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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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2018 Media24 Books prize winners announced

Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw and Cape Town writer and poet Ken Barris were among the recipients of the 2018 Media24 Books prizes awarded in Cape Town on Thursday, 14 June 2018.

The Media24 Books prizes are awarded annually for books published by the Media24 Books division and Jonathan Ball Publishers, also part of Media24, in the preceding year. This year, prizes to a combined value of more than R200 000 were awarded in six categories.

Jacques Pauw won the Recht Malan prize for nonfiction for The President’s Keepers, published by NB Publishers under the Tafelberg imprint. According to the judges, The President’s Keepers will be remembered, along with #GuptaLeaks, for the change it brought about in South African society and the ANC. “The power of The President’s Keepers lies partly in the explosive revelations it makes, but mostly in that for the first time a broad-based narrative connected the dots between the private and public interests propping up Zuma at all costs. South Africans live in a better country today than a mere eight months ago, partly thanks to Pauw.”

The other titles on the nonfiction shortlist were How to Steal a City by Crispian Olver and Khwezi: The Story of Fezekile Kuzwayo by Redi Tlhabi.

The Herman Charles Bosman prize for English fiction went to Ken Barris for The Life of Worm and Other Misconceptions, a short story collection published by Kwela. The judges called it an extraordinary collection that combines the mundane with the surreal in illuminating but often deeply unsettling ways. It is a collection that keeps the reader “constantly intrigued, amused, repelled and acutely aware of South African realities”.

Also on the fiction shortlist were I am Pandarus by Michiel Heyns and Being Kari by Qarnita Loxton.

Novelist Eben Venter won the WA Hofmeyr prize for Afrikaans fiction for the fifth time with Groen soos die hemel daarbo, published by Tafelberg. The novel, which explores modern sexuality, intimacy and identity, was lauded by the judges for its finely honed style of writing. The other books on the shortlist were Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng by Etienne van Heerden and As in die mond by Nicole Jaekel Strauss.

Marlene van Niekerk received the Elisabeth Eybers prize for Afrikaans and English poetry for In die stille agterkamer, ekphrastic verses about the paintings of Dutch painter Jan Mankes (1889–1920). The collection, published by Human & Rousseau, was described by the judges as “a gripping yet meditative reading experience”. Also shortlisted were Nou, hier by Corné Coetzee, Radbraak by Jolyn Phillips and Alles het niet kom wôd by Nathan Trantraal.

The MER prize for youth novels was awarded to Carin Krahtz for Blou is nie ’n kleur nie (Tafelberg), while the MER prize for illustrated children’s books went to writer Rosamund Haden and illustrator Tony Pinchuck for The All Africa Wildlife Express.

The judges were: For the Recht Malan prize: Jean Meiring, Elsa van Huyssteen and Pauli van Wyk; for the Herman Charles Bosman prize: Johan Jacobs, Molly Brown and Ann Donald; for the WA Hofmeyr prize: Francois Smith, Sonja Loots and Kerneels Breytenbach; for the Elisabeth Eybers prize: Henning Pieterse, Bibi Slippers and Charl-Pierre Naudé; for the MER prize for youth novels: Nanette van Rooyen, Henriëtte Linde-Loubser and Betsie van der Westhuizen; and for the MER prize for illustrated children’s books: Piet Grobler, Marjorie van Heerden and Magdel Vorster.

The President's Keepers

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How To Steal A City




The Life of Worm


I am Pandarus


Being Kari


Groen soos die hemel daarbo


Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng


As in die Mond


In die stille agterkamer


Nou, hier




Alles het niet kom wôd


Blou is nie 'n kleur nie


All Africa Wildlife Express

Bellissimo! Jaco Jacobs doen dit in Italiaans!

LAPA Uitgewers is trots om aan te kondig dat vertaalregte vir Jaco Jacobs se bekroonde jeugroman ’n Goeie dag vir boomklim pas deur nog ’n groot internasionale uitgewery opgeraap is.

Die Italiaanse uitgewery Rizzoli het suksesvol teen ’n mededingende uitgewershuis gebie om die Italiaanse vertaalregte vir Jaco se boek te bekom.

Rizzoli is een van die grootste uitgewerye in Italië en wêreldbekende skrywers soos John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon) en Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) se boeke word deur hulle in Italiaans uitgegee.

“Ek is steeds ietwat verstom,” sê Jaco, “en natuurlik baie dankbaar. Dit is ’n ongelooflike voorreg om te sien hoe Marnus en Leila, die twee hoofkarakters in my storie, die kans kry om nou regoor die wêreld te gaan boomklim!”

