Category Archives: South African Literature

Paperback Release | Third World Child by GG Alcock

Third World Child is about living in South Africa in the time of apartheid and also living here today – about being truly African even as a white person.  It is about the adventures, the cultural challenges and the future possibilities of South Africa.

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Says GG, ‘This is the story of my world or, more accurately, the worlds in which I live.’

GG Alcock’s story mirrors that of many of his people, the journey of a tribal society learning to embrace the first world. He does not shy away from the violence and death that coloured his childhood years surrounded by savage faction fighting, nor how they affected his adult life. His story is one of heartbreak and tragedy and, paradoxically, of vibrant hope and compassion. A restless energy and sardonic humour permeate his writing, which is compelling in its honesty and spontaneity.

GG’s parents, Creina and Neil, were humanitarians who gave up comfortable lives to move to rural Zululand. In a place called Msinga they lived and worked among the Mchunu and Mthembu tribes, fighting for the rights of people displaced by the apartheid government’s policy of ‘forced removals’. They also fought against the corruption of police and government officials, as well as local farmers, which did not sit well with their white fellow citizens.

When GG was fourteen his father was assassinated by rival tribesmen.

GG’s early life in rural Zululand in the 1970s and 80s can only be described as unique. He and his brother Khonya, both initially home-schooled by their mother, grew up as Zulu kids, herding goats and playing with the children of their neighbours, learning to speak fluent Zulu, learning to become Zulu men under the guidance of Zulu elders, and learning the customs and history of their adopted tribes. Armed with their father’s only legacy – the skills to survive in Africa – both young men were ultimately forced to move into the ‘white’ world which was largely unknown to them.

‘Astonishing. Alcock has written the first report from the next South Africa. You might think you know South Africa, but this book will show you otherwise.’ – RIAN MALAN, author of My Traitor’s Heart.

At the Durban International Film Festival, British producer Andrew Bendel announced that Blue Horizon Productions has acquired the film rights to GG Alcock’s memoir THIRD WORLD CHILD: Born White, Zulu Bred. Click HERE for details.

About the Author

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GG Alcock has been at times a shebeen owner, political activist, community worker and African adventurer. Today he is the CEO of Minanawe Marketing, a division of The Creative Counsel. Minanawe is the leading activations agency in the South African mass market, where GG’s singular upbringing has given him the ability to unearth unique insights and creatively apply these to marketing solutions for a number of multi-national companies.

GG is very happily married to Sue, and has two beautiful blonde daughters, Zandi and Consi, for whom he insists in Zulu fashion he can expect a lot of lobola one of these days. GG lives in Joburg although his love of Africa leads him on many explorations of the continent. His staff is convinced that he never works but spends as much time as possible on one or other adventure – motorcycling across deserts and mountains, mountain biking among Zulu villages, paragliding or kayaking. ‘It’s not true,’ says GG. ‘I don’t spend enough time doing this!’

View GG‘s Facebook page HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers

ISBN: 9780620656597

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Tracer by Rob Boffard

Imagine The Bourne Identity meets Gravity and you’ll get Tracer, the most exciting thriller set in space you’ll ever read.

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A huge space station orbits the Earth, holding the last of humanity. It’s broken, rusted, falling apart. We’ve wrecked our planet, and now we have to live with the consequences: a new home that’s dirty, overcrowded and inescapable.

What’s more, there’s a madman hiding on the station. He’s about to unleash chaos. And when he does, there’ll be nowhere left to run.

In space, every second counts. Who said nobody could hear you scream?

About the Author

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Rob Boffard is a South African author who splits his time between London, Vancouver and Johannesburg. He has worked as a journalist for over a decade, and has written articles for publications in more than a dozen countries, including the BBC, the Guardian and Wired in the UK. Tracer is his first novel.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9780356505138

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Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange

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Good Morning, Mr Mandela, the extraordinary story of how a young woman had her life and everything she once believed in transformed by the greatest man of her time.

Zelda la Grange grew up in South Africa as a white Afrikaner who supported the rules of segregation. Yet a few years after the end of Apartheid she would become the trusted assistant to Nelson Mandela. Now she shares his lasting and inspiring gifts with the world.

Helen Conford, Publishing Director, said, “This is a book that will touch your life and make you believe that every one of us, no matter who we are or what we have done, has the power to change. It has brought tears to the eyes of everyone who has read it. It shines with honesty and love. The lessons Nelson Mandela gave her as he renewed his country offer hope to everyone.”

About the Author

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Zelda la Grange was born in 1970. She began working as a secretary for the government in 1992, in the Department of State Expenditure. In 1993 she moved to the Human Resources division and a year later she joined the office of the first democratically elected President of South Africa as a Senior Ministerial Typist.

She was promoted to one of President Mandela’s three Private Secretaries in 1997, and in 1999 Nelson Mandela requested her to remain in his service beyond retirement. In 2002 she left government and became full time employee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She served Nelson Mandela in different capacities over nineteen years, as Typist, Private Secretary, Manager of his office, Spokesperson and Aide-decamp. When he passed on in December 2013, she was his Personal Assistant.

