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African Cookboy

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The intricate networks of township crime are slowly unraveled as Shatterproof gives apartheid-era authority the finger and merrily exploits any loophole that catches his eye.

In this dazzling first novel from 2009 EU Award-shortlisted author, David Dinwoodie Irving, we meet Dhlamini “Shatterproof” Bhekuzulu, a wily tsotsi geeza if there ever was one.

The intricate networks of township crime are slowly unravelled as Shatterproof gives apartheid-era authority the finger and merrily exploits any loophole that catches his eye. A far cry from the usual predictable story of wretched tsotsi life, Shatterproof’s criminal endeavours are both devious and delightful.

Dithering between his need for redemption and his love for illicit scheming, between his shrewd business deals and his predisposition to get into trouble, Shatterproof has the same allure as the magnetic Tony from the television series The Sopranos.

Despite his best intentions of avoiding violence at all costs, his mampara of a philandering brother, Vilakazi, gets Shatterproof into a series of disasters. Yet his adoration for his straight-living wife sees Shatterproof relinquish his illicit scheming and he starts up a legal, yes legal restaurant, mfowethu, and things go well for a while.

But when his previous tsotsi life comes knocking on the restaurant door, Shatterproof finds himself unable to resist …

 

About the Author
David Dinwoodie Irving
professes to have been several utterly different people during the roller-coaster ride of life that has so far been granted to him. He started life as what he calls a “very young, sports-mad, beer-drinking nobody”, whose proudest achievement at that point in his life was ownership of a two-seater 1948 MG TC, and progressed rapidly into surfing and globe-trotting with early inklings of a career as a writer. His married life curtailed these activities and dreams but with his untimely divorce came a renewed interest in music and film. He worked for several years as a professional musician and innovative film-maker before slumping into the life of a sunburnt, burned-out beach bum in the Seychelles. He realised that whether he devoted himself to writing from the heart or not, the day of his death was ordained – so, why not give everything (comfort or no comfort) to that creative passion that knows no competitor? Seven books later (because he does not know how to give up) he is at long last published. About bloody time …

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