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BHAsks- Chomba Bizzo Chileshe

BHAsks: Zambia Reads, is a weekly series that will allow you to become acquainted with everyday Zambians through their lives as readers.   We spoke to Chomba Bizzo Chileshe, who is a social entrepreneur and a corporate financial analyst, also aspiring to be a Nike...

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Are Zambian Books Too Expensive?

When you walk into most bookshops in Lusaka, you will find that they are divided into various categories. The stationery will be in one section, academic books in another; novels have their own place and Zambian books (books written by Zambians or about Zambia) have...

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Show Don’t Tell

When you pick up a book, you want to immerse into the story. You want to relate to the characters, smell the air, feel the textures, that is the power of good fiction writing. There are books that you pick up and straight away you are dragged into this imaginary world...

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A First Draft Is Not A Finished Book

A blank page to a writer can either be an exciting or daunting prospect. Exciting because you have the opportunity to create this magic on the page and daunting because you know that it will be a lonely road ahead. A book is created one word after another and it often...

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The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason has been on my radar for years, but I never got the chance to read it. I heard rave reviews about it and it led to me eventually getting my hands on it. This is a finance and business book that uses parables to put across...

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It’s Our Turn to Eat by Michela Wrong

It is not often that you pick up a non-fiction book that reads like a fast-paced thriller novel, well that is exactly what ‘It’s Our Turn to Eat’ by Michela Wrong turns out to be. It was the Butali House Book Club January pick. It is a story about a Kenyan...

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