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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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» THREE STRUIK LIFESTYLE BOOKS HONOURED AT GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS
June 20, 2016

THREE STRUIK LIFESTYLE BOOKS HONOURED AT GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS Struik Lifestyle, an imprint of Penguin Random House, has had three titles listed amongst the ‘Best in the World’ at the recent Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 ...
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» Penguin Random House to publish film tie-in edition of I HAVE LIFE: ALISON’S JOURNEY
May 23, 2016

The South African classic I Have Life: Alison’s Journey as told to Marianne Thamm is the inspiration behind a new film Alison: A Tale of Monsters, Miracles and Hope and Penguin Random House South Africa (PRHSA) will publish a film tie-in to coincide with the first screenings of the film i...
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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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» Die storie van Die Naaimasjiene, deel 1
Theunis Engelbrecht
February 16, 2015

Nadat Papegaaislaai in Oktober verlede jaar by Umuzi verskyn het, het mense wat agterop die boek gesien het ek was in Die Naaimasjiene my allerhande lastige vrae begin vra daaroor. Toe dink ek ek kan dit maar net sowel op hierdie blog beantwoord, dan is dit afgehandel. Dit het alles begin toe ek op ...
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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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» Die holui, die lui hos en die lae luise
Theunis Engelbrecht
September 29, 2014

Dis net na middernag. Ek, Malletjie Malan* en Rocky Johnson* is gaar nadat ons weer ons broodkorsies in die bitter sweet van ons aanskyn as naghonde verdien het. (Ek moes byvoorbeeld nuusberigte help verpak oor mense wie se koppe in die woestyn afgekap word en kinders met wie daar as seksslawe hande...
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» Spring is here!
Kobus Galloway
August 25, 2014

Spring is here! Here at Random House Struik we are looking forward to spring. The weather is getting warmer, the trees are starting to blossom and September also sees the NEW 4th volume of Idees Vol Vrees being released – so look out for that! This month's cartoon depicts a...
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» Heppie-heppie-heppie
Theunis Engelbrecht
August 21, 2014

Malletjie Malan* sê hy kan nie meer aldag al die dinge glo wat in die wêreld aangaan nie. En dat hy sy sterre dank dat hy nie ’n akademikus, intellektueel, ’n professionele mens, ’n diep siel of ’n man met status is nie. Want dié van hulle wat Unisa-afgestu...
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» Book review: Creativity, Inc.
July 24, 2014

By Ryan Noik 18 July 2014 It’s not very often that you come across a virtual goldmine of inspiration, but Creativity, Inc. along with being an entertaining read, is also a rich reservoir of business insight. While Creativity, Inc., written by Ed Catmull, the president of Pi...
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» Onse Steve Jobs wat in die hemel is
Theunis Engelbrecht
July 24, 2014

Onse Steve Jobs wat in die hemel is, laat Apple se naam geheilig word en laat ons tot in alle ewigheid in u Groot Appelkoninkryk woon. Gee my vandag my daaglikse gratis app, verlos my van spam en junkmail en malicious spyware en identity theft, en lei my nie in die versoeking van dirty old men se l&...
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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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» 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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» 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 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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» 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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» Winter Warmer - Kobus Galloway Cartoon
Kobus Galloway
April 24, 2014

This competition is now closed. Watch this blog for another one soon!  Winter is upon us and what better way to keep warm than to throw ourself into work. This month's cartoon depicts a recently published book from Zebra Press imprint. Clue: Business book to bring in more income Browse the...
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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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» Die Nuwe Kobus Galloway Tekenprent
Kobus Galloway
September 26, 2013

Ons is mal oor die tekenprente wat Kobus Galloway eksklusief vir ons doen, en dit het heelwat belangstelling ontlok so ons hoop julle is reg vir die volgende een! Dit beeld ‘n boek se titel uit – ‘n nuwe boek wat onlangs deur Umuzi uitgegee is… kan jy dit raai? Gaan loer op ...
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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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» The Spiral House by Claire Robertson
February 14, 2013

About the book: Katrijn van der Caab, freed slave and wigmaker’s apprentice, travels with her eccentric employer from Cape Town to Vogelzang, a remote farm where a hairless girl needs their services. The year is 1794, it is the age of enlightenment, and on Vogelzang the master is conducting st...
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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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» 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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» 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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» January Straight Talk Tip by Maureen Collins
January 24, 2013

You really gotta wanna... It’s resolution time: lose weight, get fit, stop smoking, reduce stress, play more golf, spend more family time, read more. At work it’s about strategizing, setting goals and targets, making plans: to become more innovative, launch new products, increase sales, ...
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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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» 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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» 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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» 100 Moments That Mattered by Peter Joyce
January 04, 2013

Taken from the review done by Wilma den Hartigh of Media Club South Africa. The book is divided into seven parts, and includes well-known events such as the Great Trek; the birth of Johannesburg; the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak which killed 140 000 people in seven weeks in South Africa;...
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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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle wins the "Bookie" Prize
November 27, 2012

The Secret Race wins the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. Taken from the William Hill Press Room. Former US Olympic gold medallist and seven-time Tour de France rider, Tyler Hamilton, and acclaimed writer Daniel Coyle have scooped this year’s William Hill Sports Book of the Yea...
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» Home Remedies by Diane Awerbuck
November 09, 2012

Reviewed by Jonathan Amid "After finishing Diane Awerbuck’s latest novel, Home Remedies, successor to Gardening at Night, I sat dumbfounded, almost in tears, thinking to myself: How do I describe this evocative novel to someone who loves reading? How to make sense of this work w...
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» The Outdoor Survival Bible by Rob Beattie
November 08, 2012

Reviewed by Martin Hatchuel "This dip-into kind of book should be required reading for everyone. It’s written in a tight, matter-of-fact style (I don’t really like to use the cliché, but it works), and covers everything: getting ready, to getting stuck, getting lost, getting ...
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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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» Wonder by R.J. Palacio
November 07, 2012

Reviewed by Antony Altbeker.  "Wonder, as countless headline writers have said, is wondrous. It's written for children, but I wept at its conclusion. And its message - that choosing to be kind is almost always the right choice - is one every child should learn. Read it." Read the rest of t...
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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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» Yotam Ottolenghi speaks to the Mail & Guardian
October 25, 2012

"There are so many good ideas in the Jerusalem cookbook that I have taken to carrying it around with me, planning for the next meal. This is Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's third book. Does the book contribute to ­making a new tradition in Middle Eastern food? The idea that the...
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» The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle
October 25, 2012

Review by Yves Vanderhaeghen: "While this is Hamilton’s personal story (and it’s profoundly moving in a tragic way), it is inevitably also a story about Armstrong. That he triumphed while on drugs is now beyond doubt, in spite of his protestations, and Hamilton’s account of those y...
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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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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» 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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