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Triumph of the Pennywhistle: Occasionally stirring but entirely overwrought debut
Jonathan Amid - 2011-12-15
Triumph of the Pennywhistle Sofi Adelbrand Publisher: Frog Books ISBN: 9789381115312 Price: R195.00 Order your copy from s.adelbrand@gmail.com. While I was reading Sofi Adelbrand’s debut novel Triumph of the Pennywhistle(the author’s real name is Runa Prinsloo) a few questions relentlessly battered against the hinges of my reading experience: Is there a limit to the ways that certain stories can be told? Do we, and should we, forgive authors certain limitations and flaws due to the...

The Boers in Angola: There for even longer than you thought
Bill Nasson - 2011-12-14
The Boers in Angola 1928–1975 Nicol Stassen Publisher: Protea Book House ISBN: 9781869193959 Price: R335.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. At 656 pages this is a very fat book behind which can be found not only an extraordinarily industrious and dedicated author, but a battalion of individuals, numbering around 500, who provided research assistance. If you are looking for an illustration of the observation about current history made some years ago by the eminent British...

Reclaiming the L-Word: Piercing the Solid Silence
Janka Steenkamp - 2011-12-08
Untitled Document Reclaiming the L-Word: Sappho’s daughters out in Africa Editor: Alleyn Diesel Publisher: Modjaji ISBN: 9781920397289 Price: R153.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. After they’ve fed off of your memories Erased dreams from your eyes Broken the seams of sanity And glued what’s left together with lies, After the choices and voices have left you alone And silence grows solid Adhering like flesh to your bones Lebogang Mashile – In...

A Sailor's Honour: Ambitious, intelligent and enjoyable thriller
Jonathan Amid - 2011-12-07
A Sailor’s Honour Chris Marnewick Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201633 Price: R171.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. As the winner of the University of Johannesburg Prize and the K Sello Duiker Memorial Award, Chris Marnewick has made a name for himself as a thriller writer who believes his novels should contain certain non-negotiable elements: gripping, complex premises and the interweaving of various connected plot lines; characters closely involved with the law, with its...

Things I Thought I Knew: Lyrical and gripping sophomore effort from Kathryn White
Jonathan Amid - 2011-12-01
Title: Things I Thought I Knew Author: Kathryn White Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201220 Price: R162.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. In a year that has seen bold and brilliant literary works from the likes of Finuala Dowling, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Ivan Vladislavic, to mention but a few, Kathryn White’s second novel, Things I Thought I Knew (following her first novel Emily Green and Me) enters the fray amid relatively little hype. Having read this stunning new novel...

Reader’s Review: Inspiration and the Inner Wolf: Women Who Run With The Wolves
Elizabeth Joss - 2011-11-30
Untitled Document Women Who Run With The Wolves Author: Clarissa Pinkola Estés Publisher: Rider & Co ISBN: 9781846041099 Price: R195.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. It’s only once in a lifetime that you come across a book that really makes sense to you as a woman and inspires you utterly. Clarissa Pinkola Estés’s novel Women Who Run With The Wolves does just this. Estés constructs the novel in the most distinctive way. She is a cantadora,...

Resident Alien told you so
Janet van Eeden - 2011-11-24
Untitled Document Resident Alien Author: Rian Malan Publisher: Jonathan Ball ISBN: 9781868423569 Resident Alien has been reprinted since 2009, and it’s a good thing it’s back on our shelves. Some people, like me, missed it the first time around. Although the most recent piece written dates to 2010, Malan has added postscripts at the end of each entry to update the collection. It adds an interesting dimension to see how his articles can sometimes predict the way events will unfold....

Radical Middle: Confessions of an Accidental Revolutionary – Extraordinarily self-reflexive and satirical
Isaac Ndlovu - 2011-11-24
Untitled Document Radical Middle Confessions of an Accidental Revolutionary Author: Denis Beckett Publisher: Tafelberg ISBN: 9780624049128 Price: R162.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Beckett’s autobiography, Radical Middle Confessions of an Accidental Revolutionary (2010), has echoes of Breytenbach’s The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist (1984). One may designate both narratives “meta-autobiographical” because of their extra self-reflexivity on...

Light and After: From the mind of a sensitive poet
Dike Okoro - 2011-11-15
Untitled Document Title: Light and After Author: Kobus Moolman Publisher: Deep South Publishers, Grahamstown ISBN: 9780958491570 Published: 2010 Kobus Moolman’s Light and After is his fifth collection of poetry. Lyrically evocative and engaging, this collection reintroduces readers familiar with Moolman’s poetry to his confident lines, unique images, memorable language and impressive narrative voice. In this collection Moolman uses a mixture of prose poems and short/lyric poems to...

