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Bruce Dennill Speaks to Dion Chang About New Urban Tribes of South Africa

New Urban Tribes of South AfricaDion Chang’s New Urban Tribes of South Africa shows how trends analysis is a useful tool in determining how consumers push the marketing agenda, or aspire to acquire certain goods and services.

Bruce Dennill of The Citizen observed Dion Chang’s analysis, and asked him a few questions about how to spot trends and tribes, and which “boxes” to tick. New Urban Tribes of South Africa is available as an eBook from Pan Macmillan.

Dion Chang’s new e-book New Urban Tribes is, not at all sur-prisingly, inspiring some strong reactions from observers.

“The biggest reaction I get,” grins Chang, “is from people who can’t find themselves on the list.

“But I reiterate: these are new tribes; groupings that are just popping their heads above the parapet. That reaction says that people want to be boxed.”

The “boxes” determined by Chang and his team in New Urban Tribes are as follows:

Diamond Chips: brand-conscious kids of the original Black Diamonds.

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Picador Africa Presents The Youngsters Series Edited by Mandy Wiener

Picador Africa presents a fresh, entertaining series of pocket books that feature prominent young South African voices worth listening to.

The Youngsters series explores topics of interest to the young and the young at heart, ranging from hair weaves to discovering who you are and what you should do with your life, as well as issues of race and gender, love and sex in the time of social networks, the music and radio industries, comedy, empowering yourself and more. The series shares the reality of being a youngster in South Africa and helps you to make sense of it all.

The Youngsters eBooks are now available to pre-order from Amazon for your Kindle:

It Feels Wrong to Laugh, But....It Feels Wrong to Laugh, But… by Anele Mdoda

“I am not my gap, but I own it. I am not my size, but I own it and you can’t use what you see as a negative against me. I own me and proudly so.” – Anele Mdoda

Carving her own path in radio, Anele Mdoda (@Anele) is known as one irreplaceable half of The Grant & Anele Show on 5FM and, from April 2012, on the Drive Time show on Highveld Stereo. A talker, a comic, honest and raw, Anele discusses everything from radio to hair weaves and owning your size in It Feels Wrong to Laugh, But…

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Take it from MeTake it from Me by Danny K

“They say there’s no business like show business. And that’s not because of the fame, or the money. It’s because of just how hard it can be.” – Danny K

Take It From Me records the ups and downs of the career path of South African singer, songwriter, actor and producer, Danny K (@dannykmusic). A performer from a young age, Danny K talks about the good, the bad and the ugly of the music business, his influences and how rejection can sometimes pay off.

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In My Arrogant OpinionIn My Arrogant Opinion by Khaya Dlanga

“This book isn’t about anything in particular. I know that sounds a little disturbing, but hear me out. I think that those people who read my work read it precisely because there is no particular pattern; they read it to find out what I have to say. Essentially I am like them. I am a conversationalist. I write like people talk. No fancy language; nor do I show how smart I am.” – Khaya Dlanga

Award-winning blogger and advertising guy who never eats black jelly babies Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) discusses issues of racism, love and sex, money, gender and a range of things in between. Khaya’s humour mixed with opinion is a recipe guaranteed to make you think and laugh out loud.

Khaya Dlanga is a Senior Communications Manager: Content Excellence at Coca-Cola South Africa. He writes in his personal capacity. He is a winner of the prestigious Cannes Gold and Black Eagle advertising awards. He is also a terror of the social networks.

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South Africa: A Long Walk to a Free RideSouth Africa: A Long Walk to a Free Ride by Nik Rabinowitz and Gillian Breslin

According to these two youngsters, “The hardest thing about South African history is getting people to agree on it.”

A fast-paced, hilarious guide to surviving your youth in South Africa. Expect a history lesson with a difference, what makes a comedian tick, some alternative political insights and thoughtful crystal-ball gazing. Join Nik Rabinowitz (@nikrabinowitz) and Gillian Breslin on a side-splitting journey to discover the “real” South Africa.

Nik Rabinowitz was raised on the mean, green streets of Constantia, Cape Town, a world of ride-bys, piano lessons, and unrelenting love and financial support from family members. Despite all this hardship he still managed to be moderately successful, achieving fame as the world’s foremost Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian. Gillian Breslin obtained a Journalism Degree from Rhodes University, but quickly realised that writing is much easier when you get to make stuff up. After a brief stint as ‘The World’s Worst Producer’ she started writing for television, and hasn’t looked back since (mostly because that’s where the creditors are). Gillian and Nik have been working together since 2008.

