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Helga Steyn joined Hemel & See Boeke in 2004. In 2005 she established the Penstock Publishing imprint for the purpose of publishing English titles. Her preference has always been for non-fiction such as biographies, cookery and educational books. She visited the London Book Fair and obtained the South African rights for the phenomenally successful Big Book About Sex and my Body.

“I think this book has filled a huge void in the field of sex education for children in our country,” says Helga.

“Penstock Publishing receives such wonderful manuscripts, almost on a daily basis, but there are only so many hours in the day, so we have to be very discerning.

“Penstock Publishing's next challenge is the e-book. We want to have all our titles available electronically by the end of the year.”

DEC 28


posted by helga on December 28, 2012 17:29 as New Release!

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One of the most beautiful books to have appeared this year is the richly illustrated INGRID JONKER – A POET’S LIFE, by biographer Petrovna Metelerkamp. The cover design certainly deserves a prize! An art portrait of the poet is set against a background of beach and sea – the sea often being referred to as her ultimate lover – with one of Jonker’s well known poems written in her hand. The colour, with its tones of light against dark, sets the mood for a book that was clearly created with utmost care and dedication. More than 250 pages, large format, focusing on the well loved young poet who became a legend in her own lifetime.

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NOV 17

Alert! André Carl van der Merwe has made it onto the shortlist for the Green Carnation Prize, a UK-based prize that celebrates LGBT writing, for his book Moffie. The longlist of thirteen books has been narrowed down to just six with all the judges commenting on how difficult the process was this year.
Congratulations and best of luck to Van der Merwe!
Over a month after announcing the wonderfully varied Green Carnation Longlist 2012 the judges spent a whole weekend of discussion to decide the titles that make up the shortlist for 2012. Carol Anshaw, Patrick Gale, Philip Hensher, Kerry Hudson, Andre Carl Van Der Merwe and Edmund White are the six authors that make up the shortlist in the prizes third year.
Chair of the judges for 2012, Rodney Troubridge said "Shortlists like longlists are never easy but I feel that we’ve reached a happy consensus and one we all feel completely ...

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OCT 22

I Hate My Prostate

posted by helga on October 22, 2012 9:30 as New Release!

I HATE MY PROSTATE, by Dr Marius BarnardProstate Cancer

with Simon Norval

Released as part of Dr Marius Barnard’s ‘Blue Bow Tie campaign to raise awareness about prostate cancer, I HATE MY PROSTATE  tells the story of Dr Barnard’s own experience with the disease, but also examines it in greater detail, briefly exploring its early history and expanding on its warning signs, symptoms, methods of diagnosis and available treatment options.  Says Dr Barnard: ‘In writing this book, and given my own experiences with prostate cancer, I have only one ambition and that is that it will alert as many men as possible to the importance of early and regular check-ups for this form of cancer.’  

Prostate Cancer

Dr Barnard provides an in-depth examination of prostate cancer, its history, classic symptoms, required screen tests, diagnostic techniques, typical treatments and their associated implications and risks. The text is blended with his own experiences, providing ...

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MAR 20

The Strandveld, Africa's Foot of Isolation

posted by helga on March 20, 2012 12:40 as General

How  wonderful to be listening on a lazy Sunday afternoon to SAFM Radio, and the Fireside Chat with Roger Webster.


His topic today was the book, The Strandveld, Africa's Foot of Isolation, by Marius Diemont. 

Wonderful stories about the history of the area stretching from just beyond Hermanus to the mouth of the Breede River - adventures of its pioneers and gripping tales of shipwrecks, skulduggery and bravery along this eastern coastline of South Africa. The book is a veritable treasure chest of information about the towns of the area - such as Bredasdorp, Napier, Arniston - and stories about the old farms, the new wineries, the birds, the whales and the fauna and flora. The entire book is richly illustrated with colour photographs. Thank you, Roger Webster, for telling listeners about this great great find! 



About Marius Diemont


"I have been privileged to have known much of this coast for more ...

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JAN 23

5 Star Reviews for Moffie

posted by helga on January 23, 2012 17:00 as Amazon Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Great bookJanuary 13, 2012
RW (Washington, DC) - See more reviews on moffie
This review is from: Moffie: A Novel (Paperback)
This is a very engaging book that I highly recommend to anyone interested in a unique view of the insurgent wars in South Africa in the 1980s, military life, and a gay man's experience in a very hostile environment. The main character is a remarkable and irresistible mosaic of poet-intellectual and hardened fearless infantryman. He has a aesthetic sensibility that is almost gay stereotype, but with a gritty unrelenting determination to standup for himself and survive that is inspiring. The book has elements that remind me of Hemingway in its macho toughness, Alex Baldwin in its sexual and romantic tension, and National Geographic in its descriptions of the landscape. There is no overt sex in the book, but van der Merwe creates of few instances of incredible eroticism. The prose ...

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