Justin Cartwright

Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa, where his father was the editor of the Rand Daily Mail. He is the author of 18 works of fiction and non-fiction including Whitbread Novel Award winner Leading the Cheers (1998) and The Promise of Happiness (2005)

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Oscar Pistorius leaving court on 12 September

Oscar Pistorius: a troubling symbol of South Africa's new, squeezed, Afrikaner society of the cities

A trial that brought home the gun-culture reality of South Africa

Like many others, I have appropriated Mandela as my own

Not once in the long years on Robben Island did he bend to the will of his captors

This week's big questions: Should bankers benefit from Help to Buy? Do you feel spied upon by the Government?

This week's big questions are answered by the novelist Justin Cartwright

Book of a lifetime: Rabbit at Rest, By John Updike

My choice is almost entirely self-serving. I have just looked, and see that I have 23 books by John Updike. In 2006, he suggested me to write the foreword (it ended up as an afterword) for the new Penguin edition of Rabbit at Rest. So in a sense I am trying to attach myself to the great man's memory by choosing it as my Book of a Lifetime.

The Pistorius case casts a lurid light on a corrupt and crime-ridden South Africa

The background to the Pistorius case is concerning, but it is no surprise: in South Africa only one in 50 hijackings lead to a conviction and most murders go unsolved

Justin Cartwright: If banks have values, they are greed, hubris and sheer brass neck

The cry that goes up in dealing rooms when a trade is bad is ‘OPM’ – other people’s money

<p>High spirits: 'Conviviality at Bob Sawyer's: Three Men Enjoying a Drink' (c1836) by Phiz from 'The Pickwick Papers' </p>

Dickens: Nightmare before Christmas

Charles Dickens was driven by demons when he wrote his much-loved yuletide tales. Award-winning author Justin Cartwright feels the pain

BOOKS: FICTION: Get 'em off, love! It's all in the name of art

At 70, Updike is brave to be still exploring lust, but Justin Cartwright feels that his new novel has rather too many descriptions of genitals; Villages By John Updike HAMISH HAMILTON pounds 17.99 pounds 16.99 (P&P FREE) 08700 798 897

Books: Driving out spirits - African Ceremonies by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher Abrams pounds 95, 2 vols;

Justin Cartwright on the vanishing world of tribal ritual

Books: Millennium man

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Songs from the bell jar

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One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
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End of the Aussie brain drain

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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