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Maverick: Extraordinary Women from South Africa's Past

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This is a book about raconteurs and renegades, writers, poets, provocateurs and pop stars, artists and activists and a cross-dressing doctor. From Africa's first black movie star and Drum covergirl, Dolly Rathebe, to Glenda Kemp, the snake-dancing stripper who shook up the verkrampte social mores of the 70s, these are the riveting true tales of women who broke with convent ...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Oshun Books
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Amanda Patterson
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it
The lives of some of South Africa's most famous and infamous women are explored. Beukes writes cleanly and Maverick is reader-friendly. One could read multiple-murdereress, Daisy de Melker's story on Monday, the stripper who's sidekick was a python, Glenda Kemp's on Tuesday, writer Olive Schreiners on Wednesday or one could just pig out and enjoy it all in one sitting.
Read about the strange, Elizabeth Klarer, who loved an alien and the tragic brilliant poet, Ingrid Jonker. Then do a 180* turn an
Andrea van Wyk
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
South Africa's history is filled with women who bucked the trend, did what they liked, damned by anyone else. Some, like murderess Daisy de Melker, are infamous. Others, like the continent's first black movie star, Dolly Rathebe or anti-apartheid activists, Ruth First and Lilian Ngoyi, gave the metaphorical middle finger to naysayers and those trying to oppress them.

The book includes the stories of Sarah Bartmann, the Khoi woman who was exhibited like an animal in Europe; Dr James Barry, born a
Magda w RPA
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m giving the 4th star just for introducing all these stories of extraordinary women to me.
The book is easy to read and Beukes has a cool style. The stories of women in this book are fascinating, even if not all of them are about positive achievements.
The biggest weakness of this book is its sketchiness. These stories deserve more pages.
Zoë Palmer
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly woven collection of short stories sharing the secrets of some inspirational South African women. Not what you're going to find on their Wikipedia pages. ...more
Sue Chant
May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
On the cover it says she's a journalist and these pieces read like shorts for a women's magazine - snippets of gossip and fact from research others have already done. OK but a bit light. Discarded. ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, kindle
This was such an amazing read. Although the stories were brief, there was such an amazing variety and any particular story can (and should) be further investigated. This compilation of biographies covered divas, freedom fighters, artists, singers, villains (or perhaps just more complicated humans), strippers, and tragedies. South Africa has truly hosted them all, and I am sure now that this is just the tip of an iceberg.
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lauren Beukes has produced Broken Monsters and The Shining Girls of late. In this 2015 publication of a book originally written in 2005, she is joined by Nechama Brodie, who helped update it, and added three chapters.

Yes this is history. But don't think dry, dull and boring. Think highly entertaining, whacky and written with a dry wit and sharp insight.

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Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
important when you want to get an overview of South African women in history and easy read
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Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, best-selling novelist who also writes screenplays, TV shows, comics and journalism. Her books have been translated into 26 languages and have been optioned for film and TV.

Her awards include the Arthur C Clarke Award, the prestigious University of Johannesburg prize, the August Derleth Prize, the Strand Critics Choice Award and the RT Thriller of the Year. She’s

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