• 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 […]

     
  • Lansdowne Dearest: My Family’s Story of Forced Removals

    Bronwyn Davids, Lansdowne Dearest: My Family’s Story of Forced Removals (Cape Town: Kwela Books, 2020) THERE has been much contestation over the definition and identity of the South African coloured community. Bronwyn Davids brings her […]

     
  • The Afrikaners: A Concise History

    Hermann Giliomee, The Afrikaners: A Concise History (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2020) THERE is much to be said for concise books: many modern publications are far too long. This one is the progeny of an 18-hour […]

     
  • The Whistleblowers

    Mandy Wiener, The Whistleblowers (Johannesburg: Macmillan, 2020) MANDY Wiener’s book needs no sub-title; and it is a scathing indictment of the state of South Africa. It begins with a lament for whistleblowers amid doubt about […]

     
  • Foreign Native: An African Journey

    R.W. Johnson, Foreign Native: An African Journey (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2020) LIBERAL social democrat is Bill Johnson’s self-description; and in this world of rampant and rabid populist nationalism his thinking should be highly prized. He […]

     
  • Seven Votes: How WWII Changed South Africa Forever

    Richard Steyn, Seven Votes: How WWII Changed South Africa Forever (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball, 2020) SOUTH Africa’s decision to go to war against Germany on 6 September 1939 was made a year after the government had […]

     
  • Prisoner 913: The Release of Nelson Mandela

    Riaan de Villiers and Jan-Ad Stemmet, Prisoner 913: The Release of Nelson Mandela (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2020) EVEN trees in the garden of Nelson Mandela’s cottage at Victor Verster Prison were bugged. Only one inside […]