Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Review: Dream of a lifetime: Crossing Antarctica by Mike Horn

Clifford Roberts Books and writers 2020-04-22

"The pages fly by. The journey over the ice is as ferocious as the pace its reading makes."

Review: JM Coetzee: Photographs from boyhood by Hermann Wittenberg (ed)

Karina Magdalena Szczurek 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."

The world’s largest online literary festival

Darryl David Books and writers 2020-04-16

"The coronavirus has turned the world on its head. Every day, I hear echoes of Morgan Freeman’s voice from the movie Deep impact in my head. The coronavirus is indeed a deep impact moment. As an evangelist of the literary arts, I have agonised over what this moment means for us."

"Start with the determined decision to fight for your business"

Naomi Meyer, Douglas Kruger, Cliffordene Norton Books and writers 2020-04-16

"Start with the determined decision to fight for your business. No matter how small or trivial it may seem, it is an important block in the foundation of our civilisation. It’s your baby, your dream – don’t let it go without a fight." Naomi Meyer and Cliffordene Norton interview Douglas Kruger about his latest book.

Review: Future-proof your child for the 2020s and beyond by Nikki Bush and Graeme Codrington

Louise Viljoen (JBay) Books and writers 2020-04-15

"I consider it an invaluable guide to equip children with the right skill sets, attitudes and world views to enable them to identify future opportunities and thrive, no matter what tomorrow may or may not hold."

Fresh off the press: Olga Kirsch – A life in poetry by Egonne Roth

LitNet Books and writers 2020-04-15

This biography does not only investigate Kirsch’s role as Afrikaans Jewish poet but also examines her as an example of a cross-cultural, multi-lingual immigrant poet. 

Fresh off the press: A childhood made up by Brent Meersman

LitNet Books and writers 2020-04-08

Brent Meersman’s memoir of a humble yet eccentric upbringing in a Milnerton, Cape Town, flat in the 1970’s and 1980’s reads as a stirring eulogy to his schizophrenic mother, yet also as a vivid snapshot in time.

Lockdown: The corona chronicles – an interview with Melinda Ferguson

Naomi Meyer, Melinda Ferguson Books and writers 2020-04-08

"No. I don’t think we are ever going to go back to the 'unconscious normal' we were in just a few weeks ago. I think that after lockdown, the world and South Africa will, in many ways, be in pieces; in many ways, the systems we knew will be broken, and we will all have to readjust and start again."

Review: Field guide to butterflies of South Africa (2nd edition) by Steve Woodhall

Louise Viljoen (JBay) Books and writers 2020-04-08

"This precious guide is said to make a thoughtful and wonderful gift to professional entomologists, gardeners and nature enthusiasts alike."

Review: Financial freedom through property by Laurens Boel

Louise Viljoen (JBay) Books and writers 2020-04-07

"To my delight, I found Boel a patient and eloquent coach, and his writing clear, to the point and interlaced with examples I could understand and relate to."

Review: The enforcers – Inside Cape Town’s deadly nightclub battles by Caryn Dolley

Clifford Roberts Books and writers 2020-04-06

"There is an art in finding and lifting the real story from the day-to-day facts. Dolley may not quite be there yet, but she's certainly on her way."

South African writing in transition, edited by Rita Barnard and Andrew van der Vlies: a review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books 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."

A reading list for children at home: Penguin Random House South Africa’s choice

LitNet Books and writers 2020-03-25

Are your children stuck at home and do they have too much screen time? LitNet asked a few publishers for suggestions on what young children can read during this time. Here are the books that Penguin Random House suggested. The kids will enjoy reading and also realise that it's a privilege to have a home in which they can be trapped during this strange period. 

Jodi Picoult, the Amish and the author’s responsibility

Liné Loff Books and writers 2020-03-24

"She is a woman and a writer, but doesn’t write women’s fiction."

Review: Being Shelley by Qarnita Loxton

Nikita Coote Books and writers 2020-03-23

"My overall feeling towards the novel is exactly what you would expect: just not my cup of tea."

Review: Asleep Awake Asleep by Jo-Ann Bekker

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2020-03-10

"Bekker has a fascinating voice and she is not afraid to experiment with the short form."

Video: Cape Town launch of Of Motherhood and Melancholia by Lou-Marié Kruger

Lou-Marie Kruger, Pierre de Vos Books and writers 2020-03-04

The launch of Of Motherhood and Melancholia by Lou-Marié Kruger took place on Thursday 27 February 2020 at The Book Lounge in Cape Town. Pierre de Vos was in conversation with Lou-Marié.

The African Library: Hope is our only wing by Rutendo Tavengerwei

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2020-03-02

"This small gem of a novel, published in 2018, is its Zimbabwean author’s first."

Fresh off the press: Cape Town: A place between by Henry Trotter

LitNet Books and writers 2020-02-26

This tween-ness complicates and perplexes. It threatens key conceptions we have about the histories, identities, and cultures of those who live on the continent.

Review: The night trains by Charles van Onselen

Natasha Harmse Books and writers 2020-02-25

"Van Onselen’s exposition of the night trains on the Eastern Main Line offers a clear and focused view of the circumstances surrounding the Mineral Revolution in South Africa."