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Ali Land launches her debut novel Good Me Bad Me in South Africa

The UK based author , Ali Land has landed in Cape Town for the Open Book Festival taking place at The Fugard Theatre. Pam Komani chats to her about her debut novel Good Me Bad Me.  Ali, the twists and turns from this book often landed me, as a reader, in Mike’s study. One minute I was looking for answers from his computer. I wanted to lay my hands on those notes and the next minute, I was waking up from the deep sleep on his reclined chair…I wanted to get into Milly’s head and fix her or make poor Mike’s efforts worth his while. Four months of leaving in Milly’s head, let alone her mother’s, it must have been excruciating. How long did it take you to recover? Bringing Milly to life was a privilege but it definitely came at a cost. I barely slept during the writing of my first draft which took five months and once I secured the book deal, a further nine months of editing. My main priority was facilitating an authentic experience, one that would allow readers to inhabit the mind and body of a child who has a complex and disturbing past. Achieving that required me to spend hours in creative solitude, travelling deep into the darkest parts of my imagination. The aftermath that followed was intensely emotional, akin to that of a break...

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Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2016 has been selected as one of the winning wines of the 2017 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by South Africa’s Chenin Blanc Association. This follows international recognition achieved for the same wine at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards in London earlier this year, where it won a platinum award for the best South African Chenin blanc priced at over £15. Wines entered for the 2017 Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, now in its fourth year, were blind-tasted by a panel of local and international judges including Cathy van Zyl, a Master of Wine, wine judge and associate editor of Platter’s South African Wine Guide; Richard Kershaw, a Master of Wine and winemaker; Tinashe Nyamudoka, head sommelier at The Test Kitchen, South Africa’s top restaurant; James Pietersen of Wine Cellar; as well as Lauren Buzzeo, the newly appointed managing editor and tasting director of Wine Enthusiast in the US; and Marlvin Gwese, sommelier at the Cape Grace, who acted as an associate judge. The Anchorman is a wooded Chenin blanc that commemorates Nederburg’s founder, Philippus Wolvaart, who bought the farm in 1791 and planted Chenin blanc, amongst other varietals.  The wine forms part of the winery’s Heritage Heroes collection comprising five distinct wines, each honouring a personality who has played a role in shaping Nederburg’s pedigree...

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Acclaimed as one of South Africa’s most reputable events on the Western Cape’s social- and polo calendar, the prestigious Cintron Pink Polo returns for its 8th consecutive celebration that brings special emphasis to Breast Cancer Awareness on Saturday 4 November 2017. Unmatched by any other, this highly commended Polo with a Purpose pursuit will be hosted on South Africa’s leading wine- and polo domain; the immaculate Val de Vie Estate. “Cintron World is proud to announce our sustained partnership as Headline Sponsor for the next five years of this illustrious event. We look forward to welcoming survivors and guests...

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South Africa stands the strongest chance of making an impact in the US by linking its wine marketing message with a single varietal in the way New Zealand has done with Sauvignon blanc and Argentina, with Malbec.  This is the view of Lauren Buzzeo, the recently appointed managing editor of respected publication Wine Enthusiast, based in the US but read worldwide. Buzzeo, who has been covering South Africa for the magazine since 2010 as its tasting director and senior editor, was in the country in early July to judge in the 2017 Standard Bank/Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge along...

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