THIS WEEK’S FIVE MUST READ BOOKS
By: Zimasa Matiwane
Life shouldn’t suck right? Well sometimes it does more than suck. It breaks people. The following life stories have been documented in books. Some new, some mature (books are never old). These life stories will break you and shake you while making you lose faith in humanity.
- Madeleine: Our Daughter’s Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her by Kate McCann.
This is one of the things all parents dread, a child who goes missing. A few days before her fourth birthday, little Madeline disappears while on holiday in Portugal with her parents. What follows after is painted by her mother Kate in this book. From “shoddy” investigations, jurisdiction limitation, parents turning to suspects, media frenzy followed by libel (Leveson Inquiry), hundreds of sightseeing. The story is told in chronological order but it will grip you from start to finish, feeling the McCanns pain with every page turn. Madeline has been missing for seven years.
- Killing for Profit by Julian Rademeyer.
From South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to Vietanam. Veteran Journalist Rademeyer embarked on an investigation that took more than two years into the world of rhino poaching. This gripping account of wildlife trafficking exposes a web of syndicate’s driven by greed, intent on being the architects of rhino extinction.
3. Drug Muled: Sixteen years in a Thai Jail by Joanne Joseph and Larissa Focke
If you keep up with the news then you must be familiar with Suvarnabhumi Airport where a number of South African lives were shattered and Lard Yao prison where souls are buried. Its 1994, Vanessa Goosen is a Miss SA finalist. Her life is crushed when cocaine is found in her luggage but she is an exception because her mind, body and soul survive Lard Yao. The books details her arrest, how she was spared the death penalty, how she survived sixteen Christmas’s away from home and more heartbreaking, how she never got to raise her daughter. Joseph paints a vivid picture of Goosen’s story, you will feel like you are deep in the belly of the tiger, Lard Yao.
4. Where Children Sleep by James Mollison.
Imagine you were a photographer asked to come up with an idea for engaging children’s rights, where would you begin? Photographer James Mollison dug deep within his inner child and came up with a simple yet captivating answer: a collection of stories about children from around the world, told through portraits and pictures of their bedrooms. From Scotland to the USA, China to Senegal, down to Brazil and across to Nepal, the West Bank and Lesotho Mollison portrays the lives of children through pictures. Beautifully presented piece of satire that will show you just how unfair life is and how fortunate you are.
5. The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Italian Trials of Amanda Knox by Nina Burleigh.
Whether you know her as Amanda Knox or Foxy Knoxy this American girl’s story is sure to have caught your attention at some point. This murder story has been baffling Italian authorities for years. Amanda Knoxx is “innocent” or “guilty” depending on whether you consume American or Italian news. While many books have been written on this seemingly unsolvable murder, Burleigh’s book is by far the most impartial, factual interpretation of this true-crime thriller.