boshomane for The Times

What are you reading now?

Dear Ahmedbhai, Dear Zuleikhabehn, which records the letters of Ahmed Kathrada and Zuleikha Mayat during Kathrada’s incarceration .

Why read it?

It is about the need for faith in oppressive circumstances, the need to reignite the argument for compassion as a means to triumph over injustice. It’s compelling .

Jayes’ book, For the Mercy of Water (Penguin), is shortlisted for the 2013 Sunday Times Literary Awards, to be announced on June 29.

  • For the Mercy of Water is published by Penguin

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