Books

March 30, 2020

Book Extract | The Upside of Down: How chaos and uncertainty breed opportunity in South Africa

You might argue that South Africa needs rebuilding and that the short-term injection of money derived from a wealth and supertax would give the country a Red Bull-type boost to get the rusty cogs of growth moving again.
March 27, 2020

Books we recommend this week

Here's a curated a list of books that should be on your to-buy or to-read list.
March 20, 2020

Jamil F Khan: ‘We deserve every chance to be remembered’

Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams is a true story that maps Jamil F Khan’s experience of living with an alcoholic father and the direct conflict of having to live a Muslim life that taught him that nearly everything he called home was forbidden. In this article, Khan tells us about his experience of delving into these memories while writing this book.
March 20, 2020

Book Review: Raising boys in the #MeToo era

How to Raise a Man: The Modern Mother’s Guide to Parenting Her Teenage Son by Megan de Beyer.
March 12, 2020

Book Extract: Life through the eyes of a resilient girl

Fool’s Gold is an anthology of selected short stories, celebrating authors and their stories. Some of the authors are Lauri Kubuitsile, Arja Salafranca, Wame Molefhe, Reneilwe Malatji and Makhosazana Xaba. Several of these authors have won awards for
March 6, 2020

Book Extract: Moe Shaik on the most turbulent and uncertain parts of SA’s past

In his memoir, former state security boss Moe Shaik takes the reader through the most turbulent and uncertain parts of SA’s past. He also talks candidly about working with Zuma and about his brother Schabir’s infamous relationship with the former president.
March 4, 2020

Moe Shaik: ‘Power changed me’

Former ANC intelligence operative Moe Shaik antagonised both presidents Thabo Mbeki, when he was in office, and later Jacob Zuma, who he had been close to through the ANC underground operations for many years.
February 21, 2020

The endless road of an educated immigrant

Tafadzwa Z Taruvinga’s memoir is about his experiences of poverty, xenophobia, racism and classism as he attempts to create a different life for himself and his family. Manosa Nthunya dives into this searing memoir.
February 28, 2020

Book Extract | Electricity: the future is brighter

Here lie untold stories of growth and changing fortunes – the leaders, events and policy choices that lifted 1 billion people out of abject poverty in a generation.
February 24, 2020

Joburg libraries short-listed for international award

The City of Johannesburg’s libraries have been short-listed for this year’s London Book Fair International Excellence Awards for the Library of the Year Award.
February 24, 2020

LeBron James publishes a book for kids

Three-time NBA champion LeBron James is trying his hand at writing children’s books. Illustrated by New York Times bestselling children’s book artist Nina Mata, HarperCollins Publishers’ two-book deal with the LeBron James Foundation was inspired by
February 19, 2020

Book Extract: We Shall Not Weep by Johnny Masilela

First published 17 years ago, a new edition of the modern classic We Shall Not Weep is hitting bookshelves.
February 13, 2020

Book Review: South Africa’s Greatest Bowlers Past and Present

Who are South Africa’s greatest bowlers? Following the success of their books on all-rounders and batsmen, Ali Bacher and David Williams now turn their attention to South Africa’s top bowlers. Muhammad Hussain delves deeper.
February 7, 2020

Nedine Moonsamy’s robust and tender tale of change

Nedine Moonsamy’s delicately written yet incisive debut novel contributes to the remaking of the South African novel in the way in which it holds conversations with other novels and in its depiction of identity and relationships in post-apartheid Sou
February 2, 2020

Book Review: Born Freeloaders by Phumlani Pikoli

Born Freeloaders by Phumlani Pikoli sees the writer return with his second book and it is well worth a read and #Trending is ecstatic about the project and hope it will be developed for a different medium.
February 2, 2020

Are you ready for Phumlani Pikoli’s Born Free-Loaders?

There are a handful of authors looking to right the South African literary ship by putting local stories on the map. Phumlani Pikoli is one of them.
January 30, 2020

Phumlani Pikoli takes on the elephant in the room

Occupying the Fatuous State of Severity: A Mixed Reality Exhibition opened last month, inviting people to enter a technological portal that takes on the stigma of mental illness in black communities. Nickita Maesela explores the show’s artistic response to the twisted tales shared in Phumlani Pikoli's book.
January 31, 2020

Book Extract: Understanding SA’s successes and mistakes

Over the next five years, South Africa, along with some of its neighbours, will be changed radically by the climate crisis, economic stagnation, the fourth industrial revolution, political unrest, and the rising influence of Russia and China on the c
January 29, 2020

Book Extract | Philander - A Test career to savour

In this book extract from Ali Bacher and David Williams’ new book on South Africa’s greatest fast bowlers, the pair describe how Vernon Philander’s cricket career got off to a magical start that would put him on the road to becoming a bowling legend
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April 5 2020