Behind Every Successful Man

by Zukiswa Wanner

KSh 1,250

When I started reading this book, i could not put it down. It interesting story of a modern guy who has made. He has a wife who support him through out his decision. Now when it was the husband ‘s turn to support the woman. It was agains the man’s culture to do so. I think it is much better that we are living in new south africa. It would have been difficult in those days for a woman to succeed.
Well written.
– Selogai1; Goodreads

“Traditionalists, lock up your daughters, because Zukiswa Wanner has another novel out. Behind Every Successful Man follows on from The Madams – both in sequence and in its author’s sharp, witty deconstruction of the balance of power in the relationships of the moneyed class. Instead of black madams hiring white maids, this time it’s BEE housewives gunning for greater self-affirmation – at the expense of their tycoon husbands.

If the brave new bourgeois SA has a scourge, it’s Wanner.”
– BooksLive SA


Nobantu has everything a girl could dream of: a brilliant businessman for a husband, two cheeky but adorable children, and two of the best friends a girl could ask for. And yet, on Nobantu’s thirty-fifth birthday, surrounded by glitz, glamour and fame, she realises something important. What has happened to her ambitions? Her career? What has happened to Nobantu?

A funky, witty tale of a mother turned entrepreneur – to the great exasperation of Andile, her husband and BEE tycoon.
– Kwela Books Publishers


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Zukiswa Wanner

Born to a South African father and a Zimbabwean mother in Zambia, Zukiswa Wanner is the author of the novels The Madams (2006), Behind Every Successful Man (2008), Commonwealth and Herman Charles Bosman Award shortlisted Men of the South (2010) and London CapeTown Jo’burg 2014.

In addition to writing fiction, Zukiswa has also contributed essays to Oprah, Elle and Juice magazines, and literary reviews and essays to Afropolitan and Sunday Independent, as well as the international online journal,African Writing.




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Zukiswa Wanner

Zukiswa Wanner is a South African journalist and novelist. Her debut novel, The Madams, was shortlisted for the K. Sello Duiker Award in 2007.Her other novel, Men of the South, was shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. In April 2014 Wanner was named on the Hay Festival’s Africa39 list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define trends in African literature. She proved she was worth that praise by producing another amazing novel London CapeTown Jo’burg and then went ahead to win the K. Sello Duiker Award (which is part of the South African Literary Awards) in 2015.