Books

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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.

Book Extract: Turning And Turning

Book Extract: Turning And Turning

Combining analytical insight with personal observations and experience, Judith February highlights the complex process of building a strong democratic society in her new book Turning and Turning and the difficulties of living in a constitutional democracy marked by soaring levels of inequality. There is a need to reflect on and learn from the country’s democratic journey if citizens are to shape our democracy effectively and to fulfill the promise of the Constitution for all South Africans....

Book review: Philani Dladla, The Pavement Bookworm

Book review: Philani Dladla, The Pavement Bookworm

Philani Dladla is 28 years old, a previously homeless man who reviews and sells books. He travels around the streets of Johannesburg with a small library and sells and reviews books for those passing by, he prefers this to begging for money. He has a difficult personal history, but his passion for books and reading has led to viral videos, a TED talk and numerous interviews with national and international publications. Added to his recent accolades is his very own memoir, titled ‘The Pavement...

Book extract: Sorry, not Sorry

Book extract: Sorry, not Sorry

In Sorry, Not Sorry, Haji Mohamed Dawjee explores the often maddening experience of moving through post-apartheid South Africa as a woman of colour. She pulls no punches when examining the social landscape: from arguing why she’d rather deal with an open racist than some liberal white people, to drawing on her own experience to convince readers that joining a cult is never a good idea. In the provocative voice that has made Mohamed Dawjee one of our country’s most talked-about columnists, she...

Always Another Country

Always Another Country

Sisonke Msimang: Growing up in exile, longing for home and the baggage of being South African.

We will lead Africa

We will lead Africa

Book launch: collection of inspirational real-life stories from Africa

Where are you from?

Where are you from?

Identity Interrogation and the assumptions of African experiences

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