Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

From the author of the Orange Prize winner Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, comes Americanah, a fearless, gripping and richly told story of love and race centred around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

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As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love.Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

You can read the first chapter of Americanah HERE

About the Author

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. She is the author of three novels, Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013), of a short story collection, The Thing around Your Neck (2009).

She has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (2007) and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2008).

View Chimamanda‘s website HERE

Find her on Facebook HERE

Jackie Cameron Cooks at Home

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Jackie Cameron is one of the most exciting chefs working in South Africa today. Under her leadership the Hartford House restaurant in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands has been in the top 10 in all of the South African culinary awards, achieving the first when she was just 25 years old. Jackie Cameron Cooks at Home shows the professional taking off her chef’s tunic and donning her home apron.

With its generous invitation to good cooking that is easy and delectable this book is a must-have for every South African home cook.

Try a few of her recipes before you buy Jackie‘s book. Download crêpes filled with orange-infused chocolate mousse, roasted butternut soup with pear custard ice cream, toasted pumpkin seeds and curry oil, spicy lamb ‘bunny chow’ with mealie bread,relish and sour cream or Jackie‘s Umali recipe.

About Jackie

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Jackie Cameron was born and raised in the Midlands and her heart remains in KwaZulu-Natal where she has filled the position of head chef at Hartford House, a five-star boutique hotel in rural Mooi River, since 2002. Despite her youth, her list of achievements is what most aspiring chefs dream of. Jackie’s ambition and drive have opened doors to voyages of discovery and enriching experiences, mere dreams for the average chef. Average she is not. This talented young chef leaves no stone unturned.

Visit Jackie Cameron’s website, find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Penguin Books SA

ISBN: 9780143530671

Last Train to Zona Verde by Paul Theroux

Following the success of the acclaimed Dark Star Safari, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and The Great Railway Bazaar, The Last Train to Zona Verde is an ode to the last African journey of the world’s most celebrated travel writer, Paul Theroux.

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‘Happy again, back in the kingdom of light,’ writes Paul Theroux as he sets out on a new journey through the continent he knows and loves best.

Having travelled down the right-hand side of Africa in Dark Star Safari, he sets out this time from Cape Town, heading northwards in a new direction, up the left-hand side, through South Africa and Namibia, to Botswana, then on into Angola, heading for the Congo, in search of the end of the line.

Journeying alone through the greenest continent in what he feels will be his last African journey, Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of post-colonial independence movements. Leaving the Cape Town townships, traversing the Namibian bush, passing the browsing cattle of the great sunbaked heartland of the savannah, Theroux crosses “the Red Line” into a different Africa: ‘the improvised, slapped-together Africa of tumbled fences and cooking fires, of mud and thatch, of heat and poverty, and of roadblocks, mobs and anarchy’.

A final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers, The Last Train to Zona Verde is Paul Theroux‘s ultimate safari.

About the Author

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Paul Theroux was born and educated in the United States. After graduating from university in 1963, he travelled first to Italy and then to Africa, where he worked as a Peace Corps teacher at a bush school in Malawi, and as a lecturer at Makerere University in Uganda. In 1968 he joined the University of Singapore and taught in the Department of English for three years. Throughout this time he was publishing short stories and journalism, and wrote a number of novels. Among these were Fong and the Indians, Girls at Play and Jungle Lovers, all of which appear in one volume, On the Edge of the Great Rift (Penguin, 1996).

In the early 1970s Paul Theroux moved with his wife and two children to Dorset, where he wrote Saint Jack, and then on to London. He was a resident in Britain for a total of seventeen years. In this time he wrote a dozen volumes of highly praised fiction and a number of successful travel books, from which a selection of writings were taken to compile his book Travelling the World (Penguin, 1992). Paul has now returned to the United States, but he continues to travel widely.

Paul‘s many books include Picture Palace, which won the 1978 Whitbread Literary Award; The Mosquito Coast, which was the 1981 Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year and joint winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and was also made into a feature film; Riding the Iron Rooster, which won the 1988 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; The Pillars of Hercules, shortlisted for the 1996 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; My Other Life: A Novel, Kowloon Tong, Sir Vidia’s Shadow, Fresh-air Fiend and Hotel Honolulu.

Penguin Books SA

ISBN: 9780241143674

Chris Bradford’s South African Author Tour

Chris BradfordChris Bradford, the wonderful author of the children’s series Young Samurai, will be visiting South Africa.  And on Monday, the 3rd of June, he will be talking at Novel Books (17h00 for 17h30).  If you have children (his Young Samurai series is suitable reading for children 9 years and older, and boys in particular), make a note in your diary to take them along (Chris is famed for his action-packed live tour events, so who knows what he will have in store for his event at Novel Books).

