Art-Movie-Book is a lifestyle blog about creative people, their work and their stories by creative director and blogger Rachika Marx-Badenhorst. We want to create a community of people interested in the art of living.

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Green Lion / Henrietta Rose-Innes

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.…

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Road trips and Mountain villages

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…

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The Raft / Fred Strydom

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…

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David Krut / Leaving a paper trail

Art-Movie-Book had the wonderful opportunity to hang out with David Krut at his exhibition space/print studio/bookstore in Maboneng at Arts on Main in Johannesburg. We found him sitting under the trees in the idyllic courtyard, chatting to some art students, who were doing internships at the print studio. Apparently he…

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Birdseye / Máire Fisher

I sighed with a smile on my face after reading the last line of this beautiful piece of work. I felt like I had just consumed a hearty, wholesome homemade meal. Birdseye is a story about the amalgamation of sometimes seemingly unrelated personalities, that fill the pressure cooker we refer to…

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Alastair Thomas / Humming a happy tune

Art-Movie-Book recently spent the day in studio with Alastair Thomas, the lead singer of the band ShortStraw. We felt it would be a good idea to feature Alastair, because he seems to be like one of those Russian stacking dolls, the ones that, in this case, reveal another talent hidden…

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Devilskein and Dearlove / Alex Smith

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…

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy / Rachel Joyce

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…