Joanne Brodie spoke to Sue Grant-Marshall for Business Day about her recently published book, People Who Are Addicted to Sex. Brodie herself was a sex addict and has been in recovery for the last twenty years, she is now a counsellor and helps others to overcome their addictions.
Brodie explains to Grant-Marshall that sex addiction “is not included in the ‘bible’ put out by the American Psychiatric Association, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).” However, she describes it as a “primary illness that affects people on many levels — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually”.
Brodie goes on to discuss the way in which it is a “brain disease” as engaging in sexual behaviour, such as watching pornography, can trigger the brain’s neurotransmitters to release endorphins.
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Joanne Brodie has been wearing the “been there, done that” sex addiction T-shirt for 20 years now — the length of time she’s been “clean”. This means she is no longer promiscuous, nor does she masturbate obsessively. But her clients do.
They also watch pornography, visit prostitutes, and flash their genitalia at, or rub their bodies up against, strangers. People arrive at Brodie’s private practice rooms when their addiction is so out of control that they are unable to continue living their “normal” lives, or are in mortal danger. Something’s got to give.
Nothing Left to Steal by Mzilikazi Wa Afrika to be published by Penguin:
This tell-all memoir reveals the details behind Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika’s exposure of the R1.7 billion lease scandal between police commissioner Bheki Cele and property tycoon Roux Shabangu, for which he was infamously arrested in 2010.
It is also the riveting account of how a neglected boy in an unknown village became one of South Africa’s most awarded investigative reporters and found himself at the receiving end of the corruption that had defeated those he helped put in power.
Fearless in the face of corrupt authorities with sinister political motives, and fervent about justice, Wa Afrika’s life was characterised by resistance to oppression and inequality from an early age. Destined to defend and uphold the principles of democracy, his story is the inspiring tale of an ordinary man, armed with a pen, who challenged the proverbial giant.
About the author
Mzilikazi wa Afrika has won more than a dozen awards locally and internationally for his work and is currently the chairperson of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters and sits on the board of the Global Investigative Journalism Network. He is also a musician, song-writer and producer and released a deep-house album, The Icon, in 2008.
“Cry Baby is about bondage – about how women bind families, how they bind themselves and how the past shadows us in ways that are invisible to us when we are young,” Lauren Liebenberg tells Thomas Okes in an interview for O, The Oprah Magazine. “It’s also about the perversions of bondage. When you have succumbed to the tyranny of conformity, you almost have no choice but to resent only those who haven’t.”
Liebenberg discusses the role of control in the relationship between mother and child and speaks about the gender disparity that is still prevalent in parenting: “We live in a world where money and power are still massively skewed by sex. Cry Baby looks at it from the vantage of the losers – who are in suburbia.”
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You describe writing as “the ultimate form of escapism” and the process of getting published as an “ego-deflating ordeal.” How should aspiring writers ready themselves for a life that is both challenging and joyful?
I used to try and candy-coat things, but now I prefer to tell it like it is: Giving birth is less painful, less bloody and certainly quicker than getting your novel published. If you haven’t actually been smothered under the avalanche of anonymous “Dear Author, Thank you for your submission, but …” rejection letters by the time you find a publisher for your first manuscript, you will still – and forever more – have to submit to the soul-crushing process of editing. The good news is that all these eye-watering doses of humility will stand you in excellent stead for bad reviews once your novel is actually published, (which are like eavesdropping on a conversation about yourself in the smoke-room, in which everyone agrees that you suck).
Penguin Books and The Book Lounge take pleasure in inviting you to the launch of Here I Am by PJ Powers with Marianne Thamm.
The event will be held on Monday, 11 August, at 5:30 PM for 6 PM. Please RSVP by Friday, 8 August.
See you there!
Penguin Books South African and Skoobs Theatre of Books invite you to the launch of Here I Am by PJ Powers and Marianne Thamm.
This extraordinary memoir is more than just a story about Powers’ personal journey, as it plays out against the backdrop of South Africa’s turbulent political history.
Powers – or Thandeka, as she was affectionately renamed by Soweto crowds – will be available to sign your copy of Here I Am.
Space is very limited, so please RSVP to the details below. See you there!
“You have made a tremendous impact both on and off the stage, and you are one of those young people on whom the country pins so much hope.” – Nelson Mandela to PJ Powers, 1989
Zelda la Grange het op 18 Julie, bekend as Mandela-dag, in die Dagbreek-ateljee gekuier om te gesels oor die verskeie projekte waarby sy betrokke is asook haar boek, Goeiemore, Mnr. Mandela. Sy verduidelik ook waar die konsep van Mandela-dag ontstaan het en waarom dit belangrik is om te dien.
