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THE BLESSED GIRL


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When you are accustomed to the finer things in life – designer shoes, champagne, VIP lounges, exotic holidays abroad, a luxury penthouse, expensive wheels – what independent young woman in her right mind would want to let them go? Certainly not the beautiful, ambitious and super-streetsmart Bontle Tau, the girl who has used her good looks and winning charm all her life to get exactly what she wants. The lifestyle doesn’t come cheap, though, nor does maintaining the body that allows it (just ask Dr Heinz at the beauty clinic). Luckily, Bontle has a degree in MENcology, and there is no shortage of blessers at her penthouse door, eager to give her all the love and (financial) support she needs. Papa Jeff might be overweight and getting on a bit, and receiving some unwanted attention from the Hawks; and Teddy might not have fully come through for her on that messed-up tender business; but Mr Emmanuel, the Nigerian businessman with deep pockets and the possibility of conferring second wife status... could that be love?

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THE 30TH CANDLE


"It is by far the best book I have ever read. It's one of those books you want to buy for friends as a Christmas gift...... actually I don't need an excuse to buy anyone this book in particular. Angela Wow"
Antonia Sawula

"Reading this book was like watching a skilled painter fill a blank canvass with a picture embedded with 1000 and 1 lessons."
Tshego Thlapi
Just Curious ZA
"The book resonated with me from the lingo (the use of "Shame", "Wena" and "Ja") interspersed in conversations, I felt like I was privy to an exclusive invitation into the characters' circle."
- Makuka Mayuka
Diasporan Darlings


"It's a definite must read."
- Lerato Makomene Evolutionary Magazine

"Reading the 30th Candle didn't feel like I was actually reading, it felt like I was chilling & chatting with four girlfriends."
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"Another book to add to the South African pile... good read & very enjoyable"
- Lianne Lipschitz

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RED INK


"Makholwa's narrative is catchy and powerful. This novel, a first by the author, however, is a good read and tells a believable South Africa story. Red Ink definitely belongs on my book shelf."
- Edward Tshumele
The Sowetan


"Intriguing, surprising and ruthless, Angela Makholwa's Red Ink is one of the first novels about a serial killer written by a black female South African, and provides a fascinating glimpse into the Buppie lifestyle."
- Aubrey Paton
Sunday Times Lifestyle
"I loved the distinct urban dialogue of young black people that Makholwa seems to write with ease."
- Kate Fuller
www.itsallwrite.net

"Red Ink has everything that makes a crime thriller smoke: strong sexy characters, jazzy settings that range from the Zone in Rosebank to C-Max to nightclubs to the streets of Melville."
- Mike Nicol
crimebeat.bookslive

"Angela Makholwa's first novel is at once soothingly familiar and strangely disquieting. Just as people rubberneck to catch a gory glimpse of a car accident, so one can't seem to stop turning the pages of this serial killer thriller."
- Phil Murray
The Cape Times


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