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» Nkosinathi Sithole’s Hunger Eats a Man Wins the 2016 Sunday Times Literary Fiction Award
June 27, 2016

Debut novelist and Penguin Random House SA author, Nkosinathi Sithole, was announced as a winner at this year’s Sunday Times Literary Awards, recently held at a black tie event in Sandton, Johannesburg. Sithole was awarded the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize for his book Hunger Eats a Man, a beautif...
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» Imran Garda’s novel The Thunder That Roars wins the 2015 Olive Schreiner Prize for Prose
May 20, 2016

Imran Garda’s debut novel, The Thunder That Roars, has been announced as the joint winner of the prestigious Olive Schreiner Prize for Prose. The prize is awarded annually by the English Academy of South Africa for a work of prose, poetry or drama. Garda’s taut and thrilling novel d...
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» Penguin Random House announces CASPAR LEE by Caspar Lee and Emily Riordan Lee
March 08, 2016

SA PUBLICATION DATE: JULY 2016  AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW Penguin Random House, Caspar Lee and his mum Emily Riordan Lee, announced today the upcoming release of Caspar Lee. With more than 7.6 million subscribers across his two channels, Caspar Lee is one of the biggest YouTube stars in the wo...
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» Brink biography by Leon de Kock to be published by Umuzi
February 16, 2016

A biography of the late André Brink written by Leon de Kock will be published in 2018 by Umuzi. De Kock, who currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, is a South African writer, translator, and academic who recently translated Brink’s letters to the poet Ingrid Jonker ...
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» Penguin Random House to publish latest novel by Marita van der Vyver
February 02, 2016

Penguin Random House will be publishing Marita van der Vyver’s next novel in Afrikaans and English. Titled Misverstand in Afrikaans, the story is set over a few days in Paris, where a failed South African writer finds himself in the company of a young au pair during the terrorist attacks of 13...
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» Ivan Vladislavic wins the international Windham-Campbell Prize
February 25, 2015

Ivan Vladislavić wins the international Windham-Campbell Prize The University of Yale has announced that Ivan Vladislavić has won the 2015 Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction. Vladislavić, whose books include The Restless Supermarket, Portrait with Keys, and Double Negative, is one of ...
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» The Writers Write Interview - Susan Lewis
June 24, 2014

Author: Susan Lewis Interviewer: Amanda Patterson   We loved hosting Susan Lewis, international best-selling author of more than 30 novels.  Susan was in South Africa to promote her latest novel, Never Say Goodbye. She charmed the audience with her stories and her sense...
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» The Thunder That Roars - Imran Garda
June 24, 2014

The Thunder That Roars - Imran Garda (Umuzi - Random House Struik, 2014) Let the world become a brotherhood before it becomes a neighborhood," is a 20th century expression that implores us to improve the quality of our relationships before technology increases their number and complexity. The bad ne...
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» Andrew Brown - 2014 Franschhoek Literary Festival Launch Speech
May 20, 2014

I want to talk about books tonight.  The idea of books, the importance of books, the love of books. Tonight you have heard from Niq Mhlongo, a rising star amongst the new breed of writers in South Africa.  The front cover of Niq’s book says “Niq Mhlongo comes of age.”&nbs...
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» The Quick by Lauren Owen: Q&A
April 29, 2014

By Alexandra Heminsley Posted: Thursday 24 April 2014   This spring’s most talked about debut is Lauren Owen’s Victorian gothic blockbuster The Quick. Both Hilary Mantel and Kate Atkinson have declared themselves fans and the heat around the book i...
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» Work/Life interview with Zoe Wicomb
April 03, 2014

BY ALEXANDER MATTHEWS Zoë Wicomb’s novels include You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town and David’s Story (which won the M-Net prize); she has just launched her newest – October. She is currently based in Glasgow where she serves as Emeritus Professor ...
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» The Kept: Q&A with James Scott
March 18, 2014

1) Can you tell us what The Kept is about and why you think readers would enjoy it? The Kept is set in the winter of 1897 in upstate New York in the United States. The story opens when midwife Elspeth Howell returns to her isolated farmstead to find her family has been murdered. All save one of her ...
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» My friend Alan
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
March 14, 2014

I want to tell you about my friend Alan, but when I try, I always seem to start with the thin man.                 Once on a flight from Amsterdam to Vienna I was happy to have an empty seat beside me, but at the last minute an extraordinary man came yelling a...
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» 10 Questions for Jassy Mackenzie
March 11, 2014

