Books and writers
Information about the latest books and the people behind them
2020 Media24 Books Literary Prize: Recht Malan Prize for NonfictionNB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-06-18
Read the commendations of the books on this shortlist – and the announcement of the winner!
Media24 Boeke Literêre Pryse 2020: Elisabeth Eybersprys vir Afrikaanse en Engelse PoësieNB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-06-18
Lees die aanbevelings vir hierdie kortlys – en ook die aankondiging van die wenner!
Media24 Boeke Literêre Pryse 2020: MER-prys vir geïllustreerde kinderboekeNB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-06-18
Hier is die aanbevelings op hierdie kortlys – en die aankondiging van die wenner.
Media24 Boeke Literêre Pryse 2020: MER-prys vir geïllustreerde kinderboeke – commendatio’sNB-Uitgewersportaal 2020-06-18
Hier is die commendatio’s van al die boeke op hierdie kortlys, en die wenaankondiging.
Reader impression: Beast by Tendai Mtawarira with Andy CapostagnoBooks and writers 2020-06-17
"I do not typically 'score' books, but since this is a book about a sporting legend, I decided that I would have to give the book 5 out of 10."
Review: Steeped in heritage: The racial politics of South African rooibos tea by Sarah IvesBooks and writers 2020-06-15
"Racial inequalities are afforded fresh insight, and with the current resurgence of movements like #BlackLivesMatter, books such as Ives’s seem to call louder each day. What better way to delve into South Africa’s socio-political underbelly than with a cup of tea?"
Whiteness in Southern Africa – an interviewBooks and writers 2020-06-09
"The idea of whites in colonial Africa conjures up images of pith helmets and khaki shorts, rural landscapes and vast estates, madams and masters parked on verandas alternately sipping gin and barking orders at African servants. Such stereotypes present whites as a uniformly wealthy and homogenous group, secure atop a binary power structure." Duncan Money and Danelle van Zyl-Hermann, editors of Rethinking white societies in southern Africa, 1930s–1990s.
Press release: 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize regional winners announcedBooks and writers 2020-06-04
Judges praise winning stories "that are striking for their lateral leaps, their use of language, voice and subversion – and their sheer courage".
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."
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."
Press release: The virtual launch of Marian Keyes’ new novel Grown upsBooks and writers 2020-06-03
Penguin Random House and The Reading List invite you to the launch of Grown ups by bestselling author Marian Keyes. Keyes will be in conversation with another bestselling author, Paige Nick. The launch will take place on 3 June (18h00) on Facebook Live in a video stream on The Reading List’s Facebook page.
Bassie: My journey of hope by Basetsana Kumalo – a reader impressionBooks and writers 2020-06-02
"Besides its wonderful historical detail, the book truly lives up to hope – but also hard work and commitment – to achieve and to serve."
Pieter-Louis Myburgh wins prestigious journalism award for Gangster stateBooks and writers 2020-05-21
Penguin Random House is proud to announce that Pieter-Louis Myburgh has won the 14th Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism. Myburgh’s bestseller, Gangster State, exposes the dealings of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule.
Life and times of Michael K: A reading experience during lockdownBooks and writers 2020-05-06
"Michael K, seen by others as a simpleton with a harelip, outwits those who capture him by his passive resistance and his search for survival in a world in which we are eminently alone."
"I had the character long before I had any kind of story"Books and writers 2020-05-05
"The story was very personal to me, which made it both difficult and easy to write. But I would say the most challenging part was not getting carried away with words and making it fit within the 5 000 word limit." Alboricah Tokologo Rathupetsane’s short story has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.
Review: Sing down the stars by Nerine DormanBooks and writers 2020-05-04
"Though the sticker on the back may say 'Young adult', I am inclined to believe that the heroine’s age and childish mannerisms, as well as those of her friends, point towards a much younger target audience."
Afrolit Sans Frontières: An interview with Zukiswa WannerBooks and writers 2020-04-30
Afrolit Sans Frontières is an online literary festival started by author Zukiswa Wanner as a way to entertain people during the COVID-19 quarantine, which is affecting a large percentage of the world. Season three of the festival starts on 25 May (Africa Day) and continues until 1 June.
The African Library: A life full of holes by Driss ben Hamed CharhadBooks and writers 2020-04-29
"A life full of holes is the fruit of an illiterate man’s imagination and harsh experiences, reflecting a life from childhood to young adulthood that must closely resemble the author's, who was a street vendor and a lowly household employee, like the central character."
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."
"The first step is to keep the book industry alive" – an interview with Mark GevisserBooks and writers 2020-04-28
"The first step is to keep the book industry alive: to save jobs and preserve the space in which books provide information to South Africans. That is the main task of this initiative."