London CapeTown Jo’burg

by Zukiswa Wanner

KSh 1,185

The book revolves around two characters, Germaine Spencer and Martin O’Malley. After coincidently meeting several times the two fall in love and get married. Their relationship seems like the perfect love story; Martin O’Malley is a black Irish-South African who is trying to make his mark in the finance sector in London, whereas Germaine works as a ceramicists and art lecturer. As the reader you are taken on a journey through these cities that constitute important stations in the life of the main characters. Beginning with their first meeting and early relationship in London (1994–1998) and continuing to their move to Cape Town (1998–2008) and finally to Johannesburg (2008–2011), the reader gets an insight into the experiences of Germaine and Martin, culminating in the suicide of their teenage son Zuko.

Goethe Institut

Although London Cape Town Jo’burg speaks of two countries, it is mainly the story of one country, namely South Africa. A beautiful country that boasts a variety of cultures and prides itself in unity is also a country that has some dark elements ranging from racism, inequality, corruption and xenophobic violence to name a few. All these aspects of South Africa’s history since the 1990s have considerable influence on the lives of the main characters.
– Goethe Institut 

Nduta Waweru, The Star Newspaper

“Every family has a secret, well kept from the rest of the world and even to new members of the family. But such secrets usually end up destroying the members of the family as seen in Zukiswa Wanner’s new book, London, Cape Town, Joburg.”
– Nduta Waweru, The Star Newspaper 

Africa Book Club

“The opening pages of Zukiswa Wanner’s latest novel are very sad but maybe this is what propels one to read on…”
–  Africa Book Club 

Jonathan Amid, Litnet South Africa

London Cape Town Jo’burg, despite my minor quibbles with a meandering opening act, is a beautifully written, truly powerful and perceptive work of art, the perfect read for those that seek intelligence and perspicacity from their fiction”
–  Jonathan Amid, Litnet South Africa 

Goodreads

“Quite a good read and interesting, however the last few pages were the shock that I wasn’t prepared for and didn’t really want. However I guess they were really the point of the story.”
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Zukiswa Wanner (author)

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.

Watch her interview with Her Zimbabwe below:

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.