Exciting news from Burnet Media is that we will be providing digital readers with a fully-fledged app solution for Android and iOS devices. In partnership with Berg + Bach, a small international company specialized in digital publishing, we will be digitally re-launching some of our bestsellers within the next few weeks.
Berg and Bach will provide a feature-rich and immersive experience when reading selected Burnet Media titles on your mobile device. Berg + Bach earlier launched apps for The Big Issue South Africa and Zapiro. Part of Burnet Media’s eBook strategy includes making these titles available on dedicated eReaders such as the Amazon Kindle, and the recently-introduced Kobo.
Alexander Parker’s 50 Flippen Brilliant South Africans is achieving what it set out to do – that is, get conversation going with its entirely subjective and often controversial list of brilliant Saffers. Having been interviewed on Talk Radio 702, SAfm, and 567 Cape Talk, the author has found himself defending his selections, and agreeing with others. The book has just entered the top ten non-fiction Adult titles and has received favourable reviews, even from those who may have found issue with the list of fifty. The following radio personalities had this to say about the book:
“It’s a fabulous book [with] some fabulous, fabulous stories” – Bruce Whitfield, The Money Show, 702
“As is the case with any reader of a list of 50 flippen brilliant anythings, there are going to be some fairly significant disagreements, some raised eyebrows, some ‘yep I’m with you on that one’, and quite a lot of whatabouts… One of the many joys of a book like this is that it does provide opportunity for debate” – John Maytham, Cape Talk
“I think it’s a fantastic book and it could quite obviously lead on to another book… What more could you want for Christmas?” – Jenny Crwys-Williams
Brian Rostron of Business Day also hailed the book as an informative piece of popular history, writing the following: “Written with conviction and brio, this could make a flippen useful Christmas gift”.
Listeners of Kieno Kammies’s show on 567 Cape Talk will be pleased to know that copies of the book are being given away as book prizes on his ’3-2-1′ competition throughout the week. You can listen to all the recorded interviews below, and follow Alex on Twitter to get the latest on 50 Flippen Brilliant South Africans.
John Maytham interviews Alexander Parker on 567 CapeTalk: Download Nancy Richards interviews Alex Parker on SAfm: Download Jenny Crwys-Williams interviews Alex Parker on 702: Download Bruce Whitfield interviews Alex Parker on The Money Show: Download
About the book: The eagerly anticipated 50 Flippen Brilliant South Africans, by Alexander Parker and Tim Richman and with cartoons by Zapiro, was launched in November 2012, having earned a coveted spot on the Exclusive Books 2012 Wish List. It is the follow-up to 50 People Who Stuffed Up South Africa, which has sold more than40,000 copies, was shortlisted for the 2011 Nielsen Bookseller’s Choice Award and was one of the top five trade titles of 2011.
The eagerly anticipated 50 Flippen Brilliant South Africans, by Alexander Parker and Tim Richman and with cartoons by Zapiro, was launched in November 2012, having earned a coveted spot on the Exclusive Books 2012 Wish List. It is the follow-up to 50 People Who Stuffed Up South Africa, which has sold more than 40,000 copies, was shortlisted for the 2011 Nielsen Bookseller’s Choice Award and was one of the top five trade titles of 2011.
About the book:
Although 50 Flippen Brilliant South Africans brings more of a positive spin to proceedings, it is sure to get the conversation going with its entirely subjective and often controversial list of brilliant Saffers. (We said ‘brilliant’, not ‘nice’.) Of course, there are the great statesmen (Mandela, Luthuli, Smuts), the landmark achievers (Charlize Theron, Chris Barnard) and the incredible talents (Miriam Makeba, Irma Stern), but the lesser-knowns will also make a case. For example, Ntshingwayo Khoza, the conqueror at Isandlwana; Ampie Roux, our very own atom-bomb creator; Ryan Sandes, the world’s best trail runner…From space adventurers (Mark Shuttleworth) and fighter pilots (Sailor Malan) to entrepreneurs (Elon Musk) and environmentalists (Ian Player), this is a raucous celebration of the country we call home, and the perfect partner to 50 People Who Stuffed Up South Africa – proving that you just can’t have the bad without the good…
About the contributors:
Alexander Parker is a freelance journalist and writer, and a history buff. He is car editor of Business Day and author of 25 Cars To Drive Before You Die as well as 50 People Who Stuffed Up South Africa.
