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Die Afrikaanse uitgawe van die eerste boek in Philip Kerr se Berlin Noir-reeks het pas die rakke getref

Hans-Nazi’s is ’n kragtoer. Bernie Günther is pure speur-plesier.” – Deon Meyer

“Slim, skerp, spannend en supersnaaks” – Karin Brynard

Berlyn, 1936. Hardebaard speurder Bernhard – “Bernie” – Günther word deur ’n miljoenêr-sakeman ingeroep om die moord op sy dogter en skoonseun op te los en waardevolle juwele wat tydens die inbraak gesteel is, te vind.

Gewoonlik is Günther op die spoor van vermiste persone, maar in dié onstuimige politieke klimaat betree hy ’n donker onderwêreld waar misdaad, korrupsie en onderhandelinge met Nazi-leiers aan die orde van die dag is. Sy soektog ontbloot ’n skandaal wat hoëkoppe soos Hermann Goering en Heinrich Himmler betrek …

Smerige nagklubs, smeulende filmsterre, oorvol lykshuise en onderonsies met die Gestapo lei uiteindelik tot ’n skokkende onthulling. Die roman speel af in Nazi-Duitsland – ’n milieu wat Kerr met vernuf skets.

Dié Afrikaanse uitgawe van March Violets is die eerste boek in Kerr se Berlin Noir-reeks, sy eerste Bernie Günther-trilogie. Vertalings van die volgende twee romans in die reeks, The Pale Criminal en A German Requiem, verskyn in 2019.

PHILIP KERR (1956–2018) was ’n Britse skrywer wat wêreldwyd bekendheid verwerf het vir sy speurverhale. Hy het in 1980 ’n meestersgraad in filosofie en die regte aan die Universiteit van Birmingham ontvang en het daarna meer as 30 boeke gepubliseer, waaronder veral historiese romans en misdaadfiksie. Sy Bernie Günther-romans speel af in Nazi-Duitsland. Hy is in Maart 2018 oorlede.

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Local is extra lekker in Foodies of South Africa: The Most Viral Recipes Ever!

Local is extra lekker in this cookbook that brings you mouthwatering recipes like Pap in a Pumpkin, Cheesy Braai Bombs, A-maize-ing Chakalaka Dippers, Croque Meneer and Steri Stumpie Hot Chocolate.

Foodies of South Africa is synonymous with epic recipes, wicked combos, extra cheesy delights and dripping sauces. With over 730 000 followers on Facebook, including a few local celebrities like Lorna Maseko and Dineo Ranaka, Foodies of South Africa’s videos have gone viral.

In the last year their videos got more shares than all of the top 50 brands in the country combined. Every week four million of their fans view their delicious recipes – in a good week this figure goes up to 10 million.

Their fans also love to comment on and share the recipes and even upload photos when they have made the dishes.

The book will also include several fan comments from Facebook. To the team from Foodies of SA food is much more than just food. It is also an intimate and intricate part of one’s life story, it is belonging, heritage, culture . . . and connection. This is a book that is bound to become a much-consulted, dog-eared, flour-dusted, timeworn companion.

Warm whiskey volcano: ‘I’m dead!’ – Gugu Gumede

Sheet pan dinner: ‘Soooo going to try this!’ – Dineo Ranaka

Cheesy bread bake: ‘Staaaaaaaaaapppppp!’ ‒ Lorna

About the authors

Chantal Botha is a brand strategist/digital marketer with a passion for food and nutrition. She helps to brainstorm recipe ideas, manages the respective Foodies of SA social platforms and helps to bring the Foodies of SA brand/voice to life!

Julie Brown is a boss lady/supermom who loves food, film-making and family. She has been producing, directing and managing video teams for nearly ten years.

Hayley Murison is an avid foodie, a parttime artist and a full-time cake enthusiast! She was one of the earliest members of the Foodies team and has since been involved in just about every aspect of the business.

Jon Ratcliffe is the founder of Engage Video Group which owns the Foodies of SA platform. He has also lead numerous divisions at Google both in Africa and at Google’s head office in California

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Launch: Melusi’s Everyday Zulu by Melusi Tshabalala (15 September)

Duduza. Bopha. Imbiza. Phapha. Asixoliseni. Amapopeye . . . What is the power of a single word?

Six days a week, advertising creative Melusi Tshabalala posts a Zulu word on his Everyday Zulu Facebook page and tells a story about it. His off-beat sense of humour, razor-sharp social observations and frank political commentary not only teaches his followers isiZulu but also offer insight into the world Melusi inhabits as a 21st century Zulu man.

Over the past few months he has built up a big and a loyal following that include radio host Jenny Crwys-Williams and Afrikaans author Marita van der Vyver. He pokes fun at our differences and makes us laugh at ourselves and each other.

Melusi asks critical questions of everyone, from Aunty Helen, Dudu-Zille to Silili (Cyril Ramaphosa) and even Woolworths (why are their aircons always set on ‘jou moer’?). His fans love him for his honesty and commitment to pointing out subtle and overt forms of prejudice and racism.

Melusi’s Everyday Zulu holds up a mirror that shows South African society in all its flaws and its sheer humanity. Most importantly, he shows the power of words and that there’s umzulu in all of us!

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Winners of Melusi’s Everyday Zulu announced

Thanks to all who entered our Melusi’s Everyday Zulu (by Melusi Tshabalala) giveaway!

We received numerous entries and are happy to announce the following three winners:

Sandra Ndlovu

Louis de Villiers

Bronwyn Britz

Enjoy!

