AND THEY DIDN'T DIE, afterword by M.J. Daymond

: Ngcobo (L.)

R 200.00
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282pp., paperback, SA Edition Reprint, Pietermaritzburg, (1990) 1999


First published in the UK in 1990.

Novel set in the rural Sabelweni valley from the 1950s to the 1980s. A community of women care for their children, the land and the cattle, through periods of drought and famine, while their husbands work in distant mines and cities.

"And They Didn't Die brilliantly chronicles the untold predicaments of women caught between custom, white law, and the migrant system ... It explores what happens when women start asking questions: about cattle and the land, about female power, about tradition, about violence, about sex." Anne McClintock, Voice Literary Supplement

"Harsh yet poignant, this novel rescues the experience of so many whose stories have remained untold,: Gillian Slovo, author of Red Dust

Lauretta Ngcobo (1931 – 2015) was born in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal. n 1963 she went into exile, first to Swaziland, then Zambia and finally England, where she taught for 25 years. She returned to South Africa in 1994 and lived in Durban.