• A Life in Letters: Selected Correspondence of Denis Hurley

    A Life in Letters: Selected Correspondence of Denis Hurley

    Philippe Denis, Paddy Kearney and Jane Argall (eds), A Life in Letters: Selected Correspondence of Denis Hurley (Cluster Publications, 2018) APARTHEID South Africa produced a remarkable number of outstanding church leaders: Desmond Tutu, Allan Boesak, […]

     
  • ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare: The Legend

    ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare: The Legend

    Chris Hoare, ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare: The Legend (Partners in Publishing, 2018) AN officer and a gentleman; a brave, swashbuckling adventurer; a legend in his lifetime; the ‘best bloody officer in the British army’; the man […]

     
  • Incorruptible: The Story of the Murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani

    Incorruptible: The Story of the Murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani

    Evelyn Groenink, lncorruptible: The Story of the Murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani (Privately published, 2018) IN February 1990 we liberated the contents of the banned book cupboard in the local university […]

     
  • The search for a better life

    The search for a better life

    LAND restitution: you will not find a mainstream political party or commentator in South Africa who does not fervently support it as an essential prerequisite of the nation’s future. The current populist cry (and increasingly […]

     
  • Sol Plaatje: A Life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, 1876-1932

    Sol Plaatje: A Life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, 1876-1932

    Brian Willan, Sol Plaatje: A Life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, 1876–1932 (Johannesburg: Jacana, 2018) MAGISTERIAL is an apt description of this massive biography – for its depth of research, breadth of context and precision of […]

     
  • Liberty in peril

    Liberty in peril

    THESE are troubled times globally for pluralism and liberal democracy; and especially in South Africa whose rainbow nation gloss has long looked thoroughly tarnished. In recent weeks the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), third largest party […]

     
  • Ministry of Crime: An Underworld Explored

    Ministry of Crime: An Underworld Explored

    Mandy Weiner, Ministry of Crime: An Underworld Explored (Johannesburg: Macmillan, 2018) ALL countries have a criminal underworld. But when it merges with the overworld, society is in deep trouble. Mandy Wiener’s latest book concludes that […]

     
  • Black Consciousness and Progressive Movements under Apartheid

    Black Consciousness and Progressive Movements under Apartheid

    Ian Macqueen, Black Consciousness and Progressive Movements under Apartheid (Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press, 2018) IN popular perception Black Consciousness (BC) is often portrayed as a breakaway, isolationist tendency; a mirror image of apartheid promoting the interests […]

     
  • A betrayal of epic proportions

    A betrayal of epic proportions

    LAST month we buried our mother. Her ashes lie in a peaceful, but well-frequented, English village churchyard directly under the highest point of the Cotswold hills; close to those of our father. At her funeral […]

     
  • Heist: South Africa’s Cash-in-Transit Epidemic Uncovered

    Heist: South Africa’s Cash-in-Transit Epidemic Uncovered

    Anneliese Burgess, Heist: South Africa’s Cash-in-Transit Epidemic Uncovered (Cape Town: Penguin, 2018) VIOLENT crime is a long-standing South African tradition and at the top of the hierarchy are the gangsters who hijack cash-in-transit vehicles. These […]