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For the Foodie Who Likes to Read: Best Cookbooks of 2015

Vickie de Beer, Kath Megaw and Libby Doyle

Cookbooks come in all fonts and flavours and are both decorative and practical – making it the perfect purchase for any household.

Whether you prefer healthy living or decadent indulgence, there’s a cookbook out there for you (and another one for your mother/father/significant other).

Pour yourself a cup of tea, sit back and have a look at our list of the best cookbooks of 2015:


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1. The Low Carb Solution For Diabetics

The Low Carb Solution For DiabeticsWinner of the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards:

When working mother Vickie de Beer’s life changed forever after her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she and leading paediatric dietician Kath Megaw set about creating a low-carb lifestyle plan for diabetics – and, in the process, developed an arsenal of the most effective systems and day-to-day strategies for practically dealing with diabetes.

Part emotive journey, part cookbook and part medical reference, and all bundled up in the care and love of devoted parents, The Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics (Quivertree) is the fruit of their combined findings – at once personal and professional, and essential reading that effectively “closes the gap” for families coping with diabetes.


2. Mariana’s Country Kitchen

Mariana's Country KitchenMarianas se vier seisoeneMariana’s Country Kitchen (also available in Afrikaans as Marianas se vier seisoene) by Mariana Esterhuizen was published by Human & Rousseau in October last year and was named Best Newcomer at the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards.

Mariana serves food fresh from her own extensive vegetable, fruit and herb garden; prepared in her own unique way. Her delightful book includes recipes for the restaurant’s top dishes, along with vegetable dishes, classic dishes, and Mariana’s favourite childhood foods. Divided seasonally into four sections, this is the ultimate cookery book for those who love fresh, honest, delicious in-season eating.


The following four books were shortlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards:

3. Bitter + Sweet: A Heritage Cookbook

Bitter+SweetBitter + soetNiël Stemmet se jongste boek, Bitter + soet: ‘n Erfeniskosboek, het vroeg verlede jaar by Human & Rousseau verskyn.

Bitter + soet vertel die verhaal van Mietha Klaaste wat op die plaas Langverwacht, in die omgewing van Robertson grootgeword het, soos oorvertel deur Niël Stemmet. Die verhaal vat ons terug na daar waar Mietha se ma, Sarah, Oumies en Oubaas se huis skoonmaak en haar pa die voorman op die plaas is. Oumies en Oubaas se oudste seun, Johan, trou met sy nooi Susan, kom woon op die plaas en kort voor lank maak klein Daniël sy verskyning. Mietha word uit die skool gehaal om na hom om te sien – en daarmee begin ’n hegte verbintenis wat oor jare heen sou strek.


4. The Supper Club

The Supper ClubPresenting The Supper Club by Phillippa Cheifitz – a collection of easy-to-follow recipes for every occasion:

Cheifitz and a group of her friends get together for a supper once a month. The venue, host and menu change on a monthly basis and the menu is matched to the season or particular occasion. This is the inspiration for the book: preparing a well-cooked and delicious meal for friends to gather around the table and reconnect.


5. Baking For Pleasure and Profit

Baking For Pleasure & ProfitBak vir pret & profytBaking For Pleasure & Profit by Christine Capendale is for anyone who bakes and sells or simply wants to learn the tips and tricks from a professional. Chapter one is about the business part of home baking. There are more than 90 unique recipes with variations and creative ideas to help turn them into signature products. It contains short cuts, tips, and proven results rarely found anywhere.

Recipes are suitable for home industries, catering and farmers markets.

This book is also available in Afrikaans as Bak vir pret & profyt.


6. Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children

Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenSustained energy? Check. Reduced sugar cravings? Check. Improved concentration? Check.

Check-marks, too, for: increased health and vitality, enhanced athletic performance, longer and deeper sleep, improved digestion, strategies for fussy eaters, and helping your child reach and maintain a healthy body weight.

All these topics are addressed by South Africa’s leading paediatric dietician Kath Megaw in her upcoming book, Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children (Quivertree). Co-written with Daisy Jones, Phillippa Cheifitz and Jane-Anne Hobbs, the book offers a low-carb solution for the whole family – with recipes for moms, dads and kids of all ages.


7. World Atlas of Food

World Atlas of FoodJenny Morris’ World Atlas of Food (MapStudio) is a compilation of over 100 countries and includes a world of flavours. We present to you, from every continent on the globe (excluding Antarctica) the essence of traditions, food styles and flavours comprising of elements that serve to make a country unique.

World Atlas of Food is a journey of the senses, offering armchair travel into the kitchen of six continents.


8. Raising Superheroes

Raising SuperheroesThe Real Meal Revolution (Quivertree) was all about taking on the global obesity epidemic with a revolutionary approach to eating; it challenged ingrained beliefs, it sold (and still sells) in record-breaking numbers throughout South Africa, and it changed people’s lives.

With Raising Superheroes (Jacana) the authors have now set out to revolutionise the way we feed our children. It’s time, they believe, to challenge the kids’ food industry and our old assumptions; it’s time to give our children the best nutrition possible, and the best start in life.


9. TWO

TWOStruik Lifestyle is proud to present TWO by Seline and Leandri van der Wat:

During the screening of the MasterChef South Africa 2013 series, TV viewers were both fascinated by, and impressed with, the Van der Wat sisters.

Seline and Leandri’s relationship and their varying cooking styles and personalities kept audiences on the edge of their seats right up until the final episode as they were ultimately placed second and third – no mean achievement.


10. The Banting Baker

The Banting BakerJacana Media is proud to present The Banting Baker by Catherine Speedie:

The Low-Carb High-Fat diet, known more colloquially as the Banting diet, is not just about upturning the food pyramid and thus the conventional wisdom around food and nutrition that has ruled for the last 40-odd years. It’s about waking us up to what our bodies are naturally “wired” for in terms of optimal sustenance and body weight. It’s about realising that along the trajectory of commercial and industrial “progress”, we’ve lost sight of our humanness – our basic biology if you will.


11. Home: Food From My Kitchen

HomeBuilding on the success of her two previous books, and in support of her TV series, Sarah Graham’s Food Safari, Home: Food From My Kitchen encapsulates cooking throughout southern Africa.

Within the standard cookbook format of Brunch, Salads, Soups, Snacks, Meat, Poultry, Pasta, Seafood, Desserts and Baking, she presents food that is simple but beautiful, delicious and healthy. Most of the dishes can be prepared as easily outdoors as in your kitchen, and the recipes will work for family meals as well as casual dining with friends.


12. Sweet

SweetStruik Lifestyle is proud to present Sweet, a book of delectable treats by Sam Linsell:

Sweet – a word that in the culinary realm conjures up notions of decadence, irresistible deliciousness, indulgence and yes, basically palate bliss. Those treats we crave when we’re happy, sad or in need of a pick-me-up, and which make the world feel like a wonderful place. These are what Samantha Linsell presents in Sweet – and so much more! The dizzy array of sweet temptations will make your head spin and take you back to that state of excited contemplation that you last experienced as a child before a birthday party.


13. Low Carb is Lekker

Low Carb is LekkerLow carb is lekkerLow Carb is Lekker is the brainchild of Inè Reynierse, who embarked on a mission to make the benefits of a low-carb lifestyle an achievable, budget-friendly reality for her friends and family. Her “decarbed” versions of South Africa’s most popular and well-loved recipes soon caught the attention of various social networks and the growing need for a basic Low Carb is Lekker recipe collection.

There are easy low-carb, wheat-free and sugar-free alternatives to some all time family favourites (think bobotie, mac ’n cheese and curry and “rice”), quick comfort foods (gnocchi and chicken pie) as well as decadent treats (malva pudding, chocolate brownies and milk tart spring to mind).


14. All Sorts of Salads

All Sorts of SaladsAll Sorts of Salads by by Chantal Lascaris features over 70 delicious recipes for main and side salads. Gone are the days of having lettuce as your main ingredient as this book will take the home cook out of his or her salad rut and provide some interesting and tasty dishes to explore and enjoy!

The book is for anyone who wants a greater choice of salads in their daily diets, including those who want to prepare them for health reasons.


15. South African Cookbook for Diabetes

South African Cookbook for DiabetesSuid-Afrikaanse kookboek vir diabetesHilda Lategan has hand-picked the best recipes from the two volumes of South African cookbook for diabetes and insulin resistance, so that you and your family can enjoy delicious and healthy food every day.

This book is also available in Afrikaans as Suid-Afrikaanse kookboek vir diabetes.


16. Cape Fusion

Cape FusionSouth Africa’s fusion father, Shane Sauvage, is back with an ocean-inspired, all-new take on South African regional ingredients and flavours. Owner of La Pentola restaurant, Sauvage is the winner of the American Express Platinum Fine Dinning Award for the 11th year running, only one of 89 restaurants country wide to carry this honour. Chef Shane is taking food creation and wine pairing to another level.

