Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts by Zukiswa Wanner


“Zukiswa has mastered the art of writing a travel memoir. Through engaging prose she takes you on a journey –which she seamlessly intertwines with her innocent childhood memories – through Africa, Europe and then back to Africa.” ~ Sihle Khumalo, author of Almost Sleeping My Way to Timbuktu, and Dark Continent, My Black Arse


Zukiswa Wanner sets off on an adventure-filled road trip with her partner and son. Travelling through six borders, on busses and on the backs of trucks, Wanner celebrates the 10 years since her debut novel, The Madams, was published by having a reading in as many countries as possible. Between protests against bond notes in Zimbabwe and celebrating her birthday, Wanner reconnects with good friends and gets the opportunity to give her son an African education that he’ll cherish for years to come.


Hardly Working is award-winning South African writer Zukiswa Wanner’s sixth book. Her other solo projects are The Madams (2006), Behind Every Successful Man (2008), Men of the South (2010), Maid in SA (2013), London Cape Town Joburg (2014).

She has also authored two children’s books, Jama Loves Bananas (2011) and Refilwe (2014).

Wanner has contributed short stories to anthologies including 66 Books: 21st Century Writers Speak to the King James Version Bible (2011) and The Gods Who Sends Us Gifts (2017). She co-authored the Mandela home biography 8115: A Prisoner’s Home (2010) with the late award-winning photographer Alf Kumalo .

In 2013, she was selected as one of 39 African writers under the age of 39 most likely to change the direction of literature in sub-Saharan Africa.

Wanner is the curator of Artistic Encounters in Nairobi, Kenya and can be found in an African city near you without notice.