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Archive for March 13th, 2018

Discussion with Audrey Coleman, co-author of The Knock on the Door: 15 March

The Book Revue will be in conversation with Audrey Coleman, one of the many parents whose children were detained in the book The Knock on the Door: The Story of the Detainees’ Parents Support Committee on Thursday, 15 March.

The Colemans were an ordinary family until one of their sons was detained and held for 5 months. Max Coleman went to John Vorster Square almost every day until his son’s release and he and Audrey went on to found the Detainees’ Parent Support Committee.

This book is a sobering reminder of the horrors of the apartheid era and how the State misused its powers to harass, torture and repress South Africans. It is also a wonderful testimony to the strength of the human spirit and to the power of the ordinary people to stand up in extraordinary times.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (as always) says it best: “I urge you to read this book and to learn from it. It is not a story of the past, but a story of the noblest part of ourselves – that part of us that must stand with all the oppressed and exploited people, whether in South Africa or across the world, in the face of injustice and abuse of power.”

Event details:

Date: 15 March 2018
Time: 10:30 AM for 11 AM (tea and snacks will be served)
Venue: 73 Tyrwhitt Avenue, Birdhaven
No charge – buy a book!
RSVP: Pippa Smith on or Camilla Twigg on

Book details

  • The Knock on the Door: The Story of The Detainees’ Parents Support Committee by Terry Shakinovsky, Sharon Cort
    EAN: 9781770105799
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Launch: Knucklebone by NR Brodie (13 March)

Just because you can see it, doesn’t mean it’s true.

Sangomas and cops don’t mix. Usually. But this is Joburg, a metropolis that is equal parts flash and shadow, and where not everything can be easily explained.

Ian Jack, a disillusioned former police officer, teams up with Reshma Patel, a colleague from his old life, to investigate a routine housebreaking gone bad. But when they uncover links to a possible animal poaching and trafficking syndicate, things go from complicated to dangerous to downright evil.

Set against the richly textured backdrop of a livewire African city, this fast-paced thriller offers a disturbing contemporary take on justice and morality. To be read with the lights on.

‘A cracking novel. Brilliant original writing, free of clichés. The pace is insane – in a good way.’ – Sarah Lotz, author of The White Road, Day Four and The Three .

NR BRODIE is a veteran journalist and best-selling author of five books.

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