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The Magwood on Books podcast with Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins, author of the best-selling The Girl on the Train, discusses her new novel, Into the Water, the significance of water, family relationships, and writing relatable characters.

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The Magwood on Books podcast with Paul Auster

American novelist Paul Auster on his latest epic novel, 4 3 2 1, the unexpected, human possibility, autobiographical references in books, and the adventure of the unknown when writing fiction.

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The Magwood on Books podcast with John Boyne

John Boyne’s new novel The Heart’s Invisible Furies chronicles the life of a gay man in Dublin. Here he talks about the hypocrisy of the Catholic church, his determination to write strong female characters and how his deadpan humour serves the story.

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The Magwood on Books podcast with Fiona Melrose

MidwinterDebut author Fiona Melrose talks to Michele Magwood about her heartbreaking novel Midwinter and how her dyslexia shaped her ear for dialogue.

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The Magwood on Books Podcast: Phil Collins on his autobiography, Not Dead Yet

Not Dead YetPhil Collins looks back on an astounding career in his autobiography Not Dead Yet, from a dull suburban upbringing to the rare heights of superstardom.

He’s a surprisingly humble man:

I’m a musician. I got a chance to play with a few great people and that’s all I wanted to do. To play. Whether I was a pop star or not was irrelevant.

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The Magwood on Books Podcast: Karin Brynard chats about her new book, Our Fathers

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I write the kind of book that I would like to read.

- Karin Brynard

Our FathersKarin Brynard talks about her book Our Fathers and the crime writers she admires, from Agatha Christie to Mike Nicol.

Brynard’s first two novels, Plaasmoord and Onse vaders, took the South African market by storm, becoming instant bestsellers. She has won numerous literary awards, including the UJ Debut Prize for Creative Writing and two M-Net Awards.

Our Fathers is out now.

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The Magwood on Books Podcast: Marianne Thamm discusses her new memoir, Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and me

I constantly and publicly thank Bob Marley and marijuana for helping me escape a brutal, dull and claustrophobic world.

- Marianne Thamm

Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela And MeI chatted to Marianne Thamm about her new book Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela And Me: A Memoir of Sorts, growing up in Pretoria and her difficult relationship with her Nazi father.

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The Magwood on Books Podcast: Kenneth de Kok chats about his new memoir, Going Back to Say Goodbye

Going Back to Say GoodbyeKenneth de Kok visited the studio to chat about Going Back to Say Goodbye: A Boyhood on the Mine, his finely observed memoir of growing up in Stilfontein in the 1950s.

“I hoped that any emotional impact would be subtle,” he says, “that it wouldn’t be a sad or overly happy story, that it would just be.”

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The Magwood On Books Podcast: Carnie Matisonn discusses his book Degas’ Dust

Degas' DustYears ago a Johannesburg man set out to recover the art stolen from his family by the Nazis.

Degas’ Dust: Joburg Maverick’s Quest to Regain Nazi War Booty is the story of Carnie Matisson’s quest: a vivid tale that veers wildly from his rough childhood to the glamour of 1970s Hillbrow and the worlds of art and classical music, a story peopled with strippers and art dealers, sanctions-busting pilots and Mossad agents.

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The Magwood on Books Podcast: Don Pinnock discusses his book Gang Town

Gang TownVeteran journalist and criminologist Don Pinnock has written a landmark new book about the gangs of Cape Town, titled Gang Town.

The manuscript for the book won the prestigious City Press Non-fiction Award in 2013, and was published this year.

Here Pinnock talks about the making of a gangster, and sets out the steps to be taken to turn the problem around.

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