A book doesn’t need monsters or murderers to be hair-raising. Stephen King does this masterfully in a number of his horrors (think Misery, Carrie, Insomnia), and South African author, Sarah Lotz, does the same in her book, The Three (a ...Read More »
“Selling Apartheid” – a fascinating exposé of the Apartheid government’s massive propaganda machine.
Most South Africans would know (at least, one would assume) that the Apartheid government tried very hard to convince the world at large, that its racist policies, were in fact, not, and that ‘separate development’ was in the interest of ...Read More »
PRESS RELEASE The letters writer André Brink and poet Ingrid Jonker wrote to one another during their love affair in the early 1960s will be published by Umuzi in November. Brink, who died on 6 February 2015, was working ...Read More »
What does it mean to be human in a world where almost everyone has disappeared, inexplicably, in an instant, like a kind of religious Rapture? That’s the question (or at least part of it) posed by Andrew Miller in his ...Read More »
What was meant to be the literary triumph of the year has turned out to be its most shocking disappointment so far. 55 years after Harper Lee published the award-winning and beloved To Kill a Mockingbird, a sequel (as it ...Read More »
South Africa’s domestic workers and gardeners cut such stark figures: poorly paid (even at minimum wage), often abused, yet trusted with the rich’s most cherished belongings: their homes, their pets, their children. This relationship between employer and employee is a ...Read More »
The hurtful words a child hears from a parent can cut so deeply, it reverberates across decades. For Bride, the protagonist in Nobel award-winning American writer Toni Morrison’s 11th novel, the tentacles of her mother’s disgust at her dark skin ...Read More »
“The boy stepped Outside, and he did not die”. With these words Michael Christie opens his debut novel about 11-year old Will, who has not set foot outside his house in Thunder Bay, Canada, since being a toddler. Will’s mother ...Read More »
A book appears on your bedside table. You can’t remember where it comes from. You begin to read it. Soon, it becomes apparent that this story is about you, about your deepest, darkest secret. The names may have been changed ...Read More »
“Black Brain, White Brain: Is Intelligence Skin Deep?” – a simple, fascinating read that debunks racist myths.
Did Europeans and Asians evolve to be more intelligent than Africans? Are Bushmen and Pygmies the dumbest people on earth? Are poor people poor, because they are stupid? Is a low IQ the prime cause for bad health? Is it true ...Read More »