WATCH: This Soweto jungle gym doubles as a free community library

More than 2.3 million South Africans are unable to read, but this innovative art project hopes to change that statistic.

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Book about Mandela's 'last days' withdrawn from circulation

2017-07-24 20:57

A new book describing former president Nelson Mandela’s last moments has been withdrawn from circulation, publisher Penguin Random House South Africa has announced.

BOOK EXTRACT: The apartheid arms money machine

2017-05-14 10:32

In this extract from his explosive book published this week, Hennie van Vuuren reveals the full extent of the international network created to help the apartheid regime illegally buy weapons.

Barack and Michelle Obama sign book deals

2017-03-01 10:10

The former president and first lady have signed with Penguin Random House.

From Apartheid-era child soldier to author, this is Jacqui Zimba's story

In her first book, Jacqui Zimba tackles the life of violence she fell into under the apartheid government.

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'The cripple, the loose-mouthed Serb and the drug deal gone wrong' - Extract from Krejcir, the book

2016-12-06 16:34

Angelique Serrao's Krejcir delves into several killings and intricate ties in the criminal underworld. Here is an extract from a chapter titled The cripple, the loose-mouthed Serb and the drug deal gone wrong from her book Krejcir: Business as Usual.

Deon Meyer’s imaginary crimes come to life with Cape Town tour

2016-11-16 20:22

South Africans and international visitors can now join a mystery tour through parts of Cape Town to get into the head of famed local author Deon Meyer and his protagonists.

WTF is up with Bob Dylan's reaction to his Nobel Prize?

2016-10-21 13:33

After finally acknowledging his Nobel Prize win in a post on his website, Bob Dylan has now mysteriously removed it again.

Elton John autobiography to be published in 2019

2016-10-13 19:00

Elton John is chronicling his "crazy life" in an autobiography to be published in 2019.

Book about SARS paints damaging view of the media

2016-09-20 20:17

Former SARS official Johann van Loggerenberg suggests in a book released this week that police crime intelligence and state security used the media to discredit him and the revenue service.


'Some things are meant to be private' - Twitter reacts to Mandela book being withdrawn

2017-07-25 11:52

Penguin Random House has withdrawn all copies of the latest book on former President Nelson Mandela's final days. South Africans weigh in on whether or not this was the right decision.

The joy of paper

2017-06-11 06:10

Mother and daughter team Ingrid Mennen and Irene Berg have created a children’s book that evokes the wonder of print to celebrate how awesome reading is. They share their creative journey with Gayle Edmunds and why they keep red crayons in their pocket.

Book extract: The battle on the river

2017-05-14 09:31

In this nail-biting extract from their book Confluence, which has been made into the film Beyond the River, Piers Cruickshanks and Siseko Ntondini describe day one of the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon. They would go on to lift gold, but started on the bac

On my shelf: Rereading Toni Morrison

2017-02-26 06:29

"I feel most white when I am thrown against a sharp black background", writes Panashe Chigumadzi.

On my shelf: The ‘boy’ who taught us personhood

2017-02-05 16:05

In her new monthly column on books published in the past that are relevant to today’s conversations, novelist Panashe Chigumadzi considers the autobiography of one of SA’s first great black writers, Peter Abrahams

Trevor Noah’s audiobook is a bestseller in the US

2016-11-28 12:02

South African comedian Trevor Noah’s autobiography about growing up during Apartheid has reached another milestone.

Nobel academy member slams 'arrogant' Bob Dylan

2016-10-22 11:59

A prominent member of the academy which awards the Nobel literature prize slammed this year's laureate Bob Dylan as arrogant.

Bob Dylan book sales soar after Nobel announcement

2016-10-14 12:25

He won his Nobel for writing songs, but Bob Dylan's unexpected honour also is providing a boost for his books.

Bruce Springsteen details his father's demons and depression in new memoir

2016-09-28 15:58

In his much-anticipated memoir, Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen delves into his upbringing and his treatment for depression.

Zayn Malik to publish his diary

2016-09-15 08:52

Zayn Malik, who found superstardom as a teen heartthrob with One Direction before a heated falling out, is publishing an autobiography at age 23.

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