Alison Flood

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Harry Potter and the digital era

Author unveils collaborative website that will have extensive background material, sell e-books and create an opportunity for fans to submit content.

Woman ducks Man Booker

Author and publisher Carmen Callil has withdrawn from the judging panel of the Man Booker International prize over its decision to honour Philip Roth.

Bookmark these titles

International publishers are gearing up for releases from major authors in 2011. Alison Flood lists nine of them.

Enid Blyton gets a makeover

There are no more 'jolly japes' and 'lashings of pop' as dated language is revamped for a new generation of this popular author's young readers.

Essential bleeding for blood suckers

Worship of Sachin Tendulkar will cross a new boundary with a special edition of his autobiography made in part with the cricketer's blood.

Neglected masterpiece takes Lost Booker honours

Winning the Booker prize almost 40 years ago for <em>The Siege of Krishnapur</em>, JG Farrell used his acceptance speech to denounce capitalism.

Spoken from the walls

It's not quite at Harry Potter levels, but Laura Bush's memoir, <em>Spoken from the Heart</em>, has sold around 150&nbsp;000 copies in its first week.

One book for the whole world

A new project is hoping to take the "one book, one city" initiative a step further and get the whole world reading the same novel.

Skipping the revolution

Thousands of writers have opted out of Google's controversial plan to digitise million of books. Alison Flood reports

Of dildos and bad sex

The story of the seduction of a lesbian by an ageing actor has won novelist Philip Roth a place on the shortlist for the bad sex in fiction awards.

Press Releases

Western Cape SMBs look to technology to get them through pandemic

Many companies have over-capitalised on IT infrastructure in the past, and are looking for ways to access simpler, cheaper technology that cuts their costs

Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention


From 23 to 30 November 2020, simply purchase any BMW bearing the number “8” and you could be one of eight lucky people to drive off with R80 000

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