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Published by Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9780241014943

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Deliberate Concealment by Mtutuzeli Nyoka

An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus Saga.

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Mtutuzeli Nyoka grew up loving and playing the game of cricket. In 2008, he was appointed as the president of Cricket South Africa (CSA), a position he held until October 2011 when, after a protracted battle with the CSA board, he was dismissed. However, he continued to call for a commission of inquiry into irregularities in CSA. And when retired Judge Chris Nicholson conducted an investigation into CSA, his findings on the corruption and maladministration in the game were damning, particularly in terms of Gerald Majola.

In Deliberate Concealment, Nyoka shares his behind-the-scenes experiences and personal journey as events unfolded, including his own mistakes, the repercussions of the scandal on the game of cricket in South Africa, and his fight for the truth to prevail.

This is an extraordinary story of one man’s courage and determination to seek the truth and make sure it saw the light of day.’ – GILES CLARKE, president of the England and Wales Cricket Board

During his tenure as president of Cricket South Africa Mtutuzeli Nyoka fought almost alone to expose corruption and improve corporate governance within the higher echelons of South African cricket … For this the cricket community of South Africa owe him a great deal of gratitude.’ – DR ALI BACHER

About the Author

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Mtutuzeli Nyoka served as the President of Cricket South Africa from 2008 to 2011. He currently lives in Johannesburg where he practises as an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon. His first novel, I Speak to the Silent (UKZN Press), was published in 2004 to widespread critical acclaim, and his second novel, A Hill of Fools (Picador Africa) was published in 2013. Deliberate Concealment is his first work of non-fiction.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781770104297

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Icarus by Deon Meyer

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After 602 days dry, Captain Benny Griessel of the South African police services can’t take any more tragedy.

So when Benny is called in to investigate a multiple homicide, it pushes him close to breaking point–a former friend and detective colleague has shot his wife and two daughters, then killed himself. Benny wants out – out of his job, his home and his relationship with his singer girlfriend, Alexa. He moves into a hotel and starts drinking.

Again.

But Benny’s unique talent is urgently required to help investigate another crime – the high profile murder of Ernst Richter, MD of a new tech startup, Alibi, whose body is discovered buried in the sand dunes north of Cape Town. Alibi is a service that creates false appointments, documents and phone calls to enable people to cheat on their partners. It has made Richter one of the most notorious people in South.

About the Author

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Deon Meyer‘s books have attracted worldwide critical acclaim and a growing international fanbase. Originally written in Afrikaans, they have now been translated into twenty-eight languages.

Thirteen Hours was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger and won the Boeke Prize in South Africa – the first time in the prize’s 16 year history that a South African book has won. His novels have also won literary prizes in France, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, and the film rights to seven of his novels have been optioned or sold.

Deon has also written two television series, and several screenplays for movies. In 2013 he directed one of his original scripts for the feature film The Last Tango.

Deon Meyer lives near Cape Town in South Africa. His big passions are motorcycling, music, reading, cooking and rugby. In January 2008 he retired from his day job as a consultant on brand strategy for BMW Motorrad, and is now a full time author.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781473614390

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When Loving Him Hurts by Sue Hickey & Phillipa Sklaar

When Loving Him Hurts – a unique guidebook that takes you through the complex web of domestic abuse, avoiding victim-based myths and showing women just how to take back their power.

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Ask any woman whether a man has ever hurt her, and the answer in all probability will be a resounding Yes. Yet despite women’s abuse being one of the most topical and written about subjects today, there are still many myths and preconceptions surrounding the subject.

When Loving Him Hurts breaks open victim-based myths on domestic abuse, helping the reader to identify and accept her situation of abuse and subsequently empower her to learn the art of the sacred No, reclaiming self-esteem and healing through life-changing, creative expression.

With real life stories from well known psychotherapist Sue Hickey’s patients, the book profiles the abused woman as well as the men who abuse them, the abuser, revealing how a woman could possibly find herself in an abusive relationship as well as how the abuser doesn’t necessarily understand what he is doing and more often than not he is living semi-consciously.

Written specifically for wounded women, by two women who are all too familiar with the silent and invisible stain of abuse that marks the world we live in, this unique guide discusses how women can begin to heal themselves by examining their own answers and developing their own understanding of the abusive pattern, also developing the skills required to manage oneself in a relationship and beginning the journey of healing.

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About the Authors

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Sue Hickey is a well-known and respected Johannesburg-based therapist who has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. She has worked with and achieved astounding results in hundreds of women’s lives who, desperately unhappy in their relationships due to varying degrees of abuse, sought help from her. Due to the overwhelming demand, Sue started a support group for women in abusive relationships and worked with co-author Philippa Sklaar as a patient and survivor of abuse.

The lessons learnt from the women in group therapy over the years give depth and context to the content in When Loving Him Hurts.

