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Van sprokie tot tragedie in die kollig: Ilse Salzwedel probeer sin maak van die Oscar Pistorius-saak

Van sprokie tot tragedie in die kolligPenguin stel graag Van sprokie tot tragedie in die kollig deur Ilse Salzwedel bekend:

Die tragedie wat op Valentynsdag 2013 Reeva Steenkamp se lewe kortgeknip en Oscar Pistorius se status as internasionale sportheld aan skerwe laat spat het, en die ongekende mediadekking van die sensasionele moordverhoor daarna, het verreikende gevolge op vele terreine gehad.

Soos nog nooit tevore nie het die kollig geval op fasette wat ons lewens op talle terreine raak: die manier waarop regspleging in Suid-Afrika geskied; hoe sosiale en nuusmedia opinies genereer, beïnvloed en rapporteer; die publiek se obsessie met heldestatus; en die intriges wat van minnaars moordenaars maak.

Vir hierdie boek het Ilse Salzwedel deur ’n vloedgolf menings gesif om sin te maak van die Oscar-saak. ’n Fassinerende prentjie ontvou waarin sleutelaspekte ontleed word, soos die belang van forensiese besonderhede, die kundigheid van polisie- en regsbeamptes, die rol van die staat en die verdediging in die hof, die effek van mediadekking op die publiek se persepsies, en nog meer.

In die toeganklike, nugtere en nie-sensasionele styl waarvoor dié gerespekteerde joernalis bekend is, vra die skrywer: watter lesse hou ’n tragedie soos hierdie in vir vandag se samelewing?

Oor die outeur

Ilse Salzwedel is ’n bekende vryskutjoernalis van Johannesburg, met jare se ervaring van die Suid-Afrikaanse media. Sy is aanbieder van Skrywers en Boeke wat weekliks op RSG uitgesaai word. Sedert 2011 het sy vier boeke gepubliseer: Seerowers, kameelkoppe en chillies vir tee; Bloedsusters; Die onvertelde stories van Afrikaans en Selna Visser: my hel in Dubai.

Salzwedel het al verskeie toekennings vir haar skryfwerk ontvang.


Video: Zelda la Grange Shares the Most Important Lesson She Learnt from Nelson Mandela

Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaZelda la Grange joined Katlego Maboe in the Expresso studio to share anecdotes from her time as Nelson Mandela’s assistant, which she reflected on in her best-selling book Good Morning, Mr Mandela.

“I want people to think differently in South Africa, to not just accept everything for face value, because that’s what apartheid was. And I hope to share those stories with people and bring about some different thinking,” says La Grange. She also shares the most important life lesson Madiba taught her, one she will always remember: “The way you approach a person will determine how that person treats you. So if you approach a person with respect, you will get the respect in return.”

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Justin Bonello Rediscovers the Pulse of the Karoo with His Latest Culinary Adventure, Cooked in the Karoo

Cooked in the KarooNew from Penguin Books South Africa, Cooked in the Karoo by Justin Bonello with Helena Lombard:

In this latest culinary adventure, Justin Bonello and his crew go on a two-year journey into South Africa’s backyard to rediscover the pulse of the Karoo.

Kicking up dust across the semi-desert, Bonello is dependent on the legendary hospitality of the people who live there. His mission is simple: to walk in their shoes, to cook with them and to tell the stories of the thirsty land. Catch a glimpse of things you won’t expect in this arid landscape – from the wide-open spaces and endless starry nights to the extraordinary and rare characters that are the heart and soul of this thirsty land. Experience their incredible hospitality, witness their daily struggle to survive and taste the delicious dishes rooted in the kitchens of yesteryear.

Cooked in the Karoo will make you want to pack up your car and travel into this painted landscape – a space where you will rediscover the importance of sometimes just sitting in silence and reconnecting with the essential things in life: good food and creating dust-covered memories with great friends.

About the authors

From hiding out in libraries as a child, to travelling all over the country trying what culinary secrets South Africa has to share, Helena Lombard has turned her passions into her profession: writing, travelling, cooking and researching anything and everything food and travel related. Since she joined Cooked in Africa Films as the writer in 2011, she has travelled with and has worked by Justin Bonello’s side. Although she often struggles to get him out of her head, she feels there’s nothing a good glass of wine can’t fix. So far she has co-written three titles under the Justin Bonello brand and has no plans to run away, yet.

Justin Bonello is a South African filmmaker, chef and television personality best known for starring in his own cooking and travel show, Cooked, since 2006. He’s the guy messing about with the braai, burning his fingers on one hand with a beer in the other; or in the kitchen fearlessly experimenting with flavours and ingredients, playing with his food.

Bonello’s other books include Cooked in Africa, Cooked – Out of the Frying Pan, Cooked – Weekends Away, Justin Bonello Cooks … for Friends, The Ultimate Braai Master and Roads Less Travelled.

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Have Zelda la Grange Sign Your Copy of Good Morning, Mr Mandela at Exclusive Books Centurion

Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaExclusive Books Centurion invites you to join them on Saturday, 6 September 2014 at 12 PM as they welcome Zelda la Grange to their store.

Good Morning, Mr Mandela, her first book, is 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, Nelson Mandela. 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.

La Grange will be in store to sign copies of her book.

Don’t miss this!

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Join Zelda la Grange for a Signing of Good Morning, Mr Mandela at the Table Bay Hotel

Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaZelda la Grange and Penguin invite you to the book signing of Good Morning, Mr Mandela at the Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on Saturday, 30 August.

La Grange’s biography of the late Nelson Mandela is also available in Afrikaans as Goeiemore, Mnr. Mandela, and readers can have their copies signed from 11 AM until noon.

See you there!

