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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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The Love Song EXTRACT: The love song of André P Brink

news24, Leon de Kock

Using his journal to keep track of developments on an almost day-to-day basis, Brink embarks on a quasi-novelistic account of his notorious affair with the revered South African poet. It is a story that fills up almost two A4 journal volumes, each running to over 250 pages of compact handwriting – enough material for a book.

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New Daughters of AfricaNew Daughters of Africa: Excerpt

The Johannesburg Review of Books

Once I knew that the book would make its way in the world without me, once I knew that nothing of the concrete, physical me would ever appear beside the volume—as if the book were a little dog and I were its master—it made me see something new about writing.

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Everything is FuckedEverything is Fucked: A Book About Hope

Greenstone Mall

Once again Manson will be forcing us to be more honest with ourselves in ways we haven’t considered before and we cannot wait. Whether this follow-up will be just as good as the his first book remains to be seen – but we can only hope.

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The Mirrow and The LightHilary Mantel’s new novel The Mirror & The Light

To be published by 4TH ESTATE

5th March 2020

With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

Hilary Mantel on The Mirror & the Light:

‘When I began work on my Thomas Cromwell books back in 2005, I had high hopes, but it took time to feel out the full scope of the material. I didn’t know at first I would write a trilogy, but gradually I realised the richness and fascination of this extraordinary life. Since then I have been on a long journey, with the good companionship of archivists, artists, booksellers, librarians, actors, producers, and - most importantly - millions of readers through the world. I hope they will stay with me as we walk the last miles of Cromwell’s life, ascending to unprecedented riches and honour and abruptly descending to the scaffold at Tower Hill. This book has been the greatest challenge of my writing life, and the most rewarding; I hope and trust my readers will find it has been worth the wait.’

Two Weeks in NovemberEXTRACT: Two weeks in November

news24, Douglas Rogers

Gabriel jumped in the back with the agents Magic and Horse and tried to get comfortable among the clutter of fuel cans, blankets, megaphones and food supplies, while his wife rode shotgun upfront. Then Kasper hit the gas and they raced north, to the Zimbabwe border, six hours' drive away.

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EXTRACT: Gunship over Angola

news24, Steve Joubert

I arrived at Air Force Base (AFB) Ondangwa – my home for the next three months – for the first time just after lunch on an early November day in 1979. The temperature stood at a steaming-hot 38°C. I was 21 years old. 

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ChimamandaAdichie Is Africa, Africa Is Adichie

Forbes Africa

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s words cleanse the mind. They are profound, creative and thought provoking. Adichie is the fifth of six children born to high achieving parents. Her mother, Grace Ifeoma, was the first female registrar at the University of Nigeria and her father, James Nwoye Adichie, was Nigeria’s first professor of statistics.

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