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Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Fresh off the press: To 100 & beyond by Wynand Gouws

LitNet Books and writers 2022-05-18

To 100 & beyond  provides sound, tried-and-tested advice on how to approach living a longer, financially secure life, including how to invest wisely, generate alternative income streams, handle your tax affairs and plan your estate.

A home on Vorster Street: A memoir by Razina Theba: a book review

Bill Nasson Books and writers 2022-05-10

"But it is to be commended for the scrupulous directness with which it recounts the idiosyncrasies of multigenerational living, and for what it reveals about the making of one contemporary South African memory and about how we create the stories we tell about ourselves."

Book launch: Creating conditions for student success, edited by Magda Fourie-Malherbe

LitNet Books and writers 2022-05-09

You are invited to the online book launch of Creating conditions for student success on 12 May 2022. 

Beyond fear – Jacana releases Ebrahim Ebrahim’s post-1994 memoir

LitNet Books and writers 2022-05-06

Beyond fear: Reflections of a freedom fighter, Ebrahim Ebrahim’s memoir, is now available in book shops all over South Africa.

Fresh off the press: A century of South African naval history

LitNet Boeke en skrywers 2022-05-05

"While there are a number of books on the history of the South African Navy, this book brings them into perspective and gives an overall picture of the Navy and its development over the 100 years of its existence."

Life in the time of the plague – and an interview with Julian Roup

Naomi Meyer, Julian Roup Books and writers 2022-04-29

"I kept a diary during the first year of COVID because I was not sure that I would survive, and I was also incandescent with rage at the ineptitude, corruption and general mismanagement of Boris Johnson and his government. I found writing the book cathartic and was delighted when Alec Hogg of BizNews asked me to produce it as a series of podcasts, which I did, and then it was published as a book by BLKDOG."

Lansdowne dearest: My family’s story of forced removals – an interview with Bronwyn Davids

Naomi Meyer, Bronwyn Davids Books and writers 2022-04-27

"I wanted to give my family dignity and closure and, above all, let them rest in peace. And to the future generations, this is what it was. You can go on and make your own lives."

African library: Season of crimson blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2022-04-26

"Narrative closure is ruthlessly sudden, but this was in many ways inevitable from the start. The tragic tale has also been a story of the liberation of deep feelings – perhaps more valuable than their terrible cost."

Press release – 2022 Commonwealth short story prize: shortlist announced

LitNet Books and writers 2022-04-25

Twenty-six outstanding stories have been shortlisted by an international judging panel for the world’s most global literature prize. The writers come from 20 countries across the Commonwealth including, for the first time, Papua New Guinea, eSwatini, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

British-born South African author Mary Renault

Herman Lategan Books and writers 2022-04-21

Close to World Book Day on the 23rd of April 2022, Herman Lategan remembers Mary Renault: "Why, then, is she hardly known in the country from where she wrote hit after hit, best-sellers that have been translated into some 20 languages and that have sold millions of copies in English alone?"

Press release: The launch of Can Themba, the making and breaking of the intellectual tsotsi

LitNet Books and writers 2022-04-21

Mahala’s biography takes a critical historical approach to Themba’s life and writing, giving a picture of the whole man, from his early beginnings in Marabastad to his sombre end in exile in Swaziland.

An interview with Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, winner of a Windham-Campbell Prize for 2022

Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, Izak de Vries Interviews 2022-04-20

"I believe that literature, if done right, speaks about much more than just the present moment – it allows us to examine the past and imagine the future."

"Do you remember still?"– some unknown juvenilia of Vincent Swart

Jean Meiring Books and writers 2022-04-13

"Piqued by his anonymity, by how well his poetry survived the passage of years, and by an error – which I learned only later was an error – I started looking for whatever I could lay my hands on concerning Vincent Swart, perhaps South Africa’s best forgotten poet."

Intricately detailed: A review of How to be a revolutionary by CA Davids

Wamuwi Mbao Books and writers 2022-04-13

"In a field of recent South African novels that have been marked by a dire need for more judicious editing, the deftness of Davids’s plot is striking."

Nuances and other stories by Dianne Stewart: reader impression

David Willers Books and writers 2022-04-11

"Dianne Stewart’s stories are effective because they, too, are rooted in the modern everyday experience of ordinary people with whom we can identify. We cannot predict their ending in most cases, because they are often left open-ended, but it is our imaginations that supply the denouement, depending on which door we open – it puts the reader in the position of being an arbiter of fate."

Fresh off the press: Milner: Last of the empire builders by Richard Steyn

LitNet Books and writers 2022-03-23

Lord Alfred Milner was a brilliant public servant and one of Britain’s most famous empire builders who left an indelible imprint on the history of South Africa.

Time to reflect on our lives: Our ghosts were once people edited by Bongani Kona, a review

Joanne Hichens Books and writers 2022-03-21

"This is not merely a book about death and dying. All manner of reflection is included: the blunt, the prosaic, the truthful, the tragic, but through it all comes connection – even celebration – as the writers share memories and experiences that lend the stories universal appeal."

Themes of hypocrisy and secrets: Glass house by Chinenye Emezie, a review

Jessica Smith Books and writers 2022-03-16

"This book could be a good start for someone who wants to get to know the work of Nigerian authors. I would recommend it for readers with a taste for family dramas with weighty topics and satisfying character growth."

Full particulars podcast: Migrant being in the Jesus novels

David Attwell, JM Coetzee, Derek Attridge, Elleke Boehmer, Robert Pippin Books and writers 2022-03-15

In the sixth episode of his podcast series Full particulars, David Attwell discusses JM Coetzee's enigmatic Jesus trilogy with Robert Pippin (University of Chicago), Derek Attridge (University of York), and Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford). With a reading from The death of Jesus by JM Coetzee.

Cosmonauts do it in heaven by Keith Gottschalk: a book review

Karina Magdalena Szczurek Books and writers 2022-03-08

"For the uninitiated, Cosmonauts do it in heaven might feel like an exploration of space itself, seemingly obscure and impenetrable at first, but the poetry is infused with a desire to take the great leap, to reach for the sky and to celebrate its wonders and 'mysteries,/ solved & sensuous' ('First light')."

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