This labour of love, of telling the true story of South African and Africa, has to be intensified on all fronts. So that as Africans we are able to write, present and interpret our history, our conditions and life circumstances, according to our knowledge and experience. It is a challenge that confronts all Africans everywhere – on our Continent and in the Diaspora – to define ourselves, not in the image of others, or according to the dictates and fancies of people other than ourselves.

Thabo Mbeki
- address at the launch of the Luthuli Legacy Project

There’s nothing like the smell and feel of a good ol fashioned book. Besides, it’s through reading that we learn, reflect and remember. The Journalist welcomes bookworms to the new ‘books’ section of our site where we’ll bring you interviews with authors, book reviews and reading lists. Here you’ll find the best paperbacks to curl up with, and the ‘must have’ hardcovers to have on your bookcase.

We’ll celebrate the great African writers of our time, the likes of Sol Plaatje, whose Native Life in South Africa turns 100 this year; as well as commemorate literary giants such as Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Wole Soyinka and Ben Okri. Alan Paton, Steve Biko and Nadine Gordimer, Zakes Mda and Binyavanga Wainaina.

The literary greats live on through their work.

And even though technology is altering the way we consume our novels and bestsellers, and the age of social media has us consuming no more than 140 characters at a time, The Journalist will bring you the novelists, academics and intellectuals who, through their writing, recording and archiving, feed our souls with the pleasure of reading.