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The biographies of Robert McBride and Dimitri Tsafendas share a curious resonance

Although the two men were from different generations, their lives both lay bare the atrocities of the apartheid state

Gamechangers: The morphing landscape of South Africa’s media

Two books on two media outlets, Daily Maverick and Independent newspapers, tell stories of success and failure

Review: ‘The Mirror & the Light’ or, the fall of Thomas Cromwell

Hilary Mantel’s final volume in the ‘Wolf Hall’ trilogy is a triumphant end to her depiction of the blacksmith’s boy who became the king of England’s right-hand man

A peek into SA’s foreign policy black box

South Africa’s foreign policy performance, over its first quarter-century democratic governance, is put under the spotlight

Unravelling Darwin’s ‘hunch’

This beautifully written, well researched story of the origins of man forces us to today confront the social construct of ‘race’

‘Elon Musk’ might only be 95% accurate, but it’s enough to inspire

Machanick reviews the merits of journalist Ashlee Vance's biography of Elon Musk.

Springsteen: A lesson in myth-making

You get a glimpse of the man behind the myth in Peter Ames Carlin's biography, "Bruce", chronicling the life of rock 'n roller Bruce Springsteen.

Folk heroes, flag bearers and cricket

Stories about South Africa's fast bowlers explore the vicious edge that lies beneath the game's gentility.

Fall for the decline of an empire

What Newton has come up with will go down well with those who appreciate politics in their fantasy.

Taking a page from a book of art

Bestselling author Lauren Beukes has a way with violence–a dark twisting of words.It's not a platform for cheap thrills, though.

Polygamy: Redefining faith and fidelity in fiction

Polygamy is explored in "Lessons in Husbandry" by South African author Shaida Kazie Ali, and "The Ruins of Us" by Keija Parssinen.

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