Literary Fire

50 Books UJ’s Professor Tshilidzi Marwala recommends for leaders

We cannot underestimate how critical strong leadership is in all aspects of our lives. In ‘Leadership Lessons From Books I Have Read’,...

The Harry Potter Books Are Timeless, JK Rowling Not So Much

COMMENT Ask any 90s kid and they are likely to say that the Harry Potter books were a big...

“Tawedes” to an origin language as South Africa gets its first...

Some people may consider KhoiKhoi a forgotten language - but in reality, it’s used across South Africa every day. Words like dagga...

6 South African cookbooks to add to your kitchen

South Africa is a country with many diverse cuisines. There is something to satisfy all cravings from sweet to savoury to fusion...

Pavlo Phitidis New Book Is A Must Read For Business People

Any listener of the business program on Radio 702 and Cape Talk will have heard of Pavlo Phitidis. Described as an "entrepreneurial...

“The Fall” is a fantasy novel set in the middle of...

Jen Thorpe’s novel The Fall marries fantasy with reality in a fast-paced mashup. We chatted to Thorpe about her inspiration for the...

Our 10 Favourite Books By Muslim Women

Representation matters, especially in a world where ‘Muslim woman’ is a highly politicised identity. Muslim women are painted as submissive and oppressed,...

Coconut Kelz On Achieving The Right (White) Standard Of Beauty

BOOK EXTRACT When she was last spotted on the crossroads of Swart and Gevaar Roads, Coconut Kelz was drinking...

The Origins Of The South African Students Organisation

BOOK EXTRACT During 2015 and 2016 student protests swept across South Africa campuses. In her new book...

If you love baking Faaiza Omar’s My Sweet Life is for...

In My Sweet Life, self-taught baker Faaiza Omar had put together a collection of recipes ranging from cakes, cheesecakes, brioches to more...

The Book Stokvel: Growing Support For African Literature

It is often said that the reading culture in South Africa is very poor. Young and old people are just not reading...

The Fightback And Maharani

Political journalist Qaanitah Hunter’s latest book Balance of Power: Ramaphosa and the future of South Africa shares fresh insights into Jacob Zuma’s...

Extract: “Femicide In South Africa”

Femicide In South Africa is the latest book by author and journalist Nechama Brodie. The book looks at the story of femicide...

Moe Shaik’s Memoir Is The ANC Spy Bible

In his new book and memoir, Moe Shaik, former head of the South African Secret Service takes the reader through the days...

What South Africa’s Love For Cattle Means For Climate Change

With a foreword by President Cyril Ramaphosa, this engaging book brings history, science, economics and popular culture together...

Tracing The History Of Domestic Workers Through Literature

Domestic work in South Africa is work that is fraught with racial and class tension. It lies at a unique intersection of...

Our 2021 recommended reads

It’s that time of the year to round up the books of the year. There have been some fantastic releases in 2021...

Hlumelo Biko: “ I Have Reimagined The Africa I Want To...

BOOK EXTRACT Slavery, colonialism, imperialism, and apartheid have fundamentally unbalanced the values and self-concept of Africans. There must be...

The Unfamous Five Goes To Lenasia

The Unfamous Five by Nedine Moonsamy opens with the five protagonists witnessing a violent crime. This act bounds the friends together and...

Deon Maas Reflects On Berlin, Identity And Belonging

Deon Maas packed up his whole life and moved to Berlin with his wife and four dogs to seek new adventures. There,...
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