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The Dark Seed is planted.

“There was a dark, threatening cloud hanging over me. I was on a train hurtling in a direction that I did not want to go. I needed to change pace, alter the trajectory. I needed to slow down, park for a while and choose a new path. I knew that to accomplish this I would need to do the most unexpected and crazy thing and I would also have to take the biggest risk of my life. But sometimes, to get yourself off the road to nowhere and onto the road to somewhere, you need to be a little more than brave. When chasing a dream that leads you into darkness before it shows you the light, you have to close your eyes and just jump in, feet first, hoping for the best. I thought that the journey into the dark would be so tough that it would be a natural catalyst for change. Instead, what I found was that the journey back to the light would be more grueling, painful and punishing and that the true catalyst was finding the ability to hold on tight and not fall into the abyss.” – Lily Reed, Author

Dark Seed

This book is for all who have been pushed off course. For anyone who is clinging onto the cliff, looking down at the abyss and wondering how to get out.

This is the most compelling, real life story of the horrific rape and subsequent healing of the human spirit. This book will take you on a journey of adventure, courage and insight into a very private world often ignored and swept under the carpet. The author seamlessly weaves the story of her life with heart-wrenching honesty, humour and raw emotion.


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A truly African theme runs through the entire novel, with local phrases and vivid descriptions of her travels through this mesmerizing continent. You will feel like to you have travelled with her and endured this roller coaster right by her side.


A non-fiction true-life drama that will have you riveted to your seat and leave you breathless from the first page to the last.


Follow the link below to listen to Lily’s interview with Gareth Cliff:

Lily Reed


Follow the link below to listen to Lily’s interview on Cape Talk:


Follow the link below to read more about her story covered in the False Bay Echo:


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Meer as ‘n Metafoor is launching!!

Don’t miss the launch of the incredible work Meer as ‘n Metafoor written by Maryna Blomerus taking place this Saturday.


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Moderne wetenskap bevestig vandag wat filosowe vir eeue reeds verkondig, naamlik dat die wêreld ‘daar buite’ en die beelde wat ons in ons koppe daarvan ronddra, totaal verskillende werklikhede is. Hoe hulle verskil, is die reis waarop Maryna Blomerus haar lesers in Meer as ’n Metafoor wil neem.


Die verstommende gevolgtrekking waartoe Meer as ’n Metafoor kom, naamlik dat die heelal ’n rekenaar-gegenereerde hologram is, word deur die teorieë en eksperimente van sommige van die grootste geeste in die wetenskap ondersteun. Die rekenaar-metafoor verskaf ’n nuttige analogie om te demonsteer hoe baie van die natuur se ‘paranormale’ eienskappe as ‘doodnormaal’ verduidelik kan word aan die hand van hierdie metafoor. Die vraag waarmee die leser egter gekonfronteer word, is of die analogie nie meer is as ’n metafoor nie, en of die heelal nie reeds die soort superintelligente, kunsmatige intelligensie is wat trans- en poshumaniste vandag glo in die nabye toekoms gebou sal word nie.

Meer as 'n MetafoorMeer as ’n Metafoor ontsluit die diepte en krag van ’n heelal wat volgens die beginsels van selfverwysing en holisme, soos uitgelê deur Jan Smuts in Holism and Evolution, in beheer is van sy eie ewolusie, en redeneer dat die mens die kollektiewe oog is waarmee hierdie heelal homself ken, waarneem en voortdurend herskep.



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The Coffee Route 2018 is brewing!

Do not miss the launch of The Coffee Route 2018 next week. Loaded with more coffee shops and incredible maps, photos and information this book is a must have for all coffee lovers!!


Coffee Route 2018


“There is a real coffee culture in and around Cape Town.

Coffee shops are where Capetonians meet up with friends, catch up on emails, read, write, contemplate the view, contemplate the carrot cake, contemplate life…”

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National Women’s Day

On 9 August 1956 one of the most historic events in the struggle for freedom and women’s rights in South Africa, took place in Pretoria. It was on this day that more than 20 000 women of different races staged a march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act (commonly known as the pass laws) of 1950.


They left petitions containing more than 100 000 signatures at prime minister J.G. Strijdom’s office doors. Outside they stood silently for 30 minutes, many with their children on their backs. The women sang a protest song that was composed in honour of the occasion: Wathint’Abafazi Wathint’imbokodo!(Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock.). In the 58 years since, the phrase (or its latest incarnation: “you strike a woman, you strike a rock“) has come to represent women’s courage and strength in South Africa.

