“In The Blessed Girl, Angela Makholwa has yet again given us a deceptively simple yet layered narrative, in which the plot is as memorable as the characters are unforgettable. Bravo.” – Zukiswa Wanner
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The Blessed Girl
When you are accustomed to the finer things in life – designer shoes, champagne, VIP lounges, exotic holidays abroad, a luxury penthouse, expensive wheels – what independent young woman in her right mind would want to let them go? Certainly not the beautiful, ambitious and super-streetsmart Bontle Tau, the girl who has used her good looks and winning charm all her life to get exactly what she wants. The lifestyle doesn’t come cheap, though, nor does maintaining the body that allows it (just ask Dr Heinz at the beauty clinic). Luckily, Bontle has a degree in MENcology, and there is no shortage of blessers at her penthouse door, eager to give her all the love and (financial) support she needs. Papa Jeff might be overweight and getting on a bit, and receiving some unwanted attention from the Hawks; and Teddy might not have fully come through for her on that messed-up tender business; but Mr Emmanuel, the Nigerian businessman with deep pockets and the possibility of conferring second wife status… could that be love?
Keeping all her boyfriends happy and living a fabulous life is not without its challenges. With so many people clamouring for Bontle’s attention – from her shebeen queen mother Gladys in Mamelodi, who is taking strain bringing up her teenaged brother, Golokile, on her own; to her girlfriends, Iris and Tsholo; not to mention her soon-to-be ex-husband, the ever-patient, ever-loving Ntokozo, Bontle barely has time to post on Instagram these days. Sooner or later something’s got to give …
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Angela Makholwa Moabelo is a South African author born and raised in the East Rand township of Tembisa. Angela worked as a journalist, reporting mostly on crime in the 1990’s. As a young journalist, Angela was concerned about the scourge of crime in South Africa and focused her energies on covering crime stories in the townships of Johannesburg. In the late 1990’s, South Africa’s East Rand townships were gripped by a wave of violent rapes and killings of young women. A pattern emerged that led police to believe that a serial killer was behind these crimes. Like many crime reporters, Angela followed this story with interest until the killer was finally arrested and convicted of serial homicide.
He was given multiple life sentences and went onto serve his jail term at the Pretoria Maximum Security Prison. The man approached Angela to write a book on his life story. After months of visiting the maximum security prison in order to gather research material for the biography, Angela decided to abandon the project due to professional and personal reasons. The serial killer started sending disturbing letters to her postal address, which further exacerbated her decision to terminate the project.
A few years later, she decided to resuscitate the manuscript in the form of a fictional novel, which was published by Pan Macmillan in 2007 under the title ‘Red Ink’. The book was the first South African crime thriller with an African female protagonist.
Angela went onto publish The 30th Candle in 2009 and The Black Widow Society in 2013.
Angela has gained critical and popular acclaim for her contribution to African literature and has been nominated for several literary awards. The crime and women’s fiction writer has been invited to speak at a number of local and international literary events and is committed to the advancement of literature on the African continent.
She works with a number of South African writers to encourage the love of reading amongst township and rural youth through various initiatives, including Read SA, a non-profit organisation.
Angela Makholwa Moabelo is currently working on her fourth fiction novel due for release in the last quarter of 2017. When she is not writing, Angela runs digital marketing and communications agency Britespark Communications in Midrand, Johannesburg and is Non-Executive Director at legal insurance company, LIPCO Law For All.
She is married with two children and... one husband.
In order to purge herself of the demons of ageing that were haunting her, she devoted this episode of her life to penning her next novel, "The 30th Candle" - a book that revolves around four university friends who deal differently with the milestone of turning 30.
The "Black Widow Society" followed in 2013 - the book is the realisation of a dream to write a crime suspense novel that will hopefully challenge and entertain the reader... while giving them a sleepless night or two.