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Podcast: Sue Grant-Marshall Talks to John Carlin About Knowing Mandela

Knowing MandelaWhile writing his award-winning book Playing the enemy, which was adapted to the blockbuster film Invictus, John Carlin had to leave out certain details that weren’t relevant to the story.

In an interview with Sue Grant-Marshall for Radio Today, Carlin said that because the focus of his previous book had been the 1995 Rugby World Cup and the way president Nelson Mandela had used sport to unite the nation, he could not add all of his personal experiences of getting to know Mandela during his time as a journalist working in South Africa. In his new book, Knowing Mandela, he finally shares these details.

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Sue Grant-Marshall Full of Praise for John Carlin’s Intimate Portrait of Nelson Mandela

Knowing MandelaSue Grant-Marshall says John Carlin’s Knowing Mandela “sheds fresh and intimate light” on former president Nelson Mandela.

Writing for Business Day, Grant-Marshall praises Carlin’s skills as a journalist and storyteller, and says he “clearly delights in telling tales about Mandela”, of which he has many.

She also reveals Carlin’s next project – a book on the Oscar Pistorius trial: “a story that neither Homer or Shakespeare would have dared to make up”. Carlin says he believes South Africa has examples of both the best and the worst kinds of people in the world.

Carlin has been covering South Africa as a journalist and author for 25 years. He describes the country “an addiction, a good or a bad drug — whichever way you choose to look at it. I just keep coming back.”

He has little patience with those who are intensely negative about South Africa, pointing out that while we have a president “who is seemingly corrupt, he is however booed in public”. He invites us to imagine Russia with a public protector, adding “there are few countries in the world where people are held accountable in such a way.”

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Verraad, selfverwyt en spioenasie in dié uittreksel uit Zirk van den Berg se Halfpad een ding

Halfpad een dingHalf of One ThingZirk van den Berg stel in sy jongste roman Halfpad een ding ondersoek in na die onbesonnenheid en teenstrydighede van trou en liefde in ‘n unieke benadering tot die narratief rondom die Suid-Afrikaanse oorlog. Gideon Lancaster, ‘n Nieu-Seelander, infiltreer die Boerekommando waar sy lojaliteite verstrengel raak wanneer hy vriendskapsbande met die boere smee en verlief raak op ‘n boerenooi.

LitNet het ‘n uittreksel uit hierdie spannende oorlogroman gedeel waarin Lancaster, die hoofkarakter, sy besluite in oënskou neem en met selfverwyt nadink oor sy plek in die oorlog: “Gideon Lancaster het met een en dieselfde daad albei kante in die Boereoorlog verraai, en hy voel self verraai. Vandat hy ses weke tevore in die hospitaal in Bloemfontein bygekom het, wil hy oor niks anders dink as net oor wat met hom gebeur het nie. Noudat hy uiteindelik op die trein is, op pad huis toe, is daar niks anders wat sy aandag vereis nie.”

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18 Januarie 1902

Gideon Lancaster het met een en dieselfde daad albei kante in die Boereoorlog verraai, en hy voel self verraai.

Vandat hy ses weke tevore in die hospitaal in Bloemfontein bygekom het, wil hy oor niks anders dink as net oor wat met hom gebeur het nie. Noudat hy uiteindelik op die trein is, op pad huis toe, is daar niks anders wat sy aandag vereis nie. Hy kan versonke raak in gedagtes, in die hoop om uit te vind hoe en hoekom sy lewe hierdie verloop geneem het.

Het dit begin op die dag toe hy die Boervrou Esther die eerste keer gesien het, of toe Majoor Bryce hom gevra het om onder die Boere te spioeneer? Natuurlik kon hierdie dinge net gebeur omdat hy in die eerste plek in Afrika was, as soldaat. Die eintlike begin was dus toe Nieu-Seeland oorlog verklaar het teen die Boererepublieke en hy daarby ingeval het; toe hy geantwoord het op die roepstem van sy koningin, sy land en sy eie rustelose aard. Maar dit sou hy beswaarlik gedoen het as dit nie was vir daardie keer toe hy die peloton Rooibaadjies in Queen Street afgemarsjeer sien kom het nie, met hul bajonette gerig teen die hemele wat op hulle neerreën.

