The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World

Part detective trail, part live affair and pure story telling at its best.

It's Rider Haggard with birds! Hidden secrets in remote exotic lands, hearsay and scraps of treasure but no map! – Chris Packham

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  • Oscar: An Accident Waiting to Happen
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Send in the Clowns with the new Madam & Eve

Jacana Media is sending in the clowns with the new Madam & Eve annual. 


They’re back, and better than ever! This year sees the release of the twenty-second Madam & Eve, Send in the Clowns, and it is another winner from this sharp and witty creative team.

Featuring the humour South Africans have come to know and love, this Madam & Eve promises to be a laugh a minute, and it is sure to be a family favourite and welcome addition to any bookshelf.


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Camilla Comins and the "Girls on Fire" on Expresso


Girls on Fire is typically aimed at girls who feel sick of going to braais where the guys stand around the fire drinking and chatting and burning the meat. It is time for girls to claim their right to cook decent food and pretty up the braai area for this pivotal South African social activity.


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Author of the Week


  Richard de Nooy

Richard de Nooy (1965) grew up in Johannesburg, but has lived in Amsterdam for the past 25 years. His first novel Six Fang Marks & a Tetanus Shot (Jacana, 2007) won the University of Johannesburg Prize for Best First Book, received honourable mention at the M-Net Literary Award, and was long-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award. De Nooy was awarded a grant by the Dutch Foundation for Literature to write his second novel in Dutch.

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