BBC and PBS join forces for new television adaptation of ‘Little Women’

THE BBC and Masterpiece on PBS have revealed plans to adapt Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women, for the small screen.

Created in partnership with the Golden Globe and Bafta-winning drama producer, Playground, the three-part series from Heidi Thomas, the creator of Call The Midwife, Cranford and Upstairs Downstairs, will be directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary). Continue reading

‘Pride and Prejudice’ – powerful, poignant and thought-provoking

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ESTELLE SINKINS reviews Pride and Prejudice – The Gerald Kraak Anthology. African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality (various authors, published by Jacana Media)

THOUGHT-provoking, funny and poignant sums up the collection of short stories, photography, poetry and journalistic work, which makes up the inaugural Gerald Kraak Anthology – Pride and Prejudice. Continue reading

Five of SA’s best fiction books set to go head-to-head for the Barry Ronge prize

AFTER months of deliberation the shortlist for the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, in association with Porcupine Ridge, has been revealed. The winner, who will receive R100 000, will be announced on Saturday, June 24.

The five shortlisted books are: The Printmaker by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen (Umuzi); Period Pain by Kopano Matlwa (Jacana Media); Little Suns by Zakes Mda (Umuzi); The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso (Chatto & Windus); and The Safest Place You Know by Mark Winkler (Umuzi). Continue reading

Critical questions about South Africa raised in Alan Paton Award shortlist

nDnRQu7THE shortlist for the 2017 Sunday Times Alan Paton Literary Award has been revealed, writes Estelle Sinkins.

Contesting this year’s R100 000 prize, which will be revealed on June 24, will be: Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard – Life In Cape Town’s Stowaway Underground by Sean Christie; Darwin’s Hunch: Science, Race and the Search for Human Origins by Christa Kuljian; Murder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of The Marikana Massacre by Greg Marinovich; My Own Liberator: A Memoir by Dikgang Moseneke; and Letters of Stone: From Nazi Germany to South Africa by Steven Robins. Continue reading

Kobus Moolman’s latest book is packed full of original insights. A must read.

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The Swimming Lesson and Other Stories by Kobus Moolman.

FORMER ‘Maritzburg resident, Kobus Moolman, is launching his new book, The Swimming Lesson and Other Stories, in the Epworth High Library in Pietermaritzburg at 5.30pm for 6pm on Tuesday, May 2.

Moolman will also be launching the book at Ike’s Books and Collectables, 48a Florida Road, Durban at 1pm for 1.30pm on Saturday, May 6. Continue reading