With combinations to tempt the palate and fill your table with a feast of innovative and delicious cuisine made easy for the home cook, Cape Fusion is a sensory journey amplified by world-class, step-by-step food photography and scenic photography capturing the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.


17. South African Flavours and Traditions and Braai and Potjie Flavours and Traditions

South African Flavours and TraditionsBraai and Potjie Flavours and TraditionsSouth Africa Flavours and Traditions by Sophia Lindop invites you on a journey through our richly diverse country with its colourful people and fascinating food. Please stay a while and enjoy the tales of adventure, determination and courage at our table as we serve up this, our South Africa.

Braai and Potjie Flavours and Traditions invites you on a journey into our great outdoors where we light a fire and encourage you to stay a while and enjoy this unique South African tradition.


18. Taste the Little Karoo

Taste the Little KarooProe die Klein-KarooStruik Lifestyle is proud to present Taste the Little Karoo (Afrikaans: Proe die Klein-Karoo) by Beate Joubert:

The little Karoo is known for its beautiful landscapes, food traditions, atmosphere and warm hospitable people. Joubert captures the essence of this region and its people through the recipes included in Taste the Little Karoo. These unique recipes range from snacks and side dishes, breads and soups to salads, hearty meat dishes and braai recipes, as well as delicious desserts to round off a meal. There is also a chapter that provides recipes for the pantry such as pesto, dukkah and chutneys.


19. The Democratic Republic of Braai

The Democratic Republic of BraaiIt is your democratic right to gather with friends and family around braai fires throughout the country and celebrate with a meal cooked over the coals of a real wood fire.

This is the promise of Jan Braai’s Democratic Republic of Braai (Bookstorm). Fireworks brought us the basics of braai, Red Hot showed us that braai could be so much more. Now The Democratic Republic of Braai brings you the greatest braai recipes that Jan knows – it’s your right to braai the best.


20. Market Food

Market FoodPresenting Market Food by the mother-and-daughters cooking team Dianne and Lissa Stewart and Jessica Cairns:

Which is your favourite market? The explosion of markets all over South Africa led Dianne Stewart and her daughters, Lissa and Jessica, on a trip around South Africa in search of the best market food. Each market has its own distinct personality, and provides locals and visitors with relaxed and informal meeting places where family and friends can get together, share a meal and fill their baskets with some of the finest home-made fare and produce this country has to offer.


21. Sugar Free

Sugar FreeJonathan Ball presents Sugar Free by Karen Thomson and Kerry Hammerton, with a foreword by Tim Noakes and guidelines by Tamzyn Campbell:

Sugar Free (also available in Afrikaans as Suikervry) is the first self-help book written in South Africa to help people overcome sugar and carbohydrate addiction. It is written by authors Karen Thomson and Kerry Hammerton with the support of dietician Tamzyn Campbell and a foreword by Prof Tim Noakes. It advocates the low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) way of eating.


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The 10 Biggest Non-Fiction Book Launches of 2015


As we wind down to the end of 2015 we look back at the bookish events that got people talking this year.

Here are the non-fiction launches that Books LIVE readers were most excited about in 2015, according to our web analytics (in no particular order):

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Ferial Haffajee and Xolela MangcuWhat If There Were No Whites In South Africa?Ferial Haffajee and Xolela Mangcu Engage in a Fiery Debate at the Launch of What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?

With a provocative title like this, and an interviewer as fiery as Mangcu, this discussion hosted by The Book Lounge in Cape Town was never going to be boring. Haffajee asked poignant questions, offered insightful answers and stressed: “I don’t think the whiteness debate, or the white supremacy debate, is going to give us answers to push forward into better development.”

ZapiroRhodes RageZapiro Discusses His Favourite Cartoons (And One He Regrets) at the Launch of Rhodes Rage

The launch of Zapiro’s latest annual at St Mary’s School in Waverley, Johannesburg took readers on a visual tour of his 2015 cartoons, highlighting the newsmakers of the past year. And boy, were there many!

From loadshedding to Zuma’s State of the Nation Address, the country once again succeeded in providing the political cartoonist with rich, almost unbelievable inspiration for his world-renowned work.

Khaya DlangaTo Quote MyselfKhaya Dlanga Tells Emma Sadleir About “The Woman Who Didn’t Know Her Place” at the Launch of To Quote Myself

Two of the country’s biggest voices in social media teamed up to launch Dlanga’s memoir at Glenshiel, a grand historical house in Johannesburg.

Dlanga shared his life story as a way of introducing readers to what would become one of the most shoplifted books of the year.

Phillippa Cheifitz, Kath Megaw and Daisy JonesReal Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenA Low-Carb Solution for the Whole Family: Kath Megaw’s Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children

South Africa’s leading paediatrician wrote this cookbook with the entire family in mind, offering basic principles and delicious recipes to see to it that you are able to raise healthy, happy children.

The main ingredient in her diet? Love. Co-authors Daisy Jones and Phillippa Cheifitz joined her at Tjing Tjing Torii in Cape Town for the launch of this book.

SuzelleDIYSuzelleDIYHigh Buns and Suzelfies – A Warm Welcome for Suzelle at the Joburg Signing of SuzelleDIY: The Book

YouTube sensation and DIY guru Suzelle’s first book launch was anything but ordinary, with little girls dressed in her likeness and a long queue of avid fans cheering from the moment she stepped into Exclusive Books Rosebank.

Stevel Mark and Kojo BaffoeThe Refined PlayerA Sophisticated Celebration for the Launch of BlackBird Books and its First Title, The Refined Player by Stevel Marc

2015 saw the launch of a new Jacana imprint, BlackBird Books, with Jamaican-born entrepreneur, international model and actor Marc’s memoir as it’s first title. A jam-packed Exclusive Books Rosebank celebrated his story, and the beginning of this hotly-anticipated imprint’s story, in style.

Nia Magoulianiti-McGregor and Moeletsi Mbeki of KMMRHow to Marry a Politician and SurviveMichelle Obama’s Arms, Khanyi Mbau’s Power and Jacob Zuma’s Wives: How to Marry a Politician and Survive Launched at Love Books

Pamela Nomvete joined Nia Magoulianiti-McGregor in conversation at Love Books in Johannesburg to launch this hillarious, tongue-in-cheek “self-help” book from KKMR.

“It’s a bit of a celebration of South African politicians, and us who complain about them and yet enjoy the quirkiness around them. So it’s more than just a how-to guide,” the author explained.

Marianne Thamme, Craig Bartholomew Strydom and Stephen SegermanSugar ManUnearthing the Mystery of Rodriguez – Craig Bartholomew Strydom and Stephen Segerman Launch Sugar Man

The story behind the Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man was launched with Marianne Thamm at La Parada in Cape Town’s trendiest street. The authors shared their remarkable story and explained why a book was called for: the movie covered two years of their lives, but the book covers 72 years, the age Rodriguez is now. “The movie takes 83 minutes. The book takes as long as it does for you to read it.”

Nechama BrodieThe Cape Town BookHistory from a Different Angle: Nechama Brodie Commandeers a Red Bus to Launch The Cape Town Book

The streets of Cape Town were the only suitable setting for the launch of a book about the story behind these streets. Brodie took over as the Red City Sightseeing Bus tour guide to show readers the various spaces she wrote about in her latest book – a biography of the Mother City.
Eusebius McKaiserRun Racist Run“Racism is a Big Challenge; It’s Even Bigger than We Think” – Eusebius McKaiser Launches Run Racist Run

Another provocative title made for another fiery book launch. McKaiser is fast becoming on of the most vocal South African writers on topics like race relations and current events. Exclusive Books Rosebank was packed to the rafters for his conversation with fellow political trendsetter Redi Tlhabi, and all copies of the book were sold out.

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Nelson Mandela’s World Aids Day Message – As Relevant Now as it Was in 1994 (Plus Video on the Virus)

On the first day of December every year, the world commemorates World Aids Day. The day is an opportunity for reflection and activism about the devastating epidemic.

In a speech marking the occasion Dennis Bloem, leader of Cope, reminded listeners of Mandela’s message for World Aids Day in 1994. He believes it is as relevant and transformative today as it was then.

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“The campaign against Aids is the task of all of us‚ young and old‚ government and community‚ organisations‚ religious and traditional institutions‚ and cultural and sporting bodies. Aids knows no customs and it knows no boundaries. We have to work together wherever we are to preserve our nation‚ our continent and humanity as a whole.”

Government has released an article explaining World Aids Day, appealing to South Africans to get on board with global HIV/Aids initiatives:

The UNAIDS World AIDS Day theme for 2011 to 2015 is: “Getting to Zero”. This year, South Africa will focus on ZERO DISCRIMINATION, without losing sight of the other ‘zeroes’: zero new HIV infections and zero AIDS related deaths. We call on all South Africans to join our Zero Stigma, Zero Discrimination campaign for World AIDS Day 2014.

