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Excellent South African Reads Recommended on Twitter with #bestSAbooks

Twitter was abuzz yesterday with the titles of excellent South African reads as users took part in Rachel Zadok’s #bestSAbooks initiative. Zadok started tweeting the titles of local books she would recommend to a friend of hers and then invited others on her Books LIVE blog to add their own favourites to the list. The result was a myriad of tweets that brought home the realisation of the bountiful treasure of books this country possesses.

Among the titles recommended were ones by Zakes Mda, Diane, Awerbuck, Es’kia Mphahlele, Claire Robertson, Ivan Vladislavic, Finuala Dowling, JM Coetzee, Marlene van Niekerk, K Sello Duiker, Rachel Zadok, Damon Galgut, Eben Venter, Mary Watson, Etienne van Heerden, Etienne Leroux, Charles van Onselen, Mongane Wally Serote, Kelwyn Sole, Breyten Breytenbach, Lewis Nkosi, Zoe Wicomb, Ingrid Winterbach, Michiel Heyns, Cat Hellisen, Amanda Coetzee, Imraan Coovadia, Sarah Lotz, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Shaun Johnson, Sifiso Mzobe, Justin Cartwright, Sally-Anne Murray and Olive Schreiner.

We’ve collected some of the #bestSAbooks tweets, although this list is by no means complete. Follow the #bestSAbooks tag on Twitter for more. Here’s a look at some of the books mentioned and the tweets follow below:

The Whale CallerGardening At NightDown Second AvenueThe Spiral House Portrait with KeysHomemaking for the Down-at-Heart DusklandsTriomfAgaatThe Quiet Violence of DreamsSister-SisterCabin FeverIn a Strange RoomTrenchermanMossToorbergDie eerste siklusTo Every Birth It's BloodMating BirdsDavid\'s StoryWolf, WolfTo Hell with CronjéLost GroundWhen the Sea is Rising RedFlaming JuneThe Institute for Taxi PoetryDeadlandsNinevehThe Native CommissionerYoung BloodBom BoySmall Moving PartsThe Story of an African FarmThe Master of PetersburgWhiplash

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