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Launch: Becoming Iman by Iman Rappetti (24 May)

Iman Rappetti is an award-winning journalist who has been involved in print, radio and television.

She worked as a young journalist in South Africa and then abandoned it (along with all her worldly possessions) when she became Muslim. She lived in the Islamic Republic of Iran for two years, where she also worked on a current affairs TV show for the state broadcaster before returning to South Africa and resuming her life here.

She describes herself as ‘the youngest of five children. One Rasatafarian brother (passed away), one ex-con brother (who can dance the pants off any woman and has a wicked sense of humour), another brother who’s a big shot in the marine engineering industry (he makes a mean curry), and a sister who has the thankless task of staying at home and raising the rugrats (she has a way with words, and also makes a kick-ass briyani)’.

In this moving and entertaining memoir, Iman shares stories and what she has learned from her colourful journey through life.

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Bekendstelling: Stroomop deur Harald Pakendorf (10 Mei)

Hoekom bel ’n boosaardige eerste minister ’n koerantredakteur skuins na sonop by sy huis? Waarom wil ’n kabinetsminister ’n verslaggewer met die vuiste bydam? En hoe kry ’n Afrikaanse koerant dit reg om tydens die apartheidsjare volledig oor ANC-beleidstandpunte te rapporteer?

Harald Pakendorf beantwoord dié vrae, en nog vele meer, in sy herinneringstog deur ’n onstuimige tydperk in Suid-Afrika se geskiedenis. Die grootkoppe van apartheid kon hierdie “liberale” redakteur van ‘Oggendblad’ (1972–1979) en ‘Die Vaderland’ (1980–1986) met moeite voor hulle oë verdra. Pakendorf moes John Vorster en PW Botha se woedebuie telkemale trotseer.

Vandag sal lesers hul koppe in ongeloof skud oor die scenario’s wat tydens apartheid se hoogbloei in die voorkamers van politieke mag afgespeel het. Maar vir die politieke base van destyds was Harald Pakendorf sy tyd ver vooruit. Só ver dat hulle hom sonder meer uit sy redakteurstoel verwyder het. ’n Fassinerende, persoonlike terugblik wat lesers sal boei.

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  • Datum: Donderdag, 10 Mei 2018
  • Tyd: 6:00 NM vir 6:30 NM
  • Plek: Love Books, Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, Rustenburgstraat 53, Melville, Johannesburg | Map
  • Gasspreker: Anita Visser
  • RSVP: kate@lovebooks.co.za
     

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Launch: Winging It by Joanne Jowell (10 May)

Jonathan Kaplan, celebrated international rugby referee and former world record-holder for most Test caps, had his fair share of challenging moments on the field.

He was known for his commitment to fair play, ability to defuse tense situations, and courage in making difficult, and sometimes controversial, decisions. All this would stand JK in good stead and come back into play when, at the age of 47, he made two life-changing decisions.

The first was to blow his whistle for the last time and end his career as a professional rugby ref. The second was to become a parent – and a solo parent at that. This is the story of JK’s decision to have a baby by surrogate, the two-year fertility process that followed, and the subsequent birth of his son Kaleb.

Winging It draws on the insights of key role-players in JK’s journey, including the extraordinary experience of the surrogate mother herself. Exchanging rucks for reflux, mauls for milk bottles, scrums for storks (and other stories about Kaleb’s conception), this account of how JK navigates the choppy waters of parenthood is disarmingly frank and scrupulously honest.

At times poignant and tender, and at others downright funny, this is a thoroughly contemporary take on what constitutes a family and how we dare to build one.

Joanne Jowell is the author of the bestselling biographies On the Other Side of Shame: An Extraordinary Account of Adoption and Reunion (2009), Finding Sarah: A True Story of Living with Bulimia (2011) and The Crazy Life of Larry Joe: A Journey on the Streets and Stage (2014). She lives in Cape Town with her husband and three children.
 
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Iman Rappetti's moving and entertaining memoir has just hit the shelves!

Iman Rappetti is an award-winning journalist who has been involved in print, radio and television.

She worked as a young journalist in South Africa and then abandoned it (along with all her worldly possessions) when she became Muslim. She lived in the Islamic Republic of Iran for two years, where she also worked on a current affairs TV show for the state broadcaster before returning to South Africa and resuming her life here.

She describes herself as ‘the youngest of five children. One Rasatafarian brother (passed away), one ex-con brother (who can dance the pants off any woman and has a wicked sense of humour), another brother who’s a big shot in the marine engineering industry (he makes a mean curry), and a sister who has the thankless task of staying at home and raising the rugrats (she has a way with words, and also makes a kick-ass briyani)’.

In this moving and entertaining memoir, Iman shares stories and what she has learned from her colourful journey through life.
 
 

Iman Rappetti, originally from Phoenix in KwaZulu-Natal, counts among her career highlights, interviews and encounters with former South African President Thabo Mbeki, President Jacob Zuma, and queen of talk Oprah Winfrey. A senior eNCA anchor for 11 years, Rappetti left the broadcaster in April 2017 to spend more time with her family but continues to be on the airwaves hosting a weekday radio show on Power FM.

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Master storyteller Wilbur Smith releases his memoir

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Goolam Vahed's biography of Chota Motala examines Motala’s intellectual project and activism from his childhood years through to his role as an ambassador in the new South Africa

Chota Motala, medical doctor, family man, and political activist, lived out over eight decades of his life in communities that preceded, and ultimately succeeded, the hegemony of formal apartheid in South Africa.

For most of this time, Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, was home to Motala, who helped to shape the politics of the Midlands and whose legacy is vibrantly woven into the city.

Pietermaritzburg spawned strong alliances between trade unions, political organisations and communities that cut across race, class and religious lines.

This book examines Motala’s intellectual project and activism from his childhood years through to his role as an ambassador in the new South Africa, and throws light on poorly documented episodes in Pietermaritzburg’s history.
 
 
 

Goolam Vahed is a professor of History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His previous works, published with UKZN Press include Chatsworth: The Making of a South African Township (co-edited with Ashwin Desai) 2012 and Schooling Muslims in Natal Identity, State and the Orient Islamic Educational Institute (co-written with Thembisa Waetjen) 2015.

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