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Book Extract: Flipped – Alfa Female, Or Cued For Questioning

Book Extract: Flipped – Alfa Female, Or Cued For Questioning

  Flipped by Tracey Hawthorne is published by Modjadji Books. This extract is published by permission.   ‘I can get a warrant, but I don’t want to officially search your premises. That’ll mean lots more cops, dogs, the works. We don’t want that, do we? It’d...

TV Interview: Outlaws – Taking Stock, Or Marauding Matriarch

TV Interview: Outlaws – Taking Stock, Or Marauding Matriarch

  Mmabatho Mogomotsi, who played Snowey in Yizo Yizo more than 20 years ago, recently made her acting comeback in the Showmax Original Outlaws. She plays Moretlo, the Basotho queen-pin of the largest cattle raiding syndicate in Lesotho. She’s the bane of the...

Book Extract: Drunk Log, Or The Main Event And Beyond

Book Extract: Drunk Log, Or The Main Event And Beyond

  With the suicide rate at its highest in three decades, the story told in Mark E Scott’s Drunk Log is more relevant than ever, and lends fresh insight into the psychological factors that play an integral role in how people respond to deep trauma. The fast-paced...

TV Interview: Jed Mercurio – Bloodlands, Or Jaded And Goliath

TV Interview: Jed Mercurio – Bloodlands, Or Jaded And Goliath

Jed Mercurio is the Executive Producer of Bloodlands on Britbox. Bloodlands is a thriller about fictional detective Tom Brannick, who is forced to grapple with his past when he is sent on the hunt for a mythical assassin. His journey asks questions about what we will...

Author Interview: Murder On Autarch 1, Or Preparing Paradoxes

Author Interview: Murder On Autarch 1, Or Preparing Paradoxes

By BRUCE DENNILL Written by Italian authors and life-long friends, Andrea De Magistris and Michele Perni, best-selling Italian dystopian sci-fi novel Murder On Autarch 1, has now been translated into English and Mandarin. Bringing the reader up close and personal with...

TV Interview: Phil Hunter – Vera, Or Restrictions And Renewal

TV Interview: Phil Hunter – Vera, Or Restrictions And Renewal

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] Season 11 of Vera is now available for streaming on Britbox. Brenda Blethyn returns in the role of DCI  Vera Stanhope. Heading up a team at Northumberland and City Police, Vera is obsessive about her  work and dogged in...

Film Interview: Master P – Unknown, Or Build To Be Better

Film Interview: Master P – Unknown, Or Build To Be Better

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By ALLISON KUGEL Sitting among displayed awards gathered from an unrivalled multi-hyphenate career, Master P began our conversation by allowing me to take the floor. He is a master delegator with a brilliant sense of...

Book Extract: Warriors, Or Rowing And Ramifications

Book Extract: Warriors, Or Rowing And Ramifications

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] Warriors: An Epic Battle For Olympic Rowing Victory by Danielle Brittain is published by Bookstorm. This excerpt is published by permission.   WOLF PACK I have seen enough rowing to grasp that it was never meant to...

Book Extract: Journey Through Fire And Ice, Or Alive In Alaska

Book Extract: Journey Through Fire And Ice, Or Alive In Alaska

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] At the age of twenty-three, Deanne Burch accompanied her husband, Ernest "Tiger" Burch to the Inuit village of Kivalina, Alaska, a barrier island 23 miles above the Arctic Circle. Over fifty years later, in Journey...

Book Extract: The Followers, Or The Complexities Of Choice

Book Extract: The Followers, Or The Complexities Of Choice

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] The Followers by Radhia Gleis tells the story of how, after 25 years in a cult, under the influence of a narcissistic sociopath, the author sought to understand why she made the choices she made in her life, so she could...

Author Interview: Graham Williams – The Chichester Diamond

Author Interview: Graham Williams – The Chichester Diamond

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL In the summer of 1545, there’s murder in the Cathedral of Chichester. An honest family of stonemasons heads to the city to repair the building, only to find the massive spire is in danger of collapse and...

TV Interview: Vinessa Antoine – Diggstown, Or Uncommon Law

TV Interview: Vinessa Antoine – Diggstown, Or Uncommon Law

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Diggstown is a Canadian legal drama that airs on Universal TV (Thursdays, 8pm, DStv Channel 117) in South Africa. Vinessa Antoine plays Marcie Diggs, who leaves a high-powered corporate job to work in a...

Film Interview: Tara Reid – Doggmen, Or Hi Happy Hereafter

Film Interview: Tara Reid – Doggmen, Or Hi Happy Hereafter

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By ALLISON KUGEL Tara Reid burst onto the scene as the flawless blue-eyed babe of the iconic 1999 camp comedy American Pie, a Fast Times At Ridgemont High for twenty-something Gen-Xers and precocious millennials. Her...

Film Interview: Seko Shamte – Binti, Or Comfort In Cinema

Film Interview: Seko Shamte – Binti, Or Comfort In Cinema

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL In director Seko Shamte's film Binti, which is on the programme for the Durban International Film Festival, four Tanzanian women are unknowingly connected through their ability to persevere extreme...

