People Like Ourselves

People Like Ourselves

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Julia belongs to the inner circle of Johannesburg high society. But in the New South Africa, things have changed - the days of tea on the lawn are over. Julia's husband, Douglas, is a serial adulterer and is no longer willing to pay for the small luxuries she has always enjoyed. Her daughter has rebelled herself right out of her life. She doesn't seem to be able to manage the 'home workers' who have developed a will of their own, and her best friend, Caroline, is quietly considering killing her husband. Now, Douglas' ex-wife, who is never spoken of, has announced her intention of coming to visit from London bringing, no doubt, her politically correct credentials along with her. She's coming to see Nelson Mandela, she says. "People Like Ourselves" takes a wry look at the brave new world that is the 'African miracle' today, by the prize-winning author of "Frieda and Min", "Like Water in Wild Places" and "Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter".
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 24mm | 240.41g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552998710
  • 9780552998710
  • 1,770,037

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" Tough, smart and vulnerable ... her writing is emblematic of an entire people." -- "Independent" " One of the new breed of women writers in South Africa who are telling our story with such power and talent." -- "Cape Times" " Perceptive and sensitive and extremely funny." -- "The Times"
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About Pamela Jooste

Pamela Jooste was born in Cape Town, where she still lives. Her first novel, Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter, won the Commonwealth Best First Book Award for the African Region and the Sanlam Literary Award, and the Book Data South African Booksellers' Choice Award. Her subsequent novels are Frieda and Min and Like Water in Wild Places.
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36 ratings
3.13 out of 5 stars
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4 14% (5)
3 47% (17)
2 22% (8)
1 3% (1)
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