Jassy Mackenzie took us all by surprise last year when she wrote Folly, a local S&M erotica novel like never before! When we think Jassy, we think Jade de Jongh, we think crime fiction and we know she’s oh-so-sweet so how could she do a complete 360 and write an erotic novel? Well, we don&...
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» The Murder Bag Blog by Tony Parsons
March 03, 2014

CRIME BLOG ANSWERS by TONY PARSONS   1.     My favourite scary word is… My favourite scary word is eviscerate – to remove the entrails of something living. You just know that’s going to hurt in the morning.  2.     If you could hav...
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» Our Top 10 bestselling reads of 2013
January 23, 2014

It’s a new year which means new books and new resolutions! Whatever your new year reading resolution is, we'd love to help out! Firstly, take a look at our New Year, New You selection of books to step into a new you in 2014. Begin your detox with The New Atkins Made Easy, start your fitne...
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» New from Umuzi: Zebra Crossing by Meg Vandermerwe
May 30, 2013

In June, Umuzi will be publishing Zebra Crossing by Meg Vandermerwe. It is a bold, lyrical imagining of how it might feel like to live in another’s skin. Meg is an exciting young talent who holds a degree in English literature from Oxford University and published a collection of short stories ...
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» Spoil Mom this Mother's Day with a Good Book!
May 06, 2013

Moms are super special and while we can spoil them on their birthdays and at Christmas, there’s nothing quite like a day dedicated especially to our hard working, ever caring moms! This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we’ve got a great selection of reads that will make the perfect gift ...
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» Top 6 Easter Holiday Reads
March 27, 2013

Whether you are soaking up the last of the summer sun on the beach, relaxing in the bush or just taking some time out at home on the couch this Easter – these books will keep you intrigued and entertained! Here are our top 6 Easter holiday reads. THE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE {Ayana Mathis}...
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» Private Berlin by James Patterson
February 19, 2013

Taken from the review done by Sally Scott of Daily News. I was galloping along, ended up reading Private Berlin in one sitting. Private is an elite, international investigation organisation. Branches worldwide. Staffed by experts in their fields, the company specialises in everything, from trac...
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» Video: Ghostman by Roger Hobbs (releasing March 2013)
February 18, 2013

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs. Oceans Eleven meets Catch Me if You Can meets Lee Child in this pulse-pounding extraordinary debut thriller. There are maybe thirty people who know Jack Delton exists. Not all of them believe he is still alive. And only one of them knows his real name. "F...
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» The Spiral House by Claire Robertson
February 14, 2013

About the book: Katrijn van der Caab, freed slave and wigmaker’s apprentice, travels with her eccentric employer from Cape Town to Vogelzang, a remote farm where a hairless girl needs their services. The year is 1794, it is the age of enlightenment, and on Vogelzang the master is conducting st...
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» Folly by Jassy Mackenzie
February 14, 2013

“Beyond chick-lit, this is a brave rollercoaster ride that made me laugh and cry. It’s a sexy and moving South African story that gripped me right from the beginning. By the end I wanted to ride the rollercoaster again.” - Claire Johnston About the book: Emma Caine is pushing ...
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» Emerald Star by Jacqueline Wilson
February 12, 2013

Taken from the review done by Elizabeth Hawksley of the Historical Novel Society. 1891. Fourteen-year-old Hetty Feather has had a life of adventure but also tragedy. Left in an orphanage as a baby, she was fostered with the Cotton family. Later, she went into service – but was sacked...
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» Ghostman by Roger Hobbs (releasing March 2013)
February 05, 2013

Taken from the review done by Milo of Milo Rambles. Ghostman by Roger Hobbs is a remarkable debut title. Published by Doubleday/Transworld it is astonishing, breath-taking, electrifying and everything in between! A prime example of a book that sucks you in from the very first page and does...
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» Shadow by Carel van der Merwe (You review)
January 29, 2013

Taken from the review done by John Phillips of You magazine. Van der Merwe revisits Paul du Toit, a former Special Forces operative whom fans got to know in his previous offerings, No Man’s Land and Shark. After years spent living in London with his Czech girlfriend, Monica, Pau...
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» Philida by Andre Brink
January 17, 2013

Taken from the review done by Durban North Fever. If you have ever cursed your lot in life, felt trapped or pulled down, Philida will show you that you know very little about suffering compared to a slave in 1832.  Brink tells this story with a depth of feeling and empathy that is extremely mov...
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» Dan Browns new novel to be released by Random House Struik on 14 May 2013!
January 15, 2013

