This is an interesting telling of the early years in Southern Africa as depicted by the lives of the men and women who become the chief characters of this interesting historical novel. The characters who contribute to the variety in this story of the late nineteenth, early twentieth century are almost larger than life and the very expressive use of English by the author ensures that every nuance of description is used in the telling. The women are portrayed as being emotionally strong with an insight into the ways of men and of using those quirks to their advantage or to suit their purposes whilst the men are usually strong and robust.
Stan Danemans new compelling ebook on South Africa was published in December 2012. This unique book is narrated by Professor Marula an old tree and Elder Statesman in South Africa. He recalls the changing scene in the country over his long life time
The name Racheltjie de Beer is one that conjures up many memories and emotions for those who have heard her story and this beloved folktale has been given a fresh breath of life by a local filmmaker.
The Story of Racheltjie de Beer is an adaptation set in the 1800s and tells the account of the De Beer family who, after their wagon breaks down, are forced to find shelter on a local farm in the Eastern Free State. Winter is on its way and, as dark clouds laden with snow roll in over the Drakensberg, tragedy strikes the family.
Rifle Carvings from the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902: deur Dave C. George
(Part One and Part Two)
Review in BLACK POWDER magazine (UK). By: Alan Overton.
Members may recall that this book was previewed by me in these pages in the autumn; my own copy has now arrived and far exceeds the very high expectations that I had formed of it.
Karoo Plainsong is the story of Ada, an illegitimate, unschooled but brilliant pianist, who grows up in service to a family of Irish immigrants. Set against a backdrop of apartheid, the novel tells of Adas seduction into an illegal relationship as a result of which she bears a mixed race child.
When Hungry, Eat by Joanne Fedler should be set reading for any woman who has plans to or already has migrated from South Africa to Australia. Joanne has been able to put in to words what most of us have trouble sorting out in our minds.
I did not know what to expect when I opened this book, however I discovered a well written tale of South African life and why we are who we are, generally speaking.
Richard describes the South Africa he knew as a child growing up in the 1970s as:
Before South Africa is slow and heavy-lidded, greyish pale, tight-lipped and grim. After is vibrant, dangerously nimble, ever-shifting, and bright - bright with the colours of Africa inexorably moving south to claim this once negative space.
When Hungry, Eat by Joanne Fedler should be set reading for any woman that has plans to or already has migrated from South Africa to Australia. Joanne has been able to put in to words what most of us have trouble sorting out in our minds.
Honeymoon Dive is the story of Tina Watson who died on the Great Barrier Reef while diving with her husband of only 11 days. As the tragedy unfolded it seemed that something more sinister might have occurred. This book attempts to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Have you ever sat through a movie that was so gripping that you left with tense muscles and a headache? Dark Video is the kind of book that I envision as that type of thriller. The author, Peter Church, is telling a story that has you gripped from the very first page and proceeds to develop into something a lot more intricate and dark.
This movie is about a girl called Kirra (played by Bindi Irwin) and Willy the orca. Kirra, who lives in Australia, goes to see her grandpa in South Africa. Her grandpa owns a theme park that is a bit run down.
Author Immanuel Suttner, together with his 10 year old son Guy, has written The Animal African Football Cup, a book that tells the story of a football tournament involving Africas animals. In addition to the antics of the animals having their own football tournament, the book provides a wonderful opportunity for children to learn facts about the animals. The beautiful illustrations of the animals portrayed in the story, which really show off their characters and include delightful expressions, are by award-winning cartoonist and childrens book illustrator David Anderson.
Its wonderful to hear an Australian talk about falling in love with and becoming totally addicted to Africa. And even more so when that person is bestselling author Tony Park, who has just published his seventh novel set in Southern Africa.
A retired lawyer turned brothel owner, a manipulative commissar, diamond trader Fatso, barman John Muranda and Miss Moneypenny are just a few of the vibrant and varied characters in The Last Resort A Memoir of Zimbabwe by Douglas Rogers.
This book by Derryn Campbell was published in April great timing with all the vibe around the Soccer World Cup. Derryn writes that the purpose of Awesome South Africa is to present a collection of random trivia, facts and fun that provide a light-hearted celebration of South Africa.
This cooking book with a difference was my prize through entering a competition in the SAbona magazine. I was thrilled to receive it and resolved that I was going to test drive a few of the recipes. Even though the recipes are written for the outdoors I knew that with winter on our doorstep it would be several months before I would venture into the wild and decided to do the test driving in our kitchen and use my family as the tasting panel. This would test the recipe and my ability to read and do.
Inspired by the Knysna Elephants
The Knysna elephants are featured in Gareth Pattersons latest book The Secret Elephants, as well as in a documentary inspired by the uplifting story of these animals. Gareth calls them the secret elephants because mysteriously and unseen and unaided by humans they have almost magically survived.