Bundu: A worthy trip into the wild
Jonathan Amid - 2011-11-08
Untitled Document Title: Bundu Author: Chris Barnard Translator: Michiel Heyns Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781846881763 Price: R171.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. As one the so-called Sestigers, a group of Afrikaans literary titans, Chris Barnard found critical acclaim. With the release of his novel Boendoe in 1999 Barnard continued this trend. Now, twelve years later, heavyweight translator Michiel Heyns has vividly brought the novel to life in English. The result is Bundu,...

Bra Gib: It’s about bloody time!
Rob Gaylard - 2011-11-02
Untitled Document Bra Gib Author: Rolf Solberg Publisher: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press ISBN: 9781869142094 Price: R150.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. This book is long overdue (one recalls the title and theme song of one of Bra Gib’s best-known shows, HowLong). It pays tribute to the life and work of Gibson Kente, variously described as “the father of township theatre”, a “garage genius”, a “national treasure” – and a “traitor”....

“Relishing the deep badness”: Reading Leon de Kock’s Bad Sex
Jonathan Amid - 2011-11-01
Untitled Document Bad Sex Author: Leon de Kock Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201527 Price: R171.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. As an established academic, critic and acclaimed poet, translator and travel writer Leon De Kock has made a name for himself as a meticulous, opinionated contributor to various social and cultural streams. He is no stranger to controversy, and his first novel, Bad Sex, is a suitably risqué exploration of the current crisis of masculinity. As...

The Tempest Prognosticator: Enlivened poems worth reading
Kobus Moolman - 2011-10-25
Untitled Document Title: The Tempest Prognosticator Author: Isobel Dixon Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201619 Price: R117.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Isobel Dixon is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Weather Eye (Carapace, 2001) and A Fold in the Map (Jacana, 2007). She won the Sanlam Prize and the Olive Schreiner Prize for her debut collection. Although she grew up in the Karoo, she currently works in London as a literary agent. I must confess at the outset...

Imagine Africa: Idealism and disillusionment in the imagining of Africa
Richard Jurgens - 2011-10-20
Imagine Africa Edited by Breyten Breytenbach Publisher:Island Position, Gorée Institute ISBN: 9781935744993 Imagine Africa, a collection of essays and literary pieces edited and introduced by poet, writer and activist Breyten Breytenbach, is the first in a projected series of volumes from the Gorée Institute, one of whose aims is to “celebrate the vitality and the diverse voices from the dynamic continent of Africa”. The literary pieces collected in this book certainly...

The Other Booker Prize: Amusing, gentle and full of natural wisdom
Janet van Eeden - 2011-10-20
Untitled Document Title: The Other Booker Prize Author: Azila Talit Reisenberger ISBN: 9780987004239 Price: R160.00 Azila Talit Reisenberger has made a name for herself as a poet and short story writer, and also as South Africa’s only female rabbi for the Temple Hillel community in East London. She also heads the Hebrew section of the School of Languages and Literature at the University of Cape Town. Reisenberger wrote her first novel after doing a writer’s residency in The Netherlands...

Other signs: The extraordinary beauty of “most things quite ordinary”
Karlien van der Schyff - 2011-10-18
Untitled Document Title: Other signs Author: Ingrid de Kok Publisher: Kwela Books & Snailpress ISBN: 9780795703973 Price: R148.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Ingrid de Kok’s fifth volume of poetry, Other Signs, is a masterful collection of deeply contemplative and quietly lyrical poems about journeys, memories, childhood and ageing, offering critical yet compassionate reflections on the world we find ourselves in. The title of the collection comes from the poem “Vocation”,...

Gail Dendy in conversation with Janet van Eeden about her poetry collection Closer Than That
Gail Dendy - 2011-09-30
Closer Than That Gail Dendy Publisher: Dye Hard Press ISBN: 9780986998201 Prys: R105 Short Review by Janet van Eeden Gail Dendy’s new collection, Closer Than That, is full of delicate observations about the human condition, as are many anthologies, but these poems are crafted with the utmost skill and imbued with the musical soul of a dancer. The poetry lilts and dances in rhythmic metre and one can almost imagine Dendy’s feet keeping time to the words, as if they were notes on a...

