[LISTEN] The road less travelled - Author Zukiswa Wanner on her latest book

The name Zukiswa Wanner has become inextricably linked to how we define trends in African literature.

She’s the Zambian born South African, who now lives in Kenya, and who has been a tour de force in contemporary writing in the last decade.

Her previous books include The Madams and the award-winning London Cape Town Joburg.

In her latest, and most personal work to date, author Wanner embarks on an adventure across the continent with her partner and son.

The result is Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts.

I moved through countries that I had grown up in, that I had a certain association with as a child.

Zukiswa Wanner, Author

The book also follows Wanner on a trip to Europe where, travelling as a black woman with a South African passport, comes with its own challenges.

I had this situation when I got to the Polish/Ukranian border - I was travelling with a white, male friend. They look at his passport and they were fine with it - and then they looked at my passport and said to me 'Come this side'.

Zukiswa Wanner, Author

Listen as Zukiswa Wanner discusses her latest book:

Book launches: Friday 4 May at Book Lounge 5:30 Saturday 5 May at Molo Mhlaba in Khayelitsha


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