Sy noem dat Mandela goeheid in almal om hom geïnspireer het en dat haar jare as sy persoonlike assistent ‘n groot voorreg was. “Dít is hoekom ek die boek geskryf het: Ek voel ek het ‘n verpligting om daai mens wat ek geken het met mense te deel,” sê La Grange en vertel meer oor die “harde proses” van boekskryf.
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Melissa Siebert’s debut novel, Garden of Dreams, follows 14-year-old Eli de Villiers as he travels to India from Cape Town with his mother, with plans to visit his father in Nepal after they’ve travelled a bit first. Visiting the places his mother went in her youth, they go to Jaisalmer where his mother, who swings from highs to lows, ends up sleeping a lot before telling him she has to cut the trip short and return to South Africa for work.
She encourages him to stay and travel to see his father on his own: “Things always go wrong, Mom, he wanted to tell her, feeling the dread closing in, choking him, making his chest and stomach ache. I need you to help them go right. If he pleaded with her, he thought, she might not go. He was too old to cry but felt he might.”
Eli’s feeling of dread is proven to not be misplaced as the owner of the guesthouse they’re staying in takes him on a camel ride before taking him to a strange house and giving him a drink that leaves him feeling drowsy:
Your father is making a map of the world, the boy’s mother had told him – the countries he has saved, those yet to save, the unredeemable. It’s funny how some countries don’t exist because you don’t think of them, the boy thought. He hadn’t really thought of India before a month ago,
when his mother suggested they travel east to find his father. Now here he was, in a shabby guest house on the edge of the Thar desert, at a
little round breakfast table being explored by flies. Alone, except for the woozy, heat-drugged flies and a waiter swishing around in a dirty white
dhoti, straightening tablecloths, ignoring him. Voices drifted through the small window carved from cool stone walls, strange children’s voices
and earthy smells he didn’t want to name. His mother was upstairs still sleeping, and he was desperate for her to wake up.
Following Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu speaking out in support of assisted dying, Dignity SA founder Sean Davison was interviewed by Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath on News24.
Davison is the author of Before We Say Goodbye and After We Said Goodbye, which detail how he assisted his terminally ill mother’s suicide and was sentenced to house arrest in New Zealand as a result.
“The emphasis is on the word ‘dying’, the person needs to be towards the end of their life, terminally ill. In terms of the law change we have been seeking we are recommending a prognosis of 12 months. So, in effect, its not suicide, we call it assisted dying,” Davison explains. “The person is probably suffering, they’re near the end and this gives them the option to choose their time of death and have a dignified death.”
Penguin Books presents Here I Am by PJ Powers with Marianne Thamm, out this August:
PJ Powers is one of the most loved and popular singers/songwriters in South Africa. Her career took her from a genteel, white middle-class home in Durban into the cauldron of the townships in the turbulent 1980s. It was here that her life as an artist was changed irrevocably by an unexpected performance she gave at Jabulani Stadium in Soweto on Republic Day in 1982. That day the crowd renamed her Thandeka (The Loved One) and so began a musical and political journey that saw PJ travelling across Africa, meeting with some of South Africa’s most illustrious stars and musical legends. Largely shunned by white South Africans and banned by radio stations, Thandeka went on to cultivate a massive and loyal fan base among Black South Africans who, to this day, continue to support her.
This memoir not only tracks PJ’s extraordinary life as a “crossover” artist but also her later personal struggle and triumph over alcoholism. Thandeka’s story is deeply intertwined with the contemporary politics of South Africa. It is a story of music and struggle told with insight and wit.
Voted one of the top ten people brands in South Africa in 2011, PJ Powers is an icon of the people of South Africa. Famous since the eighties when she fronted Hotline, the largest selling band in South Africa, this success continued into her solo career. Powers’ career has spanned 33 years and she has produced 15 albums. The 16th is about to be released as she continues to enlighten South Africa with her exuberance and musical talents.
Marianne Thamm is a veteran and well respected journalist and author. A contemporary of Powers, she is the author of the best-selling biography I Have Life and her most recent book is on Paul O’Sullivan, To Catch a Cop. She is also a stand-up comedian and has written for ZA News. She also edits for Daily Maverick.
Women24 have shared an audio interview with Zelda La Grange from WF Howes, in which she discusses Good Morning, Mr Mandela and shares her thoughts on the changes that South Africa has undergone in the last 20 years.
“I think many South Africans have benefitted from freedom, from our democracy, but still people live in severe poverty and there’s not been a great change in the way people live in rural South Africa, children still lack access to quality education,” La Grange says. “But I think our democracy is alive and well and, as I say, your own perceptions change from the age of 24 to 43, so I see things, I see South Africa quite differently.”