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.

REVIEW | The uncomfortable truth about 'Siya Kolisi: Against All Odds'

2019-11-20 07:02

People who came into contact with Kolisi were always willing to take a chance on him, support him and invest in him, almost as though they were squinting into the future where they saw the man not only play for the Boks, but also captain them.

Here are 10 pivotal quotes by Melinda Gates as told to Redi Tlhabi, plus Melinda shares profoundly personal details about her family in her book

2019-10-31 06:42

In her conversation with Redi Tlhabi, Melinda Gates discusses gender equality and makes an urgent call for women, even those with just a modicum of power, to use their agency to uplift the voiceless.

5 things you need to know in SA business today and the 12 best books you'll want to read this October, according to Amazon

2019-10-04 06:55

Government is pushing coal producers to cut prices to help save Eskom.

EXTRACT: Jakkalsfontein via Cape Town to Britstown, 13 June 2017 – my 80th birthday

2019-09-30 09:43

I wasn't happy locking up my home on the wild West Coast and leaving my comfort zone at 5 on that midwinter morning. I took a deep breath of the fresh, freezing sea air, and then another, as I didn't know how long it would be before I'd smell it again.

EXTRACT | Voices from the Underground: 'No Time to Mourn'

2019-09-29 07:32

During the week that followed, Shirley and Aneez confirmed that it was our comrades who had died in the blast. It was a huge blow, but as a soldier I had to recover quickly and make peace with this awful truth, as I had after Ashley's death. There was no time to mourn.

 

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.

EXTRACT | Lured to Cape Town by Rive's District Six novel

2019-11-18 10:30

After living in Cape Town for 20 years, Henry Trotter explores the unique character of the city while illuminating some of the hidden historical, political and cultural forces that shape its social life in his new book Cape Town: A Place Between.

Back to basics

2019-10-24 13:50

Reading won’t necessarily turn you into a top trader, but it will help you direct your thoughts around your own investment strategies. Simon Brown revisits some of his favourite reads.

Colourism, sexuality and immigration - Nicole Dennis-Benn shares how her latest book challenges societal norms

2019-10-01 02:18

The intricacy with which she weaves words into stories would have any reader believing that Nicole Dennis-Benn's career of choice has always been in the literary arts.

Going underground with the Ashley Kriel MK detachment

2019-09-29 21:00

Retired Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs has described Voices from the Underground as a "riveting account of the life and deeds of idealistic young MK operatives".

REVIEW | The Silent Patient: A fresh departure from the psychological thriller

2019-09-23 16:38

The true wealth of the novel lies in the characters themselves. The author creates excellent character dispositions and has a talent for immediately making the reader love or hate the character; despite this the reader has no idea who to trust.

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