Motsi Mabuse: ‘Pressure is there as a survival instinct’

Bookshelfie, the Women’s Prize for Fiction podcast, is back for another glorious season hosted by our one and only radio superstar host, Vick Hope. We’re kicking off the season with a bang with award-winning dancer, author and Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse. Tune in to this intimate and eye-opening episode as Motsi and Vick muse on life in the wake of personal and social pressures, social media and systemic racism. Listen to it in full here.

Eat Pray Love

It’s 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She’s in her thirties, she has a husband,…

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‘Going through divorce was one of the hardest things in my life, absolutely. For my brains for my soul, and reading this book kind of comforted me because I understood that we all go through those emotions. I didn’t have that possibility to travel the world, but I understood the feelings that she felt.’

The Secret

The Secret is a 2006 self-help book by Rhonda Byrne, based on the earlier film of the same name. It…

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‘This book is the go-to book so you don’t read it once, you read it every three years or something like that. Because we tend to forget that we attract our energy, our energy speaks before we speak like eyes […] I think the first time I listened to it, I was driving. And then I actually went to buy the book because I was like, I can’t drive and listen to this book. It helps us understand how much power we have within ourselves.’

You Got Anything Stronger?

So. Where were we? Right, you and I left off in October 2017, when my first book came out. The…

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‘This book is so brutally honest, she lays it out there. And she is so vulnerable in this book. And you know, we know Gabrielle Union from Bad Boys and movies and stuff like this. She’s glamorous. She’s beautiful. She’s like this picture in my head and then I took this book of hers. When I read it, I’m like, the courage, the guts to speak like this.’

Rachel’s Holiday

Meet Rachel Walsh. She has a pair of size 8 feet and such a fondness for recreational drugs that her…

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‘I’m a fan of Marian Keyes now because obviously after you read one good book, you continue reading all of the other books. And she’s light and nice and easy. And you know, it’s really a feel-good kind of reading.’



Part inspiration, part memoir, Untamed explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the…

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‘I do believe we move on in life. The Motsi of today is not the Motsi from ten years ago… So having to understand that you you have to say goodbye to that person to really come back to come to who you are now is an opportunity, we always kind of miss. I can say thank you to my 30s. Thank you for teaching me this, I’m not hurt anymore, and say ‘hi’ to who I am today. This book was for me to understand that there are phases in life, and you just have to finish with them, conclude with them to get into your next life.’

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