Dan Brown’s new novel, the eagerly awaited follow-up to his No.1 international blockbuster, The Lost Symbol, will be released in South Africa by Random House Struik. The new book features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe.  There, he is drawn in...
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» The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
January 10, 2013

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis (Releasing in February 2013) was recently picked for Oprah’s Book Club! A dream come true for any novelist is a call from Oprah Winfrey with the news that their novel has been chosen for her book club... That dream recently came true for Ayana M...
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» A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks
January 07, 2013

Taken from the review done by Keith Millar of Art Smart. Intense, moving and sometimes harrowing work of fiction makes for an absorbing read. There is no doubt that A Possible Life by award winning and multi best-selling author, Sebastian Faulks, is a very good book indeed. Subtitled A Novel In...
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» The Miracle of Crocodile Flats by Jenny Hobbs
January 03, 2013

Taken from the review done by Jenny de Klerk of The Star. Billed as an affectionate satire, this is a hoot of a book, warm, witty with a gentle chuckle of recognition and humour on just about every page. It’s a feel-good tale with an ending you only wish could be true. No matter, it ...
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» Rapture by Lauren Kate
December 20, 2012

Reviewed by Ulrike Hill of Writers Write. I am a fan of Lauren Kate. Her imagination is astounding. Kate has taken an esoteric idea and turned it into a supernatural story. Her stories are about Lucifer, a fallen angel. The other angels need to stop him from erasing the past and controlling the...
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» UK National Book Awards
December 14, 2012

The Random House Group celebrated three wins at the UK National Book Awards held on the 5th of December. It showcased the best of British writing and publishing, and celebrated books with wide popular appeal, critical acclaim and commercial success. Our winners were: Popular Fiction Book of the Year...
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» The best of the best for Christmas gifts
December 14, 2012

FICTION: Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson - Will Detective Alex Cross be able to save the day? Another brilliant thriller from bestselling James Patterson. The Bat by Jo Nesbo - Appearing in English for the first time, The Bat is the legendary first novel from the worldwide p...
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» Wool by Hugh Howey
December 04, 2012

Reviewed by Angela Thomson of Random House Struik. I realise that dystopian fiction is not for everyone and I certainly climbed into my proof copy of Wool by Hugh Howey with long teeth. I was expecting the usual dystopian set-up: soupy, porridgey gruel for every meal; dark, dank, cramped living...
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» Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E.L. James
November 28, 2012

Taken from the review done by Kelsey Gulliver of Female First. "For months the simple cover of the book taunted me - the silver satin tie lying ever so appealingly against a background as black as sin itself. I felt the blush creep up my heated cheeks, fifty shades of red as I quickly scammed the co...
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» The Great Agony and Pure Laughter of the Gods by Jamala Safari
November 26, 2012

Reviewed by Friederike Bubenzer of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation "I have tended to shy away from the many books that have emerged over the last years which tell the gruesome and often unbelievable stories of child soldiers in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Though this literatu...
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» Our top six must-reads for November
November 12, 2012

Killing for Profit by Julian Rademeyer This is a tale of greed and corruption, of an increasingly desperate battle to save from extinction an animal that has existed for over 50 million years. Well respected, investigative journalist, Julian Rademeyer follows the bloody trail of the syndicates, poac...
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» Home Remedies by Diane Awerbuck
November 09, 2012

Reviewed by Jonathan Amid "After finishing Diane Awerbuck’s latest novel, Home Remedies, successor to Gardening at Night, I sat dumbfounded, almost in tears, thinking to myself: How do I describe this evocative novel to someone who loves reading? How to make sense of this work w...
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» Another Time, Another Life by Lief GW Persson
November 07, 2012

Reviewed by Helmo Preuss "The book is the latest in the great Swedish crime-fiction tradition that began in the 1960s and builds on the sardonic wit and bleak "Weltanschau (world view)" of the previous generation of writers. Another Time, Another Life takes place in Sweden some time early in this ce...
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» Wonder by R.J. Palacio
November 07, 2012

Reviewed by Antony Altbeker.  "Wonder, as countless headline writers have said, is wondrous. It's written for children, but I wept at its conclusion. And its message - that choosing to be kind is almost always the right choice - is one every child should learn. Read it." Read the rest of t...
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» A forest of reasons not to write a novel
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
November 05, 2012

