Young Blood

Young Blood

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Author/Contributor(s): Mzobe, Sifiso
Publisher: Catalyst Press
Date: 04/13/2021
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW

2022 Shortlist, Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

Winner, Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa

Winner, 2011 Herman Charles Bosman Award

Winner, Sunday Times Fiction Prize

Winner, The Sunday Times Literary Award

Sipho, a 17-year-old from the Umlazi township, drops out of high school and joins a car hijacking syndicate to make a name for himself and escape his family's low-income life. Along with hijacking partners Musa and Vusi, Sipho learns the tricks of the dangerous trade and pushes deeper into the underbelly of Umlazi under the guidance of gang leader Sibani, while partying heavily and juggling different women nightly alongside his longtime girlfriend Nana.

Candid and unapologetic, Young Blood is the story of the intricate balance of circumstance and choice, swift gain and incredible loss, as Sipho finds out how far he can push his luck before the damage is irrevocable - and the consequences deadly. Both a red-hot crime novel of car heists, sex, and rival gangs and a coming of age story of a teenager navigating the costs of the fast life, Young Blood reveals the devastating violence and raw beauty of life in South Africa's townships.