The Book Show: Memoirs and biographies

This week on The Book Show, Jenny Crwys-Williams chats to Redi Tlhabi about biographies and memoirs, a genre that has always been in the bestseller category.

She talks to John Berks about his biography written by Robin Bickes, has a conversation with South African actress Louise Sinclair about the iconic Maggie Smith, and finally chats to Redi Tlhabi about The Fordsburg Fighter, the first Indian to every join MK, Amin Cajee.

John Berks was one of the founders of talk radio in South Africa. His influence still affects us, and people remember his long career with a mixture of awe and nostalgia. And he was in right at the beginning of Radio 702. What a Boykie is the story of his life, and he joins Jenny Crwys-Williams in studio to talk about it.

WHAT A BOYKIE BY ROBIN BINCKES (30 Degrees South Publishers)

Paperback : R302.00

The biography of the life of Maggie Smith by Michael Coveney, Maggie Smith, about the famous actress most people remember recently through her iconic role as the dowager in Downtown Abbey.

Jenny Crwys-Willams chats to South African actress Louise Sinclair about the book.

And listen to clips of the Dowager's one-liners from Downtown Abbey.

MAGGIE SMITH – A BIOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL COVENEY (Jonathan Ball)

Paperback : R393.00

Listen to audio clips from an interview Redi Tlhabi did with Amin Cajee whose powerful story of life as a member of the armed wing of the African National Congress, Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) is told in the biography The Fordsburg Fighter. Cajee was the first Indian member of MK.

FORDSBURG FIGHTER by AMIN CAJEE (as told to Terry Bell) Paperback: R220

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