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Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut


Against the backdrop of a world in flux at the start of a new century, Arctic Summer portrays the life of British writer E. M. Forster: his inner turmoil, his search for love and the story behind one of the greatest novels in English, a Passage to India.

In 1912, Forster follows his friend Syed Ross Masood to India. It is on this journey – travelling around the country while it is still under British rule – that the seeds of his novel are planted. But it will be another twelve years, and a second time spent in India, before his book is published. Between these two journeys lie the writing of an unpublishable novel, the outbreak of the First World War, and a long stay in Alexandria, where he has an unlikely affair with an Egyptian tram conductor.

As we follow Forster across continents – stuttering, aching, his love mostly unrequited – Galgut captures with colour and exquisite delicacy the England, India and Egypt of the era. Meticulously researched, Arctic Summer conjures the figure of Forster in all his contradictory genius, providing a fascinating glimpse into the creation of a masterpiece.

‘Quite simply, it’s a joy, and fulfils the promise of his previous Booker short-listed novels… An outstanding example of fictional literary biography; Galgut is beautifully readable. He’s been Booker-shortlisted twice – this could well win it.’
- Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Bookseller, 06/12/2013

About the Author


Playwright and novelist Damon Galgut is the author of A Sinless Season, Small Circle of Beings, The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs, The Quarry, The Good Doctor and In a Strange Room. His work has twice been nominated for the Booker Prize. He lives and works in Cape Town.

Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781415206898

Dark Windows by Louis Greenberg

Johannesburg is becalmed. A wave of New Age belief and an apparent cure for crime have radically altered South Africa’s political landscape.


Jay Rowan has been hired to black out the windows of random vacant rooms. He’s trying to keepout of trouble, but he’s a pawn in political aide Kenneth Lang’s project Dark Windows. A mystical charlatan has convinced Lang’s boss that she can a­ffect the ultimate transformation with a supernatural visitation, the Arrival, and Lang needs to prepare for its coming. When Jay and his married girlfriend Beth realise that someone has died in every room, political and personal tensions come to a head and Jay, Beth and Lang must confront the past they’ve been trying to avoid.

Dark Windows is a moody, intelligent literary thriller.

About the Author


Louis Greenberg is the author of ­The Beggars’ Signwriters which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the University of Johannesburg Prize. He works as an editor and co-writes urban horror novels with Sarah Lotz as S.L. Grey.

View Louis‘ website HERE

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Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781415206874

Doing Life with Mandela by Christo Brand with Barbara Jones

“I sincerely hope that Christo’s book will receive the respect and attention it deserves. It’s a valuable addition to the writings about imprisonment during the apartheid era, and it is written by a fine man.”
Ahmed Kathrada


When separate worlds collide…

I was 19 years old when I came face to face with Nelson Mandela. He was 60. Until that day I had never heard of him, or his African National Congress. I was his prison warder on Robben Island and he changed my life forever.

The two of them – one a young white warder, the other serving a life sentence – should have become bitter enemies. Instead they formed an extraordinary friendship through small acts of human kindness. Christo, a gentle young man who valued ordinary decency and courtesy, struck a chord with the wise and resilient freedom fighter.

This bond of trust endured between the two men long after Mandela was freed.

In this book Christo tells, for the first time, the incredible and moving story of their unlikely friendship. He provides rare and personal insights into Mandela’s life during his years on Robben Island.

About the Authors

Christo Brand


Christo Brand was born on a farm in the Western Cape. He trained as a prison officer, and found himself on Robben Island to guard the most dangerous men in South Africa at the age of 19.

Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones is the Africa Correspondent for the Mail on Sunday newspaper. She also reported from Afghanistan and Iraq during the years of invasion and civil war, and was in Libya throughout the revolution in 2011.

Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781868426089

Own Your Industry: How to Position Yourself as an Expert by Douglas Kruger

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Own Your Industry is a guide to what you can do to position yourself as the “go-to-name” in your industry. Because when you are known as the expert, they will come to you.

Learn how to build an industry reputation, use media channels to reach your market and communicate complex ideas through memorable frameworks. Discover how your fee structure defines you as beginner or valued veteran.

