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Extract: Gunning for Bessie’s Head, from ‘The Terrorist Album’

Jacob Dlamini’s new book, The Terrorist Album, tells the stories of people saddled with that catch-all phrase during apartheid and how their presence on that list made them fair game

Meet the founder of Accra’s one-woman library

Sylvia Arthur founded the Library for Africa and the African Diaspora to house her collection and share it with other readers

Writers on lockdown

Melinda Ferguson has gathered essays and stories from 40-plus contributors for Corona Chronicles

Kintu, a refusal to ‘write back’

Time of the Writer is cancelled. Instead of hearing Jennifer Makumbi speak, we read her first novel

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

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

Valeria Luiselli tells stories to shame us

Over and over again she writes about the lost children picked up on the United States border

JM Coetzee: A fine mind, a formidable intellect

Behind JM Coetzee, the writer lauded for his ‘wonderfully brave, bold mind’ , is John Coetzee, the quiet man

Threading 40 years of Zimbabwean writing

Kwanele Sosibo talks to Tinashe Mushakavanhu, the co-editor of Some Writers Can Give you Two Heartbeats, about the impetus behind the book

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The mayor, her relatives and their friends keep landing lucrative tenders and using state resources. Yet Lindiwe Makhalema has failed to declare the list of her relationships with people and companies benefiting from the municipality

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