Phillipa Sklaar has been in three abusive marriages. In When Loving Him Hurts, she bravely describes the pain and shame she experienced in her relationships as well as her long road to healing. “Sue invited me to assist her in the writing of this book to share my experiences. Like the recovering alcoholic who is prepared to disclose her story, I believe that my healing comes through sharing mine.”

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Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781920601560

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True Blue Superglue by Jenny Hobbs

In the fifties it was important to please your man. As the twentieth century wore on, it became more important to please yourself…

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Anne Perceval thinks she has it all: the dream boat husband, children, a happy household, and the ideal job. For the twenty-nine years of their marriage Doug is her safety net as she becomes a successful lifestyle journalist and agony aunt in London, writing popular columns for a women’s magazine. But as Doug’s career falters and a return home to South Africa holds an uncertain future, Anne faces new challenges that will test her resolve. When Doug falls ill, the consequences threaten everything she believes and has lived for.

True Blue Superglue follows their lives from big-dreaming students to strung-out parents to a couple at the end of their tether. It is a love story with a sting in its tale that moves from South Africa to swinging London and back home again.

Witty and poignant, Jenny Hobbs‘ novel is also a tribute to a life lived as a woman in changing times.

About the Author

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Jenny Hobbs was born in Durban. She is the author of seven novels,
Thoughts in a Makeshift MortuaryThe Sweet-Smelling JasmineThe Telling of Angus QuainVideo DreamsKitchen BoyThe Miracle of Crocodile Flats and Napoleon Bones, and four works of non-fiction. She lives in Franschhoek and is the Director of the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

View Jenny‘s website HERE

Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781415207628

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The Black Sash by Mary Burton

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This is the story of a remarkable organisation of white South African women who carved out a unique role for themselves in opposing the injustices of apartheid and working towards a free and democratic country. It is written by Mary Burton, herself national president of the Black Sash for many years and, later, one of the Truth and Reconciliation commissioners.

Her book answers many of the questions that members often ask: What brought the Black Sash into being? What kept it alive for so many decades? How did an organisation of mainly white, middle-class, privileged women create and sustain a viable body that eventually made its contribution to the collapse of apartheid? What was it like to be involved in it? And what can we learn from its history that will teach us to be activists again?

This is a story of hard work and dedication, of small victories won little by little against the odds, of personal courage in the face of injustice and repression, of vision, compassion and caring. It is a uniquely South African story.

As Mary Burton says, “Joining the Black Sash influenced the course of my life. Its leaders were an inspiring example and its members became friends and colleagues. It prompted me to join other organisations committed to the same ideals, and to study more about South Africa and its history. It was owing to the Black Sash that many of us were offered opportunities to serve the new society created after 1990, working for the elections, contributing to the new Constitution, taking part in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, or participating in the new government structures.”

View The Black Sash’s website HERE

You can find The Black Sash’s Facebook page HERE and Twitter page HERE

Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781431422289

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The Seed Thief by Jacqui L’Ange

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Sometimes the thing you find is not the one you were looking for. When botanist Maddy Bellani is asked to travel to Brazil to collect rare seeds from a plant that could cure cancer, she reluctantly agrees. Securing the seeds would be a coup for the seed bank in Cape Town where she works, but Brazil is the country of her birth and home to her estranged father.

Her mission is challenging, despite the help of alluring local plant expert Zé. The plant specimen is elusive, its seeds guarded by a sect wary of outsiders. Maddy must also find her way in a world influenced by unscrupulous pharmaceutical companies and the selfish motives of others.

Entrancing and richly imagined, The Seed Thief is a modern love story with an ancient history, a tale that moves from flora of Table Mountain to the heart of Afro-Brazilian spiritualism.

About the Author

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Jacqui L’Ange was born in Durban and grew up across five continents. As a journalist she attended the first ever United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio, in 1992. Over the past twenty years she has produced award-winning work in advertising, television, film, and multi-media. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Cape Town, and was books editor at Psychologies and O – The Oprah Magazine. The author of the children’s book Miss Helen’s Magical World, she lives in Cape Town with her family and menagerie of other animals.

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Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781415207567

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Party Time by Lizelle de Kock

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Party Time is the ultimate party-planning book for parents! It contains 12 fun themes and is jam packed with inspirational ideas. Planning an exciting party has never been easier! A CD with printable templates for signage and décor is also included.

Not only are there themes for boys and girls but unisex themes have also been included. The parties cater for all budgets. Those recipes that are included are easy to follow and can either serve as a starting point or can be adjusted to suit your specific theme by changing, for example, the colour of the cake icing.

About the Author

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Lizelle de Kock has always loved planning parties and her attention to detail has people talking about every party she styles, including celebrity parties. It was when friends encouraged her to open her own party planning business, that she decided to pursue her passion and Organizit Party Styling was born. The company made news when it was featured on America’s top-rated party websites, representing South Africa, and has also been featured in local magazines. Lizelle lives in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

View Lizelle’s website HERE

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

ISBN: 9781432304645

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