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Hoe verander geheimhouding jou psige? André Krüger gesels oor ’n Redelike hoeveelheid moeilikheid (Video)

Video: André Krüger gesels oor sy jongste spanningsverhaal, ‘n Redelike hoeveelheid moeilikheid, ‘n plaaslike spioenasie wipplankrit.

Footnotes, August 2019: 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 over the last month. Browse and enjoy!

Video: Does the ‘Stellenbosch Mafia’ really exist and how much power do they wield over South Africa?

In this video, author and News24 assistant editor for in-depth news Pieter du Toit unpacks his book, The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club.

‘My whiteness saved my life that day’ – Bradley Steyn, author of Undercover with Mandela’s Spies, describes the massacre that changed his life

Bradley D Steyn spoke to Polity SA recently about his book Undercover with Mandela’s Spies: The Story of The Boy Who Crossed the Square.

‘I am a South African-based, African writer’—Watch a video interview with Nthikeng Mohlele on his latest novel Illumination

Nthikeng Mohlele chatted to Africa’s Lit recently about his latest novel, Illumination.

‘The best way to understand a country’s history is through the lives of its people’ – Watch a video interview with Bill Nasson on Illuminating Lives

Bill Nasson explores the people at the heart of his and Vivian Bickford-Smith’s collection of biographical essays, Illuminating Lives: Biographies of Fascinating People from South African History.

Watch: Phumlani Pikoli chats about his debut collection of short stories, The Fatuous State of Severity

Phumlani Pikoli chatted to Africa’s Lit recently about his debut collection of short stories, The Fatuous State of Severity.

NR Brodie discusses the research she did around African traditional beliefs while writing her debut novel, Knucklebone

Set against the richly textured backdrop of a livewire African city, this fast-paced thriller offers a disturbing contemporary take on justice and morality.

Jeffrey Archer discusses his seventh book of short stories, Tell Tale

‘One of the very pleasant discoveries with Tell Tale is that everybody has a different favourite.’

‘Where Jacob Zuma comes from, your child is my child; he violated those codes’ – Redi Tlhabi talks about Khwezi

‘I couldn’t accept that I was part of a society that allowed a man like that to be the president.’

‘The National Prosecuting Authority has certainly been captured’ – Glynnis Breytenbach discusses her memoir Rule of Law

‘The National Prosecuting Authority has certainly been captured, along with the police to a large degree, and any other independent institutions with an investigative capacity have all been compromised,’ Breytenbach says in an interview with Polity SA.

Sisonke Msimang on the difficulty of writing about sexual assault in her new book Always Another Country

Sisonke Msimang’s much anticipated memoir, Always Another Country, was launched this week in South Africa. 

Z Pallo Jordan says the assassination of Ruth First was no mistake

Z Pallo Jordan says there is no doubt in his mind that Ruth First was specifically targeted with the letter bomb that took her life.

The standard by which we judge men and leaders in general was lowered for Jacob Zuma – Redi Tlhabi

Redi Tlhabi says President Jacob Zuma should have owned up to the fact that he exploited his power with regards to Khwezi.

John Green introduces his new book, Turtles All the Way Down

The wait is over! John Green, the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, is back!

Mark Shaw, author of Hitmen for Hire, says the South African state has become entangled in the underworld

Mark Shaw talks about delving into South Africa’s underworld in his new book, Hitmen for Hire.

Video: John Green reads the first chapter of Turtles All the Way Down

John Green, the number-one bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, is back with a new book: Turtles All the Way Down.

Salman Rushdie owns up to the classic book he’s never read

Salman Rushdie admits that there is at least one famous, big book he hasn’t read …

Lisbeth Salander has revenge in her DNA: Author David Lagercrantz on his new novel, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye – the fifth book in the series that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – is out now!

Achmat Dangor says he hopes young people will read his new book, Dikeledi

‘For young people there will be resonances – about how young people cope with the heritages of the past but also with the challenges of the future – and with traditions.’