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Piggy Boy’s Blues by Nakhane Touré (Blackbird Books) I first heard of Nakhane Touré when a colleague lent me his CD, Brave Confusion. Set mostly in the Eastern Cape, Piggy Boy’s Blues is a portrait of the M. family and centres mainly around Davide. Davide returns to Alice, the town of…

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Book launch news

Join Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed for the launch of The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire at Ike’s Books and Collectibles on Florida Road. Date: Friday, October 2 Time: 5.30 for 6pm. RSVP is essential: Ike’s: e-mail or call 031 303 9214 Adams Books: e-mail or call 082 873 2702 Looking for a…

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Black Ops by Stephen Leather (Hodder UK) Spies, hit men, double agents – this book, part of the Spider Shepherd series, has it all. Spider Shepherd works for MI5 – her controller, Charlie Button, has gone rogue and Spider is told to betray her. Charlie uses government resources to exact…

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Inner city reality

I live in Durban and will probably do so as long as I have young children to raise. But the city of “Jozi” holds a special place in my heart. It is undoubtedly my favourite city in South Africa. And as I paged through A City Refracted, I realised once again…

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On my desk

I am always receiving great reads from publishers. Here are a few that landed on my desk recently. Read on – one of them may interest you.

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#BUYABOOK for National Book Week

It’s National Book Week (NBW). Launched by the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi in Johannesburg last week, NBW runs from September 7-13. A 2007 study highlighted a sad reality in our country – that only 14% of South Africans read books and half the country doesn’t own even…

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On my desk

If you have children of school-going age, you’ve almost certainly heard talk of Minecraft. I like to think of it as online Lego. I have two children who can spend hours building worlds, escaping spiders and “spawning” sheep or pigs for food. Minecraft is a Bafta award-winning sandbox game and…

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Help for sleep-deprived parents

All you sleep-deprived parents out there, this one is for you. If you’re chasing sleep because your little one refuses to then here is something you may be interested in. Have you heard of the self-published book by Swedish author, Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, that’d become a #1 international bestseller? The…

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On my Desk

I am always receiving great reads from publishers. Here are a few that landed on my desk recently. Read on – one of them may interest you.

Continue reading

On my Desk

I am always receiving great reads from publishers. Here are a few that landed on my desk recently. Read on – one of them may interest you.

Continue reading