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Join Sarah Waters and Christopher Hope for Dinner at The Local Grill in Johannesburg

Sarah Waters and Christopher Hope

The Paying GuestsJimfishJenny & Co will be hosting Sarah Waters and Christopher Hope for a fabulous dinner at The Local Grill.

Waters, author of The Paying Guests, and Hope, who wrote Jimfish, are both international authors who were at the Franschhoek Literary Festival last weekend.

The event costs R325 per person, and includes dinner, wine and the opportunity to meet two bestselling authors.

Don’t miss out!

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Win One of Three Copies of Relentlessly Relevant: 50 Ways to Innovate by Douglas Kruger

Relentlessly RelevantPenguin Random House South Africa is giving away three copies of Douglas Kruger’s new book Relentlessly Relevant: 50 Ways to Innovate.

In Relentlessly Relevant Kruger shows how the rules of consumers have changed forever. He explores the field of innovation and provides practical advice of how to become a trendsetter in your industry.

To stand a chance of winning one of three copies of Relentlessly Relevant visit Penguin Random House on Facebook and answer one really easy question: “Who is the dynamic author of Relentlessly Relevant?”

The winner will be chosen at random from the comments section on Facebook. Enter now!

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The Best Thing You Can Do with Freedom of Speech is Shut Up and Listen – Alexandra Fuller (Podcast)

Leaving Before The Rains ComeAlexandra Fuller, author of Leaving Before The Rains Come, recently spoke at an event at the Seattle Public Library.

In the podcast, Fuller says this book, her fourth, is the most scary to speak about because it is about her. In her first two books, Fuller wrote about her mother. Throwing her mother’s character under the bus in public was much more gratifying than being honest about her own flaws.

Fuller also speaks about her experience of growing up in Southern Africa, with all the undeserved privilege being white brought. She says she realised her privilege when she landed in America, and what it was like to discover freedom of expression in there. She says that one of the best things you can do with freedom of speech is “shut up and listen.”

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Win One of Three Copies of A Fountain in France by Marita van der Vyver

A Fountain in FranceThe Sunday Times is giving away one of three copies of A Fountain in France, the new book by Marita van der Vyver.

A Fountain in France tells stories of movement and place and will be enjoyed by anyone who has lived or travelled in a foreign country, or dreamed of doing it. Van der Vyver emigrated to France more than a decade ago and has since lived a fairy tale life of food, wine and writing in the countryside of Provence.

To enter, follow the hashtag #‎STBooks‬ on Twitter and tell the Sunday Times what you are reading at the moment.

The competition closes on Friday, 22 May, and the winners will be announced on Monday, 25 May.

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Become a Trendsetter with Douglas Kruger’s New Book, Relentlessly Relevant: 50 Ways to Innovate

Relentlessly RelevantPenguin Random House presents Relentlessly Relevant: 50 Ways to Innovate by Douglas Kruger:

The rules of consumer engagement have changed. Your customers no longer care about legacy – what matters to them is how you are innovating into their world today. The classic “solve a problem” approach that industry giants have always employed is no longer relevant. Consumers want switched-on, creative responses to their needs and desires.

In Relentlessly Relevant, professional speaker and business guru Kruger explores the field of innovation, reducing its subject matter to the simple starting points you need to become an industry trendsetter. It pinpoints the levers within your own business crying out for innovation, as well as the bits you should leave alone at all costs, and it teaches you to change your traditional way of thinking, altering how you relate to your customers’ immediate reality.

Using examples from local and international brands, this book shows you don’t have to be a tech giant to innovate, but you do need to know how to think in the right patterns. This is a business imperative. Innovators of today will own their industries tomorrow by constantly asking, “How can we become relentlessly relevant?”

About the author

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 Thinkin” which make them industry dinosaurs. He teaches businesses and brands to position themselves as industry experts so that their name has greater equity. See him in action at

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Don’t Miss the Launch of Bodyguard: Ambush by Chris Bradford in Johannesburg

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Bodyguard: AmbushPenguin Books and Love Books would like to invite you to the launch of Bodyguard: Ambush by British author Chris Bradford.

