Margie Orford

A feminist finds fulfilment in derided ‘women’s work’

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Like many women in mid-life, Marina Benjamin found herself caring for the very young and the elderly – leading her to ‘a radical feminist turn’

The lost world of the Karoo

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Julia Blackburn’s Dreaming the Karoo is the diary of a very bad year: from March 2020, when a research trip…

Ethel, Ella and all that jazz: the soundtrack of a Chicago childhood

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Margo Jefferson’s Constructing a Nervous System compresses memoir and cultural criticism into one slim, explosive volume, and in doing so…

Patterns in the grass: The Perfect Golden Circle, by Benjamin Myers, reviewed

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The Perfect Golden Circle is ostensibly about male friendship. Two men, flotsam of the 1980s – Calvert, a Falklands veteran,…

Savagery in the Cape Colony: Red Dog, by Willem Anker, reviewed

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Red Dog is an ambitious hybrid of a book. It was published in South Africa to wide acclaim in 2014…