Chris is a true believer in ‘practising what you preach’. For his award-winning YOUNG SAMURAI series, he trained in iaido (samurai swordmanship), karate, ninjutsu and earned his black belt in Zen Kyu Shin Taijutsu. Previously he has trained in judo, muay thai and kickboxing.

For his new BODYGUARD series, Chris embarked on an intensive close protection course to become a qualified professional bodyguard. During his training, he acquired skills in unarmed combat, defensive driving, tactical firearms, threat assessments, surveillance, and even anti-ambush exercises.

Chris Bradford Invite to Novel Books

Visit Chris Bradford’s website at www.chrisbradford.co.uk or follow him on Twitter at @YoungSamurai.

 

White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse

Incredibly moving and beautifully drawn, White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse is an intimate portrait of Africa.

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Botswana, 1976. Isaac Muthethe thinks that he is dead. Forced to flee his country after witnessing a friend murdered by white members of the South African Defense Force, he finds himself, for the first time, in a country without apartheid. Smuggled across the border from South Africa in a hearse, buried in a coffin, he awakens covered in dust, staring at blue sky and the face of White Dog. Walking along the road into Gaborone, Botswana’s capital, White Dog following close behind, a chance encounter with an old school acquaintance changes the course of Isaac’s life – as does the job he finds as gardener for a young American woman, Alice Mendelssohn, who has abandoned her Ph.D. studies in order to follow her husband to Africa. But when Isaac goes missing and Alice goes searching for him, what she finds out will change her life and inextricably bind her to this sunburned, beautiful land.

About the Author

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Eleanor Morse, a graduate of Swarthmore College, spent a number of years living in Botswana in the 1970s. She earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Vermont College. Her novel An Unexpected Forest, published by Down East Books, won the Independent Publisher’s Gold Medalist Award for Best Regional Fiction in the Northeast U.S. and was also selected as the Winner of Best Published Fiction by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance at the 2008 Maine Literary Awards. Eleanor has taught in adult education programs, in prisons, and in university systems, both in Maine and in southern Africa. She currently works as an adjunct faculty member with Spalding University’s MFA Writing program in Louisville, Kentucky. She lives on Peaks Island, Maine.

View her website HERE

Penguin Books SA
ISBN: 9780241145654

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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I’m looking forward to laying my hands on the new book from Khaled Hosseini, called And the Mountains EchoedIt went on sale this week, world-wide, and is a novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

The storyline revolves around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, and Khaled explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honour, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

This book will take pride-of-place on my bedside table next week and I will hopefully savour a few chapters each night before going to sleep.

See what Khaled had to say about his new book HERE

About Khaled Hosseini

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Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and moved to the United States in 1980. His novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns were international bestsellers, published in thirty-four countries. The graphic novel of The Kite Runner was published in 2011.

Visit And the Mountains Echoed‘s website HERE

Follow Khaled on Twitter HERE and like his Facebook HERE

Ghana Must Go By Taiye Selasi

A stunning novel, spanning generations and continents, Ghana Must Go by rising star Taiye Selasi is a tale of family drama and forgiveness, for fans of Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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This is the story of a family – of the simple, devastating ways in which families tear themselves apart, and of the long, troubled journeys that they make to bring themselves together again. It is the story of a family who take generations to make a good life for themselves only to see it crumble in an evening; a Ghanaian father, Kwaku, who becomes a highly respected surgeon in the USA only to be disillusioned by a grotesque injustice; his Nigerian wife, Fola, who builds their family with him only to be abandoned in his wake; their eldest son, Olu, determined in the years that follow to reconstruct the life his father should have had; their twins, star-student Taiwo and acclaimed artist Kehinde, both brilliant but scarred and flailing; their youngest, Sadie, jealously in love with her beautiful college friend, suffocating under her stricken mother’s love. All of them sent reeling on their disparate paths into the world.

But it is also the story of a family who make that journey back to one another. A family reunited, initially, by grief. A family absolved, ultimately, by that bitter but most tenuous bond, family love. “Ghana Must Go” interweaves the many stories of their lives in a rich and moving drama of separation and reunion, spanning generations and cultures from West Africa to New England, London, New York and back again. It is a debut novel of blazing originality and startling power by a writer of remarkable gifts.