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The Power of Secrets and Love in Marguerite Poland’s New Novel, The Keeper

The KeeperPenguin Books South Africa presents the new novel from Marguerite Poland, The Keeper:

When lighthouse keeper Hannes Harker is posted to a remote island with his young wife, he discovers something long-hidden in the tower that causes him to lose his footing and fall. Seriously injured, Hannes is evacuated to hospital and nursed back to health by Sister Rika, to whom he haltingly tells the story of his life: of his mother’s mysterious death, of his wild young wife, Aletta, and of the desolate island inhabited only by the lighthouse keepers and guano workers – two communities confined together, yet rigidly separated in one of the bleakest places on earth. With the arrival of a figure from Aletta’s past, her own secrets erupt into the present, just as the simmering tensions and injustices endured for so long by the guano workers erupt into a single, shocking act of violence.

Written in the exquisite, haunting prose for which Poland is renowned, The Keeper is the story of two generations of lighthouse keepers – men obsessed by their duty to the light – and the wives who accompany them into a life of frightening isolation.

The Keeper is a novel about the power of secrets, the power of love, and the power of stories.

About the author

Marguerite Poland is the author of six novels, including Train to Dorinbult, Shades, Iron Love and Recessional for Grace. In 2003, in collaboration with artist Leigh Voigt and Professor David Hammond-Tooke, Poland wrote the highly acclaimed The Abundant Herds: a Celebration of the Nguni Cattle of the Zulu People, based on her doctoral thesis. She is the winner of the first two Sir Percy Fitzpatrick Awards for Children’s Literature and is the recipient of two Lifetime Achievement Awards for English Literature.

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Emma Sadleir and Tamsyn de Beer Present Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex

Don't Film Yourself Having SexPenguin Books presents the new book by Emma Sadleir and Tamsyn de Beer, Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex:

In the digital age you can get into serious legal trouble at the click of a button.

The shift from passive Internet user to active digital citizen has brought about unprecedented levels of online interaction, creation and connecting. But as people begin to share more and more about themselves and their lives on social media, they are finding themselves getting into trouble for what they say and do online.

Emma Sadleir and Tamsyn de Beer, who together run one of South Africa’s leading social media law consultancies, point out the social traps and legal tangles that you could find yourself facing as you navigate the murky waters of the digital age. In a fun, witty and easily accessible way, this ground-breaking book details the legal, disciplinary and reputational risks that you, your company and your children face online.

By outlining the laws and rules applicable to what you do and say on social media, and providing practical and common sense advice, Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex ultimately shows you that in order to reap the extraordinary benefits of digital technology without succumbing to its risks, you need to start practising responsible digital citizenship.

About the authors

Emma Sadleir and Tamsyn de Beer are admitted attorneys, each with a Masters in Law from the London School of Economics. Their areas of expertise include all aspects of print and electronic media law, with a particular focus on social media law. Much of their work involves creating social media strategies and policies, speaking at conferences and consulting on defamation, privacy, data protection, revenge porn and online reputation management. They also do a lot of educational work with corporates, schools and universities on the responsible use of social media.

Emma rides horses, loves cricket and has a penchant for a party. Tamsyn is allergic to horses, prefers wine to cricket, and blogs about fashion. They are both nerds.

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Join Zelda la Grange for a Signing of Good Morning, Mr Mandela at Exclusive Books Menlyn

Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaExclusive Books Menlyn and Penguin Books South Africa invite you to get your copy of Good Morning, Mr Mandela signed by Zelda la Grange.

The signing will take place at Exclusive Books Menlyn from noon until 1 PM on Saturday, 23 August.

Good Morning, Mr Mandela, which is also available in Afrikaans as Goeiemore, Mnr. Mandela, has been a smash success, so don’t miss this!

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PJ Powers: 1980s South Africans Found an Escape Through Music and Soccer

Here I AmPJ Powers, whose memoir Here I Am, co-authored with Marianne Thamm, was recently released, chatted to Business Day about perfoming amid the violence in South Africa in the 1980s and early ’90s

Powers counted former president Nelson Mandela among her friends, and rubbed shoulders with such legends as Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Sipho Hotstix Mabuse to Sharon Stone, Robert de Niro and Eric Clapton. Her career is inexorably linked to South Africa’s turbulent history:

“My career was born in the townships in 1982. Between then and 1994 was the most prolonged period of violence that we’ve had in (modern) SA,” says PJ.

One of the chapters is headed, “Driving a Pantechnicon through the Revolution”.

“There were often bullets flying around us, and once a man was cut to death with a panga in front of us on our car bonnet. I was in total shock,” recalls PJ.

Undefeated, she rocked townships with her music under constant police harassment as cops battled a rising tide of resistance against the brutal apartheid state. It also took hold in parts of white South Africa.

“Black South Africans found a sense of community and escape in soccer and music,” says PJ, who in those times was helicoptered into stadiums packed with 80,000 people. They greeted her “with cheers and love”. She desperately needed the latter, she says, for Thandeka, “beloved” — as she is known — was accepted “no matter how big or ugly I might have believed I was”.

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Have Your Copy of Good Morning, Mr Mandela Signed by Zelda la Grange at Tyger Valley

Good Morning, Mr MandelaGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaPenguin Books and Exclusive Books Tyger Valley invite you to join them on Sunday, 17 August 2014 at noon to have your copy of Good Morning, Mr Mandela signed by Zelda la Grange.

The event takes place from 12 to 1 PM.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the author of this best-seller!
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  • Date: Sunday, 17 August 2014
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books, Tyger Valley,
    Shop UL564, Tyger Valley Shopping Centre.
    Willie van Schoor Avenue.
    Bellville | Map

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