Browsing: book

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…

A fantastical world exists on the top floor of a seemingly normal apartment building on one of the most colourful and eclectic roads in South Africa. Long street is one of my favourite places in Cape Town and it was easy to imagine this otherworldly fantasy unfolding up the road…

The Lovesong of Miss Queenie Hennessy is the companion or more like the flip side novel to the internationally acclaimed The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Harold Fry is walking across England to see his old friend Queenie Hennessy, who is dying of cancer and holding on, to see him one…

I have been traveling through Mexico with a guy called Harrison Shepherd for the past couple of weeks and it has been glorious! I had dinner with Diego, lunch with Frida and breakfast with Lev, walked through the ancient ruins of the Aztecs and experienced the Anti-Communist purge under Truman…

I walked into the room where I was to meet the two winners of the University of Johannesburg literary awards. A woman sat on a barstool, gazing out of the panoramic window at the Joburg skyline straight after a Highveld thunderstorm. She was elegant and graceful in her designer 1950’s…

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…

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…