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American DirtPreview American Dirt

EW, David Canfield

One of 2020’s most anticipated titles, Jeanine Cummins’ sweeping novel is set to arrive with big expectations: It’s already generated raves from the likes of Don Winslow (“a Grapes of Wrath for our times”) and Stephen King (“an extraordinary piece of work”). And back in 2018, it sparked a nine-house, seven-figure auction, ultimately won by Flatiron Books.

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SABF 2019 GraphicThe South African Book Fair 2019

There’s no better way to experience the depth & breadth of #OURSTORIES than SA’s national book fair. From Letshego Zulu’s moving memoirs to the politics of Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s Gangster State and Elisabeth Åsbrink’s universal 1947: When Now Begins, 2019’s programme has something for everyone.
With over 100 authors, writers, poets, illustrators and storytellers, loads of family-friendly fare, a book marketplace, tours, workshops, poetry, philosophy and more, SA Book Fair 2019 is unmissable

Please note an Entry ticket must accompany the session ticket

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Whisper Network Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

The New York Times,

What Chandler Baker serves up in “Whisper Network,” her adult debut, is part soapy shocker (one of the characters is keeping a very big secret) and part legal thriller (excerpts from depositions offer a glimpse into the third act). Think “Big Little Lies” meets the famous 2017 list of men in the media industry accused of sexual harassment.

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Fighting for the Dream The IMF can do what the ANC can't

Politics Web, RW Johnson

Mr Bruce also wants the ANC to act without the spur of the IMF but his argument is different: “No one should want the IMF in here. Cost cuts and labour market reforms are just the beginning of a restructuring. The political effect is frightening...the ANC shrivels and the EFF grows. An IMF bailout 100% fuels populism.”

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Oceanos Plucked from a wild sea...

iOL,

Maritime lawyer Andrew Pike had incredible insights into the 1991 sinking of the Oceanos, in 20m waves off the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape, having investigated the incident. When the 25th anniversary came about in 2016, he delivered a presentation to clients about it at his office in Westville. People couldn’t hear enough of the story of the rescue operation involving epic bravery and the hands-off attitude of Captain Yiannis Avranas.

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MafiaEFF's Floyd Shivambu and his secret Johann Rupert rendezvous

news24, Kyle Cowan

EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu spent an afternoon at an exclusive wine estate in Stellenbosch discussing potential business plans with one of South Africa's richest men, Johann Rupert. In the past, the EFF labelled Rupert "the enemy" and named him as the face of white monopoly capital (WMC) who had become rich by exploiting poor black South Africans, a view Shivambu told News24 he shared.

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EnforcersInside Cape Town's Deadly Nightclub Battles

news24, Glenn Bownes

In the Cape Times interview, Russol – who claimed to have replace Uliantski as the "new Russian" in town – told Dolley: "In Russia if you have a problem with someone, you meet them face to face and shoot them if you have to. Here, it's different. Here people get other people to sort their problems out," he says. "If you fuck with me, I look you in the eyes and say, 'I kill you'."

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SiegeMichael Wolff's Trump tale is Fire and Fury II

The Guardian, Lloyd Green

Wolff’s tale is credible enough to be taken seriously and salacious enough to entertain. If you have doubts about Wolff’s credibility, and many do, the latest blowup over the USS John S McCain is one more reminder that in the Age of Trump, truth is weirder than fiction. Much weirder.

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