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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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» In the kitchen with Cariema Isaacs
April 22, 2016

1. My first food memory is…the smell of warm aromatic spices when koesisters are being fried on a Sunday morning in Bo-Kaap. The koesisters are then dunked in glistening sugar syrup and sprinkled with beautiful snow white flakes of desiccated coconut. 2. My top tips for home cooks are…...
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» In the kitchen with Zola Nene
February 22, 2016

  1. My first food memory is… Crushing green mealies with my grandmother to make steamed mealie bread. 2. My top tips for home cooks are… Keep your knives sharp. Don't be so hard on yourself - if a recipe doesn't quite work out the first time you make it, give it another...
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» Two Books from Jamie Oliver in 2016
February 19, 2016

Michael Joseph is thrilled to announce that we will be publishing two books from Jamie Oliver in 2016. The first book will be around the subject of healthy eating for the family and the second title will be a long awaited Christmas book. With further details around each title to be released in the f...
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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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» Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen becomes the first South African to be awarded a Michelin Star
February 02, 2016

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen becomes the first South African to be awarded a Michelin Star JAN, a restaurant in the south of France owned and run by South African-born chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen has been awarded a Michelin Star, as Jan Hendrik becomes the first South African to receive th...
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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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» 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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» 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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» Naghond se gedagte - Theunis Engelbrecht
Theunis Engelbrecht
June 24, 2014

Naghond se gedagte - Theunis Engelbrecht Ek is een van daai mense wat gelukkig genoeg is om ’n naghond te wees. Ek verdien my brood snags wanneer die res van die wêreld snorkend soete drome droom. Nee, ek is nie ’n nagvlinder nie. (Nagvlinder, vir dié wat nie weet nie, is &r...
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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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» 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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» Stones against the Mirror - Wins Award
April 22, 2014

Hugh Lewin’s Stones against the Mirror wins International Human Rights Book Award The jury of the International Human Rights Book Award has awarded Hugh Lewin’s Stones against the Mirror a special prize for its importance in increasing awareness of human rights. The memoir, a moving stor...
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» A Q&A with Anna McPartlin - The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes
April 22, 2014

You used to be a stand-up comedian. How different is writing to stand-up comedy? I was a stand-up comedian for a very short period but during that time it became incredibly clear that I was much happier writing the material than performing it. Hearing people laugh at your jokes is addictive but not ...
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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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» Easy Cooking
March 07, 2014

Easy Cooking from Nina’s Kitchen is a homely and unpretentious cookbook. As the title so aptly states, Nina makes cooking easy by using affordable, locally available ingredients and recipes that will inspire one and all to cook with love!  With over 100 recipes there is something for...
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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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» Follow Nick Norman on his Geology off the Beaten Track roadtrip
November 14, 2013

Struik Nature have recently published Nick Norman's new book, Geology off the Beaten Track. It follows on the success of Nick's earlier Geological Journeys (co-authored with Gavin Whitfield), which has sold more than 20 000 copies in the last 6 years. This new book helps rea...
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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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» The secret agent within my head
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
August 12, 2013

I have just finished reading Pico Iyer’s The Man Within My Head, his account of how he has been haunted at strange moments in his life by the plots and characters of Graham Greene’s novels. I envy Pico Iyer for having so admirable a phantom as Graham Greene: mine is James Bond. The first...
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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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» 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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» 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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» It pays to be an OPTIMIST
Warren Ingram
May 16, 2013

OPTIMISTS MAKE MORE MONEY It would not surprise you to know that wealthy people are generally happy optimists. Most of us would say that affluent people are happier because they are wealthy. However most of us would be wrong. Those who have achieved a measure of success in their lives have generally...
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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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» 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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» Rat Roads by Jacques Pauw
January 28, 2013

Taken from the review done by Victoria Schneider and Charles Cilliers of City Press. The book tells a remarkable story of a man who lived through the 1994 machete killings – the most intense and bloodiest example of genocide in modern history – only to later head out on an incr...
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» Julian Rademeyer (author of Killing for Profit) talks to City Press
January 21, 2013

Extracted from the interview done by Yolandi Groenewald of City Press. Since the release of his book about rhino poaching, Killing for Profit, Julian Rademeyer is now very much in the thick of exposing wildlife trafficking’s sordid underbelly. “Joburg is pretty much the wi...
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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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» 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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» Our best rated thrillers guaranteed to keep you up all night
December 03, 2012

Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen Three children, strangers to each other, are taken to Evensong, a boarding school for emotionally traumatized children in the remote Maine wilderness. When three blood-spattered twig dolls are found hanging from a tree, Detective Jane ...
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» Paths to Pubs: A guide to hikes and pints in the Cape Peninsula by Tony Burton
November 08, 2012

Reviewed by Martin Hatchuel "Author Tony Burton is one of us: he’s completed more than 750 hikes and 80 trails but – this is why he’s one of us – he’s also lead some 250 excursions. So we can trust that he knows his stuff – and when he describes some of the h...
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» Mike Lundys Best Walks in the Cape Peninsula
November 08, 2012

Reviewed by Martin Hatchuel "It describes 30 of the best walks in the Peninsula - and although the Kaapenaars will say that means the best walks in the world, even we inferior beings have to admit that they’re each one of them quite spectacular. This eighth edition has been completely revised,...
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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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» Cellarmasters in the Kitchen: Cape Winemakers Guild, 30 years of excellence. By Wendy Toerien
October 26, 2012

Reviewed by Shante Hutton "The book itself is a beautiful blend of insights and stories from the 45 Guild members that are inspiring and often humorous combined with two of their much loved recipes which they pair with their own wines.  The photos are gorgeous and the recipes that are chosen lo...
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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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» 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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» 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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» Ivo Vegter (author of Extreme Environment) talks to 2oceansvibe Radio
October 01, 2012

Ivo Vegter was on the Premier Show on 2oceansvibe Radio on Friday 21 Sep to talk about his new book, Extreme Environment. Could this be one of the most controversial books of 2012? That’s what some are saying... To listen to the podcast, click here to go to 2ocean...
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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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