Mercurial jester? Tragic hero? Compulsive and relentless obfuscator? His latest book shows that Bongani Madondo is all of the above.
The religious underpinnings of South African fiction have been eroded by the secularisation of our society since 1994, with one striking exception.
A book by Greg Marinovich highlights the exploitation that led to the Marikana tragedy, writes David Bruce.
The Durban unveiling of Mishka Hoosen’s first novel was a cacophony of meandering threads, yet there was something oddly appealing about it.
Readers of business magazines will be disappointed that there aren't too many economic issues dealt with in the current volume by Tabane.
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.