The Colours of Love and Memory: Wessel Ebersohn’s The Classifier
Jonathan Amid - 2011-09-30
The Classifier Wessel Ebersohn Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201510 Prys: R190.95 Click here and buy The Classifier from Kalahari.net now! South African author Wessel Ebersohn has released ten novels, all of which are thrillers. With his latest offering, The Classifier, Ebersohn changes tack to produce a plangent, detailed coming-of-age story set during apartheid in the 1970s. As the rites of passage of a young white boy become irrevocably intertwined with the loss of innocence for a gentle coloured...

Alistair Morgan, author of Sleeper’s Wake, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2011-09-15
Title: Sleeper’s Wake Author: Alistair Morgan Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 9780143025962 Click here to buy Sleeper’s Wake from kalahari.com. Short Review by Janet van Eeden Sleeper’s Wake is not what one would call a light, holiday read. This isn’t to say that it isn’t well written. It is extremely well written. But the author, Alistair Morgan, ventures unflinchingly into the dark landscape of the disturbed soul. This novel is a compelling exploration of what happens...

Too much light, too little shade: Tom Learmont’s Light Across Time
Jonathan Amid - 2011-09-13
Title: Light Across Time Author: Tom Learmont Publisher: Kwela Books ISBN: 9780795703324 Price: R190.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Described by publisher Kwela Books as “a genre-bending Science Fiction romance – with a liberal splash of Nabokov”, Tom Learmont’s latest novel is nothing if not ambitious. Despite its relatively meagre length of less than 250 pages, the novel aims to mesmerise the reader with a heady mixture of science fiction, a transcontinental...

Evita’s BlackBessie: One Part Organiser, Two Parts Personal
Matthew McDonald - 2011-09-08
Title: Evita’s BlackBessie | Evita se BlackBessie. Author: Evita Bezuidenhout Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201596 Price: R180.00 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. The thoroughly well-informed man - that is the modern ideal. And the mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It’s like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.” (Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray). How far we’ve come....

Ballads about the banality of responsibility: Reading Diane Awerbuck’s Cabin Fever
Karlien van der Schyff - 2011-09-08
Title: Cabin Fever and Other Stories Author: Diane Awerbuck ISBN: 9781415201114 Publisher: Umuzi Publication date: July 2011 Click here to buy an electronic copy from Kalahari.net. “Murder ballads”, one of the short stories in Diane Awerbuck’s new collection, Cabin Fever, opens with a journalist taking a night off to attend a musical performance of ballads in the midst of reporting on a murder trial. “Ballads,” the unnamed journalist muses as she tries to lose...

Stones against the Mirror is a must read
Isaac Ndlovu - 2011-09-06
Title: Stones against the Mirror. Friendship in the time of the South African Struggle. Author: Hugh Lewin Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201480 Price: R180.00 Click here to buy an electronic copy from Kalahari.net. Although written some 36 years later, Hugh Lewin’s Stones Against the Mirror: Friendship in the Time of the South African Struggle (2011) can be read as a sequel to his award-winning autobiographical prison narrative Bandiet: Seven Years in a South African Prison (1974)....

A Match for Doctor Koekentapp: Not quite what the doctor ordered
Karlien van der Schyff - 2011-08-25
Untitled Document Title: A Match for Doctor Koekentapp Author: Allan Kayle ISBN: 9781415200988 Publisher: Umuzi Price: R150.95 Buy A Match for Doctor Koekentapp now from Kalahari.net! Allan Kayle’s debut novel, A Match for Doctor Koekentapp, is a bawdy, comic portrayal of a Jewish community in the north-eastern suburbs of Johannesburg. As with most forms of farce, the novel pokes fun at the foibles of its characters, whose flaws are exaggerated to such an extent that they function only...

When a State turns on its Citizens: Mugabe’s Zimbabwe: A history written in blood
Rob Gaylard - 2011-08-25
Untitled Document When a State turns on its Citizens: 60 years of Institutionalised Violence in Zimbabwe Author: Lloyd Sachikonye Publisher: Jacana ISBN: 9781431401116 This book should be required reading for anyone seriously interested in the post-independence history of Zimbabwe, and in particular for those who have helped to shape South Africa’s often shameful policy towards our neighbouring state. The author of this valuable and conscientious study, Lloyd Sachikonye, is an academic based...

