SA Music Icon & Actress Marah Louw Writes Tell-all Book
Mar21

SA Music Icon & Actress Marah Louw Writes Tell-all Book

‘Show business as we know it is very unpredictable. For a few years I was the talk of the town. It was getting hard to even go shopping without being mobbed by fans.’ – Marah Louw With a career spanning over 40 years, Marah Louw is counted among South Africa’s musical and entertainment industry royalty and has a powerful and memorable story to tell. This book is the reader’s front-row ticket to the joys, sadness, triumphs and setbacks...

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Book Review | Dub Steps By Andrew Miller
Jan27

Book Review | Dub Steps By Andrew Miller

By: Beverley Dias Dub Steps is the 2015 Dinane Debut Fiction Award winner and the work of freelance writer, Andrew Miller. The title invokes curiosity and I was pleased to discover that my guess wasn’t too far off the mark. Dub Steps is a reference to the dub music of “Scratch” Lee Perry and a tongue in cheek play on the author’s intention to keep things in a constant state of motion. The genre of the book initially put a damper on my...

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Book Review | Sacrifices By Roger Smith
Oct23

Book Review | Sacrifices By Roger Smith

By: Beverley Dias Let me start by clarifying that I have never been a fan of the crime and ‘whodunit’ genre, so I needed convincing to read this novel. It is an acquired taste, but I am pleased to announce that my palate is ready. Will I be rushing out to stock up on Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock? No, but I am looking forward to checking out more of Smith’s work. I loved this book and even after I completed reading it, its...

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Book Review | Postmortem By Maria Phalime
Jul17

Book Review | Postmortem By Maria Phalime

By: Beverley Dias Postmortem is Maria Phalime’s début offering which won her the inaugural City press Non-fiction Award.  I expected the book to be a whiny, ‘blame game’ piece where the author attempts to justify her actions by heaping responsibility on others for her ‘failure’ to endure. However, the beautifully written memoir is a sad, gripping account of her journey from humble beginnings in Soweto, where she describes her...

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Book Review | Close to Home By Cayleigh Bright
Apr22

Book Review | Close to Home By Cayleigh Bright

By: Beverley Dias Close To Home is the captivating debut novel by South African author, Cayleigh Bright who is Head Copywriter for Superbalist.com and contributing Books Editor for GQ magazine. Bright holds an Honours Degree in English literature from UCT and wrote her first offering while undertaking her Masters in Creative Writing. Close To Home is a dark, compelling story about a group of privileged UCT students whose indulgent...

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Book Review | Against All Odds
Mar18

Book Review | Against All Odds

By: Katchie Nzama This is a book of a Welsh young man who accidentally killed his father and his loving mother never held it against him. His life working in foreign countries and his wanderlust that I don’t think he ever got to cherish. Andy Lang travelled all over the world working as a contractor for various companies in the oil industry. When I read about his adventure in south Africa, I was proud of the reception he...

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