That’s the great thing about literature and the reason I believe in reading and writing – it manages to capture a whole life and preserve it. Through literature we can defeat mortality.

Furthermore, literature doesn’t just allow us to esacape death but also to enter someone else’s reality. I recently saw a quote by George RR Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book behind the popular TV series Game of Thrones, that said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” That’s possibly what I love most about literature – the ability to escape and live someone else’s life for a while.

It’s an experience I wish everyone would try just to see how great it is to have a whole other world that’s within reach at any time you choose.

My aim with this supplement was to make it accessible to those who don’t read. Reading and writing should be something we’re encouraging and this is my way of doing so.

For those of you who aren’t readers, I’d suggest you attempt our article written especially for you on page nine. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a favourite of mine and I can vouch for it’s hilarity. Page nine also has an interview with Zelda la Grange, author of Good Morning, Mr Mandela, which we reviewed in our 28 July edition.

We’ve also included a piece for graphic novel enthusiasts (yes, it’s literature too) on page ten and the editor has put together an awesome article about female writers in South Africa.

I hope this literature supplement is the next building block in what will become a strong annual feature. Until next year, I hope you’ll be encouraged to seize an alternate reality with me.


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