The changeover from imperial to metric measurement used as a metaphor for the change in conciousness of South Africans. What really counts in life?
Breyten Breytenbach's work is celebrated in a study deserving of more context, conviction and heft.
A hike through the rough country and the hardscrabble life of western Bosnia shows us the world through Gavrilo Princip's eyes.
It's a genre that's easy to get hooked on - that's if you're into misery, redemption and excruciating honesty.
The role and relevance of Marxism to a wide variety of issues – ranging from democracy to the environment – is explored in a new book.
Brown links ongoing arms deals, drones and decades-old refugee camps in a plot that comes to seem less improbable and more believable as it unfolds.
Jane Rosenthal on the urban intelligentsia in new novels from Perfect Hlongwane and Thando Mgqolozana.
Damon Galgut's dazzling historical fiction is also a set of modern morality tales informing the present.
The heroes of several new books cross borders and take their young readers on exciting adventures.
Three books give a keen insight into the role played by communists in shaping South Africa’s history.
Jo Nesbø might not reflect Scandinavian realities but his themes are all in the realm of possibility.
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.
The 23rd novel by the Irish writer John Banville feels like the literary equivalent of Winston Churchill's description of Russia.
M&G books editor Darryl Accone picks his top five best reads for this year.
Ruge achieves a saga span while avoiding the saga sloth often displayed by chronological treatments.
There is a confidence, economy and enjoyability to "Bad Monkey" that give the impression of a writer back in love with his franchise.
Two new crime thrillers, both set in police states, show how the enemy of the rule of law is very often the state itself.
Anne Norton rejects the "clash of civilisations" view of Islam and the West, but offers little to replace it, says Lawrence Rosen.
Chronic ranges across the post-colonial world, exposing multiple contradictions and a bewildering range of trajectories across this landscape.