Devilskein & Dearlove by Alex Smith


When thirteen-year-old Erin Dearlove has to move in with her aunt on Cape Town’s bustling Long Street, she struggles to adapt to her new life, harbouring a dark secret. But her friendship with their upstairs neighbour, Mr Devilskein, soon helps her to adjust. Like Erin, Mr Devilskein has something to hide: he is the keeper of six mysterious doors. He entrusts Erin with the key for one of these doors, and she discovers that they lead to infinite magical worlds. In wonder she explores an underwater paradise, the lost works of William Shakespeare, and a beautiful Chinese garden. During her adventures she meets a prisoner names Julius Monk, but Julius is not all he appears to be. The captive and his Book of Dooms prove dangerously enticing, and soon it is up to Erin to save the lives of those she’s grown to love.

Devilskein & Dearlove is as sinister and intriguing as it is quirky and colourful. With inimitable storytelling flair, Alex Smith weaves an enchanting tale of friendship, adventure and magic.

Courtesy of Random House Struik, read an extract HERE

Watch the animated trailer HERE

About the Author 


Alex Smith is the author of Algeria’s Way, Four Drunk Beauties, Agency Blue and Drinking from the Dragon’s Well. Her writing has been short-listed for the SA Pen Literary Award and the Cain Prize for African writing, and has won a Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature and a Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award. She lives in Cape Town with her partner, their book-loving baby boy and their dogs.

CLICK HERE to watch Alex read from her novel Drinking from the Dragon’s Well

Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781415206973


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The Race to the Truth by Emma O’Reilly

Blowing the whistle on Lance Armstrong and cycling’s doping culture.


When Emma O’Reilly joined the US Postal cycling team in 1996, she could have had no idea how she would become a central figure in the biggest doping scandal in sporting history. Yet when Lance Armstrong, starting his comeback from cancer, signed for US Postal, it was Emma, the only woman on the team, who became his personal soigneur. This is the definitive inside story of that time, and of the enormous repercussions that resonate to this day for Emma, Lance and the whole sport.

Emma had the strength to break cycling’s omerta by speaking out against the culture of doping. She thought she would be one of many whistleblowers, doing what she believed was right. Isolated and shunned by the sport she loved, however, her reputation was systematically destroyed. And yet she had the courage to bounce back, and remarkably, to forgive those who made her existence a living hell. This is the ultimate memoir of truth and its many consequences.

About the Author


Emma O’Reilly was born in 1970 in the working-class Dublin suburb of Tallaght and brought up by her father after her mother died when she was eight. She trained to be an electrician – Ireland’s first woman electrician, it was said – before becoming interested in sports massage and therapy.

Emma worked for the Irish national cycling team for three years and then for professional teams in the United States, before joining US Postal in 1996. Confronted by a doping culture she despised, she resigned her position in 2000 and blew the whistle on the sport in David Walsh’s book LA Confidentiel.

She now runs The Body Clinic in Hale, Cheshire, treating Olympic athletes and professional sportspeople.

Follow Emma on Twitter @Emma_OReilly

Published by Struik International

ISBN: 9780593074077 

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Until Julius Comes… Adventures in the Political Jungle by Richard Poplak

Until Julius Comes is a rollicking, unprecedented journey through the wilds of South African politics in an election year. With his sharp wit and perceptive observations, Richard Poplak exposes the tricks of the political trade and the skullduggery that comes with it.


Writing under the byline Hannibal Elector, he spares no one: Julius Malema looks like a ‘Teletubbie in his EFF onesie’; Jacob Zuma is a tasteless home renovator with ‘no access to a Woolworths lifestyle magazine’ and Helen Zille sends out ‘Braveheart vibes’ as she guides her troops into battle.

In vignettes that switch between the hilarious, the tragic and the terrifying, Poplak rips back the curtain and exposes the country for what it is: a bustling, contested and divided circus trying to find its way to wholeness.

About the Author


Richard Poplak is an award-winning journalist, author, graphic novelist and doggerelist. He is currently a senior writer at Daily Maverick. Richard trained as a filmmaker and fine artist, but can now be found chasing Big Game in Africa, investigating German sub-subcultures in Namibia, bowling in Kazakhstan, racing Mercedes sports sedans in Russia – for a whole bunch of different publications across the world.

His first book was the highly acclaimed Ja, No, Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-Era South Africa (2007) which was longlisted for the Alan Paton Non-Fiction Award and shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Literary Award. He has also won Media24’s Best Feature Writing Award and a National Magazine Award in Canada.

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Published by Tafelberg (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780624070092


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The Legacy - Melissa Delport

Melissa Delport’s THE LEGACY

Car keys? Check.  Money? Check.  Location of nearest bookshop? Check.

Do yourself a favour, go and buy a copy of The Legacy (and while you’re at it, buy The Legion too because once you’re done with The Legacy you are going to need to know what happens next).

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Melissa Delport is a fresh new writer on the South African scene, and book 1 (The Legacy) of her The Legacy Trilogy is awesomely good!  The world that she has created (it’s set 30 years in the future) could so easily be our tomorrow, and the characters are so believable, they get under your skin and you root for the good, and despise the baddies.

