The Penguin Post

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.

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.

‘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.

‘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.

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.

‘The globe is littered with dismal populists, nationalists or downright dictators.’

With the ANC’s national elective conference coming up, political analyst and co-author of The Presidents Richard Calland reflects on ‘the age of crisis’ in which SA sits with its political leaders.

Filling in the missing years of naturalist William Burchell’s southern African Journey

Uncovering the events and finds of the missing years of famous naturalist William Burchell’s return journey across the southern African veld 200 years ago was the mission authors Roger Stewart and Marion Whitehead set themselves in Burchell’s African Odyssey: Revealing the Return Journey 1812–1815.

‘Leaving a legacy of recipes for memorable meals brings me so much joy.’ – Zola Nene

Media personality, chef and cookbook author Zola Nene is cooking up a storm with her latest cookbook, Simply Seven Colours. Zola chatted to Lauren McDiarmid about the joys of cooking, her most favourite kitchen appliance and her biggest food combo fail.

Small Miracles – a novel about nuns and miracles that’s big on love

Small Miracles will take you on a joyful and uplifting journey as three nuns learn more about life, love and friendship than they could ever have imagined – and it all began with the seed of an idea planted in the mind of author Anne Booth.

Elizabeth Strout chats about her Booker Prize-shortlisted novel Oh William!

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of My Name is Lucy Barton. She chatted with Lauren McDiarmid about her novel, the 2022 Booker Prize-shortlisted Oh William!, which sees the much-anticipated return of her beloved character, Lucy, what made her continue with the series, and the person who inspired her to become a writer.

‘It doesn’t get bigger than Naspers and the billions Koos Bekker made from it’ – TJ Strydom

There is plenty to learn from South Africa’s most interesting entrepreneur, says TJ Strydom, financial journalist, game-show enthusiast and author of Koos Bekker’s Billions.

Five minutes with author Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu

Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu’s debut novel turned out to be the first in a trilogy. Not that she planned it that way. But now, she’s just written the last, The Quality of Mercy.

‘It was a big surprise to me when I found my voice in novels.’ – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid on chasing ideas, writing badly and her next project.

At My Desk with author Johan Vlok Louw

How many times must a cannon ball fly? Many, many times, it seems … before one sentence ‘pops’, tumbles down, and glues itself onto a page, writes Johan Vlok Louw.

The First Text – Bronwyn Law-Viljoen on her new novel Notes on Falling

Early text works its way into the heart of the writer, but not necessarily the heart of the book, writes Bronwyn Law-Viljoen on starting a new project.

Five Minutes with Mark Winkler on his new novel The Errors of Dr Browne

Mark Winkler on why – and how – he came to try his hand at historical fiction with his new novel, The Errors of Dr Browne.

There once was a goat called Destiny … NoViolet Bulawayo chats about her new novel Glory

Glory is an effervescent, punchy, piercingly funny novel exploring the fall of Robert Mugabe from Booker-shortlisted Zimbabwean novelist NoViolet Bulawayo. She chats here about the true events that inspired the book, collective experience and talking animals.

‘There are limits, even, to the powers of a witch’ – Read an excerpt from Mark Winkler’s new novel The Errors of Dr Browne

Penguin Random House SA has shared an excerpt from The Errors of Dr Browne, the new novel from Mark Winkler!

Read an extract from NoViolet Bulawayo’s highly anticipated new novel Glory

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from Glory, an effervescent, punchy, piercingly funny novel exploring the fall of Robert Mugabe from Booker-shortlisted Zimbabwean novelist NoViolet Bulawayo.