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Peter Martin Reviews Empire, War and Cricket in South Africa by Dean Allen

Empire, War & Cricket in South AfricaVerdict: carrot

In a biography of this magnitude, accurate research of events and quotations is of the utmost importance and this the author, a post-graduate student at Stellenbosch University, has managed extraordinarily well with over 600 references to various books, magazines and newspapers.

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Luke Alfred Reviews Deliberate Concealment by Mtutuzeli Nyoka

Deliberate Concealment: An Insider's Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus SagaVerdict: carrot with criticism

More generalised discussions of the local and world game are unfortunately absent from Deliberate Concealment. This is a pity, because a book with a wider scope would have made for a slightly less suffocating read. At times, fixating as it does on nothing other than Nyoka’s battle with Majola, the book has a hectoring, obsessional feel. It needed some judicious editing, with an editor working out what was really significant in a magnificently epic story and possibly moving away from its chronological structure.

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  • Deliberate Concealment: An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus Saga by Mtutuzeli Nyoka
    EAN: 9781770104297
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Bokkie Gerber resenseer South Africa’s Rugby Legends: The Amateur Years deur Chris Schoeman

South Africa's Rugby LegendsUitspraak: houtwortel

Boeke oor legendes is ’n spieëlbeeld van mekaar en die een is soos die ander.

Met hierdie publikasie, soos met ander soortgelykes, verskyn ’n profiel en foto’s by elke legende. Dis die somtotaal van wat opgedis word.

En dit maak van die publikasie eerder ’n blaai-boek as ’n lees-boek. Die boek het min om die lyf en as jy op soek is na iets verrassends, is daar niks. Die foto’s van destyds en die visuele argiefmateriaal, wat kwistig in die boek aangewend is, is egter iets om na te kyk en vul elke profiel en hoofstuk aan.


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Firdose Moonda Reviews South Africa’s Greatest Batsmen by Ali Bacher and David Williams

South Africa's Greatest BatsmenVerdict: carrot

So began the pair’s second innings, which is formatted in the same way as the first to maintain consistency, but delves a little deeper into the art of batting. As someone with experience in the field himself, Bacher was the chief selector and, aided by some rigorous criteria, was tasked with choosing 12 outstanding international batsmen for the book.

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Free Sunday Times eBook: 50 Years of South African Rugby


Today the Sunday Times and Dial Direct Insurance bring you the last 50 years of Springbok rugby in all its glory – and with a few low points in between.

Because, whatever you might say or think about Springbok rugby, it has seldom been boring. Among the victories – and many have been sensational and uplifting for South Africa – there have also been sagas of despair, of feuds and scandals, of national disgust at the rugby bosses daring to summon Nelson Mandela to court, and of the disgrace of our Springbok heroes being humiliated at Kamp Staaldraad.

Springbok rugby over the past 50 years has been part of a continuing story of South Africa, moving from apartheid to democracy. Its story has been told on the front as well as the back pages of the Sunday Times, by many fine sportswriters, whose five decades of reporting form the basis of this book.

50 Years of South African Rugby is a free, downloadable e-book and contains all of the major stories from the Springbok frontline, where green-and-gold heroes often overcame huge odds – as they did in 1965, and again in 1995 – to triumph over old enemies.

The e-book features:

  • A preview of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with stats, facts, trivia and Springboks team information
  • Full Sunday Times coverage on the most important and memorable games played, won and lost from 1965 to 2015
  • A history of Black Rugby in South Africa
  • A chapter on transformation in the game from the 1995 World Cup until today
  • An appendix with all South Africa’s international match scores, 1965 – 2015

While focusing on the matches themselves, the book puts the sport in the historical context of a changing country. Where the Springboks’ victory at the Rugby World Cup of 1995 was the apotheosis of the Rainbow Nation, the book also reflects on the huge challenges still facing the South African game. It tracks the course of transformation in rugby, the continuing struggle of black players to achieve full recognition, and tells the often ignored history of black rugby.