It really has something for everyone – fast-paced action scenes (that run like a movie through your head), a clever thrilling plot that makes the book a page turner, and for the romantics amongst us two relationships – one with a soul-mate element and the other with chemistry that you could cut with a knife.  Without giving anything away here – these two men in Rebecca’s life are Aidan and Reed, and women (whether you are 16 years old or 66 years old) are going to be divided – should it be bad-boy, sexy Reed or should it be safe, reliable Aidan.

My rating?  5 out of 5!

Rating - 5 Hearts



One man obsessed with power.

One woman prepared to sacrifice everything to stop him.

One war that changed the world.

A narrative of good and evil, love and passion, right and wrong – and at the centre of the story a strong woman, Rebecca Davis, who is prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause she believes in.

Set in the near future, after World War Three, the planet was almost devastated and the human race almost eradicated. The survivors lived through the bleakest of winters. A primal existence became their new order, and the little that remained of their humanity hung in the balance.

Then one man stood up and changed the world.  Everyone believed that he was the hero of their time, the man who would save them. His name is Eric Dane, the President of the New United States of America.

He is also Rebecca’s husband, and her greatest enemy.

Rebecca grew up oblivious to the truth, until her father found her when she was nineteen years old. He told her about the many horrifying facts that their new leader kept hidden from everyone. And he told her that beyond the borders the Resistance grew and fought for freedom.

Rebecca Davis is the Resistance’s ultimate weapon.

The Legacy is an action-packed, adrenalin-inducing thrill ride which will leave you riveted long after you have turned the last page.


Photo - Melissa DelportWife and mother of 3, Melissa Delport is the author of The Legacy Trilogy. She graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 2000

At the age of twenty-four Melissa started a logistics company (Transmax) from the spare room of her flat and built it up to two fully operational depots in Durban and Johannesburg. Now, 10 years later, she has sold her business in order to write full time.

Melissa lives with her husband and three children in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The Legacy (book 1 of The Legacy Trilogy) and The Legion (book 2) are available now and the final book, The Legend, will be released early 2015.

An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop ‘watching from the sidelines’ and to do what is her passion.

“I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days it was all I could think about and eventually I realised that the only way to get it out of my head, was to put it all down on paper. I started writing, and that was that.”

Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers – ISBN 978-0-620-59636-7





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Tokoloshe Song by Andrew Salomon


When Richard Nevis quit the rat race, being pursued to the Owl House in Nieu Bethesda by an assassin with a books fetish was not what he had in mind.

The trouble started while Richard was volunteering at a shelter for mistreated tokoloshes. There he befriended Lun, one of these often misunderstood creatures. But Richard and Lun come to the unwelcome attention of both a brutal villain and Cape Town’s most dangerous criminal mastermind.

Teaming up with a potent duo of midwives, who are members of a secret order equally adept at delivering infants and performing martial arts, Richard and Lun have to race across the Karoo in a quest to open an ancient metal box to stay alive.

Delightfully entertaining and funny, Tokoloshe Song is Andrew Salomon’s fantasy debut.

About the Author


Andrew Salomon is the author of a young adult novel, The Chrysalis, and his short stories have appeared in several journals and collections. He received a PEN/ Studzinski Literary Award for African Fiction in 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2011 Terry Pratchett First Novel Award. He lives in Cape Town, but his work as an archaeologist has taken him all over southern Africa and a few places beyond. Tokoloshe Song is his first novel for adults.

Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Random House Struik

ISBN: 9781415207017 

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Nelson Mandela International Day 2014

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela


Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly.

It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”.

It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.




The message behind Mandela Day is simple – each individual has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better.

If each one of us heeded the call to simply do good every day, we would be living Nelson Mandela’s legacy and helping to build a country of our dreams.

The baton of leadership has been handed over to us. It is in our hands now to make a positive difference.

2014 is particularly symbolic as we work to honour a great statesman and make every day a Mandela Day as we mark South Africa’s 20 years of democratic freedom.


Nelson Mandela followed three rules throughout his life, which he did at great personal sacrifice:

  1. Free yourself.
  2. Free others.
  3. Serve every day.

Mandela Day is a global call to action for citizens of the world to take up the challenge and follow in the formidable footsteps of Madiba, a man who transformed his life, served his country and freed his people. Its objective is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in so doing, to build a global movement for good.

The question we must ask ourselves is what we are doing to make the world a better place; what are we doing to make every day a Mandela Day?

Mandela Day is dynamic and ever-changing: it belongs to everyone and can take place anywhere, at any time. We urge everyone to find inspiration for their contribution in the legacy of Nelson Mandela and to serve their fellow humans every day.

View the official Mandela Day website HERE

Follow Mandela Day on Twitter @NelsonMandela

Like the Mandela Day Facebook page HERE

Mandela Day 2014 SABC advert

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Eats by Mary Rolph Lamontagne


Mary Rolph Lamontagne confides that her inspiration for EATS was a light-bulb moment while working at a bush camp in Botswana. They were low on stock and the left overs were building up in the fridge. High-paying guests were expecting a memorable meal. In addition to a diverse and colourful collection of recipes, EATS provides practical solutions for saving and reusing ingredients to create new (and exciting) meals. Mary’s simple tips on reinventing left overs will help the home cook eliminate waste, save money, and challenge their culinary creativity.

