Author: Pippa Smith

Jacques Pauw – The President’s Keepers

Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw exposes the darkest secret at the heart of Jacob Zuma’s compromised government: a cancerous cabal that eliminates the president’s enemies and purges the law-enforcement agencies of good men and women.  As Zuma fights for his political life following the 2017 Gupta emails leak, this cabal – the president’s keepers – ensures that after years of ruinous rule, he remains in power and out of prison. But is Zuma the puppet master, or their puppet? Journey with Pauw as he explores the shadow mafia state. From KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape to the corridors of power in...

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Peter Harris

Join The Book Revue for dinner and listen to Peter Harris talk about his gripping new book, Bare Ground. A novel, set within the mining world of Johannesburg, the book looks with an ascerbic eye at the politics, power and money in post apartheid South Africa. Mistrust is everywhere and nothing is as it seems. Former human rights lawyer, Musa Madondo, finds himself drawn into an underworld of intrigue and sophisticated espionage which is both ruthless and deadly. This book is engrossing as it tells the tale about the high stakes game of deals and political influence and about...

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Angela Makholwa – The Blessed Girl

Bontle Tau is beautiful, street smart and ambitious who would not be seen in last year’s models: clothes or car. Her lifestyle is funded by her blessers: Chubby Papa Jeff (under scrutiny from the Hawks), Teddy with tender connections in Limpopo, and the gorgeous Mr. Emmanuel, the Nigerian businessman. Part funny and frivolous (anal bleaching, Louboutin’s and Dr. Heinz’s beauty clinic on speed dial are a must!) and part tragedy, this is a book of the crazy new world where tenders are allocated to the pretty and well connected, where girls never pay for their own drinks at the...

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Tony Park – The Cull

Tony Park writes exciting and action filled novels set in different countries in Africa. “The Cull” is his 14th novel and his passion still leaps off the page at you. His outrage at corruption and at poaching is intense and his delight and joy and extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of our wonderful continent is palpable. You can read these books on the beach, in the bush or on the train and you won’t want to put them down. Despite their exciting action, the characters (especially the fabulous Sonja Kurtz, a former mercenary) are vividly drawn. The...

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LORENZO FIORAMONTI – Growth Economy

LORENZO FIORAMONTI is a professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria, where he directs the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (www.governanceinnovation.org). He also holds the UNESCO-UNU Chair in Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People and is the first president of the European Union Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa. Date: Tuesday, 19 September 2017 Time: 18:30 for...

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Achmat Dangor – Bitter Fruit

A special opportunity to listen to Achmat Dangor over a cup of tea is not something that comes around often. Join us as Pippa Smith chats to Achmat Dangor about two of his books Bitter Fruit (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for 2004) and Dikeledi. Dikeledi is a story of an ordinary family in the extraordinary days of apartheid. It is a beautifully told family saga set at a time of forced removals and the creation of bantustans. South African politics is background to the struggle of a family to stay together. The story is brought together by...

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Ishay Govender – Curry

Perfect for winter and perfect as a recipe book or as a reminder of South Africa’s wonderfully rich heritage of curry culture, Ishay Govender’s book Curry is a treat. Please join Ishay and The Book Revue for a cooking demonstration and a delicious tasting of recipes that we will prepare from her recipe book. As a 5th generation South African of Indian descendant, Ishay travelled for a year across the length and breadth of South Africa, meeting cooks from all over South Africa, to find their store of culinary memories and expertise. Ishay explores the fascinating story of the South...

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Professor Jonathen Jansen – As By Fire

Professor Jansen is a powerhouse in education in this country and a champion of intellectual freedom. Former Vice Chancellor of Free State University, he has a reputation for transformation and a deep commitment to education. His new book, AS BY FIRE, examines the unprecedented disruption of universities that caught South Africa by surprise. In frank interviews with eleven of the Vice Chancellors affected by the protests, he looks at the forces at work, why the protests descended into chaos and what is driving and angering our youth. What are the real roots of the 2015 and 2016 student protest?...

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