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‘Homeland’ is a thriller,  but one with depth

Karin Brynard's novel questions what outsiders have brought to the Khomani Bushmen, including those who profess to support them.

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.

An expat’s return explores intimacy

The novel deals with intimacy and trust, and finding one’s place in the world.

Mending severed histories with returning shades

This novel weaves colonial fact and ancestral memory in contemporary Eastern Cape life

A novel look at diaspora and identity

Academic JU Jacobs explores South African stories that reveal who we are and our journeys here and elsewhere, both physically and psychologically.

Compassion in the tragic quest for a colony

The Compassionate Englishwoman book is a post-retirement project by author Robert Eales about the Boer war.

The Texture of Shadows: Beyond anger and retribution

Moving, memorable novel explores the life of ANC soldiers in exile and their return to SA shortly before Mandela’s release.

Of kleva dreams and integrity

Jane Rosenthal on the urban intelligentsia in new novels from Perfect Hlongwane and Thando Mgqolozana.

A blessing and the fighter’s lace

In a compelling novel and an engaging memoir, Jane Rosenthal finds richly textured accounts of Muslim and Indian experiences in South Africa.

Zakes Mda: The year of the mirror

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".

This broken land has many faces: A review of four books

Jane Rosenthal assesses four novels that cast the country in very different lights.

End of the M-Net affair

The only book prize that celebrates works of ?fiction written in all of our official languages has been suspended.

Comfort is hard to find

A poignant debut novel reflects on life and love in a conservative farming community in the Free State.

A basket of Munro scattered to the winds

Now that Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature, her previously low profile in South Africa is bound to change.

Thrilling Bond-like read, but with more depth

This reads like a South African James Bond novel, but is more elegantly written and rather more serious.

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Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without justice

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre

Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

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