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AAMITO LAGUM

For 22-year-old rising model Aamito Lagum, the path to success began with a 16-hour bus ride. Africa’s Next Top Model, a franchise of the popular reality show, was holding casting calls in Nairobi in 2013, and Lagum, who grew up in Uganda, was determined to make it. “It was the only way I was going to get signed internationally,” says …

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SAM SHEPARD

Sam Shepard grew up in a place that no longer exists. The Orange Groves of Duarte, California, where the Pulitzer-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor was raised outside of Los Angeles are now the 10 Freeway, malls, and an In-n-Out you can afford to skip for any of the dozen you’ll come across in the next few towns. Maybe it is …

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WOLF, WOLF by EBEN VENTER

A stark tale of modern South Africa. Afrikaner Matt envies and hates the old-time machismo of his ailing father – but it is the shifting power balance he needs to look out for in a mesmerising novel. By Christopher Hope. Photo: ‘White man’s magic is not what it was’ … the Blikkiesdorp township in Cape Town, South Africa by Dan …