The aim of this campaign is to ensure that the rights of people living with HIV and AIDS are not violated, and that discrimination on the basis of HIV, AIDS and TB is reduced, and ultimately eliminated.

On behalf of Brothers for Life, Joe Public has shared a video that drives home the a striking message about the HIV/Aids:


The following books contain more information about the disease and diverse perspectives on both how it affects lives and how it can be combated:

Impossible MourningA Different Kind of AIDSTowards a Theology of HIV/AIDSSouth African AIDS Activism and Global Health PoliticsA Kinship of Bones
Our Kind of PeopleAfrican Responses to HIV/AIDSThe AIDS ConspiracyKhabzelaThree-letter Plague


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Presenting the Winners of the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards

Mariana Esterhuizen, Hilary Biller, Brent Owens, Vickie de Beer, Kath Megaw and Siphokazi Mdlankomo

The winners of the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards were announced last night at a star-studded event at the Pick n Pay Good Food Studio in Sandton.

The Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics by Vickie de Beer and Kath Megaw was named the Best Cookbook of the Year, and The Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Award to the Best Newcomer went to Mariana’s Country Kitchen by Mariana Esterhuizen.

Vickie de BeerKath MegawErika Oosthuysen with Mariana EsterhuizenBrent Owens and Vickie de Beer


Sunday Times Food Weekly Editor Hilary Biller said: “This year we received far fewer entries than last year, but the judges agreed the quality was so much better.” She said that the judges looked for the “nitty-gritty” of the cookbooks and that the top six finalists’ recipes were put to the test by The Good Food Studio.

The judges who had the enviable task of selecting the best recipes in South Africa were Nompumelelo Mqwebu, head chef at Africa Meets Europe Cuisine; Siphokazi Mdlankomo, MasterChef SA 2014 runner-up whose cookbook The Little Black Recipe Book (Metz Press) is due out in January; Stephen Billingham, president of the South African Chefs Association; Food Weekly editor Hilary Biller and Fresh Living magazine editor Justine Drake.

Biller said that modern cookbooks have a theme and a message and, most importantly, focuses on a healthy lifestyle.

The Low-Carb Solution For DiabeticsMariana's Country KitchenBitter+SweetThe Supper ClubBaking For Pleasure & ProfitReal Food - Healthy, Happy Children


Hilary Biller, Christine Capendale, Vickie de Beer, Malcolm Mycroft, Kath Megaw, Phillippa Cheifitz, Niël Stemmet and Mariana Esterhuizen


Comedian Anne Hirsch entertained the guests at The Good Food Studio and grilled the guest of honour, MasterChef Austalia winner Brent Owens, about his favourite ingredients (beetroot and aniseed), celebrity chefs (Gordon Ramsay) and worst near-fatal accident in the kitchen (it involved a pressure cooker).

Before the winners were announced Owens delivered sage advice, which Hirsch interpreted as “beetroot to yourself”.

The winner of the inaugural Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards, Daisy Jones, took to the stage and extended a warm thank you to everyone who’s made the cookbook awards possible. “Thank you for honouring our work,” she said to all the organisers.

Jones, who is the author of the award-winning Star Fish (Quivertree), said: “A cookbook is about beauty and ideas.”

NB Publishers was well represented at the ceremony with three books: Bitter+Sweet: A Heritage Cookbook by Niël Stemmet; Mariana’s Country Kitchen by Mariana Esterhuizen and Baking For Pleasure & Profit by Christine Capendale.

Quivertree Publications had two stand-out cookbooks: The Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics by Vickie de Beer and Kath Megaw and Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children by Kath Megaw, Daisy Jones, Phillippa Cheifitz and Jane-Anne Hobbs.

Struik Lifestyle were represented by The Supper Club by Phillippa Cheifitz.


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Annetjie van Wynegaard (@Annetjievw) live-tweeted the festivities using #STCookbook:


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South Africa’s Best Cookbooks: The 6 Finalists for the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards Announced

You could have heard an egg crack at the Pick n Pay Good Food Studio in Sandton last Tuesday, as five judges frowned over the 30 cookbooks entered in the second Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards in association with Pick n Pay. The silence lasted for about five minutes.

“Look how long this Caesar salad recipe is,” said Fresh Living magazine editor, Justine Drake. “By the time you’ve finished reading it, you may not end up making the salad.” A snort from another corner: “A tot of butter? Really?”

South African cookbooks published between September 2014 and December 2015 were eligible for entry. Judging spans the look and feel of the cookbook, the topic, photography and size of book. Is the book easy to use? Are the measurements and methods standardised and in order and recipes accurate?

Nompumelelo Mqwebu, head chef at Africa Meets Europe Cuisine, said she was looking for something unique. “Some of it has been done over and over again. You can’t tell if this is their previous cookbook or the new one.”

With her first cookbook, My Little Black Recipe Book (Metz Press), due out in December, Siphokazi Mdlankomo, MasterChef SA 2014 runner-up, was on the lookout for “good old-fashioned meals anyone can prepare”.

Stephen Billingham, president of the South African Chefs Association, said he preferred judging cookbooks to meals. “Judging 10 plates of food plays havoc with your taste buds, whereas here, you have to imagine textures and flavours.” Drake added: “I haven’t eaten boerewors since judging a boerewors competition.”

There was much argy-bargy as the judges whittled down the 30 entries to a mere six. But they were all impressed with this year’s focus on health. “We have a very different selection of cookbooks to last year,” said Food Weekly editor Hilary Biller, “and fewer entries, which may reflect the state of the economy or the easy access to recipes on the internet.” She said SA cookbooks were evolving and many of the new publications were way more than just another recipe book.

Drake said the emphasis on child nutrition was interesting, especially for her as the mother of two young children. “I think it’s great because we don’t feed our children half the things we should.”

Echoing the concerns of last year’s winner, Star Fish: Top 10 Sustainable Fish by Daisy Jones, “home-grown” is still a buzzword. “It comes back to the idea of teaching kids that milk doesn’t come from a carton,” said Mqwebu.

This is the second year that the Pick n Pay Good Food Studio, a food hub offering cookbook launches and cooking classes, will host the Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards. Manager Nicola Johnson said: “The awards are a great showcase of local talent and something we are proud to be associated with.” This year’s winner will receive R20 000 in cash, and a R5 000 Pick n Pay voucher. Watch these pages for recipes from the finalists’ books.

The winners will be announced at a cocktail party at the Pick n Pay Good Food Studio on Thursday, 5 November.

2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards finalists:

Bitter+SweetBitter+Sweet: A Heritage Cookbook by Mietha Klaaste as told by Niël Stemmet (Human & Rousseau)
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Mariana's Country KitchenMariana’s Country Kitchen by Mariana Esterhuizen (Human & Rousseau)
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The Supper ClubThe Supper Club by Phillippa Cheifitz (Penguin Random House)
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Baking For Pleasure & ProfitBaking For Pleasure & Profit by Christine Capendale (Human & Rousseau)
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The Low-Carb Solution For DiabeticsThe Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics by Vickie de Beer and Kath Megaw (Quivertree Publications)
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Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenReal Food – Healthy, Happy Children by Kath Megaw, Daisy Jones, Phillippa Cheifitz and Jane-Anne Hobbs (Quivertree Publications)
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The Sunday Times Bestseller List for September 2015

The Sunday Times has released the monthly bestseller list for September, revealing South Africa’s top selling fiction and non-fiction books.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz, the fourth installment in the Millennium series featuring Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, shoots to the top of the fiction list, with Deon Meyer’s latest Benny Griessel novel, Icarus, coming in at number two.

Grey: 50 Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by EL James is still in the top five, but bumped down to number three.

Wilbur Smith’s new novel Golden Lion comes in at number four.

Four of the five top non-fiction titles are South African – in the case of Ashlee Vance’s biography, Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla having been born in this country.

RW Johnson’s How Long Will South Africa Survive?: The Looming Crisis still tops the list, however, followed by Olivia Forsyth’s controversial memoir, Agent 407: A South African Spy Breaks Her Silence, which jumps up a place to number two.

Recce, Koos Stadler’s gripping firsthand account of a Special Forces operators during the Border War, jumps onto the list at number four.

View the South African bestsellers for September:

Sunday Times bestseller list for September 2015


The information on the list comes from SAPnet/Nielsen bookseller data and publisher data.
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The Girl in the Spider's Web




Grey: 50 Shades of Grey as Told by Christian


Golden Lion


The Girl on the Train



How Long Will South Africa Survive?


Agent 407


Switch on Your Brain




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Vandag is Koop-’n-Afrikaanse-boek-dag! Besoek Takealot se Afrikaanse winkel vir ’n bederfie

Dit is vandag Koop-’n-Afrikaanse-boek-dag! Ons hoop jou planne vir hierdie mooi Vrydag sluit ‘n draai by die boekwinkels in.

