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Amabookabooka is a novel podcast about books and the people who write them. It's easy listening, quirky, informative and a great way for readers to get to know some of their favourite authors.

Latest Episodes

Amabookabooka: Michiel Heyns

One Whale of a Good Yarn The subject of today’s episode of Amabookabooka is ‘A Poor Season For Whales’, which is not the title of a sport’s book about the Welsh rugby team’s miserable 1991 year when they were walloped 63-3 by the Wallabies. ‘A Poor Season For Whales’ (with an H) is author, translator and English professor Michiel Heyns’ outstanding new novel. The book has everything: vivid imagery, beautiful descriptions, fascinating characters, gripping dialogue, understated humour, an intriguing plot, a sharp knife hanging over it and a dassie-chasing Doberman named Benjy. (Michiel reveals why every one of his novels features a dog…)

20 minMAY 21
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Amabookabooka: Michiel Heyns

Amabookabooka: Bruce Whitfield

Bruce Almighty Some would say that it is dreadful timing to launch a book at the same time that Covid-19 has decided to go hitchhiking around the globe, but for one book - The Upside of Down - the timing is spot on. The world is upside down and the Upside of Down highlights opportunities during chaos. The Upside of Down is written by the king of the business airwaves Bruce Whitfield, who has the incredibly rare gift of making complex financial issues easy to understand. Through absorbing anecdotes, cautionary tales, some multiple choice quizzes or six, Bruce tells us that South Africa has extraordinary problems - but with extraordinary problems come extraordinary opportunities. Spoiler alert: In the episode, Bruce reveals the four words that Nando’s chief Robbie Brozen told him that perfectly sums up the state of the world at the moment.

31 minMAY 15
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Amabookabooka: Bruce Whitfield

Amabookabooka: Heinrich Böhmke

A Lockdown mystery Heinrich Böhmke loves trees, bees, wind over the veld and Nguni cattle - and even though he loves cattle he’s not scared to stomp all over sacred cows. Heinrich’s debut novel Sarie tells the story of four lives in crisis - on the same day. In the same hotel. It mixes South African politics and history, with a thrilling plot and, as one reviewer put it: There is no chill with this book! Heinrich’s latest book, The Helpless Lady, is a world away from Sarie. It’s a children’s book set in the Lockdown. Day 17 starts off just like any other boring Lockdown day but turns into a day of mystery and adventure when 9-year-old Erika sees a desperate message for help in her neighbour's window. Erika’s grumpy dad is busy so she takes matters into her own hands to rescue her elderly neighbour - all while keeping her social distance. It’s a fast, heart-warming story told with humour and there are a few twists at the end to keep you on your toes.

14 minMAY 4
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Amabookabooka: Heinrich Böhmke

Amabookabooka Dave Muller

Seven weeks in captivity Thirty years ago today the Muller family's dream holiday turned into a nightmare when they were taken hostage by a band of child soldiers in Mozambique. On Friday the 13th of April 1990 Dave Muller and his family set sail to Mozambique to fulfill Dave's boyhood dream of voyaging to the tropics. On board his yacht Arwen, which he had spent the previous 10 years building, was his wife, Sandy, and their two children 8-year-old Tammy, and Seth, who was about to turn 5. But Friday the 13th turned out to be a bad omen. Fifteen days later, Dave’s voyage came to a shuddering halt when his yacht was shipwrecked and they were taken prison by armed children from the Mozambican rebel group Renamo. It took Dave 29 years to write his memoir, This is not Child’s Play, which was published last year and documents the Muller family’s nightmare. Today - 28 April 2020 - marks the 30th anniversary of the day the family was taken captive. This is not Child’s Play is a story o...

29 minAPR 27
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Amabookabooka Dave Muller

Amabookabooka: Marcus Low

Low Down on Health Horror Today’s episode of Amabookabooka is a throwback to 2017 when novelist, journalist and public health activist Marcus Low coughed up the incredible and, as it turns out, very credible dystopian health-horror novel Asylum. A high-security quarantine facility has been set up in the Karoo for people with a highly infectious lung disease known as “pulmonary nodulosis” - there is no cure. The inmates have been separated from the rest of the country - where they do nothing much but wait to die. Asylum is like an uncooked onion: raw with layers upon layers and will make you cry. It is a thought-provoking and superbly written book that will do to you what a fictional South African government did to the novel’s protagonist Barry James – hold you captive.

