Noor-Jehan Yoro Badat from The Star interviewed Vanessa Goosen before the launch of her biography, Drug Muled, at Hyde Park Corner shopping centre. Goosen spoke about the depression that she experienced while imprisoned in Thailand and how she overcame it after a stranger approached her and reminded her to think about her daughter, Felicia, who was born in the prison and sent to live with Goosen’s friend in South Africa.
Goosen also discussed how difficult it was returning to South Africa after having been incarcerated for more than 16 years. She had to learn how to use a cellphone and get re-accustomed to wearing shoes and sleeping in a bed.
It’s been more than two years since Vanessa Goosen returned from Thailand. For 16 years, six months and 16 days the former Miss SA semi-finalist was incarcerated in Lard Yao women’s prison in Bangkok.
Goosen claimed to have been duped into carrying four engineering books, which were found to have compartments in the front and back hardcover and spine containing 1.7kg of heroin.
Babalwa Shota from City Press attended the launch and took some photographs of the event:
Exclusive Books in Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre was a hive of activity this week when book lovers braved a nippy Joburg evening to attend the launch of a book penned by Joanne Joseph.
Drug Muled: 16 Years in a Thai Prison, about beauty queen turned drug mule Vanessa Goosen, has caused a buzz in publishing circles. And if the turnout at this launch is anything to go by, it will be on the bestseller list soon.
Tafelberg and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of The Verwoerd Who Toyi-toyied by Melanie Verwoerd.
Verwoerd will be discussing her book with Marianne Thamm on Tuesday 28 May at 5:30 PM for 6 PM.
See you there!
Peter Stark, “The White Bushman”, passed away on 7 May at the age of 84. Travel News Namibia commented thatm “Stark was renowned for his in-depth knowledge of the bushveld and his adventures with wildlife and the bushman of the Etosha National Park” and said that, “His fascinating life in and near the Etosha National Park was captured succinctly” in his autobiography, The White Bushman.
Travel News Namibia republished a 2007 tribute to Stark, written by his friend and colleague, the late Hu Berry:
Peter Stark, self-proclaimed white bushman and self-confessed poacher turned protector of lions, died yesterday at the age of 84 in South Africa. Born in Windhoek in 1929, Stark was renowned for his in-depth knowledge of the bushveld and his adventures with wildlife and the bushman of the Etosha National Park. His fascinating life in and near the Etosha National Park was captured succinctly in his autobiography The White Bushman.
Here is authored by the late Hu Berry, which was published in 2007, and gives an in-depth view into the life of his friend and colleague, the legendary White Bushman, Peter Stark.
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Wat gebeur agter die mure en deure van ’n hedendaagse Suid-Afrikaanse ambassade?
En wat is die aard en doel van ons land se buitelandse beleid?
Dit is die twee vrae wat Tony Leon, jare lange opposisieleier en tot onlangs die Suid-Afrikaanse ambassadeur in Buenos Aires (verantwoordelik vir Argentinië, Uruguay en Paraguay), trag om te beantwoord in hierdie boek waarvan die titel terugspeel op die ekonoom John Kenneth Galbraith se beskrywing van sy termyn as Amerikaanse ambassadeur in Indië in die Kennedy-era.
Join Tony Leon at Kalk Bay Books for the launch of his new memoir, The Accidental Ambassador: From Parliament to Patagonia.
Leon will be in conversation with John Maytham on Thursday 30 May at 6:30 PM for 7 PM.
Don’t miss it!
National Geographic Live shared a video of Don George, editor-at-large of their Traveller magazine, interviewing Alexandra Fuller, author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness, about the vivid way in which she captured her childhood experiences of growing up in Zimbabwe (then known as Rhodesia). Fuller explained that as a young child growing up in the midst of civil war, “many near-death experiences” had the effect of sharpening her mind.
“Civil war and war in general does not tend stop on the front line,” Fuller said. “It makes its way into your home…you are constantly worrying about being ambushed.” This makes you very nervous and observant, Fuller said. “It makes you a very good writer in that case.”