Karin Brynard’s novel questions what outsiders have brought to the Khomani Bushmen, including those who profess to support them.
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.
The novel deals with intimacy and trust, and finding one’s place in the world.
This novel weaves colonial fact and ancestral memory in contemporary Eastern Cape life
Academic JU Jacobs explores South African stories that reveal who we are and our journeys here and elsewhere, both physically and psychologically.
The Compassionate Englishwoman book is a post-retirement project by author Robert Eales about the Boer war.
Moving, memorable novel explores the life of ANC soldiers in exile and their return to SA shortly before Mandela’s release.
Jane Rosenthal on the urban intelligentsia in new novels from Perfect Hlongwane and Thando Mgqolozana.
In a compelling novel and an engaging memoir, Jane Rosenthal finds richly textured accounts of Muslim and Indian experiences in South Africa.
Jane Rosenthal sculpts dreams and rides quaggas in the exotic kingdom of the sacred gold-plated rhino in Zakes Mda’s "The Sculptors of Mapungubwe".
Jane Rosenthal assesses four novels that cast the country in very different lights.
The only book prize that celebrates works of ?fiction written in all of our official languages has been suspended.
A poignant debut novel reflects on life and love in a conservative farming community in the Free State.
Now that Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature, her previously low profile in South Africa is bound to change.
This reads like a South African James Bond novel, but is more elegantly written and rather more serious.
South African literature has a long tradition of farm novels digging deep into the lives of people on these farms.
Insightful and controversial, Coovadia’s essays are a cracking read — even if they are in book form
Like a curiosity from another era, or even another universe, Peter Carey is still with us. He has won the Booker twice and for good reason.
Tan Twan Eng uses the concepts that underpin Japanese gardens and the ancient Chinese gardens on which they are based to construct this unusual novel.
Author’s journey offers an honest, funny and realistic take on South Africa and its people.
Sad and sobering tale about the venality of human nature turns readers’ perceptions on their head.
For anyone who savours the mystique of our history, this novel will take you there and then some.
<b>Rhumba</b> is a good story and has the makings of a good novel, but it is not there yet.
This novel is reminiscent of the film <em>The Big Chill </em>and David Lodge’s novels set in university environs; it even has a touch of Woody Allen.
Tracey Farrenhas a true gift for getting into the hearts of very ordinary people.
Yewande Omotoso gives considerable insight into what it is like to be a migrant from the northern part of Africa.
Jane Rosenthal picks potential prize-winners from last year’s crop of South African books.
An alternate take on the Messiah’s birth brings
modern women’s issues into the picture.
Erich Rautenbach begins this wild and somewhat melancholic memoir with his arrest by two drug-squad cops.
For avid readers of Vladislavic’s eight books, this collection is a worthy, accessible reference to keep close.
Amos Oz’s latest book is exceptionally beautiful, with darkness at its heart.
<i>Nineveh</i>’s plot is derived from strange and unlikely material yet, in its understated way, it is relentless and perfect.