About the Author

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Born in London to Nigerian and Ghanaian parents, Taiye Selasi was raised in Massachusetts. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale before returning to England to earn an M.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford. In 2006 Taiye joined the WGAE Screenwriting Lab at Colubmia University, studying under Oscar nominee Zach Sklar (JFK). Sid Ganis will produce her first feature WHITE GIRL, co-written with policy expert and MSNBC contributor Heather McGhee, with Kasi Lemmons (ON BEAUTY) attached to direct, Keke Palmer (AKEELAH & THE BEE) to star. Taiye worked in television production before committing full-time to fiction, screenwriting, and photography. An avid traveler, she aims to visit 100 countries by the age of 50. She lives in Rome.

View her website HERE

Like Taiye on Facebook HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Penguin Books SA

ISBN: 9780670919864

Napoleon Bones by Jenny Hobbs

About the Author

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Jenny Hobbs was born in Durban and she is the author of six novels – Thoughts in a Makeshift Mortuary, The Sweet-Smelling Jasmine, The Telling of Angus Quain, Video Dreams, Kitchen Boy, and The Miracle of Crocodile Flats, and four works of non-fiction. She lives in Franschhoek and is the Director of the Franschhoek Literary Festival. (Details HERE)

Click here to watch an interview with Jenny Hobbs about the impact of the Franschhoek Literary Festival and how she balances the running of it with her own creative work.

Jenny’s latest book, Napoleon Bones, is a crime-thriller spoof set in Cape Town – it is satire packed with local flavour, humour and skilfully drawn characters and landscapes.

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Napoleon Bones police dog, gourmet, Cape Town crime fighter. Not your average pavement special. Aside from being a culinary expert and a thinking woman’s companion, he’s one half of an all-rescues K9 unit tasked to help track down the notorious Blackjacks gang.

Their search takes Bones and his partner, the ginger-haired cycling enthusiast Rusty Gordon, from the streets of the Bo Kaap to the trails of Table Mountains and the backyards of the Cape Flats, all the while investigating perlemoen poaching and dog fights, rescuing terrified people from dangerous situations, and saving many a damsel (and doe-eyed bitch) in distress.

Jenny Hobbs’ hilarious crime-thriller spoof is a smorgasbord of delectable characters. This is a Cape Town you won’t find in any tourist book.

Click HERE to visit Jenny’s website.

Random House (Pty) Ltd South Africa

ISBN: 9781415203866

 

City of Blood by MD Villiers

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MD Villiers was born in Johannesburg and studied psychology at the University of Pretoria. Her passion for the country she grew up in provides her with a backdrop for her fiction in which she explores life in a country always on the brink of change. She was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger for unpublished writers in 2007 and is now based in London, but often visits South Africa, where her family still lives. City of Blood is her debut novel.

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Siphiwe, a nineteen year old orphan dreaming of a better life, is haunted by memories of the brutal murder of his elder brother. When a woman selling mangoes is stabbed on the street in front of him, Siphiwe rushes to her aid, desperate to stop history repeating itself, but in doing so unwittingly crosses the paths of two very dangerous men. McCarthy Letswe, notorious crime lord, has returned home to Johannesburg after several years in exile, determined to wreak his revenge on Abaju, the Nigerian gangster responsible for Letswe’s forced departure, and the man now seen as Johannesburg’s king of crime. Siphiwe’s actions have set him on a collision course with both Letswe and Abaju, and as the violence on the streets intensifies, and the danger to those he loves most increases, Siphiwe is soon forced to seek help amongst criminals and police alike.

A story of survival, revenge and ultimately, redemption, told in prose which is deceptively simple and utterly compelling, City of Blood is a gripping coming of age story set against a searing backdrop of violence, heat and colour.

Published in South Africa by Random House Struik, click HERE for more details about this book.

Follow MD on Twitter HERE

Cape Town Good Food & Wine Show 2013

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For over a decade, the Good Food & Wine Show has pushed the boundaries of innovation and excellence as South Africa’s premier food, wine and lifestyle experience.

Published chefs, making guest appearances at this year’s Cape Town show (23 – 26 May) are: Gordon Ramsay, Eric Lanlard and Bill Granger.

For a full list of other top attractions that will be happening, view HERE

Featured Chefs

Gordon Ramsay

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Gordon Ramsay is recognisable around the world thanks to presenting TV programmes about competitive cookery and food, such as the British series Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word, Ramsay’s Best Restaurant, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon’s Great Escape, Gordon Behind Bars and Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course, along with the American versions of Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef and Hotel Hell.