19 minAPR 21
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Amabookabooka: Marcus Low

Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Matthew Buckland

Celebrating the Joy of Matt Today is a very special edition of Amabookabooka. We pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Matthew Buckland - a tech wonder kid, a digital fundi, an entrepreneur, an innovator, a journalist, a publisher, an author, a mountain biker and a compulsive dreamer who had big dreams. Matt always had a sparkle in his eye and a million-buck grin. In the middle of 2018 Matt was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. On the day of his first chemo session in October he started to write a book about his entrepreneurial journey. Two months later he sent the manuscript to his publisher. Matt died on 23 April last year shortly before his book So You Want to Build a Startup was published. He was just 44. We chat to Matt’s dad, Andrew Buckland, and good friend Vince Maher about Matt's extraordinary life.

26 minAPR 16
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Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Matthew Buckland

Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beuekes imagines a brand new world Lauren Beukes crisscrosses literary genres to write ground-breaking weird-and-wonderful dystopian thrillers. Her novels - Moxyland, Zoo City, The Shining Girls, Broken Monsters - are beautifully written, with complex characters and intriguing pulse-racing plots and plots within plots that are skillfully knitted together. Lauren also writes comics and screen plays, directed the documentary Glitterboys & Ganglands, and wrote the New York Times bestselling graphic novel Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom. Academics study her work, fans name their pets and children after her characters and she has won prestigious literary honours. She has received endorsements from Stephen King, shout outs from George RR Martin and big-ups from Neil Gaiman. Lauren is the Trevor Noah of the literary horror-sci-fi-spec-fic-cyberpunk-fantasy- psych-thriller-dystopian world. And now Afterland, her spanking new novel about a global pandemic has come out slap-bang in the middle of a global pandemic.

20 minAPR 15
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Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Lauren Beukes

Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Gail Schimmel

Gail Schimmel writes best-selling novels that have more twists and turns than Kyalami: Marriage Vows, Whatever Happened to the Cowley Twins?, The Park; and The Accident. Her most recent novel, the two week-old Two Months is a psychological thriller. Primary school teacher Erica and her husband Kenneth have a great life: Erica loves her job, loves her husband but one morning she wakes up and has forgotten the last two months of her life. She begins to piece together what has happened with terrible consequences. You will probably laugh and maybe even cry as the story unfolds but you will certainly gasp when it ends…

17 minAPR 14
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Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Gail Schimmel

Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Chris Whitfield

Today’s Amabookabooka guest has written two very different books - On Your Bike, which is a guide to mountain biking in South Africa. The second is Paper Tiger: Iqbal Survé and the downfall of Independent Newspapers, which is a riveting account of what happened to the Cape Times when it was taken over by the controversial businessman. Chris Whitfield, who wrote On Your Bike with his brother Tim, is an accomplished mountain biker with four Cape Epic Finisher’s T-shirts hanging in his cupboard. He wrote Paper Tiger with Alide Dasnois, the erstwhile editor of the Cape Times who was fired by Survé the morning after Nelson Mandela died. Chris, who was the most senior editorial person in Independent when it was taken over by Survé, had a front-row seat to the unfolding drama.

14 minAPR 13
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Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Chris Whitfield

Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Paul Morris

Confronting the ghosts of war Paul Morris went to Angola in 1987. He was a young soldier who had been conscripted into the South African Defence Force as it waged a brutal bush war against its neighbours. For 25 years Angola was the country of Paul’s nightmares. He returned to the country in 2012 - this time he wasn’t a 20-year-old soldier in an army’s armoured buffel; he was a middle-aged man on a bicycle. He cycled 1500km across the country to witness Angola in peacetime; to enjoy the beauty of the bush and to meet the people who live there. One of the people he met was Roberto, a Cuban, who had been fighting in Angola against the apartheid army - the meeting with Roberto was the most profound moment of Paul’s life. In Back to Angola, Paul's memoir published in 2014, he writes about a journey that took him back into the past as well as into the present.