Takealot bied vandag ‘n spesiale 15% korting op alle Afrikaanse boeke – mits die koeponkode Vriend-van-Afrikaans gebruik word – en het selfs ‘n aanlyn Afrikaanse winkel geskep net vir Afrikaanssprekendes! Indien jy nie so gelukkig is om naby ‘n boekwinkel te woon nie, of gewoon nie tyd gaan hê om daar ‘n draai te maak nie, kan jy in die gemak van jou eie huis (of kantoor) hierdie belangrike inisiatief ondersteun en jouself met ‘n nuwe Afrikaanse boek of twee bederf.

Volgens Takealot is die volgende boeke die topverkopers onder die Afrikaanse gemeenskap:


Die kosrevolusieLow carb is lekkerKaroo Kombuis
1. Die Kosrevolusie deur Prof Tim Noakes
2. Low Carb is Lekker deur Inè Reynierse
3. Karoo Kombuis deur Sydda Essop


IkarusBoer kry ’n vrouKamphoer
1. Ikarus deur Deon Meyer
2. Boer Kry ‘n vrou deur Jan van Staden
3. Kamphoer deur Francois Smith


Alles oor hekelAlles oor hekel 2150 Stories
1. Alles Oor Hekel 1 deur Karen Adendorff
2. Alles Oor Hekel 2 deur Karen Adendorff
3. 150 Stories deur Nataniël


Afrikaners wat op soek is na ‘n afslag wanneer hul dié Vrydag hul kopies maak om dié jaar se Koop-‘n-Afrikaanse-boekdag te ondersteun word aangemoedig om na, Suid-Afrika se voorste e-handelaar, te gaan. Alle Afrikaanse boeke sal vir 24 uur dié komende Vrydag teen ‘n verdere 15% afslag verkoop word wanneer die koeponkode Vriend-van-Afrikaans gebruik word.

Marlise Bosman, Afrikaanse boeke-aankoper by, sê die Afrikaanse gemeenskap is lank al groot kopers by die e-handelaar. “Ons het juis in Mei ‘n nuwe Afrikaanse Winkel op ons webwerf geskep, waar Afrikaanse kopers al die nuutste Afrikaanse boeke, CDs en DVDs vinnig kan opspoor. Ons sien al lank hoe ons Afrikaanse kliënte nuwe Afrikaanse boeke sommer vinnig opraap. Skrywers soos Deon Meyer bly populêr, maar dit is ook boeke soos Boer Kry ‘n Vrou, wat baie mense as die Afrikanerweergawe van die gewilde 50 Shades boeke sien, wat groot verkopers is. Kookboeke bly die gewildste, met Prof Tim Noakes se Die Kosrevolusie wat veral in aanvraag bly.”

Die jaarlikse Koop-‘n-Afrikaanse-boekdag is in 2005 deur die Vriende van Afrikaans van stapel gestuur maar word nou ook onder meer deur die Afrikaanse Taalraad bevorder. Dit word elke jaar op die 14de Augustus gevier, ook terloops die stigtingsdag van die eerste Afrikaanse Taalbeweging in die Paarl in 1875.

Bosman sê daar is ook ‘n sterk tendens na bewustheid (mindfulness), met boeke soos Die Kreatiewe Inkleurboek vir Grootmense wat al in sy derde uitgawe is en steeds goed verkoop. “Daar is ‘n duidelike tendens na gesonder leefstyle onder ons Afrikaner kopers, met boeke soos dié asook Low Carb is Lekker, Suikervry en Kry Daai Lyf wat gereeld onder die topverkopers getel word.”

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The Sunday Times Bestseller List for July 2015

The Sunday Times has once again released their monthly bestseller list, revealing the top five fiction and top five non-fiction books in the country. The information is gleaned from SAPnet/Nielsen bookseller data and publisher data.

The fiction list looks grim from a local point of view. All five books are international titles, including the controversial Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian Grey by EL James in the first spot and Go Set a Watchman, the much-anticipated and hotly-debated “new” book by Harper Lee.

The non-fiction list looks better from a South African perspective, featuring two local titles – Eugene de Kock: Assassin for the State by Anemari Jansen in fifth place and How Long Will South Africa Survive by RW Johnson in first place – and the biography of one of the country’s greatest international success stories, Elon Musk.

Have a look at the February bestsellers list to see what these respective lists looked like six months ago:

View the South African bestsellers for July:

Book details

Grey: 50 Shades of Grey as Told by Christian


Go Set a Watchman


The Girl on the Train


Without a Trace


The Liar


How Long Will South Africa Survive?


Elon Musk


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The Local Books to Look Forward to in 2015 (July – December)

The Local Books to Look Forward to in 2015 (July – Dec)

The second half of the year is well underway, so take a look at what lies in store, books-wise, until December.

Fiction fans have a lot to look forward to, with new novels from Fiona Snyckers, Deon Meyer, Wilbur Smith, Kathryn White, Alexander McCall Smith, Justin Cartwright and Zakes Mda, as well as eagerly anticipated second novels from Claire Robertson and HJ Golakai.

Fans of speculative fiction should look out for Tracer, the debut novel from Rob Boffard, and the new SL Grey, Under Ground.

There’s also quite a lot happening on the poetry front, with a new collection from Lesego Rampolokeng and the launch of the uHlanga New Poets series, starting with collections by Genna Gardini and Thabo Jijana.

Herman Mashaba’s Capitalist Crusader, the follow-up to his bestselling Black Like You, is out in August, and there are exciting new books by Breyten Breytenbach and Moeletsi Mbeki, as well as a collection of never-before-seen letters between André Brink and Ingrid Jonker that is sure to cause some hearts to flutter.

If you think we’ve left something out, feel free to let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Take a look at equivalent story from earlier this year to see if there was anything you missed:


Note: Covers are subject to change, and information was provided by the publishers


The Unknown Van GoghThe Unknown Van Gogh, by Chris Schoeman
Zebra Press

Much has been written about Vincent van Gogh and his tempestuous relationship with his brother Theo. But few people know that there was a third Van Gogh brother, Cornelis, who was raised in the Netherlands, but worked, married and died in South Africa.

Chris Schoeman’s biography of Cor van Gogh recreates South Africa in the last decade of the nineteenth century, tells the personal story of this young uitlander, as revealed in his letters, and describes his relationship with his famous brother Vincent. With new insights based on original research, this book is an important addition to South African and world history.

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Incredible JourneyIncredible Journey: Stories that Move You edited by Joanne Hichens
Jacana Media/Burnet Media
Fiction (Short Stories)

The new Short.Sharp.Stories anthology, Incredible Journey, is out now – containing the winning short stories from this year’s Short.Sharp.Stories competition, which were announced in July.

Two Dogs/Mercury will be doing a series of interviews with the winning authors on Books LIVE – check out the first, with Andrew Salomon, here!

As the only regular collection of short fiction writing in South Africa, the Short.Sharp.Stories initiative, published in conjunction with the National Arts Festival, is playing an increasingly important role in the nurturing and development of South African writing talent. Bloody Satisfied and Adults Only were both positively reviewed, and have given widespread exposure to more than 40 local authors.

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HomeHome. Food from My Kitchen, by Sarah Graham
Struik Lifestyle

Building on the success of her two previous books, and in support of her TV series, Sarah Graham’s Food Safari, Home. Food from My Kitchen encapsulates cooking throughout southern Africa.

Within the standard cookbook format of Brunch, Salads, Soups, Snacks, Meat, Poultry, Pasta, Seafood, Desserts and Baking, Sarah Graham presents food that is simple but beautiful, delicious and healthy.

TracerTracer, by Rob Boffard
Jonathan Ball

Rob Boffard is a South African journalist and author who slits his time between London, Vancouver and Johannesburg. Tracer is his first novel.

Sarah Lotz calls Tracer “fast, exhilarating and unforgettable”.

Our planet is in ruins. Three hundred miles above its scarred surface orbits Outer Earth: a space station with a million souls on board. They are all that remains of the human race.

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nullPappa in Doubt, by Anton Kannemeyer
Jacana Media

With Pappa in Doubt, Anton Kannemeyer returns to the fertile land that he explored to brilliant satiric effect in Pappa in Afrika (2010). Once again parodying Herge’s Tintin in the Congo (1931), Kannemeyer exposes the contradictions and paradoxes of life in the postcolony.

The artist is as provocative as he is playful, and does not spare himself the relentless, humorous scrutiny to which he subjects politicians, despots and his neighbours in the leafy suburbs.

Kannemeyer and Conrad Botes founded Bitterkomix as students at Stellenbosch University.

Under GroundUnder Ground, by SL Grey
Pan Macmillan

Under Ground is the new high-concept thriller from the combined talents of Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg.

A global outbreak of a virus sends society spinning out of control. But a small group of people have been preparing for a day like this. Grabbing only the essentials, they head to The Sanctum, a luxury self-sustaining underground survival facility where they’ll shut themselves away and wait for the apocalypse to pass.

But when a body is discovered, they realise that the greatest threat to their survival may be trapped in The Sanctum with them.

