Books and wine: a marriage made in literary heaven

2014-08-21 12:30

Ask any book club member what the most important aspects about book clubs is and the answer is this: literature and copious amounts of wine.

Kim Kardashian's new book title is both hilarious and apt

2014-08-11 10:26

She first “collaborated” on a book with her sisters, but now the reality star is releasing the world’s most unnecessary coffee table book ever.

Book review: The Girls From Corona Del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

2014-07-31 12:42

A fiercely beautiful novel depicting loss, illness, parenthood, and friendship with staggering honesty.

Book review: Water Music by Margie Orford

2014-07-31 12:42

Well-paced, and layered in mystery, Margie Orford’s Water Music is a classic page-turning thriller.

Book review: Wake by Amanda Hocking

2014-07-31 12:42

The deadly lure of a siren’s call awaits those who venture too close to the sea.

Book review: Girl Seven by Hanna Jameson

2014-07-31 12:42

It’s not often that you read a book where the protagonist is a sex worker who might also be a psychopath.

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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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


Stop trying to make Shantaram happen. Shantaram is just not going to happen.

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This might be the creepiest book cover you’ll ever see

2014-08-11 14:09

The worst thing about this book? It’s a classic children’s novel.

Wikipedia empowers SA literature

2014-08-05 12:18

Open Book Festival, together with the University of Cape Town, will be presenting a Wikipedia Edit–a-thon focused on South African literature.

Book review: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

2014-07-31 12:42

Broken Monsters is a dark, insomnia inducing thriller that will have you dwelling on its meaning for days afterward.

Book review: The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

2014-07-31 12:42

Depressed and alone, A.J Fikry runs his independent bookshop in a small community with little sense of enthusiasm. But when a baby is left in his care, he is forced to make changes.

Book review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

2014-07-31 09:05

JK Rowling’s second venture under pseudonym Robert Galbraith certainly doesn’t disappoint. If anything, this offering is better than The Cuckoo’s Calling.

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.

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.

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