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What made you fall in love with books?
Richard E Grant - 2011-04-13


What made you fall in love with books?
Harry Owen - 2011-04-13
What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? What is the matter, my Lord? While everyone around me (including Shakespeare’s Polonius) seems to be crowing about the glories of Kindles, iPads and e-readers, here I am, the perennial luddite, huddled with my ... what’s it called now? ... oh yes, my Book (replete with paper pages, a dust jacket and a cover), deep in another world, not just of imagination (that goes without saying) but of touch, sound and savour too....

What made you fall in love with books?
Monica Rorvik - 2011-04-13
What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? I fell in love with books through the magic they wove. Books magic awakened my imagination and began a lifelong love affair with reading. I could read as soon as I could see that these marks meant something. OK, even before I knew how to read, I remember telling myself the story from the pictures. My siblings would read out loud to us and thus we all learned to read before attending school. Do children get read to out loud anymore?...

What made you fall in love with books?
Helen Moffett - 2011-04-13
What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? Hmm, a bit like asking me what made me fall in love with breathing, or eating, or sleeping. Books were always just there, and because I learned to read very young, I can’t remember life before books. Or imagine life without books. What’s your favourite line from a book, play or poem? I still think the most perfect short quotation comes from a piece Colleen Higgs wrote for LitNet, when she said, "Poetry is a psychic...

What made you fall in love with books?
Louis Greenberg - 2011-04-13
What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? I never was in love with books. I find library porn like The Shadow of the Wind a little cloying, and I nearly came out in hives when I visited Hay-on-Wye. Too many dusty books. I remember sitting next to my mother, breathing in the plumes of dander as she slapped the books in our house together, flipped their pages, flapped a dust-cloth over them, cursing the fish-moths heartily as she went. The memory makes me long for nothing...

What made you fall in love with books?
Fiona Ramsay - 2011-04-12
Untitled Document What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? As a child I was an avid aspirant ballerina and spent many hours poring over ballet books with gorgeous photographs of snow queens, sugarplum fairies and Cinderella. This fuelled my imagination, transporting me to exotic and unexplored places, and signalled the start of my long love affair with the theatre. As did illustrated fairy tales – one in particular I still have in my bookcase and is hauled out...

What made you fall in love with books?
Gary Cummiskey - 2011-04-12
Untitled Document What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? I have no recollection of exactly when I discovered the world of books and the magic of words. I was an avid reader of comics as a child and vividly remember when I moved on from reading the Beano and Casper the Friendly Ghost comics and on to the Illustrated Classics series – I recall reading Treasure Island and The Swiss Family Robinson. This when I was about eight. And from then I graduated on to reading...

What made you fall in love with books?
Fiona Snyckers - 2011-04-12
Untitled Document What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? It was being read to as a child by my parents and grandparents that made me fall in love with books. I couldn't wait to learn to read by myself so that I could consume books any time I liked and for as long as I liked. Storytime was never long enough for me. I could wear out the most dedicated adult. When I finally became an independent reader, the joy it brought me far exceeded my highest expectations. It is...

What made you fall in love with books?
Melinda Ferguson - 2011-04-12
Untitled Document What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? My love for books began when I taught myself to read at the age of four. I remember staring at the black words in a book and suddenly my mouth was moving, mouthing one word at a time, until there was a sentence. And I could read! This was a very memorable moment in my life. Later I turned to books during the stormy years of adolescence, finding solace in poetry: my own and others’. What’s your...

What made you fall in love with books?
Hamilton Wende - 2011-04-12
Untitled Document What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? I think I fell in love with books because my mother was in love with them and she read to us all the time, especially when we were travelling in the car on holiday. The first book I ever understood was in that funny phonetic writing they used to teach us in the ‘60s ... can't remember what it was called, but the book had a yellow cover and was about a black cat and I was so pleased that I could understand...

