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Charlaine Harris and Stieg Larsson estate announce new graphic novels

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Best known for her Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine Harris has just announced a deal with Ace Books to create a graphic novel trilogy called Cemetery Girl.  Cemetery Girl is a paranormal/fantasy mystery novel about a teenage girl with amnesia living alone in a cemetery. It is Harris’ first effort at creating an original graphic novel […]

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Ellis Peter Shortlist Announced!

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All crime novel fans, the next five books for you to read have just been announced with the Ellis Peter shortlist! Selected by the Crime Writer’s Association, these are the forerunners in the huge historical crime thriller market. The award is sponsored by the Estate of Ellis Peters, Headline Book Publishing Company and Little, Brown […]

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Dalai Lama Cancels Tutu Birthday Visit Over Visa Problem

The furore continues to rage over the Dalai Lama’s non-visit to South Africa; here’s the latest on the “Dalai Drama”: Anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu had invited the Tibetan spiritual leader, a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner, to give an inaugural peace lecture as part of celebrations for Tutu’s 80th birthday on Friday. Complete article: Times […]

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An Interview with Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is a writer from Brooklyn, New York.  Her first book, an urban fantasy novel for young adults centering on the adventures of the demon-fighting Nephilim (also called Shadowhunters), ‘City of Bones’, was published in 2007 by Simon and Schuster. It has since been followed by ‘City of Ashes’ and ‘City of Glass’. EB:  […]

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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

About the Book: Set in a Johannesburg not unlike our own, the novel features Zinzi December, an underclass tough-chick with a witty mouth, a sloth on her back who pulls 419 scams for a living. She also occasionally finds lost things, for a fee of course. When she is hired to do her least favourite […]

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The Malema Dilemma

Attend the show and read the book. Forde, the author of An Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema and the ‘New’ ANC, will be in conversation with Ronnie Kasrils, winner of the 2011 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for The Unlikely Secret Agent. Tickets cost R50 per person, a complimentary glass of wine and a cheese and […]

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An Interview with Ronnie Apteker

Ronnie Apteker is a successful businessman, a writer, and many many other things as well. Exclus1ves’ Julie Wood recently conducted an email interview with him, to find out a little more about the man behind Funny Business: The Secrets of an Accidental Entrepreneur. EB: Would you mind just telling our readers a little about yourself, […]

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An Interview with Julie Anne Edwards

Rhodesian-born Julie Anne Edwards, founder of the Hoyoko Wildlife Trust, has been actively involved in the conservation of wildlife for the past 25 years. Her book Hoyoko tells the story of how in 1987 she and a colleague set off riding bicycles across Africa, from Glasgow, Scotland to Zimbabwe. This was to help save the […]

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An Interview with Roger Smith

Roger Smith was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now lives in Cape Town. Before turning to a life of crime, he was a screenwriter, producer and director. His debut thriller, Mixed Blood, was published in the U.S. and Germany in 2009. It won the Deutschen Krimi Preis 2010 in Germany and has been nominated […]

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The Gates

From the pen of Irish crime thriller writer John Connolly comes ‘The Gates’, a book billed as “A strange novel for strange young people” – and the subtitle tell us just why this delightful story is “strange”: ‘Of Hell Are About To Open.  Mind The Gap.’ ‘The Gates’ is, I understand, a slight departure from […]

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