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Listen to Angela Makholwa discuss her new novel over a light lunch (28 October)

Do you know what a blesser is? A yellow bone? Wie Sien Ons?

If you don’t (or even if you do), then come to listen to Angela Makholwa speaking on her fabulous novel, The Blessed Girl.

Bontle Tau is beautiful, street smart and ambitious who would not be seen in last year’s models: clothes or car. Her lifestyle is funded by her blessers: Chubby Papa Jeff (under scrutiny from the Hawks), Teddy with tender connections in Limpopo, and the gorgeous Mr. Emmanuel, the Nigerian businessman.

Part funny and frivolous (anal bleaching, Louboutin’s and Dr. Heinz’s beauty clinic on speed dial are a must!) and part tragedy, this is a book of the crazy new world where tenders are allocated to the pretty and well connected, where girls never pay for their own drinks at the swanky bars in exclusive hotels (or cars or butt implants ) and their blessers pay and pay…

But the cost is high as Bontle Tau finds out when her worlds of Mamelodi township (her mum Gladys is the shebeen queen and her brother is running with the wrong crowd) and Sandton penthouse collide.

A well-written and interesting read – part frothy fiction and part horror story. To my mind, this is a book of our time.

‘In The Blessed Girl, Angela Makholwa has yet again given us a deceptively simple yet layered narrative, in which the plot is as memorable as the characters are unforgettable. Bravo.’ – ZUKISWA WANNER


Date: Saturday, 28th October 2017
Time: 1pm for 1.30pm
Venue: 73 Tyrwhitt Avenue, Birdhaven
Light lunch and wine sponsored by Porcupine Ridge
No charge – buy a book!
RSVP: Pippa Smith on or Camilla Twigg on

The Blessed Girl
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