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THE AGE OF THE CYBORG HAS BEGUN

Yuval Noah Harari: The age of the cyborg has begun – and the consequences cannot be known. The author of the bestselling Sapiens says that the future of life on Earth is now, worryingly, in the hands of a very small group of entrepreneurs. By Carole Cadwalladr. Photo Yuval Harari, the author of the international bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History …

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CAINE PRIZE FOR AFRICAN WRITING

When I was 18, I came across a copy of Miriam Tlali’s Soweto Stories in a used bookshop in London. Until that point, my reading of South African literature had been dominated by writers like JM Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer: well-known writers whose glimpses of apartheid came, self-consciously, from a narrow window – the distance and limited view natural to …

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DUNE CHANGED THE WORLD

Dune, 50 years on: How a science fiction novel changed the world. It has sold millions of copies, is perhaps the greatest novel in the science-fiction canon and Star Wars wouldn’t have existed without it. Frank Herbert’s Dune should endure as a politically relevant fantasy from the Age of Aquarius. By Hari Kunzru In 1959, if you were walking the …

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MY FIRST JOZI WORDS

This cute photo book is a true tribute to Jozi! With pictures and words varying from gold to lightning, from zoo to Gautrain, from hadeda to lion and from load shedding to Ponte Tower, this little cardboard book is sure to leave young and old readers with a smile. Each picture contains a capture with a fun Jozi fact for …

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MASANDE NTSHANGA: THE REACTIVE

German publisher Verlag das Wunderhorn has acquired the rights to publish South African author Masande Ntshanga’s acclaimed literary novel The Reactive in Germany. The deal comes after it has been announced that North American rights to Ntshanga’s novel has been bought by US publisher Two Dollar Radio. German editor Manfred Metzner is excited to publish The Reactive in translation as …

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CORNERSTONE TO PUBLISH NEW BOOK BY E L JAMES

E L James announced that she will shortly release a new version of her worldwide bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey – this time written from Christian Grey’s point of view. The new book, titled Grey, will be published on June 18th – a date that devotees may remember as Christian’s birthday. Since the publication of Fifty Shades of Grey …

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS AND FAMILY ISSUES

Why are so many books about children overcoming family issues? How can I find some that aren’t? The need to ‘get rid of the parents’ inevitably means death, divorce and trauma are at the heart of much children’s fiction… here the Book Doctor seeks out some books that manage to avoid it or use quieter removal tactics. By Julia Eccleshare …

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WOLF, WOLF by EBEN VENTER

A stark tale of modern South Africa. Afrikaner Matt envies and hates the old-time machismo of his ailing father – but it is the shifting power balance he needs to look out for in a mesmerising novel. By Christopher Hope. Photo: ‘White man’s magic is not what it was’ … the Blikkiesdorp township in Cape Town, South Africa by Dan …