What made you fall in love with books?
Lyndall Gordon - 2011-04-12
Untitled Document What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? What made me fall in love with books was the flair of my mother, Rhoda, in reading aloud to her children growing up in Cape Town. She read Katherine Mansfield’s New Zealand stories, where the children lead lives like ours at the Cape, and, reading dramatically – taking multiple roles – the whole of A Tale of Two Cities in a room darkened against the sun when I had measles. That year, aged eleven,...

What made you fall in love with books?
John van de Ruit - 2011-04-12
Untitled Document What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? I have an extremely vivid memory of my father reading to my sister and me, and being intoxicated with the visions the words from his book inspired in my imagination. I think I was about three years old. At age five I devoured my first book, but unfortunately never read it. Thankfully it was a paperback, so chewing my way through it wasn’t as tough as say … an atlas, for example. I remember being...

What made you fall in love with books?
Phillippa Yaa De Villiers - 2011-04-08
What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? Loving reading is as natural as walking. I can't remember learning to read. I was sort of an only child, and I felt lonely at night. I would crawl into my father's bed and lie with my head on his shoulder. He loved reading Louis L'Amour and James Hadley Chase and Hammond Innes and I grew up to the smell of those cheap paperbacks and Pall Mall Plain. What’s your favourite line from a book? I can't say forever that this is...

What made you fall in love with books?
Mike Nicol - 2011-04-08
What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? I came to books the hard way. As a child I had to be forced by my mother into reading. Oh, I loved her reading to me, the rhythm of the sentences, loved the stories, and the pictures they created in my head, but, I guess, I was lazy. Anyhow, she duly enrolled me at the local library and made me take out some books. Then, when I told her I’d finished them, she and my father secretly read them and, over supper, gently quizzed...

What made you fall in love with books?
James Kilgore - 2011-04-08
What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? I learned to love books in the middle of the political struggles of the 1960s and ‘70s in the USA. Up to that time, reading was an occasional diversion for me. Most of the time it was sports books, biographies of famous baseball players. But in those dynamic decades so many things were happening around me – anti-war marches, urban rebellions, women demanding equal rights, dozens of liberation movements springing up....

What made you fall in love with books?
Jo-Anne Richards - 2011-04-08
What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? At the age of four I learnt that love can be spurned, and the greatest sacrifice can be futile. I wept until I was empty. My mother, who believed we should experience the beauty of words, sometimes forgot that books could be emotionally, as well as intellectually, hard for children. But I’m not sorry she did. When I turned four, she gave me Oscar Wilde’s collection of children’s stories and read me The Nightingale...

What made you fall in love with books?
McIntosh Polela - 2011-04-08
What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? My love for books started at high school when my English teacher, Cheryl Wood, took me under her wing and treated me as her own son. To help me improve my command of English she asked me to work as her assistant in the school's library, and personally selected books which she said were going to get me to fall in love with reading, as well as the Queen's language. She was right. I subsequently became a literature nerd. Just last...

What made you fall in love with books?
Sarah Lotz - 2011-04-08
What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? Reading Roald Dahl made me fall in love with books. His children’s books are pure storytelling goodness melded with warped wickedness (an irresistible combination). My favourite is James and the Giant Peach, which is, if you think about it, a really disturbing horror story for under-10s. The thought of being stuck in a hollowed-out peach pip with a giant spider sums up my worst nightmare (spiders and humongous furry fruit),...

What made you fall in love with books?
Karabo Kgoleng - 2011-04-08


What made you fall in love with books?
Helen Brain - 2011-04-08
What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? In my home books were everywhere. Piled up behind the doors, falling out of bookcases in every room, a huge tower of them on my father's bedside table. Almost all non-fiction. Then I discovered the library and there were books for me. With pictures and stories. About children. I was in love. What’s your favourite line from a book? "Where he found his supper waiting for him, and it was still hot." – Where Wild Things...