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BecomingBecoming by Shaka Sisulu

“There is a poetic justice to life because we are the sum of our experiences.” – Shaka Sisulu

Grandson of anti-apartheid stalwart Walter Sisulu, CEO of non-profit organisation Cheesekids, creator, dreamer, father and devoted Afrikan, Shaka Sisulu (@shakasisulu) discusses heritage, BEE, inspiration, leadership, legacy and how you can carve your own destiny in the Afrikan soil in Becoming.

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Frank Chikane’s Eight Days in September and No Life of My Own Now on Kindle

Frank Chikane's Eight Days in September and No Life of My Own Now on Amazon Kindle

Pan Macmillan is pleased to announce that two titles by Frank Chikane are now available on Amazon for your Kindle.

Chikane’s Eight Days in September: The Removal of Thabo Mbeki and a new and updated edition of his memoir, No Life of My Own, were both released by Picador Africa this month. Visit now to get your copies.

Eight Days in SeptemberNo Life of My Own

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Kevin Bloom Ponders the Future of Books Following Borders Liquidation

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Ways of StayingIn an article for The Daily Maverick, Kevin Bloom responds to a column by New York Times executive editor Bill Keller, titled “Let’s Ban Books Or at Least Stop Writing Them”. Bloom links Keller’s “coy lament” about the unsustainable proliferation of new book titles to the closing down of Borders bookshop in the United States, which many believe crumbled under the weight of the digital publishing threat.

Bloom considers what eBook publishing could mean for the future, weighing up the argument that it will increase the diversity of books against James Carroll’s caution in the Boston Globe that “the disappearance of the public book shelf…is not unrelated to the blatant new illiteracy”.

The Ways of Staying author, who is working on his second book, prefers to see the upside of the debate, saying that royalties on eBook sales are twice as high for authors and that limitless digital shelf space could encourage publishers to take more risks:

On 13 July this year (which happened to be my 38th birthday) New York Times executive editor Bill Keller published a column in his paper under the header, “Let’s Ban Books, Or at Least Stop Writing Them”. Although curious, I wasn’t about to read what the column said beneath the header: since it was my birthday, and since I have already waded too far into the writing of my second book to think about returning to shore, I thought I’d go easy on myself. But it’s kind of difficult to ignore a provocation like that, and so on 20 July, having spent a full week wondering where on Earth Keller may have been coming from, I tentatively clicked on the link.

The column, it turned out, was a slightly tongue-in-cheek complaint about the legions of staff reporters who wait outside Keller’s office to request a leave of absence to write a book. Why, the editor asked, having tried and failed twice himself, would anyone want to do such a thing? He cited the fact that populist new media prophets have been foretelling the Death of the Book for years, and that, with sales in the US declining steadily since the 2005 peak, statistics have begun to back these doomsayers up.

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Killing Kebble: @MandyWiener’s Replies to Twitter Questions about Her Bestselling Book

Killing KebbleKilling Kebble, Mandy Wiener’s gritty, fast-paced true crime tale of how Brett Kebble’s death blew the lid off Johannesburg’s underworld, is a best-seller – and is now available as an eBook (ePub) at

Ten copies of the Killing Kebble eBook were up for grabs in Pan Macmillan’s eBook giveaway. Below are Mandy’s responses to the ten best questions submitted via Twitter.

@NyakalloLephoto asked: “Had Kebble not died when he did, would our politic[s] have taken a different course?”

Brett Kebble was shrewd and calculating and ensured that he funded all parties and had a slice of every pie. He gave money to the ANC as readily as he gave to the DA. In that way he always ensured that he curried favour with whoever held power in the country. However, in the years before his death he aligned himself with Jacob Zuma. They both had a common enemy in the National Prosecuting Authority and its former director Bulelani Ngcuka. Kebble felt that by supporting Zuma and ANC Youth League leaders like Fikile Mbalula, he had made himself a target for those aligned to President Mbeki. If Kebble were still alive today, he would be sitting pretty. I don’t think our politics would have taken a different course though – Kebble would have just benefited more.

