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

BOOK REVIEW: On being black and feminist in South Africa

New book traces a path within black South African feminist thought in 20 dazzling chapters

BOOK REVIEW: A probing look at living and dying — and the importance of friendship

Andrew O’Hagan’s ‘Mayflies’ is a wake-up call to deepen our relationships, writes David Gorin

BOOK REVIEW: Train trip sets scene for turning reality on its head

Helen Oyeyemi’s Peaces is a fascinating and decidedly weird novel

Booker Prize longlist focuses on nature of community

Kazuo Ishiguro, Richard Powers and Rachel Cusk make the cut, but will it be third time lucky for SA’s Damon Galgut?

Five topical novels to get you through winter

Monique Verduyn recommends books that provide a glimpse into some of the world’s most pressing issues

BOOK REVIEW: Is your perfect match written in the stars?

Despite missing a crucial detail or two, Horoscope Hotties is lightweight, flirty and funny

BOOK REVIEW: Barbados may be paradise for some, but not for others

‘How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps her House’ is a visceral novel of love, patriarchy and self-determination

BOOK REVIEW: The School Gates makes for mindless book club fodder

The new novel from Fiona Snyckers is lightweight and clichéd and unlikely to win her any acclaim

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