Books and writers

Information about the latest books and the people behind them

Review: Bitter pill by Peter Church

Clifford Roberts Books and writers 2020-01-31

"Bitter pill is a book built for speed. The chapters are short and the events fast paced."

Review: The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club by Pieter Fourie

Frederik Rudolph van Dyk Books and writers 2020-01-28

"Stellenbosch Mafia is a pleasant piece of research supplying a good dose of quick facts and insight into the world of South Africa’s richest Afrikaners."

Review: They called me queer, edited by Kim Windvogel and Kelly-Eve Koopman

Zian Blignaut Books and writers 2020-01-17

"In a still largely segregated and unequal South Africa, this book is a breath of fresh air to display difference and othering."

The choice between us: an interview with Edyth Bulbring

Naomi Meyer, Edyth Bulbring Books and writers 2020-01-14

"And like most white children, I also had several 'nannies' who looked after me and seemed to care about me. I can never get over how strange and complex these relationships were in the context of apartheid."

Interview: How authors can use social media

Cliffordene Norton, Dave Henderson Books and writers 2020-01-10

"Social media – used properly – can be an important tool within any author’s marketing arsenal." Cliffordene Norton interviews Dave Henderson, founder of

#lovewhatyoudo – an interview with Natasha Anders

Cliffordene Norton, Natasha Anders Books and writers 2020-01-09

What started out as a spur-of-the-moment decision turned into an award-winning career. Natasha Anders talks to Cliffordene Norton about what keeps her motivated, and her journey from self-published to traditionally published author.

I wish I’d said ... Vol 1, edited by Johann de Lange and Mantoa Matonyane: a review

Annel Pieterse Books and writers 2019-12-24

"Even if these poems might not make for easy reading, I can only urge you to read them anyway. Read them slowly, and take long breaks to process what they reveal to you."

African library: The woman next door by Yewande Omotoso

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2019-12-18

"Some readers might have formed a mistaken superficial impression of this impressive novel, based on brief reviews. Yewande Omotoso’s 2016 (second) novel is by no means a comforting or a sentimental “Rainbow Nation” or facile Truth and Reconciliation text; nor is it 'chick lit' for old ladies ..."

"As unique as braaivleis and pap" – an interview about ROSA

Cliffordene Norton, Romy Sommer Books and writers 2019-12-17

ROSA (Romance writers Organisation of South Africa) is a non-profit, volunteer-run professional association for romance writers. Cliffordene Norton talks to Romy Sommer about this organisation’s origin, 100-membership mark and future projects.

Fresh off the press: For the love of the land – Ivor Price and Kobus Louwrens

LitNet Books and writers 2019-12-13

For the love of the land introduces South Africans to the heroes of agriculture.

Video: Cape Town launch of Will South Africa be okay? by Jan-Jan Joubert

Cliffordene Norton NB-Uitgewersportaal 2019-12-05

The launch of Will South Africa be okay? by Jan-Jan Joubert took place on Thursday, 21 November 2019 at The Book Lounge in Cape Town. Mervyn Sloman was in conversation with Jan-Jan Joubert. 

Review: Death, detention and disappearance by David Smuts

Clifford Roberts Books and writers 2019-11-28

"Death, detention and disappearance makes an invaluable contribution to our perspective, both historical and on abusive power everywhere."

Unmaking Grace: an interview with Barbara Boswell

Cliffordene Norton, Barbara Boswell Books and writers 2019-11-28

"I wanted to show the effects of intimate partner violence on one family, and how these effects also travel through generations if the trauma is not healed." Barbara Boswell talks to Cliffordene Norton about her book, Unmaking Grace.

Book launch: Being Shelley by Qarnita Loxton

LitNet Books and writers 2019-11-15

You are invited to the launch of Being Shelley by Qarnita Loxton on the 25th of November. 

An interview with Fiona Snyckers

Janet van Eeden, Fiona Snyckers Books and writers 2019-11-15

"Most of my books deal with issues that affect women, and it’s hard to rank these in terms of importance."

Book launch: Will South Africa be okay? by Jan-Jan Joubert

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2019-11-14

You are invited to the launch of Will South Africa be okay? on Thursday 21 November 2019 at The Book Lounge in Cape Town, where the author, Jan-Jan Joubert, will be in conversation with Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

Resensie: Shadow flicker deur Melissa A Volker

Yolanda Wessels Resensies 2019-11-14

"Melissa slaag ongetwyfeld daarin om die leser vasgenael te hou, van begin tot einde."

Book launch: For the love of the land by Ivor Price and Kobus Louwrens

LitNet NB-Uitgewersportaal 2019-11-13

You are invited to the launch of For the love of the land by Ivor Price and Kobus Louwrens.

Reader impression: Tobacco wars by Johann van Loggerenberg

Clifford Roberts Books and writers 2019-11-06

"Overall, the book sheds light on the darker workings of a massive industry. But it also provides much-needed insight into SARS and the world of tax collection."

The African Library: The old drift by Namwali Serpell

Annie Gagiano Books and writers 2019-11-04

"It is the achievement of Serpell’s novel to be at once complex and lucid, to evoke a Zambian past, present and (imagined) future both ironically and compassionately."