Kate McCallum, reader, traveller and publisher, and Joe Tyrrell, reader, traveller and cardiologist


I have gathered a posie of other men’s flowers

And none but the thread that binds them is my own.                                                    Montaigne


In this five-lecture course Kate McCallum and Joe Tyrrell will give their personal recommendations for excellent books that may not be known to a well-read South African audience – the ones that create that feeling of delighted serendipity when first discovered. Along the way there will be enthusiastic recommendations of other books by the same author, other authors, and interesting publishers such as Canongate. All tastes, interests, and sexes catered for.



1. Autobiography, biography, and memoir Kate McCallum

2. History, anthropology, archaeology, and essays Kate McCallum

3. Travel and exploration: sea, mountain, air, and desert Joe Tyrrell

4. Non-fiction Kate McCallum

5. Fiction: English, American, Canadian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Indian, Swedish, Chinese Kate McCallum


Recommended reading

Download the reading list here.


Date: 15–19 January    Venue: LT3, Kramer Law Building
Time: 11.15am
COURSE FEES: Full: R510,00  Staff: R255,00  Reduced: R130,00