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There's no shortage of books to sink your teeth into this holiday season.

Writer and editor Kate Sidley has made it easy for us, and narrowed it down to just 12.

Sidley explains that holiday reads don't have to be 'light and fluffy', and recommends these page-turners for you in your spare time.


  • My Own Liberator by Dikgang Moseneke

  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

  • Not without a Fight by Helen Zille


  • Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

  • Sigh the Beloved Country by Bongani Madondo


  • The Sympathizers by Viet Thanh Nguyen

  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith

  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

  • The Girl Next Door by Yewande Omotso

  • Rotten Row by Petina Gappah


  • Things Unseen by Pamela Power

  • His Bloody Project: Documents relating to the case of Roderick Macrae by Graham MacKray Burnett

Take a listen to Kate Sidley describe the books and callers share their current reads:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 12 holiday reads to add to your list

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