The Last Rhinos by Lawrence Anthony

Another extraordinary story of life on a South African game reserve from the authors of The Elephant Whisperer.

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Lawrence Anthony’s South African game reserve is home to many animals he has saved, from a remarkable herd of elephants to a badly behaved bushbaby called George. Described as ‘the Indiana Jones of conservation’, when one of his rhinos was brutally slaughtered for her horn, he didn’t hesitate to lead an armed response against the poachers. Then he learned that there were only a handful of northern white rhinos left in the wild, living in an area of the Congo controlled by the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army and soon to be hunted into extinction. Lawrence knew he had to take action.

What followed was an extraordinary adventure, as he headed into the jungle to negotiate with the rebels, while battling to save his own animals from terrible drought and to save the eyesight of his beloved elephant matriarch Nana. The Last Rhinos is peopled with unforgettable characters, both human and animal, and is a sometimes funny, sometimes moving, always exciting read.

About the author

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Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and raised in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, Lawrence Anthony was the owner of the 2 000-hectare Thula Thula Game Reserve in Zululand in KwaZulu Natal. He and his wife, Françoise, both lived there for many years with their family.

He was the “elephant whisperer”, the Indiana Jones of Conservation, a wildlife guru. He made an impact as an international conservationist, environmentalist, explorer at large and bestselling author. He will forever be remembered as a true pioneer of wildlife conservation.

Published by Pan Macmillan SA

ISBN: 9781447203803

Klara by Mariel Le Roux

Klara is a story with an irresistible earthiness. Funny and heartbreaking. It is seldom that one takes so much delight in the strange twists that life has to offer.

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It came to an end when the tractor wheel pulverized Klara’s father. When after her father’s death they had to leave Boplaas and move into a shack in the white township, that’s when it was all over. That was long before the birth of all eight of the children that the eight knots in Klara’s umbilical cord foretold. But the days Klara spent dreaming under the willow tree by the dam wall next to the lucerne field, or sat with a red cool drink and cookies by the stove and listened to Polla’s stories about where the bull kicked uncle Floppy Frank, those days were gone.

                                                       Boplaas shook them off.

Or so Klara thought. The truth was that Boplaas wasn’t done with them yet. Her sisters could get away – Leen with her disrespectfulness and Martie by marrying a half-German and fleeing the country – but not her. Someone had to look after Mother, who had lost her mind completely, and someone had to help get Henk, Mother’s freak child, through matric. What’s more, Klara had her own education to see to.

The business with Dries, the heir of Boplaas, had to come to naught before Klara could somehow distance herself from her past. But it was only when she eventually left that she discovered how inextricably intertwined she was with the farm and its people.

About the author

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Mariël le Roux was born in the Worcester district and now lives in Hermanus. This mother of four pursued a career as lecturer in Nursing Science at the Universities of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch among others. She now enjoys spending time writing, reading and travelling.

Her debut novel Wilhelmina – kampkind op Java was published in 2008 at Protea. In 2010 her novel Die Naamlose won second prize in the Sanlam-Tafelberg novel compeition.

Read an interview with Mariël.

Mariël le Roux reads from Die naamlose.

Mariël le Roux reads from Klara.

Published by Tafelberg

ISBN: 9780624058885

Saving the White Lions by Linda Tucker

One woman’s battle for Africa’s most sacred animal ….

This emotionally captivating, suspense-filled, spiritually engaged, romantic memoir will appeal to cat lovers of all kinds, as well as conservationists, New Age spiritual seekers, armchair travellers, and vicarious adventurers.

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In Saving the White Lions Linda Tucker describes her perilous struggle to protect the sacred white lion from the merciless and mafia-like trophy-hunting industry, armed only with her indomitable spirit and total devotion. Compellingly written in the intimate style of a journal, Linda describes with unflinching honesty her fears, doubts, hopes, and dreams, all the while unfolding for us an unforgettable tale of adventure, romance, spirituality, and most of all, justice.

                    CLICK HERE to visit the Global White Lion Protection Trust website.

