Title: Life Out of the Ordinary
Author: Ntshala Mahase
Size: 190mm x 130mm, 286 pages
ISBN: 978-0-620-66501-8 (print);
Growing up in the deep suburbs of Hyde Park Tom knew little about white privilege. He knew less about the other side of society where grass is certainly much less greener. All it took was a special trip to school to set his eyes into the impoverished conditions other people live in. He went on a transformational journey. Was he creating his own fairy-tale imaginary world? Was it a world in which all people are equal? Or was his ugly truth becoming real? He suffered a great deal of emotional anxiety and depression. Will Tom succeed in getting rid of his life? Or will he finally find peace?
“Ever since I was young I have always believed everything I was told, about myself and the world. I couldn’t have been freer, more in control, more sane. I can feel the weight off my shoulders. I finally broke the shackles.”
About the author: Ntshala Mahase is a Law student at the University of the Free State. He is a human rights activist and a graduate of Activate Change Drivers Programme. He runs a non-governmental organisation called Cause of Action. Life out of the Ordinary is his debut novel. He is currently residing in Bloemfontein.
My book Life Out of The Ordinary has been selected as one of five books from young and emerging writers across the country to form part of both Western Cape Department of Education, Gauteng Department of Education and LIASA’s Young Writers Programme. It was selected among more than 200 books which were submitted. It is the only one selected outside both Western Cape and Gauteng. This books will form part of 1000 books recommended by LIASA (Library and Information Association of South Africa) which runs public libraries, school libraries and university libraries across the country. This books are sent to different libraries across all nine provinces. Of course this means it will rub shoulders with great books from great South African authors like Niq Mhlongo, Zukiswa Wanner, Thando Mgqolozana, Zakes Mda and the likes. I’m greatly humbled.
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