Books

July 1, 2019

'I had parents who fought for me. I was taught that my life mattered'

Born in Soweto in the 1970s, Nthabi Taukobong learnt early on in life to be excellent in all endeavours. An avid dreamer, she landed a job at an interior design company in Parktown North and, at the age of 25, she became the lead on an account to redesign the famous Blue Train. Her book is an inspirational account of a remarkable businesswoman. In this extract, we learn about her father’s fight to give her an education.
July 2, 2019

Book News: African literature rises

The need for African literature to be acknowledged for compelling works of writing and information has risen over the years and the continent is quite in fashion nowadays.
June 24, 2019

John Connolly’s angel of retribution Charlie Parker returns

Twenty years ago John Connolly came to South Africa to sell his first novel, Every Dead Thing. He got a lot more than he bargained for. He discusses two decades of Charlie Parker with Gayle Edmunds.
July 2, 2019

Book extract: Blood on her hands: South Africa's most notorious female killers

In Blood on Her Hands, award-winning journalist Tanya Farber investigates the lives, minds and motivations of some of SA’s most notorious woman murderers. This extract is taken from the storyof Najwa Petersen, who murdered her husband, the much-loved
June 23, 2019

SA artists pay tribute to Tambo

Lindiwe Mabuza, South Africa’s former high commissioner to the UK, launched her book, Tambo Lenyoka, to much aplomb in London this week.
July 2, 2019

Book review: African story books for children

Book Dash is an online book hub that gathers creative volunteers – a writer, an illustrator and a designer – to create new African storybooks for children.
June 19, 2019

Book Review: An amazing attention grabber

At first glance Mirror Cracked, which scooped the Minara Aziz Hassim Literary Award last year, did not seem as if it would capture my attention and interest long enough for me to complete it.
May 31, 2019

Book Extract: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World.
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.
June 20, 2019

Review: The Distance is aother Vladislavic masterpiece

What do black readers and writers feel when white writers write black characters, and is it possible to write a progressive South African political story without pretence as a white author?
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 5, 2019

The best part? It was written in isiZulu: Kids on kids’ books

Gogo’s List – Uhlu Lwezinto uGogo Azozenza by Portia Dery and illustrated by Toby Newsome.
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July 14 2019