Books

May 25, 2019

Mama Winnie gets resurrected, redeemed in new book

There were not enough seats at Love Books in Melville on Friday night to accommodate an audience who braved the cold to listen to the ideas, emotions and process that went into the writing of the book The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela.
May 31, 2019

The future of the past: Memories of apartheid

A beautiful and terrible new book of words and photos tells everyday memories of apartheid in an attempt to spur meaningful discourse around the truth and reconciliation that the nation has been robbed of.
May 23, 2019

African history for (woke) kids

A professor has filled a huge gap in the market by creating a decolonised history of the continent for children. Charl Blignaut chats with Nomalanga Mkhize.
May 21, 2019

Zoë Wicomb: A lesson in reading

Who is Zoë Wicomb – and why do more local readers not know the work of one of the country’s most revered authors? PhD literature candidate Manosa Nthunya offers an introduction to this stunning post-apartheid feminist voice that centres on ordinary lives.
May 16, 2019

Book extract: The road to presidential power

It is sometimes remarked that the personal characteristics one needs to ascend to the presidency differ quite markedly from the qualities one requires to succeed once one has secured the job.
May 17, 2019

Book review: A thrilling ride into the darkness

What actually went down in poor white homes in South Africa in the 1980s? If you were a young man, you were conscripted – no ifs or buts.
May 3, 2019

Extract: Ideological gridlock has handicapped the ANC

In Chapter 4 of Fit for Purpose by Thabang Motsohi, he tackles the current climate of the ANC leadership and policies in South Africa, and how the challenges that the ruling party faces have shifted the balance of the party.
April 26, 2019

Legs of thunder sinews of steel

A riveting new book traces SA’s greatest sports moments since returning to the international fold in 1994. In this edited extract from a chapter on Orlando Pirates’ triumph at the 1995 African Champions Cup in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire,Ian Hawkey considers the role played by the legendary Jerry Sikhosana in the victory
April 24, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Intimate and brilliant

The Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia.
April 22, 2019

Many contracts with the devil

Most of the shenanigans that are explored in Gangster State, The Republic of Gupta and The President’s Keepers is that they can be classified as matters of state, though they are committed in the guise of national duty, they are stuff we used to watch only in the movies.
April 14, 2019

A tale of two book launches

It was a full house for the launch of Gangster State by Pieter-Louis Myburgh at Exclusive Books in Sandton City on Tuesday night.
April 12, 2019

A desert festival in Timbuktu

Journalist Lerato Mogoatlhe travelled solo across 21 countries on the continent over a period of five years. In this extract from her travel memoir, Vagabond, Mogoatlhe’s chance encounter with Malian singer Habib Koité in a desert in west Africa has her living out her best life.
April 9, 2019

Book News: Tumi Morake's memoir goes digital

Many words, one voice.
April 1, 2019

Book extract: The day Ace Magashule took the mayor to Gangster Land

In his explosive new book, award-winning investigative journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh has taken on the secretary-general of the ANC, Ace Magashule, by steadily unpicking an alleged ‘web of capture’ spun by the politician.
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June 16 2019