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Book discussion: Always Another Country by Sisonke Msimang (7 August)

The Governing Intimacies Project and WiSER invite you to a book discussion of Sisonke Msimang’s Always Another Country – a remarkable tale of belonging, identity and coming of age in the postcolony. Insightful and beautifully written, the memoir sets a new benchmark in the genre.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie awarded PEN Pinter Prize

The critically acclaimed Nigerian novelist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient whose TEDx-talk on feminism was appropriated in Beyoncé’s “Flawless”, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been announced as the recipient of the PEN Pinter Prize 2018!

Adichie was selected as the winner of this prestigious award by this year’s judging panel, president of English PEN Philippe Sands; historian, biographer and widow of Harold Pinter Antonia Fraser; writer and critic Alex Clark; poet, playwright and performer Inua Ellams, and Chair of Judges and Chair of trustees for English PEN Maureen Freely.

This globally renowned writer, advocate for gender equality, and vocal supporter of the representation of African culture in the international literary sphere, certainly is a worthy recipient of the PEN Pinter Prize. Established in 2009 and named in memory of Nobel Laureate playwright, Harold Pinter, this prize is allocated to an author who’s work possesses “outstanding literary merit”.

The PEN Pinter Prize is awarded annually to an author from Britain, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth, who’s penmanship – in the words of Pinter’s Nobel Prize for Literature speech – bestows an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon the world and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies’. Previous winners include Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Hanif Kureishi and Carol Ann Duffy.

Adichie comments:

I admired Harold Pinter’s talent, his courage, his lucid dedication to telling his truth, and I am honoured to be given an award in his name.

She will receive the award on 9 October.

Purple Hibiscus

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Launch – Born in Chains: The Diary of an Angry ‘Born-Free’ by Clinton Chauke (7 June)

What is it like to be born dirt-poor in South Africa? Clinton Chauke knows, having been raised alongside his two sisters in a remote village bordering the Kruger National Park and a squatter camp outside Pretoria.

Clinton is a young village boy when awareness dawns of how poor his family really is: there’s no theft in the village because there’s absolutely nothing to steal. But fire destroys the family hut, and they decide to move back to the city. There he is forced to confront the rough-and-tumble of urban life as a ‘bumpkin’. He is Venda, whereas most of his classmates speak Zulu or Tswana and he has to face their ridicule while trying to pick up two or more languages as fast as possible.

With great self-awareness, Clinton negotiates the pitfalls and lifelines of a young life: crime and drugs, football, religion, friendship, school, circumcision and, ultimately, becoming a man. Throughout it all, he displays determination as well as a self-deprecating humour that will keep you turning the pages till the end.

Clinton’s story is one that will give you hope that even in a sea of poverty there are those that refuse to give up and, ultimately, succeed.

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Launch: Who Will Rule in 2019? by Jan-Jan Joubert (30 May)

The ANC received a bloody nose in the 2016 local elections, when it lost three major metros to the opposition. Will the fractured ruling party be able to reunite under Cyril Ramaphosa and gain a majority at the polls in 2019? Or could the DA and the EFF overcome their vast ideological divide to oust the ANC?

The South African political landscape has changed dramatically since Jacob Zuma stepped down as president. Veteran political journalist Jan-Jan Joubert looks at all the possible scenarios, taking us behind the scenes into a world of political horse trading to analyse the options available to all the parties in the run-up to the next election.

Will the oldest liberation movement in Africa have to form a coalition to stay in power? And what is the likelihood of the ANC’s turning to the EFF to bolster its support?

One thing is certain: deals will be done. By examining the results of the local elections, Joubert argues that the 2019 national elections may well be the first in 25 years in which no party wins an outright majority.

In exclusive interviews, political leaders also share their views on the major issues dividing – or perhaps uniting – South Africa today, and point the way to a new political future.

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Launch: Who Will Rule in 2019? by Jan-Jan Joubert (24 May)

The ANC received a bloody nose in the 2016 local elections, when it lost three major metros to the opposition. Will the fractured ruling party be able to reunite under Cyril Ramaphosa and gain a majority at the polls in 2019? Or could the DA and the EFF overcome their vast ideological divide to oust the ANC?
The South African political landscape has changed dramatically since Jacob Zuma stepped down as president. Veteran political journalist Jan-Jan Joubert looks at all the possible scenarios, taking us behind the scenes into a world of political horse trading to analyse the options available to all the parties in the run-up to the next election. Will the oldest liberation movement in Africa have to form a coalition to stay in power? And what is the likelihood of the ANC’s turning to the EFF to bolster its support?

One thing is certain: deals will be done. By examining the results of the local elections, Joubert argues that the 2019 national elections may well be the first in 25 years in which no party wins an outright majority.

In exclusive interviews, political leaders also share their views on the major issues dividing – or perhaps uniting – South Africa today, and point the way to a new political future.

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Launch: London Rules by Mick Herron (22 May)

London Rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one. Cover your arse. Regent’s Park’s First Desk, Claude Whelan, is learning this the hard way.

Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he’s facing attack from all directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote, and now has his sights set on Number Ten; from the showboat’s wife, a tabloid columnist, who’s crucifying Whelan in print; from the PM’s favourite Muslim, who’s about to be elected mayor of the West Midlands, despite the dark secret he’s hiding; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who’s alert for Claude’s every stumble. Meanwhile, the country’s being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks, and someone’s trying to kill Roddy Ho.

Over at Slough House, the crew are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath. But collectively, they’re about to rediscover their greatest strength – that of making a bad situation much, much worse. It’s a good job Jackson Lamb knows the rules. Because those things aren’t going to break themselves.

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