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A Death in the FamilyA Death in the Family, by Michael Stanley

The latest Detective Kubu crime novel from Michael Stanley, A Death in the Family is a must read.

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, both South Africans by birth. Both have worked in academia and business, Sears in South Africa and Trollip in the USA. Their love of watching the wildlife of the African subcontinent has taken them on a number of flying safaris to Botswana and Zimbabwe. On one such trip, they had the idea for their first novel, A Carrion Death, which introduced Detective Kubu. Kubu has now featured in five novels and a short-story collection.

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Homeless WanderersHomeless Wanderers: Movement and mental illness in the Cape Colony in the nineteenth century by Sally Swartz
UCT Press

Lunatic asylums in the colonies in the nineteenth century mirrored those of “home”, in Britain. But in a European settler context, the administration and policies of the asylums, and the treatment of their patients, took on many different nuances.

There was a complex interface between lunacy legislation, colonial government, families and communities, and the ways in which these elements affected individuals’ experiences of treatment before and after committal to a lunatic asylum. Homeless Wanderers breaks new ground in tracing the route of people thought to be “of unsound mind” from their homes and families to eventual committal to a lunatic asylum in the Cape Colony in the late nineteenth century.

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nullA Half Century Thing by Lesego Rampolokeng
Black Ghost Books

Lesego Rampolokeng will be launching his eighth collection of poetry, A Half Century Thing, on Saturday, 1 August, as he celebrates his 50th birthday.

The publication comes 25 years after his debut, Horns for Hondo. His most recent collection is Head on Fire: Rants / Notes / Poems 2001-2011.

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Hour of DarknessHour of Darkness, by Michéle Rowe
Penguin Books

A page-turner from one of South Africa’s exciting new crime novelists. Readers familiar with Michéle Rowe’s exhilarating plot twists and authentic South African characters will love her latest spine-chilling thriller.

Hour of Darkness sees the return of Rowe’s popular Detective Percy Jonas, who has to investigate a series of child abductions that evoke her own childhood abandonment.

What Hidden Lies, Rowe’s first crime novel, won the 2011 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award.

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The Seed ThiefThe Seed Thief, by Jacqui L’Ange

The debut novel from Jacqui L’Ange, The Seed Thief is an entrancing and richly imagined modern love story with an ancient history, a tale that moves from flora of Table Mountain to the heart of Afro-Brazilian spiritualism.

L’Ange was born in Durban and grew up across five continents. She has worked in advertising, television, film, and multimedia over the past 20 years, and has a MA in creative writing from the University of Cape Town. She is also the author of the children’s book Miss Helen’s Magical World.

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Signs for an ExhibitionSigns for an Exhibition by Eliza Kentridge
Modjaji Books

Eliza Kentridge’s poems are autobiographical. She was born in Johannesburg shortly after her father defended Nelson Mandela in the Treason Trial. She was a teenager when he represented Steve Biko’s family at his inquest. In her twenties, at the height of apartheid, she left South Africa for England. Against this dramatic backdrop, her focus is quieted, small and interior. With her mother now afflicted by a serious neurological illness, she writes about family, love and place, as a woman who vividly recalls her girlhood self, gently and almost incidentally approaching one of the biggest questions: how does one live a life?

Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenReal Food – Healthy, Happy Children by Kath Megaw, Daisy Jones, Phillippa Cheifitz and Jane-Anne Hobbs

Sustained energy? Check. Reduced sugar cravings? Check. Improved concentration? Check.

Check-marks, too, for: increased health and vitality, enhanced athletic performance, longer and deeper sleep, improved digestion, strategies for fussy eaters, and helping your child reach and maintain a healthy body weight.

All these topics are addressed by South Africa’s leading paediatric dietician Kath Megaw in Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children, Co-written with Daisy Jones, Phillippa Cheifitz and Jane-Anne Hobbs. Set to be released in August this year, the book offers a low-carb solution for the whole family – with recipes for moms, dads and kids of all ages.

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nullThe Low-Carb Solution for Diabetics, by Vickie de Beer and Kath Megaw

A book that marries science with good sentiment, strategies with real solutions, The Low-Carb Solution for Diabetics is an invaluable guide to understanding and practically managing Type-1 diabetes.

Beyond the science of diabetes and the advice of both Vickie and Kath lies a fantastic low-carb cookbook with meals that the whole family can enjoy.

Focusing on a move to healthy, natural food shared in a loving family environment, The Low-Carb Solution for Diabetics is an inspiration. It’s not about what’s ‘allowed’, it’s about what’s healthy – for diabetic children and their families.

Capitalist CrusaderCapitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth by Herman Mashaba and Isabella Morris

The much anticipated follow-up to Herman Mashaba’s bestselling Black Like You, in which self-made entrepreneur Herman Mashaba outlines his crusade for economic freedom for all South Africans.

Mashaba suggests concrete macroeconomic solutions to South Africa’s poverty crisis, deftly combining biography, politics and business.

nullDeliberate Concealment: An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa
and the IPL Bonus Saga
, Mtutuzeli Nyoka

Pan Macmillan

In 2008, Mtutuzeli Nyoka was appointed as the President of Cricket South Africa (CSA), a position he held until October 2011 when, after a protracted battle with the CSA board, he was dismissed.

In Deliberate Concealment, Nyoka shares his behind-the-scenes experiences and personal journey as events unfolded, including his own mistakes, the repercussions of the scandal on the game of cricket in South Africa, and his fight for the truth to prevail.

The Democratic Republic of BraaiThe Democratic Republic of Braai by Jan Braai

Over 60 000 Jan Braai books have been sold – from South Africa to the USA and the Czech Republic! Jan Braai is a South African phenomenon – he started Braai Day in 2005 and the day has grown from strength to strength.

It is your democratic right to gather with friends and family around braai fires throughout the country and celebrate with a meal cooked over the coals of a real wood fire. This is the promise of Jan Braai’s Democratic Republic of Braai.

Raising SuperheroesRaising Superheroes, by Tim Noakes, Jonno Proudfoot and Bridget Surtees
Jacana Media

Jacana Media will be distributing the latest book published by the Real Meal Team. Raising Superheroes, by Tim Noakes, Jonno Proudfoot and Bridget Surtees will revolutionise the way you feed your kids.

The Real Meal Revolution was all about taking on the global obesity epidemic with a revolutionary approach to eating; it challenged ingrained beliefs, it sold (and still sells) in record-breaking numbers throughout South Africa, and it changed people’s lives.

With Raising Superheroes the authors have now set out to revolutionise the way we feed our children. It’s time, they believe, to challenge the kids’ food industry and our old assumptions; it’s time to give our children the best nutrition possible, and the best start in life.

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Rape UnresolvedRape Unresolved: Policing sexual offences in South Africa by Dee Smythe
UCT Press

More than 1 000 women are raped in South Africa every day. Around 150 of those women will report the crime to the police. Fewer than 30 of the cases will be prosecuted and no more than 10 will result in a conviction.

Rape Unresolved is concerned with the question of police discretion and how its exercise shapes the criminal justice response to rape in South Africa.

Agent 407Agent 407: A South African Spy Tells Her Story, by Olivia Forsyth
Jonathan Ball

Olivia Forsyth was a Lieutenant in the South Africa Security Police in the 1980s. She spent four years at Rhodes University where she infiltrated various anti-apartheid organisations.

Having reached the end of her studies, she turned her attention to the ANC in exile. But what should have been her greatest triumph as a spy turned into disaster when the ANC threw her into Quatro, the notorious internment camp in Angola.

Here, for the first time, South Africa’s most notorious apartheid spy lays bare the story of her remarkable life.

IcarusIcarus, by Deon Meyer
Jonathan Ball

The new novel from South Africa’s leading crime writer, featuring his much loved detective Benny Griessel.

After 602 days dry, Captain Benny Griessel of the South African police services can’t take any more tragedy. So when he is called in to investigate a multiple homicide, it pushes him close to breaking point – a former friend and detective colleague has shot his wife and two daughters, then killed himself. Benny wants out – out of his job, his home and his relationship with his singer girlfriend, Alexa. He moves into a hotel and starts drinking. Again.

nullDagga: A Short History, by Hazel Crampton
Jacana Media

This book is not intended as a comprehensive take on dagga, aka cannabis, marijuana, bhanga, ganga, pot, zol, weed, etc., but as a conversation piece. It is, as a pocket book, simply a brief overview. Its hope is to provide a background to dagga in South Africa and, by putting all the dope into one joint, so to speak, ignite debate on emerging issues such as licensing, legalisation and taxation.

Hazel Crampton is the author of The Sunburnt Queen (2004) and The Side of the Sun at Noon (2014), and was coeditor of Into the Hitherto Unknown: Ensign Beutler’s Expedition to the Eastern Cape, 1752 (2013).

nullRape – A South African Nightmare, by Pumla Dineo Gqola
Jacana Media

South Africa has a complex relationship with rape. Pumla Dineo Gqola unpacks this relationship by paying attention to patterns and trends of rape, asking what we can learn from famous cases and why South Africa is losing the battle against rape.