Where sensitivity and skill converge: Reading Sally Partridge’s Dark Poppy’s Demise
Jonathan Amid - 2011-08-19
Writer: Sally Partridge Publisher: Human & Rousseau ISBN: 9780798155441 Buy Dark Poppy’s Demise from Kalahari.net! It is a common complaint – from teachers to academics to the man on the street – that children simply don’t read anymore. While this might very well be true, authors such as Sally Partridge have found a strong and receptive audience writing under the rubric of Young Adult Fiction. After writing the critically acclaimed The Goblet Club in 2007, Partridge...

A crime thriller that can offer more than cheap thrills: Reading HJ Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect
Karlien van der Schyff - 2011-08-17
Untitled Document Title: The Lazarus Effect Author: HJ Golakai Publisher:Kwela Books ISBN: 9780795703195 Price: R195.95 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net! HJ Golakai’s debut crime thriller, The Lazarus Effect, combines the best elements of genre writing with a more subtle exploration of the fate of missing children in Cape Town. Genre writing, in brief, is when a novel follows specific conventions associated with a particular genre. In the case of The Lazarus Effect the novel...

Eddie Signwriter: An auspicious debut
Kayang Gagiano - 2011-08-03
Untitled Document Title: Eddie Signwriter Author: Adam Schwartzman Publisher: Penguin Books ISBN: 9780143527404 Price: R200.00 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net! In early 2010, Johannesburg-born poet and writer Adam Schwartzman published his first novel, Eddie Signwriter, with Pantheon Books, a division of Random House based in the US. It was a savvy move from the aspirant author. Schwartzman must have surmised that publishing with an international publishing house would give his novel...

Shaggy: Side-splitting South African short stories
Jonathan Amid - 2011-07-20
Untitled Document Title: Shaggy: 14 Rather Amusing Rambles Author: Anton Krueger and Pravasan Pillay Publisher: BK Publishing, Pretoria ISBN: 9780620504584 In a country beset by crime, political sideshows, service delivery protests and escalating electricity prices there doesn’t always seem to be too much to laugh about, let alone the kind of laughter that makes your abdominal muscles (that you didn’t know existed) contract and contort and your cheeks start to tickle with tears of...

Double Negative: When a novel becomes art
Janet van Eeden - 2011-06-22
Untitled Document Title: Double Negative Author: Ivan Vladislavic Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415201329 Price: R180.00 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. When is a photograph not a photograph? When it captures a moment before a subject expects to be noticed. When it traps the flicker of private thoughts. When it observes the unconscious just before it’s noticed. That’s when a photograph becomes more than just a photograph. That’s when it becomes a moment of veracity,...

Biografie van ’n bende: Fokof, we’ll piss where we want
Fred de Vries - 2011-06-14
Untitled Document Title: Biografie van ’n bende Author: Annie Klopper Publisher: Protea Boekhuis ISBN: 9781869193423 Price: R180.00 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Ever since the early days of the Rolling Stones “image” has been the prime ingredient for a rock band, increasingly eclipsing the music. When the Stones on a cold dark night in 1965 were refused to use the toilet of a petrol station in Stratford outside London they urinated against a wall in front of the...

Belly of the Beast: The Year in Quotes 2010
Jonathan Amid - 2011-06-01
Untitled Document Title: The Year in Quotes 2010 Author: Andrew Donaldson, Mandy Rossouw Publisher: Kwela Books ISBN: 9780795703041 Price: R137.50 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. When writing about the year gone by, it must always be the temptation for writers, analysts and journalists to find the comical, the over-the-top, fantastical or the plain unbelievable, because, after all, this is South Africa. Home of the vuvuzela, Julius Malema and the ANC, three catchphrases that were...

Sarah Frost, author of Conduit, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Sarah Frost - 2011-05-24
Untitled Document Title: Conduit Author: Sarah Frost Publisher: Modjaji Books ISBN: 9781920397272 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Review by Janet van Eeden Sarah Frost’s first collection of poetry, Conduit, is a numinous work of delicate poetry as light and perfectly formed as a dragonfly’s wing. The first poems in this anthology touch on issues as nebulous as the very essence of being itself. The later poems become more rooted through grappling with the timeless...

The Suitable Girl reaches the heart
Madri Victor - 2011-05-19
Untitled Document Title: The Suitable Girl Author: Michelle McGrane Publisher: Modjaji Books ISBN: 9781920397265 Price: R130.00 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. It should be clear from the start that this is not so much a review as a discussion, or a contemplation on what makes poetry enjoyable, and whether my latest read, The Suitable Girl by Michelle McGrane, counts as “good poetry”. Robert Frost said, “There are three things, after all that a poem must reach:...

