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Win a copy of Stuart Doran’s Kingdom, Power, Glory

The early years of Zimbabwe’s independence were blighted by conflict and bloodshed, culminating in the Gukurahundi massacres of 1983 and 1984. Historian Stuart Doran explores these events in unprecedented detail, drawing on thousands of previously unpublished documents, including classified records from Mugabe’s Central Intelligence Organisation, apartheid South Africa, the UK, USA, Australia and Canada.

This groundbreaking book charts the development of an intense rivalry between two nationalist parties – Mugabe’s Zanu and Nkomo’s Zapu – and reveals how Zanu’s victory in the 1980 elections was followed by a carefully orchestrated five-year plan, driven by Mugabe, which sought to smash all forms of political opposition and impose a one-party state. Doran shows not only what happened during Zimbabwe’s darkest chapter, but also why this cataclysm occurred. In an expansive narrative saturated with new findings, he documents a culture of political intolerance in which domination and subjugation became the only options, and traces the rise of key proponents of this supremacist ideology.

Kingdom, Power, Glory is the most comprehensive history of Zimbabwe’s formative years and is essential reading for anyone hoping to understand the Mugabe regime, then and now.

Click here for the entry details and stand a chance to win this singular book, shortlisted for the 2018 Alan Paton Award for non-fiction.

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WIN! Five double tickets for Vaya: Untold Stories of Johannesburg or a copy of the book

“This project represents hope and pride. I have endured and persevered to get here. My story matters.”
David Majoka – storyteller and writer


Vaya the film is based on the lives of four young men from the Homeless Writer’s Project: David Majoka, Anthony Mafela, Madoda Ntuli and Tshabalira Lebakeng, and rooted in their experiences of coming to Johannesburg. Vaya the book brings you the people and stories that inspired the award-winning film.

Through personal stories that are intimate and hard hitting, Vaya will both surprise and shock you. It offers a rare lens into life in Johannesburg and amplifies the voices of people who live on the city’s margins. The book will ignite conversations and debate about what the city means to millions of ordinary people who navigate its streets with courage and humanity.

Developed by the Homeless Writer’s Project, and containing accessible history, debates and interactive activities, here are the stories and people that inspired the award-winning film.

The Homeless Writer’s Project was started in 2010 by filmmaker Robbie Thorpe and joined soon after by Harriet Perlman. It gives a voice to the voiceless by creating opportunities for stories to be developed into films and published media. The group meets once a week to share stories and ideas and create a safe place for discussion. The film script for Vaya began in story workshops, where participants shared and told stories over a period of six years. These lived experiences were written down and crafted into a film script.

Stand a chance to win five double tickets to see the film, or one of five copies of the book. Simply visit our Facebook page and answer the question ‘What is your untold Joburg story?’

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Get your work-life balance in place and win a copy of Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove

Legendary Safari GuidesWork-life balance is an ongoing challenge. In this ever more pressured age, the tensions arise as we inhabit our technology infused days but yearn to view the starry night sky from the wilds of nature.

The challenges of managing time and space, work and leisure, are explored by Wayne Windell in the February issue of The Catalyst.

Small business entrepreneurs are particularly challenged to accommodate both their own and their staff’s needs in the arena of work-life balance.

If you find that you spend most of your time working, and tend to feel overwhelmed by duties and responsibilities, it is recommended that you reserve time for your family, friends and yourself when you plan your day or week. Dedicating daily time to fun and relaxation will lower the production of additional stress hormones, which give rise to poor mental and physical wellbeing.

The Catalyst is giving away three copies of Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove, because even if you can’t go on safari this week or next, you can probably claim an hour or two for reading about it.

Armchair travellers will delight in this book, which Travel Africa editor, Craig Rix, describes as “wonderful”.

To stand a chance of winning one of three copies, all you have to do is subscribe to The Catalyst and share their post on your social media.

The deadline for entries is 29 February, 2016.

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Win a copy of Death By Carbs by Paige Nick: Undeniably brilliant satire

Tim Noakes and Paige Nick

Death By CarbsDeath By Carbs, Paige Nick’s rip-roaring satire of the so-called “Banting revolution”, has been incredibly well received.

In a review for Women24, Marisa Crous writes: “Nick is my kind of author: undeniably brilliant at writing satire.” Avis Perks writes in a review for The Cape Argus: “Whether you’re a Tim Noakes fan or not, or even a mere bemused bystander, all you need is a healthy appetite for humour to enjoy this irreverent take on our weird and wonderful society.”

If you want to get your hands on a copy, you can follow traditional methods like ordering online or visiting your local bookshop. If you are in Cape Town, you could contact the author directly on her Facebook page and get your own personalised copy:

If you live in Cape Town and you’d like a personalised copy of Death By Carbs delivered to your door for just R150, let me know, I’ve got a boot full of books, and I’m not afraid to use them.

Or, you could enter Women24‘s competition, which closes 15 February, to stand a chance of winning one of two copies:

Want to win a copy of this book? Simply send us an e-mail to and tell us about your favourite mystery novel.