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Win a Signed Copy of Chad le Clos’ Inspirational Memoir, Unbelievable!

 
Unbelievable!Penguin Books are giving away ten signed copies of Chad le Clos’ Olympic memoir, Unbelievable!

Unbelievable! traces Le Clos’ dramatic gold medal win at the 2012 Olympics, when he beat Michael Phelps – his childhood hero and the world’s number one – in the 200 metre butterfly final. It’s an inspirational read.

To stand a chance of winning a signed copy of Unbelievable!, simply fill in your details on the Penguin Books website.

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Potgooi: Tinus Horn gesels oor sy nuwe roman, Bomskok (Plus: Uittreksel)

BomskokTinus Horn het onlangs op RSG se Skrywers en Boeke-program met Ilze Salzwedel gesels oor sy nuwe roman, Bomskok. Die eertydse Vrye Weekblad speel ‘n groot rol in hierdie satiriese roman met gegewens uit Horn se herinneringe sy tyd as sportredakteur by dié koerant. “Wat die storie betref sou ek sê dis sowat 70 na 80% fiksie,” sê Horn en verduidelik dat dit vir lesers moeilik sal wees om karakters aan regte mense te koppel omdat hy eienskappe van verskillende persone aanmekaar geflans het vir die boek se doeleindes.

Luister na die gesprek, wat rondom 42 minute begin, om meer uit te vind oor Horn se joernalistieke agtergrond, sy skryfmetodes en toekomsplanne:

Lees hierdie heerlike uittreksel uit Bomskok, gedeel op Penguin se webtuiste:

Met haar groot swart oë en ’n lyfie wat lyk of hy in twee sal breek as mens te hard daaraan vat, benewel Miet Zeekoe almal in ’n oog¬wink. Hulle wil haar in hulle arms toevou en tot die oordeelsdag teen die bose wêreld beskerm. Eers DAN sal hulle haar naai dat die rook trek.

Miet is 22 en lyk enigiets tussen 14 en 18. Sy word soms vir ’n seuntjie aangesien, veral deur tannies wie se kinders al uit die huis is en wat nog nie kleinkinders het nie, en veral wanneer sy die verkeerde soort bra dra. Juis daaroor het sy twee lang rokke op Greenmarket Square gevat, sonder die vrou by die stalletjie se toestemming. Sy weet sy hoef nie om vergifnis te bid nie, want die Here weet mos sy gaan die geld bring sodra sy eendag kan en hy’s nie haastig nie. ’n Duisend jaar is vir Hom soos ’n dag en ’n dag soos ’n duisend jaar.

Miet begin vandag haar eerste grootmenswerk, as intern by Vryheid op Vrydag, ’n koerant met ’n oplaag van 15 000 (wanneer Tom Kemp, die redakteur, in Frankryk, Holland of Swede gaan geld bedel) of 7 000 (wanneer die getalle van die verspreiders terugkom).

Vryheid op Vrydag se kantore is in ’n ou bankgebou in New-town, naby die middelpunt van ’n nuwe soort Suid-Afrika, met ’n omtrek van hoogstens ’n kilometer of twee, wat selfs vyf jaar gelede ondenkbaar was. Hier is liefde oor die kleurgrens heen byvoorbeeld soos enige ander soort liefde: alledaags, morsig en vervlietend.

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Chad le Clos’ Unbelievable Run Continues with “Best Time in the World” for 200m Butterfly

Unbelievable!Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos, whose biography Unbelievable! was recently released, recorded the fastest 200m butterfly time in the world this year in the Commonwealth Games qualifying meet in Durban.

Le Clos, whose book details his 2012 Olympic success that took the world by storm, beat his main rival Dylan Bosch to take the 200m butterfly final in one minute, 54.56 seconds. He is aiming for eight individual titles during the qualifiers.

“It felt really good,” Le Clos said. “My coach and I spoke about going under 1:55, that’s the best time in the world this year, and I’m really happy with that.

“A big ups to Dylan for getting the time as well. It will be great to have both of us in the same event at the Commonwealths, both right up there in the top five.”

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Thrilling Excerpt from The Chicken Thief by Fiona Leonard

The Chicken ThiefPenguin Books South Africa have shared an excerpt from Fiona Leonard’s exciting new novel, The Chicken Thief.

