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

Dutch Courage

by Paige Nick (Penguin Random House)

Paige Nick offers a hilarious look into strip-club life in her latest novel, Dutch Courage.

School teacher, Grace Hendricks, allows herself to be manipulated by her sister into performing as a Rihanna impersonator at a club in Amsterdam.

What she isn’t told is that part of the act is stripping. And so Grace is thrown into a world of G-strings, fake tans and dancing divas.

On stage, with a pole for support, Grace has some important lessons to learn… and very little time in which to get them right.

This promises to be another rollicking “Paige” turner.


Tjien Tjang Tjerries and other Stories

by Jolyn Philips (Modjaji)

Jolyn Philips is a Mandela Rhodes scholar who holds a masters degree in creative writing.

This is a debut collection of short stories set in and around Gansbaai, a small coastal town in the Western Cape – where she, incidentally, grew up.


Hurry Up Lebo

by Marita van Aswegen (Struik Children)

Lebo is a 12-year-old boy who lives in a township.

He doesn’t go to school because he takes care of his grandfather who is blind.

Lebo is a loner and a daydreamer with no friends except a spider he’s named Sekgo.

But he loves stories – the ones his grandfather tells as well as the ones he reads in books.

Lebo also has a natural gift for music and dreams of one day making a mukimbe, a traditional xylophone, on which he would play his own songs.

When his beloved grandfather dies, all the odds appear to be stacked against this soulful young boy.

Somehow he has to find his feet again.