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Author AwardsJonathan Ball Publishers wishes to congratulate the following authors for the longlist nominations for South Africa's most prestigious annual literary awards: the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

 

2018 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize:

I am PandarusI am Pandarus, by Michiel Heyns

Johannesburg, by Fiona Melrose

2018 Alan Paton Non-fiction Award:

Almost Human, by Lee Berger

No Longer Whispering To Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela, by Thandeka Gqubule

Always Another Country, by Sisonke Msimang

How to Steal a City, by Crispian Olver

Hitmen for Hire, by Mark Shaw

Khwezi: the remarkable story of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, by Redi Tlhabi

 

The shortlist for both literary awards will be announced in May.

The Belles MRB

The World of The Belles

Dhonielle Clayton, The Beauty Caisse


beauty caisse: a cross between an old-fashioned apothecary case and a massive jewelry box that houses all of the belle’s makeup, tools, and accoutrement leeches: the Belles use leeches to reset their blood protein levels and carry them around in beautiful porcelain bowls oftentimes stored in their beauty caisses

Read more here.

The Child finder

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

W24, Hannah Atkins

 

There’s something magical about Denfeld’s writing. It’s sorrowful and relentless, pushing you forward to the conclusion – and you are powerless to resist. 

This book is ideal for those who prefer what I like to call ‘quiet’ mysteries – it’s not action-packed, but there is certainly a palpable sense of dread, and a focus just as much on the personal as the procedural.

Read more here.

The Case Against Sugar MRB

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes 

The Guardian, PD Smith

 

This “tidal wave” is the subject of US science journalist Gary Taubes’s remarkable book. From the earliest historical cases – diabetes was first described in the sixth century BC – to the latest research, Taubes argues that the primary cause is not dietary fat and a sedentary life, as has been believed, but our addiction to sugar, which has “unique physiological, metabolic and endocrinological [ie hormonal] effects” that trigger diabetes and obesity.

Read more here.

Red Sparrow MRB

Red Sparrow Review

 

The timing couldn’t be better for “Red Sparrow” to sweep into theaters with its story of a Russian spy and an American spy trying to outwit one another. As one character in the thriller declares, “the Cold War never ended.” No kidding.

Read more here.

All the Money in the World MRB

All The Money In The World Review

Forbes, Scott Mendelson

 

After much fuzz over a last-minute crisis, Sony will distribute Tri Star and Scott Free's All the Money in the World into theaters on Christmas Day. Considering the subject matter, audience demographics and overall tone, dropping a movie like this on Christmas is almost a practical joke, but Ridley Scott wanted his shot at Oscar glory, dammit.

Read more here.

David Walliams 10 Years

Celebrating a decade of David Walliams in publishing

27TH FEBRUARY, 2018 HarperCollins Children’s Books today herald the biggest book party ever and unveil their plans to celebrate a decade of David Walliams publishing and his remarkable success as a children’s author.

Read more here.

Manage Your Money MRBManage Your Money Like a F*cking Grownup Review

W24 

Do you understand your own behaviour when it comes to dealing with or managing your spending?

Our finance minister, Malusi Gigaba, has just announced in his budget speech that VAT is going up in April to 15%.

Read more here.

The Colour Purple MRBThe Color Purple enthrals Joburg

 eNCA, Andrea van Wyk  

Johannesburg - "Girl child ain't safe in a family of mens! / Sick and tired how a woman still live like a slave/ Oh, you better learn how to fight back / While you still alive! / You show them, girl, and beat back that jive! / Cause when a man jus' don't give a damn... Hell no! / Hell no!!"

Read more here.

Year One MRBYear one Review

The Washington Post, Ron Charles

If you needed any further proof that the world was ending, here comes Nora Roberts with “Year One,” a work of speculative fiction about a deadly pandemic. Anyone monitoring the mutating strains of pop fiction should have seen this new hybrid emerging from the Queen of Romance.

Read more here.

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