@bornfreesa asked: “Do you think criminal tendencies are so engrained in the freedom fighters it has become a norm?”

I do believe that there is a serious culture of ‘entitlement’ amongst the top political elite and the leadership in law enforcement in the country. There is a sense amongst many that they have dedicated their lives to the struggle and they have compromised to such an extent that they deserve far more. For someone like Jackie Selebi, who had spent years at the vanguard of the struggle, I don’t believe he ever though that he would have to answer to a court of law. We’re also seeing the emergence of a culture of money amongst that elite and that will be the downfall of so many ex-freedom fighters who are now leading the country. The problem is endemic.

@loyisothevictor asked: “I imagine this case has shed some light on the justice system, what are some of your insights?”

I think this case has exposed the critical flaws in the justice system in the country. I say in the book that the case against Glenn Agliotti was a victim of the criminal justice system in the country, as it became the battlefield for the fight between two agencies of the state – the SAPS and the Scorpions. It shows that if there is insufficient political will and ineffectual prosecutors, anyone can get away with murder.

@shauntrennery asked: “If you could go back in time and ask Brett one question, what would it be?”

There is the obvious one … “Were you an active participant in your own murder?” but I would also be fascinated to know about how he managed to ferret away so much money, how he was able to plunder and pillage an established, listed company and how he got away with that malfeasance for as long as he did.

@tjaartvdwalt asked: “Will there be a sequel?”

The sequel is certainly playing itself out at the moment but I’m not sure if there will be a sequel in the form of a book. The story is not ripe to be told yet, in the same way that I had to wait for the Kebble story to be ripe to write.

@nachofine asked: “What was your most exciting day when writing Killing Kebble?”

Judgment day in Glenn Agliotti’s murder trial, for purely selfish reasons. I had already done extensive interviews with Mikey, Nigel, Kappie and Agliotti. But in order for me to be able to use them in the book, I needed Agliotti to be acquitted and the three shooters to be granted indemnities by Judge Frans Kgomo. It was the worst possible outcome for the State and for the dispensation of justice, but for me it was exactly what I needed. In the subsequent chaos and excitement, I jumped on a table to interview Agliotti and ripped my jeans open on live TV. Quite a moment!

@shaunmarran asked: “Were you ever worried while writing that someone [would] prefer it as never-published and would ensure it was never finished?”

Not at all. Look obviously there are some people who are named in the book who would have preferred to have been kept out of it all, but I don’t think anyone was adequately aggrieved to go to those kinds of lengths to stop me from publishing it. John Stratton and his attorneys indicated in an official letter that I ran the risk of litigation if I published certain material but at no stage did I ever feel that someone would stop me from publishing it.

@jaycee_k asked: “Mandy did you ever feel intimidated when interviewing the underworld thugs who were involved with killing Kebble?”

I could never have interviewed them if I wasn’t confident enough to do so and the only way I was able to earn their trust and respect was by not being intimidated by them. In many situations they operate on the currency of fear and intimidation and that’s how they earn their respect and street cred. If I played into that I would never have been able to entice that genuine emotion that comes across in the text.

@dumahs_hardahs asked: “How has your life changed since writing Killing Kebble?”

As a journalist, all you have is your reputation and your credibility. I do find that when I interview people now, I’m taken more seriously as my name is more familiar. Being in radio, I have always had the luxury of anonymity as most people don’t know what I look like. That has changed to an extent now.

@virtuallynormal asked: “What’s the best book you’ve read this year?”

Without a doubt James Brabazon’s My Friend the Mercenary. It’s real gutsy journalism and so raw. I devoured it!

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Win 1 of 10 eBook Copies of Mandy Wiener’s Killing Kebble

Killing Kebble E-Book

Pan Macmillan has just announced on its Facebook page, and via Twitter, that it will giving away 10 eBook copies of Mandy Wiener’s gritty, fast-paced true crime bestseller, Killing Kebble:

So here it is Tweeps! Our Huge Giveaway is 10 copies of Killing Kebble eBook by @MandyWiener #KKeBook. GO NOW!less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

To enter:

1. Follow @PanMacmillanSA on Twitter

2. Tweet @PanMacmillanSA with a question you would like Wiener to answer about her bestseller Killing Kebble

3. Hashtag your question with #KKeBook.

Ten questions – 10 winners – will be selected and Wiener’s responses will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Entries close on 3 May 2011 and winners will be announced on 4 May 2011.

