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 ...

When movies drew in the crowds

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

BOOK REVIEW: Dance of the Trillions

Dance of the Trillions leaves many mysteries about global capital flows unexplained

PODCAST | ‘Thuma mina’ was meant for Jacob Zuma

Sunday Times journalist Qaanitah Hunter tracks the genesis of ‘thuma mina’ and how it became the tagline of Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a flying saucer?

Numerous reports of mysterious flying objects were reported in the aftermath of World War 2, and rumours compelled officials to issue statements denying that ...

Books: ’Tis the season to get reading

David Gorin rounds up the top novels and nonfiction, as well as a collection of short stories, to add to your summer break must-absorb list

France’s final blow in the Far East

After a 55-day siege, on May 7 1954, a small French-held stronghold fell to Vietnamese troops. The colonial power’s empire in the region was no more