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 ...

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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’

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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)

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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

BOOK REVIEW: Lauren Beukes’ Afterland

Frighteningly prescient new fiction

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BOOKS: What to read now

Two books our Life editor, Sarah Buitendach, recommends

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

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When movies drew in the crowds

The 1950s produced some powerful films, many still seen as classics today

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