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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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» Press Release: New Zealand production company Stinkwood Films options Zirk van den Berg’s novel HALF OF ONE THING
March 31, 2016

Movie rights to Zirk van den Berg’s period novel Half of One Thing have been optioned by independent producer Neil Sonnekus of Stinkwood Films. ‘It’s a wonderful read,’ Sonnekus said of the book. ‘I fell for the “historical record” hook, line and sinker. It&...
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» In the kitchen with Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen
March 30, 2016

1. My first food memory is…choking on eating too many fresh garden peas at once in my grandfather's garden. I was 4. 2. My top tips for home cooks are…be inspired but follow your own taste. If you're not certain just add cream or butter. 3. The one utensil / appliance in my k...
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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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» Tips for positive meal times
March 07, 2016

Monique le Roux Forslund, author of Healthy Food for a Healthy Baby, gives seven tips for positive meal times. Include baby in family meal times, let baby sit with at the table and also taste foods and find out about the world ‘out there’. Make sure there is something to occupy your...
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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 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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» 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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» Sam Gates to feature at this year's Rock Girl Bake Day
May 14, 2015

Sam Gates, author of Food for Your Brood, to feature at this year’s Rock Girl Bake Day   On Friday, 22 May from 14:00-16:00, Rock Girl and Sam Gates, author of Food for your Brood are partnering with Claremont Pick and Pay to host the third Rock Girl Bake Day at St. Cyprians School. Twent...
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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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» Spicy Bean Balls Recipe from Fresh from the Vegetarian Kitchen
October 07, 2014

Do you remember Mellissa Bushby from The Vegetarian Kitchen? Well, we’re super excited because she’s back with a new cookbook, Fresh from the Vegetarian Kitchen. It’s a collection of favourite recipes from this seasoned vegetarian who has learnt through trial and error. Mellis...
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» Lauren Beukes on how to pitch a story idea
June 24, 2014

Lauren Beukes gives some amazing tips to all the authors out there who are trying to get published. Watch. Watch the interview here....
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» Therapy lead British author, Susan Lewis, to write memoirs
June 24, 2014

British author, Susan Lewis, tells us how going to therapy in Los Angeles lead her to write a memoir about going through her mother's death. Watch the interview here....
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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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» British author Susan Lewis arrives in South Africa
June 24, 2014

Susan Lewis has arrived in Cape Town! She tells us what she is going to get up to, and what it's like to have written over 30 books! Watch the interview here....
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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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» 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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» The Murder Bag by Toni Parsons - REVIEW
May 23, 2014

Reviewed by Desere - Psycho Thriller Review Blog The read tells of seven school friends, just like everyone they bonded with each other because they had no choice due to the school not being your everyday run of the mill school. This school takes "worthless" kids and turns them into men of...
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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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» 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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» 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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» Splinternuwe Kompetisie
Kobus Galloway
March 04, 2014

Die kompetisie is nou gesluit. Die wenners sal binnekort bekend gemaak word. Somer is verby en ons kan almal doen met ‘n paar voorstelle om winter te oorleef. So kom ons begin met ‘n nuwe Kobus Galloway tekenprent en ‘n splinternuwe kompetisie! Hierdie maand se tekenprent beeld &ls...
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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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» Sarah Graham's Easiest-ever Red Velvet Cake
February 07, 2014

We’re super excited that food blogger (and newly famous TV chef) Sarah Graham has graced us with a new cookbook, aptly titled smitten. in the month of love! We drooled over bitten. when it first came out, trying as many recipes as possible and bringing in all sorts of yummy goodies t...
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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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» 'n Nuwe jaar en 'n nuwe Kobus Galloway tekenprent
Kobus Galloway
January 16, 2014

Goeiedag en ‘n voorspoedige nuwe jaar aan al ons lesers! Ons hoop julle het ‘n rustige feesseisoen gehad, en dat almal gereed is om die nuwe jaar met moed en geesdrif aan te pak.   Dis altyd moeilik om weer jou voete te vind na ‘n lang vakansie, so ons bring vir jou ‘n s...
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» 2013 Festive Season Gift Guide
December 12, 2013

We’ve pulled out all the stops to put together a list of the ultimate books that will make the perfect gift for pretty much anyone. It’ll make shopping this festive season easier on you, leaving you with more time to eat, drink, and be merry and besides, who wouldn’t love a book fo...
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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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» 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 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» Save me from the Lion's Mouth by James Clarke
January 30, 2013

Taken from the review done by Ed Lemke of Pretoria News. The lion will always conjure up fear and respect in our minds, but imagine living in an isolated part of the bush where your neighbours are taken regularly for the lion’s dinner and no one can do anything about it. Many of Afri...
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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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» Kirstenbosch: The most beautiful garden in Africa by Brian J. Huntley
January 18, 2013

Taken from the review done by Wilma den Hartigh of Media Club South Africa. This beautiful coffee table book, written by acclaimed South African ecologist Professor Brian Huntley, was published in honour of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens' centenary. Through vivid photogr...
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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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» Moranthology by Caitlin Moran
January 04, 2013

Taken from the review done by Cassey Toi of Women24. The book started me on a “must read more of what she wrote” and “oooh she’s on Twitter must follow” course. I find Caitlin Moran to be a lot of what the modern feminist should be.  She discusses how she...
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» The Terrible Ones by Piet Nortje
January 03, 2013

Taken from the review done by Martin Rhodes of Business Day Live. Picking up the first volume of The Terrible Ones was a bit daunting — I had to adjust to the fine print and the weight of the book in my hands. I thought I was in for a long and tedious read, but I flew through the pro...
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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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» Succeed Under Pressure by Gary Bailey
December 03, 2012

Succeed under Pressure is based on Gary Bailey’s highly successful business talks, which are largely inspired by Sir Alex Ferguson’s leadership abilities as manager of Manchester United. Extract from the book: Parallel to dealing with difficult individuals, a manager has to maintain...
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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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» Smithers Mammals Of Southern Africa by Peter Apps
October 25, 2012

"If you are expecting wildlife jargon that only a select few understand, then you are bound to be disappointed as you read through Smither’s Mammals Of Southern Africa, updated by wildlife author Peter Apps. Apps’s version ticks all the right boxes as it is portable and easily readable, ...
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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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» 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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» 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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» Mike Lundy's Best Walks in the Cape Peninsula
October 01, 2012

A bestseller for 21 years, Mike Lundy’s Best Walks in the Cape Peninsula remains one of the most popular books on hiking in Cape Town. Click here to read an extract on BooksLIVE, taken from the 7th Edition. About Mike Lundy’s Best Walks in the Cape Peninsula: Each of the 3...
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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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» 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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» 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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