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Travels with my father-An autobiographical novel is launched!

Last night I was privileged to meet one of my favourite authors, Karen Jennings, who’s latest offering (Travels with my father-An autobiographical novel) was launched at the eclectic Book Lounge in Cape Town.

 

Jennings who holds Master’s degrees in both English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is a truly humble person.

I love my job!
I love my job!

During the long anticipated interview she answered the questions quietly as if trying not to draw attention to herself and although some questions were asked with certain intelligent answers in mind, Jennings replied as if she were sitting and chatting with a friend and gave brief and direct, yet profound details about her writing process.

 

One of my highlights of her interview was when she provided advice to writers in the audience saying: “Writing is hard work, you need days in your pajamas where you don’t comb your hair, you need lots of tea and naps.”

 

Jennings read two extracts from her book which is based on the life of her father and his influence on her life. In the footsteps of her father, Jennings travels the world where the relationship between members of the family is sensitively recorded.

 

Travels with my father-An autobiographical novelThe book examines Jennings life between losing her father and falling in love. It is a tale of humour, sadness, history and ultimately learning to grieve, love and how to fit the past into the present.

 

It is beautifully written and immensely satisfying to read. I would recommend this book to old and young alike….what are you waiting for? Go and buy it!

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The Coffee Route 2017 book launch!

On Wednesday the 26th of October the latest offering from the very talented Nicky Elliot and Yvette Wilsenach ‘The Coffee Route 2017’ was unveiled to the public at an incredible location (Haas) which is both a coffee and art shop and home to Kopi Luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world as well as Death Wish which has 200% more caffeine than a normal cup of coffee.

 

In their updated Coffee Route book, Nicky and Yvette have added another sixteen coffee shops around Cape Town. If you, like me are a lover of all things caffeine related…this book is for you. The Coffee route begins in the City Bowl, leads you through the Atlantic Seaboard, bends around the peninsula, visits a

Love is...
Love is…

few extravagant and quirky suburbs and then brings you into the greater Cape Town area, where coffee can be found in the hands of businessmen and women rushing to work, students congregating outside the university discussing the professors snore worthy lecture, and Moms in gym gear holding a take away coffee in one hand while pushing their child in the pram, controlling the dogs leash, sending an sms, opening the car door and taking a bite of their energy bar all at the same time.

 

The greatest thing about coffee is that it’s universal. No matter what language you speak (or pretend not to speak) we all understand the amazing gift that is caffeine. Whether you are looking for day trip ideas, Christmas presents or just a coffee table accessory The Coffee Route 2017 is a must have! Packed with information (including where to find wi fi and parking), beautiful images, maps and suggestions of historical sites to visit while en route makes this book a winner.

 

Get your copy of The Coffee Route 2017 today and enjoy the adventure!

 

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Woordfees bekendstelling van Kwakke, Kwinte en Kwale

Bemagtig jouself met inligting teen kwaksalwery, maan Claassen

Samantha Van Den Berg Donderdag 13 Maart 2014

Kwakke Woordfees foto 2014

Dr. George Claassen, ombudsman en wetenskapjoernalis (middel), gesels met dr. Harris Steinman, gesondheidsaktivis (links), en dr. Edwin Hertzog, stigter en nie-uitvoerende voorsitter van Mediclinic. Claassen se boek is gister by die US Woordfees bekend gestel.Foto: Samantha van den Berg

STELLENBOSCH. – Ons moet ons onsinverklikkers aanskakel en baie meer krities wees oor die aansprake wat oor produkte in advertensies gemaak word.

Só het dr. George Claassen, wetenskapjoernalis en ombudsman van Media24, gisteroggend by die bekendstelling van sy nuwe boek, Kwakke, kwinte en kwale, by die US Woordfees gesê. Claassen se boek handel oor kwaksalwery in Suid-Afrika. Dr. Edwin Hertzog, nie-uitvoerende voorsitter van Mediclinic, en dr. Harris Steinman, ’n gesondheidsaktivis, het aan die boekbespreking in die Boektent deelgeneem. Hertzog het die voorwoord vir die boek geskryf.

Claassen, Steinman en Hertzog was dit eens dat kwaksalwery net bestry kan word as mense hulself met inligting bemagtig.

Suid-Afrikaners moenie net produkte koop en dit propageer nie.

Volgens Hertzog het kwaksalwery en die verkoop van bogprodukte ver gevorder, omdat daar baie geld te maak is. Die Medisynebeheerraad behoort dit meer noukeurig te reguleer.

Steinman het egter aangevoer dat hy al verskeie produkte, wat onder meer beweer dat dit MIV/vigs kan genees, by die beheerraad aangemeld het. Hy het egter nog nie van die raad gehoor nie. “As die beheerraad niks omtrent hierdie produkte doen nie, is ons in die moeilikheid,” het hy gesê.

Claassen het gemaan dat die media ook ’n verantwoordelikheid het om nie kwaksalwery te adverteer nie.

Lesers kan by die ombudsman of die Gesagsliggaam vir Reklamestandaarde oor sulke advertensies kla.

“Jy moet jouself vra of die produk regtig kan werk. Daar is genoeg webwerwe om jouself met inligting te bemagtig,” het hy vervolg.

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