Review: Leaving word by Steven Boykey SidleyBooks and writers 2020-06-04
"It offers fascinating insight into a dying art – editing – and the industry that is killing it instead of treasuring it for what it can contribute to the wealth of our knowledge and the joys of our entertainment."
Review: I wish I'd said: Volume 2 by Johann de Lange and Mandla Maphumulo (eds)Books and writers 2020-04-28
"To me, the anthology was a revelation. It achieves precisely the goal it sets out to: it consoles, enlightens, nourishes the grieving soul."
Review: JM Coetzee: Photographs from boyhood by Hermann Wittenberg (ed)Books and writers 2020-04-22
"It is a beautifully produced book that will surprise and enlighten even the most devoted Coetzee readers, but might also be an intriguing entry point for those yet unfamiliar with the Nobel Prize winner's work."
South African writing in transition, edited by Rita Barnard and Andrew van der Vlies: a reviewBooks and writers 2020-04-02
"The individual contributions focus on a fascinating and relevant selection of primary sources, mostly novels and short stories, reaching as far back as Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi (1930) and incorporating contemporary texts into the diverse readings of the South African literary canon."
Review: Asleep Awake Asleep by Jo-Ann BekkerBooks and writers 2020-03-10
"Bekker has a fascinating voice and she is not afraid to experiment with the short form."
Karavan Press: an interview with Karina SzczurekBooks and writers 2019-08-04
"I did not buy a caravan; but I realised that a book is like a caravan, a home away from home, taking you to unexpected places. It seemed only natural to name the publishing house I was dreaming of Caravan Books. My friend, Alex Smith, recommended 'Press' instead of 'Books', and the 'K' was my own idea."
Review: Remnants restante reste by Annette SnyckersBooks and writers 2019-07-30
"Writing in English, Afrikaans and German, Snyckers explores the possibilities of translation and creative expansion."
Book review: Lacuna by Fiona SnyckersBooks and writers 2019-07-10
"Lacuna is the story of Lucy Lurie, a fictional woman who shares a name with one of the main characters in Disgrace (published exactly two decades ago in 1999). It is a feminist ‘reply’, for want of a better word, to JM Coetzee’s most famous — or infamous (depending on one’s reading) — novel."
Secret keeper by Kerry Hammerton: book reviewResensies 2019-03-27
"In Secret keeper, Hammerton manages to capture the essentials of most adult lives – love, loss, loneliness, anxiety, ageing and death – and leaves us pondering our own mortality, and that deep longing not to feel our insignificance 'at night' when we are all alone under the 'black sky, stars,/ the milky way'."
Postcolonial poetics: 21st-century critical readings by Elleke Boehmer: a reviewBooks and writers 2018-11-13
"The central question Boehmer addresses in Postcolonial poetics is 'whether there was a kind of reading that postcolonial texts in particular solicited' and, if yes, what its main characteristics were."
The history of intimacy by Gabeba Baderoon: a reviewBooks and writers 2018-10-31
"The history of intimacy by Gabeba Baderoon ... is the only poetry volume published by Kwela Books this year, but one which is a most welcome addition to the plethora of distinguished South African poetic voices."
You make me possible: An interview with Karina SczcurekBooks and writers 2018-10-10
"Sometimes, you can say something in a letter that is impossible to voice otherwise."
It’s only blood: Shattering the taboo of menstruation by Anna DahlqvistBooks and writers 2018-09-20
"It is a book every menstruator will profit from reading."
Winging it by Joanne Jowell: a reviewBooks and writers 2018-06-14
"Winging it illuminates the entire undertaking of what an egg donation, IVF, surrogacy, and solo parenting entails. None of it is for the faint-hearted."
Feminism is: South Africans speak their truth, edited by Jen Thorpe: a book reviewBooks and writers 2018-03-28
"While reading the essays in this collection, I found myself repeatedly rethinking my own attitudes. To start with, I wanted to be as sensitive and as aware as I could be while writing my review of the book. Change of attitude often begins with language. I hope that each of the words I have chosen for this review is respectful towards the contributors, their views and their sterling work."