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The Woman Next Door (Paperback)
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The Woman Next Door (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 02/02/2017
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LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION Hortensia and Marion are next door neighbours in a charming, bougainvillea-laden Cape Town suburb. One is black, one white. Both are successful women with impressive careers behind them. Both have recently been widowed. Both are in their eighties. And both are sworn enemies, sharing hedge and hostility pruned with zeal. But one day an unforeseen event forces the women together. Could long-held mutual loathing transform into friendship? Love thy neighbour? Easier said than done. `Wit, charm and playful energy... An insightful and fascinating diptych of two women, with the history of colonialism and slavery lurking in the background' Herald

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784701376
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


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"Wit, charm and playful energy... An insightful and fascinating diptych of two women, with the history of colonialism and slavery lurking in the background" -- Nick Major * Herald Scotland *
"Cape Town's answer to Mapp and Lucia, a war of wits and witticisms amid the bougainvillea of an impossibly smug neighborhood. Yewande Omotoso's deft writing and subtle weaving in of difficult history will leave you in love with these two stubborn old women. Delightful" -- Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
"A finely observed account of female prejudice, redemption and that often elusive commodity - friendship" -- Deidre Conroy * Irish Independent *
"At once historical and contemporary, The Woman Next Door is charged with beauty, precision, nuance, and hope. Yewande Omotoso is a stunning, essential voice" -- NoViolet Bulawayo
"Hilarious" * Pool *

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“Do you always love your neighbour ?....”

Set in South Africa, we meet unlikely neighbours Hortesia and Marion both over eighty and widowed, one is white where the other one is black. They are the most bickering neighbours you ever meet. Unlikely events... More

Hardback edition
10th April 2016
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“Sharp fiction with great characters and a writer who”

This isn't the kind of thing i'd usually pick up - we've got a couple of South African octogenarians , who at first glance seem to fill their days tormenting each other via the neighbourhood committee.... More

Paperback edition
25th April 2017
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