There are 27 master recipes with another 108 alternate recipes that are arranged by the colour of the ingredients. So, for instance, The Reds chapter includes ingredients such as beetroot, tomato and apple, and each ingredient boasts its own range of dishes, e.g. Beetroot tart with baby rocket, Tomato and fennel soup with cheese croutons, and Apple-stuffed pork chops. An extensive index ensures that the reader can locate dishes within the more traditional breakdown of appetizers, light meals, main courses, desserts, cakes, vegetarian dishes, etc.

EATS covers a wide range of techniques and cooking styles, and also offers many tips and tricks on reusing food items, what to buy and how to store, and even growing your own fruit and vegetables.

About the Author


Mary Rolph Lamontagne has been active in the food industry for the past 20 years. After graduating from college in the US, with a BA in Art History, Mary attended the Ritz Escoffier Culinary School in Paris. When she moved back to her hometown of Montreal she worked as an event planner, as well as a food journalist for a French Canadian magazine. Since arriving in South Africa in 2005, Mary has worked as a food consultant for the Protea Hotel group, as well as for various upscale South African Bush camps.

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Follow Mary on Twitter @savourandsave

Published by Struik Lifestyle (An imprint of Random House Struik) 

ISBN: 9781432303341 

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The Three by Sarah Lotz

Lost meets The Passage in this incredible new thriller, for all fans of The Shining Girls and Stephen King.


They’re here … The boy. The boy watch the boy watch the dead people oh Lordy there’s so many … They’re coming for me now. We’re all going soon. All of us. Pastor Len warn them that the boy he’s not to??–

The last words of Pamela May Donald (1961 – 2012)

Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe.

There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged. And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone. A message that will change the world.

The message is a warning.

About the Author


Sarah Lotz is a screenwriter and novelist who pens novels under the name S.L Grey with author Louis Greenberg; YA novels with her daughter, as Lily Herne; and is one third of pseudonymous author Helena S. Paige. Lauren Beukes calls her ‘a natural-born storyteller. Like the hand reaching up from the dark well, she’ll drag you into her thrall. You’ll come up gasping.’ Sarah lives in Cape Town with her family and other animals.

View Sarah‘s website HERE

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Follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahLotz1

Published in South Africa by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781444770360

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Black Widow White Widow by De Wet Potgieter

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When in 2013 he first published a report on the active presence of Al-Qaeda in South Africa, all hell broke loose for investigative reporter De Wet Potgieter. He was forced to retract before two more substantiating articles could be published.

Then the massacre at Westgate Mall hit Nairobi, which made the involvement of the so-called White Widow – operating on an illegally acquired South African passport – front-page news. Suddenly the world’s media was beating a path to Potgieter’s door.

Now, for the first time, he tells the full unsettling story of Al-Qaeda’s presence in this country. Not only is the veil lifted from this mysterious British woman, but the identity of another is disclosed: an Afrikaans-speaking counter-terrorist operative known as the Black Widow.

The book shows how, taking advantage of corrupt state machinery, Al-Qaeda factions launch attacks in other African countries. It discloses details of paramilitary and urban warfare training on a secluded farm and reveals disturbing details of the support they receive from various local extremist groups. Based on investigations spanning two years, Black Widow White Widow paints a frightening picture of the all too real possibility of future attacks from, or on, South African soil.

About the Author

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De Wet Potgieter has been a reporter for 38 prolific years, working in English (Sunday Times) and Afrikaans (Beeld), and both in print and television.

He is the author of Contraband – South Africa and the Illegal Trade in Ivory and Rhino Horn,Total Onslaught and The Eleventh Hour.

Follow De Wet on Twitter @wiedehel

Like his Facebook page HERE

Published by Penguin Books 

ISBN: 9780143538899

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Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes



Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half-boy, half-deer, somehow fused together. And it’s only the first.

As winter closes in on Detroit, strange and disturbing corpses start turning up in unusual places, pulling several lives into the killer’s orbit.

Gabi has to juggle the most harrowing case of her career with being a single mom to her troubled teen daughter Layla.

Layla, egged on by her best friend Cas, is playing a dangerous game with an online predator.

Broken Monsters is a dark and gripping thriller about the death of the American Dream, online fame, creativity, compromise and the undercurrents of the world we live in right now.

Courtesy of Random House Struik, read an extract of Broken Monsters HERE

About the Author


Lauren Beukes is the author of Zoo City, a black-magic noir set in Johannesburg that won the Arthur C Clarke Award and was long-listed for the Dublin impac prize; Moxyland, a corporate apartheid thriller; Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past; and the international hit The Shining Girls. She’s worked in journalism, satire, documentary-making and children’s tv, and writes comics for DC Vertigo. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and daughter.

The Shining Girls has won the UJ Prize for original creative South African work and has been shortlisted for The Sunday Times Literary Awards.

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Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781415202005

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