Bodyguard: Ambush is the third book in Bradford’s Bodyguard series. In this novel, teenage martial arts Connor Reeves is tasked with protecting a foreign ambassador’s family on an African safari. None of his previous adventures could have prepared Connor for the flee through the wilds he is forced into.

The launch takes place at Love Books at 5 for 5:30 PM on Wednesday, 20 May.

See you there!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 20 May 2015
  • Time: 5 PM for 5:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books
    The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre
    53 Rustenburg Road
    Melville | Map
  • RSVP:, 011 726 7408

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Emma Sadleir Named One of the Top 40 under 40s in The Media

Don't Film Yourself Having SexEmma Sadleir, co-author of Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex: and Other Legal Advice For the Age of Social Media, has been named one of the Top 40 under 40s in The Media.

The list of the most influential and talented young people was compiled by The Media Online. It includes journalists and bloggers, as well as media strategists and sales people.

Sadleir was included in the online category, for her work in social media law.

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EMMA SADLEIR Digital media lawyer. Age: 30

As one of the few lawyers in South Africa who specialises in digital media, Emma Sadleir has become the country’s expert on social media law.

In 2014, Sadleir co-authored the book, Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex… And Other Legal Advice for the Age of Social Media, which was described by University of the Free State rector and vice-chancellor Jonathan Jansen as “the most important textbook” a university student will buy.

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Leading up to the 2015 Franschhoek Literary Festival: Christopher Hope Shares His Favourite Line

JimfishThe Johannesburg-born, London-based author Christopher Hope will be one of the exciting international writers attending the Franschhoek Literary Festival this coming weekend and the Open Book Festival later this year.

Hope’s latest novel, Jimfish, follows the life of a South African Everyman during the last years of apartheid.

Tymon Smith did a quick-fire interview with the author for Times LIVE in preparation for FLF. Read the article:

Best line you’ve read?

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” – George Orwell, 1984

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Zelda la Grange Shares Key Lessons and Memorable Moments from Working for Nelson Mandela

Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaZelda la Grange, author of Good Morning, Mr Mandela (also available in Afrikaans as Goeiemore, Mnr. Mandela), recently spoke at a function held by Gauteng Women in Insurance.

Michelle Coetzee has written a report on La Grange’s talk for Fulcrum, in which she outlines La Grange’s journey from a mere typist in the presidential office to Madiba’s “confidante” and “honorary granddaughter.”

In her talk La Grange spoke about Madiba’s unique outlook on life, his key values and some of the memorable and humorous moments she experienced working for him.

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Zelda recalled an incident shortly after she started working for Madiba: “I went into his office one day to serve him tea and he said, ‘I want you to go to Japan with me.’ I didn’t understand much about the mechanics of government at the time and I thought it was grossly inappropriate for a president to approach his typist like that, so I replied, ‘Thank you very much, Mr President, but unfortunately I don’t have the money to go to Japan.’ And he just burst out laughing. It was clear I had no idea about international protocol!”

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“South Africans are as Obsessed with Skin Colour as Ever”: Christopher Hope on Jimfish

JimfishSue Grant-Marshall has written an article for Business Day about her recent interview with Christopher Hope, author of Jimfish.

Grant-Marshall says Hope’s latest book “is as much a travelogue as it is a fierce commentary on politics and abuse of power across Africa, Europe and Russia”.

In the article Grant-Marshall outlines the plot and the issues dealt with in this novel. Hope says he wanted to satirise South Africa’s obsession with race and deal with his anger at being exiled by the apartheid government.

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“South Africans are as obsessed with skin colour as ever they were,” he remarks. It is a topic he sends up as effectively as he does the searing violence he believes is embedded in our cellular structure.

Skin colours the opening lines of his novel. A young man is hauled from the Indian Ocean at fictitious Port Pallid in 1984 and is taken to a police sergeant whose job it is to sort the locals by their hue. He sticks a pencil into the youth’s hair, “as one did in those days, waiting to see if it stays there or falls out before he gives his verdict”, writes Hope.

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