What made you fall in love with books?
Richard de Nooy - 2011-04-08
What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? My mother was and still is an avid reader, even though she is 87 and her eyesight is very poor. If she wasn’t running the household or coaching kids at the pool, she would be sitting in her comfy chair with a book. After I’d raced through the Hardy Boys series I swiftly moved on to her Alistair MacLeans and Agatha Christies, carefully avoiding Georgette Heyer and Catherine Cookson. My parents also subscribed to the...

What made you fall in love with books?
Rajesh Gopie - 2011-04-08
What made you fall in love with books – and how did it happen? I have loved books for the stories they contain. Stories make me stop what I am doing and listen. Language, used descriptively, conjures up mind food, vitamins for the brain. What’s your favourite line from a book? My favourite line in a novel – The English Patient, I think the last page: "My scars are a map of the life I have lived." Favourite poem/sonnet: "Two loves have I of comfort and despair", Shakespeare.<<...

What made you fall in love with books?
Stephen Fry - 2011-04-07


Top Ten 2010: Murray's Food Trails
Paul Murray - 2010-12-17
Paul Murray has been teaching History at Bishops, Rondebosch, for 20 years. Before that he taught Economics at St John’s College for nine years. He travels to Italy frequently. His passion is food and history and writing his column “Murray’s Food Trail” for LitNet. He co-edited Leipoldt’s Food and Wine with Trevor Emslie. Contact: pmurray@bishops.org.za 1 – Belthazar Restaurant, Waterfront, Cape Town Belthazar on the Waterfront for the most amazing...

Modjaji Competition: What are your favourite three homegrown reads of the last decade?
Susan Roberts - 2010-12-17
My three favourite local reads of the last decade are: Spud by John van de Ruit – because it’s heartwarming, funny, and appealed to every member of my family from my eleven year old niece to my seventy year old mother, as well as to me. Green-Eyed Thieves by Imraan Coovadia – because he has such a deliciously descriptive way of writing and engaged me from page one to the extremely satisfying end, and because I too am a sucker for green eyes. Ice in the Lungs by Gerald...

Modjaji Competition: What are your favourite three homegrown reads of the last decade?
Sue Trollip - 2010-12-15
Night Jasmine Man by David Lambkin Because he writes about things I can’t imagine being interested in in a way that hooks me so I can’t put his books down and have to read compulsively for days. He mixes fantasy with reality, with things that are hard to consider, in a most believable way. He describes things beautifully – even the gore, of which there is a lot in this novel, is impossible to skip over. David Lambkin is one of my favourite authors. Even with Insects –...

Modjaji-kompetisie: Wat is jou drie gunstelingboeke uit eie bodem van die afgelope dekade?
Ilse Gertenbach - 2010-12-15
1. Drawing Water: Dorian Haarhoff (2006, uitgegee deur Leopard Press), ISBN 1920082018. Because there's more to the words than meets the eye. 2. Briewe aan ’n rooi dank: Harry Kalmer (2005, uitgegee deur Handdruk), ISBN 0620347082. Want ek is mal oor die uitleg! ’n Koevertjie met ’n briefie elke dag – en die boodskap is (soos bostaande) nie net in die woorde op die bladwit nie. 3. Eleanor Baker Omnibus 2: Eleanor Baker (2008, uitgegee deur Human & Rousseau), ISBN...

Modjaji-kompetisie: Wat is jou drie gunstelingboeke uit eie bodem van die afgelope dekade?
Vega - 2010-12-15
Julle weet, daar is te veel – dis moeilik om te kies – maar ek kies die drie waaraan ek dadelik gedink het. Pieternella van die Kaap (2000), omdat Dalene Matthee ’n unieke storieverteller was en ek net eenvoudig die boek geniet het. Haar storie het mens aangegryp. When a Crocodile Eats the Sun (2006) deur Peter Godwin, omdat hy ’n goeie skrywer is, ek van biografieë hou en die verhaal ’n mens aanraak. Nadat ek die boek gelees het, wou ek so graag...

