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New Editions of Angela Makhlowa’s Red Ink and 30th Candle Released

Along with the publication of her third novel, Black Widow Society, Pan Macmillan is delighted to release new editions of Angela Makholwa’s first two books, Red Ink and 30th Candle:

Red InkWhen public relations consultant and ex-journalist Lucy Khambule – young, beautiful and ambitious – receives an unexpected call from Napoleon Dingiswayo – a convicted serial killer, nicknamed The Butcher by the media – her life takes a dramatic turn. Dingiswayo wants Lucy to tell his story. Intrigued by Dingiswayo’s approach, Lucy decides to take this opportunity to fulfill her life-long dream of writing a book, but it comes at a cost she could never have imagined.

After their initial contact, Dingiswayo becomes an all-too-obliging subject and Lucy soon discovers that her choice of topic is not for the faint-hearted. Soon after meeting him in Pretoria’s notorious C-Max Prison, Lucy’s world is turned upside down by a series of violent and disturbing events.

Dingiswayo is behind bars, but Lucy begins to suspect that the brutal attacks may have something to do with him. Who is this frightening man, and what motivates him? As Lucy learns that there is more to Dingiswayo’s story than the police discovered, she is forced to decide what price she is willing to pay to pursue her dream.

Red Ink is a gripping thriller. Set in present-day Johannesburg, it has a distinctly local flavour and brings the city to life through all its contrasts and contradictions.

“With Red Ink Makholwa has taken the South African urban novel to new heights. By turns gritty and shocking yet tender at the core, Red Ink is an important addition to the canon of modern fiction in this country.” – Fred Khumalo

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30th Candle‘Ok, who is this guy? You said he’s not married, so if you’re knocked up, you have to tell who he is,’ Linda insisted.

Thirtieth Birthdays loom … Skeletons come creeping out closets …

How will this Birthday end?

Linda has just cast off yet another lover, while Dikeledi can’t seem to pin her fast-talking lawyer down to talk about marriage.

Nolwazi has a secret – one she can’t share even with her closest friends, while Sade has found the perfect man, and a new life that will shut out the horrors of her past forever. Or will it …?

Linda, Dikeledi, Nolwazi and Sade are about to discover more than the wisdom that comes with being a year older. After all, they’re young, gifted and black in a booming new South Africa.

Author of the popular thriller, Red Ink, Angela Makholwa turns her humour and skill for page-turning suspense to the escapades and sexual misadventures of modern women as they search for happiness – and hope for love.

“From an author who has a wicked sense of humour comes a skilfully written must-read for any woman who winces at the idea of celebrating the ‘big 3-0′ …” – Futhi Ntshingila

“Angela Makholwa has managed to weave the suspense beautifully right through to the very last chapter. Reading this book was like watching a skilled painter fill a blank canvas with a picture embedded with 1 001 lessons.” – Tshego Tlhapi

About the author

Angela Makholwa lives and works in Johannesburg. Her debut novel, Red Ink (2007), is a gripping psychological thriller. This was followed by the entertaining escapades and sexual misadventures of modern women in The 30th Candle (2009). Black Widow Society marks a return to a thrilling, crime-ridden world.

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