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MIRIAM TLALI

The late Miriam Tlali was the first black woman to publish a novel in South Africa. She died on 24 February 2017. Tlali was 83 years old. In his tribute to the late renowned novelist, Miriam Tlali, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa described her as a literary legend and a trailblazer. “Those of us who have met Mama Miriam …

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HARRY KALMER: A THOUSAND TALES OF JOHANNESBURG

A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg, a city like no other. The spell-binding new novel by South African playwright and author Harry Kalmer, A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg, describes Africa’s greatest city as a living, breathing character. Spanning a century, the book covers the best and worst moments in Joburg’s lifetime. “The one thing about Joburg is how interconnected everyone is,” …

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TWO OCEANS: NEW EDITION

For over two decades Two Oceans has been the pre-eminent book to which scientists, students, divers and beachcombers turn to identify and learn about marine life, from sponges to whales and seaweeds to dune forests. In this exuberantly colourful, fully revised fourth edition, over 2 000 species are now covered, names and other details have been updated to reflect the …

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WALLY SEROTE: LIFETIME ACHIEVER AWARD

Pivotal South Africa poet, Dr. Mongane Wally Serote has been lauded as the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Literature Lifetime Achiever for 2016. This Award, sponsored by Media24 Books, aims to acknowledge Serote’s significant contribution to South African prose. “The Romantic notion of poets is that they are the prophets of society – sometimes with more justification than in other …

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HELEN ZILLE: NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT

Helen Zille’s long-awaited autobiography is one of the most fascinating political stories of our time. This a story about political intrigue, treachery,and unlikely coalitions. It documents Zille’s fight against corruption and her efforts to realign politics and entrench accountability. And it describes a mother’s battle to raise children in the pressured world of South African politics. It is now available …

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JESSICA PITCHFORD: BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS

When Johan Booysen hears that the new Provincial Police Chief takes backhanders from a businessman in Durban, South Africa, he decides to give her the benefit of the doubt. But the evidence becomes impossible to ignore and he soon gets dragged down the corridors of power and politics into the web of intrigue, deceit and betrayal that, at times, he …

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RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER

Sally Andrew wins Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award. Penguin Random House author Sally Andrew won the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice – Book of the Year Award for her book, Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery at the 2016 Nielsen Bookseller’s Awards ceremony, held at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town. The Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award is awarded to the …

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DON PINNOCK: GANG TOWN

Gangster’s paradise: why Cape Town’s gangs are thriving. By Don Pinnock Police efforts to curb gang membership and violence in Cape Town are failing. In an attempt to find a solution, a new book, Gang Town, by Don Pinnock turns existing theories on their head. Cape Town is two cities. One is beautiful beyond imagining, known since its beginning as …

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SEAN FRASER: SOUTH AFRICA

When a burning sun dips low enough on the horizon to touch the brown-black earth, that is when South Africa is at its very best – a blazing expanse of broad landscapes of sea and veld, dusty savanna and equally dusty pavements. It is a vast country, extending from pristine coastal plain to rugged mountain passes across wide stretches of …

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THE BEDSIDE ARK BY DAVID MUIRHEAD

A riotous assembly of unrespectable southern African creatures. This riotous assembly of unrespectable creatures comprises 42 short accounts of southern Africa’s vibrant collection of wild animals. From the one-of-its-kind aardvark to the wilfully ignorant ostrich; the Houdini-like honey badger to the precariously specialised klipspringer; and from the curvaceous, sports-model springbok to the recklessly insensitive hyena – this book airs the …