Women24 review:

Sunday Times columnist Paige Nick has written a delightful novel which pokes fun at this entire phenomenon. Death by Carbs is a refreshingly witty read with an exceptionally written bunch of characters. They represent all possible affected parties of this diet craze: the fans, the internet trolls and those most likely to benefit from the death of Noakes himself.

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Discover the benefits of lifelong learning and win a copy of Jonathan Jansen’s We Need to Act

How to Fix South Africa's SchoolsWe Need to ActJonathan Jansen chatted to The Catalyst recently about the importance of lifelong learning for business owners.

Jansen, who is the vice-chancellor and rector of the University of the Free State, says everybody should be able to continue learning throughout their life, whether you’re “in kindergarten or you’re 50 years old and working for yourself”.

“It’s falls on the individual’s shoulders, ultimately. Take the initiative to boost your skills. You can make a difference. We need to act!” – Jonathan Jansen

The Catalyst shares a number of ideas and online resources to make this happen, and is also giving away three copies of Jansen’s book We Need to Act.

To stand a chance of winning a copy, all you have to do is subscribe to The Catalyst and share their post on social media.

The deadline for entries is 5 February, 2016.


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Win a Copy of The Democratic Republic of Braai by Jan Braai in the Annual StreetSmart Raffle

The Democratic Republic of BraaiA copy of The Democratic Republic of Braai by Jan Braai is one of the fabulous prizes up for grabs in this year’s StreetSmart Raffle.

The annual raffle raises money for projects that support street children, which supplements StreetSmart income from restaurants that donate regularly. StreetSmart was started in 2005, with the patronage of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Their are 250 prizes in the StreetSmart raffle and with only 1 000 tickets available, the odds of winning are good. Tickets cost R100 each, and can be purchased online.

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Try Your Hand at Wine Writing for the Du Toitskloof Wine Writer of the Year Competition

Love Your WineDo you love wine? Do you, like Love Your Wine: Get to grips with what you are drinking author Cathy Marston, love to write about the wines you love? Well, then this is your chance.

The Du Toitskloof Wine Writer of the Year competition is inviting wine writers and bloggers to enter. Entrants need to submit an original, unpublished article of between 1 500 and 2 000 words by 30 September 2015. The writer of the winning article will receive a prize of R30 000.

For this year’s competition, entrants need to write an “opinion article predicting what the South African wine industry will look like 20 years from now”.

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One of the features of today’s wine industry is an awareness of the vast changes that have taken place over the past two decades. With this in mind, for the 2015 wine writing competition we would like to see entrants predicting what they deem to be an industry scenario for 2035.

Over the past 20 years, change has been one of the major features of the South African wine industry. Exports have increased. The number of wineries and brands have grown beyond belief. Certain grape varieties and wine styles have fallen out of fashion, replaced by the new. Bulk wine has become a major force. Overall, exciting times.

With this in mind, we invite entrants in the 2015 wine writing competition to peer 20 years into the future and predict what the wine industry will look like in 2035.

There are no restrictions as to the feature(s) you wish to discuss. This is a chance to let your imagination run free, using your experience and knowledge of the changes the industry has undergone since 1995 – and hopefully have a bit of fun painting picture of the future as you see it.

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Win a Copy of Lampedusa Pie, Market Food, Secrets of a French Cooking Class or Season’s Bounty

Lampedusa PieMarket FoodSecrets of a French Cooking ClassSeason's Bounty: Cooking with nature's abundance

To celebrate Easter and the deliciousness the long weekend entails, Bookstorm is giving away cookbooks.

To stand a chance of winning Lampedusa Pie by Andrea Burgener, Market Food by Dianne Stewart, Lissa Stewart and Jessica Cairns, Secrets of a French Cooking Class by Marlene van der Westhuizen or Season’s Bounty: Cooking with nature’s abundance by Sophia Lindop.

All you have to do to stand a chance of winning one of these fabulous books is tell Bookstorm what you will be eating this Easter, and indicate which book you would most like to win (decisions, decisions).

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The Easter long weekend is almost here. Let us know what deliciousness you will be whipping up for lunch this Easter…

Posted by Bookstorm on Tuesday, 31 March 2015


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Win a Copy of Cathy Marston’s Love Your Wine

Love Your WineNoMU is giving away four copies of Love Your Wine by Cathy Marston.

Marston holds a diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, and has taught and written about wine in many different places. She also loves to drink it, and Love Your Wine is informative, fun to read and an excellent guide to wine appreciation.

To stand a chance of winning a copy, post a comment with your name and email address on NoMU’s blog:


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Win a Copy of Jan Braai’s Red Hot and Fireworks

Red HotFireworksWin a copy of each of Jan Braai’s bestselling cookbooks, Red Hot and Fireworks, with Bookstorm.

To stand a chance of winning the books, send a photograph of you and your friends braaing to Bookstorm by email, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Red Hot was recently named one of the top three Barbeque Books at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Beijing.

Don’t miss the chance to win these fantastic books!

WIN one copy of each of Jan Braai’s bestselling books, Red Hot and Fireworks, by sending us a fabulous “Best Times” pic of you and your friends and family braaing! You can post the pic to our Facebook page or on Twitter tagging @bookstormza or send it by email to

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