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Cynthia Jele

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A year of reading the world: 196 countries, countless stories…

A very cool blog I’ve recently come across.



Commonwealth Prize final programme 2011 at this year’s Sydney Writers Festival

Detailed account of what went down in this year’s Commonwealth Prize final programme in Sydney, courtesy of Craig Cliff, Best First Book Winner 2011.

It was a complete blast. Enjoy.

Packed week for Happiness is a four-letter word

Upcoming events for Happiness is a four-letter word:

  • July 18th, 2:30pm – interview with Karabo Kgoleng on SAfm
  • July 22nd, 6:00pm for 6:30pm – book launch at Love Books, The Bamboo Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville – RSVP before July 20: 011 726 7408 ,
  • July 24th, 12:15pm for 12:30pm – book-club luncheon - Mangiare, Shop SL30, The Piazza, Whitely Road, Melrose Arch, Melrose North, 2196 - 011 684 1079; Cost: R210 per person (includes starter, main course, dessert and drinks); RSVP: or 0726569017


Cynthia Jele

Happiness is a Four-Letter Word on July issue of Fairlady Magazine

A short sweet review on this month’s issue of Fairlady Magazine. Janine Jellars writes, “ Disclaimer: I’m not a fan of so-called ‘chick-lit’. But this didn’t stop me from devouring this debut novel in one sitting. The story revolves around the lives of four 30-something friends – activist Princess, thoughtful Tumi, pragmatic Nandi and fabulous Zaza. Jele weaves their stories together effortlessly, establishing their individual struggles and realistically portraying the dynamics of their friendships. The women struggle with infidelity, infertility and the ups and downs of being a woman who’s almost made it in post-1994 South Africa, I especially love that these women we can identify with – they’re our sisters and girlfriends – living in the city (Johannesburg) that they know.”