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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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 'n Nuwe maand en 'n nuwe kans om te wen met Kobus Galloway se tekenprente
Kobus Galloway
October 27, 2014

Dis amper November! Waar is die tyd heen, is dit regtig al amper die einde van die jaar? Terwyl jy die dae tel tot Kersfees en die begin van 2015, hoekom toets jy nie ook sommer jou kennis met die nuwe tekenprent wat Kobus Galloway spesiaal vir ons geillustreer het nie. Soos gewoonlik beeld dit &lsq...
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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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» The devil's chasing us
Kobus Galloway
July 09, 2014

This competition is now closed. Watch this blog for another one soon!   Ons is al halfpad deur 2014 en die Junie/Julie skoolvakansie is ook amper weer verby! Terwyl ons probeer om soveel as moontlik in die laaste helfte van die jaar in te pas (asof die ‘duiwel’ ons jaag!), brin...
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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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» '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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» Nick Norman's road trip | Third week's highlights
November 27, 2013

Nick Norman is in his third week of traveling the routes covered in his book, Geology off the Beaten Track, 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 last week th...
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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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» Dis uiteindelik Vrydag - ons gunsteling dag van die week!
Kobus Galloway
November 01, 2013

Dis uiteindelik Vrydag - ons gunsteling dag van die week! En die beste manier om ‘n week af te sluit (en ‘n nuwe maand te begin) is om ‘n bietjie pret te hê, so ons het ‘n splinternuwe Kobus Galloway tekenprent vir julle om die kop ‘n bietjie wakker te maak. ...
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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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» Die Eerste Kobus Galloway Strokiesprente
Kobus Galloway
July 17, 2013

Hier gaan ons… Ons het gister vir julle vertel dat die talentvolle Kobus Galloway – komediant, illustreerder, grafiese ontwerper – eksklusief vir ons Random Reads blog tekenprente gaan verskaf. So hier is die eerste een! Dit beeld ‘n boek uit, wat deur Umuzi gepubliseer is&h...
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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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» Welcome to the Blog, Warren
April 29, 2013

There's no better way to start a Monday morning than with good news! Yes, Wednesday is a public holiday and we're really excited about the mid-week break but the good news we are chuffed about is that award-winning financial planner and regular guest on Talk Radio 702 Radio and Cape T...
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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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» 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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» 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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» 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 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 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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» 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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» 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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» Meat-free Monday recipe: 10-minute summer bean salad with nut-crusted halloumi
November 22, 2012

Taken from Luscious Vegetarian by Sonia Cabano and Jade de Waal. INGREDIENTS: 1 x 400 g can four-bean mix 1 cup (250 ml) sweetcorn kernels 1 cup (250 ml) cherry tomatoes, halved 3 stalks celery, very finely chopped 1 small onion or 6 spring onions,finely chopped 2 t (10 ml) dried tarr...
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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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» Southern African Sea Life: A Guide for Young Explorers by Sophie von der Heyden
November 09, 2012

Reviewed by Wilma den Hartigh "The guide provides parents of young children with answers to such questions and older children who can read can browse through the book by themselves to find out more about their rock pool discoveries. There are many interesting facts contained in the book. Even a...
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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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» 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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» 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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» Ardmore - We Are Because of Others by Fe Halsted
October 26, 2012

"In my experience, there are four kinds of people who use the word "ubuntu".  There are the windbag politicians and pseudo-ideologues, entrepreneurs and corporations, and naive citizens and consumers. But there are also people who use the word with integrity and sincerity, becaus...
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» Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
October 25, 2012

"It was written in the 19th  century, before caring about the ethical treatment of animals was  fashionable – Sewell, disabled and reliant on horse-drawn transport – was well ahead of her time. Her message, though, is still powerful, and no matter how many times you’ve re...
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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 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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» Evita's Bossie Sikelela by Evita Bezuidenhout
October 02, 2012

Courtest of showcook.com: "Evita Bezuidenhout, following the great success of her first delicious cookbook, is with us once again. The icon of the nation presenting her recipes for dishes that she has experienced on her travels in South Africa and the world. A book that is f...
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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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» 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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» Delectable Pinot Noir-poached pear brle tart
September 19, 2012

Taken from Entertaining at Hamilton Russell Vineyards by Olive Hamilton Russell.  One of the earliest references to pears is found in Homer’s Odyssey, where pears are called ‘a gift of the gods’. With its warm sweet flavours, this tart is the kitchen’s winter g...
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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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» Love, Sex, Fleas, God by Bruce Clark
September 03, 2012

Telling the truth can be difficult. It can mean that you hurt someone you care about, but it can also mean you have to own up to an action or a thought of your own of which you may not be proud. In Love, Sex, Fleas, God, Bruce Clark tells the truth in his own witty, intelligent and wise manner, and ...
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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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