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The bestselling books in South Africa – August 2019

This list represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous four weeks to 31 July 2019, and combines fiction and …

Why do South Africans find crime fiction so fascinating? Listen to author Amy Heydenrych share a deeply personal story

Shame on You author Amy Heydenrych speaks out about a personal experience that shaped her writing.

The bestselling books in South Africa – July 2019

Our list is compiled from print sales data and other sources. It represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous …

The bestselling books in South Africa – June

This list represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous four weeks to 6 June 2019, and combines fiction and non-fiction bestsellers.

The bestselling books in South Africa – May

This list represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous four weeks to 2 May 2019, and combines fiction and non-fiction bestsellers.

Pippa Green reviews Barry Gilder’s novel The List

One of the more intriguing aspects of Barry Gilder’s gripping spy novel comes in the Author’s Note. In Songs & Secrets, his non-fiction account of his life in exile, from where he returned to senior positions in government, he was ‘invariably asked: Why are there not more secrets’ in the book. The ‘Songs’ reflect another part of Gilder’s identity as an accomplished musician.

Read an excerpt from Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa’s Dare Not Linger: The Presidency and the Constitution

As president, Nelson Mandela’s relationship with the judiciary would be severely tested.

Amabookabooka podcast features Asylum author Marcus Low

In the latest episode of Amabookabooka, a novel podcast about books and the people who write them, Marcus Low talks about his incredible ‘apocalyptic’ novel.

The curious Trump-apartheid connection: Read an excerpt from Apartheid Guns and Money

The Daily Maverick has shared an excerpt from Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit by Hennie van Vuuren, published by Jacana Media.

Rebecca Davis reviews No Longer Whispering To Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela

Rebecca Davis has written a review of Thandeka Gqubule’s No Longer Whispering To Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela for the Daily Maverick:

Rebecca Davis reviews Mamphela Ramphele’s Dreams, Betrayal and Hope

Mamphela Ramphele’s latest book is called Dreams, Betrayal and Hope. If the order of the “hope” and “betrayal” were swapped, it might be an apt description of the journey of many Agang voters.

Poetry in Commotion

A novel podcast about books and the people who write. The latest issue features author-journalist-reviewer-blogger-poet Karin Schimke, winner of the prestigious Ingrid Jonker Prize.

Richard Poplak snacks on biscuits at the Old Reserve Bank

Biscuits as “the sacramental bread of austerity” is worth the click alone. Poplak’s at his best when he’s on the edge of …