Lyndall Gordon, author of Lives Like Loaded Guns, Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2011-05-12
Untitled Document Title:Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds Author: Lyndall Gordon Publisher: Virago Press ISBN: 9781844084531 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net! Review by Janet van Eeden I’ve read a number of Lyndall Gordon’s literary biographies, most notably her biography of Mary Wollstonecraft after I’d written my own play on the first feminist ever. I also reviewed her semi-autobiographical novel, Shared Lives, (litnet link here)...

Michiel Heyns, author of Lost Ground, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2011-04-21
Untitled Document Title: Lost Ground Author: Michiel Heyns Publisher: Jonathan Ball ISBN: 9781868424160 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Review by Janet van Eeden Lost Ground is yet another compelling novel from the pen of Michiel Heyns, who made his debut with one of my favourite books, The Children’s Day. Lost Ground revisits the South African dorp of Heyns’s childhood. This time it’s a fictional place called Alfredville which embodies all the intrigues that...

Gary Cummiskey, author of Sky Dreaming, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2011-04-12
Untitled Document Title: Sky Dreaming Author: Gary Cummiskey Publisher: Graffiti Kolkata Review by Janet van Eeden Sky Dreaming is Gary Cummiskey’s most accomplished work so far. In this volume his work takes a more introspective turn with the unifying theme of a profound existential questioning of life. This kind of depth comes, I believe, from suffering through difficult times. There’s a world-weariness to this collection which takes it into universal territory. With this jadedness...

A terrible farce, a tragic end: finish en klaar
Francois Verster - 2011-04-06
Untitled Document Title: Finish & Klaar: Selebi’s Fall from Interpol to the Underworld Author: Adriaan Basson Publisher:Tafelberg ISBN: 9780624049395 Price: R180.00 “Finish en klaar” has become a well-known phrase since the demise of Jackie Selebi. For instance, the alleged friendship between Mo Shaik and Cyril Beeka is compared with that of Selebi and his “own” (alleged) gangster, Glenn Agliotti. What will come of the Shaik-Beeka association, time will tell....

Wame Molefhe, author of Go Tell the Sun, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Janet van Eeden - 2011-04-06
Untitled Document Title: Go Tell the Sun Author: Wame Molefhe Publisher:Modjaji Books ISBN: 9781920397036 Click here to buy Go Tell the Sun from Kalahari.net. Review by Janet van Eeden Wame Molefhe’s collection of short stories, Go Tell the Sun, is a subtle and gentle evocation of life in Botswana. Her stories are apparently very simply told and have an innocence in their narrative which belies their content. The subject matter of the stories is, almost without exception, very harsh...

A vuvuzela revolution?
Rob Gaylard - 2011-04-06
Untitled Document Title: The Vuvuzela Revolution: Anatomy of South Africa’s World Cup Authors: Richard Calland, Lawson Naidoo and Andrew Whaley Publisher: Jacana ISBN: 9781770099715 Price: R153.00 Click here to buy The Vuvuzela Revolution from Kalahari.net. There were of course as many 2010 World Cups as there were spectators or participants. This is an engaging, entertaining account of “our” World Cup as experienced by three close friends and associates with a genuine interest...

Louis Greenberg and Sarah Lotz, aka SL Grey, author(s) of The Mall, in conversation with Janet van Eeden
Louis Greenberg - 2011-03-09
Title: The Mall Author: SL Grey Publisher: Corvus Books Review by Janet van Eeden SL Grey’s first novel, The Mall, makes a bold and dramatic debut on the South African fiction stage. This fresh and sassy horror/thriller moves into a class of its own, yet it shares the territory with works by Lauren Beukes, who has made her mark as the queen of the street-smart, punk-grunge South African novel. When Dan, a shop assistant for Only Books in an upmarket Johannesburg mall with a penchant for...

Janet van Eeden chats to Colleen Higgs about her Lava Lamp Poems
Colleen Higgs - 2011-03-02
Title: Lava Lamp Poems Author: Colleen Higgs Publisher: Modjaji Books ISBN: 9781920397258 Review by Janet van Eeden Reading Lava Lamp Poems left me feeling as if I’d just spent a few hours with a very good friend. This sense of what I can only describe as comfortable satisfaction comes from reading about familiar places: like Yeoville in the eighties and early nineties; familiar times, like the day of the first democratic elections in our country; familiar emotions such as the complexities...

