Book Reviews

Prosaic – until Hani’s assassins

The stories of children of apartheid activists are similar but Lindiwe Hani’s prose about a meeting with her father’s killers comes into its own.

Fantasy fails to enchant

“A mage’s name is better hidden than a herring in the sea, better guarded than a dragon’s den.” — Ursula K le Guin: A Wizard of Earthsea

Step out of the grooves of those who robbed you

New and welcome is McKinley’s meticulous marshalling of evidence to prove the point.

Moms in a park is a mother of a story

In her new novel, The Park (Macmillan), Gail Schimmel looks at motherhood. We asked her about the book and her writing world.

Creative nonfiction’s firm legs in Africa

In a new collection, the continent is written anew by inventive nonfiction writers telling complex stories.

​Phiyega’s war on Booysen led to an unlikely – and surprising – alliance with McBride

Initially suspicious, the major general discovered another side to the tenacious IPID director — which in turn would lead to McBride’s suspension

A century of voter struggles told beautifully through people’s promise and despair

​Martin Plaut’s book on the disenfranchisement of black voters in 1909 suggests comparison with today’s inflammatory party-list system.

A new generation writes what it likes, but we still need careful stewardship

Yolisa Qunta has put together a host of young voices to express their views of post-apartheid SA, but something is missing.

Sigh, the beloved Madondo

Mercurial jester? Tragic hero? Compulsive and relentless obfuscator? His latest book shows that Bongani Madondo is all of the above.

Biblical myths in the time of Mammon

The religious underpinnings of South African fiction have been eroded by the secularisation of our society since 1994, with one striking exception.

Madness at the launch of a book about … madness

The Durban unveiling of Mishka Hoosen’s first novel was a cacophony of meandering threads, yet there was something oddly appealing about it.

Frankly, the book’s letters lost their bite

Readers of business magazines will be disappointed that there aren't too many economic issues dealt with in the current volume by Tabane.

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