Table Mountain is lit up red for World AIDS Day 2010. South Africa's response to the spread of the disease is one of the topics dealt with in The Lion Sleeps TonightPhotograph: Getty
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The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Rian Malan Atlantic Books, £17.99 Review: Teddy Jamieson
It's an idea so pervasive that it seeps into real life. We like to put a full stop to events. We want to write the last word. And often we'll leave it at that.
But real-life stories don't end, of course. And I'm beginning to wonder if we've forgotten that. Reading Rian Malan's book of journalism about South Africa over the past 20 years, I was reminded about Northern Ireland (the place I come from and a place Malan has written about). I thought about how Northern Ireland has rather slid out of the news in the past 15 years. In some ways, this is a good thing. It's a marker of the fact that the Northern Ireland of today is not the Northern Ireland I grew up in.
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