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Womans Day March

The march was organised by the Federation of South African Women (FSAW) and was led by four remarkable women: Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophie Williams De Bruyn.

The march was a resounding success and South Africa recognises the bravery of these women who risked arrest, detention and banning by declaring 9 August National Women’s Day.


Today, we also use the public holiday to celebrate the remarkable achievements and the tenacious spirits of the fearless females who continue to advocate for change, defy norms and stand up for what they believe in.


We are women from every part of South Africa.
We are women of every race, we come from the cities and the towns, from the reserves and the villages.
We come as women united in our purpose to save the African women from the degradation of passes…
In the name of women of South Africa, we say to you, each one of us, African, European, Indian, Coloured, that we are opposed to the pass system. We voters and voteless, call upon your Government not to issue passes to African women.
We shall not rest until ALL pass laws and all forms of permits restricting our freedom have been abolished.
We shall not rest until we have won for our children their fundamental rights of freedom, justice, and security.

– Taken from a Petition presented to the Prime Minister on 9 August 1956.

Join us on August 12th as we celebrate South African women  

Women's Day

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Celebrate Women’s month in Woodstock

August is women’s month. Xavier Nagel Agencies and Bibliophilia Bookstore have joined forces to bring you an amazing event taking place in Woodstock on August 12th. Join us for an evening of art, music, food, poetry and an opportunity to celebrate local women who are not only talented, but are beacons of inspiration for women everywhere.


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Latest Prufrock is out now!

Prufrock is South Africa’s best magazine of new writing. In it you will find fiction, non-fiction and poetry in all of South Africa’s languages. It was first launched in May 2013 and continues to be an amazing source for new talent.

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The latest edition is titled Sol Plaaitjie: Two articles and it includes the work of  a few of the contributors mentioned below.





Andre Sales is a bookseller at Clarke’s Bookshop, and hosts occasional dinner parties at his home in the Bo-Kaap as La Petite Mort. To come to one of these dinner parties, email him at


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Genna Gardini is the author of Matric Rage (uHlanga, 2015), a collection of poetry from which her contribution in this issue is taken. She currently lives in Cape Town, where she works as a teacher and critic.


Phil Kramer is a musician, dj and very infrequent animator. he is currently at work on his first studio album, end of an era. you can reach him at

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Rosa Lyster is a writer living in Cape Town. Her first book of poems, Modern Rasputin, will be published later this year.



Helen sullivan is the editor of Prufrock and writes a monthly column at

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“Gorgeously illustrated fable” now distributed by XNA!

Louisa Punt-Fouché holds a D.Phil Degree in Psychology and has more than 30 years experience as a clinical psychologist, researcher, and lecturer in the field of Jungian psychology.

Louisa is also an established visual artist, author, yoga instructor, canteadora (keeper of stories) and activist for animal rights. Three years ago she and her husband moved to the Prince Albert Valley where they live and work on the Kredouw Olive Farm. She also makes jewellery and environmentally friendly vegan olive oil products.

Some of her previous books include Webs of Enchantment and Daar is kewers in my ruggraat.


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Click on the link below to learn more about this incredible author and artist.






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The perfect project!

Are you looking to adopt a dog? Support a worthy cause? Looking for a book with beautiful portraits of rescue dogs? Well…..look no further!


MuttsAs animal lovers we at XNA are proud to support this amazing project.


Mutts the Book

Mutts is a coffee table book of beautiful rescue dog portraits and their inspirational stories which will be sold to raise funds for two doggy charities.

Quirky, loving, strong, spirited, loyal and special….mixed breed dogs boast all of these qualities and more.  Yet, they are sadly overlooked because too many people perceive them as ordinary and somehow inferior to pure breed dogs.

The truth is that animal shelters are bursting at the seams with these unique animals but they are often the last choice to be adopted because they don’t fall into a specific breed category.

‘Mutts’ will showcase the incredible variety and beauty of mixed breed dogs and offer readers a glimpse into their great personalities, loving natures and incredible stories of second chances.

No dog lover’s coffee table will be complete without it.

MuttsTo support this cause and ensure that ‘Mutts’ is available in bookstores, please see the link below.

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If you’re in JHB this weekend…..

There is something VERY exciting happening at Love Books on Saturday…..Florence and Watson and The Sugarbush Mouse will be read by none other than the hilarious Rob Van Vuuren.

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Tell your friends and family and make sure you don’t miss out on this fun filled morning.













Rob van Vuuren