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Kom geniet ’n Boek en Koek-viering van Lugkasteel deur Annelie Botes in Pretoria

Uitnodiging na die bekendstelling van Lugkasteel deur Annelie Botes

 
LugkasteelGraffiti Zambezi Junction en Penguin Random House nooi jou graag na die bekendstelling van Annelie Botes se jongste boek, Lugkasteel.

Die geleentheid vind plaas op Donderdag, 1 Desember by O’Galito Zambezi Junction en begin om 9:00 vir 9:30. Kaartjies kos R70 per persoon en sluit in heerlike versnaperinge.

In Lugkasteel vertel die gesoute skrywer die verhaal van haar destydse pos in Engeland as goewernante van vier onhebbelike bloubloed-seuntjies.

Moenie dit misloop nie!

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Cover revealed for Marita van der Vyver’s new novel to be published early 2017

Marita van der Vyver’s new novel to be published early 2017Marita van der Vyver’s new novel to be published early 2017
Swemlesse vir 'n meerminA Fountain in FranceOlinosters op die dakDie coolste ouma op aardeWinter Food in ProvenceWinterkos in Provence

 
Penguin Random House will be publishing Marita van der Vyver’s 13th novel, You Lost Me, early in 2017 in English and Afrikaans.

The author, who lives in France, will be in South Africa to promote the novel in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria in March and May 2017. Readers will also have the opportunity to see her in Stellenbosch during Woordfees, and at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

You Lost Me is the story of Willem Prins, a disillusioned South African writer who, after little success, finds himself in Paris to promote an erotic novel he wrote under a pseudonym – to his great embarrassment. It’s here that he meets Jackie, a young South African who works in the city as au pair. The two of them happen to be together on the night that the Paris terror attacks strike.

You Lost Me is contemporary and thrilling; wickedly funny yet poignant. The novel reinforces Van der Vyver’s position as one of the country’s best-loved writers since the publication of her first novel, Entertaining Angels.

 
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Annelie Botes herroep ou herinneringe in Lugkasteel (Plus: Wen 1 van 10 eksemplare!)

 
LugkasteelLugkasteel deur Annelie Botes is nou beskikbaar by Penguin:

In Sabbatsreis vertel Annelie Botes hoe sy in 2004 blindelings op ’n vliegtuig geklim het om in Engeland ’n ouma te gaan soek wat sy kon oppas. Om haar skuld te betaal. Vir ’n hellejaar (ook met heelwat hemelse oomblikke!) word sy Granny se hoeder.

Maar genoeg is selde genoeg. Kwalik ses maande nadat sy teruggekom het Baai toe, vlieg sy wéér Engeland toe. Dié keer as die goewernante van vier onhebbelike bloubloed-seuntjies. En, soos Aspoestertjie, bevind sy haar in ’n grillerige ou kasteelhuis, en sy is net ’n kasteelbediende. Sy ly honger; sy verkluim. Sy moet haar karige leefruimte deel met die wandelende gees van ’n vrou wat lankal oorlede is, maar steeds snags in die kasteelgange rondloop.

Om vir haar ’n wegkruipplek te skep, rig sy ’n antieke Mercedes-Benz vol muisneste, wat verlate in ’n plaat onkruid staan, in as haar heiligdom. Droomplek. Dinkplek. Huilplek.

Tien jaar later sit sy by haar ou bruin lessenaar en rol die kamera terug na daardie tyd. Bekyk die glasskoentjies wat elke mens langs die pad verloor. Lugkastele wat tuimel. Alles net swaanveertjies in die winterwind. Tog, ondanks ons stukkende vlerke, leer ons vlieg. Hoër en verder as wat ons ooit kon droom.

Soms. Soms nie.

Oor die outeur

Annelie Botes woon in die Oos-Kaap en skryf in Engels en Afrikaans. ‘n Groot aantal boeke het al uit haar pen verskyn waarvan menigde vertaal is. Raaiselkind (ook in Engels beskikbaar as Riddle Child) het in 2003 verskyn en is aangewys as voorgeskrewe boek in die Wes-Kaap.

 

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Tien gelukkige lesers kan elk ‘n kans staan om ‘n kopie van Lugkasteel te wen. Slegs een inskrywing per persoon word toegelaat. Voltooi die kompetisievorm voor 18 November 2016 om in te skryf:

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Don’t miss the launch of Not Without A Fight by Helen Zille at Exclusive Books Hyde Park

Invitation to the launch of Not Without A Fight

 
Not Without A Fight: The AutobiographyPenguin Random House and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of Helen Zille’s new book, Not Without A Fight: The Autobiography.

