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The Mirrow and The LightHilary Mantel’s new novel The Mirror & The Light

To be published by 4TH ESTATE

5th March 2020

With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

Hilary Mantel on The Mirror & the Light:

‘When I began work on my Thomas Cromwell books back in 2005, I had high hopes, but it took time to feel out the full scope of the material. I didn’t know at first I would write a trilogy, but gradually I realised the richness and fascination of this extraordinary life. Since then I have been on a long journey, with the good companionship of archivists, artists, booksellers, librarians, actors, producers, and - most importantly - millions of readers through the world. I hope they will stay with me as we walk the last miles of Cromwell’s life, ascending to unprecedented riches and honour and abruptly descending to the scaffold at Tower Hill. This book has been the greatest challenge of my writing life, and the most rewarding; I hope and trust my readers will find it has been worth the wait.’

Two Weeks in NovemberEXTRACT: Two weeks in November

news24, Douglas Rogers

Gabriel jumped in the back with the agents Magic and Horse and tried to get comfortable among the clutter of fuel cans, blankets, megaphones and food supplies, while his wife rode shotgun upfront. Then Kasper hit the gas and they raced north, to the Zimbabwe border, six hours' drive away.

Read more here.

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EXTRACT: Gunship over Angola

news24, Steve Joubert

I arrived at Air Force Base (AFB) Ondangwa – my home for the next three months – for the first time just after lunch on an early November day in 1979. The temperature stood at a steaming-hot 38°C. I was 21 years old. 

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ChimamandaAdichie Is Africa, Africa Is Adichie

Forbes Africa

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s words cleanse the mind. They are profound, creative and thought provoking. Adichie is the fifth of six children born to high achieving parents. Her mother, Grace Ifeoma, was the first female registrar at the University of Nigeria and her father, James Nwoye Adichie, was Nigeria’s first professor of statistics.

Read more here.

Womens Prize for fictionThe Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 shortlist, from the UK's most prestigious annual book award celebrating and honouring women's fiction has been announced on Tuesday 29 April.


We are proud to represent three of the six shortlisted titles:

Milkman by Anna Burns 9780571338757 availabe here.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 9781786075192 available here.

Circe by Madeline Miller 9781408890042 availabe here.

LawfareBlaming the Constitution for SA's problems is not the answer

Media24, Michelle le Roux and Dennis Davis

The slow, almost non-existent, pace of meaningful land reform in particular has proved to be fertile ground for casting the Constitution as the obstacle or, worse, the mechanism to retain apartheid-era economic and ownership structures of land and other productive assets.

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Fighting for the Dream Why is the ANC so destructive?

Politics web, RW Johnson

EXTRACT: So what are we to make of ‘leaders’ who cheerfully advocate policies that would clearly destroy the national economy? More broadly, how do we account for a leadership that seems bent on repeating policies that have already failed elsewhere? As Einstein said, it is madness to repeat the same actions time and again, expecting a different outcome. 

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WitboyI think people are too critical of South Africa

news24, Alet Janse van Rensburg

"My counter argument is that my great great great grandfather may have been a colonialist, but I'm not. I just have a white skin and am just part of another tribe in Africa. But it does make you wonder if you aren't maybe European. But then you get there and you see that you are definitely African. The way you think and do things are conditioned by your circumstances and where you're from."

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RebelsRebels and Rage - BOOK EXTRACT

Daily Maverick, Adam Habib

It is worth noting that Max Price and I consulted closely throughout the late-2016 protests. For a shortwhile we spoke every night, mostly after 22h00 or 23h00, when he would brief me about developments at UCT and I would do the same for Wits University. We compared strategies and spoke through the advantages and disadvantages of our different responses.

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