What to read right now (according to the experts)

There’s still time for you to get up to speed with some of the 13 books that made the first-round cut of the The Man Booker prize

COLLECTIBLE BOOKS: England’s past seen through the eyes of some of its beholders

A collection of 150 reports of events, written at the time they took place

BOOKS: Fans of Levantine cuisine, take note

If the glacial weather has you constantly thinking about comfort food, then best you check out Tayfun Aras’s new recipe book, Anatoli

Agatha Christie: back from the dead and we’re loving it

Dame Agatha’s novels are having a 21st-century revival of sorts, because her work is all over the big and small screens

COLLECTIBLE BOOKS: Europe in a century of upheaval

The end of World War 2 was the turning point for the great European powers and a time when the US assumed the role of safeguarding Western civilisation

The rise of short stories

As far as books go in 2018, less is definitely more. Here’s a brief guide to a little bit of literature

The President is Missing: The new novel people are talking about

The President is Missing is set for release early this month and seems a dead cert for success

Through the pages of a newspaper: a century of SA history

Radical changes and interesting events in the shaping of the country are highlighted in a commemorative book that was recently sold on auction

BOOK REVIEW: The tattooist of Auschwitz

Our thoughts on a novel everyone is talking about

Gifts for someone who has everything

Authors Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley have produced books on hipsters, taking sick days off work, dating, spouses and meetings

BOOKS: Q&A with Nechama Brodie

The Financial Mail grabbed five minutes with Brodie to talk inspiration, writing and reading in Afrikaans

The Carlton Hotel: ghost of Joburg past

New book gives a glimpse of an icon that has stood untouched for 20 years

BOOKS: When good taste and money join forces

Have a flick through the The Garden of Babylonstoren and be reminded of what money and taste can buy

COLLECTIBLE BOOKS: The assault that humbled the British Empire

Was the defeat of the British troops at Majuba the result of a mistaken belief that the Boers’ military power was weak?

COLLECTIBLE BOOKS: When cars were the latest thing

The first SA motorists had to import their own petrol, and some drivers were able to choose vehicles that could easily be fixed by the village blacksmith