’n Goeie dag vir boomklim is die verhaal van Marnus, ’n gefrustreerde middelkind, wat hom een Desembervakansie laat ompraat om saam met ’n meisie in ’n boom te klim om te probeer keer dat die plaaslike owerheid dit afsaag.

’n Londense uitgewery, Oneworld Publications, het ’n Goeie dag vir boomklim verlede maand wêreldwyd in Engels gepubliseer. Die boek is tans ook in Suid-Afrika te koop as A Good Day for Climbing Trees.

In Oktober verskyn nog een van Jaco se boeke, Oor ’n motorfiets, ’n zombiefliek en lang getalle wat deur elf gedeel kan word, oorsee as A Good Night for Shooting Zombies.

’n Goeie dag vir boomklim was in 2016 die wenner van die kykNET/Rapport-prys se filmkategorie. Filmregte vir die boek is sedertdien aan M-Net toegeken.


#CatchMeReading: Nal'ibali to launch a nationwide book exchange on 26 May

Issued by Petunia Thulo on behalf of Nal’ibali


‘Books are a uniquely portable magic’ – Stephen King

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child. Which is why the NGO The Nal’ibali Trust, is expanding on its reading-for-enjoyment campaign, to initiate a national book exchange project on the 26th of May. Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali’s Managing Director says, “Literacy Mentors across the country will be hosting public book exchange events, where everyone is encouraged to bring and swap a book, enjoy storytelling and read-aloud sessions, and find out more about how they can read and share stories effectively with their children.”

How it works

  • The book exchange welcomes books of any variety; printed or handmade books for adults or children can be swapped.
  • Those bringing books to exchange will receive a special sticker which can be placed on the inside cover.
  • The sticker provides an opportunity for the previous owner to inscribe their name and location before passing it on.

Illiteracy is the academic handbrake
A recent study by PIRLS states that 78% of Grade 4’s in South Africa are illiterate. All the more worrying when the ability to read in Grade 4 is regarded as crucial. From Grades 1 to 3 you learn to read, but from Grades 4 to 12 you read to learn.

“If a learner is unable to read properly, they will never get a firm grasp on the first rung of the academic ladder and will fall further and further behind,” says Stellenbosch University education expert, Nic Spaull.

Although parents have high aspirations for their children, many are not aware that reading is a powerful way to help them reach their potential. Research shows that only 35% of adults read regularly to their children and very few are readers themselves. But teachers, parents and caregivers can play a significant role in children’s literacy development. The Nal’ibali book exchange is an easy and fun way for caregivers and adults to start to model positive reading behaviors and become reading role models for their children.

Reading is learning to fly
“Academics aside,” says Jacobsohn, “Children who learn to read fluently take a flight into a whole new world, fueled by imagination and buoyed by curiosity.”

But they can’t do it alone. The book exchange intends to encourage adults and children to engage actively in fun literacy behaviors.

“We recognise and respect the power and potential of communities in literacy development and are working to build a nation of people who are interested and passionate about storytelling, reading and writing. We want to ensure that every child has at least one reading role model who uses reading and writing in meaningful ways with them, who encourages them to read, and who supports them through the provision of books and other literacy materials.”

You need literary materials to learn to read
Access to literacy materials is one of the biggest barriers faced by South Africans to get reading, the book exchange is just one of the ways that Nal’ibali is supporting the circulation of books and stories in mother tongue languages.

Other Nal’ibali projects to promote reading
Continues Jacobsohn, “Nal’ibali also produces bilingual newspaper supplements every two weeks, during term time. The print rich material includes stories, literacy activities, reading and reading club tips and support, to inspire and guide parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians and reading clubs, to make reading and storytelling meaningful, enjoyable, and accessible.

“There’s also weekly broadcasts of audio stories in all 11 SA languages and a network of over 1 000 reading clubs in six provinces. First prize is to bring reading-for-enjoyment into homes, schools and communities.”

Ambassadors for reading
Supporting the drive, South African public figures will not only be bringing along their own books to swap at exchanges in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, and Limpopo, but will be signing up to Nal’ibali’s volunteer network – FUNda Leader – too.

But it’s not just for celebs, FUNda Leader is open to anyone who would like to champion literacy in their communities. Those who sign up will receive specialised training to build and nurture literacy amongst children. Members of the public interested in becoming a FUNda Leader can sign up at the exchange or online at Nal’ibali’s website,

South Africans are also encouraged to hold and host their own book exchanges. The specially designed posters and stickers are available for download from the website.

