Mandisa Hadebe – Flames of the Bare Brown Pastures

Self-published by Beyond The Vale Publishers, Johannesburg.

Publish date – October 2021

Five short stories exploring the themes of love, loss, happiness and tragedy in modern-day South Africa.

  1. Crumbs of you

Adopted Nandi finds her first love in Grade eleven, but she and her boyfriend go separate ways after school. She must now experience the heartbreak of first loves and long-distance relationships.

  1. Us, We

Set in a rural village, an outsider from the city marries one of the village’s favourite sons, but tragedy befalls the family.

  1. Dear Diary

The tear-stained diary holds all secrets. A first love with a serial cheater, Nozi tries desperately to hang on to her man.

  1. Memories and More of Them

A tragic accident on the day of her parent’s wedding leads to a chain reaction of bad luck for Thandiwe and her younger brother.

  1. Flames of the Bare Brown Pastures

Mandulo is living with the pains of her past. An unknown father, a drunken mother and infertility as a result of being the victim of a sexual assault at age eleven. Now her husband’s family are putting him under pressure to marry again to continue the family line. She hopes that her biggest wish to find happiness shall be granted…


Mandisa Hadebe was born in 1999 December, on the 23rd in Port Shepstone, in a small village of KwaNdelu in Hibberdene. She values respect more than anything. Respect for herself, for all mankind, planet Earth, and Mother Nature. She believes in prayer more than anything. Growing up, she had always loved reading and playing netball in her primary school years.

Following an incident, she was unable to play netball or any other physical sports so she took up chess. She has always loved reading and writing pieces of literature, which she had hoped that she’d publish one day. Reading the many books, she has read has inspired and encouraged her to publish her own one day.

Flames of the Bare Brown Pastures is her first book. She has always hated fantasy and loved reality, as real as it is and as sour and distasteful as it may be sometimes. Oh, and she is not a believer in happy endings, as she believes that such do not exist.

As long as it’s happy, then it’s not an ending…


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