Category Archives: South African Literature

Mariana’s Country Kitchen by Mariana Esterhuizen

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Mariana serves food fresh from her own extensive vegetable, fruit and herb garden, prepared in her own unique way. Her delightful book includes recipes for the restaurant’s top dishes, along with vegetable dishes, classic dishes, and Mariana’s favourite childhood foods. Divided seasonally into four sections, this is the ultimate cookery book for those who love fresh, honest, delicious in-season eating.

2015 Best Newcomer at the Sunday Times Cookbook Awards – Bookslive

About the Author

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Mariana Esterhuizen is one of South Africa’s best known food personalities, with an award-winning restaurant in Stanford in the Western Cape.

Published by Human & Rousseau (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780798169912

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Blackout : The Unauthorised Eskom Story by James Styan

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In 1998 the South African government was warned that the country was running out of electricity. Despite the warnings, the decision was taken not to invest in new power stations. Had the warnings been heeded, South Africa could have had a new power station up and running by 2006 and load shedding may never have happened. Instead, in 2007, as predicted, South Africa ran out of electricity.

Eight years later, the crisis has deepened and despite assurances to the contrary by government leadership, it has the potential to become the biggest post-apartheid crisis in South Africa. By 2015 load shedding cost the South African economy an estimated R2 billion per day.

Is the situation getting better or worse? Are the interventions working or is a blackout inevitable? What can be done and what do future scenarios look like?

Eskom – The Unauthorised Story provides a look at what’s happening to one of the greatest power utilities in the world, the greatest on the African continent. It deals with everything from load shedding to blackouts and unpacks the issues raging around candlelight dinners in households across South Africa today.

About the Author

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As a journalist, James-Brent Styan wrote about Eskom since 2008. He followed the story from the other side of Lephalale to the inside of parliament and everywhere in-between. During this time, he spoke to the decision makers, the rule makers, the politicians, the officials, the employees and everyone else. He was there from the first load shedding and is still writing and tweeting about Eskom today. This is his account of what he saw and what was promised.

View James‘ Facebook page HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781868426966

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Crashed by Melinda Ferguson

To celebrate her 14-year clean and sober birthday, Melinda Ferguson organises to take a R3.2 million Ferrari California out on a test drive for the day. Twenty minutes before she returns the car, she is involved in a spectacular car crash, during which she experiences a near-death collision.

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The crash is a catalyst for a series of life-changing events. Over the following months her long-term relationship implodes in a heart-ripping showdown of betrayal and deception. She is faced with a litany of legal and financial nightmares as a result of the Ferrari being written off, while certain members of the dog-eat-dog motoring journo industry relish in her downfall.

“The thing is that any fool should have been able to see that I was traumatised. Finding a Dutch lesbian in your man’s bed, writing off a R3.2-million Ferrari, hardly sleeping for a year, facing the chop at work, watching your recent Ex-Boyfriend’s penis snap, plus writing a book about a stump-legged, murder-accused athlete … Well, hello! Who wouldn’t feel a tad fucking out of control?”

After she admits herself to a clinic to address her meltdown, in her trademark gritty tell-it-all and often hilarious style, she interrogates the controversial pharma-whore psychiatric industry as she is diagnosed and medicated over her three-week stay.

Ultimately Crashed sees Ferguson slowly coming to grips with the meaninglessness of outward material success as she embarks on a painful journey of introspection in search of intangible inner peace and self love in a crazy out of control world. It’s South Africa’s very own The Girl (Monk) Who Crashed (Sold) her (his) Ferrari.

Crashed is the highly anticipated final of the 3-part memoir trilogy, following in the steps of her South African bestsellers Smacked (2005)  and Hooked (2010).

About the Author

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Melinda Ferguson began life as a nice, talented middle-class girl, becoming a prefect in high school in Johannesburg, excelling academically and being singled out as one of the most promising students.

After graduating from UCT drama school in 1988, she began performing and directing on the alternative theatre scene in Joburg. In 1993 a casual, experimental hit of heroin led her into a seven-year journey to drug hell, where she found herself in 1999 at the end of the dark and horror-filled road of crack cocaine and heroin addiction.

After losing everything, including her two sons, marriage, home and career, Ferguson cleaned up in September 1999. A long and challenging climb back to “normalcy” followed. In 2005 her bestselling memoir, Smacked, was published to critical acclaim.

Today she is reunited with her boys and is an inspirational speaker.

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Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781431422715

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Creative Therapy for the Soul | Colouring Book for Adults

Explore the exquisite world of putting pen, pencil, crayon and paint to paper.

