Top Afrikaans books to read for a Covid-escape

Top Afrikaans books to read for a Covid-escape

Covid is lingering much longer than we would like and we are forced to find ways to deal with it and keep ourselves sane. One way to do this is to escape via reading. Netwerk24 has reported on Nielsen Bookscan SA yearly report that lists the top selling Afrikaans books of 2020. If you’re on the lookout for the next best read, have a look at the list below. Remember to buy local and support our town. 

Deon Meyer – Donkerdrif

The top seller (of more than R7 million in value), Donkerdrif is a gripping and fun read, especially with acute observations about Stellenbosch. A sequel to The Last Hunt, Donkerdrif weaves together different story lines: a murder, strange letters, a massive real estate deal and of course our favourite detectives, Bennie Griessel and Vaughn Cupido. Translations of Donkerdrif are planned to be available in English, Dutch, German and French this year. For insight into the various locations featured in the book, have a look at Meyer’s website. 

Sophia Kapp – Kanaän

A proper historical love story, Kanaän is about the unlikely love that grows between the daughter of a rich English businessman, Catherine, who is from the Johannesburg elite, and an Afrikaner farmer from the Free State, Chrisjan. They meet in 1944 and after her world falls apart, she is offered the chance to stay on his farm, Kanaän, for a year. It’s not easy, as Catherine has to deal with aspects such as the prejudices from the Afrikaner community and the narrowmindedness of others. A strong favourite among Kapp-fans. 

SJA de Villiers – Kook en Geniet* (also available in English) 

A staple in most kitchens, Kook en Geniet first made its appearance in 1951, but is still as relevant today as it was then. Revised in 2009 with more than 700 recipes, it has been for many the bible of learning how to cook. Think of Afrikaans favourites such as souskluitjies, malva pudding and waterblommetjie bredie. A popular gift for newlyweds, children and grandchildren, it is considered the most successful South African cookbook ever. Get your mind off Covid for a while and try one of the foolproof recipes. 

Rudie van Rensburg – Hans gee Herklaas Horings

This is the second adventure of Hans van Kraaienburg (after the bestselling Hans steek die Rubicon oor, which was read on RSG). In this humorous novel Hans is invited to visit Hermanus, where he is a guest of Herklaas. Trouble arises when the rich Grond Graaffwater wants to buy his property to turn it into a new hotel. Herklaas doesn’t want to sell and Grond is not happy about this, but Hans comes to the rescue to help Herklaas deal with this bully. Click here to read an excerpt. 

Chanette Paul – Vywervrou: Corali

Part of the Vywervrou-trilogie, Corali is an artist who sacrificed it all for her art. After spending time in England and France, she returns to Vywerbaai, where she spent holidays as a child. But Corali struggles with intense loneliness, grieving everything she lost and gave up. But with time, people from her past come back into her life. Don’t miss the rest of the Vywervrou trilogy, titled Lira and Mirre. 

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Written by C Knoesen

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