Locked down and loaded up on books
Some of SA’s top authors and journalists tell us what’s on their bedside table for the duration
In times of pestilence we have always turned to stories to get us through. Some prominent South African authors and a few Sunday Times staff share the books they plan to crack during lockdown.
I am busy working on my own new novel, but I also need to take a break and do some reading. There are three books I would recommend, all by women, during the upcoming period of house arrest. The Confession by Jessie Burton; it has a complex plot, but is so well written that it entices one into reading late into the night. All The Names They Use for God by Anjali Sachdeva is a story collection that takes the reader through the challenges that women face globally, and how they overcome these challenges. Very erudite. And Life Times by Nadine Gordimer. Re-reading this collection of stories, set between 1952-2007, captures the challenges we faced and still face globally and how people overcame a lot of those challenges. ..