Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Femicide in South Africa – an interview with Nechama Brodie

Cliffordene Norton, Nechama Brodie Books and writers 2020-08-05

"It’s important that we understand that femicide is not something that happens only when there is a big story in the news – but it is systemic, and it has been happening over a long period of time; it exists as part of a broader society that has allowed and encouraged violence to be used as a solution or as a means to an end." 

Reader impression: Has China won? by Kishore Mahbubani

David Willers Books 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:  Decolonising schools in South Africa: The impossible dream? by Pam Christie

Aslam Fataar SA Skoleseminaar | Schools Seminar 2020-07-29

"Pam Christie’s entire career’s work shines a bright light on our educational fault lines, and now, with this book, she invites us into the decolonial space, which is an impossible space to embrace – maddeningly impossible – yet one which must be occupied and rendered pedagogical."

The fall: an interview with Jen Thorpe

Cliffordene Norton, Jen Thorpe Books and writers 2020-07-24

"I think the way we think about and talk about protests and why they happen has the ability to shape our receptiveness to listening, and I wanted to explore this idea in The fall."

Reader impression: The body: A guide for occupants by Bill Bryson

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2020-07-21

"This is a book that is really worth the read; I am even considering rereading it sometime, which is something that I very rarely do with books."

Sea star summer: an interview with Sally Partridge

Naomi Meyer, Sally Partridge Books and writers 2020-07-15

"It was during a morning beach walk on one of these trips that he pointed out all the 'sea stars' in a rock pool. I was already writing the book, and that scene automatically made it in."

Press release: Ingrid Jonker Prize 2020 goes to a poignant collection of poems distinguished by a photographer’s instinct

LitNet Books and writers 2020-07-14

The winner of the Ingrid Jonker Prize for a debut volume of poetry in English published in 2018 and 2019 has been announced.  

Inter-review with Helen Moffett about her novel Charlotte

Janet van Eeden, Helen Moffett Interviews 2020-07-13

"Please could Helen Moffett write the ending to my life story? Listening to Helen’s delightful Charlotte as an audiobook had me weeping in delight as I learned how things turned out in the end for the unobtrusive Charlotte Lucas, one of Elizabeth Bennet’s closest friends in Pride and prejudice."

The South African Writers’ Circle: An interview with the chairperson

Remona Voges, Sally Sinclair Books and writers 2020-07-08

"Writing is a solitary occupation, and writers enjoy being able to exchange ideas with other writers. The Circle provides them with this opportunity."

Reader impression: Talking to strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2020-07-03

"Talking to strangers made me realise yet again that one cannot separate one field of study from the other. History and psychology go hand in hand."

Ingrid Jonker Prize: Shortlist 2020

LitNet Books and writers 2020-07-03

The shortlist for the Ingrid Jonker Prize for debut volumes of poetry in English published in 2018 and 2019 has been announced. The prize is alternately awarded on an annual basis to a first volume of poetry in Afrikaans or English – the two languages in which Ingrid Jonker herself wrote.

The African Library: The theory of flight by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2020-06-26

"The theory of flight is a beautifully told narrative, memorable and innovative, and a skilfully structured novel."

Reader impression: 21 Lessons for the 21st century by Yuval Noah Harari

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2020-06-24

"21 Lessons for the 21st century was such an insightful read that I gained great respect for the author of this book. I tried to keep notes, as I typically do, but the number of quotations that I loved from this book became so many, that I accepted that I would not be able to use them all in one impression."

Reader impression: Me by Elton John

Barend van der Merwe Books and writers 2020-06-23

"I loved this autobiography of the legendary Sir Elton John!"

Racism by the book

Darryl David Books and writers 2020-06-22

"Is Niq saying what I think he is saying? That white judges will choose white winners? And, by implication, black judges will choose black winners? How else is one to interpret his quote, 'But when the judges are white, the people who win will be white'? The judging process is, at the best of times, a highly subjective act, and is not swayed by the race of judges."

Media24 Boeke Literêre Pryse vir 2020 bekend

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-06-18

Die wenners van die Media24 Boeke Literêre Pryse vir 2020 is vanaand (Donderdag 18 Junie 2020) bekend gemaak. Meer as 80 boeke wat in 2019 by Media24-uitgewerye verskyn het, is vanjaar ingeskryf in ses kategorieë met prysgeld van altesaam R210 000.

2020 Media24 Books Literary Prizes: Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English fiction

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-06-18

Read the commendations of all the books on the shortlist – and the announcement of the winner!

2020 Media24 Books Literary prizes: MER Prize for Youth Novels

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-06-18

Read the commendations of all the books on the shortlist – and the announcement of the winner!

Media24 Boeke Literêre Pryse: WA Hofmeyrprys vir Afrikaanse fiksie

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-06-18

Lees die commendatio’s van al die boeke op die kortlys – en ook die aankondiging van die wenner.

2020 Media24 Books Literary Prize: Recht Malan Prize for Nonfiction

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-06-18

Read the commendations of the books on this shortlist – and the announcement of the winner!