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Reading Matters 14 April 2020

Reading Matters 14 April 2020

“Author and journalist, Brent Meersman’s latest book, A Childhood Made Up: Living with my mother’s madness (Tafelberg) takes us deep into the living hell that is schizophrenia – as seen through the eyes of his mother.

“She was an amazing artist but spent years locked in asylums, undergoing ECT (electro shock therapy), ‘that did little besides damaging her extraordinary brain,’ said Brent. He has captured her anguish and his childhood pain with humour, poignancy and insight. Read it!

“The real-life warrior, liar and scoundrel, Coenraad de Buys, a Boer born in the 1760s, a colossal seven-foot man who fought settlers, indigenous people and the British alike, is the subject of author, Willem Anker’s, Red Dog (Kwela). Longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize.

“ Try Jamie Oliver’s stunning new books, VEG, and, 5 Ingredients, (Penguin), from which I have made many a delectable dish.”