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Archive for October 4th, 2017

Interview with Tony Park at the Book Revue

Tony Park writes exciting and action filled novels set in different countries in Africa. The Cull is his 14th novel and his passion still leaps off the page at you.

His outrage at corruption and at poaching is intense and his delight and joy and extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of our wonderful continent is palpable. You can read these books on the beach, in the bush or on the train and you won’t want to put them down.

Despite their exciting action, the characters (especially the fabulous Sonja Kurtz, a former mercenary) are vividly drawn.

The Cull is about the murky world of poaching and the dangerous and powerful figures who play in it. The action ranges from the Kruger National Park to the Serengeti of Tanzania.

Tony is Australian and lives half of the year in Australia and half the year on the banks of the Sabie River, Kruger Park area. He is, by all accounts, a sociable man who engages easily with friends, old and new.

Bring your husbands and your “mad about the bush” friends – this will be a treat!

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Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime awarded Thurber Prize for American Humour

Born A CrimeTrevor Noah was announced as the winner of the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humour for his memoir Born a Crime on the 2nd of October at a ceremony at Carolines on Broadway in New York City.

The Thurber Prize is the only award which gives recognition to the art of humour writing in America. Noah received $5 000, a commemorative plaque, and is invited to Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio as a featured guest at a special event.

The runner-ups were novelists Ken Pisani’s (author of Amp’d, and Aaron Their – nominated for Mr. Eternity).

Trevor Noah’s path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show in New York began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of his relationship with his fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother – his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic and deeply affecting. Whether being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping or simply trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his world with an incisive wit and an unflinching honesty.

‘As much as Born a Crime is about Trevor, you can’t help but see yourself in the stories he tells. In many ways, he is all of us. When Trevor writes about his mother, I felt like he was writing about mine. He was born in the tragedy and comedy that was apartheid South Africa and he recounts his experiences with compassion and humour. He validates my view: although we all seem ordinary, we all have extraordinary stories to tell – and to live.’
– KHAYA DLANGA

Born a Crime strikes a perfect balance of humour and seriousness. It is wild and calming; it makes you want to sit and reflect silently, and also pick up the phone to question loved ones. It is both Xhosa and Swiss – the two forces that created this crime. Bravo Trevor! This book gave me all the answers about you to questions I never knew I had.’
– ANELE MDODA

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