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New edition of Happiness is a Four-Letter Word by Cynthia Jele to celebrate upcoming movie

The film Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, based on the novel of the same name by Cynthia Jele (Kwela), will hit Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide on 19 February.

Well-known actresses Mmabatho Montsho (Nandi), Khanyi Mbau (Zaza) and Renate Stuurman (Princess) are the female leads, while Tongai Chirisa (Thomas), Chris Attoh (Chris), Richard Lukunku (Leo), Daniel Hadebe (Bongani) and Simo Magwaza (Bheki) are the male leads.

The film edition of the book is set for release on 1 February, featuring the three leading women on the cover:

Happiness is a Four-Letter Word


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About the book

Winner in the Film Category of the 2011 M-Net Literary Awards. Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2011: Best First Book, Africa region.

Four friends’ lives seem to be crashing before them: Just as Nandi’s final wedding arrangements are put in place, her ex-fiancé, a man who bankrupted her heart and bank account, makes a reappearance. Zaza, the “trophy wife”, waits for the day that her affair comes to light and her husband gives her a one-way ticket back to the township. A stranger shows up at Tumi’s doorstep, claiming to be pregnant with her husband’s child … and Princess, a feisty feminist, meets Theo, a Zimbabwean painter who seems to push all the right buttons. When she falls pregnant, however, Theo goes AWOL, with half her belongings. Think Sex and the City, Sandton …

A re-edition of the 2010 prize-winning novel to coincide with the film starring Khanyi Mbau, Renate Stuurman and Mmabatho Montsho. Perfect for lovers of chick lit.

About the author

Cynthia Jele is a 30-something-year-old South African-born writer. She grew up in a small border town in Mpumalanga.

Jele’s claim to fame was winning 1st and 4th prize in the 2008 BTA/Anglo-Platinum Short Story Competition. She also holds a BA in International Business from North Central College, Illinois, and is currently employed as a management consultant. She lives in the northern suburbs of Joburg.

Happiness is a Four-Letter Word is Jele’s debut novel and won the Best First Book category (Africa region) in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2011, as well as the 2011 M-Net Literary Award in the Film category.

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Nozizwe Cynthia</a>
    Nozizwe Cynthia
    January 21st, 2016 @11:46 #

    Thank you Bookslive for your support over the years. What a journey! Forever grateful.

  • Jennifer
    January 21st, 2016 @14:10 #

    It's our pleasure - see you at the premiere!

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    January 21st, 2016 @15:14 #

    I am tickled pink by this. Please write us a blog about the whole adventure. And super-congratulations!


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