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The Color PurpleTheatre Review: The 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!!" 

These lyrics, sung by Sofia, one of the characters in the musical The Color Purple, articulate the central message of the production: men try to subjugate women, who eventually fight back.


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Year One The apocalypse, as imagined by Nora Roberts

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.


Yes, the ground is already littered with the corpses of earlier apocalyptic novels, but Roberts will have no trouble clearing a spot to land. “Year One” begins with the deaths of 5 billion people, which is almost as many books as Roberts has sold.


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Fire and Fury PackshotDonald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President

New York Magazine, Jeffrey Smith


“No way we’ll get 50 million unless we can guarantee him victory,” said a clear-eyed Kushner.

"Twenty-five million?” prodded Bannon.

“If we can say victory is more than likely.”

In the end, the best Trump would do is to loan the campaign $10 million, provided he got it back as soon as they could raise other money. Steve Mnuchin, the campaign’s finance chairman, came to collect the loan with the wire instructions ready to go so Trump couldn’t conveniently forget to send the money.


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The Woman in the WindowNext year’s Gone Girl? Perhaps. The Woman in the Window lives up to the hype

The Washington Post, Patrick Anderson


Anna’s husband has left her and taken their 8-year-old daughter with him. She talks to them by phone and vainly begs him to return. She’s a child psychologist and still advises a few patients by email, but mostly she is alone with her wine, her movies and her cat.

She also has a tenant, a handsome carpenter who lives in her basement. His presence injects a bit of “will they or won’t they?” excitement into the story, but mostly she is content to spy on her neighbors.


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The Last GirlYazidi rape survivor, Nadia Murad, tells of her time as an Isis sex slave

Independent, Caroline Mortimer


One of the Yazidi women abducted and raped by Isis has told of her harrowing experience in a new book.

Nadia Murad, recounted how she was one of approximately 7,000 Yazidi women and girls abducted from their villages in northern Iraq during the group’s advance in 2014.

The terrorists stormed the Yazidi stronghold of Sinjar where they ordered the men to convert or die and took the women to be sold into sex slavery.


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Here We Are Oliver Jeffers: Before my son, I wrote my children’s books for myself

Irish Times


Looking at Oliver Jeffers, you cannot help but think he himself would make a wonderful illustration. Wide-eyed, expressive and still boyish at 40, in a white woolly hat and a yellow raincoat with the collar turned up, he’s Tin Tin by way of Williamsburg – and you might need to draw some sort of lines around him to indicate he is all a-buzz with energy and go.

When he orders a decaf Americano and tells me he had to ease off on the coffee 10 years ago, I’m not madly surprised. Is his work any calmer because of it? “My heartbeat thanks me for it, I don’t know if my work’s any calmer.” he says.


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100 Nasty WomenBook Review: Hannah Jewell’s 100 Nasty Women of History will help you find your new favourite historical figure

The AU Review,


Packed with women too brave, too brilliant, and too unconventional to have a place in our traditional view of history, 100 Nasty Women of History is an inspiring and exciting collection of mini biographies. And it is, as Jewell says, a healthier alternative to drinking yourself into oblivion every time a politician thinks he’s allowed to decide what’s going on inside a woman’s uterus.

Whether you’re a creative looking for your next idea, a student hoping for a subject a little out of the usual history box, or just a fellow nasty woman (minimum requirement: half a brain cell and the ability to speak), this is an absolute must read. Just don’t be surprised if your to-be-read pile suddenly starts to swell!


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the Rules of MagicThe Rules of Magic review: Alice Hoffman brings back the witches in enchanting prequel

News Day, Marion Winik 


Alice Hoffman takes good care of her fans. She has already loaded their bookshelves with more than 30 adult and YA novels, and now delivers a gift sure to enchant — a prequel to “Practical Magic,” the 1995 tale of sisters Sally and Gillian Owens (Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman in the movie). The Rules of Magic gives the back story on the old, witchy aunties (Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest in the movie) that the girls are sent to live with after their parents are killed in an accident.

The new chapter of the saga starts with Susanna Owens. Though descended from a line of witches who first arrived in Massachusetts in 1680, Susanna has turned her back on the past and is determined that her children know nothing about their occult bloodline. Raising them with her psychiatrist husband on the Upper East Side of New York in the late 1950s, she lays down a raft of rules designed to keep them normal: no candles, no Ouija boards, no wearing black, no cats, no crows. 


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Enemy of the people Enemy of the People – How Zuma stole SA

Power FM


Investigative journalists Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit have written a book called Enemy of the People – How Jacob Zuma stole South Africa. Onkgopotse JJ Tabane spoke to the two authors on Power Perspective on Tuesday, where the journalists explained how the story had unfolded.

Thuli Madonsela said: “This is a remarkable book.” It tells the story, from Polokwane in 2007, of how Jacob Zuma planned from the first day of his presidency to enrich his family beyond all dreams of avarice, and finally, how to get away with it and stay out of jail.


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Fools MortalsFools And Mortals review: A well-plotted, richly written romp through Shakespeare's time



An actor living in penury he faces the miserable prospect of a life spent playing women because his arrogant brother William, whose star as a playwright is most definitely ascending, refuses to cast him in a male role.

In a radical departure Bernard Cornwell’s newest novel sees the author don a pair of hose and knee-high boots to wade through the mud-filled stench of Elizabethan London and show us the trials and tribulations of William Shakespeare’s real-life younger brother as he attempts to earn a living as a “player”.


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Enemy of the people Book review: 'Good men and women do not always survive'

news24, Judith February


The book, by seasoned journalists Adriaan Basson and Pieter Du Toit, paints a grim picture of not only state capture but also Zuma's disastrous Presidency.


It is a detailed yet easily accessible account of Zuma's ascent to power and those, including Zwelinzima Vavi, Julius Malema and Blade Nzimande, who played a key role in it.


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jane griffithsInspirational women that'll encourage you to dig gardening

TimesLive, Andrea Nagel


Griffiths is a television producer, writer, artist and traveller who grows organic vegetables and herbs.

Her first book, Jane's Delicious Garden, has led to a vegetable revolution in South Africa. She's launched three additional books with a fourth coming out this month.

"In our 21st century of convenience and consumerism, we've become disconnected from nature - especially living in cities," she says.


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The Sun and Her FlowersFifteen Minutes with Rupi Kaur

The Crimson,


Rupi Kaur calls from the departures terminal of an unknown airport. She is about to board a flight to Boston where she will address a sold-out Memorial Church audience. Amid the murmur of conversations around her, announcements about various flight delays, and the laughter of her manager and other members of her team, Kaur takes a few minutes to chat before her flight.

Kaur, a 25 year-old, Punjabi-Canadian poet has become an overnight sensation. Kaur’s first book, Milk and Honey, is a simple black-covered paperback filled with short poems and Kaur’s sketches. According to The Boston Globe, the compilation has sold 1.1 million copies and is currently the best-selling adult non-fiction book of the year. It’s sold in most bookstores and on Amazon, as well as in Urban Outfitters. Kaur’s second book, entitled The Sun and Her Flowers, was released two weeks ago.


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