The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam

Lauren Liebenberg


  • Virago
  • London
  • 2009
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 248 pages


Lauren Liebenberg grew up in Rhodesia, and it's clear that this, her debut novel, is drawn from her experience. The details are astonishingly vivid: Rhodesia springs to fecund, fetid life before your eyes. What's especially impressive is the way Liebenberg avoids the overcooked beauty that characterises so many self-consciously "literary" first efforts. In fact, she goes out of her way to detail the unique ugliness of Africa.


... charming, upsetting and poignantly strange to a reader who knows little of southern Africa and its recent history - a book that, like the dreaded guineaworm, burrows deep under your skin. - Carrie O'Grady, The Guardian


Lauren Liebenberg is a Zimbabwe-born South African writer. She lived in England for some years, before returning to South Africa, where she graduated from the business school.