Browsing: author

We spent time with the award winning, internationally recognised author, Henrietta Rose-Innes before the launch of her latest novel Green Lion at our beloved Love Books in Joburg. Constantine is a suave, handsome, yet socially stunted protagonist living in Henrietta’s imagined Cape Town, where a fence separates the city from the mountain.…

Colder days have reached our hemisphere again and snuggling up in the winter afternoon sun will be calling for far off lands, love stories and some action and adventure thrown in there just for good measure. I thought I would share some of the titles that have crossed my bedside…

The guys at Umuzi Publishers have been telling me about the remarkable Fred Strydom and his debut novel; The Raft, for months now. So imagine my delight when asked to do the conversation with him on the evening of his book launch which was held at the always lovely, perfectly…

To my absolute frustration I have been struggling to write a review on this beautiful novel for almost three weeks now. As a mother of three young children, the subject of child trafficking makes my claws come out. When our son was two and a half years old, we came…

Inspired by books like David Mitchell’s Ghostwritten and Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, Tales of the Metric System is a room of mirrors in which characters’ lives become reflections of each other. It is a nuanced, complex novel that rejects the conventional simple histories that have been written…

There is nothing more wonderful than meeting a ridiculously talented person, who fills the space with absolute unassuming humility. Jaco van Schalkwyk is one of those rare specimens. He not only launched his debut novel The Alibi club a few days ago, but is also a highly regarded conceptual Artist,…

The Sculptors of Mapungubwe is a story of forbidden love, a political drama, a family soap opera and a bit of a history lesson, all wrapped into one Zakes Mda masterpiece. Though this story is set 1000 years ago in a pre-colonial Africa, with different cultural value systems,  social orders…