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Five Book Show Podcasts: My Chats with Tim Couzens, GG Alcock, Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Carol Campbell and Chris Karsten

Over the past few weeks five very different authors have joined me in the studio to discuss their latest books on the TM LIVE Book Show, which airs every Thursday at 2 PM.

Scroll down to listen to Tim Couzens discuss The Great Silence: From Mushroom Valley to Delville Wood, South African Forces in World War One, the first book by the new Sunday Times publishing imprint; GG Alcock chat about Third World Child: Born white, Zulu bred, in which he details his years growing up in a mud hut in Msinga; and finally Darrel Bristow-Bovey riffs on his recently launched memoir, One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo.

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First up, I chat to Chris Karsten and Carol Campbell:

Face-OffEsther's HouseBest-selling Afrikaans writer Chris Karsten has found a devoted new following since his books have been translated into English. The final instalment of his gripping Abel Lotz series has just been published, titled Face Off. Here he talks about creating his disturbing serial killer. Carol Campbell’s second novel Esther’s House is set in the sprawling shacklands of Oudtshoorn. It’s a moving story about the fight for housing in a corrupt system, and a community’s dignity and hope. She spoke to me about her deep love for the Karoo and its people.


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The Great SilenceA hundred years ago the world went to war, and South Africa was not spared its devastation. Professor Tim Couzens, one of the country’s foremost historians, has written a definitive account of South African involvement in the war, titled The Great Silence. Here he relives battles like Delville Wood and introduces some of the unforgettable characters of the conflict, such as the baboon who was a decorated soldier.


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Third World ChildGG Alcock is the original Zulu Blanc, a man raised in the remote, violent areas of KwaZulu-Natal. His book Third World Child chronicles his tough upbringing in a mud hut with no water or electricity. He speaks about his extraordinary parents and the insights his background has given him into the country today.


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One Midlife Crisis and a SpeedoThe celebrated columnist Darrel Bristow-Bovey is in top form as he wrestles with the manopause in One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo. Listen to him sounding off about Tim Noakes, Facebook and aphrodisiacs.


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Book details

  • The Great Silence: From Mushroom Valley to Delville Wood, South African Forces in World War One by Tim Couzens
    EAN: 9781920380359
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