Max du Preez’s Pale Native – a bluntly told historical narrative
Rob Gaylard - 2011-03-02
Untitled Document Title: Pale Native: Memories of a Renegade Reporter Author: Max du Preez Publisher: ZEBRA PRESS ISBN: 9781770220607 Price:R187.00 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. For once the dust cover doesn’t exaggerate: “Max du Preez has one hell of a story to tell” – and he tells it in his familiar, blunt, no-holds-barred fashion. For readers who missed the first edition (2003), this is a gripping and highly readable guide to what we as a nation have been...

Cook with 7de Laan will bring great delight to the lover of food and TV
Paul Murray - 2011-03-01
Title: Cook with 7de Laan Compiler: Kerneels Breytenbach Publisher: Human & Rousseau ISBN: 9780798151672 Price: R212.50 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Viewers of the popular soapie 7de Laan on SABC2 can really feel at home with the cookbook Cook with 7de Laan and can reconstruct the dishes they see in this TV programme in the comfort of their own kitchens. The seven main actors from the series each share their special recipes with viewers/readers. All in all, the book contains...

Daddy’s Girl captivates
Janet van Eeden - 2011-01-27
Title: Daddy's Girl Author: Margie Orford Publisher: Jonathan Ball ISBN: 9781868423866 Price: R110.50 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Daddy’s Girl is the third Clare Hart novel to come from crime writer Margie Orford’s pen in recent years. As usual, Orford’s writing is elegant, intelligent, well-conceived and perfectly nuanced. Many of these qualities are echoed by her main protagonist, Dr Clare Hart, who is equally elegant, intelligent and full of subtlety. Orford...

Zuma’s Bastard: My Encounter with a Desktop Terrorist
Karabo Kgoleng - 2011-01-04
Title: Zuma’s Bastard Author: Azad Essa Publisher: Two Dogs ISBN: 9781920137311 Price: R123.25 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. We initially met online. The man is a blogger, after all, and I tend to spend time skulking around in virtual corners of the internet. Azad Essa is a South African journalist who exchanged academia in Durban for the newsrooms of Al Jazeera in Doha. He paid his dues by working as researcher and lecturer at the labour studies department at UKZN. His...

Reaching Out: Voices from Groenpunt Maximum-Security Prison raw and sincere
Isaac Ndlovu - 2010-11-19
Title: Reaching Out: Voices from Groenpunt Maximum-Security PrisonCompiler: Angifi DladlaPublisher: Chakida PublishersISBN: 9780620445009The anthology Reaching Out (2009) has poems, short stories, interviews and polemical short prose pieces by ten men serving sentences of various lengths at Groenpunt prison, Gauteng. Facilitated and compiled by Angifi Dladla, the book is a product of Femba Writing Project (FWP). The project participates in attempts at rehabilitating imprisoned criminals through soul-searching...

Under the Skin of Leslie Swartz’s Able-Bodied: Scenes from a Curious Life
Christy Weyer - 2010-11-09
Title: Able-Bodied: Scenes from a Curious Life Author: Leslie Swartz Publisher: Zebra Press ISBN: 9781770220829 Price: R161.50 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. Leslie Swartz describes Able-Bodied: Scenes from a Curious Life (Zebra, 2010) as a “very personal” book: “[I]t feels like a story about my heart, my blood, my being” (51). And it is. A tribute to a father he loved, it is also a discussion of how that father’s disability profoundly shaped his life,...

Rycroft’s missing an exceptional debut collection
Janet van Eeden - 2010-11-03
Title: Missing Author: Beverly Rycroft Publisher: Modjaji Books Date of publication: 2010 ISBN: 9781920397067 Order missing from Kalahari.net. Months before it happened Heather held a party at her Victorian semi in Obs …. She’d invited a Tarot reader …. one by one we were invited into the other room where the unseen woman dealt her cards i wouldn’t go So it begins. Beverly Rycroft builds up her collection of probing poetry slowly, revealing the trajectory of...

Intelligent, unexpectedly moving thriller a fast-paced treat
Jonathan Amid - 2010-10-21
Title: An Ordinary Day Author: Trevor R Corbett Publisher: Umuzi ISBN: 9781415200827 Click here to buy a copy from Kalahari.net. One of the latest in a string of immensely entertaining titles from Umuzi, Trevor R Corbett’s An Ordinary Day is a South African novel that encompasses a wide array of political issues in a relevant, insightful way. As someone who has worked for agencies like the National Intelligence Service and the NIA for more than twenty years, Corbett is in the ideal position...


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