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Angelina Sithebe

@ Sunday Times Books LIVE

Sunday Times Notes and Podcast

I was in the Sunday Times reading room this week:

Load-shedding has taken me back to my childhood and the nostalgic pleasure of reading by candlelight without the distraction of television.

In childhood, I knew the mysteries of adult life lay in letters on a page when my parents too read by candlelight, and the words prompted their moans, laughter, anger.

I can still feel the triumph of finishing my first book in Standard Three — a thriller about a man on a torturous search for his shadowy nemesis, Gwaqaza. In Standard Six, I cried when I lived in World War II’s concentration camps, through the words of a brave girl my age, Anne Frank. During puberty, I experienced my first flutterings of love and heartbreak through romance novels.

There is meant to be a podcast, too, with myself and Tymon Smith, but it hasn’t appeared here yet. It will soon, I’m sure.


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