• Escape from Lubumbashi: A Refugee’s Journey on Foot to Reunite her Family

    Estelle Neethling, Escape from Lubumbashi: A Refugee’s Journey on Foot to Reunite her Family (Pretoria: Unisa Press, 2021) PROLONGED conflict in the DRC produced Africa’s Great War. Casualties are hard to pin down, or comprehend: […]

     
  • These are not Gentle People: A True Story

    Andrew Harding, These are not Gentle People: A True Story (Johannesburg: Picador Africa, 2020) AN OLD man is attacked on a farm near Parys in the northern Free State in January 2016 by two or […]

     
  • The Man Behind the Beard: Deneys Schreiner, a South African Liberal Life

    Graham Dominy, The Man Behind the Beard: Deneys Schreiner, a South African Liberal Life (Pietermaritzburg: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2020) COURTESY of Covid-19 and lockdown of the UKZN Press, I collected my review copy of […]

     
  • The Blackridge House: A Memoir

    Julia Martin, The Blackridge House: A Memoir (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2019) AN OLD woman of 92 lies bedridden in a Cape Town nursing home watching squirrels and birds in the branches of a syringa tree. […]

     
  • Women in Solitary: Inside the Female Resistance to Apartheid

    Shanthini Naidoo, Women in Solitary: Inside the Female Resistance to Apartheid (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2020) APARTHEID was based on complex legislation, increasingly distanced from the rule of law. Before the National Party regime resorted to […]

     
  • Making Sense of Research

    Keyan G. Tomaselli (ed.), Making Sense of Research (Pretoria: Van Schaik, 2018) THE ESSENTIAL purpose of universities is easy enough to define: training and practice in the acquisition, refinement and dissemination of new knowledge – […]

     
  • Slabbert: Man on a Mission

    Albert Grundlingh, Slabbert: Man on a Mission (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2021) AN INDEPENDENT thinker and individualist, a believer in the persuasive power of rational thought and logical argument, and possessed of missionary tendencies: Frederik van […]

     
  • The Lie of 1652: A Decolonised History of Land

    Patric Tariq Mellet, The Lie of 1652: A Decolonised History of Land (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2020) PATRIC Mellet has multi-ethnic roots and a family history disrupted by apartheid’s Population Registration Act. This book involves a […]

     
  • Inside the Belly of the Beast: The Real Bosasa Story

    Angelo Agrizzi, Inside the Belly of the Beast: The Real Bosasa Story ([N.p.]: Truth be Told Publishing, 2020) TWO photographs: one shows a slim, 16-year-old trainee chef; the other, a corpulent ageing man with a […]

     
  • So, for the Record: : Behind the Headlines in an Era of State Capture

    Anton Harber, So, for the Record: Behind the Headlines in an Era of State Capture (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2020) WHEN the nation’s largest and most influential paper publishes a series of stories over several years […]