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What South Africans are reading during quarantine 

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Quarantine has freed up some time for many people, allowing them to read books which inspire them or remind them of a time much simpler than now.

Reading has become the go-to activity for many during the lockdown period because of the prohibition of recreational activities. Aside from have a few extra hours in the day, reading has been used as a form of escapism for people, allowing the mind to forget about the many worries of the current social and economic climate. Speaking to some South Africans, it is clear that readers are desperately seeking some form of comfort by returning to a story well-known, or to be inspired by someone great.

Priyen Naidoo re-read the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, as his perception of the stories has completely changed as an adult. Amy-Leigh Williams decided to celebrate black women by reading Michelle Obama’s Becoming, whilst Lettie Ndubane opted for a biography on The Beatles’ John Lennon by Ray Connolly.

Overall, most South Africans have chosen to look back at times before the coronavirus pandemic, and to look for inspiration from others who have overcome various difficulties.

Listen to the book suggestions below.

Sayushka Naidoo
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