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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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» Revealed! The cover of the rediscovered Beatrix Potter tale KITTY-IN-BOOTS, illustrated by Quentin Blake.
March 01, 2016

Beatrix Potter’s THE TALE OF KITTY-IN-BOOTS was recently rediscovered by Penguin Random House Children’s, over 100 years after it was originally written. London – 1 March 2016 For the first time, Frederick Warne & Co., Beatrix Potter’s original publisher and an imprint of...
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» In the kitchen with Sarah Graham
January 26, 2016

1. My first food memory is… There are a lot, but one is my mother collecting waterblommetjies from a pond in her gumboots near Hermanus where we were living at the time. Another is my Gran's shortbread, I've still never tasted anything like it.  2. My top tips for home coo...
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» Q&A with Paul Duncan, author of SOUTH AFRICAN ARTISTS AT HOME
May 15, 2015

1. What inspired you to begin researching and writing your book 'South African Artists at Home'? It's an area of life that's completely uncharted. There's an incredible world of contemporary art in South Africa and yet for the most part we're only ever on the outside lo...
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» New from Darrel Bristow-Bovey {One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo}
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
October 31, 2014

If you don’t choose your midlife crisis, your crisis will choose you. Darrel Bristow-Bovey has tried his best to deny to himself that he’s getting older, but you can’t hide from the truth in the changing-room mirror. One day, surrounded by sharks on a small boat in the Indian Ocean...
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» Review of Magisterium 01: The Iron Trial
October 17, 2014

Chris Naish joined Random House Struik for a week during October to job shadow. He made his way through the various departments at Random House Struik to find out more about the publishing industry, what actually goes on and who does what. The team in the marketing department are pretty confident th...
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» Susan Lewis introduces us to the characters in Never Say Goodbye
June 24, 2014

British author, Susan Lewis introduces us to the characters in her brand new novel, Never Say Goodbye. Watch the interview here....
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» Author, Susan Lewis, introduces us to new novel Never Say Goodbye
June 24, 2014

Susan Lewis introduces us to her brand new novel, Never Say Goodbye. She tells us how the novel can be about living with a very rare form of breast cancer, but still make you laugh. Watch. Watch the interview here. ...
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» Book review: Dark Windows by Louis Greenberg
June 24, 2014

Dark Windows by Louis Greenberg (Umuzi) By: Women24 In an alternative South Africa, the Gaia Peace party has been in power for the past ten years. Somehow, its combination of New Age beliefs and social welfare policies have ‘cured’ crime.  Unfortunately it all seems too good to last...
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» Grimms Fairy Tale
June 24, 2014

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm (Vintage Classics)  By: Women24 What a marvellous little collection of tales.  Strange, creepy, romantic and filled with all manner of twisty things, Grimm’s anthology of fairy tales is one of those classics that should be on every fabl...
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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 Quick by Lauren Owen
May 28, 2014

Reviewed by Desere The year is 1892, James Norbury is a shy would be poet, coming down from Oxford he seeks somewhere to call home and ends up living with a young aristocrat.  This seems like any other newly acquired friendship as they build a relationship bonding ...
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» Sister Moon
May 28, 2014

Reviewed by Desere  Catherine has it all, she's a successful film maker, has the prefect family, a loving supportive husband and a very bright ten year old daughter. The only snag in her happiness is that her beloved father is busy deteriorating, he slips further away every day and sa...
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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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» A conversation with Arianna Huffington, author of THRIVE
May 12, 2014

What’s wrong with the current definition of success? Our definition of success right now is based almost solely on money and power. In fact, success, money and power have practically become synonymous. And so to succeed, we lead lives of overwork, sleep-deprivation and burnout. These are actua...
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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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» Someone to look up to
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
January 24, 2014

This is about my Uncle Jim.          My Uncle Jim is 97 years old. When he was born South Africa was still a part of the British Empire. When the First World War ended, he was already in school, playing jacks and tops and bowling a hoop. He was alive when Tita...
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» Nick Norman's road trip | Second week's highlights
November 15, 2013

Nick Norman, author of Geology off the Beaten Track, is currently traveling the routes covered in his book and you can follow him on his road trip. Visit www.randomstruik.co.za/geology to see the route map and click on your area to RSVP to one of the events. We mentioned in our last post that Nick i...
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» The (almost) lost art of letter-writing
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
September 10, 2013

All my life, I’ve wanted to be a correspondent. I don’t mean a foreign correspondent or someone who goes to wars – I mean someone who writes letters to someone and receives letters back: long letters and quick notes; letters written in leisure and in haste at writing desks or on th...
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» 'Against the dying of the light'
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
July 11, 2013

Like most South Africans in recent weeks, I have been thinking about what it means to grow old, to grow weak and to run out of time. If I take too much after my father, I am two-thirds of the way there. If I take after my grandmother, ninety-eight last weekend, I’m still short of halfway. Eith...
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» Become Your Own Financial Advisor
Warren Ingram
July 03, 2013

