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Article by Tim Noakes Pulled from British Journal of Sports Medicine

The Real Meal RevolutionTim Noakes chews the fatChallenging BeliefsLore of Running

It seems that wherever Tim Noakes is involved, controversy is sure to follow.

The latest news concerning the main man behind The Real Meal Revolution is that an article in which he argues that “eating carbohydrates, especially refined ones, explained the rise of obesity rather than a lack of exercise” has been removed from the British Journal of Sports Medicine, which stated: “The paper has been temporarily removed following an expression of concern.”

It was claimed that Noakes did not declare a conflict of interest – something that is expected in medical research.

Rand Daily Mail reported on the matter:

It appears the controversy is because Noakes did not declare a conflict of interest [his diet book] — a common practice in medical research.

Noakes has sold 150000 copies of his book Real Meal Revolution, promoting a low-carb lifestyle. But he has also published three other books, and one promotes exercise.

Noakes said on twitter that in 42 years of publishing he has never needed to declare his books.

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Robin Malan Awarded The English Academy of Southern Africa’s Highest Honour

Robin MalanRobin Malan was recently awarded a gold medal by the English Academy of Southern Africa.

Malan was honoured by the academy for his service in education, theatre and publishing. A gold medal is the highest honour the academy bestows, and it is one that Malan richly deserves.

Read the announcement from the academy about the award:

“Robin has published widely – close to 60 titles – both as author and editor, using predominantly southern African publishers to do so. He has written nine novels, an award-winning play, and edited more than 20 poetry anthologies, short stories and plays for adults and children.

“Despite his own literary achievements, Robin’s most significant contribution to English is his life-long, unwavering encouragement of young people to appreciate and to produce English literature in southern Africa.”


New InscapesLeaves to a TreeWorldscapesSA Gay Plays 1The Young Gay Guys Guide to Safer Gay SexBurning a Hole in the PageYes, I Am!

In his acceptance speech, Malan speaks about his long and varied career and some of the young wordsmiths who have inspired him along the way.

Read Malan’s acceptance speech:

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What I really like about this award of the Academy’s Gold Medal is that I see it as an acknowledgement by the Academy of work done for young people.

I’m not an academic, in the usual sense in which the English Academy uses the word. I spent five years at university, equipping myself to be a good English and History teacher and to make theatre with and for young people. And, after that BA (Honours) degree and the BEd degree and the Class Medal for Drama, I knew I didn’t want any further degrees because I couldn’t wait to get into the classroom and teach, and also get into the school hall to direct plays with the students! Of course, I did both of those. Often. And for over 50 years.

Over my long teaching and theatre career, I held a teaching post at only two schools: Cape Town High School and Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa in Swaziland. In between, I was the Artistic Director of two theatre-in-education companies, in Cape Town and in what was then the Transvaal. With Janice Honeyman as my Associate Director, we did great work with young actors interacting with students in the many schools we visited each year. In addition, at different times, I taught Shakespeare, English, and Drama-in-Education in the Drama Department at the University of Stellenbosch, and tutored in a bridging programme in the English Department at the University of Cape Town. Both excellent encounters with slightly older students.

In the school context, I loved teaching very talented senior students (Charles Rom comes to mind immediately, as do Dan Pillay and Naphtali Mlipha, Andy Foose, Khulile Nxumalo, Robert van der Valk). Every bit as much, I enjoyed taking the ‘non-academic stream’ of Standard 6s (Grade 8s): I got them to write masses of poems, the most interesting of which (never called ‘the best’) were then typed and pinned on the classroom notice-boards for all the other teachers to read. Here’s one of those poems, from Michael:

My home that would never exist

This place is a quiet place,
With gardens and valleys,
And woods of pine trees,
But it’s far from home.

There’s no killing or fighting,
But just peace and quiet,
And the people are happy,
But it’s far from home.

But when I think of this place at night,
How I wish it could exist,
So that there would be peace and quiet,
But this place would be far from home.

