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Wed – 8th Apr 2020

‘Jy mag niks geniet nie, want jy het iets verskrikliks aangevang’: Lees ‘n uittreksel uit Liewe mamma deur Esther Verhoef

Liewe Mamma deur die Nederlandse skrywer Esther Verhoef is ’n angswekkende roman oor ’n vrou se skynbaar perfekte lewe wat kruis met dié van ’n jong gewoontemisdadiger. Lees die uittreksel.

Amabookabooka: The Quarantine Chronicles – Brent Meersman’s A Childhood Made Up, a poignant memoir

Amabookabooka, the literary podcast produced by Jonathan Ancer and Dan Dewes, travels into the heart of the lockdown to bring you quick and quirky interviews with South Africa’s finest authors via Zoom.

Missing the ocean? Dive into She Down There, an underwater love story by debut author and master diver Lynton Francois Burger

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from She Down There, the debut novel by Lynton Francois Burger.

Solidarity Reads: Ronnie Kasrils – from spy chief to bestselling author – get the ebooks at 21% off for 21 days

For the 21-day lockdown period Jacana Media is curating a series of ebook special offers from its extensive catalogue of titles.

Tue – 7th Apr 2020

[Luister] Waldimar Pelser: ‘Ek fokus op oneerlikheid, dubbele standaarde, en mense wat ons land skade aandoen’

Rapport redakteur en bekroonde joernalis en skrywer Waldimar Pelser was ‘n gas op Podlitiek op Maroela Media waar hy met Paul Maritz en Ernst van Zyl gesels het oor sy jongste boek, In gesprek met Waldimar: Sy 100 beste ontledings, inleidings en beledigings

‘Sy val onomkeerbaar langs die trein in’: Lees en luister na ’n uittreksel uit Bloedsteen deur Irna van Zyl

Lees ’n uittreksel uit Bloedsteen deur Irna van Zyl en luister na ’n stukkie uit die audioboek, voorgelees deur Chris van Niekerk.

Your favourite local and international ebooks to keep you company 📚

We have a feeling that you will be spending a lot more time indoors over the next few weeks, so we have created some reading recommendations to keep you busy.

In Madness: Stories of Uncertainty and Hope, Sean Baumann argues for a more inclusive way of making sense of mental health

Madness: Stories of Uncertainty and Hope by Sean Baumann is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Jacana Media Solidarity Reads: The great outdoors awaits! Natural history ebooks at 21% off for 21 days

Solidarity Reads: Delivering the best ebooks Jacana Media has to offer at very special prices – 21% off for 21 days.

Mon – 6th Apr 2020

[Video] ‘Wat word vernietig as ons die toekoms in gaan?’ Willem Krog gesels oor Alleen onder die maan

Skrywer Willem Krog was onlangs ‘n gas op Die Groot Ontbyt waar hy met Johrné van Huyssteen gesels het oor sy jongste roman, Alleen onder die maan.

Investigative journalist Ruth Hopkins exposes the reality of prison privatisation in The Misery Merchants

The Misery Merchants: Life and Death in a Private South African Prison by Ruth Hopkins is a hard-hitting exposé of G4S, the company running a private prison in Mangaung, South Africa.

Acclaimed author Lauren Beukes returns with Afterland – a striking feminist dystopian thriller (PLUS Virtual Book Launch details)

A brilliant blend of psychological suspense, American noir, and trenchant science-fiction, Afterland is the high-concept feminist thriller that Lauren Beukes’s fans have been waiting for!

Amabookabooka: The Quarantine Chronicles

We have dusted off Amabookabooka – a novel podcast about books and the people who write them (for the people who read them) – to produce a lockdown series – interviewing an author a day for 21 days.

Don’t miss the virtual book launch of Gail Schimmel’s Two Months, with Pamela Power (8 Apr)

Join Pan Macmillan for the virtual launch of Gail Schimmel’s new novel Two Months!

Moenie die virtuele bekendstelling van Alleen onder die maan deur Willem Krog in Johannesburg misloop nie! (8 Apr)

Jonathan Ball Uitgewers en The Reading List nooi jou uit na die virtuele bekendstelling van Alleen onder die maan deur Willem Krog.

Solidarity Reads: Are you longing to escape? Get the Sibanda detective trilogy by CM Elliot at 21% off for 21 days

Join forces with Detective Inspector Jabulani Sibanda deep in the Matabele bush.

Sun – 5th Apr 2020

Solidarity Reads: Declassified! Apartheid Guns and Money – get the ebook at 21% off for 21 days

A runaway bestseller, this book shocks, astounds and provides the links between corruption then and now.

Sat – 4th Apr 2020

Solidarity Reads Day 9: Celebrating the legend, Hugh Masekela – get the ebook at 21% off for 21 days

Hugh Masekela would have celebrated his 81st birthday today, and to honour his great musical and activist legacy we bring you his autobiography, co-written with D Michael Cheers, Still Grazing: The Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela.

Fri – 3rd Apr 2020

Lees ’n uittreksel uit Afspraak met moord deur Jana Marx, die ware verhaal oor die binnewerking van die Krugersdorp-kultus

Lees ’n uittreksel uit Afspraak met moord deur Jana Marx, die ware gruverhaal van een van die opspraakwekkendste moordsake in die land.

Footnotes, April 2020: 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. …