20 minAPR 12
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Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Paul Morris

Latest Episodes

Amabookabooka: Michiel Heyns

One Whale of a Good Yarn The subject of today’s episode of Amabookabooka is ‘A Poor Season For Whales’, which is not the title of a sport’s book about the Welsh rugby team’s miserable 1991 year when they were walloped 63-3 by the Wallabies. ‘A Poor Season For Whales’ (with an H) is author, translator and English professor Michiel Heyns’ outstanding new novel. The book has everything: vivid imagery, beautiful descriptions, fascinating characters, gripping dialogue, understated humour, an intriguing plot, a sharp knife hanging over it and a dassie-chasing Doberman named Benjy. (Michiel reveals why every one of his novels features a dog…)

20 minMAY 21
Comments
Amabookabooka: Michiel Heyns

Amabookabooka: Bruce Whitfield

Bruce Almighty Some would say that it is dreadful timing to launch a book at the same time that Covid-19 has decided to go hitchhiking around the globe, but for one book - The Upside of Down - the timing is spot on. The world is upside down and the Upside of Down highlights opportunities during chaos. The Upside of Down is written by the king of the business airwaves Bruce Whitfield, who has the incredibly rare gift of making complex financial issues easy to understand. Through absorbing anecdotes, cautionary tales, some multiple choice quizzes or six, Bruce tells us that South Africa has extraordinary problems - but with extraordinary problems come extraordinary opportunities. Spoiler alert: In the episode, Bruce reveals the four words that Nando’s chief Robbie Brozen told him that perfectly sums up the state of the world at the moment.

31 minMAY 15
Comments
Amabookabooka: Bruce Whitfield

Amabookabooka: Heinrich Böhmke

A Lockdown mystery Heinrich Böhmke loves trees, bees, wind over the veld and Nguni cattle - and even though he loves cattle he’s not scared to stomp all over sacred cows. Heinrich’s debut novel Sarie tells the story of four lives in crisis - on the same day. In the same hotel. It mixes South African politics and history, with a thrilling plot and, as one reviewer put it: There is no chill with this book! Heinrich’s latest book, The Helpless Lady, is a world away from Sarie. It’s a children’s book set in the Lockdown. Day 17 starts off just like any other boring Lockdown day but turns into a day of mystery and adventure when 9-year-old Erika sees a desperate message for help in her neighbour's window. Erika’s grumpy dad is busy so she takes matters into her own hands to rescue her elderly neighbour - all while keeping her social distance. It’s a fast, heart-warming story told with humour and there are a few twists at the end to keep you on your toes.

14 minMAY 4
Comments
Amabookabooka: Heinrich Böhmke

Amabookabooka Dave Muller

Seven weeks in captivity Thirty years ago today the Muller family's dream holiday turned into a nightmare when they were taken hostage by a band of child soldiers in Mozambique. On Friday the 13th of April 1990 Dave Muller and his family set sail to Mozambique to fulfill Dave's boyhood dream of voyaging to the tropics. On board his yacht Arwen, which he had spent the previous 10 years building, was his wife, Sandy, and their two children 8-year-old Tammy, and Seth, who was about to turn 5. But Friday the 13th turned out to be a bad omen. Fifteen days later, Dave’s voyage came to a shuddering halt when his yacht was shipwrecked and they were taken prison by armed children from the Mozambican rebel group Renamo. It took Dave 29 years to write his memoir, This is not Child’s Play, which was published last year and documents the Muller family’s nightmare. Today - 28 April 2020 - marks the 30th anniversary of the day the family was taken captive. This is not Child’s Play is a story o...

29 minAPR 27
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Amabookabooka Dave Muller

Amabookabooka: Marcus Low

Low Down on Health Horror Today’s episode of Amabookabooka is a throwback to 2017 when novelist, journalist and public health activist Marcus Low coughed up the incredible and, as it turns out, very credible dystopian health-horror novel Asylum. A high-security quarantine facility has been set up in the Karoo for people with a highly infectious lung disease known as “pulmonary nodulosis” - there is no cure. The inmates have been separated from the rest of the country - where they do nothing much but wait to die. Asylum is like an uncooked onion: raw with layers upon layers and will make you cry. It is a thought-provoking and superbly written book that will do to you what a fictional South African government did to the novel’s protagonist Barry James – hold you captive.

