Tagged: Shaka are Dead

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Colloquial Speak

With the advent of globalisation, the differences between the types of spoken and written English have become more apparent. This has transferred to television where newsreaders in Britain no longer speak with what was...

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Novel Preview: Shaka are Dead

Listen to sample If a ou were to of jump over a railings outside a classrooms on a third floor, onto a tarmac quadrangle below, you don’t not always kill yourself. Old Zakes found...

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Reconciliation

If one wanted to identify a theme in the books I enjoy, it will most likely be Reconciliation. People finding ways to put aside their differences and come to a closer understanding of each...

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Powerless – John Samson

Powerless was the first novel John wrote but not his first published. For those who have read his Shaka are Dead, this is quite different, although stays with the theme of post-Apartheid South Africa....

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Luke

Luke Skywalker in Star Wars is probably one of the most famous Lukes around. Another being the disciple Luke who wrote the Bible Gospel. It’s a name derived from the Greek referring to a...

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It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it

The wonderful image at the end of this post appeared courtesy of TSL author Leslie Tate (thanks). It immediately produced some reactions, one of which was ‘the child was South African’. If you don’t...

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Language – crossing boundaries

With the increase in cross-boundary and cross-cultural writing, it’s important that the writer gets the language of the protagonists right but also to ensure that the reader knows what is meant. The importance of...

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School Days

Do you recall your school days with joy or with mirth? All these books feature school life in some form or other. Take a trip back in time and see which accords with your...

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Austin Motor Cars and Others

An Austin features in both Michael’s Magic Motor Car by Ray Wooster and Leslie Tate’s Heaven’s Rage. I’m not one to know much about cars but given that the Austin has featured in two...