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Mishandel, misbruik, misken: Joey Haarhoff se dogter deel haar lewensverhaal met Carla van der Spuy

Mishandel, misbruik, miskenMishandel, misbruik, misken: Joey Haarhoff was my ma deur Amor van der Westhuyzen, soos vertel aan Carla van der Spuy, is nou by LAPA beskikbaar:

Amor van der Westhuyzen, dogter van die berugte Joey Haarhoff wat saam met die pedofiel Gert van Rooyen ses jong meisies ontvoer het, se kinderjare was ’n riller. Joey het haar enigste dogter fisiek, verbaal en emosioneel mishandel, toegelaat dat Amor se eie pa haar seksueel misbruik en haar geheel en al as mens misken. Joey het as beheervraat vir dekades haar dogter se lewe gemanipuleer en oorheers. Selfs jare nà Joey se dood moes Amor nog ly as gevolg van haar ma se dade.

Maar sy het die trauma danksy pure vasberadenheid oorleef. Amor is ’n diep gelowige mens wat die siklus van haat en geweld stopgesit het. Sy wil hoop gee aan ander vroue wat deur hul naastes verniel is.

Mishandel, misbruik, misken is ook in Engels beskikbaar as Battered, abused, shamed.

Oor die outeur
Carla van der Spuy is ’n bekroonde vryskutjoernalis en skrywer van niefiksieboeke, insluitend Mens of monster (2012) en Bloed op haar hande (2015) wat deur Books LIVE gelys is as een van 2015 se mees verbysterende Suid-Afrikaanse ware-misdaad-boeke. Haar ongekompliseerde, openhartige gesprekke en haar gemaklike skryfstyl lei na indiepte, ware lewensverhale wat elkeen van haar lesers se hartsnare sal roer.


A life in politics - presenting Dirk Mudge: All the way to an independent Namibia

Dirk MudgeProtea Boekhuis presents Dirk Mudge: All the way to an independent Namibia, the English edition of the retired politician’s long-awaited autobiography:

At the age of 87 Mudge now publishes his long-awaited autobiography. This remarkable man was involved full time in the politics of South West Africa, and later Namibia, for a period of 33 years. He entered the political arena in 1960 as a member of the Legislative Assembly of the National Party of South West Africa. Mudge describes how he initially supported the ideologies of the National Party, but gradually came to change his views and politics. This inevitably lead to his resignation from the National Party and to the establishment of his own party: The Republican Party. He had a personal involvement in the drawing up of the new Constitution of the Republic of Namibia and tries to give answers to questions about why it took Namibia so long to reach independence. He also explains the role South Africa and the international community played in this major event.

Dr Piet Croucamp writes in his preface: “Mudge’s memoir does not relive the past in times of modernity. The reader becomes displaced ‒ in a way ‒ to a familiar but awkward if not painful past. The narrative, conceived in stigma and shame, is presented with a “respectability” or even bizarre “reality” which once was “normal” to some and an abomination to others. Dirk Mudge has made a remarkable contribution with a text which merits both literary and scholarly value. The work was not intended as a comprehensive history of Namibia ‒ it is a memoir about the life and times of Dirk Mudge.”

Also available in Afrikaans as Dirk Mudge: Enduit vir ’n onafhanklike Namibië.

About the author

Dirk Mudge is a farmer and retired politician.

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Jacket Notes: Tim Keegan on Dr Philip's Empire

Published in the Sunday Times

Dr Philip's EmpireDr Philip’s Empire
Tim Keegan (Zebra Press)

Few people in our history have evoked such stark and extreme opinions as the Scots-born missionary leader John Philip, who arrived in Cape Town in 1819. Angered by the suffering and oppression he saw around him, he made enemies readily and unwaveringly in his fight for racial justice. His correspondents and co-workers included many of the leading reformers and campaigners of the day in Britain and elsewhere.

He agitated on behalf of the Khoi, the Xhosa, the Griqua and the Sotho-Tswana people until the end of his long life in 1851, although his battles against the white supremacists of his day were ultimately largely futile. Long after his death he was still pilloried by colonial historians and Afrikaner nationalist ideologues as the ultimate interfering liberal do-gooder, whose agitations did much to sour relations between the races. And, more recently, African nationalists have turned him into an ogre of a different kind — the cultural imperialist whose patronising attitudes and activities undermined the cohesion and integrity of African societies.

It was these contrasting views that persuaded me that a warts-and-all biography was called for. What emerged was a more complex, more contradictory figure than I had imagined. He was capable of eliciting great love and respect from those whose lives he touched. Yet he was not without flaws. He could be vain and bullying and insensitive, not least towards his equally heroic wife Jane and their children. He unquestioningly believed in the superiority of European civilisation. But he passionately believed that Africa belonged to Africans and not to white settlers, and that the interests of Africans should prevail over those of Europeans.

Writing a biography of Philip was not made easier by the fact that his private papers were destroyed in a fire in 1931. However, Philip was an insatiable letter writer, and the mission archives in London and other private collections contain masses of his correspondence. I discovered in the Rhodes House Library in Oxford a collection of the scribbled notes of the historian WM Macmillan, who spent some years in the 1920s copying extracts from the Philip papers before they were destroyed. Macmillan never wrote the biography that he wanted to write, but his labour paved the way for my efforts.