In my first few years of teaching, I was one of the founding editors of English Alive in 1967, and that brought me into contact with such extraordinarily talented young writers as David Lan and Nigel Fogg and Peter Terry; and I’m still in contact with all three of them, 49 years later. The association with English Alive has continued until tonight (and will, beyond tonight).

My work as a volunteer for Triangle Project, the health and human rights organisation for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people has been very important to me. For instance, it brought me into touch with young people in my capacity as facilitator of the young men’s support group. That also produced a poem, discovered on the white board after a session. I don’t know who wrote it: the author signed himself only as ‘An inspired youngsta’:


I was a boy, I was a girl
I was someone in this world,
Yet nobody knew …

I laughed, I choked, I screamed …
I died. And still I was unheard.
‘An abandoned one, I suppose,’ someone said …

I was not one … I was a majority
But now I’m gone.

Over my 15 years as a Counsellor on the Gay & Lesbian Helpline I came to write many case reports, none more difficult and intense than my report on the many calls I fielded while on duty in the week of the dreadful Sizzlers massacre, in which nine young male sex workers were bound, gagged, shot execution-style in the back of the head and then their throats slit. It was a harrowing experience. In happier situations, I have had wonderful interaction with young gay men through my work with Triangle Project, culminating perhaps in my being invited, earlier this year, to André-and-Fabian’s wedding, having known Fabian since he was a schoolboy 14 years ago and having published a piece he wrote in one of my collections.

A different kind of writing resulted from my having looked after the Young Gay Guys column in the gay newspaper Exit for 11 years. In 2011 in response to an appeal from a reader I ended up producing a small book called The Young Gay Guys Guide to Safer Gay Sex. Because of their belief in the value of the book, the Aids Foundation of South Africa and Triangle Project saw to it that 14 000 free copies of the book were spread around in outreach programmes in the Western Cape and in KwaZulu-Natal. As it had to be, in order to be of any use, that writing was explicit, and so I won’t read you anything from the text, but I will tell you about the last page of the book, which took the form of a pledge: a pledge always to be safe when having sex. Readers could either sign-and-send that page to me, or they could SMS me their name and the words ‘I pledge’. Even now, four, five years later, every now and then my phone beeps and I see someone’s name and the words ‘I pledge’. I like it when that happens.

Back to the mainstream. Over the years I have compiled a large number of anthologies, starting with Inscapes, which went on to New Inscapes and then Worldscapes and then Poemscapes, all of those for Oxford University Press. I have met any number of middle-aged people who tell me that Inscapes or Worldscapes was the only book they chose to steal from school because they wanted to keep it.

Over the years of my happy association with the publishers David Philip and Marie Philip, more anthologies emerged, as did Rawbone Malong’s 1972 Guard to Sow Theffricun Innglish, titled Ah Big Yaws? In its heyday, I got used to coming across that book in people’s loos. It was also, perhaps more edifyingly, kept as a handbook in the library of the BBC’s Drama Department to help non-South African actors who had to do a South African accent; and, even more edifyingly still, there’s an article on it in David Crystal’s Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (page 357!).

In 2007 Jacana Media re-issued the book, with some updates that I culled from the Internet, in one of which the writer recalled that: ‘There was once a magic little book called Ah Big Yaws? written by the late Robin Malan …’

I have had many happy encounters with children and young people in the work I have done – and still do – for IBBY SA, the South African national section of the International Board on Books for Young People. I was Chairperson of the organisation from 2007 to 2012. Tomorrow evening, to mark World Book Day, I am facilitating an IBBY SA panel discussion about teen fiction with some young writers.

I have written four teen novels and a book for children. As the Series Editor of the Siyagruva Series of novels for South African teens, I wrote some of the books myself. But, more importantly, I interacted with new young writers.

And, from 2007 onwards, I have been publishing new South African plays as Junkets Publisher. These plays are generally written by new emerging young writers, and I love all the interaction I have with them, right the way through to the young writers of the plays in this year’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival just a week or so ago. I hope to publish some of those plays.

