There is still a week and a bit to catch up on all the great books you didn’t get to in 2018

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NON­FIC­TION OF NOTE Be­com­ing — Michelle Obama

For­mer US first lady Michelle Obama’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy has sold over 3-mil­lion copies so far. It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing, can­did read and delves into her re­la­tion­ships, her ca­reer and her years in the White House.

Ma’am Dar­ling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Mar­garet — Craig Brown

The UK’S Princess Mar­garet – not a pop­u­lar gal. Mean and en­ti­tled, or just mis­un­der­stood? Ei­ther way, a fan­tas­tic, un­usual bi­og­ra­phy.

Brief An­swers to the Big Ques­tions — Stephen Hawk­ing

The late guru and cos­mol­o­gist delves into some deep is­sues: Is time travel pos­si­ble? Is there a God? Will we sur­vive on Earth?

The Res­ur­rec­tion of Win­nie Man­dela —Sisonke Msi­mang

Award-win­ning writer Msi­mang casts a smart, fresh per­spec­tive on Man­dela in a short, sharp book.

The Man Who Founded the ANC: A Bi­og­ra­phy of Pix­ley Ka Isaka Seme — Bon­gani Ngqu­lunga

This won the Sun­day Times Alan Pa­ton Award for 2018. It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing look at the at times tragic life of the man who, in a whirl­wind of over­achieve­ment and in record time, founded the ANC.

How to Change Your Mind — Michael Pol­lan

Pol­lan is back, this time tak­ing a per­sonal deep dive into the world of the mind, men­tal health and sci­en­tific and med­i­cal de­vel­op­ments around psy­che­delic drugs.

Bad Blood: Se­crets and Lies in a Sil­i­con Val­ley Startup —John Car­rey­rou

A mes­meris­ing tale of cor­po­rate fraud, Sil­i­con Val­ley-style, and the big­gest of its kind since En­ron. This is one of the FM team’s top reads of the year.

Ev­ery­one is Present: Es­says on Pho­tog­ra­phy, Mem­ory and Fam­ily — Terry Kur­gan

Joburg artist Kur­gan has wo­ven a fas­ci­nat­ing ta­pes­try of sto­ries in text and vi­su­als that is a com­men­tary on his­tory and see­ing and on how we in­ter­pret both.

The Last Hur­rah —Gra­ham Viney

A smart and sexy snoop into the Bri­tish royal fam­ily’s fa­mous tour of SA in 1947 and the pol­i­tics, peo­ple and cul­ture of the coun­try at the time.

Fear: Trump in the White House — Bob Wood­ward

Yes, the Wood­ward of Water­gatere­port­ing fame. In this book, he draws from many, many in­ter­views with sources and doc­u­ments to paint a pic­ture of the US pres­i­dent. The re­sult isn’t pretty.

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