Say, are you writing a novel at the moment? Oh now, go on, don’t be shy, you’re not alone. Well, you are alone, obviously, in the sense that we are all of us alone on this long lurch down the darkling trail between the cradle and the grave, and also in the sense that writing a novel, if ...
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» Shadow by Carel van der Merwe (IOL review)
October 26, 2012

Reviewed by Renee Rautenbach "In Shadow, acclaimed writer Carel van der Merwe returns to Paul du Toit, main character of his debut novel No Man’s Land (2007), which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize and the M-Net Literary Award. Shadow has much more than is required of the average sus...
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» A Wanted Man by Lee Child
October 26, 2012

"Ex-military cop and now the man who wanders the US with nothing more than a disposable toothbrush (sometimes), Reacher has become one of the best-loved heroes in fiction. Obviously, he’s tall, handsome, super-smart and deadly to bad guys. Women fall in love him wherever he goes, and men envy ...
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» The Miracle of Crocodile Flats by Jenny Hobbs (LitNet)
October 25, 2012

"The Miracle of Crocodile Flats hits the shelves marketed as “an affectionate satire”. With the sighting of a brown-skinned Virgin Mary in a small South African village as its starting point, Hobbs offers readers some cascading, character-driven impressions. It is a vision of oursel...
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» Criminal by Karin Slaughter
October 25, 2012

"This top thriller-writer enjoys working with her regular set of characters, with each one getting a turn to be the centre of attention. Her previous book, Fallen, focused on Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agent Faith Mitchell and her mother, Evelyn, a former policewo...
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» The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce wins the Boeke Prize
October 05, 2012

"Boeke Prize 2012: Random House Struik wins the Reader's Choice Boeke Prize Exclusive Books is thrilled to announce the two winners of the Boeke Prize 2012, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (published by Random House) and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn." To ...
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» The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
October 02, 2012

"This story is thoroughly enjoyable, though from time to time I started getting a bit antsy for more things to happen, or for things to happen faster.  It’s an endearing, sentimental story that stays with you, I found myself wanting Harold Fry to be real. This book is beautiful, and the m...
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» Henrietta Rose-Innes (author of Nineveh) shortlised for M-Net Literary Award
October 02, 2012

"M-Net has revealed the shortlists for its prestigious M-Net Literary Awards, the only South African book awards that honour well-crafted novels in all South Africa’s official languages. The winners, who will each receive a cash prize of R50,000, will be announced on October 19 in Johannesburg...
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» Andre Brink and Antjie Krog discuss Philida
September 28, 2012

"Ann Donald welcomed a throng of fans to Kalk Bay Books last week for the launch of Philida, saying what a delight it was to celebrate a new novel by the renowned author, André Brink. “Philida is a woman who is unforgettable, who will never be forgotten thanks to this book. What a beaut...
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» A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
September 27, 2012

Sally Scott of IOL reviewed the debut novel by Wiley Cash: "Cash sets his compelling story in the depths of his own home region, North Carolina, telling the tale via the voices of three characters: nine-year-old Jess, whose adolescent curiosity dredges up some very unpleasant home truths, (not the l...
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» Peaches for Monsieur le Cur by Joanne Harris
September 26, 2012

"Like the tasty peaches of the title, I devoured every succulent morsel of Joanne Harris’s sequel to Chocolat. That first novel ended with the entrancing Vianne Rocher, chocolate maker and reader of people’s emotions, leaving the little village of Lansquenet and heading to Paris. I love ...
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» No Child of Mine by Susan Lewis
September 18, 2012

When it comes to writing from the heart, Susan Lewis is a professional – with 28 titles to her name, and a reputation for packing heavy punches in the content ring. She’s one of Britain’s, and the Sunday Time’s, best-selling novelists, and is unafraid to tackle any subject ma...
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» The Missing Rose by Serdar zkan
September 03, 2012

Many comparisons have been made between this novel, and the works of Paulo Coelho, and (the beloved) Antoine de Saint Exupéry. A debut novel from this author, a sense of ethereal magic wraps itself around you, slowly pulling you into the story, page by page, leaving you riveted and unable to ...
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» Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
August 08, 2012

Seraphina is the feminine form of a Late Latin name, derived from the biblical word seraphim, which means “fiery ones”. It is certainly no coincidence then, that the main character in Rachel Hartman’s debut novel should be given such a name. A tale of intrigue and danger surrounds ...
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