EXTRACT | The Bosasa Billions: Bosasa goes to war

2019-08-18 07:00

Bosasa pulled every po­litical lever at its disposal. After the final SIU report was submitted in 2009, it took the company only a day or two to get its hands on the confidential document.

EXTRACT | So you want to build a startup? Take the leap

2019-07-27 08:00

My decision to create a moonlighting venture was my way of dipping a toe into entrepreneurship without taking on the full risk of entrepreneurship. Importantly, the venture was complementary rather than competitive with the corporate work I did.

By the Book: Q&A with Elsa Joubert

2019-07-10 08:53

A good work of literature is that which is authentic and unpretentious, says author Elsa Joubert.

By the Book: Q&A with James Brent-Styan

2019-06-12 15:56

Author of Steinhoff: Inside SA's Biggest Corporate Crash, James Brent-Styan was a voracious reader as a child and especially fond of Asterix and Obelix.

UFS postpones Free State 'Gangster State' launch indefinitely citing 'security concerns'

2019-05-16 06:34

The 'Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule's Web of Capture' author has learnt 'with shock' that his Bloemfontein leg of his book tour would be postponed due to a security threat.

EXTRACT: Two weeks in November – The story of how Mugabe was toppled

2019-05-10 13:52

The astonishing untold story of the operation that toppled Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe.

Why nonfiction books dominate bestseller lists in South Africa

2019-04-25 09:54

Books in South Africa don’t often make headline news. But a controversial subject, protests and disruptions at a book launch, and threats of book burning are sufficient to get South Africans talking about the place of books in society once again.

President's Keepers publisher shortlisted for upholding 'freedom to publish' award

2019-04-16 21:19

South Africa's NB Publishers has been shortlisted for the International Publishers Association Prix Voltaire for 2019, which acknowledges "exemplary courage" in upholding the freedom to publish.

BOOK EXTRACT: The Messiah's Dream Machine

2019-04-14 10:00

We sit together on the top step of the old house on Avondson and watch the sun set. On the horizon, fine lines of fire and gold rise into the flaring sky. Behind the cypress trees, the hills on Boesmansfontein glow across the veld.

Gangster State: V&A Waterfront book launch cancelled amid security fears, venue changed

2019-04-11 11:27

The V&A Waterfront has cancelled the Cape Town leg of Pieter-Louis Myburgh's book launch for Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule's Web of Capture at its Exclusive Books branch.

 

EXTRACT | Tobacco Wars: 'That guy fears nobody and nothing'

2019-07-30 12:33

Yusuf Kajee was the most outspoken of a group of independent cigarette manufacturers. He was also the first person to expose the attack on me, and later on SARS, for what it was, in emails which he sent to various media houses in 2014.

One of the world's most famous historians has a crucial piece of advice on interviewing: 'Shut up!'

2019-07-15 16:04

Historian Robert Caro is one of the world's most celebrated writers. His new book focuses on his process, and there's one simple rule anyone can use.

By the Book: Q&A with Haji Mohamed Dawjee

2019-06-13 09:25

Author of Sorry, Not Sorry: Experiences of a brown woman in a white South Africa Haji Mohamed Dawjee has read Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things every year for the past ten years and thinks Charlie Brown's football is the ultimate metaphor for a bully.

EXTRACT: Cul-de-sac by Elsa Joubert: 'There and then I decide I'm done with colour'

2019-06-12 08:27

My first hip replacement was shortly after I'd been to the hairdresser. No problem; hair still looks good. But when the surgeon said I was not allowed in a car for six weeks, I had to devise a plan.

EXTRACT: The love song of André P Brink

2019-05-12 09:00

In vivid, well-constructed sentences, Brink's prose displays touches of a true storyteller. In addition, his powers of observation are such that a colossal amount of data comes to the fore.

The 10 best books about technology, according to Bill Gates

2019-05-01 12:46

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates told the MIT Technology Review what he thinks are the best books about technology.

Why nonfiction books dominate SA's bestseller lists

2019-04-24 21:00

Controversial subjects, protests and threats of book burning get us talking about the place of books in society, says Beth le Roux.

Hlumelo Biko: On Black Panther and the continuous struggle for self-determination

2019-04-15 16:00

In 2018 I took my son to watch the film Black Panther, thinking that I would be exposing him to something that would make him more (as the kids say these days) 'woke'. But I was the one whose eyes were opened.

Telling the truth has become a dangerous occupation

2019-04-12 07:00

A repressive atmosphere leads authors to self-censor, avoiding more controversial topics. And that is precisely why it is important to protect authors from being silenced, writes Elizabeth le Roux.

EXTRACT: Gunship over Angola - 'I felt stripped bare of my self-belief'

2019-04-11 08:49

I realised that something was terribly wrong, and at the last possible moment hoofed the right rudder pedal as hard as I could to prevent the Alo's imminent impact with the wall.

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