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Mermaid meat in Cape Town – Q&A with magical realism author...

In one sentence what is this book about?  Afro-Surrealism about smokkeling mermaid tails, whilst navigating mental illness and...

Conjuring Soft Magic With Storyteller Upile Chisala

“Growing up, I never read books by black women,” the Malawian storyteller Upile Chisala told an audience at the Sandton Exclusive Books...

Zulaikha Patel wants to inspire young women with her first book

Zulaikha Patel was just 13-years-old when images of her protesting against her school’s racist hair policies became news. That protest inspired a...

EXTRACT: But He Speaks So Well by Ivan Johnson

Journey with Ivan Johnson in this memoir of an identity crisis as the high­spirited boy from a close-­knit family on the Cape...

Ming-Cheau Lin Makes Sense Of A Confused Identity In ‘Yellow And...

Yellow And Confused is the latest release from cookbook author, blogger and storyteller Ming-Cheau Lin. It is a deeply personal and in-depth...

EXTRACT: Robert McBride: The Struggle Continues:

Robert McBride: The Struggle Continues is the story of Robert McBride and his comrades: the substation sabotage spree, rescuing a compatriot from...

Why Dr T’s New UN Position Brings Together Her Life’s Passion

I first spoke to Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng last year. She had just launched her book Dr T’s Guide to Sexual And Reproductive...

Chatting Korean beauty standards and K-pop with Frances Cha

“I would live your life so much better than you if I had your face…” muses a character in Frances Cha’s debut...

Joanne Joseph’s Children of Sugarcane is an intimate look at indenture

In Children of Sugarcane, writer and media personality Joanne Joseph, weaves a deeply political and personal tale of indenture. Joseph introduces readers...

Extract: Nation on the Couch

Professor Wahbie Long’s Nation on the Couch explores life in our beloved country through the lens of psychoanalysis. By focusing on the...

“Aunty” Fatima Sydow is here to teach you how to cook

Watching a social media video of Fatima Sydow cooking feels like being in the kitchen with a much-loved family member. From her...

10 Books Celebrating The Complexity Of Women

Novelist Kamila Shamsie challenged the books industry to publish no new titles by men for a year in 2018. Shamsie called for...

How South Africa Can Prepare For Climate Change

BOOK REVIEW  South Africa’s Survival Guide to Climate Change by Sarah Wild and Sipho Kings is a new...

Thabang Motsohi: Why The ANC Fails

“The African National Congress (ANC) is going to be divided, it’s going to split. The split is inevitable when you have ideological...

The Terrorist Album Marked People For Death

Jacob Dlamini was due to fly down to South Africa from New Jersey for promotions for his new book, The Terrorist Album....

Ziyanda Stuurman asks: “Can we be safe?” and “how” in new...

Safety and policing are major issues for all people living in South Africa but not always equally. Policing, safety and criminality are...

The Daily Vox recommends: Our best picks of women writers in...

This year might not have been the greatest for book releases with COVID-19 meaning the cancellation of many book events. Added to...

Extract from Andy Kawa’s book about getting justice for women

Kwanele, Enough! My Battle with the South African Police Service to get Justice for Women is businessperson Andy Kawa’s story. In 2010,...

Poem: The Night Visitor

Poem by PRYZ da poet He came in the middle of the night and whispered in the ears of...

19-Year-Old Gaelan Wort Just Published His First Dystopian Epic

At the age of 19, film student Gaelan Wort has crafted a dystopian epic and plans for it to be part of...
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