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“A compelling, remarkable portrait that illuminates the dark underbelly of South Africa, revealing the intertwining of business, politics and organised crime that is one of the greatest threats to our democracy.”
Andrew Feinstein, author of the bestselling After the Party

In September 2005 Brett Kebble, a prominent South African mining magnate, was killed in Johannesburg in an apparent “assisted suicide”. The top-level investigation that followed exposed South Africa’s dark, festering underworld of dirty cops, drug lords, bouncers, hit men and an international smuggling syndicate.

Mandy Wiener is an award-winning Eyewitness News reporter. She has been covering this gripping story for five years and has unrivalled access to the main role players.

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Wilbur Smith’s Top-Selling Those in Peril Breaks Both Print and Digital Barriers

Those in PerilThe debut edition of Wilbur Smith’s Those in Peril has done phenomenally well in its opening week, making this his strongest-ever opening week worldwide. But unlike many other bestselling authors, Smith is enjoying record sales both in print and digital – seemingly disproving the idea that e-book sales at lower prices threaten the print side of publishing. In fact, it seems that opening up the avenue to digital publishing might actually have helped the success of the Those in Peril print edition.

Those in Peril has topped Apple’s iBooks charts and is coming very close to topping Amazon Kindle and WHS ebook charts.

The Bookseller‘s Phillip Stone says that this data suggests that Smith has gained a sufficient print readership to compensate for the loss of some of them to the e-books. Could it be e-book sales are themselves becoming a form of marketing? Either way, the latest Wilbur Smith thriller shows that his legacy will endure any changes in publishing:

The performance of thriller writer Wilbur Smith’s latest book suggests that e-book sales (at very low prices) do not necessarily threaten print book sales. In fact, as we saw with The Hanging Shed, digital can help drive print.

The print edition of Those in Peril became Smith’s seventh consecutive hardback number one – each of the seven books he’s penned since records began in 1998 has reached the top of the HB Fiction chart and this year he achieved the feat with his strongest ever opening week sale.

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Limited Time Only! Download Amanda Coetzee’s Bad Blood for FREE

Bad Blood‘Amanda Coetzee is a find. I couldn’t stop reading Bad Blood – dogs went unfed, children went uncollected, husband was ignored. Badger is one of the most refreshing, intriguing characters to come along in a very long time and I was enthralled by the whole Traveller story. I sincerely hope she has another book in the works. She’s world class.’
– Michele Magwood

Amanda Coetzee’s Bad Blood is a gripping debut crime thriller guaranteed to keep you spellbound from the first page all the way through to the twist-in-the tail climax.

Pan Macmillan is proud to bring readers this new talent in crime fiction, and to celebrate, we’re giving away the ebook version free for one month. This giveaway will run until 08 March 2011.

Getting your free ebook copy of Bad Blood couldn’t be simpler:

Note that the ebook is in what is known as “ePub” format. If you do not have an ePub ebook reader installed on your computer or device, you will need to download one. We recommend Adobe Digital Editions, a free ePub ebook reader. To get ADE, click here.

Enjoy your free ebook! All that we ask in return is for you to tell us how much you loved this superb new voice in crime fiction. Post comments on Facebook and Twitter (tweet us at @PanMacmillanSA!), tell your friends about it, just generally announce it for what it is: a masterpiece of crime writing with a brooding hero, a riveting plot line and sustained tension – a combination of new literary talent to keep your eyes glued to the page!

If you would prefer to send your comments through to us, that would be great too. A dedicated Bad Blood Facebook page is up and running just for this purpose:

We can’t wait to hear your reaction!

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E-reader Competition Special: Excerpts from Mushy Peas on Toast and The Thirtieth Candle

Mushy Peas on ToastThe Thirtieth CandleWin an e-reader and a hamper of ebooks with Pan Macmillan and Marie Claire! Click here for the details on how to enter – and read on for excerpts from two of the books that you can win.

