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Released every Monday at 7 am, Pagecast Season 1 offers you insider interviews with recently published authors and their latest books. We look into the process of writing these books, explore the narratives within and provide you with the story behind the story.

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Released every Monday at 7 am, Pagecast Season 1 offers you insider interviews with recently published authors and their latest books. We look into the process of writing these books, explore the narratives within and provide you with the story behind the story.

    Gaslight by Femi Kayode

    Gaslight by Femi Kayode

    Thank you for tuning into this episode of Pagecast, presented by Jonathan Ball Publishers.

    Today's episode features Gaslight by Femi Kayode.

    In this follow-up to Kayode's "action-packed and spirited debut" Philip Taiwo returns to solve a missing-persons case, and in so doing, uncovers dark secrets the church has worked tirelessly to hide.

    From the very first chapter, Femi Kayode’s Gas Light immerses you in a world brimming with drama, psychological twists, and intrigue. Kayode's storytelling is both thrilling and imaginative, leaving readers eagerly anticipating each turn. The novel explores the paradox of a Forbes-celebrated pastor-bishop who operates in the nexus of old and new wealth, yet faces severe public scrutiny. As tensions rise and suspicions grow, the question remains: in a world where so many feel uneasy, who or what is truly to blame?

    In this episode, Femi engages in an lovely conversation with Dr Wamuwi Mbao — writer, essayist and English Lecturer at Stellenbosch University.

    Enjoy!

    • 43 min
    High Times, by Roy Isacowitz and Jeremy Gordin

    High Times, by Roy Isacowitz and Jeremy Gordin

    High Times is the true story of Michael Medjuck, whose taste for weed, women and the good life led him from late-1960s Johannesburg to notoriety as one of the biggest hash and weed smugglers in North America.

    From his base in Vancouver, Michael built up a smuggling network that supplied dealers in scores of cities across Canada and the United States. The proceeds of smuggling afforded this former King David High School pupil a lifestyle of hedonistic excess – the finest wines, the most glamorous hookers, the best weed in the world.

    In 1991, Michael was nabbed by US federal agents while smuggling an enormous shipload of Afghani hash into the West Coast of Canada. Put on trial as the scheme’s mastermind, Michael was convicted and sentenced to 24 years behind bars. His US prison experiences, from dingy county lock-ups to brutal federal penitentiaries, are the stuff of legend. Eventually, a chance remark to his lawyer led to his early release and return to Canada.

    After barely a year of freedom, Michael was again arrested – this time in Spain for an ill-judged cocaine-smuggling venture – and sentenced to another prison term of nine years.

    This is Michael’s extraordinary story, as told to fellow South Africans Roy Isacowitz, author and journalist, and the late Jeremy Gordin, award-winning journalist, editor and author.

    Roy Isacowitz is an author and journalist, now retired in Tel Aviv.

    The late Jeremy Gordin is an award-winning journalist, editor and author.

    • 26 min
    The Wolf Hunt by Justin Fox

    The Wolf Hunt by Justin Fox

    Thanks for listening to this episode of Pagecast, brought to you by Jonathan Ball Publishers. 

    Todays episode features the phenomenal Justin Fox chatting about his latest book - The Wolf Hunt.

    The Wolf Hunt is the second book in the thrilling Jack Pembroke series, each of which is a stand-alone story.

    In this book - Lieutenant Jack Pembroke moves from England to South Africa, where he commands an anti-submarine flotilla in Cape Town. He must quickly prepare his men for Nazi U-boats threatening the vital Cape convoy route during World War II. With Rommel's forces active in North Africa, this sea route is crucial for Allied supplies. The enemy, led by kapitan Wolfgang Brand, also carries a South African spy intent on sabotage. Jack's mission to escort a convoy to Durban while evading U-boats becomes a tense cat-and-mouse game, pushing him and his men to their limits in "The Wolf Hunt."

    In this episode, Justin is in conversation with novellist and lecturer Dr Ronald Irwin.

    Enjoy!

