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Blessed by BosasaSex, racism and bullying

news24, Pieter du Toit

According to an explosive new book by Adriaan Basson, Blessed by Bosasa: Inside Gavin Watson’s state capture cult, Watson stood at the head of what many perceived to be a cult, where he lied and manipulated in order to ensure that government tenders worth billions of rand flowed to the company.

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Travel Light Move FastTravel Light, Move Fast

TimesLive, Michele Magwood

The city was sweltering and heaving with Syrian and Afghan refugees. The train stations had been closed. Near the hospital, she notes, the press of refugees thinned. "There were scattered clusters of people, like tragic little birds broken off from the main migratory group, but it didn't lessen the weight of their sorrow."

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Stellenbosch MafiaThe Stellenbosch Mafia: Excerpt

news24, Pieter du Toit

his latest book, political journalist Pieter du Toit explores the roots of Stellenbosch, and closely examines its ‘club’ of billionaires. Who are they and, crucially, how are they connected? What network of boardroom membership, alliances and family connections exists? W

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Whisper NetworkWhisper Network

USA TODAY, Emily Gray Tedrowe

Told from the alternating perspectives of four women who work at Truviv, a Dallas athleisure company, the novel is interspersed with court transcripts and takes place over a few months surrounding a shocking and potentially criminal act at the company’s headquarters.

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 'Intense infighting amongst police officers'

news24, Alet Janse van Rensburg

A new book by investigative journalist Caryn Dolley lays bare the reality of Cape Town's nightclub security wars, describing in terrifying detail the dodgy deals, arranged murders and corruption taking place in plain sight.

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Make Your Money Work For YouEXTRACT: Make Your Money Work for You

fin24, Anthea Gardner

Mention the word ‘investments’ and most people’s eyes glaze over. If you advise them to see a financial advisor, you might as well have told them to pay a visit to the finance minister to discuss their household budget.

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An American MarriageAn American Marriage

The Johannesburg Review of Books

Tayari Jones has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel An American Marriage. This is an exquisitely intimate portrait of a marriage shattered by racial injustice. It is a story of love, loss and loyalty, the resilience of the human spirit painted on a big political canvas—that shines a light on today’s America. We all loved this brilliant book.

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Gunship EventEXTRACT: Gunship over Angola

news24, Steve Joubert

At around 11h00 I took off from Ondangs with the air temperature hovering around 40°C. When I got to Nkongo I performed a hover (vertical) landing onto a concrete slab inside the five-metre-high protective perimeter wall, called a revetment, which secluded the interior of the base from prying eyes outside. 

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MRB NgoziChimamanda Ngozi Adichie

ImageJournal, Susan VanZanten

A 2005-06 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, Adichie has been widely heralded as one of the new global voices in African literature. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (Algonquin), won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and her second, Half of a Yellow Sun (Fourth Estate), won the Orange Prize for Fiction.

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The Truths Triumphs of Grace AthertonA beautiful debut

Better Reading

The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is a beautiful debut from Anstey Harris. Flawed and fascinating, Grace is a wonderful heroine, and the supporting characters are just as well formed, with bright, bold Nadia a particular stand out.

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When All is Said BookA much touted debut novel

The Times, Francesca Angelini

I’m here to remember — all that I have been and all that I will never be again.” So says the 84-year-old narrator of Anne Griffin’s debut novel. Maurice Hannigan has no shortage of memories to pick through. A rueful distillation of these form the heart of When All Is Said, which has attracted a considerable amount of fuss ahead of publication.

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WE ARE DISPLACEDMalala Yousafzai Interview

The Guardian, Lisa Allardice

“People have heard my story already,” says Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel laureate, in something of an understatement. “I thought it was time for people to listen to other girls’ stories as well.” Her new book, We Are Displaced is a collection of harrowing, heartbreaking and ultimately inspiring first-person accounts of the lives of girls Yousafzai has met in her travels to refugee camps and settlements across the world.

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Of Blood and BoneOf Blood and Bone


Nora Roberts’s newest book — a dystopian novel called Of Blood and Bone — A sequel to 2017’s Year One, the new release is an exciting adventure and the second in Roberts’s Chronicles of The One trilogy. Read on for a list of things to know before reading the new Nora Roberts book, including an overview of the plot and early critical reviews.

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Were going to need more wineWe’re Going to Need More Wine

Flare, Kearie Daniel

In We’re Going to Need More Wine, Gabrielle Union describes the issue of colourism by saying, “It’s an age-old ‘us against us’ oversimplification, that boils down to the belief that the lighter your skin tone, the more valuable and worthy you are. 

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The 5AM Club

It's easier than expected

Business Insider, Susie Moore

A 5 a.m. alarm conjures images of pain, being attacked by an intruder — the "brrrrrriiiinnnnng!!!!!" of an alarm clock — in those juicy, deep sleep hours (only to open your eyes to utter darkness and the stiff breeze of 30°F outside).

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The Binding The Binding

News.com.au, Catherine Milne

If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. But one day, he makes a discovery: a book with his own name in it … The Binding is an unforgettable novel of enchantment, mystery, memory, and forbidden love, a homage to the allure and life-changing power of books.

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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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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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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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