                         View the White Lion Protection Trust page on Facebook HERE

About the author

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Linda Tucker grew up in South Africa during Apartheid and attended the universities of Cape Town and Cambridge, UK. In 2002, she founded the Global White Lion Protection Trust, a non-profit organisation that works not only to protect the White Lions, but also to support the communities and knowledge of the Tsonga and Sepedi cultures, which celebrate the white lion as a sacred living heritage. She has been a guest speaker at multiple international conservation congresses, and her work has been featured in documentaries produced by National Geographic and CBS. She lives in the protected area neighbouring South Africa’s Timbavati Reserve with her partner, lion ecologist Jason A Turner, together with the White Lion prides they have successfully reintroduced to the wild.

Published by Random House Struik

ISBN: 9781583946053

Nobody’s Business by Thabo Jijane

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New from MampoerShorts, an eBook publisher, is Nobody’s Business: A search for answers after a taxi murder by Thabo Jijana .

 In 2003, Thabo Jijana‘s father was gunned down in a scrap between rival taxi associations who had been forced to operate from a single rank. A decade later, Thabo faces up to South Africa’s most violent industry to try to figure out how and why his father was murdered.

In this searing first-person investigation, Thabo puts a face behind a recurrent tragedy that plagues South African working-class communities. By speaking to the people who knew his father best – relatives, family friends, neighbours and old acquaintances – he tries to fill in the blanks that are the days, months, years that have followed his father’s death. He begins by trying to reconstruct the night the murder took place, but what he uncovers about the ongoing strife that has plagued government’s consistent attempts to formalise this multi-million rand industry comes with more baggage than he expected …

About Thabo

Thabo Jijana was born in Peddie, in the Eastern Cape, not far from the town where the late Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness Movement, was born. His journalism work has appeared in The Herald, Weekend Post and Grocott’s Mail. Thabo’s MampoerShort was made possible through Mampoer’s Mentorship Programme, and was financially supported by the Kgolo Trust.

LENGTH: 12 100 words

READING TIME: +/- 60 mins

Click HERE to purchase this eBook.

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The same fear and disinclination that greeted me on that first day in Gwejela’s office would persist throughout months of research. A policeman shuddered at the thought that I would want to read a police docket and analyse witness accounts of my father’s murder; taxi drivers were quick to point at each other as soon as I made my intentions known, unwilling to talk about guns and fighting, as though they would be contributing, in some indirect way, to renewed violence. A friend I bumped into on one of my research trips, and who knew my father well, warned me never, ever, ever, to join the taxi industry. “What happened to your father was not pleasant,” said Nozibongo Rhobo with a worried look on her face. Nozibongo and I met at our parents’ church and have known each other since childhood. “Find a job somewhere else”, she counselled.

“Just not in the taxi business.”

The more I spoke to people, the less the story became about analysing the Peddie-King taxi war with an eye towards attempts by government at recapitalisation, than about uncovering what really happened before and after life escaped from my father’s body and the police began their work.

In trying to get to the heart of the event that has haunted my life since 2003, I needed to find out what kind of man my father was. When a liberation struggle hero’s son tries to find out more about a deceased parent who took up arms, joined the struggle and died in exile, he turns to the history archives. But in my case, there are no official archives. So I started by speaking to the people who knew him best – relatives, family friends, neighbours and his old acquaintances – to fill in the blanks that are the days, months, years following my father’s death.

Had the police ever arrested anyone? Had any good been gained from the death my father and countless others such that these lessons could be given proper attention?

Gwejela knew the Peddie-King taxi war as well as any person I could find. But he seemed surprisingly impatient — edgy, might be the right word – given that I would go on to broach the same questions with others who never asked me for so much as a business card to validate my credentials.

I could understand his concern that I might be looking out for people to blame for my father’s death or some other ulterior motive. But I felt peeved at the implication that I was, at 25, too young or, even, in way over my head with this business of taxi wars I knew nothing about. For my mother to travel from my home village, a good, long thirty minutes from the town itself; she would need to miss work and wake up too early in the morning, or wait upwards of an hour for a taxivan at our village stop – just so that she could confirm that she had given me permission to make the visit. It was an inconvenience I would have rather not put her through. (In the villages, where Xhosa custom still holds, children are expected to know their place, so that regardless of your profession, you still regard your elders as superior figures; a parent’s blessing is everything.) As for my sincerity, my looks should have sufficed. I have inherited my father’s sullen eyes and, like him, I tend to speak with my hands when I get emotional. I wore a black blazer with my best pair of chinos and decent-looking moccasins.