Over the last couple of months Warren Ingram - award-winning financial planner and regular guest on Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk - has been guest blogging for us, dispensing practical advice on all things financial and sharing the REAL secrets to becoming financially independent. In his first p...
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» Economic growth not related to stock market PERFORMANCE
Warren Ingram
June 19, 2013

ECONOMIC GROWTH NOT RELATED TO STOCK MARKET PERFORMANCE Would it surprise you to know that there is almost no relationship between the way the economy grows and the stock market’s performance? If you are spending time worrying about the economy when making your investment decisions, it is like...
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» Reflections on love
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
June 06, 2013

Recently I’ve been thinking about love stories. Perhaps it’s because I am myself in love. I am no longer young and have been in love before, so maybe that’s why it feels as if all the love stories we most love are either incomplete or overly complete – they either stop when l...
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» Ignore financial NEWS
Warren Ingram
June 04, 2013

IGNORE FINANCIAL NEWS It might seem strange for a person who appears regularly in the media to state that financial news is noise. However, I feel that very little financial reporting contains valuable information. Real-time financial news actually inhibits good financial decision-making. Most inves...
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» In praise of Sea Point
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
May 07, 2013

In Paris recently I became depressed by the thought that I don’t live in a first-floor apartment on the rue des Fossés-Saint-Jacques, across the way from a Tibetan restaurant, around the corner from the Pantheon, rue Soufflot and the eastern entrance to the Luxembourg Gardens.  &nb...
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» It all starts with a PLAN!
Warren Ingram
April 30, 2013

IT ALL STARTS WITH A PLAN Money is a source of stress for most people, they either don’t have enough (that’s the problem for the majority of folks) or they are scared of losing what they have. It is not a very complicated process to manage your stress around money, no matter what your pr...
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» A legacy of books and stories
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
April 05, 2013

My father would be ninety-two this month if he hadn’t died in 1981. In the final years before he died, my father mainly did two things – or three, if you count banging his walking stick on the ceiling and shouting at the Houghton kids upstairs to turn down their music. The black rubber t...
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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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» Darrel Bristow-Bovey on murder, meat and good old-fashioned mystery
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
March 08, 2013

I’m outraged. No, don’t try to talk me out of it, I’m jolly outraged. My rage has been outed. My out, formally unraged, no longer is. My outrage is incandescent, magnesium-flamed and only slightly dimmed by the fact that I’m not sure exactly what it is I’m outraged abou...
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» Coining new words a sorry tale
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
February 08, 2013

Coining new words – a sorry tale For some time now, I’ve been trying to invent a new word. Well, that’s not quite true – I’ve invented plenty of new words, mostly late at night while enjoying a glass of liquid late-supper in the slightly furtive company of RuPaul’...
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» The Art of Losing by Luke Alfred
January 29, 2013

Taken from the review done by Drew Forrest of Mail and Guardian. Despite its subtitle, Luke Alfred's thoughtful and nuanced book about South Africa's serial failures in the Cricket World Cup does not set out to show that the national side are "chokers". In fact, using a distincti...
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» This is how the world ends not with a bang but a can of tuna
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
December 07, 2012

So the Mayan apocalypse is now only days away, and I still haven’t laid in my stocks of canned tuna. Well, no, let me not be an enfrightened scare-monger: I do have a couple of cans in the cupboard, the swanky kind with their own handy pull-tabs so that I won’t need to carry a can-opener...
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» Rod Stewart's Autiobiography
October 25, 2012

Rod Stewart says he “should have known better” than to marry Rachel Hunter because she was so young. “I didn’t have the tools [to deal with her leaving] because it hadn’t happened to me ever. As far as I could remember I don’t think anyone had ever left me or walk...
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» Zulu Zulu Foxtrot by Arn Durand
October 25, 2012

Review by Stephen Timm: "Durand tells of how, back in the early 1980s, he bribed a sergeant with two bottles of whisky to help him join other police members on a counterinsurgency training exercise, because he was bored with his job as a policeman at the law courts in Durban. After that, he never lo...
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» The perils of appearing on the internet
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
October 04, 2012

Well, so here we are, and if you don’t mind my saying so, I’m a little nervous about it. I’ve never appeared on the internet before, you see, other than that clip a so-called friend posted on YouTube of that time in Vegas I thought I was playing strip-billiards with Prince Harry, w...
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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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» Josh Thirion (author of Cook with Josh) talks to KFM
September 28, 2012

"Nine-year-old Josh Thirion, author of Cook with Josh, was interviewed by Ryan O’Connor on KFM earlier this month. Thirion, South Africa’s youngest published author, said that Masterchef Australia inspired him to write a cookbook and that the first thing he ever made ...
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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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» 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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» Salman Rushdie, author of Joseph Anton, speaks to M&G
September 17, 2012

"I invent in the book this imaginary newspaper called the Daily Insult... For me that was a really difficult aspect of this because if enough mud is thrown with sufficient force it sticks, and I think that for a long time a lot of people, in England anyway and beyond England, because these stor...
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