Daily Maverick, the country's leading online news service, has been making sense of the madness that is South African reality for the past five years. Brain Porn offers the best of their irreverent writing.

Its team of highly respected journalists and contributors includes Stephen Grootes, Ranjeni Munusamy, Pierre de Vos, Jay Naidoo, Ivo Vegter and Alex Eliseev. With their anti-establishment attitude and a "stuff you" approach to political spin-doctoring, they spare no-one as they dissect daily news events and people in the news. Expect well-argued opinions and fresh analysis on the issues that move people.

All the usual suspects are on the list: the President, the Commander-in-Chief, the Blade Runner, the Public Protector, the DA's election dramas, the firepool at Nkandla, etolls, Marikana, but this time written about in a way that will challenge your accepted beliefs and dare you to think differently.

These superbly written essays offer insight into not only the wheeling and dealing that goes on in politics, but also into our societal dynamics and why we get up to the crazy things we sometimes do as a nation.

Whether you're a news junkie or just want to hold your own over lunchtime conversation, you can't afford not to read this book.