This week, Jenny looks into the two winners of the Sunday Times Book Awards, Jacob Dlamini and Damon Galgut, as well as the new book in the 50 Shades of Grey series, Grey.
See below for pictures from the Sunday Times Book Awards, as well as the reactions after the announcements from Twitter:
Congratulations to a very nice guy, Damon. Unfortunately he's not on social media & has never even owned a cellphone https://t.co/kPBsVzDnex— Zakes Mda (@ZakesMda) June 27, 2015
Jacob Dlamini's ASKARI is a masterpiece. an uncomfortable unravelling of complexities of ANC insurgents who collaborated with apartheid...— Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) November 11, 2014
Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut
by Damon Galgut (Umuzi Publishers)
Paperback: R185.00 (Exclusive Books)
eBook: R150.00 (Exclusive Books)
In this literary tour de force, twice Booker shortlisted novelist Damon Galgut evokes the life and work of EM Forster, his travels to India, and the freedom and inspiration he found there. In 1912, the SS Birmingham approaches India. On board is Morgan Forster, novelist and man of letters, who is embarking on a journey of discovery.
As Morgan stands on deck, the promise of a strange new future begins to take shape before his eyes. The seeds of a story start to gather at the corner of his mind: a sense of impending menace, lust in close confines, under a hot, empty sky. It will be another twelve years, and a second time spent in India, before A Passage to India, EM Forster's great work of literature, is published.
Listen to the conversation between Jenny, Redi and Damon below:
Askari by Jacob Dlamini
Askari: A story of collaboration and betrayal in the anti-apartheid struggle
by Jacob Dlamini (Jacana)
Paperback: R236.00 (Exclusive Books)
This is the story of Comrade September, a member of the ANC and its military wing, MK, who was abducted from his hideout in Swaziland by an apartheid death squad in August 1986 and taken across the border to South Africa, where his interrogation and torture began. It was not long before September began telling his captors about his comrades in the ANC.
By talking under torture, September underwent changes that marked him for the rest of his life: from resister to collaborator, insurgent to counter-insurgent, revolutionary to counter-revolutionary and, to his former comrades, hero to traitor. The book is about these changes and about the larger, neglected story of betrayal and collaboration in the struggle against apartheid. It seeks to understand why September made the choices he did - collaborating with his captors, turning against the ANC, and then hunting down his comrades - without excusing those choices. It looks beyond the black and-white that still dominates South Africa's political canvas, to examine the grey zones in which South Africans - combatants and non-combatants - lived.
Listen to the conversation between Jenny, Redi and Jacob below**:**
Grey by EL James
by EL James (Arrow Publishers)
Paperback: R175.00 (Exclusive Books)
See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.
In Christian's own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.
Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty¿until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian's cold, wounded heart.
Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?
Listen to the conversation between Jenny and Redi below: