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The dark side of rare metal mining

There is a vast hidden cost to the metal that goes into your phone or car

BOOK REVIEW: Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley’s super-schemer

A new book, The Contrarian, takes a lacerating look at the uber-capitalist, libertarian, tax-hating PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel

BOOK REVIEW: The Master — a king with all the aces

Roger Federer has a claim to be tennis’s Goat — an effort of sheer willpower

BOOKS: The power of one

The multiple new titles about singular lives make for riveting reads

BOOK REVIEW: The Power of Geography

To understand our past and where we’re going, we must grapple with geography

Wilbur Smith: fine line between fact and fiction

Wilbur Smith, who died this month, was a cracking storyteller and acclaimed writer. But by tweaking facts, his book ‘Rage’ got the events of the Sharpeville ...

How Damon Galgut fulfilled his promise

SA claims its fourth Booker prize, thanks to its ‘rich material’ of contradictions

Karen Jennings and Damon Galgut on the economics of writing

SA’s two Booker Prize-nominated authors reveal how they’ve struggled to make ends meet

BOOKS: Covid and the unexpected truth of a fragile globe

Lewis deciphers what the pandemic says about the quality of today’s leaders

BOOK REVIEW: Mythbusting economic clichés

With a sparkle, a new book looks at the way economies develop — from an African perspective

FRIENDSHIP: How Covid tests the ties that bind

Books that shine a light on friendship and why we’re so anxious today

Defending the indefensible: Malcolm Gladwell’s The Bomber Mafia

This book takes a clinical look at how two World War 2 US military leaders plotted a new way to wage war: from the sky, with bombs

BOOKS: Prose of a post-Arab spring Middle East

These novels provide insights from history, and stir emotions through stories that resonate

Christo Wiese: The three lessons I learnt from Steinhoff

An updated edition of Pieter du Toit’s book, ‘The Stellenbosch Mafia’, elaborates on the fallout between Johann Rupert and Christo Wiese, who has been badly ...

BOOK REVIEW: A look back on Beatlemania

Two new books about The Beatles have David Gorin and Sarah Buitendach’s words flowing out ‘like endless rain into a paper cup’

Bookmark these: 10 books for the holidays

From history in technicolour to a dystopian wake-up call, David Gorin rounds up his 10 literary picks for the holidays (and beyond)