“The interview will not take long,” I heard myself protest.

“I don’t think you’re hearing me,” Gwejela said. He meant this as an expression of incredulity. “Come back tomorrow.”

Water Music by Margie Orford

Margie Orfordthe South African Queen of Crime Fiction, is back with her fifth novel in the Clare Hart series. Water Music is a page-turner with a masterly plot that will keep you reading to the last sentence.

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When an emaciated child is found on an icy Cape mountainside, profiler Dr Clare Hart is baffled that no one has reported her missing. Where does she come from, who does she belong to? To further complicate matters, a distraught man pleads with Clare to find his missing granddaughter, Rosa, a gifted but troubled young cellist who has abandoned her music scholarship.

In a race against time, Clare battles to unravel the two cases and locate the missing Rosa. As winter tightens its grip, she is confronted by chilling secrets in a context where criminals act with increasing impunity and the police can no longer be trusted. Amidst the frenzy of the investigation, Clare must also bear a secret of her own.

About the author

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Margie Orford is a South African crime novelist. She is also well-known as an award winning journalist, film director and author of children’s fiction and non-fiction. Margie is the Executive Vice President of South African PEN, the patron of Rape Crisis and the patron of the children’s book charity, The Little Hands Trust.

Born in London, she grew up in Namibia and South Africa. While at the University of Cape Town she wrote for Varsity and was detained during the State of Emergency in 1985. She wrote her final exams in prison. After traveling widely, she studied under J M Coetzee, and worked in publishing in the newly-independent Namibia. Here she became involved in training through the African Publishers Network. In 1999 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. While in New York she worked on a ground-breaking archival retrieval project, Women Writing Africa: The Southern Volume.

Margie Orford is the author of four fiction novels published through Jonathan BallLike ClockworkBlood RoseDaddy’s Girl and, in 2011, Gallows Hill.

View Margie‘s website HERE

Follow Margie on Twitter HERE

Published by Jonathan Ball

ISBN: 9781868423965

My Granny’s Pantry ~ A Kitchen Memoir by Margaret Wasserfall

This charming memoir-cum-cookbook, written by Margaret
Wasserfall, well known as former editor of SA Garden and Home
and SA Country Life, tells of the influence of her redoubtable
Scottish grandmother as she grew up, not least in teaching her
about food and cooking.

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By drawing together the food memories of her childhood, cooking with her Scottish granny and making trips into town to shop for food, Margaret reflects on how different life once was. It was a time when a 25 litre paraffin tin of crayfish cost 2 shillings and sixpence. It was a time when the kitchen cupboard held a collection of tins filled with homemade cakes and biscuits and crunchies for the household to snack on.

Margaret also examines, through anecdotes and personal observations from the time, how a family with strong Scottish roots gradually changed their lives and their cooking to become a South African family.

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This period piece is illustrated with snaps from the family album and with beautiful photographs to illustrate her recipes. Not only will you find the recipes that you remember from your childhood but you will also recall a time when the way we ate, and the way we marked the passing of our days, was completely different from the supermarket culture of today.

Find Margaret on Facebook HERE

Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781431402939

The 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Long-list

Longlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

 

After receiving 151 submissions for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the judges have decided on the long-list:  here are the 13 novels that have cracked the nod:

 

  1. Tash Aw – Five Star Billionaire (Fourth Estate)
  2. NoViolet Bulawayo – We Need New Names (Chatto & Windus)
  3. Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries (Granta)
  4. Jim Crace – Harvest (Picador)
  5. Eve Harris – The Marrying of Chani Kaufman (Sandstone Press)
  6. Richard House – The Kills (Picador)
  7. Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland (Bloomsbury)
  8. Alison MacLeod – Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton)
  9. Colum McCann – TransAtlantic (Bloomsbury)
  10. Charlotte Mendelson – Almost English (Mantle)
  11. Ruth Ozeki – A Tale for the Time Being (Canongate)
  12. Donal Ryan -The Spinning Heart (Doubleday Ireland)
  13. Colm Tóibín – The Testament of Mary (Viking)

The short-list will be announced on the 10th of September, and the winner announced on the 15th of October ’13.