Modjaji-kompetisie: Wat is jou drie gunstelingboeke uit eie bodem van die afgelope dekade?
Lelani Fourie - 2010-12-15
Donatello & Volksie van Marion Erskine, vir die suiwer genot wat ’n egte chick-lit alleen kan verskaf. Dit laat jou hardop skaterlag terwyl jy aan die een kant vir Volksie wil verwurg oordat sy sulke simpel goed aanvang en dan ook ’n traan of twee wegpik by die perfekte einde. Boheem van Chanette Paul – dit hou jou geboei tot op die laaste bladsy, en aan die wonder oor wie nou eintlik die skuldige is. Asook die hoop vol interessante karakters wat als verskriklik interessant...

Modjaji-kompetisie: Wat is jou drie gunstelingboeke uit eie bodem van die afgelope dekade?
Ilse Smit - 2010-12-15
Annelie Botes – Sabbatsreis. Annelie Botes skryf op die man af en sê ’n ding soos hy is. Sy skroom nie om iets op sy naam te noem nie, maar hou terselfdertyd haar leser geboei! Sabbatsreis was vir my onvergeetlik en ek het dit al vir vele vriende aanbeveel en geleen om te lees, juis omdat dit persoonlik is en na aan die huis slaan. Sy laat jou toe om in die boek ’n ogie op haar siel te gooi! Sy deel haar hartseer en ongeluk, maar tog hou mens hoop oor. Persoonlik het ek ietsie...

Modjaji-kompetisie: Wat is jou drie gunstelingboeke uit eie bodem van die afgelope dekade?
Trudie Niehaus - 2010-12-15
Vaselinetjie – Anuschka von Meck: Ek was ook betrokke by die tiener-opvoering van die verwerking van die boek. Evita se Kossie Sikelela – Pieter-Dirk Uys is ’n akteur duisend en ook bekend vir Tannie Evita se lekker kos, so eie uit SA. Santa Gamka – Eben Venter: ’n Boeiende, anderste verhaal. Ek het self sewe jaar lank in Australië gewoon en mens kan die mens uit Afrika haal, maar nie die Afrika uit die mens nie Ek is ’n boekvraat en sodra...

Modjaji-kompetisie: Wat is jou drie gunstelingboeke uit eie bodem van die afgelope dekade?
Gisela Ullyatt - 2010-12-15
1. Agaat deur Marlene van Niekerk. Rede: Die navorsing waarop die roman gebaseer is, is skitterend, en Van Niekerk slaag daarin om dit te verweef met veral die hoofkarakters. Die ontknoping van die roman is uiters geslaagd en karakterisering so lewensgetrou dat ek hartseer was toe ek totsiens moes sê vir Agaat en haar “nooi”. Twee keer reeds Agaat gelees en nog ten einde niet – sal weer en weer ... 2. Sabbatsreis deur Annelie Botes. Het dit reeds drie keer verslind. Sabbatsreis...

Modjaji-kompetisie: Wat is jou drie gunstelingboeke uit eie bodem van die afgelope dekade?
Dirk Laurie - 2010-12-15
Deon Meyer, 13 uur Ek het hierdie boek in een sessie, ongeveer 13 uur lank, gelees; dus teen die intydse spoed van die aksie. Deon Meyer het dit reggekry om jou te laat voel asof jy persoonlik saam met Bennie Griesel en die ander daaraan deelneem. PG du Plessis, Die fees van die ongenooides Ná 'n eeu kan ons afstand kry van die Anglo-Boereoorlog, en PG gee ons 'n deksels leesbare storie met vleis-en-bloed karakters, nie gemitologiseerde helde en skurke nie. Etienne van Heerden, Asbesmiddag...

