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Cynthia Jele
Biographical info

Nozizwe Cynthia Jele is a South African novelist.

Her debut novel, 
Happiness is a Four-Letter Word (Kwela Books, 2010), has won numerous awards including the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in the Best First Book category (Africa region) and the 2011 M-Net Literary Award in the Film category. The film adaptation was released at the box office countrywide in February 2016. Nozizwe also writes short stories. She supports various initiatives to promote reading amongst young people, including The FunDza Literacy Trust. 

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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