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Colouring is the new meditation and these beautiful scenes and designs will provide you with hours of calming therapy.

Disconnect from technology, separate yourself from work, and disengage from personal problems. De-stress your body, mind and soul and find your creative inner-child.

There are no rights or wrongs. Simply turn these black and white designs into your own works of art.

Join the millions of adults world-wide who are rediscovering the simple relaxation and joy of colouring!

Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers

Creative Therapy for the Soul ISBN: 9780620672221

Kreatiewe terapie vir die Siel ISBN: 9780620672238

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Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening by Jane Griffiths

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Do you love living in the city but dream about growing your own wholesome fruit and vegetables? South Africa’s organic gardening guru, Jane Griffiths, shows you just how easy it is to achieve a flourishing food garden, no matter how small your space.

Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening is packed with inspirational ideas and practical information on all aspects of urban eco living.

In her trademark sensible and easy-to-follow style, Jane provides a wealth of tips and suggestions for:

  • Growing organic vegetables just about anywhere – from containers to edible walls, from raised beds to rooftops, from community gardens to neglected pavements.
  • Planting and maintaining a space-efficient urban orchard.
  • Converting an existing lawn or tennis court into an instant edible oasis.
  • Keeping urban bees, hens and aquaponic tanks.
  • Harvesting rainwater and recycling grey water.
  • Introducing solar power into your home.
  • Converting a chlorinated swimming pool into a wetland-filtered haven.

Illustrated with hundreds of beautiful colour photographs, Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening is essential reading for anyone wanting to live a more sustainable, productive and healthy lifestyle in the city.

About the Author

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Jane Griffiths is a television producer, writer, artist and traveller who has been growing organic vegetables and herbs for more than twenty years.

Her best-selling Jane’s Delicious Garden has led to a vegetable revolution in South Africa, with thousands of home growers now following in her green footsteps. Her second book, Jane’s Delicious Kitchen, is a collection of delicious recipes for making the most of seasonal abundance. Jane’s Delicious Herbs, her third book, covers everything you need to know about growing and using over 70 different herbs. Her books have sold more than thirty thousand copies and continue to be an inspiration for thousands of South Africans.

View Jane‘s website HERE

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781920289874

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The Magistrate of Gower by Claire Robertson

‘In the end, you could choose to say no more than this: that in the high summer of 1938, in a courtroom in the town of Gower in the Union of South Africa, a case of arson came to an abrupt and irregular end, confounding those who had followed the matter and prompting speculation that approached, but did not quite deliver, scandal…’

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When an illicit affair in British Ceylon comes to light in 1902, seventeen year-old Boer prisoner-of-war Henry Vos is disgraced. Months before, a short film made his face widely recognisable, but now he is shunned by Boer and Brit alike.

Three decades later, Henry is the magistrate of Gower, a small inland town in the Union of South Africa, where he makes friends with young newcomer Adaira van Brugge. Adaira’s story will start to echo Henry’s when she takes a secret lover: Ira Gevint, a Jew who fled Europe only to wind up in a town ready to experiment with its own kind of persecution.

As events threaten to unravel the careful life Henry has created for himself, desire surfaces alongside nationalist fervour in Claire Roberston’s arresting new novel about the courage to choose love over fear.

About the Author

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Claire Robertson is the author of The Spiral House, winner of the 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and a South African Literary Award, and shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize. She lives in Simon’s Town.

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Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781415207642

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The Illustrated South African First Aid Manual by Linda Buys

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The Illustrated South African First Aid Manual is a vastly expanded and updated new edition of First Aid for the South African Home, Office and Outdoors. It provides concise yet comprehensive instructions on how to deal with all common first-aid emergencies. There is even a section on basic first aid for domestic pets.

The text is accompanied by step-by-step illustrations, which provide ‘at-a-glance’ reminders for the first aider of the latest procedures to follow. Also included are guidelines on what a first-aid kit should contain at home, as well as at the office or factory, and outdoors. Health hazards faced by first-aid workers are covered, as well as their legal responsibilities.

About the Author

Linda Buys is a qualified nursing sister and occupational nurse who specialises in the field of industrial nursing. She is a qualifed level 5 paramedic, and has ambulance experience in the handling of casualties. She has run first-aid classes, with a particular focus on workplace settings.

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

ISBN: 9781432303679

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Let’s Talk Frankly by Onkgopotse JJ Tabane

Letters to Influential South Africans about the State of our Nation

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South Africa has been in the grip of a worrying culture of acquiesce and silence after 1994. Such silence is largely driven by patronage and a misplaced sense of loyalty, to party politics across the political spectrum. It is clear that speaking out has been left to a few voices that are seen as having nothing to lose. This situation has seen the culture and quality of debate degenerating.

