World building in fantasy and science-fiction

2014-07-28 12:51

Have you ever wondered how an author creates and builds a world within a fictional novel from scratch? Melissa Delport, South African author of sci-fi novel The Legacy, shares a few of her secrets.

5 (terrible) life lessons I learned from the author of Anne of Green Gables

2014-07-22 11:58

Old books can be delightful, but sometimes they can be a bit horrifying. For example, look at these lessons taught by the author of the Anne of Green Gable books...

Harper Lee says she didn't OK new book about her

2014-07-16 11:39

The reclusive author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, has said she didn't authorise a new memoir about her life.


South African novelist and anti-apartheid stalwart Nadine Gordimer has passed away. We highlight a few of the best books that she’s written.

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Harry Potter is back in new JK Rowling story

2014-07-08 15:30

Harry goes gray: JK Rowling has given readers a glimpse of an adult Harry Potter in a new story.

Here are some of the funniest words for penises

2014-07-04 10:23

From ‘rod’ to ‘raging beast of his desire’ some authors get quite creative when describing male genitalia in sex scenes.

12 Problems every book addict will understand

2014-07-01 22:00

Because dealing with people who interrupt us while we're reading is the absolute worst.

Sophia Loren to write memoir due in December

2014-06-29 09:00

Oscar-winning Italian actress Sophia Loren has signed a deal with Atria Books for the memoir, ,Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: My Life as a Fairy Tale.


We all have a love-hate relationship with book-to-film adaptations. Still, it doesn’t stop us from wishing that some of our favourite reads would get the movie treatment.

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Send us a picture and win a copy of Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy!

2014-06-18 12:30

Send us your #bookshelfie pics and soon you could be curled up with this great book.

Stephen King couldn’t put this South African novel down

2014-06-11 10:44

A religious fanatic who insists that three plane crash survivors are harbingers of the apocalypse. See why Stephen King loved this book.

10 Books you should curl up with this winter

2014-06-10 10:37

From a collection of classic fairy tales, to the South African dystopian thriller that Stephen King couldn’t put down, these books need to find a home on your shelves immediately.

Book review: An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids

2014-06-06 09:48

A memorable South African debut novel from a literary but still warm and accessible writer, whose words gleam with meticulous craft and polishing

Book review: The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher

2014-06-06 09:34

If you like Wally Lamb and Gillian Flynn, you’ll adore Thomas Christopher Green.

Book review: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

2014-06-06 09:30

It’s never too late to start (or restart) living the rest of your life.

Book review: The Three by Sarah Lotz

2014-06-06 09:27

Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists the three are harbingers of the apocalypse. What if he's right?

Book review: The Troop by Nick Cutter

2014-06-06 09:23

This slim volume reads half like a horror movie script and half like a bleak modern fable.

Readers we love to hate

2014-06-05 13:56

There are book lovers and then there are the kind of readers that just make you want to strangle them.

You’ve got to see these South African books transformed into Lego stories

2014-05-27 10:30

You’ve seen the international ones, now check out the local ones, as created by South African author, Sally Partridge.


This is what happens when a writer uses her craft to create visual adaptations of books with Lego characters.

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Life and times of Brenda Fassie

2014-05-25 15:15

It’s been 10 years since Ma Brrr, one of South Africa’s fiercest and most controversial musicians has died. Read one of her outrageous interviews here.


When criminal cases go horrendously wrong

2014-07-22 12:06

If you are accused of a crime you did not commit, do you really believe that justice will prevail in a court of law?

Stories and reflections from those who met Nelson Mandela

2014-07-17 16:23

“In the end, through Mandela’s actions, the only point that was made was his enormous capacity to turn the most hardened opponents into admirers.”

5 must reads by Nadine Gordimer

2014-07-15 19:00

South African novelist and anti-apartheid stalwart Nadine Gordimer has passed away. We highlight a few of the best books that she’s written.

Confessions of a book nerd

2014-07-14 15:37

When it comes to books every bibliophile has his or her quirks. One reader shares his.

Extract from Zelda’s controversial Mandela book

2014-07-09 12:47

Zelda La Grange reflects on South Africa’s changes and shares how working with Mandela has changed her life.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner's book to be made into film

2014-07-08 04:00

Kendall and Kylie Jenner's novel Rebels: City of Indra is reportedly going to be made into a film as their mother Kris Jenner is said to be in the final stages of securing a deal.

Top 10 books every child should own

2014-07-04 13:19

A pre-school teacher shares her top 10 books for getting your children to love reading.

More stuff SA white people like

2014-07-01 11:34

Part 2 of 3 in our instalments of excerpts from a cheeky new book that takes a look at some of the things that white South Africans love.

Stuff SA White People Like

2014-06-27 11:31

A laugh-out-loud and tongue-in-cheek look at some of the things that white South Africans love.

3 Reasons to read The Fault in Our Stars before you see the movie

2014-06-13 12:17

It’s the most talked about book-to-movie adaptation of the year so far. Here’s why you need to read the book before you see the film version.

When magic and myth collide

2014-06-10 13:30

If you like short stories, especially the kind of stories you find at the intersection between literary fiction and fantasy, then you’ll definitely love Aimee Bender's The Color Master.

Dubious consent and rape fantasies in fiction

2014-06-10 00:00

Is dubious consent in BDSM fiction advocating rape? Cari Silverwood, an author of this very genre, shares her thoughts.

Book review: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

2014-06-06 15:30

With Wedding Night Kinsella writes a story that’s not only light, fluffy and funny, but that also has characters that you cheer for and enjoy having around for a few hours.

Book review: Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grim

2014-06-06 10:00

Anyone who hasn’t read Grimm’s collection of Fairy Tales, hasn’t had much of a childhood.

Book review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

2014-06-06 09:37

After reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane I can’t help but take to heart the pseudo philosophy about living a worthy life and what that means

Book review: The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

2014-06-06 09:32

A book that features a predictable love story, yet dark twists in the plot turn a budding romance into a final chance to make life matter.

Book review: One Shot by Amanda Coetzee

2014-06-06 09:29

A fast-paced, lusciously enigmatic, strongly descriptive book featuring hellishly-gruesome crimes.

Book review: Dark Windows by Louis Greenberg

2014-06-06 09:25

Dark Windows is based on a fantasy of a political party that makes our country’s dreams come true, while reflecting on issues of security, government, belief and violence.

John Lennon manuscripts and drawings sell for $2.9m at auction

2014-06-05 15:20

Original manuscripts and drawings by former Beatle John Lennon, produced for two acclaimed books he wrote in the mid-1960s, have sold for $2.9m.

A Beautiful Family – what really happens behind closed doors

2014-06-03 10:29

A look at what really goes on in the households of the average suburban South African family.

Book review: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

2014-05-26 13:45

This hefty novel follows the lives of six people, from their teenage years into middle age as they pursue success, significance and happiness.


You’ve seen the international ones, now check out the local ones, as created by South African author, Sally Partridge.

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I'm not your weekend special

2014-05-21 14:30

It’s been 10 years since Brenda Fassie, one of South Africa’s fiercest and most controversial musicians has died.

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