19 minAPR 21
Comments
Amabookabooka: Marcus Low

Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Matthew Buckland

Celebrating the Joy of Matt Today is a very special edition of Amabookabooka. We pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Matthew Buckland - a tech wonder kid, a digital fundi, an entrepreneur, an innovator, a journalist, a publisher, an author, a mountain biker and a compulsive dreamer who had big dreams. Matt always had a sparkle in his eye and a million-buck grin. In the middle of 2018 Matt was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. On the day of his first chemo session in October he started to write a book about his entrepreneurial journey. Two months later he sent the manuscript to his publisher. Matt died on 23 April last year shortly before his book So You Want to Build a Startup was published. He was just 44. We chat to Matt’s dad, Andrew Buckland, and good friend Vince Maher about Matt's extraordinary life.

26 minAPR 16
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Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Matthew Buckland

Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beuekes imagines a brand new world Lauren Beukes crisscrosses literary genres to write ground-breaking weird-and-wonderful dystopian thrillers. Her novels - Moxyland, Zoo City, The Shining Girls, Broken Monsters - are beautifully written, with complex characters and intriguing pulse-racing plots and plots within plots that are skillfully knitted together. Lauren also writes comics and screen plays, directed the documentary Glitterboys & Ganglands, and wrote the New York Times bestselling graphic novel Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom. Academics study her work, fans name their pets and children after her characters and she has won prestigious literary honours. She has received endorsements from Stephen King, shout outs from George RR Martin and big-ups from Neil Gaiman. Lauren is the Trevor Noah of the literary horror-sci-fi-spec-fic-cyberpunk-fantasy- psych-thriller-dystopian world. And now Afterland, her spanking new novel about a global pandemic has come out slap-bang in the middle of a global pandemic.

20 minAPR 15
Comments
Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Lauren Beukes

Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Gail Schimmel

Gail Schimmel writes best-selling novels that have more twists and turns than Kyalami: Marriage Vows, Whatever Happened to the Cowley Twins?, The Park; and The Accident. Her most recent novel, the two week-old Two Months is a psychological thriller. Primary school teacher Erica and her husband Kenneth have a great life: Erica loves her job, loves her husband but one morning she wakes up and has forgotten the last two months of her life. She begins to piece together what has happened with terrible consequences. You will probably laugh and maybe even cry as the story unfolds but you will certainly gasp when it ends…

17 minAPR 14
Comments
Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Gail Schimmel

Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Chris Whitfield

Today’s Amabookabooka guest has written two very different books - On Your Bike, which is a guide to mountain biking in South Africa. The second is Paper Tiger: Iqbal Survé and the downfall of Independent Newspapers, which is a riveting account of what happened to the Cape Times when it was taken over by the controversial businessman. Chris Whitfield, who wrote On Your Bike with his brother Tim, is an accomplished mountain biker with four Cape Epic Finisher’s T-shirts hanging in his cupboard. He wrote Paper Tiger with Alide Dasnois, the erstwhile editor of the Cape Times who was fired by Survé the morning after Nelson Mandela died. Chris, who was the most senior editorial person in Independent when it was taken over by Survé, had a front-row seat to the unfolding drama.

14 minAPR 13
Comments
Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Chris Whitfield

Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Paul Morris

Confronting the ghosts of war Paul Morris went to Angola in 1987. He was a young soldier who had been conscripted into the South African Defence Force as it waged a brutal bush war against its neighbours. For 25 years Angola was the country of Paul’s nightmares. He returned to the country in 2012 - this time he wasn’t a 20-year-old soldier in an army’s armoured buffel; he was a middle-aged man on a bicycle. He cycled 1500km across the country to witness Angola in peacetime; to enjoy the beauty of the bush and to meet the people who live there. One of the people he met was Roberto, a Cuban, who had been fighting in Angola against the apartheid army - the meeting with Roberto was the most profound moment of Paul’s life. In Back to Angola, Paul's memoir published in 2014, he writes about a journey that took him back into the past as well as into the present.

20 minAPR 12
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Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Paul Morris
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