As the Springboks prepare to open their World Cup campaign this week (on Saturday, September 19 in Brighton, UK), 50 Years of South African Rugby is also a reminder of a past that, despite many flaws, is something to be proud of.

– Archie Henderson

Keep scrolling to read 50 Years of South African Rugby, a unique publication and important Rugby World Cup 2015 souvenir.

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50 Years of South African Rugby: A Free Sunday Times eBook

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Luke Alfred Reviews Deliberate Concealment: An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus Saga by Mtutuzeli Nyoka

Deliberate Concealment: An Insider's Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus SagaVerdict: carrot

One of the many interesting things about Mtutuzeli Nyoka’s recently launched book, Deliberate Concealment, is the epic sweep of its back story.

Nyoka, a former president of Cricket SA, grew up in the Eastern Cape with the man who became his nemesis — Gerald Majola. Their paths diverged when Nyoka went to study medicine and they were reunited when he sat on the interview panel to elect Ali Bacher’s successor.

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  • Deliberate Concealment: An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus Saga by Mtutuzeli Nyoka
    EAN: 9781770104297
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Programme for the 2015 ParkWords Parkview Literary Festival Announced

Alert! The programme for the ParkWords 2015, Parkview Literary Festival, has been released.

The festival, which is hosted by the Parkview Residents’ Association, is a celebration of the literary talent in the area. It features informal talks and debates, events for children and teenagers, food and entertainment, and the opportunity to buy many wonderful books!

This is is the second year of the festival, and the line-up of authors is even more exciting than last year’s programme. The authors and literati who will be taking part are: Mondli Makhanya, David Smith, William Gumede, Justice Malala, Greg Mills, Peter Bruce, Tim Cohen, Rob Rose, Chris Yelland, James Styan, Ray Hartley, Carlos Amato, Kevin McCallum, Harriet Gavshon, Sarah Emily Duff, Andrea Burgener, Richard Steyn, Tim Couzens, Jenny Crwys-Williams, Craig Higgingson, Mandla Langa, Pamela Power, Judith Ancer, Arthur Goldstuck, Maureen Isaacson, Karen Lazar, Lisa Seftel, Wayne Duvenage, Ben Williams, Achmat Dangor, Dov Fedler, David Williams, David Lewis, Didi Moyle, Bridget Hilton-Barber, Denise Slabbert, Jabulile Ngwenya and Michele Magwood.

South Africa in BRICSLet Them Eat CakeHow South Africa WorksReconciliation\'s Vengeful EchoThe Grand ScamRagged Glory
Lampedusa PieTramp RoyalThe Dream HouseThe Texture of ShadowsMs Conception
Tech-Savvy ParentingHemispheresThe E-Tolls SagaStrange PilgrimagesOut of Line
Jacques Kallis and 12 Other Great South African All-roundersThieves at the Dinner TableSpeaking Truth to PowerTravel Guide to Maputo and Southern MozambiqueOffbeat South Africa


Take a look at the main programme:

ParkWords 2015: Adult Programme



Here is the programme for the young and young at heart:

ParkWords 2015: Children's Programme



More information about ParkWords:

2015 ParkWords Programme


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Join the Launch of Exclusive Books Dainfern, and Stand a Chance to Win a Hamper of Must-Read Books!

Boy on the WireA Slim, Green SilenceThe Culinary Adventures of a Travelling CookElon MuskThe Greatest Springbok TeamsDevil's Peak

Exclusive Books would like to invite you to join the launch of their new store in Dainfern.

At the launch Michael Fridjhon will be pairing great wines with mouth-watering food. The event will be on Wednesday, 2 September, at 6 for 6:30 PM.

Everyone who attends will receive a free coffee, and one lucky attendee will receive a hamper of 20 must-read books, including Boy on the Wire by Alastair Bruce, A Slim, Green Silence by Beverly Rycroft and The Culinary Adventures of a Travelling Cook by Natasha Barnes among other wonderful books.

