6 books to boost your brew-IQ during quarantine

2020-03-31 11:43

Instead of binge-watching Netflix, why not use this time to gain some knowledge about beer? Here are six beer eBooks that you can read over the coming weeks.

EXTRACT | The ANC Spy Bible: Surviving across enemy lines

2020-03-02 10:42

I was comfortable in the ‘grey’ where nothing was fixed, and everything was changeable. It showed in the way we had survived detention. He was the defiant oak tree that absorbed the full force of the storm.

EXTRACT | The SADF and Cuito Cuanavale: a tactical and strategic analysis

2020-02-19 16:19

If you can prove that the SADF had its heart set on taking Cuito Cuanavale, you may credibly argue that the South Africans wanted to use it as a springboard for an advance on Luanda.

EXTRACT | Eb Koybie: A memoir of shenanigans between Durban and Bombay

2020-02-12 16:27

We rummaged through drums containing tons of smelly garbage, broken plastic and glass bangles, and other discarded jewellery and junk from India; which collectively seemed destined to stay here forever.

Renowned novelist Deon Meyer targets Zuma in latest book

2020-02-05 14:21

"I have survived several attempts to kill me," former South African president Jacob Zuma had claimed in one of many his rants against the corruption allegations which forced him to resign in 2018.

REVIEW: Winging it with one of SA's top rugby scribes

2020-01-22 11:56

The easy-reading but insightful vignettes include a one-Test front row forward who made the rookie mistake of getting parted from his passport, two players swept out to sea on surfboards and Del Carme getting kicked out of a taxi in Wales after arguing with the driver about the route the cabbie was taking.

Six key reads from 2019 to prep you for the year ahead in SA

2020-01-03 06:00

Here are six reads that got our attention during 2019 - and the content will prove relevant to South Africans in the year 2020, writes Khulekani Magubane.

SEE | Car nuts love reading too! Four books petrolheads could enjoy this Christmas for under R600

2019-12-19 07:30

While everyone is out and embracing the festivities of Christmas, others prefer to snuggle up with a good book. Here are a few must-read titles for petrolheads this festive season.

New Rohingya book tells of the 'slow burn of genocide'

2019-12-13 11:32

First, They Erased Our Name is a pioneering book detailing the personal account of a Rohingya under the Myanmar regime.

EXTRACT | They call me the black boerseun

2019-11-24 07:28

Our mother, Nozuko, is a farmer in the truest sense of the word, even though we only started farming five years ago. Where others saw dirt, she always saw potential.


In conversation with Damian Barr, award-winning author and a Woordfees 2020 featured guest

2020-03-06 16:35

I preface the book with a quote from Rian Malan about every inch of the country being contested because it is - the contemporary story led me to the past and to the Boer War and a history that is hidden to many because we were never taught it at school.

EXTRACT: The Native Commissioner

2020-02-25 13:55

She had known already then that age, poor health and the life she had lived were rubbing their hands; that she would soon begin the modern middle-class downward death journey from small townhouse to retirement village, to frail care centre, to a bed somewhere not home from which one day she would not stir.

EXTRACT: How to raise a man - a modern mother's guide to parenting her teenage son

2020-02-18 12:42

Your life process is condensing at the time that your son's is expanding. So, no matter what you do, you are probably going to go in different directions.

EXTRACT: Too Black to Wear Whites

2020-02-10 10:39

A resolution was passed that would form the notorious Bye-law 10. It meant Hendricks was immediately excluded from playing in the championship by virtue of his being a coloured cricketer.

EXTRACT | Dream of a Lifetime: Crossing Antarctica

2020-02-03 15:54

Large dark clouds cast shadows over the mountain. It was 10:00 in the morning, but it looked like night-time. I was forced to use my headlamp for the first time to make out anything inside the tent. It was 20 January. Winter had arrived.

EXTRACT | Mandela, Mbeki and Beyond

2020-01-13 12:52

In the broader context, more encouragingly, we live in a demonstrably free society, a gradually deepening democracy in a world where freedoms are, paradoxically, under new attack from narrow nationalism, chauvinism and political hooliganism.

Barack Obama just shared his 19 favourite books from 2019

2019-12-29 10:49

The 44th president listed a range of titles he recommends, including fiction, essay compilations, and biographies.

What are we reading this holiday?

2019-12-18 13:57

The festive season is the perfect time to get around to those books left unread during the year. The finweek team shares some of the titles you could consider adding to your reading list.

EXTRACT | Red alert: Should we fear Malema?

2019-12-03 08:48

He is charismatic, interesting, vocal, intelligent . . . and in some circles the most feared and despised politician in South Africa. He leads the men and women in red overalls, the party which achieved the strongest growth in 2019: the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

EXTRACT | Saving the last rhinos: The life of a frontline conservationist

2019-11-22 13:00

A goat to both Zulu and Xhosa tribes is more than just a sturdy animal uniquely adapted to the harshness of this continent. It is a mystical creature used in rituals and ceremonies.

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