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Mon – 30th Jan 2023

‘Ian is ’n liefdevolle pa’ … net jammer hy het twee families: Lees ’n uittreksel uit Uit die donker deur Santie van der Merwe

LAPA Uitgewers het ’n uittreksel gedeel uit Uit die donker deur Santie van der Merwe: Ian Strydom het twee gesinne … en ’n groot besluit wat hy nie meer kan uitstel nie.

New book alert! John Laband’s The Boer Invasion of the Zulu Kingdom: 1837–1840

The Boer Invasion of the Zulu Kingdom: 1837–1840 by John Laband is out in February from Jonathan Ball Publishers!

Fri – 27th Jan 2023

‘Welkom in die Kom, hartlam’: Lees die eerste hoofstuk van Hans du Plessis se nuutste boek, Inkommers

Inkommers deur Hans du Plesis is ’n eietydse verhaal, ’n kroniek van die Afrikaners – die familie, nie die volk nie – wat al van die Groot Trek se dae af wydsbeen oor die vuil Vaal in die Vredefortkoepel boer.

‘It was definitely a skull … Was it human?’ Read an excerpt from A Deadly Covenant, the new thrilling mystery by Michael Stanley

Michael Stanley’s award-winning, international bestselling Detective Kubu series returns with another thrilling, chilling sequel: A Deadly Covenant – out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers!

Of Wild Flowers and Trees – Braam van Wyk chats about his new book Trees of Kruger

Braam van Wyk is emeritus professor of botany at the University of Pretoria. A leading expert on plant taxonomy, he has had an abiding interest in making botany accessible to the general public, and has authored more than 350 publications about southern African vegetation and flora. He writes here about where it all began.

Footnotes, January 2023: Book links from around the web

At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye.

Thu – 26th Jan 2023

Laugh-out-loud funny, razor sharp and painfully relatable – Really Good, Actually by Monica Heisey

Really Good, Actually is one of the most hotly anticipated, hilarious and addictive debut novels coming in 2023, from Schitt’s Creek screenwriter and electric new voice in fiction, Monica Heisey.

A tale of obsession and magic – Author Katy Hays chats about her sinister, atmospheric debut novel The Cloisters

The Cloisters is a sinister, atmospheric novel about the discovery of a mysterious deck of tarot cards. Author Katy Hays speaks about the setting of the story, fortune and the idea behind her riveting debut.

Wed – 25th Jan 2023

Listen to an excerpt from How to Kill Your Family – a wickedly dark romp about class, family, love … and murder

They say you can’t choose your family. But you can kill them. How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

‘The entire novel is so close to my heart … I almost couldn’t write it’ – Catherine Newman chats about her debut We All Want Impossible Things

Author Catherine Newman chats about writing fiction versus writing memoirs, taking inspiration from real life, and her favourite scene from her first novel for adults, We All Want Impossible Things.

Tue – 24th Jan 2023

New book alert! Ghost Limb, the emotionally charged and poignant debut novel by Almini van der Merwe

Looking for an emotionally charged and poignant read? Local author Almini van der Merwe’s debut novel, Ghost Limb, is out now in the Umuzi Trailblazer series!

New book alert! The Plot to Save South Africa: Chris Hani’s Murder and the Week Nelson Mandela Averted Civil War by Justice Malala

The Plot to Save South Africa: Chris Hani’s Murder and the Week Nelson Mandela Averted Civil War by Justice Malala will be out in April from Jonathan Ball Publishers!

Mon – 23rd Jan 2023

New book alert! Amílcar Cabral: The Life of a Reluctant Nationalist by António Tomás (Get 50% off now)

Fifty years ago this month, Amílcar Cabral was assassinated. Amílcar Cabral: The Life of a Reluctant Nationalist by António Tomás is out now from Jacana Media.

‘There is little doubt that BEE needs a rethink’ – Chris Bishop, author of The BEE Billionaires: Redressing the Imbalances of the Past, or Creating New Ones

Chris Bishop, veteran journalist and the founding editor of Forbes Africa and Billionaire Tomorrow, describes the process he went through in writing a book that questions the impact of one of the biggest economic experiments in Africa that began a quarter of a century ago: black economic empowerment.

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Exercise – 40 simple exercises you can sneakily squeeze in while in bed, at your desk, or watching TV

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Exercise: Over 40 Toning Flexercises to Do From Your Bed, Couch or While You Wait by Susan Elizabeth Clark is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Fri – 20th Jan 2023

Cover reveal! The girl with the dragon tattoo returns in The Girl in the Eagle’s Talons

Introducing the pulse-pounding new thriller from bestselling Swedish author Karin Smirnoff, starring iconic anti-heroine Lisbeth Salander!

Five minutes with David Viviers, author of the debut novel Mirage

You may know the face. David Viviers is one of our well-known actors, but now he is a published author as well. And his writing is every bit as good has his acting.

Thu – 19th Jan 2023

The people stood and fought, and fought and stood – Apartheid’s Stalingrad: How the Townships of the Eastern Cape Defied the Apartheid War Machine

In the townships of the Eastern Cape, where the state threw everything they had at the uprisings of the mid-and late 1980s, the people stood and fought, and fought and stood. Apartheid’s Stalingrad is the first account in remembering those who fought and the power of the people.

Try this Protein-packed Berry Ice Cream from Thrive: Healthy Recipes that Break the Diet Rules

The only thing better than ice cream is a recipe with the added promise of healthy ageing!