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Queer Books | Alistair Mackay on his dazzling debut novel

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It’s not every day that we see a South African, queer, dystopian-sci-fi novel hitting bookstore shelves. The fact that it’s also a gripping, poignant and timely book is further cause for celebration. It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way is Alistair Mackay’s first novel, and it’s making waves in the literary world; earning him rave reviews.

Set in Cape Town, it’s the story of three queer men who face the unravelling of the world in a cataclysmic climatic collapse.

Luthando’s environmental activism leads him to a clash with the government, while his life partner, Viwe, becomes embroiled in religious end-of-days fanaticism.

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