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Beauty's Gift by Sindiwe Magona

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Publication Date: September 2018

Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize 2009

The Five Firm Friends - Edith, Cordelia, Amanda, Doris and Beauty - are five sassy career women who confront life head-on. But when Beauty suddenly becomes ill and, after six short weeks, passes away, their world is thrown into confusion.

On her deathbed Beauty begs Amanda to promise her one thing - that she and the rest of the FFF will not waste their lives as she has done. All because of an unfaithful husband..

`Ukhule,' she begs of Amanda. May you live a long life, and may you become old.

Beauty's Gift is a moving tale of how four women decide to change their own fate as well as the lives of those closest to them.

This is Sindiwe Magona at her very best - writing about social issues, and not keeping quiet. Speak up, she says to women in Africa. Stand up, and take control of your own lives.

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