South Africa: God, Spies and Lies - How Journalists, Spooks and Politicians Shaped South Africa
[Daily Maverick] While confirmation that the charismatic and influential former Sunday Times editor, Tertius Myburgh, was a voluntary spy for the apartheid government is one of the more sensational revelations in veteran journalist and editor John Matisonn's just-published book, the work is also a detailed and unflinching examination of the symbiotic relationship between business, journalism and politics. By MARIANNE THAMM.
South Africa: In Search of the Truth
[The Journalist] Ylva Rodny-Gumede reviews the book Nothing left to steal - jailed for telling the truth by Sunday Times investigative journalist Mzilikazi Wa Afrika (Penguin 2014). A year after its launch, it continues to attract attention.
West Africa: His-Story Is Not My-Story
[Fahamu] Synopsis of the book, 'Before Middle Passage: Translated Portuguese Manuscripts of Atlantic Slave Trading from West Africa to Iberian Territories', 1513-26, Ashgate Publishing, trans. and ed. Trevor P. Hall (2015).
Zimbabwe: A Man of Many Colours
[The Herald] Fred Zindi -- "Thomas' (Mapfumo) career was certainly compromised, if not ruined, by his move to America," notes Banning Eyre in his new book on the musician titled "Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and The Music That Made Zimbabwe". The 416-page book, with 62 illustrations, was published by Duke University Press and is a comprehensive chronicle of the life story of the Chimurenga guru, Thomas Mapfumo.
Uganda: Idi Amin's Men
[The Point] The Teeth May Smile But The Heart Does Not Forget, by Andrew Rice, Picador, 2009, 363 pages.
South Africa: Selling Apartheid - South Africa's Global Propaganda War
[SudaNow] This is a book that demonstrates how powerful the media is when it comes to embellishing even the ugliest of regimes. It shows you how the Apartheid regime was able to survive, notwithstanding that almost all people had been against it, by manipulating the media, and the press in particular.
Uganda: Leaving Joseph Kony
[African Arguments] Evelyn Amony's poignant and fascinating memoir reveals the inner workings of the LRA, how she left the group, and escaped the label of being 'Kony's wife'.
Africa: Sanya Osha's 'On a Sad Weather-Beaten Couch'
[Fahamu] Will love triumph and invariably bring forth the passport to prosperity? This is the question that grips the reader from the first chapter of the novel. Sanya Osha adopts a simple and clear language to systematically unfold the tempo of this impressive storyline.
Namibia: Confronting the Past for a Brighter Future
[Namibian] In her fiction novel, 'A Year in the Village', author Petra Langa highlights how lives are shaped by past experiences. The story follows the lives of Lisa, a world-travelling diplomat's wife who struggles to find her place in the world after a troubling childhood, and her childhood friend, Eva, as they come to grips with their individual life choices and how they ultimately shaped their lives.
Angola: Culture Promotes Book Fair
[ANGOP] Uíge -A book fair, with the participation of several local bookstores, was opened on Wednesday in the square of the provincial government, under the programme of Provincial Directorate for reading incentive.