I sit on the Boards or Councils of the Arts & Culture Trust, the Cape 300 Foundation and the Caine Prize for African Writing. Their beneficiaries and grant recipients are generally young writers and young theatremakers. And so I am pleased to be doing that work, too.

That was a whizz-through of a life’s work!

I’m sure you will have noticed how often I have used the word ‘interaction’. That’s been deliberate, because that’s what has, I think, brought me to this Award, to this Gold Medal: it’s been interaction with young writers and young readers that has made me do the work I’ve done over the years. And it’s been my experience that, nine times out of ten, young people are good people; and … I don’t know, maybe seven times out of ten, young people are sensible people, even wise people. For all of that interaction over the years, I am deeply grateful to all those young people; as I am grateful, also, now, for this recognition of that work by the English Academy of Southern Africa.

My thanks.

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Heather de Bruin Reviews The Brain Surgeon’s Diet by Adriaan Liebenberg

The Brain Surgeon's DietVerdict: carrot

This is the first time that I have read a diet book and been unable to put it down, usually I land up wanting to purge my brain after reading ‘how bad I am’, ‘how I’ve got no one to blame but myself’ etc. etc. etc … but not this time.
Dr Liebenberg doesn’t preach , reprimand or slaughter any food groups … he rather chats to you about the choices you make … sharing his own journey and experience along the way in a brotherly manner.

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Vanessa Kriek Reviews The Brain Surgeon’s Diet by Adriaan Liebenberg

The Brain Surgeon's DietVerdict: carrot

In a nutshell the book describes the mechanisms of hunger and metabolism. Liebenberg addresses the psychology of being fat and underscores the power of the mind in anyone’s journey to weight-loss.

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14 Reads for Valentine’s Day, No Matter Your Relationship Status

Maybe you’ll be spending the 14th of February blissful in love, maybe you won’t … but whether or not you’ve found that one person, there is a book out there that is perfect for you. And you’ll find it on this list:

AfrikamasutraAfrikamasutratjieFirst up is Afrikamasutra by Ilse de Korte, illustrated by Hardus Koekemoer, Marna Schoeman and Diek Grobler (also available in a pocket-sized version: Afrikamasutratjie).

Afrikamasutra is an Afrikaans version of the Kama Sutra by Vatsayayana, with quirky and creative illustrations. It captures the essence of the sensual classic, but with a fun, local flavour.
Dr Eve's Sex Book for Young PeopleAgeing and SexualityDr Eve has lovelife advice for the young and old.

Ageing and Sexuality is a guide to a healthy and fulfilling sex life for older people, while at the other end of the spectrum, Dr Eve’s Sex Book for Young People offers guidance about the risks, rewards and responsibilities of sex.
Desert GodWilbur Smith is known for books filled with riveting adventure, shocking violence and thrilling sex. His latest book Desert God is no exception.

In an interview last year, Smith frankly told the interviewer: “I enjoy sex. I enjoy writing about it and I enjoy thinking about it.”

A word of warning, however: Desert God was shortlisted for the 2014 Bad Sex Award, although it was beaten by the Ben Okri novel, below.

The Age Of MagicBen Okri won the 22nd annual Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award last year for his 10th novel, The Age Of Magic.

Okri has also won a number of awards regarded as somewhat more prestigious in the literary world, including the Man Booker Prize, and upon winning the dreaded award, he said: “A writer writes what they write and that’s all there is to it.” This might be just the ticket to lighten the mood.

A Girl Walks into a Blind DateA Girl Walks In is a choose-your-own-erotic-destiny series created by Helena S Paige – the pseudonym of three friends, Helen Moffett, Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick.

The books are entertaining and empowering, and have something for everyone. A Girl Walks into a Blind Date is the latest book in the series, it follows the titillating A Girl Walks into a Bar and A Girl Walks into a Wedding.
Jy is my engelDrome word waarLiefde agter sluiersHaar troumanFor the more traditionally romantic, perhaps, Romanza issues four new Afrikaans romance titles each month. The four most recent are Jy is my engel by Mari Roberts, Drome word waar by Tosca de Villiers, Liefde agter sluiers by Rika du Plessis, and Haar trouman by Frieda van der Westhuizen.

