Black History Month author: Rayda Jacobs

Rayda Jacobs wrote The Middle Children in 1994 with Second Story Press. The book is a series of linked short stories that touch on Ms Jacobs’ own upbringing as a ‘middle child’, those South Africans who were discriminated against during the apartheid era for being of mixed race. The stories include the identity politics of South Africans forced to leave their homes, the loss along with the fond nostalgia and humour.

After publishing The Middle Children, Ms Jacobs returned to South Africa where she has continued a very successful literary career. Now with ten books in print, Jacobs continues to celebrate perseverance beyond boundaries in her works.

Read more about Jacobs and The Middle Children

Read more about Jacobs at the University of Cape Town website

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