Books

August 14, 2019

It’s time for solutions, says the man who resisted state capture

Mcebisi Jonas has written a highly anticipated book. In the preface to After Dawn, Jonas outlines why we find ourselves in this economic crisis and, more importantly, how we may turn it around.
August 2, 2019

Book Extract: The tsotsi in the car

Born in Soweto into an anti-apartheid activist family Lindi Tardif lost her father when she was young and her grandfather was exiled. Today, with four degrees under her belt, she works for Amazon in Seattle, US, and has published her inspiring story of how human values, faith and choices have shaped her success. In this extract, she is a schoolgirl
August 2, 2019

Book extract: The legal battle against the mining houses

A full bench of the Johannesburg High Court endorsed an agreement between mining companies and lawyers for gold mine workers who contracted silicosis and tuberculosis.
July 22, 2019

Who are the Stellenbosch Mafia?

In his latest book, political journalist Pieter du Toit explores the roots of Stellenbosch, and closely examines its ‘club’ of billionaires. Who are they and, crucially, how are they connected?
July 17, 2019

Book Review: Living Coloured is honestly hilarious

Living Coloured (Because Black and White Were Already Taken) by Yusuf Daniels.
July 17, 2019

Q&A with author Masande Ntshanga

Award-winning young novelist Masande Ntshanga has released a second book – a curious blend of everyday black life and sci-fi.
July 17, 2019

Book Extract: The mysterious disappearance

Award-winning young novelist Masande Ntshanga has released a second book – a curious blend of everyday black life and sci-fi.
July 4, 2019

The beach eviction: We were confused. All we wanted to do was swim

Auctioneer and first-time author Yusuf Daniels initially attracted attention on Facebook, where he would share hilarious posts about growing up as a naughty child in a close-knit Cape Flats family. He submitted three of these stories to a publishing house and now he has a book out. In this spicy extract, he recalls a family trip to the beach that resulted in a run-in with a not-so-eloquent policeman.
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 21, 2019

Mentally stimulating reads to warm your winter

Need something to get stuck into on cold nights? Kate Turkington reviews two new books.
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.
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August 18 2019