First Thing, Daily Maverick's flagship newsletter

Join the 230 000 South Africans who read First Thing newsletter.

We'd like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick

More specifically, we'd like those who can afford to pay to start paying. What it comes down to is whether or not you value Daily Maverick. Think of us in terms of your daily cappuccino from your favourite coffee shop. It costs around R35. That’s R1,050 per month on frothy milk. Don’t get us wrong, we’re almost exclusively fuelled by coffee. BUT maybe R200 of that R1,050 could go to the journalism that’s fighting for the country?

We don’t dictate how much we’d like our readers to contribute. After all, how much you value our work is subjective (and frankly, every amount helps). At R200, you get it back in Uber Eats and ride vouchers every month, but that’s just a suggestion. A little less than a week’s worth of cappuccinos.

We can't survive on hope and our own determination. Our country is going to be considerably worse off if we don’t have a strong, sustainable news media. If you’re rejigging your budgets, and it comes to choosing between frothy milk and Daily Maverick, we hope you might reconsider that cappuccino.

We need your help. And we’re not ashamed to ask for it.

Our mission is to Defend Truth. Join Maverick Insider.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

AmaBookaBooka: Jennifer, Queen of the Free State (Podca...

Maverick Life

South Africa, Maverick Life

AmaBookaBooka: Jennifer, Queen of the Free State (Podcast)

This quirky and poignant memoir is a stirring read and a remarkable début. By JONATHAN ANCER.

Today’s AmaBookaBooka guest is the Queen of the Free State. She’s also Mamselle X, heroine of the French Resistance, and a vegetable-hating, frog-catching, dog-loving, piano-playing adventurer. She’s mischievous and inquisitive and while she may be a tough big sister – she’s a loyal friend.

Author Jennifer Friedman’s memoir Queen of the Free State is filled with laugh-out-loud funny stories (like the one about the blaspheming budgie) and stories that will make you cry (poor Sandy) about her childhood in the Orange Free State more than half a century ago.

The book is like a giant puzzle – each chapter is a self-contained story that is a piece of the puzzle. When all the chapters are put together you have a rich and poignant memoir about midnight escapes, banned comics, hideous encounters with bras, terrifying policemen, icy drives with Grandpa and growing up Jewish in a small town in the Orange Free State in the 1950s and 1960s. Friedman has captured extraordinary details – colours, smells, sights, tastes – that provide a front row seat to her childhood.

One of my favourite stories in the book is how Friedman hid a frog in her mouth – and if you were ever curious about what frog wee tastes like, you really should do yourself a favour and listen to this episode of AmaBookaBooka. (Actually, even if you aren’t curious about what frog wee tastes like, you should still do yourself a favour and listen to this episode – and buy the book.)

In this week’s Self-Publishing corner at the end of the episode, Dave Henderson talks about what it means to be a self-publishing author in Africa. Interested in self-publishing? Visit the website for regular news. DM


Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted