Hitler’s spies: Secret agents and the intelligence war in South Africa by Evert Kleynhans – reader impressionBooks and writers 2021-08-23
"Kleynhans researched Hitler’s spies for his PhD thesis, and, as might be expected, he has included a superb bibliography, which will keep serious students of the Second World War history of South Africa reading for years to come."
Hazara, elegy for an African farm by John Conyngham: reader impressionBooks and writers 2020-11-26
"Hazara, taken from the name of Conyngham’s lost dynastic family sugar farm in KwaZulu-Natal (in turn taken from the name of his grandfather’s regiment in the British Indian Army), tackles the torment of confused identity in the ambivalent context of the old Anglo-South African relationship."
Reader impression: Prisoner 913 by Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad StemmetBooks and writers 2020-08-27
"Loose talk, especially pillow talk, can be dangerous. In the arms of a lover, Nelson Mandela’s wife, Winnie, whispers that Nelson will be visiting Durban."
Reader impression: Has China won? by Kishore MahbubaniBooks and writers 2020-07-29
"Space doesn’t allow for a fuller discussion of the author’s conclusions, the main conclusion of which is that a major geopolitical contest between America and China is both inevitable and avoidable."
Review: Madness: Stories of uncertainty and hope by Sean BaumannBooks and writers 2020-06-04
"We mourn with him and feel his helplessness when patients, friends and colleagues commit suicide. But then, he squares his shoulders and soldiers on, dispassionately analysing the circumstances."
North Facing by Tony Peake: a reviewBooks and writers 2019-07-01
"North Facing is one of a recent stable of coming-of-age books set in South Africa where moral issues are revisited in later life."