Tim Richman is a writer, editor and publisher. He is the co-author of the best-selling Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? series, as well as a number of other titles.
Zapiro is widely regarded as South Africa’s foremost political cartoonist. His popular cartoons appear regularly in various publications and his annual collections invariably top the best-seller lists.
David Bullard, author of ‘Out to Lunch …Ungagged’ and Bruce Sutherland, cartoonist and creator of ‘Faceless’, will chat about their work, and share some insights while you have a bite to eat and something to drink at EnGedi, the Oasis in the Cradle’s Bistro.
David Bullard wrote the iconic Out to Lunch column for the Sunday Times for 14 years. When the ST editor suddenly decided that his readers were too stupid to understand irony, the column moved to the internet where it ran for another three years to great acclaim. Apart from writing regular columns for countless magazines, Bullard also presented Car Torque on SABC 3 for five years and has published four best-sellers. The latest, “ Out to Lunch-Ungagged”, is a collection of his writing from the time he left the Sunday Times. It’s available in all good book shops and a few not so good ones. He currently writes for Playboy and Whisky magazine and has a few other interesting offers to consider.
Bruce Sutherland spent 23 years in the corporate IT world. In 2008, as a victim of restructuring, he found himself with a lot of time on his hands and finally knuckled down to something he’d contemplated doing for a long time, and so Faceless was born in 2009. As it gained a following, strips were spotted in the wild (behind toilet doors, on other websites, in emails sent on by friends and in Playboy South Africa), and there was an increasing demand for a book. Although Faceless amuses and entertains, its hard-core content is also bound to shock you out of your apathy. In this comic strip there are no holy cows – the comments and observations, and generally taking the Mickey out of people, are aimed at everyone.
As the original Hebrew name suggests, EnGedi literally is an oasis. This multi-purpose venue, located in The Cradle of Humankind, provides a natural haven which is focused on providing an oasis to guests.
I wonder how many of you are aware that the Axe television – advert depicting angels falling from the sky to seek an unattractive geek wearing the deodorant – has been pulled off air.
An offended viewer complained to South Africa’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that the advertisement was some kind of affront to the dearly beloved who believe in the heavenliness of angels.
I may have deviated somewhat from the righteous path in recent times, but I understand the gripe.
I find the idea of my favourite angel, Gabriel, having desires of a carnal nature rather disturbing. Where does it end? An ad portraying Gabriel lusting after a steak-clad Lady Gaga?
But fear not. The clear-thinking sages at the ASA must have been on a recent omega-3 loading diet, because when they applied their fish-oil-saturated, sober minds to the complaint, they agreed with the complainant.
Having passed on the mantle of “South African Caveman” to the hilarious Alan Committie in 2006, local theatre legend Tim Plewman transposed the world’s most successful theatre comedy from the stage to the page.
“Defending the Caveman”, the play, opens for its 11th season at the Theatre on the Bay, Camps Bay, tonight, starring Committie and directed by Plewman. The show runs until Saturday 19 April, with performances Tuesday to Friday at 8pm and Saturdays at 5pm and 8pm.
Well, that’s if you believe a bitter, whingeing expat web-trawler from Boyne Island in Australia…
The ‘well-known author and public figure’ in question is yours truly. Yes, I know. Thank you very much. I hadn’t realised that my social standing had risen to such lofty heights, but perhaps our latest book has made a name for itself Down Under. The title in question is Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? in which the excerpt “Bitter Expats” appears. That’s the background to this dirty little story. Here’s the rest of it: (more…)
Chapter One of our offering for the newly single man, Rogue Male, in which author Tom Rymour reintroduces concepts like le reservoir.
THE MISSION STATEMENT
This book is for the fellow who suddenly finds himself single again after a life-altering spell of cohabitation. Perhaps it has only been a handful of years before he realised the error of his matrimonial ways, or maybe some decades have passed and it is not out of choice that he finds himself single again. Whatever the cause, his time of co-dependency has past, and he has been cast back into a world of female opportunity – both daunting and exciting.
I recall just such a fortyish fellow, fresh from divorce court. He’d been a faithful husband for 15 years and was a sexual Rip van Winkle, in both the social and technical senses. He had been out of circulation for so long, he’d forgotten condoms had a little bit on the end – what the French call le reservoir. (more…)