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We have now begun our descent

by Justice Malala

“I am angry. I am furious. Because I never thought it would happen to us. Not us, the rainbow nation that defied doomsayers and suckled and nurtured a fragile democracy into life for its children. I never...

The Tiger and the Tortoise

by Mike Hardwich

It takes a lot to unsettle a vet who has been in practice for a career spanning a good few decades, but when Mike Hardwich learnt that the wattled crane from the Hlatikulu sanctuary with the badly broken wing...

Sword and the Pen

by Allister Sparks

Allister Sparks joined his first newspaper at age 17 and was pitched headlong into the vortex of South Africa's stormy politics. His autobiography, The Sword and the Pen: Six decades on the political frontier,...

The Legend

by Melissa Delport

A new adversary has been revealed. His actions are the ultimate betrayal. He must be destroyed, whatever the cost. "It has been almost a month since Kwan and Reed rescued me from certain death at the hands...

My Lion's Heart

by Gareth Patterson

Environmentalist, independent researcher and author, Gareth Patterson has spent his entire adult life working tirelessly for the greater protection of African wildlife and, more particularly, for that of the...

Carry-On Baggage

by Howard Feldman

Howard Feldman was a high-flying commodity trader, living a seemingly perfect life, with a perfect wife and perfect children, in an unbelievably perfect world. His tie was Hermès and belt Ferragamo (until...

A Greener Tomorrow

by South Africans & Nicole McDonald

Going green all at once is too much for almost anyone to achieve. Instead, try to make just one change, or add one new sustainable habit, each week. After one year you will be amazed at how much you have accomplished....

Out of Line

by Dov Fedler

"You'll be a dentist," says Dad. "Why?" I ask. "Because you'll be called doctor and you won't be called out at night." "I'm not sticking my hands down anyone's mouth. Yech!" DOV FEDLER was a laatlammetjie,...

In Enemy Hands

by Karen Horn

'To all intents and purposes I am as sexless as a block of wood. To eat is the extreme fundamental of living.' – South African POW, 1942

Books on World War II abound, yet there are remarkably few publications...

Zuma Exposed

by Adriaan Basson

This is the book President Jacob Zuma does not want you to read. From Shaik to 'The Spear', award-winning investigative journalist Adriaan Basson reveals the truth behind Jacob Zuma's presidency of the ANC and...

Fischer's Choice

by Martin Meredith

Martin Meredith documents the remarkable life of Bram Fischer in his biography Fischer’s Choice. Fischer was born into an aristocratic Afrikaans family but became one of South Africa's leading revolutionaries....


by James-Brent Styan

A blow-by-blow account into the degeneration of Eskom from global energy power-house to dysfunctional monolith. In 1998 the government was warned that the country was running out of electricity. Yet the decision...

Military History of Modern South Africa

by Ian van der Waag

The twentieth century has been one of enduring, rapid and fundamental social and political change. In southern Africa, innumerable wars, rebellions, uprisings and protests have marked the integration, disintegration...

Around Madagascar On My Kayak

by Riaan Manser

In the last five years Riaan Manser has re-written the definition of tenacity and become the epitome of determination. Riaan rose to prominence when he became the first person to cycle around the entire perimeter...

Perfect Storm

by Milton Shain

The interwar years were a tumultuous time in South Africa. The effects of the worldwide economic slump gave rise to a huge number of ‘poor whites’ and fed the growth of a militant and aggressive Afrikaner...

From Z to A-Lister

by Jen Su & Gareth Cliff

Jen Su was told that she would ‘never make it as a Chinese-American in the South African broadcasting industry’. Today, this TV and radio presenter is one of the most celebrated personalities on the social...


by GG Alcock

Kasinomics is a book as eclectic, mysterious and colourful as the places and people it explores. eKasi, the lokasie, the South African township, once an apartheid ghetto, is today an amazingly transformed place....

Jan Smuts

by Richard Steyn

Jan Smuts: Unafraid of Greatness is a re-examination of the life and thoughts of Jan Smuts. It is intended to remind a contemporary readership of the remarkable achievements of this impressive soldier-statesman....

The Other Side of History

by Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert

One thing the 'old' and 'new' South Africa have in common is a passion for inventing history. History is not seen as a dispassionate inquiry into what happened, but rather as part of political mobilisation promoting...

Showdown at the Red Lion

by Charles van Onselen

Johannesburg, South Africa, was ? and is ? the Frontier of Money. Within months of its founding, the mining camp was host to organised crime: the African 'Regiment of the Hills' and 'Irish Brigade' bandits....