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  • A Man of Good Hopeby Jonny Steinberg

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2014; US$ 21.88

    IN JANUARY 1991, when civil war came to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, two-thirds of the city?s population fled. Among them was eight-year-old Asad Abdullahi. His mother murdered by a militiaman, his father somewhere in hiding, he was swept alone into the great wartime migration that scattered the Somali people throughout sub-Saharan Africa... more...

  • Sizwe's Testby Jonny Steinberg

    Simon & Schuster 2008; US$ 22.99

    At the age of twenty-nine, Sizwe Magadla is among the most handsome, well-educated, and richest of the men in his poverty-stricken village. Dr. Hermann Reuter, a son of old South West African stock, wants to show the world that if you provide decent treatment, people will come and get it, no matter their circumstances. Sizwe and Hermann live at... more...

  • Little Liberiaby Jonny Steinberg

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2011; US$ 20.42

    On Park Hill Avenue in New York City, almost everyone is Liberian. Most people know one another; if not by name, then by face. And yet neighbours do not ask one another what they did in Liberia, for the question is considered an accusation. Many people here fled Liberia?s brutal civil war, a conflict that claimed the lives of one in fourteen Liberians.... more...

  • Midlandsby Jonny Steinberg

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2010; US$ 17.50

    In the spring of 1999, in the beautiful hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, a young white farmer is shot dead on the dirt road running from his father's farmhouse to his irrigation fields. The murder is the work of assassins rather than robbers; a single shot behind the ear, nothing but his gun stolen, no forensic evidence like spent cartridges... more...

  • Notes From A Fractured Countryby Jonny Steinberg

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2010; US$ 17.50

    In this selection of his Business Day columns, Jonny Steinberg walks through Pollsmoor Prison on the eve of the invasion of Iraq and believes he sees in the jail's corridors why the US's impending war in the Middle East will fail. He meets a poverty-stricken old man who spends most of his state pension maintaining a black Mercedes Benz, and explains... more...

  • The Numberby Jonny Steinberg

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2010; US$ 17.50

    On 9 June 2003, a 43-year-old coloured man named Magadien Wentzel walked out of Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town. Behind him lay a lifelong career in the 28s, South Africa's oldest and most reviled prison gang, for decades rumoured to have specialised in rape and robbery. In front of him lay the prospect of a law-abiding future, and life in a household... more...

  • Thin Blueby Jonny Steinberg

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2010; US$ 14.58

    A country is policed only to the extent that it consents to be. When that consent is withheld, cops either negotiate or withdraw. Once they do this, however, they are no longer police; their role becomes something far murkier. Several months before they exploded into xenophobic violence, Jonny Steinberg travelled the streets of Alexandra, Reiger... more...

  • Three-Letter Plagueby Jonny Steinberg

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2010; US$ 17.50

    At the age of 29, Sizwe Magadia is among the most handsome, well-educated, and richest of the men in his poverty-striken village in rural Transkei. Dr Hermann Reuter, a son of old South West African stock, wants to prove to the world that if you provide decent treatment, people will come and get it, no matter their circumstances. Already, Sizwe... more...

  • A Man of Good Hopeby Jonny Steinberg

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 26.95

    From one of South Africa's most distinguished journalists-the wrenching, masterfully told story of a Somali man whose life has been shaped equally by violence, displacement, and fierce determination. Asad Abdullahi's life has been one of brutality and struggle, but also of remarkable strength of spirit. He was forced into exile in 1991 at the age... more...

  • Three Letter Plagueby Jonny Steinberg

    Random House 2011; US$ 12.94

    At the end of a steep gravel road in one of the remotest corners of South Africa's Eastern Cape lies the village of Ithanga. Home to a few hundred villagers, the majority of them unemployed, it is inconceivably poor. It is to here that award-winning author Jonny Steinberg travels to explore the lives of a community caught up in a battle to survive... more...