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Jenny Crwys-Williams
Jenny Crwys-Williams
Jenny Crwys-Williams will be introducing our guests at the opening cocktail party and interviewing Eric Miyeni and Tony Park on Saturday, 6 August.

Jenny has been involved with books all her life, from sitting on her mother’s knee to hosting events and interviewing some of the world’s greatest writers and personalities.

Hosting the Radio 702 Bookshow for the past 20 years has, she says, been a unique, stretching and marvelously satisfying challenge. “I’ve been able to choose books I hope my listeners will respond to - but at the very least to be sufficiently curious about to go into a bookstore and look at the book. From there it’s a small stretch to buying the book, be it online or in the hands.”

One of the first books she helped turn into a South African bestseller was Graham Hancock’s Fingerprints of the Gods. “The publisher of the book hadn’t intended bringing it to South Africa. They didn’t think there would be a market. But she was fascinated, and featured Graham in a one hour show that seemed to electrify everyone, and so great was the demand the publisher began flying copies into South Africa - and one year later had sold 100 000 copies. “It made me purr.”
But that wasn’t all. After a 25-year career as host of her own talk show on Radio 702, Jenny left at the end of 2014 to do her own thing. “There’s a time for everything,” she says, “and although I was sad to leave 702 where I had some of the best experiences of my life, I wanted to be freer and to take on board new things.”

Books remain one of her main interests. She now podcasts on wine for Old Mutual Live Wine Edition each week, is the South African patron of the world’s biggest ebook seller of high end tertiary hard sciences books, Bookboon, and is about to enter the speaker circuit.

After her upbringing in South Africa and Zimbabwe, she spent over 10 years in the United Kingdom, returning home with two children and plunging into the world of newspapers and magazines at an electrifying time in South African history. But in the end, it was radio that stole her heart. On air for the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Twin Towers and the events surrounding the death of the late President Mandela, there are many more events that have played a part in her life.

Jenny is the author of I Want Love in South Africa, Dear God (1987); South Africa’s Ten Best (1987, ’88 & 89); South African Despatches - Two Centuries of the Best of South African Journalism (1988); A Country at War 1939-1945 (1992); Food for Thought (1994) and The Penguin Dictionary of South African Quotations 1994 & 1999). Her book In the Words of Nelson Mandela (2003) and a new edition of The Penguin Dictionary of South Quotations was published in 2009.
But that wasn’t all. After a 25-year career as host of her own talk show on Radio 702, Jenny left at the end of 2014 to do her own thing. “There’s a time for everything,” she says, “and although I was sad to leave 702 where I had some of the best experiences of my life, I wanted to be freer and to take on board new things.”

Books remain one of her main interests. She now podcasts on wine for Old Mutual Live Wine Edition each week, is the South African patron of the world’s biggest ebook seller of high end tertiary hard sciences books, Bookboon, and is about to enter the speaker circuit.

After her upbringing in South Africa and Zimbabwe, she spent over 10 years in the United Kingdom, returning home with two children and plunging into the world of newspapers and magazines at an electrifying time in South African history. But in the end, it was radio that stole her heart. On air for the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Twin Towers and the events surrounding the death of the late President Mandela, there are many more events that have played a part in her life.

Jenny is the author of I Want Love in South Africa, Dear God (1987); South Africa’s Ten Best (1987, ’88 & 89); South African Despatches - Two Centuries of the Best of South African Journalism (1988); A Country at War 1939-1945 (1992); Food for Thought (1994) and The Penguin Dictionary of South African Quotations 1994 & 1999). Her book In the Words of Nelson Mandela (2003) and a new edition of The Penguin Dictionary of South Quotations was published in 2009.
But that wasn’t all. After a 25-year career as host of her own talk show on Radio 702, Jenny left at the end of 2014 to do her own thing. “There’s a time for everything,” she says, “and although I was sad to leave 702 where I had some of the best experiences of my life, I wanted to be freer and to take on board new things.”

Books remain one of her main interests. She now podcasts on wine for Old Mutual Live Wine Edition each week, is the South African patron of the world’s biggest ebook seller of high end tertiary hard sciences books, Bookboon, and is about to enter the speaker circuit.

After her upbringing in South Africa and Zimbabwe, she spent over 10 years in the United Kingdom, returning home with two children and plunging into the world of newspapers and magazines at an electrifying time in South African history. But in the end, it was radio that stole her heart. On air for the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Twin Towers and the events surrounding the death of the late President Mandela, there are many more events that have played a part in her life.

Jenny is the author of I Want Love in South Africa, Dear God (1987); South Africa’s Ten Best (1987, ’88 & 89); South African Despatches - Two Centuries of the Best of South African Journalism (1988); A Country at War 1939-1945 (1992); Food for Thought (1994) and The Penguin Dictionary of South African Quotations 1994 & 1999). Her book In the Words of Nelson Mandela (2003) and a new edition of The Penguin Dictionary of South Quotations was published in 2009.
Jenny Crwys-Williams
Jenny Crwys-Williams
Jenny Crwys-Williams
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