Gqola looks at the 2006 rape trial of Jacob Zuma and what transpired in the trial itself, as well as trying to make sense of public responses to it. She interrogates feminist responses to the Anene Booysen case, among other high profile cases of gender-based violence.

This is a conclusive book about rape in South Africa, illuminating aspects of the problem and contributing to shifting the conversation forward.

nullThe Black Sash, by Mary Burton
Jacana Media

This is the story of a remarkable organisation of white South African women who carved out a unique role for themselves in opposing the injustices of apartheid and working towards a free and democratic country.

It is written by Mary Burton, herself national president of the Black Sash for many years and, later, one of the Truth and Reconciliation commissioners.

nullThe Refined Player: Sex, Lies and Dates, by Stevel Marc
Jacana Media

The Refined Player: Sex, Lies and Dates is the first publication under Jacana’s exciting new imprint, BlackBird Books.

The book not only helps men to understand their role in relationships, but it also inspires women to be empowered and to expect and demand better from their men.

Stevel shows us that it is possible to have those difficult conversations about money, sex, honesty and trust. With Stevel’s help you can transition from singlehood into a meaningful relationship.

Lusaka Punk and Other StoriesLusaka Punk and Other Stories
Jacana Media
Fiction (Short Stories)

Now entering its 16th year, the Caine Prize is Africa’s leading literary prize, and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere.

This collection brings together the five 2015 shortlisted stories, along with stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop, which took place in Ghana in April 2015.

Zambia’s Namwali Serpell won the 2015 Caine Prize for her short story entitled “The Sack” from Africa39 (Bloomsbury, London, 2014).

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Stoked!Stoked! by Chris Bertish
Zebra Press
Non-fiction (Biography)

Stoked! is an inspiring true story about courage, determination and the power of dreams. Chris Bertish was a skinny little kid from Cape Town when he started surfing with his brothers. Fiercely driven and constantly pushing his boundaries, Chris was not content with conquering “ordinary” big waves. What began as a personal quest to prove to himself that he was one of the best in the ‘big-wave brotherhood’ culminated a decade later with Chris being crowned South Africa’s first Mavericks BigWave Champion.

With his infectious enthusiasm, Chris tells how he pulled off death-defying antics time and again, overcame overwhelming obstacles and fears, and parried every blow that fate dealt him, all without ever losing faith or focus on his dreams.

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True Blue Superglue by Jenny Hobbs

In the 1950s it was important to please your man. As the twentieth century wore on, it became more important to please yourself …

Following the lives of Anne and Doug Perceval, from big-dreaming students to strung-out parents to a couple at the end of their tether, True Blue Superglue is a love story with a sting in its tale that moves from South Africa to swinging London and back home again.

Witty and poignant, Jenny Hobbs’s novel is also a tribute to a life lived as a woman in changing times.


Tribe, by Rahla Xenopoulos

Ibiza, 1997: a period of drug-taking, dancing and hedonism forges an unbreakable bond between six friends, and “the Tribe” is formed. Their dependence on one another deepens as the years pass, but when Jude overdoses and almost dies, his wife, Tselane, makes a decision that breaks up the Tribe.

12 years later, after Jude attempts suicide, the group decides to reunite …

A compelling story of friendship, love and life, Tribe is Rahla Xenopoulos’ third book. She is the author of A Memoir of Love and Madness, her personal account of being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and the novel Bubbles.

IcarusThe Magistrate of Gower, by Claire Robertson

The new novel from Claire Robertson, who won the 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize for The Spiral House.

When an illicit affair in British Ceylon comes to light in 1902, 17-year-old Boer prisoner-of-war Henry Vos is disgraced. Months before, a short film made his face widely recognisable, but now he is shunned by Boer and Brit alike. Three decades later, Henry is the magistrate of Gower …

Impeccably written and researched, The Magistrate of Gower is a sweeping, exquisitely told story about the courage to choose love over fear.

nullThe Shouting in the Dark, by Elleke Boehmer
Jacana Media

Ella is locked in a battle for creative survival with her domineering father, and apartheid South Africa, the troubled country in which he passionately believes. While seeking political refuge in Europe, Ella makes an unexpected discovery that forces her to confront both her father’s war ghosts and the shape of her own future. In the country of his birth, her father, Ella finds, never officially recognised her existence. Boehmer has written a raw, intense and involving story.

“The story, as disturbing as it is enthralling, of a girl’s struggle to emerge from under the dead weight of her father’s oppression while at the same time searching for a secure footing in the moral chaos of South Africa of the apartheid era.” – JM Coetzee

Elleke Boehmer is the author of, among other books, Screens against the Sky (short-listed David Hyam Prize, 1990), Bloodlines (shortlisted SANLAM prize) and an edition of Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys that was a 2004 summer bestseller. Her acclaimed biography of Nelson Mandela (2008) has been translated into Arabic, Malaysian, Thai, Kurdish, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese. She is a judge of the Man Booker International Prize 2015 and lives in London.

Anna Peters’ Year of Cooking DangerouslyAnna Peters’ Year of Cooking Dangerously, by Kathryn White

Anna Peters’ Year of Cooking Dangerously is the new novel from Kathryn White, author of Emily Green and Me and Things I Thought I Knew.

Anna Peters has been dumped by her long-term love, Garry, and needs to figure out what to do with her broken heart. Tackling her misery by trying to cook her way back into her beau’s life, she learns a few things …

Witty, irreverent and highly entertaining, with food descriptions will have readers salivating, Anna Peters’ Year of Cooking Dangerously will appeal to readers of popular fiction and romantic novels as well as aspiring chefs.

nullTwo, by Seline and Leandri van der Wat
Struik Lifestyle

During the screening of the MasterChef South Africa 2013 series, TV viewers were both fascinated by, and impressed with, the Van der Wat sisters. Since then their foodie careers have taken off, albeit in differing directions.

But in Two, they are back in collaboration to present a really fascinating cookbook concept: taking the same main ingredient and creating two different
dishes from it, or taking a classic recipe and making one for family and casual dining, and the other version to impress for serious entertaining.

Diane AwerbuckHelen MoffettStray, edited by Diane Awerbuck and Helen Moffett
Modjaji Books
Fiction (Short Stories and Poetry)

A collection of stories and poems by mostly well-known South African writers. Some of the pieces have been previously published, and others are new. Each story and poem explores different ways in which animals and humans live together, co-exist and change each other.

List of writers includes: Arthur Attwell, Diane Awerbuck Gabeba Baderoon, Robert Berold, Margaret Clough, Mike Cope, Colleen Crawford-Cousins, Gail Dendy, Richard de Nooy, Isobel Dixon, Nerine Dorman, Finuala Dowling, Tom Eaton, Justin Fox,Damon Galgut, Robyn Goss, Michiel Heyns, Colleen Higgs, Jenny Hobbs, Liesl Jobson, Rustum Kozain, Jacqui L’Ange, Sarah Lotz, Sindiwe Magona, Siphiwo Mahala, Julia Martin, Joan Metelerkamp, Niq Mhlongo, Thando Mgqolozana, Helen Moffett, Mmatshilo Motsei, Paige Nick, SA Partridge, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Bev Rycroft, Alex Smith, Fiona Snyckers, Ivan Vladislavić, Zukiswa Wanner, James Whyle, Makhosazana Xaba.

nullNow Following You, by Fiona Snyckers
Modjaji Books

Jamie Burchell is a digital native – social media comes as naturally to her as breathing. She Instagrams, tweets and Facebooks her every move. Then a stalker starts using social media to track her movements. As his behaviour escalates, so does her fear. But her blog has never been more popular. The fans can’t get enough of reading about her stalker. She is closer than ever to achieving her dream of becoming a writer. Should she take herself offline out of fear for her own safety or should she refuse to be intimated? Soon the stalker starts threatening the people she cares about. But now it’s too late for Jamie to go offline, because he is already following her in real life.

nullPiggy Boy’s Blues, by Nakhane Touré
Jacana Media

Nakhane Touré’s debut novel is for all intents and purposes a portrait of the M family. Centred mostly on the protagonist, Davide M, and his return to Alice, the town of his birth, the novel portrays a Xhosa royal family past its prime and glory.

Piggy Boy’s Blues will be published under Jacana’s new imprint, BlackBird Books.

Touré is a multimedia artist born in Alice in the Eastern Cape. His album Brave Confusion won a South African Music Award for Best Alternative Album in 2014.

nullSweet Medicine, by Panashe Chigumadzi
Jacana Media

Sweet Medicine, set in Harare at the height of Zimbabwe’s economic woes in 2008, is a thorough and evocative attempt at grappling with a variety of important issues in the postcolonial context: tradition and modernity, feminism and patriarchy; spiritual and political freedoms and responsibilities; poverty and desperation; and wealth and abundance.