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Join Sam Cowen for the launch of From Whiskey to Water with Melinda Ferguson at Love Books

Invitation to the launch of From Whiskey to Water

From Whiskey to WaterJacana Media and Love Books invite you to the launch of From Whiskey to Water, the no-holds-barred memoir by beloved radio talk show host Sam Cowen.

Cowen will be in conversation with Crashed author Melinda Ferguson on Thursday, 7 July, at Love Books in Melville. The launch will start at 5:30 for 6 PM.

From Whiskey to Water tells the story of Cowen’s struggle with her addiction to whiskey, food and finally to a passion that saved her life – marathon swimming.

Don’t miss it!

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, 7 July 2016
  • Time: 5:30 for 6 PM
  • Venue: Love Books
    The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre
    53 Rustenburg Road
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Interviewer: Melinda Ferguson
  • RSVP: Takalani,, 011 628 3200

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Sam Cowen opens up about beating alcohol addiction in From Whiskey to Water

My name is Samantha and I’m an alcoholic.

From Whiskey to WaterFrom Whiskey to Water is the no-holds-barred memoir by beloved radio talk show host Sam Cowen:

Having kept her alcohol addiction well away from the public eye for over 14 years, in this tell-all tale Cowen finds the courage to talk about her struggle with her addiction to whiskey, food and finally to a passion that saved her life – marathon swimming. Told in her characteristically hilarious deadpan style, this is one of the bravest books you’ll read this year.

“So this is a book on how I stopped drinking? No, it’s not. It’s how I stopped drinking, started eating, became clinically severely obese, stopped eating (everything that wasn’t nailed down) and swam my way to freedom. No, it’s not. It’s actually about addiction and learning and sadness and anxiety and love and drive. It’s about channelling the unchangeable into the miraculous. It’s about dragons and learning how to put them to sleep when you can’t slay them. It’s about being my own Daenarys.”

If you’re battling with addiction or looking for inspiration on self-acceptance then this is a book you should pick up … it’s about trying to swop being perfect for being human, a daily challenge. - Woman and Home

About the author

Sam Cowen is the longest-running female morning show host in the country, having worked Joburg’s biggest breakfast show on 94.7 for over 18 years with Jeremy Mansfield and Darren Whackhead Simpson. In 2015 she replaced Jenny Crwys-Williams on the wildly popular 1 PM – 3 PM slot on 702. She currently co-hosts the Weekend Breakfast Show on 702/Cape Talk with Africa Melane. Sam is also the bestselling author of Waiting for Christopher and Good Enough Mother, two popular books on motherhood.

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Rus in vrede, Margaret Bakkes (1931 - 2016)

Margaret Bakkes

Fado vir \'n vreemdelingMy ouma in kaneelSpoorvatDie geliefde skrywer Margaret Bakkes is Woensdag, 29 Junie op die ouderdom van 84 oorlede.

Tydens Bakkes se skrywersloopbaan, wat in 1954 begin het, het daar menigde kortverhale, versamelbundels en romans uit haar pen verskyn. Haar jongste roman, Fado vir ‘n vreemdeling, het in 2011 ter viering van haar tagtigste verjaarsdag by LAPA verskyn.

NB-uitgewers en die ATKV het hulde gebring aan die skrywer wat vir ses dekades lank Afrikaanse letterkunde laat seëvier het.

Lees NB-uitgewers se huldeblyk aan Bakkes:

Die skrywer Jeanette Ferreira reageer soos volg: “Dat sy so stil uitgegaan het, die onblusbare Margaret Bakkes. Haar historiese romans, haar besinning oor ouderdom wanneer die amandelboom wit in die bloei staan; dit het sy vir ons nagelaat. Ek dink veral oor haar nostalgiese verhale oor die haar grootwordplek in die Stormberge se bittere koue, en dat sy nou juis in die koue moet groet. Maar haar warm lag en haar kleurvolle lewe sal by ons bly. Goeie reis aan ‘n skrywer, vriendin en buitengewone mens.”

Eloise Wessels, uitvoerende hoof van NB-Uitgewers, onthou: “Margaret Bakkes was vandat ek my verstand gekry het deel van my lewe. Sy en my ma het saam grootgeword in Sterkstroom in die Oos-Kaap. Sy was ’n sterk vrou wat ’n familietradisie van wonderlike skrywers begin het. Ek sal haar op ’n persoonlike en professionele vlak baie mis. Daar is ’n hele generasie van groot skrywers wat ons nou verlaat.”

LitNet het die ATKV se persverklaring gedeel:

Sy sal lank onthou word vir haar romans wat lekker gelees het, maar wat ook sonder skroom die tydsgees aangespreek het.

Dit is dalk gepas om Bakkes se eie woorde aan te wend om haar skryfstyl te beskryf. In die Transvaler van 23 Junie 1977 sê sy: “Ontspanningsleesstof is nie stof en dons nie. Die skrywer moet sy leser met lewensprobleme konfronteer. Maar hy moet dit ook weer oplos. Dit is die verskil tussen ’n kunsverhaal en ontspanningslektuur. Sonder om ligsinnig te wees, moet daar pitkos in wees.” (Transvaler, 23 Junie 1977)

Lesers het op Twitter afskeid geneem van hul geliefde skrywer: