10 Novels Set During Apartheid

Powerful reads to ensure we never forget

At midnight on 27 April 1994, the old South African flag over Johannesburg was lowered, and the new rainbow flag raised, symbolically signalling the end of the harsh apartheid regime that relegated native South Africans to second-class status under the minority Afrikaners. The struggle was a bloody and difficult but necessary one, as these books, which all offer a glimpse into life under apartheid, so vividly show.

If you'd like to learn more about this part of the world, check out our list of 13 Books About South Africa.

Agaat cover

5. Agaat

Marlene van Niekerk
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7. David's Story

Zoe Wicomb
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8. Choke Chain

Jason Donald
Spud by John Van De Ruit

9. Spud

John Van De Ruit
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10. Out of Shadows

Jason Wallace

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust