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Mailbox Monday 16th April 2012



Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.
Your host for the month of April is: …Cindy@Cindy’s Love Of Books
So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Cindy, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!


My author request this week, is for a book which again takes me somewhat out of my comfort zone, but is going to be very intriguing, for I suspect not only its content and the style in which it is written, but for the messages and emotions which are contained both in and between its pages.



Like very good dark chocolate this is a delicious novel, with a bitter-sweet flavour. Vimbai is a hairdresser, the best in Mrs Khumalo’s salon, and she knows she is the queen on whom they all depend. Her situation is reversed when the good-looking, smooth-talking Dumisani joins them. However, his charm and desire to please slowly erode Vimbai’s rancour and when he needs somewhere to live, Vimbai becomes his landlady. So, when Dumisani needs someone to accompany him to his brother’s wedding to help smooth over a family upset, Vimbai obliges. Startled to find that this smart hairdresser is the scion of one of the wealthiest families in Harare, she is equally surprised by the warmth of their welcome; and it is their subsequent generosity which appears to foster the relationship between the two young people. The ambiguity of this deepening friendship – used or embraced by Dumisani and Vimbai with different futures in mind – collapses in unexpected brutality when secrets and jealousies are exposed. Written with delightful humour and a penetrating eye, The Hairdresser of Harare is a novel that you will find hard to put down.


This contemporary fiction novel, was gifted as a request for me to read and leave my comments about, by its author, Tendai Huchu and as such was free of charge.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Diane,

      This does sound like a fantastic read, with plenty of gossip and jealousies along the way. I know that the author has tried to put a light hearted spin on some the more trivial issues associated with such a ‘user-facing’ profession as hairdressing, but I think that there are some not quite so nice surprises and issues along the way, which unfortunately may not have quite such happy outcomes.

      I am really looking forward to this one.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week.

    • Hi Kathy,

      You can say that again! .. My hairdresser seems to know someone in just about every profession if you have a problem that needs fixing, all the gossip seemingly before it has even happened, oh! he also cuts hair brilliantly as well!!

      I think in this book though, our hairdresser Vimbai, finds out out a little too much and definitely more than she wants to know!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

    • Hi Cindy,

      I must admit to being a little taken aback by this one, when the author contacted me and offered a copy for review.

      After doing some research about the background of the book though, I think that I am really going to enjoy it, although dealing with some of the cultural issues which may come to the surface from reading it, may be a little more unpalatable and difficult.

      Thanks for hosting during April and have a good week.

    • Hi Mystica,

      This book has already received some great reviews, so I am hoping that my own will stand up well against them.

      I am really looking forward to getting to this book, although I always promise to read author requests on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, just to be fair.

      Thanks for the visit and enjoy your week

    • This is certainly different to anything I have read recently and I am looking forward to trying something with a little humour to temper the more serious messaging behind the story. The characters certainly sound larger than life!

      Thanks for the visit and have a good week

  • Interesting synopsis. “Secrets” always is a hook for me. Enjoy your new book, Yvonne, and have a great week.

    • Hi Kaye,

      ‘Secrets’ are seldom that well kept, especially when there are hairdressers involved, they are the worst gossips in the world, whether they are male or female!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment and have a good week

    • Hi Mary,

      This one sounds like a frivolous, harmless bit of fun, however I think that there are some darker, more serious issues to be uncovered, as the story unfolds.

      Sounds intriguing to me!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week

    • Hi Monique,

      Yes, that cover is quite alluring isn’t it? Simple and eyecatching, it ‘does what it says on the tin’.

      I love covers like this, can’t stand a cover that has no message and leaves you none the wiser as to what the story is about.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I certainly haven’t come across a synopsis quite like this before, which is why I am so intrigued by it.

      I have read a couple of previous books about Zimbabwe, however those focused on the altogether darker elements of the society. I am looking forward to discovering a little more about the day to day life of the Zimbabwean people and of course the dreaded ‘secret’!

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Beth,

      I like the simplicity of the cover, which still ably manages to convey the theme of the book.

      There are obviously some great lighthearted moments in the book, and some great one-liners from what I have read, although there are some very serious messages being transmitted about the people and culture of the country.

      Thanks for the visit and have a good week.

    • Hi Vicki,

      This is certainly going to be a different reading experience for me, as I have never delved into the world of fiction, liberally lacedwith humour.

      I am going to be interested in the way in which the more serious issues of the Zimbabwean culture, are woven into the story.

      Thanks for adding to the discussion, it is always good to hear from you.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      Thanks for stopping by, it is good to ‘meet’ you, I always like chatting with new people.

      I really enjoy books which have something informative to say, as well as a great story, although it isn’t often that I will go for anything containing any humour.

      From checking out the reviews and the author’s site though, it looks as though this one has humour completely in keeping with the story, with the more serious messages blending in quite well.

      Enjoy the rest of your week.


    • Hi Linda,

      When it is for myself, I definitely only like milk chocolate. White chocolate is an acceptable second choice, but plain chocolate is not really on the agenda!

      We usually end up by buying a bar of chocolate, as if we purchase a box or tin of chocolates, Dave will eat all the chocolate covered nuts and toffees and I am left with all the chocolate cremes.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting and for your own very entertaining posts which I always enjoy.

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