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Bigger than the World Cup: Oscar Pistorius Trial Named Newsmaker of the Year

Chase Your ShadowThe trial of Oscar Pistorius, the former paralympic champion who was accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, has been named the National Press Club – North West University Newsmaker of the Year for 2014.

In addition to television coverage and a glut of news articles, the trial also inspired a number of books, including Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius by John Carlin.

According to Jos Charle, National Press Club chairperson, the trial attracted more attention than the FIFA World Cup, which was going on at the same time.

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“In 24 hours news and social media hit over 106 000 unique inserts. Pistorius having retched in court has carried in 2300 new articles. In nine days, the press hit the 750 000 article mark,” Charle said.

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Join Marita van der Vyver for the Launch of A Fountain in France at the French Alliance in Cape Town

Book Launch: A Fountain in France

A Fountain in FrancePenguin Random House invites you to the launch of A Fountain in France by Marita van der Vyver.

Van der Vyver will share her stories about living in France on Wednesday, 4 March, at the French Alliance in Cape Town. The launch will start at 5:50 for 6 PM.

A Fountain in France touches on the universal experiences of travellers. RSVP before Friday, 27 February, to avoid disappointment.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2015
  • Time: 5:30 for 6 PM
  • Venue: French Alliance
    155 Loop Street
    Cape Town | Map
  • RSVP: 021 423 5699

About the book

More than a decade ago Van der Vyver emigrated to France where she married a Frenchman and settled in the scenic countryside of Provence. Having become famous for a novel built on fairy tales, her life resembles that of a princess meeting her Prince Charming. Several bestsellers, much living and loving, and years later, they move – to another French village called Place of Frogs.

A Fountain in France is a book of stories about moving the way the French do it. It is also about place, what binds the heart to a home and its people, about breaking ties to grow new ones and about what we take with us when we move on. For Van der Vyver, life is an effervescent fountain, always bubbling up new surprises.

This book will be enjoyed by anyone who has lived or travelled in a foreign country, or wished they had. It touches on universal experiences shared by expatriates all over the world. Whether you are based in Provence or Perth, Bath or Beijing, you quickly learn that a good sense of humour might be the most important qualification if you want to survive being the eternal outsider.

About the author

Marita van der Vyver is one of the most popular Afrikaans authors of all time. She has several books to her credit in genres as divergent as novels, short stories, non-fiction, and fiction for children and young adults. It is her wistfully erotic novel Griet skryf ’n sprokie (published by Penguin as Entertaining Angels) that established her as a household name and a well-loved figure in the literary landscape.

Her books are translated worldwide in several languages. She recently published a cookbook in English: Summer Food in Provence.

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Zelda la Grange: I Am Not Proud of Colonialism, but I Have to Reconcile with My People’s History

Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaZelda la Grange, author of Good Morning, Mr Mandela (also available in Afrikaans as Goeiemore, Mnr. Mandela), has written an article for All Africa in which she clarifies her position on South Africa’s colonial history.

La Grange was met with a flood of public criticism following a series of tweets she sent out lambasting President Jacob Zuma’s view that Jan van Riebeeck was the beginning of South Africa’s problems.

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I discovered the true history of my own country. I am by default a descendent of the colonialists.

It’s clear from history there is no other way I could have ended up being here. I am not proud of that history or the history of apartheid but I have had to reconcile with my people’s history because as much as I want to change it to apologise or try and contribute to repairing the injustices of the past, I can’t change where I come from.

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Oscar Pistorius Fights Back against the State’s Decision to Appeal His Culpable Homicide Conviction

Chase Your ShadowOscar Pistorius has given notice to the National Prosecuting Authority of his intention to contest the State’s appeal against his conviction.

Last year the subject of Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius by John Carlin was found guilty of culpable homicide for the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and sentenced to five years in prison.

OFM reported yesterday that the State wants Pistorius to be convicted of a more serious charge than culpable homicide. Judge Thokozile Masipa granted the State’s application last year, a point the Pistorius family is now contesting.

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Convicted paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s lawyers will contest the court decision allowing the State to appeal his culpable homicide conviction, his family said on Tuesday.

“We confirm that the defence team has lodged an application for leave to appeal the decision of the court regarding the matters that have been referred to the SCA,” family spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said in a statement.

“We will argue that these are matters of fact, rather than matters of law.”

The application for leave to appeal would be heard on March 13, she said.

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Try Alida Ryder’s Recipe for Crumbed and Deep-fried Cauliflower with Caper Mayonnaise

Cook from the HeartKook uit die hartAlida Ryder, author of Cook from the Heart (also available in Afrikaans as Kook uit die hart), has shared her recipe for Crumbed and Deep-fried Cauliflower with Caper Mayonnaise on Simply Delicious.

