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Jenny Hobbs’ Latest Novel: Kitchen Boy, this March from Umuzi

Kitchen Boy

Watch out for Kitchen Boy from Jenny Hobbs this March!

Luck matters. Life is chancy. An oval ball can bounce any way.

Springbok legend, celebrated war hero, thriving businessman – that was JJ Kitching, known to all as Kitchen Boy. His was a life as large as a sports stadium, as thrilling as an escape from a burning war plane. But now he lies dead in his coffin in a Durban cathedral.

Funeral goers remember a glowing Natal childhood and the thunder of the rugby field, but also reveal lives lived on the sidelines and Kitching’s heavy war secret.

Kitchen Boy is a novel about losses and victories, about justice and reconciliation in a tough world of tackles and tries.

About the author

Jenny Hobbs is a novelist and freelance journalist. She reviewed books for many years and has also written for radio and worked on TV book programmes as compiler, organiser, presenter and interviewer. She is the author of Thoughts in a Makeshift Mortuary, The Sweet-Smelling Jasmine and The Telling of Angus Quain. She lives in Franschhoek, and is the co-founder of the Franschoek Literary Festival.

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