Love Next Door - Amina Thula


Set in Johannesburg, Love Next Door is a love story that begins with the start of a journey of independence. The protagonist, Abongile (Abby), finds herself moving into a new apartment as she sets out to further her career and live life without the rules of her grandparents. Little does she know that her next door neighbour, Kopano, turns out to be the love of her life. With life’s twists and turns – and a large amount of miscommunication – Abby is forced to leave the man of her dreams and jet-set to New York to follow her career path. Two years later, Abby is scheduled to return home to South Africa, and with a few tricks from her closest New York friend, she finds a happy but unexpected ending.

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If book blurbs were honest


It has been said time and again that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. It has also been said that you should rather judge a book by its blurb – the paragraph at the back. Sometimes the blurbs are written to make books seem better than they are, and can mislead you into thinking that you’re reading the “great classic of our generation”, when really you’re about to trudge through 628 pages of pretentious, experimental gobbledygook. To help you avoid this, Perdeby has put together a list of book blurbs for famous novels, written as if they were honest about the book’s contents.


Oedipus Rex – Sophocles

Or, How I met my mother: a fanfiction by Sigmund Freud. If warped relationships with older women and unwitting incest are your field of interest, then by all means, give this Greek tragedy a go. Why not read Marlene van Niekerk’s Triomf while you’re at it? And perhaps stay away from schoolyards.

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Books to fill up your year


You’ve probably encountered the joys of reading, whether by way of Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, or the newly discovered articles in Playboy, and would like to take on the world of literature in 2016. But where to go next? Worry not, for Perdeby has compiled a short reading list for you, with titles readily available at the UP library and nearby bookstores.

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Applied photographic inspiration: how it works



Renowned photographer and founder of the Johnathan Andrews Academy, Johnathan Andrews, released his new book Classic Passion [(a+b)... at Skoobs book shop at Montecasino on 21 January.
Classic Passion showcases some of Andrews’s photography, as well as an explanation of his theory for the secret to taking the perfect snap. The focus of his work in the book is classical music, so it is fitting that his book was released ahead of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival.
The book discusses some of the techniques around his theory of APIS (Applied Photographic Inspiration), which involves the merging of music and emotion to help create perfect photographs. Andrews has been working on the theory for some years and wanted to put it simply. “I put [the theory] together to allow me to really understand what the motions are that I go through when I create, and when I dream up creative images, but also so that I can have something that I could work with again and again in a disciplined fashion to arrive at a similar point and to go through a similar creative process and to arrive at whatever destination,” he says. Conceptualising the theory also helps explain to his students and others what to look out for when approaching photography.
With a passion for classical music and art, Andrews was excited at the opportunity to get involved in the Mozart Festival. “I have been involved with photography with the festival for a number of years now, and I was going to some of the concerts and rehearsals [to] take pictures. [So] at the end of last year, I sent Richard Cock (Classic FM) an email and I asked him [if he] would like me to get involved in next year’s Mozart Festival. And little did he know that when he said yes he was bringing something interesting on himself, and this is what we have now.



Literature 101: books to read before starting university


To many students, reading isn’t always something they necessarily do for fun. However, having a good literary framework when coming to university will help you both inside and outside of the lecture hall. Books can make for excellent conversation-starters, and here are just a few that Perdeby recommends.


On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was part of the Beat literary movement in the late 1950s and wrote many of the movement’s defining works. On the surface, the book seems like it is describing the ultimate road trip (which, in a way, it is). But, as is the case with most literature, this story’s message is much more profound than this. Not for readers of a more conservative persuasion, On the Road is based on Kerouac’s own travels and self-discovery.

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