    • 48 min
    Moederland: Nine Daughters of South Africa by Cato Pedder

    Moederland: Nine Daughters of South Africa by Cato Pedder

    In this episode of Pagecast, Cato Pedder, author of Moederland: Nine Daughters of South Africa, is in conversation with Maryam Adams, Publicist at Jonathan Ball Publishers.

    About the book:
    Moederland: Nine Daughters of South Africa is a fascinating, unflinching and forensic work of non-fiction by Cato Pedder, the great-granddaughter of Jan Smuts, the South African prime minister responsible for heralding the age of apartheid.

    Moederland is a courageous and modern appraisal of what it means to be descended from the people who created the ultra-racist apartheid system in South Africa.

    Illuminating its turbulent history through the lives of her female ancestors, it is a history of South Africa like no other, told from the perspective of women long silenced in the historical narrative.

    It asks, what were they doing while white supremacy was constructed?

    In Moederland, Pedder travels the centuries from the 1600s, when Cape Town was a remote outpost of the Dutch East India Company, to the kraal of a Zulu king in the 1800s before doubling back to Europe and then culminating with the English Quaker aunt who defies apartheid to marry across the colour line. As anti-racist campaigners call out the statue of Jan Smuts in Parliament Square, Cato painstakingly excavates the long-forgotten life stories of the women of her prehistory, unpacking the legacy of her Afrikaans heritage and bringing their collective shame into the light.

    Moederland brilliantly sits at the borderline between personal history and memoir, and shares themes with The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal, The Wife’s Tale by Aida Edemariam and Maybe Esther by Katja Petrowskaja, both of which use unknown forebears to throw new light on the troubled past. It will also appeal to readers of Damon Galgut’s Booker Prize winning novel, The Promise.

    About the author:
    Cato Pedder was born into the Quaker Clark shoe family and is a former newspaper reporter with 15 years of experience in South Africa and the UK, including at the Johannesburg Star and The Sun. She graduated from Cambridge University in English Literature and holds further degrees in African Studies from SOAS and Creative Writing from Kingston University, where she won the academic prize. She is a published poet, was born in California and brought up in England. She has lived in South Africa and returns there regularly.

    • 34 min
    No One Dies Yet by Kobby Ben Ben

    No One Dies Yet by Kobby Ben Ben

    Thanks for listening to this episode of Pagecast, brought to you by Jonathan Ball Publishers. 

    Todays episode features the phenomenal Kobby Ben Ben chatting about - No One Dies Yet.

    A genre-breaking novel from a powerful new African voice.

    2019. The Year of the Return. It has been exactly 400 years since the first slave ships left Ghana for America. Ghana has now opened its doors to Black diasporans, encouraging them to return and get to know the land of their ancestors.

    Elton, Vincent, and Scott arrive from America to visit preserved sites from the transatlantic slave route, and to explore the country's underground queer scene. Their activities are narrated by their two combative guides: Kobby, their guide to Accra’s privileged circles; and Nana, the voice of tradition and religious principle. The pair's tense relationship sets the tone for what becomes a shocking and unsettling tale of murder that is at times funny, at times erotic, yet always outspoken and iconoclastic.

    In this episode, Kobby is in conversation with Lethabo Mailula, an academic at law, society and politics commentator and a cultural production critic

    Enjoy!

    • 46 min
    In a Thousand Different Ways by Cecelia Ahern

    In a Thousand Different Ways by Cecelia Ahern

    Thanks for listening to this episode of Pagecast, brought to you by Jonathan Ball Publishers. 

    Today’s episode features the the remarkable Cecelia Ahern - speaking about her book In a thousand different ways.

    Alice Kelly’s been given a gift, though if you were to ask Alice about it, she wouldn’t describe it as a gift….she’d call it a curse.

    Since the age of 8 years old, Alice has been able to see people’s feelings.

    That is the basis of Cecelia Ahern’s latest wonderful offering….

    In this epsiode of Pagecast, Cecelia is in conversation with Samantha Herbst, ‍ Writer. Editor. Content Creator.

    Enjoy!

    • 47 min

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