The addressees of the letters are South African people of influence who are called upon to use their public presence and role to change the course of events in society and improve the level of public discourse. They receive praise for work well done and are castigated for poor judgement and omissions in their public life and deliberations.

Let’s Talk Frankly expresses some home truths in a satirical and tongue-in-cheek manner and is meant to offend sensibilities as well as express things that people often say around dinner tables but are too cautious to say in public.

Letters are addressed to: Gwede Mantashe, Helen Zille, Julius Malema, Mosiuoa Terror Lekota, Mamphela Ramphele, Zwelinzima Vavi, Patrice Motsepe, Peter Bruce, Pallo Jordan, Blade Nzimande, Aaron Motsoaledi, Nathi Nhleko, Angie Motshekga, Signal Jammer, Thuli Madonsela, Ray MacCauley, Steve Hofmeyr, Baleka Mbete, Nicky Oppenheimer, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Mmusi Maimane and Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma.

Featuring cartoons by SIFISO YALO, who is best known for his work in the Sowetan.

‘A no-holds-barred collection that adds value to the views available in the public arena and is designed to encourage vigorous debate.’ – MATHATA TSEDUthe Director of the South African National Editors’ Forum

About the Author

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Onkgopotse JJ Tabane is one of South Africa’s leading media and communications specialists, a community activist and a business executive. He is currently the Executive Director of Oresego Holdings, an international advisory company as well as the Chief Executive of EnviroWorld Productions – specialising in environmental programming for community TV and radio. He is a director of Pholosang BEE Resolutions Services, a company he co-founded to contribute to the advancement of Black Economic Empowerment. He is a founder and host of Frank Dialogue as well as media and communications colloquia. Tabane holds three degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a member of the University of the Western Cape and a regular columnist for The Daily Maverick and the Sunday Independent.

View Onkgopotse JJ Tabane‘s Facebook page HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781770104327

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The Shouting in the Dark by Elleke Boehmer

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Late at night Ella watches her elderly father on the veranda, raging at the African sky. Caught between her mother’s mysterious grief and her father’s shattering wartime experiences, between the Holland of their past and apartheid South Africa, Ella fights hard to make it through her childhood in one piece. Her one enchantment is her forbidden love for the teenage gardener, Phineas. Years later, as an activist seeking political refuge in the Netherlands, Ella discovers her father never registered her birth. Now she must confront her father’s ghosts, and create a new future for herself.

‘Unforgettable prose about an extraordinary time and place … The delicate intersection between the personal and the political has seldom been so skilfully explored; readable, tangible and haunting.’ – Naomi Wolf

About the Author

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Elleke Boehmer is the author of Screens against the Sky (short-listed David Hyam Prize, 1990), Bloodlines (shortlisted SANLAM prize), and Nile Baby(2008), and also the short-story collection Sharmilla and Other Portraits (2010). Her edition of Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys was a 2004 summer bestseller. Her acclaimed biography of Nelson Mandela (2008) has been translated into Arabic, Malaysian, Thai, Kurdish, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese. She has published several other books including Stories of Women (2005), the anthology Empire Writing (1998), and Indian Arrivals: Networks of British Empire (2015). She is a judge of the Man Booker International Prize 2015 and lives in London.

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Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781431422333

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Tribe by Rahla Xenopoulos

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It is Ibiza 1997 and rave culture is at its peak. A period of dancing and hedonism forges an unbreakable bond between six friends: an unshakeable tribe is formed.

Sharing a deep connection, their dependence on one another will intensify over the years, until one member’s flirtation with death shatters their group.

Twelve years on, the tribe reunites for an intense and claustrophobic week at a luxury game lodge in their native South Africa.

As each of the friends battle to come to terms with their present and their shared past, old resentments come to the fore, exposing guilt, and re-spinning their complicated web of relationships.

Rahla Xenopoulos Tribe is a compelling story of friendships, loves and lives. Exhilarating and potent, Tribe navigates the fault lines of human connections in search of common ground.

“Composed of musical dialogue and discordant truths, Tribe is a startling, witty ballad on the difference between privilege and freedom.” – Diane Awerbuck, author of Gardening at Night and Home Remedies

About the Author

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Rahla Xenopoulos is the author of A Memoir of Love and Madness and the novel Bubbles. Many of her short stories have been published in magazines and in Women Flashing, Twist and Just Keep Breathing. She lives in Cape Town.

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Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781415203965

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