book reviews

 
​Phiyega’s war on Booysen led to an unlikely – and surprising – alliance with McBride
​Phiyega’s war on Booysen led to an unlikely – and surprising – alliance with McBride
In 2012, the head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, Major General Johan Booysen, was charged with racketeering, a crime that carries a life...
A century of voter struggles told beautifully through people's promise and despair
A century of voter struggles told beautifully through people's promise and despair
Promise and Despair: The first struggle for a non-racial South Africa by Martin Plaut (Jacana)
A new generation writes what it likes, but we still need careful stewardship
A new generation writes what it likes, but we still need careful stewardship
When writer and HIV activist Fezisa ka Mdibi died, no obituary was written in her honour. Yet her voice has been important in highlighting the agency...
Sigh, the beloved Madondo
Sigh, the beloved Madondo
Bongani Madondo is a con-man. This is meant in the most level-headed and generous of ways.
Biblical myths in the time of Mammon
Biblical myths in the time of Mammon
Fifty-odd years ago, a visiting friend of my paternal grandmother asked my father why so many streets in Pretoria were called “Hou Links”. Her...
A journey into the tragedy at Marikana
A journey into the tragedy at Marikana
One of the photographs in Greg Marinovich’s Murder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of the Marikana massacre (Penguin) shows a pool of...
Madness at the launch of a book about … madness
Madness at the launch of a book about … madness
Mishka Hoosen launched her debut novel, Call it a Difficult Night, at the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in eThekwini on Tuesday night. The...
Frankly, the book's letters lost their bite
Frankly, the book's letters lost their bite
LET'S TALK FRANKLY: LETTERS TO INFLUENTIAL SOUTH AFRICANS ABOUT THE STATE OF OUR NATION by Onkgopotse JJ Tabane (Pan Macmillan)
Fiction, but not entirely so
Fiction, but not entirely so
TALES OF THE METRIC SYSTEM by Imraan Coovadia (Umuzi)
Oh, for more meat on these bones
Oh, for more meat on these bones
BREYTEN BREYTENBACH: A MONOLOGUE IN TWO VOICES by Sandra Saayman (Fourthwall books)
The power of place acts as a portal into the past
The power of place acts as a portal into the past
THE TRIGGER; HUNTING THE ASSASSIN WHO BROUGHT THE WORLD TO WAR by Tim Butcher (Chatto & Windus)
Addicted to addiction memoirs
Addicted to addiction memoirs
BEAUTIFUL BOY by David Sheff (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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