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Obituary: Literary allrounder Stephen Gray was a scholar, critic, novelist and poet

Stephen Gray made an immense, long contribution to the South African literary landscape across many genres, but it was poetry that he described as ‘the main activity of my life’

Oh, to be ‘free’ in Zimbabwe

Revisiting a book written in 1989 is an opportunity to review the country’s history

Five good reads to enjoy

The books include a collection of short stories, three novels and a great work of nonfiction

Border delays because officials can

Four hours after our arrival in Lagos, the immigration officials must have felt they had sufficiently flexed their muscles

Dangarembga builds on her two earlier books

Here the protagonist is in her 30s, and she again narrates her story herself with an interesting distancing to reflect the divisions in her being.

On our Lists this week: On Sunday Blues and Neneh Cherry

In a cozy conversation, interspersed with music, Cherry speaks about what shaped her politics and memories.

My journey of reading women, writing as a woman and growing a wide heart

Growing up, I was taught that reading was the key to life. Now I read to write.

Meeting, sharing and deconstructing with Tsitsi Dangarembga

After a meeting with Dangarembga and inspired by Mariama Bâ’s novel ‘So Long a Letter’, Milisuthando Bongela writes a letter to a friend in the US.

‘General’ Liu Cixin deserves highest rank

Fascinating arguments and ideas combined with a taut narrative tension make prize-winning novel by eminent author hard to put down.

Urban gardening with with Jane Griffiths

Everything you wanted to know about a vegetable garden comes to you between two covers.

Elleke Boehmer shares secrets and a Soviet embrace

In her latest novel author Elleke Boehmer explores the life of a family from Netherlands living in South Africa.

Novel on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley makes the Man Booker long list

Jamaican author Marlon James's book, A Brief History of Seven Killings, is one of the 13 novels that made it onto the Man Booker Prize long list.

Game of ideological thrones

George RR Martin believes right-wing science ­fiction writers have wrecked the Hugo Awards.

Writers can give hope to a society living in fear

Award-winning author Ursula le Guin speaks out against greedy publishers

A high-seas education

Growing up in the global yachting community made for a great memoir.

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Zuma, Zondo play the waiting game

The former president says he will talk once the courts have ruled, but the head of the state capture inquiry appears resigned to letting the clock run out as the commission's deadline nears

Stern warning against Covid greets Mthembu’s death

The ANC has slammed conspiracy theorists and cautioned against showing complacency towards the deadly virus

Lala ngoxolo Mvelase Jackson Mthembu

In his announcement, President Cyril Ramaphosa called the late minister ‘a life-long champion of freedom and democracy’

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