These are the books our books editor, MENEESHA GOVENDER, received recently. They may be reviewed later


Hamba Sugar Daddy

by Nape ’a Motana (Jacana)

Sugar daddies are not a new social phenomenon.

But recently Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi brought the issue to the fore when he announced a three-year campaign focusing increasing economic opportunities for young women in an attempt to keep them away from sugar daddies.

Hamba Sugar Daddy is set against the backdrop of a South African township, where 18-year-old Rolivhuwa is negotiating her way through life in the face of financial difficulties.

Add to that social pressure from her peers and it’s a sure-fire recipe for her to become a sugar baby to Bigvy.

All it takes is a simple “hook-up” via the internet and she suddenly has everything she needs in exchange for sex.

Bigvy provides access to good food, expensive clothes and accessories – a lifestyle Rolivhuwa would never have access to under normal circumstances.

But the price is high – and this novel explores what it means to be a sugar baby.

Rolivhuwa has to decide whether to follow her head or her heart. She will learn that her choices in the present will have lifelong implications.


#ZUPTASMUSTFALL and other Rants

by Fred Khumalo (Penguin Random House)

Fred Khumalo has been called many things – a “reluctant Zulu”, a “clever black”, an “equal opportunity offender”.

None of these characterisations deter him from speaking his mind.

This latest collection of essays covers a wide range of topics that have South Africans hot under the collar.

From politics to celebrity gossip – Khumalo has an original opinion on something that will interest you.


Caspar Lee

by Caspar Lee and Emily Riordan Lee (Penguin Random House)

Caspar Lee is a 21-year-old, self-made social media phenomenon.

This South-African born young man lives in the UK and has made a name for himself with his original brand of comedy and observations of life in his videos that he produces himself.

This book started off with his mom secretly recording the story of his crazy life and signing a deal to tell the world his story.

From stories of how he tried to kill his mother on his first day on earth to his hilarious school life and his ability to attract members of the opposite sex in droves – it’s all in the pages of this book, which Caspar managed to correct just before it was printed.