Panashe Chigumadzi is a young and upcoming media executive, passionate about creating new narratives that work to redefine and reaffirm African identity.

Sweet Medicine will be published under Jacana’s new BlackBird Books imprint.

The Book of MemoryThe Book of Memory, by Petina Gappah
Jonathan Ball

The stunning debut novel from the award-winning author of An Elegy for Easterly, a short story collection that won the Guardian First Book Prize in 2009.

Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe. She will be at the 2015 Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September.

nullInnovation: Shaping South Africa through Science, by Sarah Wild
Pan Macmillan

Sarah Wild is an award-winning science journalist. She is the Mail & Guardian’s science editor and in 2013 was named the best science journalist in Africa. In 2012, Wild published her first full-length non-fiction book, Searching African Skies: The Square Kilometre Array and South Africa’s Quest to Hear the Songs of the Stars.

Innovation takes a look at inventions – developed in South Africa by South Africans – to address issues in the areas of healthcare, energy, environment and industry, showcasing the country’s excellence.

Up Against the NightUp Against the Night, by Justin Cartwright
Jonathan Ball

“History . . . is seldom able to convey the essence of being human”

Justin Cartwright possesses that rarest of novelist’s skills – the ability to create fiction which is intensely serious but which also vividly encompasses the absurdity and comedy of life. Up Against the Night is a subtle, brilliant novel about South Africa, its beautiful, superbly evoked landscape, its violent past and its uncertain present.

Notes from the Lost Property Department by Bridget Pitt

“The struggle to forget, or not; courage in small things – Bridget Pitt’s new novel has found a voice for wounded memory. It’s a searching voice, evoking from jumbled discards something that perhaps we’ve all lost …. but which might still be found.” – Jeremy Cronin

Notes from the Lost Property Department is a beautifully written, captivating novel about family: mother-daughter relationships, marriage, memory, and familial secrets and lies.

Bridget Pitt’s novel The Unseen Leopard was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize in 2011 and the 2012 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, and her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize, among others.

Golden LionGolden Lion, by Wilbur Smith
Jonathan Ball

Fans of Wilbur Smith will be delighted to hear that his next book – Golden Lion – will be released across the world in September.

In this sweeping adventure full of danger, action, and intrigue, the master returns to his longest-running series, taking fans back to the very beginnings of the Courtney family saga.

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nullLet’s Talk Frankly: Letters to Influential South Africans About the State of Our Nation, by Onkgopotse JJ Tabane
Pan Macmillan

Onkgopotse JJ Tabane is one of South Africa’s leading media and communications specialists, a community activist and a business executive. In a series of letters, addressed to people of influence from Helen Zille to Gwede Mantashe and from Revd Ray McCauley to Steve Hofmeyr, Tabane praises for work well done and castigates for poor judgement.

Let’s Talk Frankly tells some home truths in a satirical sense and is meant to offend sensibilities as well as raise things that people often say around dinner
tables but are too afraid or too constrained to say in the open.

The Woman Who Walked in SunshineThe Woman Who Walked in Sunshine, by Alexander McCall Smith
Jonathan Ball

The new Botswana book from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, this is Mma Ramotswe’s 16th wonderful adventure.

Mma Ramotswe is not one to sit about. Her busy life gives her little time for relaxation (apart from the drinking of tea, of course, which is another matter altogether). Nonetheless, she is persuaded to take a holiday from the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

But Mma Ramotswe finds it impossible to resist the temptation to follow the cases taken on by her business partner, Mma Makutsi, and to interfere in them – at one remove. This leads her to delve into the past of a man whose reputation has been called into question.

The Food of LoveThe Food of Love: Book 1, Laura’s Story, by Prue Leith
Jonathan Ball

The first installment of an epic three-volume multi-generational family saga by award-winning restaurateur Prue Leith.

The novels centre around an Anglo/Italian family that founds a restaurant business, from the 1940s to the present day. Television rights for the series have already been optioned.

Leith was born in South Africa, and is a cook, restaurateur, food writer and businesswoman. After publishing 12 cookbooks she changed tack and has now authored five contemporary romance novels. She lives in London.

nullSugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez, Craig Bartholomew Strydom and Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman

The fascinating story of the American musician who was famous in South Africa and Australia, but unknown anywhere else … until the Oscar-winning documentary.

Based on the authors’ first-hand knowledge, Sugar Man: The Birth, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez carefully outlines three separate journeys and the obstacles and triumphs that each presented: Rodriguez’s quest to make a life from music and his subsequent failure; the odyssey of two Rodriguez fans to find out what had happened to their hero; and the pursuit of die-hard filmmaker Bendjelloul to bring the story to celluloid, and his untimely death shortly thereafter.

The book covers topics and events that weren’t included in the film: the story of Rodriquez’s two wives, his tours to Australia in 1979 and 1981, his South African, British and American tours after the 1998 concert that forms the film’s climax, and events subsequent to the film itself.

Taking to the Witness Stand, by Jestina Mukoko
KMM Review Publishing

Jestina Mukoko is a former Zimbabwean broadcast journalist turned a human rights activist, who was incarcerated in 2008 and “disappeared” by the Zimbabwe government.

Told through flashbacks intertwined with information related to her childhood, her family and her work at the Zimbabwe Peace Project, Mukoko’s recollections give a birds-eye view of the social, economic and political situation during one of the most turbulent and repressive times in Zimbabwe’s history.

nullWhen Time Fails, by Marilyn Cohen de Villiers

The follow-up to A Beautiful Family, When Time Fails is set on a farm in South Africa during the death throes of the apartheid era and the emergence of the “new” South Africa.

The book follows Annamari and her family as they struggle to come to terms with a changing world and the past she has kept hidden for decades.


nullMatric Rage by Genna Gardini
uHlanga New Poets

uHlanga is proud to announce the launch of the uHlanga New Poets series, a platform for the publication of debut collections from South Africa’s most promising young voices.

Genna Gardini, based in Cape Town, is one of South Africa’s most decorated young poets and playwrights. She is the winner of the 2012 DALRO/New Coin Award for poetry, and a 2013 Mail & Guardian Young South African. Her plays WinterSweet (2012) and Scrape (2013) both won Standard Bank Ovation Awards at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

Supported by a grant from the Arts and Culture Trust, uHlanga New Poets will publish two debut collections in 2015: Matric Rage and Failing Maths and My Other Crimes by Thabo Jijana.

nullFailing Maths and My Other Crimes by Thabo Jijana
uHlanga New Poets

Thabo Jijana, based in Port Elizabeth, is a rising star in South African literature. In 2011, he won the Anthony Sampson Foundation Award. In 2014, he won the Sol Plaatje/European Union Poetry Award. That same year, he also published his first book, the memoir Nobody’s Business, published by Jacana.

nullGridlocked, by Moeletsi and Nobantu Mbeki
Pan Macmillan

“The reorganisation of South Africa’s economic system cannot, however, be postponed indefinitely as conflicts in the economic system are already threatening to undo the gains made with the new political system. This should come as no surprise since South Africa’s economic system has always generated major conflicts, many of them extremely violent.” – From Gridlocked

South Africa is immersed in a new phase in the long struggle to develop and consolidate democracy and to build an economy that is both sustainable and serves the needs of its entire people instead of the selfish interests of small elites as has been the case over the past 360 years. Moeletsi and Nobantu Mbeki explore the different dynamics of this reinvention and its chances of success or failure.

nullRecipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery, by Sally Andrew

Meet Tannie Maria: She’s 50-something, short and soft (perhaps a bit too soft in the wrong places) with brown curls and untidy Afrikaans. She is also the agony aunt for the local paper, the Klein Karoo Gazette. One day, her life takes a sinister turn when a woman in the area is murdered and she becomes entangled in the investigation…

Warm, poignant and entertaining, Sally Andrew’s delightful heroine blends together intrigue, romance and cooking in this irresistible new mystery, complete with a few mouth-watering recipes.

Recipes for Love and Murder includes 14 tried-and-tested Karoo recipes.

nullGlowfly Dance, by Jade Gibson

Glowfly Dance is a lyrical and poignant tale of family trauma, seen through the eyes of a child.

Through young Mai’s eyes, life is enchanting and full of beauty. She dances on her grandfather’s feet while he talks of freedom. But the world is hard and her mother is struggling. When her new stepfather Rashid arrives, he casts a deep shadow over their lives …

From Mexico to Scotland to London to North Africa, the West Indies and back again, Glowfly Dance is a powerful and haunting story of migration, resilience and, ultimately, hope.

