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Author Profile: Charles van Onselen

History . Charles van Onselen was educated at the Universities of Rhodes and Oxford. He has written extensively on 19th and 20th century South Africa. In 1983, his work on the social and economic history of the Witwatersrand won the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize for outstanding achievement in Commonwealth and Imperial history. Van Onselen is […]

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Author Profile: Johnny Steinberg

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History . Jonny Steinberg was born and bred in South Africa. he is the author of the critically acclaimed Three-Letter Plague as well as Midlands and The Number, which both won South Africa’s premier non-fiction prize, the Sunday Times Alan Paton award. Steinberg was educated at University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Oxford, where […]

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Author Profile: David Robbins

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History . David Robbins has spent the past 20 years writing about southern Africa in his distinctive travel-genre style. He recently completed his trilogy of South African travel books that began with the award-winning The 29th Parallel and ended with After the Dance. Robbins, who was born in the Eastern Cape and now lives in […]

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Author Profile: Liz McGregor

History . Liz McGregor was educated at Wykeham School in Pietermaritzburg and the University of Cape Town. McGregor is a veteran author and journalist who started off her career on leading South African newspapers including the Sunday Times and the Rand Daily Mail before subsequently moving to Britain where she worked for the Guardian as deputy editor […]

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Author Profile: Riaan Manser

History . Riaan Manser was born in 1973 in Pretoria.  He grew up in Zululand and attended John Ross College in Richards Bay.  After studying Human Resource Management he took a job in the medical industry.  He has been a lifesaver, a surfer and a rugby player.  When he took his bicycle to ride around […]

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Author Profile: Rian Malan

History . Rian Malan (born 1954 in Johannesburg) is an author, journalist, documentarian and songwriter. He first rose to prominence as the author of the memoir My Traitor’s Heart, which, like the bulk of his work, deals with South African society in a historical and contemporary perspective and focuses on racial relations. Malan grew up […]

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Author Profile: Tony Leon

History . For nearly twenty years Tony Leon has been a Member of Parliament in South Africa, and for thirteen years he led the Democratic Alliance and its predecessor. He is the longest serving Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, since the advent of democracy in April 1994. He led and grew his party from […]

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Author Profile: Anthea Jeffery

History . Anthea Jeffery holds law degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and from Cambridge, and a doctorate in human rights law from the University of London. Having lectured in law for many years Jeffery has developed wide-ranging expertise as a consultant on political affairs. Jeffery’s books include The Natal Story: Sixteen years of […]

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Author Profile: Paul Holden

History . Paul Holden is a South African freelance writer, researcher, and historian. He has contributed to Peter Delius’s collection on the history of Mpumalanga, and has worked as project manager and research coordinator for Johannesburg’s Old Fort and the Sunday Times/SAHA Heritage Project. Paul studied a Masters in South African history at the University […]

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Author Profile: Michiel Heyns

History . Michiel Heyns grew up all over South Africa – Thaba Nchu, Kimberley, Grahamstown, Cape Town – and was educated at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cambridge. For much of his adult life he was an academic, lecturing in English at the University of Stellenbosch, but after publication of his first novel, The Children’s […]

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