The event will take place on Thursday, 27 October, at Exclusive Books Hyde Park.

Zille will be in conversation with Ferial Haffajee.

See you there!

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Helen Zille’s long-awaited autobiography: One of the most fascinating political stories of our time

Not Without A Fightin Not Without A Fight: The Autobiography, Helen Zille takes the reader back to her humble family origins, her struggle with anorexia as a young woman, her early career as a journalist for the Rand Daily Mail, and her involvement with the End Conscription Campaign and the Black Sash. She documents her early days in the Democratic Party and the Democratic Alliance, at a time when the party was locked in a no-holds-barred factional conflict. And she chronicles the intense political battles to become mayor of Cape Town, leader of the DA and premier of the Western Cape, in the face of dirty tricks from the ANC and infighting within her own party.

 

Helen Zille's long-awaited autobiography: One of the most fascinating political stories of our time

 

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Helen Zille’s autobiography Not Without A Fight – out soon

Not Without A FightHelen Zille’s long-awaited autobiography is one of the most fascinating political stories of our time:

Zille takes the reader back to her humble family origins, her struggle with anorexia as a young woman, her early career as a journalist for the Rand Daily Mail, and her involvement with the End Conscription Campaign and the Black Sash. She documents her early days in the Democratic Party and the Democratic Alliance, at a time when the party was locked in a no-holds-barred factional conflict. And she chronicles the intense political battles to become mayor of Cape Town, leader of the DA and premier of the Western Cape, in the face of dirty tricks from the ANC and infighting within her own party.

This is a story about political intrigue and treachery, floor-crossing and unlikely coalitions, phone tapping and intimidation, false criminal charges and judicial commissions. It documents Zille’s courageous fight against corruption and state capture and her efforts to realign politics and entrench accountability. And it describes a mother’s battle to raise children in the pressured world of South African politics.

This book is as frank, honest and unflinching as Helen Zille herself, and will appeal to anyone interested in the story of South African politics over the past 50 years.

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Good Cop, Bad Cop: Confessions of a Reluctant Policeman – a personal account by Andrew Brown

Good Cop, Bad CopZebra Press is proud to present Good Cop, Bad Cop: Confessions of a Reluctant Policeman, the new book by Andrew Brown:

Once an enemy of the apartheid police, Andrew Brown has worked as a police reservist for almost 20 years. In this book he takes the reader on patrol with him – into the ganglands of the Cape Flats, the townships of Masiphumelele and Nyanga, and the high-walled Southern Suburbs.

Good Cop, Bad Cop is a personal account of the perilous and often conflicting work of a SAPS officer. Brown describes being shot at, arresting suspects in a drug bust, chasing down leads in a homicide investigation and keeping the peace during the UCT student protests.

Brown illustrates how difficult the job of the police is, and how easy it is to react with undue force. Yet he argues passionately that the role of the police is to be a service to communities and not a force to suppress social discontent.

Gripping and thought-provoking, this is a fascinating insight into the social fabric of current South Africa.

About the author

Andrew Brown is an author, an advocate and a reservist sergeant in the South African Police Service. While a student in the 1980s he was arrested after confrontation with police and was sentenced to imprisonment. On appeal, the Cape High Court overturned the sentence and imposed community service instead. Brown now practises as an advocate in the same High Court that heard his appeal. Since 1999 he has also worked as a police reservist, his duties taking him from the tree-lined avenues of Rosebank to the squalor of Masiphumelele. His previous books are the novels Inyenzi, Coldsleep Lullaby, Refuge, Solace and Devil’s Harvest, as well as Street Blues, about his earlier experiences as a police reservist. He has won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and his work has been shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Africa Region). He is married, with three children.

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Fred Khumalo’s new novel on the sinking of the SS Mendi to be published in South Africa and the UK

Fred Khumalo
#ZuptasMustFallBitches' BrewSeven Steps To heavenTouch My Blood

 

Fred Khumalo’s new novel will be published in South Africa and in the United Kingdom in February 2017.

The book, titled Dancing the Death Drill, recounts the sinking of the SS Mendi, a passenger steamship that sank in the English Channel in 1917, killing 646 people, most of whom were black South African troops heading for France to serve in World War I. February 2017 will mark the centenary of the sinking of the Mendi.

Khumalo’s book will be published in South Africa by Umuzi and in the UK and Ireland by Jacaranda Books. Jacaranda Books founder Valerie Brandes said: “We are delighted to work with Umuzi and Penguin Random House South Africa on such a brilliant novel that will help shine a light on this dark moment in our history.”