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Mushy Peas on Toast follows the trail of a typical Jo’burg gal – Peas – who works hard and plays hard. Life is going well until she breaks up with her long-term boyfriend, and with the help of her extravagant Italian flatmate, begins a journey of self-discovery:

Back on the wagon

I am back in the dating game. After just a month. This has taken even me by surprise. I officially got lucky on Saturday – smooch lucky. With a guy called Hansel. Handsome Hansel is Austrian. It happened in a dark corner of Manhattan, a place for drunk, single people.

If he’s sensible, he won’t phone me again. But it’s all right if he isn’t sensible, I feel like a little roll in the hay, actually. I miss intimacy and am sick of hugging a bottle in order to find some. However, a month on from our unofficial divorce, I have hit my first getting-over-Anthony obstacle. He’s going on a date with someone from his bloody polo club. Apparently, as Bennet claims, but I take this information with a pinch of salt, she has a moustache.

So I’m not going to blow the fireworks they potentially have out of proportion. Plus she swings a polo mallet around. A moustached mallet-swinging bird. I will not panic.

It does, however, feel like I’ve been impaled in the stomach with a blunt instrument. When I first heard the news, I couldn’t breathe for an hour. My colleague Dierdra had to take me to the Radium Beer Hall during lunch for a double gin and tonic. Needless to say, after another two gins, I started breathing normally again.

It sorted me out because I’m reeling with resentment. I will now date with a vengeance. Guilt-free. I worried for a brief second that Anthony would feel hurt that I’m already dating, but if he’s out on the prowl then I’d better get out there too – even if I’m not quite ready. There’s no way he’s allowed to move on before I do. That is way too humiliating. Last night I went out with Austrian Hansel to prove to myself that I’m now really on the market.

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In The Thirtieth Candle, thirtieth birthdays loom… Skeletons come creeping out of closets… How will this birthday end? Linda has just cast off yet another lover, while Dikeledi can’t seem to pin her fast-talking lawyer down to talk about marriage. Nolwazi has a secret – one she can’t share, even with her closest friends, while Sade has found the perfect man, and a new life that will shut out the horrors of her past forever. Or will it?

Linda was the first to arrive. She parked beneath the carport next to Sade’s Mini Cooper, and grabbed her cellphone to check on Nolwazi and Dikeledi. To her distress, Nolwazi’s phone was still off.

It was already six thirty. Was she with her secret lover? Linda hoped not. The man sounded like pure poison. There was a lot about Nolwazi’s relationship with him that Linda did not understand, especially the fact that he was a secret in the first place. Linda was very bad at keeping secrets, but she had promised Nolwazi never to mention the man to Sade or Dikeledi. The sheer effort of it made her want to gag.

She tried Dikeledi, who confirmed that she was on her way. As Linda walked up to the front door of Sade’s classy, modern cluster, the door opened before she knocked.
“Hi, girl. Looking good,” said Sade, offering Linda a warm hug.

“Thanks, you too. This whole engagement thing agrees with you.”

As Linda made herself comfortable on one of Sade’s cream leather ottomans, she noticed that Sade had changed her curtains. In place of her old, standard white linen curtains she had fitted glorious designer curtains made with a mixture of creamy organza and toffee-brown taffeta material. The results were quite impressive. The house looked elegant from every angle. Sade had always had good taste, and now, with the new job, she seemed to have launched into a serious style offensive.

“Your home looks really great, Sade. Do you have some Chardonnay while we wait for the girls?”

“Oh, wine is something that I don’t stock these days. Winston is not much of an alcohol person.”
“Well … yes, but you are.”

Sade pursed her red lips. “Ja, but … you know how it is in a relationship sometimes.”

“What? Are you pretending to be something you’re not?” asked Linda.

“Hey, wena. You’re always jumping to conclusions. Let’s go to Woolies quickly and grab some wine without an interrogation please.”

“Now you’re talking.”

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Win an eReader and eBooks for Summer Reading with Pan Macmillan and Marie Claire

It’s time to unwind. There’s nothing more satisfying than getting lost in a captivating book. Be it at the beach, beside the pool, or wrapped up at home this holiday, don’t miss out on your chance to win some spellbinding holiday reads and an eReader with Marie Claire.

The ebooks hamper from Pan Macmillan will include these great reads:

Emperor Can WaitMushy Peas on ToastMy Brother's BookOn the Other Side of ShameSummer of the BeesThe Thirtieth Candle

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