Books

October 10, 2019

The First Pass

As the Springboks carry the hopes of South Africa at the Rugby World Cup in Japan, award-winning rugby writer Gavin Rich offers honest insight into the experiences of past Springbok champions. This extract begins with Gcobani Bobo recounting his debut in the national squad against Scotland.
October 10, 2019

Book Review: Death on the Limpopo

Death on the Limpopo: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew.
October 10, 2019

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face

Mike Tyson was arguably one of the greatest fighters in the sport of boxing. Despite his shorter and stockier frame, he soared through the heavyweight ranks for 20 years.
October 4, 2019

Book Review: Behind apartheid's horror curtains

Undercover with Mandela’s Spies: The Story of the Boy Who Crossed the Square by.
September 26, 2019

What more can you learn at 80? Lots, if you decide to drive 10 000km to Cairo

Octogenarian Julia Albu – who at the age of 80 together with her trusted 20-year-old Toyota Conquest named Tracy, adventures across the African continent – describes her journey to Francistown in Botswana.
September 26, 2019

The knock at the door

One Day in Bethlehem by Jonny Steinberg.
September 19, 2019

Blood Gold

A new book by celebrated social historian Charles van Onselen explores the human cost on the Mozambicans who came to work on the mines of the Witwatersrand. This extract explores the link between the mines and alcoholism.
September 18, 2019

3 Q's for Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu

Last week, Zimbabwean academic, film maker and writer Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu was named as the fiction prize winner at the 2019 Sunday Times Literary Awards for her debut novel, The Theory of Flight. So, who is our latest literary star?.
September 18, 2019

Book Extract: Refusing to accept the shame

A new collection of African LGBTIQ writing has appeared in stores, adding to a growing archive. In this extract, Lwando Scott tackles how ‘effeminate’ boys like him are double-shamed – and how we all contribute to the othering that can cripple a life
September 8, 2019

SA Book Fair celebrates diversity

With 110 authors on the programme of this year’s SA Book Fair – 80 of whom are black – the diversity of voices is stronger than ever before.
September 8, 2019

Book Extract: Coconut Kelz's survival guide

Satirical character Coconut Kelz is a young Caucasian woman trapped in a black body. Kelz lives in – and tries never to leave – Sandton and is a staunch supporter of the DA. She has handy tips on how to achieve the right white standard of beauty, how to catch yourself a white guy and find the best suburbs to live in. In this extract from Lesego Tlhabi's hilarious book about race and class in SA, Kelz tells us how to host the perfect shindig.
September 6, 2019

Book Extract: Femicide – A family relives its pain

Femicide – A family relives its pain.
September 5, 2019

The power of black female poets

A new book of literary critique, essays and interviews on black South African female poets has arrived and, according to our critic, Manosa Nthunya, it’s the most important book of its kind to be published post 1994.
September 3, 2019

‘It’s all about trust’: Open Book Festival promises a diversity of storytelling

A host of authors, poets and creative minds is set to descend upon some of the Mother City’s most popular literary spots including the Fugard Theatre and the Book Lounge.
September 1, 2019

Book Extract: Is black tax a burden or ubuntu?

Delving into the essence of black family life, Black Tax: Burden or Ubuntu is a thought-provoking anthology that draws on a range of voices from people who generously share their deeply personal stories about an undeniable part of African culture. This is author Phehello J Mofokeng's reflection.
September 1, 2019

Niq Mhlongo's Black Tax comes at the right time

Niq Mhlongo’s compilation Black Tax: Burden or Ubuntu? is a well-written, incisive look at a subject that has become painful for many, writes Lesetja Malope.
August 16, 2019

Extract: We are going to kill each other today – the Marikana story

We are going to kill each other today – the Marikana story was written by Felix Dalangamandla, Thanduxolo Jika, Lucas Ledwaba, Sebabatso Mosamo, Athandiwe Saba and Leon Sadiki.
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.
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October 20 2019