Khumalo’s writing has appeared in various publications, including the Sunday Times, the Toronto Star, New African magazine, the Sowetan and Isolezwe. His most recent book, #Zuptasmustfall and Other Rants is published this month. Other books by him include Bitches Brew, Seven Steps to Heaven and Touch My Blood. He completed his MA in creative writing at the University of the Witwatersrand and is the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University, among other international writing fellowships.

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An illuminating portrait of pioneering anthropologist Monica Wilson: The Fires Beneath by Sean Morrow

This book is a treasure – an intimate, illuminating portrait.

- Jonny Steinberg

The Fires BeneathPenguin Random House South Africa is proud to present The Fires Beneath: The Life Of Monica Wilson, South African Anthropologist by Seán Morrow

The Fires Beneath is a powerful and affecting story of love and loss. Monica Wilson, née Hunter, was the most prominent social anthropologist of her day in South Africa, whose groundbreaking research in African communities continues to influence anthropological and ethnographic studies. With sympathetic candour this book explores a life of achievement and integrity that was also marked by tragedy.

Born in 1908 into a Scottish Presbyterian missionary family at Lovedale, in the Eastern Cape, Monica studied history and then anthropology at Girton College, Cambridge. In 1935 she married anthropologist Godfrey Wilson and together they worked in Tanganyika and Nyasaland, and later in Northern Rhodesia, before Godfrey took his own life in 1944. Monica, now with two young children, joined the staff of the South African Native College at Fort Hare and thereafter Rhodes University College and the University of Cape Town, where she worked until she retired to Hogsback in 1973. There she continued to publish widely until her death in 1982.

Drawing on the remarkable archive that Monica left and other sources, this book describes her emotional, intellectual and spiritual relationship with the brilliant, passionate, creative but depressive Godfrey. Among the themes touched on in this book are religious faith, politics, war, race and class, love and death, and the struggle to maintain freedom of speech and foster and maintain friendship and esteem between South Africans under apartheid. While this book illuminates many aspects of twentieth-century South Africa, at its heart is a poignant personal story.

About the author

Originally from Ireland, Seán Morrow studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Sussex and has taught at schools and universities in Ireland, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho and South Africa. He has written on aspects of the educational, religious, cultural and liberation history of central and South Africa. He lives in Pretoria, South Africa, and is Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Fort Hare and a professional editor.

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Biografie oor André P Brink deur Leon de Kock op pad

 
’n Biografie oor die ontslape skrywer André P Brink deur Leon de Kock gaan in 2018 deur Umuzi uitgegee word.

De Kock doseer tans in die VSA aan die Johns Hopkins Universiteit in Baltimore en is ’n Suid-Afrikaanse skrywer, vertaler en akademikus wat onlangs Brink se briewe aan die digter Ingrid Jonker vir die boek Vlam in die Sneeu vertaal het.

Brink is op 6 Februarie 2015 oorlede op ’n vlug terug na Suid-Afrika nadat hy deur ’n Belgiese universiteit met ’n eredoktorsgraad vereer is.

De Kock se mees onlangse boek, Losing the Plot: Crime, Reality, and Fiction in Postapartheid Writing, word later vanjaar vrygestel. Hy is ook die outeur of mede-outeur van South Africa in the Global Imaginary en Civilising Barbarians: Missionary Narrative and African Textual Response in Nineteenth-Century South Africa.

Pryse wat aan De Kock toegeken is, sluit in: die Pringle-prys vir digkuns, die SALA-toekenning vir literêre vertaling, die Pringle-prys vir ’n akademiese artikel en ’n prys vir uitmuntende vertaling, toegeken deur die Suid-Afrikaanse Vertalersinstituut, vir sy vertaling van Marlene van Niekerk se Triomf.

Oor die biografie, sê De Kock: “Die stories rondom Brink se romans is in die breë sosiopolitieke verhale – sages oor sensuur, weerstand teen apartheid, die Sestigers, teistering en, veel later, teleurstelling met wat ná apartheid gevolg het. Dit het te make met hoe onenigheid onder Afrikaners tydens ’n beduidende tydperk in die geskiedenis in Brink se romans vorm aanneem en hoe sy romans oor ses dekades met Suid-Afrikaanse omstandighede in gesprek tree.”

Brink se weduwee, Karina Brink, het die publikasie gemagtig en sal aan die biograaf toegang tot Brink se persoonlike dokumente verleen.


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