Poverty means bad jobs, credit and housing. But even worse is the assumption you aren't trying hard enough, as Linda Tirado's angry memoir proves.
Economist Kevin Lings highlights agricultural disappointments in an extract from his book 'The Missing Piece: Solving South Africa's Economic Puzzle'.
Despite a change in rules that sparked fears Americans would dominate the prize, the final Man Booker longlist reflects a 'vintage year' of fiction.
"Amazon has done more to liberate readers and writers than any other entity since Gutenberg," states a petition in the war on book selling.
One of the most celebrated poets of World War I was, for a short time, the toast of local society.
Books about Afghanistan tell tales of war, kite-flying, the Taliban and patience stones.
Pirate, merc and telepath – all female, but some less convincingly so than others, writes Gwen Ansell.
Pat Schwartz reviews 'In Search of Happiness' by Sonwabiso Ngcowa and 'May I Have This Dance' by Connie Manse Ngcaba.
Jane Rosenthal reviews 'Dark Windows' by Louis Greenberg and 'Half of One Thing' by Zirk van den Berg.
Roxandra Dardagan Britz and Dan Wylie's witty and beautiful collaboration of poetry and printmaking smoulders with the artists' passion.
SA has few independent bookshops, almost no worthwhile reviewing and certainly no cult of the reviewer as there is in Britain or the US.
The intricate book covers Dale Halvorsen designs are at once gripping trailers and accurate visual summaries of the stories that lie beneath them.
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.
It took Sarah Lotz just 30 pages to convince Hodder & Stoughton to make her an offer she didn't refuse: a world-rights deal for her novel The Three.
Jane Rosenthal on the urban intelligentsia in new novels from Perfect Hlongwane and Thando Mgqolozana.
UJ Prize winners Lauren Beukes and Dominique Botha have penned well-crafted novels that are innovative and refreshing reads.
Justice: A Personal Account, by Edwin Cameron (Tafelberg).
In a compelling novel and an engaging memoir, Jane Rosenthal finds richly textured accounts of Muslim and Indian experiences in South Africa.
A new cook book is packed with nourishing Jewish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean recipes.