Alan Morris recently spoke to Penny Haw about his book, Missing and Murdered: A Personal Adventure in Forensic Anthropology, which he wrote after realising how fascinated people were by the stories he told at dinner parties about his work in forensic anthropology.
Read the interview to find out why “teeth are something of a subplot” in Missing and Murdered:
When, in the early 1970s, Alan Morris had to select a major for his degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, in Canada, he settled on biology. And why not? He did, after all, enjoy fishing.
Little did he imagine that within five years he’d be living in SA — never to leave. Or that he’d become one of the country’s leading forensic anthropologists or, as he prefers, “a physical anthropologist or anatomist with a knowledge base of skeletal biology, which means I know a great deal about the human skeleton … I know a lot about it when you’re dead and I know a reasonable amount when you’re alive”.
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Financial planner Jillian Howard joined Leanne Manas in studio at Morning Live last month to discuss her recently published series of financial pocket guides: The Best Pocket Guide Ever for a Financially Secure Retirement, The Best Pocket Guide Ever for Minimising Insurance, The Best Pocket Guide Ever for Eliminating Debt and The Best Pocket Guide Ever for Wealth-building Investment.
Howard tells Manas she chose to focus the books on those particular topics as they were the four things that clients regularly ask her about. They discuss how in the past people didn’t retire, they simply worked until they were unable to continue, but now companies want employees to retire at 65, a trend which Howard says she hopes will change. She suggests finding a job in a different line of work or consulting for people forced to retire.
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Howard was also interviewed by Ray White on Talk Radio 702 about her pocket guide series. She shares her tips for what to do if you have a little bit of extra money left over at the end of the month:
Paul Morris went to Angola in 1987 as a reluctantly conscripted soldier, and two years ago he returned to the country to replace the war map of the country in his head with one of peace, writing about these two experiences in Back to Angola.
In this video, shared by Random House Struik, Morris speaks about the intense emotions that rose to the surface while cycling through Angola: “It was like some energy was trapped, which I needed to do something with and this very physical journey, which had this very strong parallel inner journey running alongside it, that really seems to have finished it for me.”
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In The Somme Chronicles: South Africans on the Western Front Chris Schoeman tells the gripping stories of the men of the 1st South African Infantry Brigade via their letters and diaries, providing an invaluable, human account of one of history’s most devastating conflicts, the Great War. The publication of this book coincides with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of what would later become known as the First World War.
Read this excerpt, shared on Amazon, which includes the preface, introduction and first chapter of this military history book. In the preface Schoeman explains why he felt drawn to the topic and dedicates the book to the “hundreds of thousands of soldiers on both sides” who “suffered unspeakable trauma, agony and hardship.”
In the European summer of 1916, a few thousand South African men found themselves in muddy trenches along the Somme River in France. They were there out of choice, having volunteered to sail across the sea to fight in the Great War with the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front of Europe. Fired with patriotism, at first they could not wait to get there, but before long they must have wondered what they got themselves into, as their world shrank to mud and filth, hunger, thirst and exhaustion. The continual crack of bursting shells was a stark reminder that death was their constant companion.
Craig Urquhart’s The Kings of Swing tells the stories of South Africa’s top golfers. In the chapter titled “The Black Knight”, which has been shared by Namibiana Buchdepot, Urquhart writes about the nerves that Gary Player had to overcome at the 1962 Masters.
After hitting a mental block before the game Player managed to calm himself before starting to play: “The South African had learnt at an early age that pure talent can only take one so far and that the mind must take over and lead the body into that realm of perfection. And years of mental training, meditation and self-hypnosis had taught him that the mind can be trained to uphold the nerves.”
When Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Dow Finsterwald were all square coming off the 18th green at the 1962 Masters, the young South African had to dig deep – very deep – just to be able to show up for the play-off the following day. With shafts of soft light streaming through the Georgia pines, the contest was proving to be as dramatic as the setting. But it was also proving to be too much for the foreigner, who found sanctuary back in his room. Sleep did not come easily that night, and he experienced some kind of mental block about the decider. “I just didn’t want to go,” he later recalled. His friend, George Blumberg, was tasked with transporting him from their rented house through the traffic and huge crowds to 2604 Washington Road and down Magnolia Lane – flanked on either side by those majestic 60 magnolia trees – which lead to the clubhouse.
Jonathan Kaplan recently spoke to Jenny Crwys-Williams on Talk Radio 702 about his memoir Call It Like It Is: The Jonathan Kaplan story, written by Mike Behr.
Kaplan explains why he felt the need to tell his story: “For me it was about putting things down to enhance the legacy of the work that I did while I was still active.” He shares that he found Behr in an unusual way, noting that he didn’t necessarily want to work with a rugby writer. “I wanted someone outside the rugby realm,” says Kaplan.
Listen to the podcast where Crwys-Williams and Kaplan discuss the highs and lows of writing this memoir with someone whose conversation style differs so much from his own:
Zebra Press and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of Justice Denied: The Role of Forensic Science in the Miscarriage of Justice by David Klatzow.
The event will take place on Monday, 28 July, at 5:30 for 6 PM.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, 22 July.
Don’t miss it!
Random House Struik is giving one lucky person the opportunity to win a crime combo of two new books: Justice Denied by David Klatzow and Finders Weepers by Penny Lorimer.
Enter before 31 July to stand a chance of winning, just answer this easy question and fill in your details on the Random House Struik website:
Question: Who wrote Justice Denied?
A. Ed Klatzow
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Become Your Own Financial Advisor author Warren Ingram has written a column for Business Day in which he tries to answer an important question: How should investors react to the troubling economic woes South Africa is currently faced with?
Listing local issues which could have negative long-term economic implications, Ingram says that they will probably not have an impact on the stock market, noting that this is the “silver lining” of the grim economic situation: “The truth is, South African stock market investors are increasingly immunised against South Africa’s economic woes because a large proportion of our listed companies are no longer linked to the fortunes of the local economy.”
As more of our largest companies migrate into the rest of Africa and other emerging markets, it is possible that we might wake up one day to find that only a small proportion of our top 80 largest companies earn their profits primarily from South Africa.
The silver lining of this scenario for South African investors who don’t have large amounts of capital to invest directly overseas, is that they can obtain significant protection from the country’s economic problems by investing in the top 100 companies on the JSE.
Random House Struik has shared an excerpt from Call It Like It Is: The Jonathan Kaplan story by Jonathan Kaplan and Mike Behr.
The excerpt, titled “Barking dogs”, reflects on period of Kaplan life when he was challenged to do something he never thought he would: Quit being a referee. This came at a time when he found himself without a family of his own, without sufficient “support structures to help professional referees get through the tough times” and not seeing eye to eye with his Super Rugby colleagues.
Read the excerpt to find out how Kaplan made up his mind to not let strife affect him, quoting Winston Churchill: “If I had to stop and throw a stone at every dog that barked at me, I would never reach my destination.”
I don’t like quitting. In my opinion, all it does is cut down on the opportunities life offers you. But sometimes sheer will is not enough. As in 2001, when I reffed an early-season Vodacom Cup game between the Cheetahs and the Lions in Bloemfontein. When I arrived in “Flower Fountain” the night before the Saturday game, I could feel the first signs of illness. My body just didn’t feel right, but I had reffed with flu before …
But the closer I got to kick-off, the worse I felt. I went to the medical room to seek some relief, and the nurse suggested a Vitamin-B injection. It stung like hell, and it didn’t make me feel any better. In fact, I felt progressively worse as the match dragged on. It was as if I was chasing the game the whole way through, and by half-time, my body was begging me to quit.
Back in the medical room I told the doc that I was feeling really shit. He told me to lie down and took my pulse. He asked how the game was going, and I told him I felt like I was playing catch-up all the time.
“Have you got a family?” the doc asked.
I was confused. “No,” I said.