by Zukiswa Wanner
In Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts, Zukiswa Wanner faces the challenges of travelling by road and crossing several borders while being a Zambian-born South African who lives in Kenya but her irreverent humour and uncanny ability to connect and make friends wherever she goes, serves her well.
2016 was a year she wanted to celebrate in style, and when her son came home and told her about yet another international school trip, an idea began to form. Why not take a road trip through several countries to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the publication of her debut novel, The Madams, with a book tour as well as her fortieth birthday. Best of all, she would bond with her partner and son before her writing took her off to Europe for months.
Zukiswa Wanner is the author of five novels The Madams (2006), Behind Every Successful Man(2008), Men of the South (2010), Maid in SA (2013), London Cape Town Joburg (2014); and two children’s books Jama Loves Bananas (2011) and Refilwe(2014). Her short stories have appeared in 66 Books: 21st Century Writers Speak to the King James Version Bible (2011) and The Gods Who Sends Us Gifts(2017). She co-authored the Mandela home biography 8115: A Prisoner’s Home (2010) with the late award-winning photographer Alf Kumalo . Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts is her sixth book. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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