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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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» 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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» Book review: An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids
June 24, 2014

An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids (Umuzi) By: Women24  Nadia Davids has made a name for herself as a playwright (At Her Feet, Cissie) of great intelligence and sensitivity, with a real understanding and affection for South Africa and its people.  It is these qualities, and a deftness o...
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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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» African Wildlife Quiz Book by Clive Gibson and Patrick Flood
October 04, 2012

Review by Desiree Schirlinger of Grocott's Mail: "Do you know what a ferret is? Or do you perhaps know what the rinkhals snake does when it feels threatened? The African Wildlife Quiz Book not only explores interesting facts like this but it delves into the world of our precious fauna with...
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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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» Nougat and Ice Cream Cake with Hot Raspberry Sauce
September 27, 2012

Taken from Scrumptious Food for Family and Friends by Jane-Anne Hobbs. “What I love about ice-cream cakes is that they’re so versatile – you can add anything that takes your fancy.” Jane-Anne Hobbs shares this recipe from her delightful cookbook, Scrumptious Food for Fam...
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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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» 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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» Ben Freeth (author of Mugabe and the White African) go-kart's through Zimbabwe to raise funds for farm workers
September 14, 2012

Last month, Ben Freeth (author of Mugabe and the White African) and his sons Joshua and Stephen Freeth, undertook an adventure with the aim of raising funds to provide training, medical assistance and educational support to farm workers effected by the political violence in Zimbabwe. The e...
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