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Die geheim van die woud is nie ’n verhaal oor bang hasies en wrede wolwe nie, maar ’n verhaal wat vertel van moederliefde, die verbeeldingswêreld van ’n kind en die herstel van die ewewig van die natuur

In Die geheim van die woud lees ’n ma vir haar kinders, Amelie en Roland, elke aand dieselfde storie.

Sy vertel van die twee konyntjies, Oortjies en Tongetjie, en ’n woud waar die wolwe vriende is van die konyne en hulle nooit seermaak nie. Soos in elke woud is daar in hierdie verhaal ook ’n wolf.

Sy is egter blind en bekommerd dat sy nie na haar welpies sal kan omsien wanneer hulle gebore word nie.

Soos die ma die verhaal vertel, word die twee kinders as’t ware Oortjies en Tongetjie en verander die kamer in die magiese woud. Die metafoor van die herstel van die verbond tussen mens en dier word op subtiele en verbeeldingryke manier daardeur verken.

Die geheim van die woud is nie ’n verhaal oor bang hasies en wrede wolwe nie, maar ’n verhaal wat vertel van moederliefde, die verbeeldingswêreld van ’n kind en die herstel van die ewewig van die natuur.

Beatriz Martín Vidal is ’n Spaanse surrealistiese illustreerder en kunstenaar. Sy het al verskeie kinderboeke geskep.

Gustavo Martín Garzo is ’n bekende Spaanse skrywer van romans, essays en kinderboeke. Hy het filosofie en letterkunde studeer en is die stigter van die literêre tydskrifte Un ángel más en El signo del gorrión. Hy skryf gereeld vir die koerant El pais. Vir sy literêre werk het hy al verskeie pryse ingepalm, onder meer die National Fiction Prize 1994, die National Children’s Literature Award en die Castilla y León Prize for Literature.

Nicol Stassen doen al meer as ’n dekade lank navorsing oor die Dorslandtrek en die Angola-Boere. Hy het ’n BA-graad in tale, ’n meestersgraad in Chemiese Ingenieurswese en ’n doktorsgraad in Geskiedenis. Hy is ook die skrywer van Afrikaners in Angola, 1928–1975 (2009), The Boers in Angola, 1928–1975 (2010) en William Chapman – Reminiscences (2011).


Book discussion: Always Another Country by Sisonke Msimang (7 August)

The Governing Intimacies Project and WiSER invite you to a book discussion of Sisonke Msimang’s Always Another Country – a remarkable tale of belonging, identity and coming of age in the postcolony. Insightful and beautifully written, the memoir sets a new benchmark in the genre.

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As gripping as it gets: Michele Magwood reviews Belinda Bauer's Man Booker Prize-longlisted thriller, Snap

Published in the Sunday Times

Belinda Bauer, Penguin Random House, R290

Belinda Bauer is an exceptional thriller writer. Her books are low on gore and high on psychology and what sets her apart from other suspense or domestic noir writers is that in each book she introduces a fascinating syndrome or set of beliefs. In Rubbernecker, for instance,she explores the condition of autism and in The Shut Eye she tackles the subject of psychics.

In her latest, eagerly awaited novel Snap she takes the reader into the world of hoarding. As always, it adds another dimension to a typically enthralling storyline.

In the opening chapter three children are waiting in a broken-down car on the edge of a busy road in Somerset. Their mother has gone to find a telephone and has not come back. Hungry and thirsty, they decide to go looking for her, only to find a receiver hanging off the hook in a phone box. She will never return.

The story jumps ahead three years and we meet Catherine While, who is expecting her first child. Her husband is away and she is convinced she hears someone in the house. When she wakes up she finds a knife next to her bed and a note saying, “I could have killed you.”

Bauer switches back and forth between the abandoned children as they try to survive, hiding from social services staff, whom they know will split them up, and Catherine as she lives in increasing fear. Add in a splendidly splenetic cop in the form of DI Marvel and two comic sidekicks, and all the elements are in place for an original, utterly gripping story. @michelemagwood

Snap has been nominated for the Man Booker prize.

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Sally Partridge has put together the Ultimate SA YA Book Box for charity!

By Sally Partridge

As an avid young adult reader (and writer) I thought it high time this trend for book crates celebrate local fiction for a change.

So, I’ve put together the Ultimate SA YA Book Box for charity.

What’s inside?

• A selection of recently published South African YA books (including a signed copy of Mine)
• Treats to enjoy while you read
• Bonus goodies (hint: I’ve included some of my absolute favourite things)

This curated collection of South African youth fiction is the perfect gift for the teen reader in your life or anyone with a taste for local fiction.

The proceeds of the boxes will go to Nazareth House, a home of compassion run by the sisters of Nazareth. The sisters provide both short and long-term care to disabled orphans, orphans affected by Aids and vulnerable children. Incredibly, the sisters also care for the elderly and frail.

The boxes are super limited edition and only ten are available. The price is R400 including postage or delivery if you’re in Cape Town.

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to sponsors NB Publishers, Cover2Cover Books and Nomu for generously contributing to the content of these boxes.

Click here for the landing page.


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Mine by Sally Partridge
EAN: 9780798176828
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Short Sharp Stories Award announces panel of judges for 2018

Via Short.Sharp.Stories.

Our panel of judges for this year’s Short Sharp Stories Award are drawn from different literary arenas, with expertise ranging from poetry and prose to journalism and creative non-fiction.

They are currently reading the shortlisted stories and we will be announcing the winning stories soon. Each of our judges selected five entries to make up the twenty stories in the final collection, and they will also select the winning entries for this year’s competition.

Diane Awerbuck wrote Gardening at Night, which was awarded the Commonwealth Best First Book Award (Africa and the Caribbean). Her short story collection Cabin Fever was shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize. Her story ‘Leatherman’ won the 2015 Short Story Day Africa competition. She co-writes a frontier-fiction series with Alex Latimer (under the nom de plume Frank Owen).

Rustum Kozain is one of South Africa’s most acclaimed poets. He has won both the Ingrid Jonker prize and the Olive Schreiner Prize for his debut poetry collection, This Carting Life.

Megan Ross is the author of Milk Fever, an acclaimed poetry debut published by uHlanga. She won the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction in 2017. She is an alumni of the Iceland Writers Retreat, and her work has featured in numerous publications (including the Short Sharp Stories anthologies).

Bongani Kona is a writer and editor at Chimurenga, a pan-African publication of arts, culture and politics. His writing has appeared in a number of anthologies and collections. He was shortlisted for the 2016 Caine Prize for a story which appeared in the 2016 Short Sharp Stories anthology Incredible Journey, and he is the co-editor of Migrations, a short story collection that was published in 2017.

Shortlist for the 2018 Short Sharp Stories Awards announced

Via Short.Sharp.Stories

We are happy to announce the shortlist for the Short Sharp Stories Awards. This year’s theme is “Instant Exposure”. We received over 120 entries for this year’s anthology, and our judges selected the stories they felt spoke best to the brief. Congratulations to the writers, whose stories will be included in Instant Exposure, and who are shortlisted for this year’s awards.

Vamumusa Malusi Khumalo
Shubnum Khan
Femi Agunbiade
Christine Coates
Michael Yee
Chantelle Grey van Heerden
Stephen Buabeng-Baidoo
Donve Lee
Rochelle Mungar
Thandekhile Ntshangase
Arja Salafranca
Sam Murray
Ambre Nicolson
Martin Botha
Bernard du Plessis
Lynn Joffe
Paul Collings
Melissa Siebert
Ian Sutherland
Tiah Beautement