The book, which will be released this month, tells the story of Alois, the eponymous chicken thief, who struggles to find a niche for himself in a country scarred by political and economic instability.

In the extract, the basics of chicken thieving are outlined – “never carry a full bag of birds over a fence” – but the night ends badly for Alois, as he witnesses a robbery in progress and runs, only to fall off a wall. When he looks up, he sees a “man crouching beside him pointing a gun at his head”.

He was falling before he had time to register he had screwed up. He had jumped wide and missed the wall completely. Instinctively he tucked his shoulder and rolled, trying to break his fall.

It wasn’t the worst fall he’d ever had. Every breath of air was knocked outside his body but a tentative inspection revealed no broken bones. He probably hadn’t hit his head either, because the swear words rocketing around his skull seemed well enough formed. And his brain must still be working, for he could clearly make out the face of the man crouching beside him pointing a gun at his head.

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

Own Your IndustryOwn 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?”

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 Thinking” 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 www.douglaskruger.co.za.

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Tinus Horn oor Bomskok: “Ek probeer nie regstreeks kommentaar lewer op dit of dat nie”

BomskokTinus Horn het onlangs met Naomi Meyer gesels oor Bomskok, sy gewaagde roman wat in 1989 in die kantore van ‘n fiktiewe dagblad afspeel. Horn sê hy “probeer nie regstreeks kommentaar lewer op dit of dat nie,” en noem dat hy die lesers wou “prikkel en vermaak en aanmoedig om om te blaai. As hulle boonop oor iets nadink, is ek bly”.

Horn gesels ook oor die storie as mikrokosmos, karakters in sy roman en sy toekomsplanne: “Ek skryf aan ’n nuwe roman met die naam Boas Mei is Verward, ook vir Penguin. Iets heeltemal anders as Bomskok. Hy begin so: ‘Boas Mei is verward – en dis amptelik.’n Verpleegstertjie het so pas ’n etiket om sy linkerpols kom sit, en daarop staan dit duidelik in ’n ronde, kinderlike handskrif geskrywe: ‘confused’.’”

Hallo Tinus, dankie dat jy tyd maak vir gesels. Wie is Tinus Horn?

Dis ’n moeilike vraag, maar ek sal my bes probeer. Ek skilder en skryf en maak kort animasieflieks met karaktertjies wat ek uit hout kerf . Ek lag maklik en huil seker nie genoeg nie. Ek hou nie baie van partytjies nie en my hond se geselskap is gewoonlik vir my genoeg.

Is Bomskok ‘n storie oor die laat tagtigerjare of ‘n storie oor ‘n joernalis, of nie een van bogenoemde nie?

Ek sou dit anders stel: dis ’n storie wat in die laat tagtigerjare afspeel en die meeste van die hoofkarakters is joernaliste. Vir my gaan dit meer oor die menslike intriges; pyn en lyding, pret en plesier, liefde en verlies. Maar die karakters bevind hulle in die middel van ’n bloedige politieke omwenteling wat alles versnel en verskerp.

Bomskok. ‘n Boek oor nagevolge. Indien wel, van wat alles?

Nee, flippit, dis ’n lang lys daai. Kom ons sê maar die nagevolge van die besluit om die baarmoeder vir die wye wêreld te verlaat. Ek het dit in die mond van een van die karakters in Bomskok gelê, so ek mag dit seker weer leen.

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Penguin to Publish Memoir by Nelson Mandela’s Most Trusted Assistant, Zelda la Grange

Zelda la Grange and Nelson Mandela

 
Good Morning Mr MandelaPenguin is delighted to announce that they will be publishing Zelda la Grange’s 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.

Good Morning Mr Mandela’s publication date is 19 June, 2014.

Press release:

On June 19 2014, Penguin will publish worldwide 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, says, “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.”

Helen Conford acquired world English rights from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown. Good Morning, Mr Mandela will be published by Allen Lane. Frederik de Jager at Penguin South Africa will publish in Afrikaans as well as English. Clare Ferraro and Wendy Wolf will publish at Viking US.

A percentage of royalties from the book will be donated by the author to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

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