These are tender stories of emotion, deferred desire and mature sensual romance.
Adults OnlySwinging back to the more adventurous side, Adults Only: Stories of Love, Lust, Sex and Sensuality, edited by Joanne Hichens, is a collection of South African short stories. The book is the result of the second annual Short.Sharp.Stories. competition, and includes original stories from established writers as well as by new talent. Stories run the gamut from dark and dramatic to irreverent and humourous.

Authors include Alex Smith, Ken Barris, Donvé Lee, Nick Mulgrew, Efemia Chela, Chantelle Gray van Heerden, Bobby Jordan, Aryan Kaganof and Tiffany Kagure Mugo.
SwitchFollyBreathlessSwitch and Folly by Jassy Mackenzie are South Africa’s answer to 50 Shades of Gray … but if that’s not up your alley, Mackenzie’s most recent novel is Breathless, the story of newly married New Yorker, Erin Mitchell, who is saved from drowning after a bridge collapses during a lowveld flood by Nicholas de Lanoy.

Erin is stuck on his game farm while the bridge is repaired, and she must keep her stay a secret from her possessive husband. Nicholas is a handsome libertine with more to him than initially meets the eye, and Erin finds herself falling hard.
Bad SexLeon de Kock says Bad Sex was his attempt to write a “sustained and concentrated” book about sex in South Africa and, love it or hate it, the critical consensus is that he has. What more is there to say?
Love Your WineLove Your Wine by Cathy Marston is a guide to drinking wine and loving it, and is a wonderful guide for both seasoned connoisseurs and newbies.

The book includes information about how different types of wine are made and how best to enjoy them.

Whether it’s classy champagne for two, or a large bottle for one, this book has what you need this Valentine’s Day.
Die mooiste Afrikaanse liefdesgedigteDie mooiste Afrikaanse liefdesgedigte is a retrospective overview of the most beautiful poems written in Afrikaans on the topic of love.

Featuring work by passionate poets such as Breyten Breytenbach, Ingrid Jonker and Elisabeth Eybers, this book is the ultimate elixir of love – provided you understand Afrikaans, of course.
Heart of Africa!There is no need to justify buying an anthology of poems for your loved one. Ignite the passion, or fuel the fire of loneliness, with Heart of Africa! Poems of Love, Loss and Longing selected by Patricia Schonstein.

This collection contains the words of respected, illustrated and much-loved African poets and expresses the many guises of love – from anguish and betrayal to erotic pursuit and passion.
ComfortWhy fall in love when you could fall in chocolate? Or cream? Or any one of the delicious dishes in Comfort by Tina Bester.
Don't Film Yourself Having SexDon’t Film Yourself Having Sex is Emma Sadleir and Tamsyn de Beer’s invaluable guide on how to avoid infamy on social media.

If you are lucky enough to score a hot date this Valentine’s Day, make sure you give this book a quick read before you head out!

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Fi Fitzpatrick Reviews The Brain Surgeon’s Diet by Adriaan Liebenberg

The Brain Surgeon's DietVerdict: carrot

Unlocking the science that fad diets hide, the book easily elaborates in an easy to read and understand manner you learn about the energy values of food and meal planning that makes losing weight enjoyable and easy to incorporate into your life. I think it should rather be called The Brain Surgeon’s Lifestyle, not diet as if you incorporate this method of thinking – you will never have to diet again.

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Maggie Marx resenseer Ek en jy verskil hemelsbreed deur Louise van Coller

Ek en jy verskil hemelsbreedUitspraak: wortel met kritiek

Om ’n selfhelpboek te resenseer is ’n perd van ’n ander kleur, want al werk die boek dalk nie vir jou nie, is dit moontlik presies wat iemand anders nodig het om daadwerklik ’n positiewe verandering in sy/haar huwelik te maak.

Ek kan insien dat Ek en jy verskil hemelsbreed wel ’n goeie begin is om ’n huwelik te red of te verbeter.

Die boek is egter ’n besonderse uitdaging vir ’n paartjie wat moontlik reeds stry: Albei persone in die verhouding moet gewillig wees om die boek met aandag saam deur te lees en die aktiwiteite en oefeninge wat Van Coller voorstel met ywer aan te pak.


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The Books LIVE Top 10 Non-fiction Books of 2014

Books LIVE brings you the 10 top non-fiction books of 2014, according to our BOOK Finder:

Readers of non-fiction were treated well in 2014, with a good range of books that are serious, political, informative, adventurous and funny. The following are the 10 non-fiction books that sparked the most interest, gauged by the number of clicks on BOOK Finder (a Books LIVE tool that enables reader to find the best price online).

Dominating the list in a big way this year was The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier, Jonno Proudfoot and Tudor Caradoc-Davies. This Quivertree publication rocked the boat all year long, forever changing people’s perceptions about healthy eating.

Second and third place belong to books covering the Oscar Pistorius murder trial – Oscar: An Accident Waiting to Happen by Melinda Ferguson and Patricia Taylor and Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story by Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman.

Have a look at the rich and colourful list of the top non-fiction of 2014:

The Real Meal Revolution

  • The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier, Jonno Proudfoot and Tudor Caradoc-Davies
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    Oscar: An Accident Waiting to Happen

  • Oscar: An Accident Waiting to Happen by Melinda Ferguson and Patricia Taylor
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    Behind the Door

  • Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story by Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman
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    Memoirs of a Born Free

  • Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation by Malaika Wa Azania
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    A Man of Good Hope

  • A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg
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  • DemoCrazy: SA’s Twenty-Year Trip by Zapiro
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    To Catch A Cop

  • To Catch A Cop: The Paul O’Sullivan Story by Marianne Thamm
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    Good Morning, Mr Mandela

  • Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange
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    The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World

  • The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World by Vernon RL Head
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    Surviving Flight 295

  • Surviving Flight 295: Life After the Helderberg – the Memoir of Dominique Luck by Joanne Lillie and Dominique Luck
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    The 10 Biggest Stories on Books LIVE in 2014

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, awards, literary controversy and free cake – topics that are sure web traffic drivers for Books LIVE. This year, however, all were trumped by Haruki Murakami.

    A Sunday Read featuring a new short story by Murakami entitled “Scheherazade” had a mini-viral run, and despite being published towards the end of the year it is by far our most-clicked story of 2014.

    The following are the 10 biggest stories from Books LIVE this year, according to our web analytics:

    null1. Sunday Read: Haruki Murakami’s Short Story “Scheherazade” – A Man Who Can’t Leave His House and His Eccentric Nurse

    Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of PilgrimageThe New Yorker published a previously untranslated short story by Haruki Murakami – the Japanese author who has been bookies’ favourite to win the Nobel Prize in Literature for many years. 2014 proved to not be his turn, once again, with this year’s Nobel prize going to French author Patrick Modiano.

    Murakami’s story, titled “Scheherazade”, is about a man called Habara who cannot leave his house (for reasons not shared with the reader). He keeps a diary where he writes about the stories told to him by someone he calls Scheherazade, an eccentric woman who takes care of his needs.

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    null2. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Lays Down the Law in Awkward Swedish Interview

    In what turned out to be a bizarre clash of cultures, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was interviewed by Swedish film critic Jannike Åhlund at the Göteborg International Film Festival in February.

    The renowned Nigerian author, who made headlines when she was sampled on Beyoncé’s latest album, begins to show signs of exasperation just nine minutes into the conversation, when Åhlund calls Half of a Yellow Sun a “Nigerian Gone with the Wind“. Adichie responds archly: “Um, I think it’s better than Gone With the Wind …”

    AmericanahHalf of a Yellow Sun But the interview gets really awkward when Åhlund mentions that actress Thandie Newton, who plays the female lead in the film version of Half of a Yellow Sun, is “very white”. Adichie hits back with, “Maybe this is a good time to talk about ‘The Different Ranges of Colour in which Black People Come’ …” adding that it worries her that “to be authentically African, the darker the better”, and good-humouredly pointing out that her brother is lighter than Newton.

