Mark Gevisser’s memoir of growing up in Jo’burg is sweeping in its range and ambition, but falls short on ordinary details and a sense of humour.
Jane Rosenthal sculpts dreams and rides quaggas in the exotic kingdom of the sacred gold-plated rhino in Zakes Mda's "The Sculptors of Mapungubwe".
Three books give a keen insight into the role played by communists in shaping South Africa’s history.
Molefe Pheto, a former political prisoner, had been hoping for armed engagement after Nelson Mandela's release. "The Bull from Moruleng" is his story.
Penny Busetto's struggle to reconcile with South Africa's past is embodied in Anna P, whose unconscious trauma dominates her actions.
The heroes of several new books cross borders and take their young readers on exciting adventures.
Donna Tartt's huge book, 11 years in the writing, wins the honour for "beautifully written ... novel with exquisitely drawn characters".
Sue Townsend, who achieved worldwide success with publication of her best-known work, "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾", has died.
Helen Oyeyemi has a determination to explore what happens when we have to operate without a stable sense of ourselves or those around us.
Initiatives such as the Kwani Trust and Femrite are helping to keep a beleaguered readership alive.
Author Donald McCaig's upcoming novel - billed as a prequel to "Gone With the Wind" - is set to tell the untold story of devoted house slave Mammy.
Phillip de Wet's e-book "Nkandla: The Great Unravelling" tracks key events and major themes surrounding President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.
The 23rd novel by the Irish writer John Banville feels like the literary equivalent of Winston Churchill's description of Russia.
Jane Rosenthal assesses four novels that cast the country in very different lights.
Muxe Nkondo celebrates the life of a writer who tried to make sense of life from people’s experiences.
Authors are activists of the pen – visionaries whose purpose it is to show us the real world, and the world that we should want to have.
Alan Wieder's biography on Joe Slovo and Ruth First focuses on the couple's relationship, their different personalities and opposing views.
Renowned author Stephen King has annouced the release of his second detective novel, Revival.
The only book prize that celebrates works of ?fiction written in all of our official languages has been suspended.