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Home Remedies

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  16 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Joanna Renfield’s life at The Fish Hoek Valley Museum of Natural History gets complicated when DNA testing links the museum’s only claim to fame – a twelve thousand-year-old skeleton nicknamed Fish Hoek Man – with Saartjie Baartman. The media goes wild, the museum has a makeover, and Joanna gets a new Struggle veteran boss. She is here to teach Joanna a lesson – only it’s ...more
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Umuzi (first published September 20th 2012)
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Margaret Crampton
This book was a disappointment a muddle of themes and ideas that did not come together for me as a whole. The author chose unrelated topical issues: such as the Saartjie Baartman repatriation, breakdown of a marriage, death of a child, professional dissatisfaction, violence against women and mundanity of raising a small child. It is well written and the imagery is good but the story line is confused.
Alison Smith
Mar 02, 2013 Alison Smith rated it liked it
I enjoyed the local colour and the Fish Hoek setting. The novel is very new South Africa, and takes an unexpected black, dramatic turn four fifths of the way through the story. An easy read, that packs a nasty, surprise punch.
Oct 31, 2014 Emma rated it really liked it
It is fun, it is sharp, it is intelligent and it has an underlying thread that is part of the building pf the New South Africa. Great, rather easy read, and at least it makes you think and not in the usual defensive, apologist or aggro lines

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Diane Awerbuck is a South African novelist. Her novel, Gardening at Night, won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, best first book (Africa and the Caribbean), and was shortlisted for the International Dublin IMPAC Award. In 2011 her collection of short stories, Cabin Fever, was published by Random House Struik.

She taught at Rustenburg Girls' High School until 2002. Her non-fiction has appeared
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