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    null3. Banting, women and rage by Helen Moffett

    The Real Meal RevolutionI’ve stayed clear of the great Noakes/low-carb/Banting debate-cum-frenzy that has seized South Africa and especially Cape Town, not least because Tim is a friend and co-author. He gave me the opportunity to help write Bob Woolmer’s life work, which we brought to completion (in large part thanks to our editor, Tom Eaton, and the wonderful team at Struik) after Bob’s tragic death. There was something rare and special about that experience, and it’s no exaggeration to say it changed my life. So Tim is not an ordinary colleague, and I’ve watched the fur fly over his latest enthusiasm from a distance only.

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    null4. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Describes the President Nigeria Needs and Reacts to Censorship of Half of a Yellow Sun Film

    Half of a Yellow Sun In moving pieces for the The New Yorker and The Scoop, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addresses the Boko Haram kidnapping crisis in Nigeria, the country’s loss of faith in its leadership, and the censorship of the film of her novel, Half of a Yellow Sun.

    “I want President Jonathan to be consumed, utterly consumed, by the state of insecurity in Nigeria. I want him to make security a priority, and make it seem like a priority. I want a president consumed by the urgency of now, who rejects the false idea of keeping up appearances while the country is mired in terror and uncertainty,” she writes.

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    null5. Free Sunday Times eBook: Food Weekly 50 Best Chocolate Cakes – Readers’ Recipes

    Warning: High Deliciousness Factor. The Sunday Times presents the following free ebook, containing the 50 best chocolate cake recipes from Sunday Times Food Weekly readers.

    The recipes include old favourites like Chocolate Ganache Cake, and more adventurish recipes like Chocolate Velvet Cake with White Chocolate Peanut Butter Custard and Salted Caramel Popcorn.

    View the book here (or download it directly here) – but beware, do not attempt to read on an empty stomach.

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    Max du Preez and Claire Robertson6. The 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize Longlist

    A Rumour of SpringThe Spiral House The longlist for the 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize was announced in May.

    With an ever-increasing number of books being entered for the Sunday Times Literary Awards, formal longlists were constituted for the first time this year, curated by the award chairs in consultation with conveners Ben Williams and Michele Magwood.

    The shortlists were revealed at the Franschhoek Literary Festival, and the winners, Max du Preez and debut novelist Claire Robertson, were announced in June.

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    null7. Koos Kombuis Plays Small but Critical Role in Tess Gerritsen Suing Warner Bros Over Gravity

    A blog post Koos Kombuis wrote back in January for Channel24 about the similarities between the film Gravity and Tess Gerritsen’s novel of the same name has proved prescient, as the Chinese-American author is pursuing legal action against Warner Bros.

    The film, a science fiction thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, won seven Oscars. In his January article for Channel24, Kombuis calls it “one of the best damn movies that had ever been made”. However, a chance purchase in a second hand bookshop raised his suspicions that the film’s premise might not be an original one, and he said: “In my mind, this could very well be one of the most blatant and brazen acts of plagiarism ever seen in Hollywood!”

    I-TjiengGravityAs the case slowly progressed, Gerritsen wrote to Kombuis thanking him for “speaking his mind” when even she did not believe the accusations, and the two authors discussed the case on Twitter. Kombuis told Books LIVE the incident “has got me really excited”, especially “to have received a letter from the great author herself!”

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    8. South Africans Dominate the Longlist for 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature

    An Imperfect BlessingWhoever Fears the SeaThe Thunder That RoarsPenumbraFour South Africans – Nadia Davids, Justin Fox, Imran Garda and Songeziwe Mahlangu – made the longlist of nine for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature for debut fiction in November.

    Etisalat Nigeria CEO Matthew Willsher said the longlist fulfilled the purpose of the prize: “Five of the nine finalists are books authored by women; one of the nine finalists is a Nigerian citizen and two are from Nigeria/American and Nigerian/Ghana decent. The longlist also features writers from South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.”