Ryder says that the recipe is simple and quick. Crumbed flower florets have always been a big hit with her guests because they have a great texture, and simple but delicious flavour.

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1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
250ml (1 cup) flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 packets Knorr Crispy & Tasty Chicken Coating
2 litres sunflower oil, for deep-frying

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Aziz Pahad: There are Vital Lessons to be Learnt from the Struggle Against Apartheid

Insurgent DiplomatAziz Pahad, veteran politician and ANC negotiator, recently gave a talk on his new book Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War? at the University of Johannesburg. The UJ Newsroom covered the event.

In the article, some of the key points of Pahad’s talk and his book are highlighted. The book is a multifaceted look of the struggle against apartheid. In his talk, Pahad expressed his desire for today’s government to learn from the trials of the past.

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“There are vital lessons that can be learnt. Governments still resort to military aggression to resolve conflicts. Honesty, mutual understanding and compromise are vital to bring an end to instability.” This was the message by freedom fighter and former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Aziz Pahad when he discussed his latest book, Insurgent Diplomat: Civil Talks or Civil War?

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Karin Human Shares Her Progress on The Brain Surgeon’s Diet 16-Week Weight-Loss Challenge

The Brain Surgeon's DietDie Breinchirurg se dieetIn January this year the author of The Brain Surgeon’s Diet invited South Africans of all shapes and sizes to embark on a 16-Week Weight-Loss Challenge.

Karin Human rose to the challenge and has shared her experience of following Adriaan Liebenberg’s life-changing advice on her blog, c’est la vie.

With only #15weeksand5days to go, Human writes about reading The Brain Surgeon’s Diet twice before embarking on the challenge and carrying a notebook with her to document her progress.

The Brain Surgeon’s Diet is also available in Afrikaans as Die Breinchirurg se dieet and aims to help you change the way you think about food and fitness forever.

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So I read The Brain Surgeon’s Diet book twice before I started the challenge. I re-read a great deal of it yesterday and again today.

I carry it with me 24/7 and bound to it with an elastic is my new friend, the notebook, in which I strictly follow the little verse “if you bite it, you write it”. By keeping it with me I ensure that I don’t forget because it is so easy to slip a sweet into your mouth or eat an apple and forget.

Even after only 2 days I already know the exact kj when I have a coffee with frothed milk, I know what a spoon of sugar counts as, I even found out something today – pumpkin seeds … yo … that 50g came at quite a high price. So you think when you chew on seeds all day it is ok? Can you see me … I am shaking my head … not ok!

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Writing Advice from John Carlin: “No Good Ever Came from Good Advice”

Chase Your ShadowAerodrome recently interviewed John Carlin, British journalist and author of Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius.

Carlin defines “writing” as follows: “Using the written word to engage people by generating emotion, or informing, or instructing, or entertaining – or, best of all, all at the same time.”

The author shares the book that changed his life (King Lear) and his greatest fear (“fanatical sheep”) and says the most difficult part of writing is getting started. His advice to aspiring writers is to write and keep on writing – “Otherwise do something else for a living.”

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Who and what has influenced your work?

Everyone and everything I read, from newspaper writers to novelists, to philosophers, to historians.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Byron said, “No good ever came from good advice.”

Your favourite ritual?

Morning coffee with cigarette.

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Watch the Trailer for Weeping Waters by Karin Brynard (Video)

Weeping WatersIn the book trailer for Weeping Waters Karin Brynard describes her novel as a “classic tale of murder and mystery”.

In the video, Brynard describes how the murder in her novel dredges up old hurts and turns normal society upside down. She says that the story includes the racial and social issues that typify ordinary life in South Africa.

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Gareth Crocker’s Latest Novel, The Last Road Trip, Out in March

Gareth Crocker

The Last Road TripPenguin Books South Africa is proud to present the latest novel from Gareth Crocker, The Last Road Trip:

Following the death of a man they barely knew, four elderly friends decide to make the most of their remaining time on earth. Abandoning the humdrum routine of life at their retirement estate, they embark on a thousand-mile road trip that will take them from the furthest corners of the Kruger National Park to the blazing stars of Sutherland.

The journey becomes the biggest adventure of their lives and one last hurrah together! Along the way, they rediscover things about themselves that they thought had long since been lost. And, above all, they discover that it’s never too late to start living.

The latest novel from acclaimed author Gareth Crocker is for the young at heart – for those willing to take one last adventure and conquer the regret of missed opportunities.

About the author

Gareth Crocker is a former journalist, editor, PR director and spokesperson for a large multinational corporation. He is the author of four novels: Finding Jack, Journey from Darkness, Never Let Go and King. He lives in Johannesburg with his wife and two young daughters. He writes only at night, unless Manchester United is playing.

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