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


Posthumous book of short stories is a treat for P.D. James fans


PENGUIN Random House is publishing a treat for fans of the late P.D. James, arguably one of the greatest mystery writers of the age.

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories is a collection of four stories, two of which feature a young Adam Dalgliesh, and which together, to borrow the author’s own word, add up to a delightful “entertainment.” Continue reading