Shaun de Waal has worked at the Mail & Guardian since 1989. He was literary editor from 1991 to 2006 and has been chief film critic for 15 years. He is now the editor of the paper's comment and analysis section. Recent publications include Exposure: Queer Fiction; 25 Years of the Mail & Guardian; and Not the Movie of the Week. Visit shaundewaal.tumblr.com
Okay, it was an election year, but 2014 saw ever more books on South African politics emerge. Shaun de Waal rounds up the most notable of them.
Three new books explore the topic of conflict and how it has shaped the world as we know it.
Mazrui opposed colonialism and the Western exploitation of Africa, but also opposed socialist and Marxist solutions, promoting "African liberalism".
Shaun de Waal interviews leading Israeli historian Ilan Pappé, who is visiting South Africa.
The late writer's oeuvre was characterised by her unwavering ability to verbalise the brutal truth, writes Sean O'Toole.
Nadine Gordimer's politics may have been radical but her fiction was always more complicated than the "political" tag would allow.
The elite networks of the early 20th-century ANC leadership, with so many coming from a mission-school rural background, are still really important.
Rehad Desai's documentary 'Miners Shot Down' is compelling viewing even if there are moments at which one wants to turn away.
Findings by the University of Johannesburg suggest that the recipients of food parcels are aware their vote is being bought - and disapprove of it.
To celebrate 20 years of freedom, the M&G went back to the unfree years and picked 20 absurd apartheid moments.