Booker and Nobel prizes are not perfect stories

The 2019 awarding of these top literary honours was fraught with rumour and wrangling

BOOK REVIEW: AI and the future of human beings all comes down to one word: control

Stuart Russell’s book is a serious overview of the artificial intelligence challenge

What will Karl Ove Knausgaard say 100 years from now?

The Norwegian is the latest author to be added to the Future Library, an art project involving a spruce forest, paper and secret words

I’m not there to endorse the status quo, says first black woman to win Booker Prize

Author and voice for women of colour Bernardine Evaristo says publishing and the literary landscape have not reflected all the communities in Britain

BOOK REVIEW: An unnerving peek inside Cape Town’s deadly underworld

Caryn Dolley’s book The Enforcers is simultaneously captivating, entertaining and disillusioning

BOOK REVIEW: A look inside the minds of apartheid spies

Jonathan Ancer’s book seeks to provide answers to the persona behind each spy he interviewed

PODCAST | Changing the narrative that blacks have the monopoly for messing things up — Mteto Nyati

In this edition of Business Day Spotlight, we focus on the recently published book Betting on a Darkie by one of SA’s pre-eminent business leaders, Mteto Nyati

BOOK REVIEW: Darkly comedic slashfest raises serious questions about sibling solidarity

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel is a brilliant, economically written tale about the ties that bind two sisters

Oh little town of Bethlehem, what injustice was committed in thee

Jonny Steinberg narrates how he was moved to view SA through the eyes of a man locked away from the changing nation for 19 years

One for the money, two for the go

Mini’s cheapest, weakest model still retains the brand's fun-to-drive vibe

Five books on the battle over the Amazon rainforest

Here’s what to read to understand the complex fight between nationalism and globalism.

BOOK REVIEW: Pico Iyer delivers a provocative — and liberating — guide to Japan

Rarely in any writing on the country is provocation so elegantly and surgically performed

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Magaliesberg is where life itself peeked out from the ocean

‘Cradle of Life — The story of the Magaliesberg and the Cradle of Humankind’ is a fascinating and scientific account of our origins

A peek at the top business books out now

Find out what love has to do with business, why people would prefer influencers other than ‘experts’ and how to see the danger around the corner

Hyped latest release is no fictional testament to Atwood’s dystopian vision

Nominated for the Booker Prize shortlist before its publication, the release of novelist’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale has been highly anticipated

Former winners Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie feature on Booker Prize shortlist

Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma makes the cut for the second time for his second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities


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