Why it is so difficult to talk about race in Cuba

Clara Ferreira Marques speaks to historian Ada Ferrer about Cuba’s legacy of slavery and revolution, and its tight relationship with the US

Siya Kolisi: I was sniffing petrol with bad boys until rugby rescued me

An exclusive extract from ‘Rise’, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi’s autobiography

BOOK REVIEW: Mercenaries, stars and armchair warriors: what happened to the kidnapped Chibok girls

‘Bring Back Our Girls’ is an interesting study in how power has shifted to allow celebrities to force political action

BOOK REVIEW: We need to talk about death

In Lionel Shriver's novel Should We Stay or Should We Go the topics of dying and ageing take centre stage

The long and short of choosing the Booker Prize winner

South African Damon Galgut has made the Booker Prize shortlist, along with five other authors from the UK, Sri Lanka and US

BOOK REVIEW: Old racism, young hope and scenes of mutual unmasking

Futhi Ntshingila’s new novel ‘They Got to You Too’ is about seeking forgiveness and finding paths to inner peace

BOOK REVIEW: Finding the common threads of accomplishment

Michael Barber brings out the human side much more than he has done in his previous writings

From funny to violent, short stories soothe limited attention spans

This year is an excellent year for the format, with contributions including those by Mary South and Brandon Taylor

BOOK EXTRACT: Sisonke Msimang on death and dying

In Our Ghosts Were Once People, Sisonke Msimang writes about the many losses faced when her mother died

Stories to make sense of the pandemic

The literature of epidemics is written not so much to signal the end of civilisation, but the end of a particular way of life

Five books to read this spring

Five of the best new books to add to your reading list

BOOK REVIEW: A tale of self-exile that hits home hard

Karen Jennings’ Booker Prize-nominated novel is powerful and spellbinding

BOOK REVIEW: Discovering the SA condition amid exoticism

With clever twists, SJ Naude's collection of short stories in Mad Honey makes for mature, masterful writing

BOOK REVIEW: The chaos caused when words fail us

Jon McGregor’s new novel, Lean Fall Stand, takes a look at the power of language — and the monumental loss caused by the lack thereof

BOOK REVIEW: Twenty-six accounts to remind us that gender equality is still a pipe dream

When Secrets Become Stories is a disturbing catalogue of the many ways women live in fear or discomfort

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