The book explains how to develop a title, become a face and a voice in the minds of key industry players, and use simple but powerful positioning techniques to cut through the marketing clutter of your competitors.

Become the answer to the question, “You know who you should talk to about that?”

See him in action at www.douglaskruger.co.za.

About the Author

Douglas Kruger, professional speaker13

Douglas Kruger is a professional speaker and five times winner of the Southern African Public Speaking Championships. He helps organisations dismantle the “Rules of Hamster Thinking” which make them industry dinosaurs. He teaches businesses and brands to position themselves as industry experts so that their name has greater equity.

View Douglas‘ Facebook page HERE

Follow Douglas on Twitter HERE

Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780143538608

Retreat: The Joy of Conscious Eating by Daniel Jardim

Retreat is a collection of over 80 delicious vegetarian dishes combining Western nutrition with Eastern healing philosophies to create sensational meals with a strong emphasis on how to live in greater harmony with the seasons.


Daniel shows us how to create a greater sense of mindfulness in our everyday lives by enjoying a deeper connection with the food that we prepare, and offers a glimpse of what it is like to be on retreat with Daniel.

Photographs by Sarah Kate Schäfer accompany the mouth-watering and unusual dishes to reflect Daniel’s playful interaction with a wide array of flavours and influences – from Thai and Japanese, to Moroccan and Indian. The dishes are aimed at aspiring cooks of all levels and are a heartfelt celebration of the joyous communion that we can experience through food and eating.

“My hope is that this book opens up the possibilities for nourishment and growth that cookery can bring; that you find renewed interest in everyday ingredients as well as an introduction to exciting new flavours; and that you explore the joyous possibilities that await you once you truly begin to play with your food.” – Daniel Jardim.

About the author


Daniel Jardim grew up in a family of cooks and began inventing dishes from a very young age. On his thirteenth birthday he announced to his family that he had decided to become vegetarian. He spent eleven years in the UK where he studied Holistic Nutrition and offered advice on food supplementation. When he returned to South Africa in 2007, Daniel became the resident cook at the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, and created the recipes for the extremely popular cookery book The Cake the Buddha Ate (published by Jacana Media, 2011).

Daniel currently hosts cookery retreats around South Africa with a strong emphasis on the consciousness of the food and the eater.

View Daniel‘s website HERE

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Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781431405565

An Imperfect Blessing by Nadia Davids


It is 1993. South Africa is on the brink of total transformation and in Walmer Estate, a busy suburb on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, fourteen-year-old Alia Dawood is about to undergo a transformation of her own. She watches with fascination and fear as the national drama unfolds, longing to be a part of what she knows to be history in the making. As her revolutionary aspirations strengthen in the months before the elections, her intense, radical Uncle Waleed reappears, forcing her parents and sister Nasreen to confront his subversive and dangerous past.

Nadia Davids‘ first novel moves across generations and communities, through the suburbs to the city centre, from the lush gardens of private schools to the dingy bars of Observatory, from landmark mosques and churches to the manic procession of the Cape Carnival, through evictions, rebellions, political assassinations and first loves. The book places one family’s story at the heart of a country’s rebirth and interrogates issues of faith, race, belonging and freedom.

An Imperfect Blessing is a vibrant, funny and moving debut.

About the author


Nadia Davids’ work has been published, produced and performed in southern Africa, Europe and the United States. She was awarded the 2003 Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for new directors for her play At Her Feet and in 2008 received three Fleur de Cap Award nominations for Cissie. Nadia Davids holds a PhD in Drama from UCT and lives in Lon­don, where she lectures in the Drama Department at Queen Mary’s, University of London.

Follow Nadia on Twitter HERE and like her page on Facebook HERE

Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781415207154

When the Bough Breaks by Casey B. Dolan


Amber Whittington-Jones is dying of cancer. In her last days she writes a series of letters to her son and husband, explaining her actions and begging for forgiveness. Late one night she is rushed to hospital, having slipped and fallen in the bathroom, and in the confusion that follows her admission someone – her lover, her husband, her son – silences her forever.

An extraordinary novel which keeps the reader guessing to the very last page,When the Bough Breaks is the work of a born storyteller – a compelling, sexy, fast-paced tale of love, addiction and infidelity.

