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Cynthia Jele
Biographical info

Cynthia Jele is a thirty-something-year-old South African-born writer. She grew up in a small border town in Mpumalanga.

Cynthia’s claim to fame was winning 1st and 4th prize in the 2008 BTA/Anglo-Platinum Short Story Competition. She also holds a BA in International Business from North Central College, Illinois, and is currently employed as a management consultant. She lives in the northern suburbs of Joburg.

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.

Photo: Lisa Skinner

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