Television Interview: Lea Vivier – Dam, Or YOLO As Yola

Television Interview: Lea Vivier – Dam, Or YOLO As Yola

By BRUCE DENNILL In Showmax Original film Dam, Yola Fischer (Lea Vivier), who returns from Chile to the Eastern Cape to bury her father, only to be tormented by spirits in the farm house she has inherited. But with her mother institutionalised, and her own meds...

Film Interview: Will Forte – Scoob!, Or Dedicated Dogsbody

Film Interview: Will Forte – Scoob!, Or Dedicated Dogsbody

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] Will Forte voices Shaggy in Scoob!     What are your first memories of Scooby-Doo? I don’t ever remember the world without Scooby-Doo. I don’t even remember the moment that I first saw Scooby-Doo. I just feel...

Music Interview: Sya Zwide – Isiqubulo, Or Arrival Announced

Music Interview: Sya Zwide – Isiqubulo, Or Arrival Announced

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Johannesburg singer-songwriter Sya Zwide recently released his debut Afro-pop EP, Isiqubulo. These five songs dig into personal experiences of life, love and heartbreak. The EP includes previously...

Book Extract: Maggie – War Stories, Or Seeking To Survive

Book Extract: Maggie – War Stories, Or Seeking To Survive

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] Margaretha (Maggie) Jooste was only 13 years old when the Anglo-Boer War broke out and irrevocably changed her life. After months of house arrest in the family’s home in Heidelberg in the Transvaal, Maggie, her mother...

Music Interview: Out Cry – Where We Began, Or Songs United

Music Interview: Out Cry – Where We Began, Or Songs United

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Out Cry release their single Butterfly from their debut album Where We Began recently. It was recorded in Bellville Studios with producer Theo Crous. Butterfly features rapper "V", who conceptualised the...

Music Interview: AC/DC – Power Up, Or Malcolm In The Middle

Music Interview: AC/DC – Power Up, Or Malcolm In The Middle

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] AC/DC have released a new album - Power Up. Lead guitarist Angus Young (AY) and singer Brian Johnson (BJ) talk about the collection.   Power Up is here, the band is back together: how did it all come together?  AY:...

Music Interview: One Voice – Wake Up, Or A Message Four Ways

Music Interview: One Voice – Wake Up, Or A Message Four Ways

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL One Voice recently released their second single, Wake Up. It's an energetic dance track, created by Lientjie Sothman to add life to any party. It’s about music’s ability to take over your body and make...

Music Interview: Tatum – Unholy, Or Problems With Perspectives

Music Interview: Tatum – Unholy, Or Problems With Perspectives

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL Tatum’s debut EP Bloodsport reinforces her lyrical narrative of a love-turned-toxic. The five-track EP, produced by Paul Gala, is a medley of love songs about the anguish of being in love with someone...

TV Interview: Vicky Jones – Run, Or Why Training Is Important

TV Interview: Vicky Jones – Run, Or Why Training Is Important

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] Seventeen years ago, college sweethearts Ruby and Billy made a pact: if either of them ever texted the word “RUN” and the other replied with the same, they would drop everything, board the first train after 5pm out of...

Book Extract: Is It Me Or Is It Getting Hot In Here?

Book Extract: Is It Me Or Is It Getting Hot In Here?

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] Are we frogs in a boiling pot or a stressed but resilient nation trying to make sense of bizarre times? Are we being ruled by an African liberation movement or a fourteenth ­century Italian church? And why do SUV drivers...

Book Extract: Endgame – Long Road Ahead, Or Whisky A Go-Go

Book Extract: Endgame – Long Road Ahead, Or Whisky A Go-Go

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] Endgame by Wilna Adriaanse is available now. This extract published by permission. Prologue The sun was going down when Ellie drove into the town. Old houses and orchards lined both sides of the broad street. A...

Music Interview: John Tsenoli – Oh Boy, Or Caring About Us

Music Interview: John Tsenoli – Oh Boy, Or Caring About Us

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   John Tsenoli's debut single I'm Just A Boy is available now.   “Influence” is a loaded, often misunderstood concept. An artist may sound similar to another but have no knowledge of them, or...

Film Interview: Todd Phillips – Joker, Or Joaquin The Walk

Film Interview: Todd Phillips – Joker, Or Joaquin The Walk

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]Todd Phillips, director, producer and co-writer of Joker, chats about getting the film made, and its themes.     You’ve said that certain films from the 1970s and 1980s spoke to you and inspired you to be a...

Art: SculptX – Art Is All Around Us, Or Foundry Footage

Art: SculptX – Art Is All Around Us, Or Foundry Footage

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text]SculptX, the largest annual sculpture fair in South Africa, run from 30 August to 29 September 2019 at Melrose Arch. Over 200 artworks created by more than 90 established and emerging sculptors will be showcased in indoor...

Music Reviews: Who’s That Guy Ben, Or Fire 4 Ever

Music Reviews: Who’s That Guy Ben, Or Fire 4 Ever

[vc_row][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] By BRUCE DENNILL   Ben Haenow: Ben Haenow Prince: 4 Ever WorshipMob: Carry The Fire Guy Buttery: Guy Buttery   X-Factor winner Ben Haenow’s debut album is a fine showcase for his blue-eyed soul voice,...