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)

BOOK REVIEW: Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Loved or reviled, four years after the 2016 US general election, Hillary Clinton remains a figure around whom so many contradictions and divisions coalesce

BOOK REVIEW: Philippe Sands’ The Ratline

The Ratline is a meandering biography only partly about a man who deserved his painful demise. That he lived in terrible times was a tragedy for millions of ...

The secret life of books

A story unfolds and it’s not on the pages — it’s about the pages, writes Luke Alfred

BOOKS: What to read now

Two books our Life editor, Sarah Buitendach, recommends

Wattpad: reading the future

This is the tale of how Wattpad is changing the world of storytelling one upload at a time. Jo Buitendach braved the new digital frontier

SARAH BUITENDACH: When lockdown bites, we’re in need of comfort

Sarah Buitendach looks at how escapist reading and other pleasures can lighten the emotional load of Covid-19

Eddie Jones autobiography: the best sports book in a while

What does it take to write a good rugby book? Eddie Jones and Donald McRae show how it’s done

BOOKS: Pile these up next to your bed

Kate Rogan, owner of Joburg’s beloved Love Books, on what she recommends you should start your reading blitz with

BOOK REVIEW: When the ox wagon was king of the road

One tollgate recorded 4,500 ox wagons a year travelling from the Cape to the interior

BOOK REVIEW: Nechama Brodie’s Three Bodies

The follow-up to her 2018 fiction debut, Knucklebone, it is another tale that delves into the crimes Reshma Patel and Ian Jack investigate in and around Gauteng

Waiting, and more waiting, for the Anglo Boer War siege of Mafeking to end

Skilled riflemen turned a train into a mobile fortress, but before the British force in the town was relieved in May 1900 ammunition was getting scarce and ...