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Picador Africa Presents The Youngsters Series Edited by Mandy Wiener

Picador Africa presents a fresh, entertaining series of pocket books that feature prominent young South African voices worth listening to.

The Youngsters series explores topics of interest to the young and the young at heart, ranging from hair weaves to discovering who you are and what you should do with your life, as well as issues of race and gender, love and sex in the time of social networks, the music and radio industries, comedy, empowering yourself and more. The series shares the reality of being a youngster in South Africa and helps you to make sense of it all.

The Youngsters eBooks are now available to pre-order from Amazon for your Kindle:

It Feels Wrong to Laugh, But....It Feels Wrong to Laugh, But… by Anele Mdoda

“I am not my gap, but I own it. I am not my size, but I own it and you can’t use what you see as a negative against me. I own me and proudly so.” – Anele Mdoda

Carving her own path in radio, Anele Mdoda (@Anele) is known as one irreplaceable half of The Grant & Anele Show on 5FM and, from April 2012, on the Drive Time show on Highveld Stereo. A talker, a comic, honest and raw, Anele discusses everything from radio to hair weaves and owning your size in It Feels Wrong to Laugh, But…

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Take it from MeTake it from Me by Danny K

“They say there’s no business like show business. And that’s not because of the fame, or the money. It’s because of just how hard it can be.” – Danny K

Take It From Me records the ups and downs of the career path of South African singer, songwriter, actor and producer, Danny K (@dannykmusic). A performer from a young age, Danny K talks about the good, the bad and the ugly of the music business, his influences and how rejection can sometimes pay off.

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In My Arrogant OpinionIn My Arrogant Opinion by Khaya Dlanga

“This book isn’t about anything in particular. I know that sounds a little disturbing, but hear me out. I think that those people who read my work read it precisely because there is no particular pattern; they read it to find out what I have to say. Essentially I am like them. I am a conversationalist. I write like people talk. No fancy language; nor do I show how smart I am.” – Khaya Dlanga

Award-winning blogger and advertising guy who never eats black jelly babies Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) discusses issues of racism, love and sex, money, gender and a range of things in between. Khaya’s humour mixed with opinion is a recipe guaranteed to make you think and laugh out loud.

Khaya Dlanga is a Senior Communications Manager: Content Excellence at Coca-Cola South Africa. He writes in his personal capacity. He is a winner of the prestigious Cannes Gold and Black Eagle advertising awards. He is also a terror of the social networks.

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South Africa: A Long Walk to a Free RideSouth Africa: A Long Walk to a Free Ride by Nik Rabinowitz and Gillian Breslin

According to these two youngsters, “The hardest thing about South African history is getting people to agree on it.”

A fast-paced, hilarious guide to surviving your youth in South Africa. Expect a history lesson with a difference, what makes a comedian tick, some alternative political insights and thoughtful crystal-ball gazing. Join Nik Rabinowitz (@nikrabinowitz) and Gillian Breslin on a side-splitting journey to discover the “real” South Africa.

Nik Rabinowitz was raised on the mean, green streets of Constantia, Cape Town, a world of ride-bys, piano lessons, and unrelenting love and financial support from family members. Despite all this hardship he still managed to be moderately successful, achieving fame as the world’s foremost Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian. Gillian Breslin obtained a Journalism Degree from Rhodes University, but quickly realised that writing is much easier when you get to make stuff up. After a brief stint as ‘The World’s Worst Producer’ she started writing for television, and hasn’t looked back since (mostly because that’s where the creditors are). Gillian and Nik have been working together since 2008.

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BecomingBecoming by Shaka Sisulu

“There is a poetic justice to life because we are the sum of our experiences.” – Shaka Sisulu

Grandson of anti-apartheid stalwart Walter Sisulu, CEO of non-profit organisation Cheesekids, creator, dreamer, father and devoted Afrikan, Shaka Sisulu (@shakasisulu) discusses heritage, BEE, inspiration, leadership, legacy and how you can carve your own destiny in the Afrikan soil in Becoming.

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