review AH, BUT YOUR LAND IS BEAUTIFUL


This is what visitors to South Africa said in the 1950’s : Ah, but your land is beautiful. The South African writer Alan Paton (1903 – 1988) wrote this sentence in his book several times. Yes, a beautiful land, but what about the politics and the rule of law and the mutual understandings? In the … Continue reading review AH, BUT YOUR LAND IS BEAUTIFUL

Review of TOWARDS THE MOUNTAIN


Throughout the years I have read several books written by the South African author Alan Paton. Now I have looked at my Paton Part on my shelves and saw this first part of his autobiography. It was about time to read this book and I discovered I got quite a bit of background material for … Continue reading Review of TOWARDS THE MOUNTAIN

DEBBIE GO HOME


Less then 120 written pages, divided over 10 stories (yes, short stories). Pages of craftsmanship. Pages of terseness. Pages of hidden gems. Pages that expose a society. In these ten stories the South African writer Alan Paton (1903 – 1988) writes about events at a reformatory where he held a position of leadership (1935 – … Continue reading DEBBIE GO HOME

alan paton award


Last month the writers and the books that are shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award have been announced. This Award is organised by the Sunday Times Literary Supplement in South Africa and Exclusive Books. This month the winner will be announced and gets a price of R75.000.