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Enemy of the People

Zuma was forced to re-appoint Gordhan

news24, Pieter du Toit and Adriaan Basson

This high-level crisis meeting was held in Sandton in the afternoon, with the participants confirmed only by midday. Some of the banks’ research staff were still running around at the last hour...

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Normal PeopleNormal People

The Booker-courting novel signals itself easily enough: portentous pursuit of detail; the cart-horsing of historical regrets (however slight) to the present; characters who are motors for the author’s extensive research of a particular time period; and usually fairly portly (did you really read Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries? All of it?).

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Dark Between The StarsThe Dark Between Stars

Daily Mail Online, Emily Chan

Atticus says he 'never expected' his poems to take off and only first started to write them five years ago following a trip to Paris. 'Three years ago, I was in France,' he told Teen Vogue last year.

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Katerina 1Katerina

The Guardian, Alexander Larman

The relationship between “Writer Boy” and “Model Girl”, as Jay and Katerina style themselves, should be affecting; a celebration of two young people emerging into adulthood.

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Believe MeBelieve Me

Metro.news, Anthony Cummins

With no slowdown in sight for the psychological thriller boom, here’s a second novel from the latest pseudonym on the block, JP Delaney, who struck gold with 2017’s The Girl Before.

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Noise DownstairsA Noise Downstairs

Jacksonville.com, Richard Klinzman

When Paul Davis is driving home one night, he spots his friend and mentor, Kenneth Hoffman, at the small college where they both teach. He is driving erratically. When Hoffman pulls to the side of the road, Paul pulls up behind him to offer help.

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Something in the WaterSomething in the water


Everyone had that book. If we had people over, or went on vacation poolside, people had that book wrinkled and curled up. I read it with my wife and we read every chapter together and we'd be like, '(Gasps) This is great!' It was the world's smallest book club, he laughed.

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The Other WomanThe Other Woman

WAMC BBC World Service,

His new Allon novel, The Other Woman, takes place in an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason’s name.

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  • Kate Sidley read every book she could find about Mandela before composing her book 100 Mandela Moments.
  • Veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Peter Hain takes a close look at the life and legacy of Mandela, and analyses the state of the ANC then and now, in his book Mandela: His Essential Life.
  • Brett Ladds, former executive chef and manager of the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, recounts tales of Madiba’s favourite champagne (Pêche Royale) and endless cups of rooibos tea.

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Mandela Essential LifeMandela: His Essential Life

As the country celebrates Nelson Mandela's centenary, a new book takes a concise yet personal look at Madiba.

Written by British politician and veteran anti-apartheid activist Peter Hain, Mandela: His Essential Life examines what it means to want to change the world for the better.

eNCA's Andrea van Wyk recently sat down with Lord Hain to talk about the book, as well as some other special centenary events he's involved in.

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The HuntersThe Hunters

Right from the first page I was utterly enchanted by Kat Gordon’s ‘The Hunters’. The opening scene is the shooting of a woman but who that woman is we don’t find out until the very end. This opening sets up the story perfectly, the 1920’s was an unsettling era of change in Kenya and that opening illustrates that in one page

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You were made for thisYou were Made for This

Crime by the Book

You’d be hard-pressed to write a novel more appealing to me than one about a pair of New Yorkers who leave behind the big city in favor of the Swedish countryside. Anyone who knows me will know that’s pretty darn close to my personal pipe dream—just swap out Sweden for Norway and you’re there.

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Golden PreyGolden Prey

Huffington Post

Golden Prey sends Lucas Davenport on a sustained manhunt for Garvin Poole who’s been lying low for years. It’s been rumored he’s dead; but Poole resurfaces in Biloxi, Mississippi where he has masterminded a heist of millions of dollars from a Honduran drug cartel.

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Who will rule in 2019Who Will Rule in 2019?

City Press

The next national elections may be the first in 25 years in which no party wins an outright majority. In his book Who Will Rule in 2019? veteran political journalist Jan-Jan Joubert believes next year could bring a coalition government for South Africa. This is an extract from the book:

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Africa Writes, British Library

Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author’s realities, this raw and extraordinary debut explores the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader into the mysteries of self.

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Perfect GirlfriendThe Perfect Girlfriend

Independent, Breda Brown

'If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, they're yours. If they don't, make them.' These lines from The Perfect Girlfriend, the debut novel by English writer Karen Hamilton, perfectly encapsulate the warped and twisted tale of obsession at the very heart of this gripping book.

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There is moreThere is More

Eternity, Anne Lim

Hillsong’s Brian Houston is a “huge believer” that God sees more in his people than they see themselves.

In his new book, There is More, the larger-than-life global pastor of the worldwide Hillsong Church harnesses the power of dreams to encourage Christians to enlarge their vision for their lives.

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Crushing ITCrushing it!

ERP in News

Gary Vaynerchuk summary- The world has changed. Twenty years ago, if you wanted to get discovered as an actress, you’d maybe need to move to Hollywood. If you wanted to get ahead in business? You’d go to business school. Broadcast to millions? Well, it sure wasn’t easy getting a primetime TV or radio slot.

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Two SistersTwo Sisters Review

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RamaphosaRamaphosa and 'the big deal'

news24, Extract

One of the keys to the success of the talks was the relationship that developed between Ramaphosa and his National Party counterpart, Roelf Meyer. Meyer was one of the party’s promising young leaders from its verligte, or enlightened, wing.

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