Finally, after years of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and Human Rights Commissions and agonised newspaper editorials, the definitive work on race relations in South Africa is… still waiting to be written. In the meantime, The Racist’s Guide To The People of South Africa is here and – who knows? – maybe it’s actually what we all need. Either way, it’s a brilliantly funny read and has been released just in time for Christmas.
About the book:
A politically incorrect, comprehensively unscientific and exceptionally funny “guidebook” that identifies – and – the people of the Rainbow Nation, the Racist’s Guide is written for all the South Africans it parodies. he book is satirical to its core, noting from the start that “Blacks”, “English Whites”, “Afrikaners”, “Coloureds”, “Indians” and “Miscellaneous” are the primary races to be encountered in the land. It is without a doubt required reading for all South Africans so that they might discover the answer to the country’s many pressing racial issues, such as:
• What does a stressed Black look like?
• Why should you never give a White woman a white-gold engagement ring?
• What do Afrikaans people do for fun?
• Why do Indian men always play sport in jeans?
• How do Coloured gangsters fare in the navy?
• What’s the best way to greet a Chinese South African?
About the author:
Simon Kilpatrick was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. After four years in the corporate environment, he resigned in 2009 to pursue his writing full time.
Comment from the publisher:
“On the back of the agonised canon of race relations in South Africa, this book is a breath of fresh air. Obviously, ‘race’ is a serious and important topic in our country, but its very seriousness often prevents any meaningful engagement from readers. We’d actually been stuck with this problem at Two Dogs as we tried to come up with an idea for our take on it – then, coincidentally, Simon approached us with his very funny manuscript and it all made sense. We went back to Two Dogs basics, came at it from the humour/satire angle, and it worked” – Tim Richman, Two Dogs.