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?).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Zinzi Clemmons was in South Africa recently on a book tour for her debut novel, What We Lose. She sat down with The JRB EditorJennifer Malec to talk about South Africa, experimental fiction and Black and Coloured identity.
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.
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:
'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.
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.
Certainly the second-generation migrant experience of feeling culturally and racially out of place creates an urgent need for self-definition. The sisters join Islam Net, a youth organisation seeking to cleanse Islam of the elders’ “ethno-cultural” practices.
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.