Ten years after her first book was published, Zukiswa Wanner leaves her Nairobi home on an adventure-filled road trip with her partner and son. Travelling by road to the southernmost country in Africa, she gets stranded in a border town in Malawi; finds herself in the midst of a protest against bond notes in Zimbabwe that shows her that Mugabe isn’t the force that he once was. And while dealing with immigration officials from Uganda to Ukraine, she learns what it means to carry an African passport. Wanner deals with the politics of the nations she considers home as well as she the politics of literary festivals and writing with the same touch of humour that has been her signature since her first book.

  • ISBN / ISSN #: 978-0-9870198-1-3
  • Word Count: 54878
  • Page Count: 224
  • Book Size: 5.5″ x 8″ (134 x 204mm)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Category/genre: Travel Memoir

About the author

Hardly Working is award-winning South African writer Zukiswa Wanner’s sixth book. Her other solo projects are The Madams (2006), Behind Every Successful Man (2008), Men of the South (2010), Maid in SA (2013), London Cape Town Joburg (2014). She has also authored two children’s books, Jama Loves Bananas (2011) and Refilwe (2014). Wanner has contributed short stories to anthologies including 66 Books: 21st Century Writers Speak to the King James Version Bible (2011) and The Gods Who Send Us Gifts (2017). She co-authored the Mandela home biography 8115: A Prisoner’s Home (2010) with the late award-winning photographer Alf Kumalo. In 2013, she was selected as one of 39 African writers under the age of 39 most likely to change the direction of literature in sub-Saharan Africa. Wanner is the curator of Artistic Encounters in Nairobi, Kenya and can be found in an African city near you without notice.

About the publisher

about Black Letter Media

They say, until the lion learns to speak, the tale of the hunt will be told by the hunter. We want to give the lion its voice back and an audience. Our vision is to help Afrikans find their authentic voice so they can tell their own stories. Founded by duduzile zamantungwa mabaso in 2011, Black Letter Media is a full service print and digital publishing and bookselling company.

Black Letter Media focusses on publishing new African storytellers who have a unique, powerful and alternative vision of Africa. Our readers can enjoy beautifully designed books in print or as ebooks. Black Letter Media is rooted in the poetry genre. In our first year, we have published two print edition of our online poetry journal, Poetry Potion, as well as two short story titles. But this is only the beginning.

Our platforms include poetrypotion.com, and books including the Poetry Potion quarterly, short story collections and novels. Our writers and publishers are primarily from South African but include Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Cameroon and Botswana. Our bookselling platform is the online market for independently produced African literature Book Lover’s Market – bookloversmarket.com has been retired.


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