 

Untitled by Kgebetli Moele

Kgebetli Moele returns with perhaps his most controversial novel to date – a novel written from the perspective of a seventeen year old girl.

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Mokgethi is not your average teenage girl. Mokgethi dreams of going to Oxford to study Actuarial Science. But her grandmother and aunt have other ideas, and with no one to fight her corner, except her younger brother Khutso, Mokgethi is forced to realise that her dreams may well turn out to be just that. Dreams.

Untitled explores the challenges that face young women trying to escape the poverty into which they have been born – Mokgethi’s life is all about overcoming poor education, escaping sexual predators (young and old) and dealing with the lack of positive role models in her township.

In this novel, Moele deals head-on with sexual abuse, rape and poverty in a way that very few South African authors can.

About the author

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Kgebetli Moele has been a writer since he started high school. He currently lives in Pretoria, and is studying through Unisa.

Moele’s debut novel, Room 207, was published by Kwela Books in 2006. It was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Africa) in 2007. It was the joint-winner of the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English fiction as well as joint-winner of the University of Johannesburg Prize for Creative Writing in the debut category.

Room 207 also received an honourable mention in the English category of the M-Net Book Prize. And in 2010 he received the South African Literary Award for The Book of the Dead, published in 2009.

Room 207 has been translated into French and Italian.

Publisher: Kwela Books

ISBN: 9780795704949

The Bloody Book Week 2013

Crime Writer Festival - The Bloody Book WeekJenny Crwys-Williams is a talk show host on Talk Radio 702 and she has become well-known in South Africa for her influential weekly book show.

Jenny also has her own private book club called Jenny & Co – it was founded 10 years ago and now has over 4 000 members who come to author events which include literary weekends away, monthly ‘meet the author’ events (always accompanied by delectable food), an end of year Big Book Brunch, and ‘In Conversation …’ events at the theatre.

And her latest venture is The Bloody Book Week, Africa’s first crime book festival, happening in and around Johannesburg from the 31st of July to the 4th of August.

‘The crime genre is so huge,’ Jenny says, ‘that it became impossible not to want to do something special with it, and to reflect some of the fine crime writing, fiction and non-fiction, coming out of South Africa.’

They have a fabulous range of events for The Bloody Book Week 2013, some free, some fee paying, but they all have one thing in common: crime writing at its best.

Click HERE to download this year’s The Bloody Book Week programme.

Arabella, the Moon and the Magic Mongongo Nut by Hamilton Wende

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A wonderful new South African book for children aged 9+.

Arabella (nearly twelve years old) lives a normal, happy life in Parktown, Johannesburg. But then her father dies, suddenly, of cancer. Not long after this Arabella receives a magic mongongo nut from Khanyi, the mielie seller, and her pet monkey and this sets a fantastical chain of events into motion: Arabella discovers that, planted in the garden, the nut grows into a tree which can only be seen by moonlight and on which grows a magic fruit.

When Ukhozi, the eagle, crash lands in Arabella’s bedroom one night, he tells her what she needs to do keep her world in balance. Hadedas, led by Ozymandias, “the most evil bird in the sky”, has taken the magic mongongo nut and Arabella has to recapture it.

A well-crafted magical adventure with many touches of enjoyable light humour. Arabella is a normal girl, who gains courage and self-knowledge through the magic events, and eventually chooses Right against Wrong.Jay Heale.

About the author

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Hamilton Wende is a freelance writer and television producer. He is a columnist for The Star in Johannesburg and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4.

His articles have appeared in many local and international newspapers and magazines. In television he has worked for international networks including CNN, NBC, BBC, ABC (Australia) amongst others. He lives in Parkview, Johannesburg.

He has written seven books: Only the Dead, House of WarThe King’s Shilling, Deadlines from the Edge: Images of War from Congo to Afghanistan and True North: African Roads Less Travelled and a children’s picture book The Quagga’s Secret.

View Hamilton‘s website HERE

Follow him on Twitter HERE and like his Facebook page HERE

Publisher: Tafelberg

ISBN: 9780624062868