book reviews

 
Prosaic – until Hani’s assassins
Prosaic – until Hani’s assassins
BEING CHRIS HANI’S DAUGHTER by Lindiwe Hani & Melinda Ferguson (MF Books Joburg)
Fantasy fails to enchant
Fantasy fails to enchant
ELEVATION: THE THOUSAND STEPS by Helen Brain (Human & Rousseau)
Step out of the grooves of those who robbed you
Step out of the grooves of those who robbed you
“If you [hoist the movement flag] tomorrow, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain....
Moms in a park is a mother of a story
Moms in a park is a mother of a story
Describe yourself in a sentence.This is such a hard thing to do, so maybe I should quote my Twitter bio: writer, reader,...
Creative nonfiction's firm legs in Africa
Creative nonfiction's firm legs in Africa
SAFE HOUSE: EXPLORATIONS IN CREATIVE NONFICTION edited by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey (Dundurn Toronto)
​Phiyega’s war on Booysen led to an unlikely – and surprising – alliance with McBride
​Phiyega’s war on Booysen led to an unlikely – and surprising – alliance with McBride
In 2012, the head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, Major General Johan Booysen, was charged with racketeering, a crime that carries a life...
A century of voter struggles told beautifully through people's promise and despair
A century of voter struggles told beautifully through people's promise and despair
Promise and Despair: The first struggle for a non-racial South Africa by Martin Plaut (Jacana)
A new generation writes what it likes, but we still need careful stewardship
A new generation writes what it likes, but we still need careful stewardship
When writer and HIV activist Fezisa ka Mdibi died, no obituary was written in her honour. Yet her voice has been important in highlighting the agency...
Sigh, the beloved Madondo
Sigh, the beloved Madondo
Bongani Madondo is a con-man. This is meant in the most level-headed and generous of ways.
Biblical myths in the time of Mammon
Biblical myths in the time of Mammon
Fifty-odd years ago, a visiting friend of my paternal grandmother asked my father why so many streets in Pretoria were called “Hou Links”. Her...
A journey into the tragedy at Marikana
A journey into the tragedy at Marikana
One of the photographs in Greg Marinovich’s Murder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of the Marikana massacre (Penguin) shows a pool of...
Madness at the launch of a book about … madness
Madness at the launch of a book about … madness
Mishka Hoosen launched her debut novel, Call it a Difficult Night, at the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in eThekwini on Tuesday night. The...

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