find out more about the authors


More on literary prizes in South Africa. This is a reference to more on the writers and their books that have been shortlisted for the 2015 Alan Paton Award and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Five names you will find here. 

the tortured past that we


Each country has to come to terms with its own past. The past with its lighter sides and its darker sides and its shady bits. The past is not one object with fixed colours, or a lack of colours. Our views of the past may change, due to ourselves, due to new information on our … Continue reading the tortured past that we

books shortlisted for literary awards


The South African paper Sunday Times has made known the shortlist for this year’s awards. Next month the winners will be announced. There are five books in the fiction section, and five books in the nonfiction department.  

exciting international publishing


Following hot on the heels of the international publishing of Yewande Omotoso’s new novel, there is good news form South Africa again. Jacob Dlamini wrote a book on the people who were involved in collaboration during the days of the apartheid. Now his book will be published in the United States of America by Oxford … Continue reading exciting international publishing

askari author jacob dlamini


On which side of the barricades are you? Jacob Dlamini did research for his book on collabaration and betryal in the days of the apartheid regime in South Africa. People turned from fighting against the system to betrayal of the opponents of the system. What happened to them? How are they doing now? Eugene de … Continue reading askari author jacob dlamini

excerpt from askari:


The word ‘askari’ originated in the 19th century, according to my edition of The Collins English Dictionary. It is derived from an Arabic word, meaning ‘soldier’. The word ‘askari’ is used in the Swahili-language in East Africa, with the meaning of ‘soldier’, ‘policeman’, ‘guard’, ‘security personel’. But the word also pops up in South Africa … Continue reading excerpt from askari: