It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way (Signed)


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Mail & Guardian / Brittle Paper Top 50 Books from Africa 2022

The story of three queer friends trying to survive climate apocalypse in Cape Town.



Within a few short years, climate collapse leaves Cape Town a vast and arid slum. Those who can afford to leave have fled to the New Temperate Zones, and to The Citadel on Signal Hill, ensconced in a climate-controlled dome behind The Wall. But at what cost? Here, residents pass their days lost in virtual reality, courtesy of a biotech implant connected to their minds, refusing to see what goes on around them. In the present day, before the Change, Luthando sees the way the world is headed and tries to avert disaster, but his activism leads to clashes with the government. As their lives begin to unravel, his life partner, Viwe, becomes embroiled in the religious end-of-days fanaticism sweeping the city. And their friend Malcolm fears that his work developing mental and emotional software is being used for sinister purposes.

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way is a profoundly moving story of resilience and tenderness, and our capacity for love in the face of fear.

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Weight 0.34 kg
Dimensions 23.5 × 15 × 2 cm


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