Gill Moodie spoke to Julian Rademeyer and Tim Cohen as part of her “Backstories” series on Journalism.co.za. Moodie discussed the transition that both of these authors made from being journalists to writing books. She also mentioned Jacques Pauw’s Rat Roads and Barry Sergeant’s The Kebble Collusion as being part of the trend towards local non-fiction.
Rademeyer, author of Killing for Profit spoke about how he would not have been able to complete his book if he hadn’t resigned from his job. He spent nine months investigating rhino poaching and this involved travelling to Mozambique, Vietnam and Laos. Cohen, author of A Piece of the Pie: The Battle Over Nationalisation found writing his book fun and said that he had an advantage as he was already writing about politics and economics and his book is written in that same voice.
Every book store you go into at the moment has a prominent display of recently published local books – especially non-fiction by local journalists.
The ANC’s elective conference in Mangaung next month means that anything to do with politics is hot – and Exclusives is even branding some books with “Road to Mangaung” stickers.
- Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade by Julian Rademeyer
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