    In December the three shortlisted authors were announced, with Davids and Mahlangu making the cut.

    The overall winner, who will be announced on 22 February, 2015, receives £15 000, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück pen and a fellowship at the University of East Anglia.

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    null9. Redi Tlhabi Responds to Endings and Beginnings Controversy on Twitter

    Endings and BeginningsSomething of a controversy broke out around Redi Tlhabi’s 2013 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award-winning book, Endings and Beginnings: A Story of Healing in April.

    Tlhabi’s debut book details the uncomfortably close friendship she formed with a much older neighbourhood gangster, identified only as Mabegzo, when she was just 11 years old. Tlhabi unpacks their relationship, which began after the murder of her father, but also examines the larger social context of a South African society beset by gender violence.

    In an interview with Antony Altbeker, Tlhabi explained that it was a combination of both factors that compelled her to write the book: “The fact that the world is still so hostile to women, to young girls and to the poor, persuaded me that I should share my story.”

    Mabegzo is eventually killed, and Tlhabi describes coming across his body while walking home from school in Orlando East in 1989. However, The Citizen spoke to a woman claiming to be the “real family” of Mabegzo, who called Endings and Beginnings a “complete lie”.

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    Twenty in 20 anthology10. The Twenty in 20 Final List: the Best Short Stories of South Africa’s Democracy

    Twenty in 20In July, Books LIVE unveiled the final list of short stories for the Twenty in 20 project, a Twenty Years of Freedom initiative whose aim was to identify the best South African short fiction published in English during the past two decades of democracy.

    The project was a collaboration between Books LIVE, Short Story Day Africa and the Department of Arts and Culture.

    A longlist of 50 stories – generated by over 200 submissions from Books LIVE readers – was whittled down to a final list of 20 works of fiction that will stand as South Africa’s best since 1994.

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    The anthology, Twenty in 20: The Best Short Stories of South Africa’s 20 Years of Democracy, was launched at the start of National Book Week in September.

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    Win One of Four Books LIVE/Exclusive Books Christmas Hampers!

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    Ho ho ho! Books LIVE and Exclusive Books are giving away some fantastic hampers of books, just in time for Christmas!

    The books have all been carefully selected from the Exclusive Books 2014 Christmas catalogue.

    We’ve put together a Children’s hamper, a Fiction/Non-fiction hamper, a Business hamper and an Afrikaans hamper – and you’re welcome to enter all four.

    See the selections, and enter by filling in the form below. Good luck!

    LocomotiveThe Story MachineKicking a BallArchie Greene and the Magician's Secret

    Die land van die groot woordfabriekDie kat kom kuierGroen ham en eiersO, die wêreld lê oop vir jou!

    Children’s Hamper:

    Locomotive by Brian Floca
    The Story Machine by Tom McLaughlin
    Kicking a Ball by Allan Ahlberg
    Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by DD Everest
    Die land van die groot woordfabriek deur Agnes de Lestrade en Valeria Docampo
    Die kat kom kuier deur Dr Seuss
    Groen ham en eiers deur Dr Seuss
    O, die wêreld lê oop vir jou! deur Dr Seuss

    Desert GodThousand Autumns Of Jacob De ZoetCloud AtlasBurger's DaughterA Man of Good Hope

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    Desert God by Wilbur Smith
    A Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
    Burgers Daughter by Nadine Gordimer
    A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg

    The FirmIntel TrinityDiamonds Gold And WarWar

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    The Firm by Duff McDonald
    The Intel Trinity by Michael S Malone
    Diamonds, Gold and War by Martin Meredith
    War: What Is It Good For? by Ian Morris

    Wat praat jy!150 StoriesEk is my breinBallade vir ’n enkeling

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    Wat Praat Jy! deur Johanna de Wet
    150 Stories by Nataniël
    Ek is my brein: Van baarmoeder tot Alzheimer by Dick Swaab
    Ballade vir ’n enkeling by Leon van Nierop

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