Jamie Marais – Self-Determination

Meet the man who summited Table Mountain 22 times in almost as many hours, who cycled the Sani Pass in crazy climatic conditions. Who went from drug-taking teen to endurance athlete – who tells his story in a book called Determination – the inspirational story of the life-changing power of sport.

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Book Stories People is a podcast for people with an appetite for the story behind the story. Whether a book, a play, a movie, poem, song, a blog – or even a tweet, there’s always a back story – more to it than meets the eye. Or the ear. And that’s often where the gold lies. So that’s what I hope to bring you on BSP, the less well-trumpeted tales, the inside intel – from wordsmiths of all disciplines – known, unknown celebrity or completely unheard of. And who am I? You might well ask. Just an independent journalist from the tip of Africa with an appetite for stories that matches your own. Nancy Richards, yours in stories.

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BRIDGET MCNULTY – Giving you grief

It seems that never before has death been so prevalent as the pandemic cuts a swathe across the world. And with death comes grief. To help you at the worst time of your life, Bridget McNulty has just produced The Grief Handbook. Hear her tell, first hear how she dealt with it herself.

Buhle Ngaba – Hamlet Lines Online

The works of Shakespeare have seen any number of incarnations over the centuries. Actor and associate director Buhle Ngaba, talks about performing in the very newest, a reading of a very South African version of Hamlet – online. 

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