However, he is also a renowned chef and has been awarded 15 Michelin stars in total and currently holds 14. In January 2013 he was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.

Scottish by birth, Gordon was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, from the age of five. An early injury prematurely put an end to any hopes of a promising career in football and he went back to college to complete a course in hotel management.

Ramsay’s first years in the kitchen were spent training under culinary luminaries such as Marco Pierre White and Albert Roux in London, after which he moved to France. There he worked in the kitchens of Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon for three years to enhance his expertise in classic French cooking. In 1993, Ramsay became chef of the newly opened Aubergine in London where, within three years, the restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars.

Ramsay’s first book, Passion for Flavour, was published in 1996. A number of hugely successful books have followed. A list of all of them below:

  • Gordon Ramsay’s Passion For Flavour (1996)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Passion For Seafood (1999)
  • Gordon Ramsay A Chef For All Seasons (2000)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Just Desserts (2001)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Secrets (2003)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Heaven (2004)
  • Gordon Ramsay Makes It Easy (2005)
  • Gordon Ramsay Easy All Year Round (2006)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Sunday Lunch and other recipes from the F word (2006)
  • Humble Pie (2006) (Autobiography)
  • Roasting in Hell’s Kitchen (2006) (US title for Humble Pie)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Fast Food Recipes from the F Word (2007)
  • Playing With Fire (2007) (Follow up to Autobiography)
  • Recipes From a 3 Star Chef (2007)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Three Star Chef (2008)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Fast Food (2008)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite (2008)
  • Cooking for Friends: Food from My Table (2008)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s On Top of The World (2009)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s World Kitchen: Recipes from “The F Word” (2009)
  • Ramsay’s Best Menus (2010)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape: 100 of my favourite Indian recipes (2010)
  • Gordon’s Great Escape: 100 of my favourite South-east Asia recipes (2011)
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course (2012)

Eric Lanlard

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Eric Lanlard is a Master Pâtissier and twice winner of the prestigious Continental Pâtissier of the Year at the British Baking Awards who has changed the face of British Baking.

Eric has hosted four TV series, including Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard and Glamour Puds. In 2014, Eric will become the first chef to travel to space with Virgin Galactic.

Eric Lanlard has earned himself an international reputation for superlative cakes with an impressive A-list clientele. Having trained in France, Eric moved to London where he ran the patisserie business for Albert and Michel Roux. He stayed there for 5 years before launching his own business, and now creates cakes for his clients and for his cafe-patisserie, Cake Boy, in London. In his two TV series, both titled ‘Glamour Puds‘, Eric takes the viewer on a journey to his favourite cafes and patisseries, from Cake Boy to the illustrious patisseries of Paris.

He has written these cookbooks:

  • Glamour Cakes (2008)
  • Home Bake (2010)
  • Cake Boy (2011)
  • Cupcakes from Cox Cookies and Cakes (2011)
  • Eric Lanlard’s Master Cakes (2011)
  • Tart It Up! (2012)
  • Chocolat (2013)

Bill Granger

bill_granger_1x1Bill Granger is a self-taught cook, whose easy-going and joyful approach to cooking is an essential element in his enduring popularity.

Born in Melbourne into a family of butchers and bakers, Bill has always had a passion for food. At just 22, he opened the original Bill’s in Sydney, followed by two more. All have become firm favourites with both locals and tourists alike. He went on to open numerous restaurants internationally and has released several successful books. Bill’s popular television series Bill’s Food, Bill’s Holiday and, most recently, Bill’s Tasty Weekends, have been viewed in 30 countries worldwide.

  • Sydney Food, Murdoch Books, (ISBN 0864119917, 2000)
  • Bills Food, Murdoch Books, (ISBN 978-1740450850, 2002)
  • Open Kitchen, Murdoch Books, (ISBN 978-1740452267, 2003)
  • Simply Bill, Murdoch Books, (ISBN 1-74045-363-8, 2005)
  • Everyday, Murdoch Books, (ISBN 1921259744, 2006)
  • Holiday, Murdoch Books, (ISBN 978-1741965025, 2009)
  • Feed Me Now, Quadrille,(ISBN 978-1-84400-706-6, 2009)
  • Bill’s Basics, Quadrille ,(ISBN 978-1-84400-843-8, 2010)
  • Bill’s Everyday Asian, Quadrille ,(ISBN 978-1-84400-978-7, 2011)