“With opportunities to browse through different books, sit down and read or page through story books with children or simply get chatting with other community members about the books you have read, or will be reading, the book exchange promises to be a fun activity for all ages. We’re excited to share tips and ideas with all adults and anyone who wants to nurture a love of reading with children. And, with May being ‘Get Caught Reading Month’, there really is every reason to get down to your local book exchange!”

After all, a book is a dream you can hold in your hand, and the future belongs to those who believe in the possibilities of dreams.

For more information about Nal’ibali or its nationwide book-exchange drive, visit the Nal’ibali website ( and or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Dié tienerboek oor skape, die stil agterpaaie van die Karoo en selfontdekking uit die pen van Jaco Jacobs sal jou anders laat kyk na die lewe, of jy nou 11 of 111 is

Hier is iets wat Luan van skape geleer het: Glo my, as jy op die ingewing van die oomblik ’n skaap by ’n kerkbasaar steel, sal jou lewe nooit weer dieselfde wees nie…

As straf moet Luan op ’n road trip gaan saam met sy eksentrieke fotograaf-ouma wat ’n fotoboek oor windpompe wil publiseer. Straf? Ja, maar jy wil nie weet nie.

Op pad deur die Karoo ontmoet hy vir Lana, wie se pa al die pad van Bloemfontein na Kaapstad met sy fiets ry om geld vir kankernavorsing in te samel. Lana eet nie vleis nie en sy mal is oor boeke. Lana is ook mal oor Luan. So, sonder dat sy dit weet, oortuig Lana vir Luan om ’n skaap te bevry van die kerkbasaar se veiling. Dis net, wel, hy betaal nie vir die skaap nie.

Dinge ruk hand uit: Die skaap raak bekend, die polisie kry snuf in die neus en… Lees maar self wat als op die Karoo se stil agterpaaie kan gebeur.

Danksy al dié drama, leer ken Luan vir die eerste keer sy ouma – daardie hardekwas-predikantsvrou wat al jare lank ’n baie diep geheim saam met haar ronddra.

Hy leer oor ook vir Lana beter ken. Sommer BAIE beter. Maar die belangrikste van als: Hy leer homself ken. Kort voor lank verander ’n vervelige rit deur die Karoo in ’n onvergeetlike avontuur.

Dié tienerboek uit die pen van Jaco Jacobs sal jou anders laat kyk na die lewe, of jy nou elf of 111 is.

Word dadelik deel van Depro Skaap se lewe!

Sy is ook op Instagram: @deproskaap


Kingsmead Book Fair programme and authors announced!

Authors, editors, poets and publishers will congregate at Kingsmead College on Saturday 12 May from 8:30 AM to 6 PM for the seventh annual Kingsmead Book Fair.

Bibliophiles can expect an assortment of literary discussions including deliberations on political unrest in South Africa, culinary conversations with some of South Africa’s most prolific food-writers, and the mysterious processes authors go through to get their stories onto the page.

Authors you can look forward to include Achmat Dangor (Bitter Fruit, Dikeledi), Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country), Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (Stay With Me), Claire Bisseker (On the Brink), Fred Khumalo (Bitches’ Brew), Fred Strydom (The Inside-Out Man), Glynnis Breytenbach (Rule of Law), Gregg Hurwitz (HellBent), Ishay Govender-Ypma (Curry), Kate Mosse (The Burning Chambers), Jacques Pauw (The President’s Keepers), Sally Partridge (Mine), Zinzi Clemmons (What We Lose), Pumla Dineo-Gqola (Reflecting Rogue), Redi Tlhabi (Khwezi), Tracy Going (Brutal Legacy), Rehana Rossouw (New Times), Peter Harris (Bare Ground), Mandy Wiener (Killing Kebble), and many, many more…

Kingsmead Book Fair supports numerous literary projects across the country, encouraging and instilling a love of reading and contributing to South African literacy rates across the board. The Link Reading Programme, Alexandra Education Committee, Sparrow Schools, Read to Rise, and St Vincent’s School for the Deaf are all supported by this singular book fair.

The full programme for this year’s fair is available here.

Tickets can be purchased online via WebTickets.

‘Til May 12th!

Bitter Fruit

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Always Another Country


Stay With Me


On the Brink


Bitches' Brew


The Inside-Out Man


Rule of Law




The Burning Chambers


The President's Keeper




What We Lose


Reflecting Rogue




Brutal Legacy


New Times


Bare Ground


Killing Kebble