Modjaji-kompetisie: Wat is jou drie gunstelingboeke uit eie bodem van die afgelope dekade?
Coenraad Odendaal - 2010-12-15


Modjaji Competition: What are your favourite three homegrown reads of the last decade?
Annie Lehmkuhl - 2010-12-15


Modjaji Competition: What are your favourite three homegrown reads of the last decade?
Kerry Hammerton - 2010-12-15
Number one on my list has to be Mike Nicol’s Killer Country – what a fast-paced entertaining krimi read. I could not put this book down. I sat reading this book instead of completing my tax – that is how good it is! I can’t wait for the third one in the trilogy. Second would be Whiplash by Tracey Farren – again a fast-paced read, but this book takes the reader into the world of prostitution and highlights starkly what that life is like. It is also a heart-warming...

Modjaji Competition: What are your favourite three homegrown reads of the last decade?
Sarah Frost - 2010-12-15
Imraan Coovadia’s High Low Inbetween because, as a Durbanite, I resonated with his observant descriptions of people and places. He has acuity for capturing the rich layered quality of the Durban cultural landscape, and for revealing the subtleties of a culture (Muslim) which for me became more known as a result of reading this book. His dialogue is crisp and witty and, as a male author, he renders his female protagonists with empathy and delicacy. Arja Salafranca’s The Thin Line...

Modjaji Competition: What are your favourite three homegrown reads of the last decade?
Isabella Morris - 2010-12-15


Top-12 nuwe aflewerings van die gewildste fliek-franchises in 2010
Rohan Magerman - 2010-12-15
Hierdie is beslis die “Jaar van Vermaak”. Nie net het die Sokkerwêreldbekertoernooi die beste van ons ontspanningstyd gemaak nie – ons word vanjaar ook met ’n hele rits big budget-flieks bederf! Dit lyk of rolprentateljees in 2010 ook groot wil score en net soveel mense na bioskope toe lok as wat die Wêreldbeker kon regkry. En watter beter manier om die geld te laat inrol as deur nuwe aflewerings van die gewildste fliek-franchises? Hollywood mag dalk kreatief bankrot...

My top ten local literary reads of the year
Janet van Eeden - 2010-12-15
I’ve been spoilt for choice for South African literature this year. I’ve been lucky enough to receive wonderfully creative books across the genre of South African writing and it’s been difficult to choose only one or two. So I decided to make ten separate award categories for my Top Ten Reads of the Year. In this way I don’t have to compare a crime novel with a literary biography, for example, and I can do better justice to the many literary talents flourishing in our country...

Kerneels Breytenbach se top-tien albums van 2010
Kerneels Breytenbach - 2010-12-15
1. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs Win Butler en Régine Chassangne wonder (met vioolklanke wat warrel, sintetiseerders wat filharmonies uitsprei en kitare wat die Groot Ritme uithamer) of die voorstedelike bestaan werklik so gaaf is. Hul meditasie is wel; die voorstede kom tweede. 2. John Grant - Queen of Denmark Grant, voorheen sanger van The Czars, lewer met die hulp van die folk-rock-groep Midlake ’n feitlik volmaakte album: musikaal verwikkeld, en tog luister dit maklik; inhoudelik...

Suzette Kotzé-Myburgh: Top-tien flieks vir 2010
Suzette Kotzé-Myburgh - 2010-12-15
The White Ribbon A Serious Man Oorlogswinter Please Give Mother and Child Chloe Broken Embraces Séraphine Oceans Jozi & Spud 1. The White Ribbon. Die Oostenrykse regisseur Michael Haneke bied nóóit gemaklike kykstof nie, maar sy werk is briljant. Hierdie swaarwigtige film is ’n diepgaande ondersoek na geweld. Die geweld wat in mense se huise begin, spesifiek in die ouer-kind-verhoudings, word later die geweld wat hele samelewings se lot bepaal (soos...

André Crous se top-tien 2010
André Crous - 2010-12-15
Away We Go Inception The Fantastic Mr Fox Shirley Adams A Serious Man Date Night Green Zone The White Ribbon The Social Network (lees Suzette Kotzé-Myburgh se resensie hier) Red Met die uitsondering van Shirley Adams (nommer 4) en The Social Network (nommer 9), het ek al hierdie films vanjaar op LitNet geresenseer. Die eerste vyf films word hieronder kortliks bespreek. (2) Inception van Christopher Nolan het my eerste (en enigste) vyfsterresensie van die jaar...

Slagspreuk-kompetisie | Slogan Competition
2010-08-20
Slagspreuk–kompetisie | Slogan Competition “Die pen is magtiger as die swaard.” Almal ken hierdie geykte maar waar slagspreuk. LitNet reik nou ’n prys van R1 000 uit vir die treffendste slagspreuk oor spraak- en mediavryheid. Stuur jou inskrywing(s) aan pen@litnet.co.za. “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Everyone is familiar with this true but hackneyed slogan. LitNet is giving away a prize of R1 000 for the most powerful slogan for freedom of...

WSB 2010: Het jy steeds die gees, of het jou entoesiasme getaan noudat die Bafanas uit is? Wie ondersteun jy nou en waarom?
Abel Kraamsaal - 2010-06-30
Het jy steeds die gees, of het jou entoesiasme getaan noudat die Bafanas uit is? Wie ondersteun jy nou en waarom? Ek het die besondere voorreg op die oomblik om op die FiFA IT-span te werk vir drie maande. Dit is mos my alma mater en toe die geleentheid opkom, het ek drie maande van als anders uitgeneem en my lyf kom IT hou. Ek voel die gees, veral as jy op die pitch staan terwyl die ouens speel en die vuvu’s dreun ... nogals ’n vibe. Ek is nie ’n groot sokkerondersteuner nie...

WSB 2010: Het jy steeds die gees, of het jou entoesiasme getaan noudat die Bafanas uit is? Wie ondersteun jy nou en waarom?
André Swiegers - 2010-06-30


WSB 2010: Het jy steeds die gees, of het jou entoesiasme getaan noudat die Bafanas uit is? Wie ondersteun jy nou en waarom?
Toast Coetzer - 2010-06-30
Het jy steeds die gees, of het jou entoesiasme getaan noudat die Bafanas uit is? Wie ondersteun jy nou en waarom? Dis jammer Bafana is uit, maar heimlik het ons almal geweet net ‘n wonderwork sou ons in die tweede ronde bring. Maar dit pla my nie veel nie; ons het goed gespeel en ek dink dis duidelik dat die hele land trots is op die span. Nou’s dit egter tyd vir besigheid. Die Wêreldbeker waarborg jou een ding: jy sien die beste sokker op die aardbol. En met elke verbygaande...

WSB 2010: Het jy steeds die gees, of het jou entoesiasme getaan noudat die Bafanas uit is? Wie ondersteun jy nou en waarom?
Daniel Hugo - 2010-06-30


WSB 2010: Het jy steeds die gees, of het jou entoesiasme getaan noudat die Bafanas uit is? Wie ondersteun jy nou en waarom?
Deon Meyer - 2010-06-30
Het jy steeds die gees, of het jou entoesiasme getaan noudat die Bafanas uit is? Wie ondersteun jy nou en waarom? G’n mens se geesdrif kan taan midde-in soveel drama en aanskoulike sokker nie – die Wêreldbeker kry al hoe meer die elemente van ‘n goeie speurverhaal: helde, skurke, onvoorspelbare wendings, ondraaglike spanning en ‘n klimaks waarin die wenner alles vat. My hart lê nou by die Black Stars van Ghana. Mag hulle helder skyn. Klik hier vir...

WSB 2010: Het jy steeds die gees, of het jou entoesiasme getaan noudat die Bafanas uit is? Wie ondersteun jy nou en waarom?
Jackie Nagtegaal - 2010-06-30



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