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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.

‘Managing emotional responses and having supportive networks are crucial in business’ – Magda Wierzycka

Magda Wierzycka is one of South Africa’s most prolific businesswomen. She writes here on how others, particularly women, can thrive in the business world, and touches on the book about her life that’s just hit shelves.

‘I never saw it as my goal to make everyone happy; the goal is to solve crime.’

Dr Gérard Labuschagne was the head of the SAPS’s specialised Investigative Psychology Section, the only unit mandated to profile offenders, for 14 and a half years, during which time he analysed 110 murder series and countless other bizarre crimes.

A young woman, bloodthirsty and out for revenge – Ashok Banker on his new book A Kiss After Dying

A Kiss After Dying is an utterly compulsive, totally original thriller with a truly jaw-on-the-floor twist; in author Ashok Banker’s own words, a ‘millennial revenge thriller’.

5 easy steps to write your story! (Plus: WIN a creative writing intensive course)

If you have a story to tell, then tell it! Begin writing your memoir today with five easy steps from award-winning author and SA Writers College tutor Alex Smith.

Giving Voice to the Silenced – an interview with number one bestselling author Tess Gerritsen

Tess Gerritsen is the number one bestselling author of her hugely successful Rizzoli and Isles series, of which the latest is the highly anticipated Listen to Me.

‘I think about Eskom every day. Why don’t you?’

Recognising that Eskom poses a singular threat to South Africa is vital to our country’s future – it leads to the inevitable conclusion that the power utility simply can’t cut it anymore, says Kyle Cowan, investigative journalist at News24 and author of Sabotage: Eskom Under Siege.

A Million Miles Away

The Universe is the one thing that unifies us here on earth, writes astronomer Auke Slotegraaf.