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Tag Archives | South Africa

The Best in South African Satire

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‘There can never be enough said of the virtues, dangers, the power of a shared laugh’, said Françoise Sagan. If it weren’t for the great comedic minds of our cultural landscape, we might have imploded a while ago. South Africa enjoys a remarkably robust cast of comedians and satirists in all mediums. Whether it is the […]

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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes To Be Made Into a Film

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The Bookseller reported that the film rights to Lauren Beukes’ award winning novel, Zoo City have been sold to South African filmmaker, Helena Spring. Beukes said: “Every novelist dreams of a movie deal—but you actually want more than that. You want to find a  producer of great vision and integrity and experience who fundamentally gets […]

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Revolutionary Reading List

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Today, South African media is taking to the streets to protest the battering-ram speed of the Secrecy Bill being pushed through. In my heart, I want to believe that this will get stomped on by the Constitutional Court but it seems far too audacious to hope for that much right now. At the least, we can be […]

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Bloomsbury and the Whitewashing of Book Covers

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In a parallel argument to the ‘No Gays Please’ attitude to most YA texts, this week the Guardian discussed the whitewashing of book covers in order to prevent the cover harming the book sales. But Larbalestier believes the issues of “whitewashing” of covers, ghettoising of books by people of colour, and low expectations for these books are industry-wide. […]

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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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Jakhalsdans

  Jakhalsdans, the new film by Darrel James Roodt and written by Deon Meyer, features some well known South African names. Theuns Jordaan, Elizma Theron, Neil Sandilands, and Christina Storm heads up this film’s cast in a story about love, passion and music. Mara Malan (Elizma Theron) and her 6 year old daughter Mia (Janke […]

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Justin Bonello’s Cooked in Africa

Justin Bonello is the host of Cooked – the popular cooking adventure show, broadcast by BBC Lifestyle on DSTV. Justin comes across as a seriously down-to-earth kind of guy who loves to cook outdoors, for friends, using the best produce this country can offer. And he is proudly South African – I think this is one of […]

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An Interview with Michael Poliza

Photographer Michael Poliza is likeable and easy to talk to, and clearly passionate about his work. Exclus1ves’ Julie Wood recently had the chance to catch up with him to chat about his latest book, South Africa, which he produced in collaboration with talented South African photographers Vanessa Cowling, Chris Fallows, Justin Fox, Craig Fraser, Chris […]

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A Million Miles from Normal by Paige Nick

Paige Nick’s A Million Miles from Normal is a page-turner, a must read from one of South Africa’s hottest new authors. With a quirky, eye catching jacket and a plot filled with wit and humour and flavoured with a dash of drama, the book enthrals you from start to finish. Rachel Marcus has just landed in New […]

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An Interview with Paige Nick

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Paige Nick, author of A Million Miles from Normal. EB: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions. Firstly, can you tell us a bit more about Paige Nick, the woman behind the author? PN: I’m 36. I’m an Aries. I live […]

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