Books were the salvation of Philani Dladla, the self-starter reviewer and street bookseller.
BBC correspondent Andrew Hosken's book focuses on training camp for jihadis and internal wars between jihadist factions in Syria and elsewhere.
How to get through life? These novels of ideas and odes to “ordinary people” give some hints.
Ruling elites that behave like private corporations don’t help the continent.
A gripping historical novel or a new collection of poetry will take your mind off the burning heat, writes Jane Rosenthal.
Everything you wanted to know about a vegetable garden comes to you between two covers.
Fascinating arguments and ideas combined with a taut narrative tension make prize-winning novel by eminent author hard to put down.
Fungus the Bogeyman and Stick Man are latest book characters to go on the box.
Ngcobo highlighted the plight of South Africa’s rural women and those who were forced into exile by apartheid.
A new book explores the enigma of the megalomaniac British empire-builder and his plans to create a global Pax Brittanica.
Leaders in the UAE call for unity among intellectuals and for the preservation of the Arab culture through literature.
A good-guys, bad-guys account of the Anglo-Boer War is tedious, but a Dutch revisiting is riveting.
Lesego Rampolokeng’s latest collection reveals a poet who is adept at harsh, harrowing imagery and flights of sonic beauty.
Correspondence between Tolkien and the late and acclaimed illustrator gives further details about the sometimes thorny relationship between the two.
A new book examines how a charismatic church is brainwashing poor and gullible South Africans with the idea that God can be bought
Hazel Crampton does well to outline the colonial mythmaking around marijuana but her book, Dagga: A Short History, still comes across as incomplete.
Elegant and clear, Antjie Krog’s message to our youth cannot be ignored, writes Jane Rosenthal.
Belarussian Svetlana Alexievich has won the Nobel prize for literature for her thousands of oral histories that map the implosion of the Soviet Union.
In her latest novel author Elleke Boehmer explores the life of a family from Netherlands living in South Africa.