All you have to do to stand a chance of winning is RSVP on the Exclusive Books Blog by 31 August.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 2 September 2015
  • Time: 6 for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Dainfern
    Shop 23
    Dainfern Square
    cnr. William Nicol Drive & Broadacres Ave | Map

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Bill Nasson Reviews Empire, War & Cricket in South Africa by Dean Allen

Empire, War & Cricket in South AfricaVerdict: carrot

The achievement of Empire, War & Cricket is to weave together the political history of a supercharged imperial moment in the country, when there was so much to play for, with the history of the game of cricket in its formative decades.

Entangled indissolubly with the British Empire, and with its arrogant sense of calling and destiny, Dean Allen explores how cricket was pursued in this colonial setting across a broad and colourful canvas.

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The 2015 Mail and Guardian Literary Festival Programme

The 2015 Mail & Guardian Literary Festival 1-2 August, 2015

The annual Mail & Guardian Literary Festival will run from 1-2 August at the Turbine Hall in Newtown Johannesburg, as part of the 2015 South African Book Fair.

Have a look at this year’s programme:

The Arrogance of PowerOn the PostcolonyEducation, Economy and Society

Saturday August 1, 9.30am
Goodbye to all that: Decolonising culture and institutions

Panel: Xolela Mangcu, Achille Mbembe, Leigh-Ann Naidoo and Thaddeus Metz
Chair: Salim Vally

Capitalist CrusaderHow South Africa WorksBRICS: An Anti-Capitalist CritiqueRaising the Bar

Saturday August 1, 11.30am
It’s the economy, stupid!

Panel: Herman Mashaba, Greg Mills and Patrick Bond
Chair: Songezo Zibi

Race, Class and PowerThe Limits of Democratic Governance in South AfricaWhat Will People SayA Flawed FreedomSouth Africa's Suspended Revolution

Saturday August 1, 1.30pm
South Africa at a fork in the road

Panel: Steven Friedman, Louis Picard, Rehana Rossouw and John Saul
Chair: Adam Habib

The Joburg BookThe Origins of Non-racialism

Saturday August 1, 3.30pm
Future perfect: Transforming Jo’burg from apartheid city to a city for all

Panel: Nechama Brodie, David Everatt, Zayd Ebrahim and Rashid Seedat.
Chair: Zeblon Vilakazi

The Seed ThiefAskarinullAntjie Krog and the Post-Apartheid Public SphereDiary of a Guji GirlPlatinum

Sunday August 2, 9.30am
South African fiction publishing at 21: Gatekeeping or rainmaking?

Panel: Fourie Botha (Umuzi), Bridget Impey (Jacana), Thabiso Mahlape (The Black Bird), Debra Primo (UKZN Press) and David Robbins (Porcupine Press)
Chair: Bronwyn Law-Viljoen

Antjie Krog and the Arrogance of PowerThe<br />
Post-Apartheid Public SphereMagema Fuze21 at 21The ANC Women's League

Sunday August 2, 11.30am
Black and white in colour: Why race (still) matters

Panel: Anthea Garman, Lewis Gordon, Xolela Mangcu, Hlonipha Mokoena and Melanie Verwoerd
Chair: Shireen Hassim

Arctic SummerThe Texture of ShadowsWay Back HomeGreen Lion101 DetectivesBad Sex

Sunday August 2, 1.30pm
The South African novel at 21
Panel: Damon Galgut, Mandla Langa, Niq Mhlongo, Henrietta Rose-Innes and Ivan Vladislavic
Chair: Leon de Kock

Empire, War & Cricket in South AfricaArctic SummerDF Malan and the Rise of Afrikaner NationalismThe Texture of ShadowsStrange Pilgrimages

Sunday August 2, 3.30pm
The Monuments Men: Rewriting reputation – Rhodes, Malan, Mandela & EM Forster

Panel: Dean Allen, Damon Galgut, Lindie Koorts and Mandla Langa
Chair: Achmat Dangor

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Tickets are available at and at the door on the day.

Programmes for the M&G Literary Festival and the South African Book Fair are online:

*Note Raks Seakhoa will no longer chair the South African fiction publishing at 21: Gatekeeping or rainmaking? panel. It will now be chaired by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen.

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