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Book Launch: Home Affairs by Bree O’Mara

Home Affairs“I laughed out loud, often and as long as I read my way through this cleverly constructed silliness, enjoying it thoroughly.”
– Alan Swerdlow

30 Degrees South is pleased to invite you to the launch of Home Affairs, the winner of the inaugural Citizen Book Prize, as well as the formal announcement of the start of the 2008 competition.

In the Underberg village of Hillman, population 237 (it would have been 238 except the mayor, Dewaldt “Pompies” van Niekerk, was not at home at the time of the last census; he was apparently seeing to some rather pressing matters concerning one of the town’s citizens that evening), something has disturbed the peace in the hilltop hamlet.

Situated 199½km from Durban (the extra ½km being of critical importance when you wish to distance yourself from city folk), Hillman is having an identity crisis. A debate is raging about whether or not to change the name of the town in line with current political trends. The mayor, surmising that the position of authority he has held since 1982 could be in jeopardy from one Ephraim “Oubaas” Mthethwa, decides to embrace the debate and campaigns to change Hillman’s name to ‘Dingaan Berg’ in order to win votes on both sides of the fence.

See you at the launch!

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