 Courtesy of Kwela, click HERE to read an extract.

About the author


Casey B. Dolan began her TV career as a continuity presenter. Thereafter followed the controversial series 37 Honey Street, in which the first-ever lesbian kiss was shown on South African TV. Her acting debut was followed by dramas such as KeleboneBoomspruit and Backstage. She also presented for Jika MajikaFresh, 20something and Top Billing.

Casey also had a stint on radio in 2000, working on the afternoon drive show for 5fm. She was voted FHM’s Sexiest Woman in South Africa (and the second Sexiest Woman in the World) by South African readers the same year.

More recently, Casey has appeared in a number of movies (working with both local and international directors), including Sumuru, directed by Darrell Roodt, No Man’s Gold, Lost Boys: The Thirst, directed by Dario Piana, Skeem and Copposites.

Casey achieved Springbok status in Karate and has already published an autobiography, An Appetite for Peas (Kwela Books), followed by her first novel, When the Bough Breaks.

View Casey‘s website HERE

Follow Casey on Twitter HERE and like her page on Facebook HERE

Published by Kwela (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780795706608

Chester Missing’s Guide to the Elections ‘14


“I know puppets don’t usually write books, but puppets also don’t usually interview heads of political parties, cabinet ministers and the public protector on national television, or write for newspapers, or get involved in debates with actual political professors on radio shows. The most satisfying part of being a puppet is that no matter what you say you never have to take responsibility for saying it, so really being a puppet is just like being a politician.”

Chester Missing is one of South Africa’s most prominent political commentators. His hard hitting, no holds barred analysis of South Africa’s socio-political landscape leaves public figures running for cover. Another thing about this book is that if you don’t know who Gwede Mantashe is, don’t worry. That’s what I am here for, to tell you know that if you look for the hairiest comrade in the room, one who sounds like a diesel engine, and is kind of beach ball shaped, that comrade is probably ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Give him a hug. It makes him growl. Chester is a regular on eTV and eNCA’s Emmy Award-winning satirical comedy, Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola. Chester has performed on the comedy circuit, appearing in shows such as Blacks Only, The Metro FM Comedy Experience, and the Vodacom Funny Festival. His importance to the South African political landscape was highlighted when he was invited to cover the ANC Elections at Mangaung as part of eNCA’s team of reporters.

“The EFF want to apply a Thomas Sankara (awesome previous president of Burkina Faso) type solution where all public officials use government services, earn modest salaries and drive modest cars. Why am I skeptical? One word: Breitling.”

View Chester Missing‘s website HERE

Follow Chester on Twitter HERE and like his Facebook page HERE

Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781431410699

RIP Sue Townsend


The author Sue Townsend, whose most popular character Adrian Mole defined a generation, has died at the age of 68.

She was best known for the fictional diaries of Adrian Mole, who began confiding his deepest desires and ambitions in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole 13 3/4 in 1982. His teenage years were recounted in The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole and further novels dealt with married life and middle age.

Townsend died on Thursday evening after a stroke. As the news of Townsend‘s death broke, tributes were paid to the writer on Twitter. Stephen Mangan, the actor who played Adrian Mole in a TV adaptation of the books, tweeted: “Greatly upset to hear that Sue Townsend has died. One of the warmest, funniest and wisest people I ever met.”

Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK, her publisher said she will be remembered as “one in a handful of this country’s great comic writers”.

“She was loved by generations of readers, not only because she made them laugh out loud, but because her view of the world, its inhabitants and their frailties was so generous, life affirming and unique,” he said.

BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction – 2014 Shortlist

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction – the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman – has announced the 2014 shortlist.

This year’s six shortlisted books were whittled down from a twenty-strong longlist and it boasts one previous Orange Prize winner, one previously shortlisted author and three debut novelists.

Shortlist - Baileys

  • Chimamanda Ngozia Adiche – Americanah
  • Hannah Kent – Burial Rites
  • Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland
  • Audrey Magee – The Undertaking
  • Eimear McBride – A Girl is a Half Formed Thing
  • Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch

The judges must now choose an overall winner, who will be announced on 4th June 2014.