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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.

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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.

    Amabookabooka: Michiel Heyns

    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 min
    Amabookabooka: Bruce Whitfield

    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 min
    Amabookabooka: Heinrich Böhmke

    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 min
    Amabookabooka Dave Muller

    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 of hope and, eventually, freedom!
    After 33 days of lockdown, we could all use a bit of hope ... and some
    Stage 4 freedom.

    • 29 min
    Amabookabooka: Marcus Low

    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.

    • 20 min
    Amabookabooka: The quarantine chronicles - Matthew Buckland

    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 min

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