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10 Best Non-Fiction Books About South Africa That Will Have You Hanging On Every Word
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10 Best Non-Fiction Books About South Africa That Will Have You Hanging On Every Word

Many books have been written about South Africa. It may lie on the southernmost tip of the African continent, but it's attracted a fair amount of attention since 1994 for numerous reasons – political and otherwise. This list of 10 best non-fiction books about South Africa does not include Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom (we assume you've read that). Here, instead, are some you'll know and others about which you won't. All of them are worth reading ... 1. SHIRLEY, GOODNESS & MERCY: A CHILDHOOD IN AFRICA by Chris van Wyk This is not a book about racial politics, despite author Chri...
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8 favourite South African writers, for your Christmas stocking
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8 favourite South African writers, for your Christmas stocking

I first connected with South African fiction when I read Etienne van Heerden's The Long Silence of Mario Salviati, and was hooked. If you consider it was 2002, it took me rather a long time to get there. Since then I've read much and often. Here is a list of my 8 favourite South African writers, in no particular order. Any of their books make great holiday reads, or gifts... Etienne van Heerden That Etienne van Heerden's father was a merino farmer in the Karoo comes as no surprise. Many of his novels, particularly Leap Year and The Long Silence of Mario Salviati, are set in the Karoo. His w...
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Walking on the Wildside by Pat Dewil – a Book Review
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Walking on the Wildside by Pat Dewil – a Book Review

Pat Dewil is an enthusiastic conservationist and professional wildlife ranger and guide and a very accomplished story teller. You will get to know him through the countless tales of his exploits and adventures in his book – Walking on the Wildside. He travels throughout Africa, through the bush and over the Serengeti. His travels take him to Mana Pools, Victoria Falls and the great Zambezi River. His photography captures Africa and there are some images of scary moments and funny instances. You don't have to be a safari-nut to really enjoy this book. About the book In this book, Pat Dewil ge...
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The South African Story by Ron McGregor – a Book Review
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The South African Story by Ron McGregor – a Book Review

Ron McGregor is one of South Africa's most experienced tour guides. Over many years, thousands of visitors have enjoyed his commentaries and gained through them a greater insight into the story of South Africa and its people. Very informative and entertaining, The South African Story is a collection of these commentaries written in Ron's trademark style. It covers history and legend, geography and climate, people and politics and much more besides. It is the ideal introduction to this fascinating country! About the book With over forty years of experience, Ron McGregor has established himse...
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The Great Whites of False Bay, South Africa by Dirk Schmidt – a Book Review
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The Great Whites of False Bay, South Africa by Dirk Schmidt – a Book Review

This groundbreaking book is a world first, depicting the Great White Sharks which dominate the False Bay area and present a unique hunting behaviour of breaching during predatory events – and is the only book of its kind in print. It is soon to be a South African bestseller! About the book The book contains spell-binding photography of the Great Whites breaching and hunting seals within the False Bay area, as well as delving briefly into the life cycle of the Cape Fur Seal, Seal Island’s history and False Bay, without diverging too much from the awesomeness of the White Shark hunting the...
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‘The Penguins of Boulders’ by Dirk Schmidt – a Book Review
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‘The Penguins of Boulders’ by Dirk Schmidt – a Book Review

The Penguins of Boulders is a book all about the African penguin.  Despite being one of the most charismatic animals on our planet, it is a species in peril suffering from rapid environmental degradation through oil and chemical spillages and the depletion of inshore fish stocks as its primary food source. About the Book The African penguin is an indicator species for environmental health and biodiversity. This book not only highlights some of the environmental pressures these animals face, but also illustrates and describes interesting penguins facts, reference information on the specie...
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‘Now this feels like Home’ by Gail Masondo – book review
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‘Now this feels like Home’ by Gail Masondo – book review

Now, This feels like Home is a treasure of a book - offering an honest account of Gail’s life experiences, a memoir with a difference. It takes on the familiar sensations of loss, fear, sadness and regret. We have all experienced these and while reading Gail’s autobiography, we share these feelings with her while on her journey to a place called Home. Home is the Gift of Welcome, the Gift of Serenity, the Gift of Affirmation, not just a place or a building or a country. Gail invites you to journal your experiences and what Home means to you. You might even find yourself going through a healing...
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Hector Kunene’s ‘Through the Tunnel’ – a book review
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Hector Kunene’s ‘Through the Tunnel’ – a book review

Hector Kunene is a young and aspiring South African poet. He was born in Hammarsdale in 1982, a place where politics reigned with bloodshed and burning of houses for the fight of dominance between the ANC and the IFP around 1989. Hector is a first born in the family with 2 siblings. He started working after completing his matric, but his love of art and poetry, which began in high school, continued. As an as yet unpublished author, one of his Poems, "Bloody Corpuscles" appeared in Sunday World and this inspired Victor to complete his first offering, an anthology called Through The Tunnel ....
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The Poacher by Div de Villiers – book review
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The Poacher by Div de Villiers – book review

Many books have been written about game rangers. Most are set in the African bushveld or savannas and portray the romantic image of rugged men exposed to harsh elements and dangerous game. The stories in this book are different. They give an insight into the lives of conservationists in the Eastern Cape; ordinary men and women who may not face the dangers of lions, crocodiles and Anopheles mosquitoes on a daily basis, but who have a passion for protecting one of the most beautiful and diverse regions in Africa. The Eastern Cape is one of the most beautiful, diverse and wild areas of South A...
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Lekgowa by Tony Harding – Book Review
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Lekgowa by Tony Harding – Book Review

Lekgowa stands alongside Antjie Krog’s recent text, Begging to be Black, as a powerful contribution to the complex and fraught discourse about identity in the ‘new’ South Africa.  At the same time, the text’s intensely personal nature makes the challenges it poses to received ideas accessible and direct.  It will certainly appeal to any adult, thinking member of South African society, particularly descendants of the original colonizers who are currently embroiled in political change and social transformation - Professor Deirdre Byrne From the Publisher Lekgowa is a challenging read. It i...
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