Earlier versions of Glowfly Dance were shortlisted for the 2010 Dundee International Book Prize for an unpublished debut novel, and the 2011 Virginia Prize for Fiction.

nullChaka, by Thomas Mofolo

Thomos Mofolo’s Chaka is the first of many works of literature that take Shaka, the great Zulu leader, as its subject. A mythic retelling of Shaka’s rise and fall, the novel was written in Sesotho in 1909, translated in 1931, and forms the foundation for every subsequent telling of the Shaka legend. Chaka is a study of origins, passion, and uncontrollable ambition leading to the moral destruction of the human character.

nullParole: Collected Speeches, by Breyten Breytenbach

Breyten Breytenbach is hailed in South Africa and internationally as an influential writer and critical thinker. Parole is a collection of some of his most memorable and poignant speeches, which, through their resonating subject matter, continue to light literary, political and philosophical fires.

The speeches in Parole, many of which have not been published before, will provide valuable insights into the mind of a literary icon. Available in Afrikaans as Parool.

nullI Ran for My Life, by Kabelo Mabalane with Nechama Brodie
Pan Macmillan
Non-fiction (Biography)

Kabelo Mabalane, known by his stage name as Kabelo or “Bouga Luv”, is a kwaito musician, songwriter and actor. He was a member of the kwaito trio TKZee.

In I Ran for My Life, South Africa’s number one self-proclaimed “pantsula for life” shares his journey and insights, from the highs and lows of drug addiction, to finding hope and life again through running and staying in shape.

nullCrashed, by Melinda Ferguson
Jacana Media
Non-fiction (Memoir)

To celebrate her 14-year clean and sober birthday, Ferguson organises to take a R3.2 million Ferrari California out on a test drive for the day. 20 minutes before she returns the car, she is involved in a spectacular car crash, during which she experiences a near-death collision.

Over the following months her long-term relationship implodes and she is faced with a litany of legal and financial nightmares as a result of the Ferrari being written off, while certain members of the dog-eat-dog motoring journo industry relish in her downfall.

Written in Ferguson’s trademark gritty tell-it-all and often hilarious style, Crashed is the highly anticipated final book of the three-part memoir trilogy, following in South African bestsellers Smacked (2005) and Hooked (2010).

What if there were no whites in South Africa?, by Ferial Haffajee
Pan Macmillan

In What if there were no whites in South Africa? Ferial Haffajee examines South Africa’s history and its present circumstances and dynamics in the light of a provocative question that yields some thought-provoking analysis for the country.

Ferial Haffajee is highly respected as one of South Africa’s thought leaders and commentators. She effectively uses her media platform to raise and discuss issues pertinent to the state of the nation. Before becoming the editor-in-chief at City Press, Haffajee headed up the Mail & Guardian. She sits on the boards of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the World Editors Forum, the International Press Institute and the Inter Press Service, and she has won several awards, including international ones, related to media freedom and independence as well as for her reporting over the years.

nullFlame in the Snow: The Love Letters of André Brink & Ingrid Jonker, by André Brink & Ingrid Jonker

More than 50 years on, the poignant, often stormy relationship between Ingrid Jonker and André Brink still grips readers’ imaginations.

In December 2014, three months before his death on 6 February 2015, Brink offered these never-before-seen letters, as well as personal photographs, for publication.

The letters provide astonishing new insights into the minds, writing and legendary love affair of two of South Africa’s greatest writers. Umuzi will be publishing a limited, numbered edition in Afrikaans and in English to coincide with the publication of this collection.

nullKarkloof Blue, by Charlotte Otter
Modjaji Books

Greenwashing, corporate intransigence and bloody secrets. Maggie Cloete’s back. After working in Berlin and Joburg, she returns to present-day Pietermaritzburg as the day news editor for The Gazette. When a well-known environmentalist commits suicide, Maggie finds herself caught in the crossfire of conflicting interests. Sentinel, a national paper company, intends to log a piece of natural forest in the Karkloof, home to an endangered butterfly. While her brother joins a group of environmental activists determined to stop the logging at any cost, The Gazette itself is ensnared in complicated negotiations with Sentinel over paper prices. When the loggers unearth a gruesome find in the forest, Maggie discovers a litany of secrets, lies and betrayal. As South Africa’s present confronts its past, Maggie herself faces the most bitter surprise of her life.

nullThe Score, HJ Golakai

The Score is the follow-up to the internationally acclaimed The Lazarus Effect.

Voinjama Johnson, aka Vee, has been banished. And to Oudtshoorn, of all places … and for what? For daring to do her job, for daring to be an investigative reporter. Luckily for Vee, and her ever-faithful sidekick Chlöe – and unluckily for everyone else – they are barely checked in to their lodge when the first body is discovered. Sex, drugs and BEE (or should that be B-BBEE), The Score is an unflinching romp through what remains of the dream of the rainbow nation …

nullUnnatural Relations, Casey B Dolan

All psychiatrists have a patient that gets under their skin. For Dr Felicity Sloane, forensic psychiatrist, Archie Ferber is that patient. Archie seemingly only needed one thing to make his life complete – a child. And Hannah was born. But somehow it all went wrong and now Archie is on trial in South Africa for murdering the surrogate. Unnatural Relations is the follow-up to the internationally acclaimed When the Bough Breaks.

nullJustice Served: The Trial and Conviction of Bob Hewitt, Jamaine Krige

The fascinating legal account of how a sporting legend was brought to book by his victims, 30 years later.

In 2012 former Grand Slam tennis champion Bob Hewitt was indefinitely suspended following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct from women he coached as girls. On 23 March 2015, Hewitt was found guilty of two counts of rape and one of sexual assault after a watershed trial.

Jamaine Krige was the court reporter from the start of the trial and has conducted extensive interviews with all the relevant parties.

nullAB: The Autobiography, by AB de Villiers
Pan Macmillan

AB de Villiers is one of South Africa’s most celebrated sporting heroes. He has captained the national ODI team since June 2011, and has been a member of the national team for 11 years since his debut test as a 20-year-old in December 2004. AB has excelled on the sporting field throughout his life and today he is considered one of the leading batsmen in the world in all forms of the game.

AB: The Autobiography will cover key events and influences that have shaped his life and career, and AB will offer access to the man behind the bat and beneath the helmet, exploring career-defining moments, on-and-off the field events and his relationship with various mentors. The autobiography will also explore AB’s interests in music and business and how he pursues these alongside his international cricket career.

Zakes MdaLittle Suns, by Zakes Mda

Zakes Mda’s new novel, a work of historical fiction titled Little Suns, will be published by Umuzi in 2015.

Little Suns intertwines an unusual love story with little-told, brutal history.

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Shortlist for the 2015 Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award Announced

Alert! Nielsen has announced the shortlist of five titles that booksellers selected as the ones they most enjoyed reading, promoting and selling in 2014.

Last year’s award went to the controversial yet incredibly popular Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier, Jonno Proudfoot and Tudor Caradoc-Davies. In 2013 Frank Chikane won the award for Eight Days in September: The Removal of Thabo Mbeki.

This year’s shortlist includes three Afrikaans titles, another low carb lifestyle book and one English novel. Without further ado, here are the five books up for the R20 000 prize:

150 StoriesGoeiemore, Mnr. MandelaKamphoerLow Carb is LekkerThe Keeper


  • 150 Stories by Nataniël, published by Human & Rousseau
  • Kamphoer by Francois Smith, published by Tafelberg
  • The Keeper by Marguerite Poland, published by Penguin

The winning book and author will be announced at this year’s PASA and SABA Annual Conference on 26 August, which is being held in Johannesburg.

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Press release


London, Cape Town, Monday 13 July, 2015

Whether you are keen on fiction – contemporary or historical, food & drink or biography, there is something for everyone on this year’s shortlist.

South African booksellers had the opportunity to vote in this annual award to choose the book they most enjoyed reading, promoting or selling during 2014. The promotion, now in its fifteenth year, celebrates South African writing, by South African authors to showcase the best that South Africa has to offer.

Mo Siewcharran, Director of Marketing and Communications at Nielsen Book said: “Nielsen Book has been sponsoring and supporting this award since 2000 and we are delighted to continue that support and encourage writers to tell their stories for all those eager readers. The winning book and author will be announced at this year’s PASA and SABA Annual Conference on 26 August, which is being held in Johannesburg.”

The Shortlist consists of three fiction titles, covering contemporary, historical and romance, and for the second year running we have a healthy eating title on the list – this year we are looking at low carbohydrates – to complete the five titles on the shortlist there is a biography that connects with many people today.

  • 150 Stories by Nataniël le Roux, published by Human & Rousseau
  • Goeiemore Mnr Mandela by Zelda la Grange, published by Penguin Books South Africa
  • Kamphoer by Francois Smith, published by Tafelberg Publishers
  • Low Carb is Lekker by Ine Reynierse, published by Struik Publishers
  • The Keeper by Marguerite Poland, published by Penguin Books South Africa

Dr Sally-Ann Creed, one of the winning authors from 2014, said:

“It was one of the highlights of my life to be part of the team who won the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award – it was an enormous honour for us all! The support of Nielsen Book has been extremely important to us, and we look forward to a wonderful response as we bring the Real Meal Revolution to Europe and beyond. Thank you Nielsen Book for the coveted award, it means the world to us!”

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