Award Winning Author from Swaziland
Crime fiction writer Malla Nunn, who grew up in Swaziland, continues to receive international acclaim for her first novel, which is set in the divided society of apartheid-era South Africa. Her second book, which again features charismatic detective Emmanuel Cooper and gives an insight into the harsh realities of living under the racial segregation laws, was published recently.
Australia Bush Cooking
I enjoy cooking and more camping trips with my family is one of my goals for this year, so I was really thrilled to page through Australian Bush Cooking by Cathy Savage, with pictures by Craig Lewis.
There are lots of yummy sounding recipes and some dishes that I wouldnt have contemplated cooking in the bush. The book certainly is inspiring.
Spotlight on An Author: Sheryl McCorry
Sheryl McCorrys first book Diamonds & Dust became a bestseller after it was published two years ago. Her second book Stars over Shiralee tells more about her life from where the first ended. I read the second book first, but rushed to my library to borrow a copy of Diamonds & Dust as soon as Id finished her second memoir. Sheryl became the first women in the Kimberley to run two million-acre cattle stations. She writes in a real down-to-earth way and its wonderful to hear about life on the cattle ranches of regional Australia. Its certainly foreign to South Africans, but interestingly its also very different to the lives of most Australians.
Jislaaik its Lekker is a cookery book of traditional South African recipes. It has the subtitle Every dish has a story, and its this aspect that makes it so much more than a recipe book.
Wheres the ivory, me hearties?
I find it fascinating to read fiction that deals with real, current and controversial issues, and Ivory definitely fits into that category. Set off the coast of Mozambique and South Africa, it deals with piracy on the east coast of Africa as well as elephant culling in the Kruger National Park. Author Tony Park, dubbed as Australias own Wilbur Smith, says that there are predictions that the increased western naval presence off the coast of Somalia will drive the problem of piracy south into the waters of Mozambique and South Africa. This is what happens in my book, and the South African navy is dragged into a confrontation not an unrealistic prospect these days, he says. It is of interest that Tony conducts much research in Africa as he and his wife have travelled there every year since 1995. Tony works in Sydney as a freelance public affairs consultant, but he and Nicola spend three to five months at a time in southern Africa, mostly camping in national parks. And that is where Tony does much of his writing.
Sally Hendersons first book Silent Footsteps was a bestseller in Australia and her second book Ivory Moon has just been released. Subtitled Getting lost and found among the desert elephants of Namibia, it tells the wonderful story of a Queenslanders journey of discovery in Namibia.
Whether its gourmet African favourites or traditional recipes, Matilda Scarfes passion is cooking. Beginning with her mothers and grandmothers recipes, she has developed a style so very African, and a sensational gourmet experience.
Children begin to learn most of the things they need to know to adapt successfully in school, before the age of three. As a parent that is a scary concept, and makes us realise the importance of our childrens very early years.
Sabona has 5 copies of Michael Stanelys A Deadly Trade to give away to readers. Simply be one of the first five readers to comment on this review and we will send you your own copy.
This is the second book in the Detective Kubu series by authors Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip, writing as Michael Stanley. The first A Carrion Death, which was previously reviewed by Sabona, received three award nominations and has been widely acclaimed in media throughout various parts of the world.
I recently picked up a copy of Libraries Top 40 Book Club Reads at my local library in Brisbane. Its published by the Brisbane City Council and has given me some wonderful ideas of books to read. Those that first struck me were the ones that focused in some way on Australia.
As an ex-South African, I can honestly say that I love my new life in Australia. This beautiful country has been very good to me and I have found myself settled and happy in the new land. Every now and then, however, especially when thumbing through old holiday albums or driving in the hinterland where the landscape is so reminiscent of the South African bush, I find myself nostalgic for open-topped land rovers, excited, albeit hushed, whispers trying to draw attention to some or other marvellous creature just out of sight in the shadowed bushes, and the crackling of a bonfire accompanied by the spine chilling coughs of a nearby lion, the nocturnal rumblings of an elephant or the snickering of a hyena.
In this edition we review The Butterfly Month by Ariella Kornmehl. In this her second novel, Joni, a young Dutch doctor, finds herself working and living in rural South Africa. Betrayed by her parents, her lover and her own body, she has left Amsterdam and has found a strange sort of refuge in the protective sense of order forced on her by the dangers of living in South Africa.
Hailed by The Star as One of the countrys most legendary films, eLollipop, first released by Universal Pictures in 1976 and revived in 2004 as the opening film for the South African retrospective at the Cannes Film Festival, is certainly one of South Africas greatest cinematic achievements.
New York Times bestselling author Wilbur Smith returns with the eagerly awaited next installment in his thrilling Egyptian series. Following on from River God, The Seventh Scroll, and Warlock, The Quest continues the story of the Warlock, Taita, wise in the lore of the ancient Gods and a master of magic and the supernatural.
In this issue we review:
Dont Lets Go To The Dogs Tonight
The Kalahari Typing School For Men
Alexander McCall Smith