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September 23 2013

From » Times Live Mon Sep 23 2013, 05:25:40

Do you want Miley Cyrus to stop twerking? Or Taylor Swift to settle down with one man - preferably yourself? All of your dreams for celebrities can come true, if you write them yourself, alongside thousands of others who have made celebrity fan fiction their beat. Blogs and websites dedicated to spinning new tales about celebrities are sprouting up everywhere, powered mainly by teens, who play god with the lives of their favourite actors, pop ...

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From » Times Live Mon Sep 23 2013, 05:16:37

By Michele Magwood for The Sunday Times Standing in Another Man's Grave Ian Rankin (Orion) **** Book thrill Back in the day, Rebus novels were something of a currency among the cognoscenti, the books pressed into friends' hands, loaned and re-loaned within a knowing society of fans for a whole new genre, a sort of Scottish Goth. At that time, around the early nineties, ...

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From » Times Live Mon Sep 23 2013, 02:54:03

South Africa's Suspended Revolution Adam Habib (Wits University Press) **** Book buff This serious but unaffected work examines the challenges of our times while charting a way forward. Habib explores a range of topics including affirmative action, conservative macroeconomic policies and the balance of power between corporates and unions. The result is a book that goes to the core of our social context, dealing with controversial ...

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From » Times Live Mon Sep 23 2013, 02:25:42

By Ben Williams for The Sunday Times The Open Book Cape Town festival was a head-turning success earlier this month. A good literary festival can compress a decade's worth of life lessons into a few hours. Here's what I learned:

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From » Times Live Mon Sep 23 2013, 02:22:42

  By Margie Orford for The Sunday Times Marikana changed the rules for South African crime fiction, says Margie Orford When I was half way through writing my fifth novel, Water Music, I watched those first, unfiltered YouTube clips of the Marikana massacre. Striking miners armed with kieries and pangas were mown down by a thin, blue line of panicky ...

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September 18 2013

From » Times Live Wed Sep 18 2013, 02:20:34

By Sophy Kohler for The Times Open City (Faber & Faber) Days before I am scheduled to interview Teju Cole, I hear mixed reviews, both of his writing and his personality. True to form, he makes an ambiguous impression at the Open Book Cape Town literary festival, where the strongest criticism involves the words "smug" and "boring". On the flip side, his fans treat me with ...

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September 17 2013

From » Times Live Tue Sep 17 2013, 05:47:03

By Michele Magwood for The Sunday Times NoViolet Bulawayo, a slight, quietly-spoken author, was elated when the news broke that her first novel, We Need New Names, had been shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. "It's starting to sink in," she said, "Just making it to the longlist was enough. I'm really proud because ...

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September 16 2013

From » Times Live Mon Sep 16 2013, 05:55:32

The Great Trek: Uncut Robin Binckes (30 Degrees South) *** Book buff It's tough to get published. Robin Binckes should be commended for this achievement. However, his book should be handled with great care. Binckes is an accomplished storyteller and attempts narrative-based forays into parts of our fascinating history. The inductive leaps he makes as he cuts his way through the past, however, often make for ...

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From » Times Live Mon Sep 16 2013, 05:49:19

By Donnay Torr for The Sunday Times The Bone Season Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury) *** Samantha Shannon has just had the weight of the publishing world lowered on to her young shoulders, having secured a seven-book deal for her new Scion series. Not half bad for a writer who turns 22 in November. But while the first book, The Bone Season, is a decent read, punting it as ...

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From » Times Live Mon Sep 16 2013, 05:40:48

By Ben Williams for The Sunday Times The two best uses to which a man can put his time, a great philosopher once said, are writing and running. If only that were true. The great philosopher part, I mean. The thought was in fact my own, formulated while out on a run, whereas had I already achieved greatness as a thinker I would have been at home, plumping my laurels for a lie-down. There is ...

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