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JK ROWLING: HARRY POTTER

Stephen King reasons why JK Rowling can’t let go of Harry Potter. ‘She’s aware that there are millions and millions of people who loved those books’. By Jack Shepherd It’s no secret that JK Rowling loves revising the magical world of Harry Potter. This year alone, two new stories based in that universe will be released; Harry Potter and the …

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CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR

Don’t miss South Africa’s Children Book Fair 2016. Fun for both children and parents alike – the first-ever book fair of its kind – dedicated completely to children’s books! Get lost in the fun and exciting world of children’s books – where stories of charming characters and magical worlds come to life! The South Africa’s Children Book Fair (SACBF) offers …

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4X4 TRAVEL GUIDE: EASTERN AFRICA

An invaluable guide for 4×4 explorers to these less-travelled – but hugely rewarding – parts of our continent. By Maureen Day. This comprehensive planning guide to 4×4 travel through eastern Africa (Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia) is based on first-hand travel experience. Introductory chapters give detailed general information and guidance on itineraries, what to take, potential costs, fuel availability, …

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THE WRITING STUDIO

The Write Voice Creative Writing Course. Find your voice as a writer. Are you guilty of spending more time talking about your writing, than actually sitting down and putting words to paper? Do you find it difficult to start writing, not sure what medium to write for, or what to write? Your writing coach and mentor is Daniel Dercksen, the …

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BAOBABS OF THE WORLD

A photographic masterpiece, this beautiful book is a fitting tribute to the baobab – an extraordinary and majestic tree found principally in Madagascar, and peripherally in Africa and Australia – by Andry Petignat and Louise Jasper. The first section offers a short introduction to the classification and general description of baobabs, details of their life history, biogeography, dispersal and their …

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I HAVE LIFE: ALISON’S JOURNEY

The South African classic I Have Life: Alison’s Journey as told to Marianne Thamm is the inspiration behind a new film Alison: A Tale of Monsters, Miracles and Hope and Penguin Random House South Africa (PRHSA) will publish a film tie-in to coincide with the first screenings of the film in early June 2016. I Have Life: Alison’s Journey has …

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IMRAN GARDA: THE THUNDER THAT ROARS

Imran Garda’s debut novel, The Thunder That Roars, has been announced as the joint winner of the prestigious Olive Schreiner Prize for Prose. The prize is awarded annually by the English Academy of South Africa for a work of prose, poetry or drama. Garda’s taut and thrilling novel draws on the author’s experience as a well-known international journalist and news …

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LITTLE SUNS BY ZAKES MDA

An unusual love story intertwined with little-known history. Little Suns is a poignant work of historical fiction that follows Malangana – ‘Little Suns’ – as he searches for his beloved Mthwakazi after many lonely years spent in exile in Lesotho. The two were parted twenty years earlier after the assassination of Hamilton Hope, a colonial magistrate who, in the late …

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JIMFISH BY CHRISTOPHER HOPE

In the 1980s, a small man is pulled up out of the Indian Ocean in Port Pallid, SA, claiming to have been kidnapped as a baby. The Sergeant, whose job it is to sort the local people by colour, and thereby determine their fate, peers at the boy, then sticks a pencil into his hair, as one did in those …

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ANDRE BRINK BY LEON DE KOCK

A biography of the late André Brink written by Leon de Kock will be published in 2018 by Umuzi. De Kock, who currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, is a South African writer, translator, and academic who recently translated Brink’s letters to the poet Ingrid Jonker for the book Flame in the Snow. Brink died on 6 February …