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The Underachieving Ovary (Paperback): J.T. Lawrence The Underachieving Ovary (Paperback)
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R248 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R49 (20%) In stock

Does the word ‘endometriosis’ make you want to stick a fork in your eye? No? Then perhaps this book isn’t for you.

It’s funny, and (sometimes alarmingly) frank. It contains an impressive array of synonyms for ‘vagina’ and it’s certainly NSFW. It’s about having a devil womb and a hot knife lodged in a shoulder. It’s about becoming blackly bitter and twisted in infertility, then slowly finding a way to untwist.

It’s part memoir, part dark comedy, wrapped up loosely as a journal full of TMI and quirk. Put it this way: If Helen Fielding and Marian Keyes were to go through IVF, and use Caitlin Moran as a surrogate, this book would be their baby.

Firepool - Experiences In An Abnormal World (Paperback): Hedley Twidle Firepool - Experiences In An Abnormal World (Paperback)
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R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Within 15 - 20 working days

This collection brims with the imaginative, informative and comic personal narratives of Hedley Twidle. Twidle brings a sense of lightness, play and comedy to subjects that are often dealt with in predictable or self-righteous ways.

It chronicles South Africa during the ‘second transition’ – one in which the foundations of the post-apartheid settlement are being shaken and questioned in all kinds of ways.

Dwarsklap - Skakerings Van Swart In Die Nuwe Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback): Piet Matipa Dwarsklap - Skakerings Van Swart In Die Nuwe Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback)
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R240 R114 Discovery Miles 1 140 Save R126 (53%) In stock

Piet Matipa is jonk, swart, gay en Afrikaans. Sy rubrieke in Beeld is baie gewild omdat dit aan ’n sonderlinge lewensuitkyk uitdrukking gee. Hy praat vanuit ’n perspektief wat jy nie sommer in Suid-Afrika kry nie. Sy siening van die wreld is gevorm deur interessante bestemmings waar sy lewenspad aangedoen het. As skolier aan Horskool Waterkloof en student aan die Pukke het Piet uitgeblink. Sy skryftande is geslyp as joernalis in Beeld se misdaadkantoor en as sepieskrywer vir 7de Laan , waar hy steeds werksaam is. Nie sleg vir iemand wat in ’n kinderhuis grootgeword het nie!

Afrikaans het sy l op ’n unieke manier in Piet se mond gekry. En vir n ding deins hy nie terug nie: dit is om sy mond verby te praat. In Dwarsklap laat Piet hom uit oor aangeleenthede wat alle Suid-Afrikaners raak. Misdaad en taxi-bestuurders is groot klippe in die skoen. Wenke oor gewigsverlies word gegee, en ook hoe om ’n ontkleedanser by ’n henneparty te kry. En oor liefdesavonture kan jy vir Piet min vertel, veral wanneer sosiale media betrokke is.

’n Hoogs vermaaklike boek wat die donkerte van die lewe in ligte skakerings laat glim.

The Last Black Unicorn (Hardcover): Tiffany Haddish The Last Black Unicorn (Hardcover)
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R502 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R198 (39%) Within 7 - 12 working days

From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself.

Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend. None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.

Tiffany can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others.

By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.

Bridget Jones's Baby - The Diaries (Hardcover): Helen Fielding Bridget Jones's Baby - The Diaries (Hardcover)
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R254 R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Save R87 (34%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Before motherhood, before marriage, Bridget, with biological clock ticking very, very loudly, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated, however, by a crucial but terribly awkward question – who is the father? Mark Darcy: honourable, decent, notable human rights lawyer? Or Daniel Cleaver: charming, witty, notable halfwit?

In this gloriously funny, touching story of baby-deadline panic, maternal bliss, and social, professional, technological, culinary and childbirth chaos, Bridget Jones – global phenomenon and the world’s favourite Singleton – is back with a bump.

Wild As It Gets - Wanderings Of A Bemused Naturalist (Paperback): Don Pinnock Wild As It Gets - Wanderings Of A Bemused Naturalist (Paperback)
Don Pinnock
R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Within 15 - 20 working days

What’s your cat up to when you’re not around? Do dragons exist? Are clouds alive? Why did three men risk their lives for a single penguin egg?

These are just a few of the questions and stories puzzled over by award-winning travel writer and naturalist Don Pinnock. Assembled from years of wandering around Africa, this is a funny, entertaining and thought-provoking book.

Making It Up As I Go Along (Paperback): Marian Keyes Making It Up As I Go Along (Paperback)
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R180 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R31 (17%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Fingers crossed that Marian has a new novel out soon but until then why not laugh your socks off with this hilarious collection of tales, observations and flights of fancy from the funniest woman in print.

Welcome to the magnificent Making It Up As I Go Along - aka the World According to Marian Keyes(TM) - A bold and brilliant collection of Marian's hilarious and often heartfelt observations on modern life, love and everything in between. From a guide to breaking up with your hairdresser to entering the fifties-zone, the joys of her nail varnish museum to singing her way through insomnia, Marian will have you laughing with delight and gasping with recognition throughout - because at the end of the day, each and every one of us is clearly making it up as we go along.

Writing What We Like - A New Generation Speaks (Paperback): Yolisa Qunta Writing What We Like - A New Generation Speaks (Paperback)
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R210 R113 Discovery Miles 1 130 Save R97 (46%) In stock

"We still dream, but the innocence of the promise of freedom is lost."

From the serious to the lighthearted, this book presents a snapshot of what smart young South Africans think about living in South Africa today. From black tax and whitesplaining, all the way to hip hop and kinky sex, it is provocative, fearlessly honest, and often very funny. Shaka Sisulu tackles being black and privileged, Simphiwe Dana pleads for mother tongue education, Yolisa Qunta shares lessons learnt from taking the taxi, while David Kau, Loyiso Gola and Sivuyile Ngesi provide comic relief.

Writing What We Like will spark debates in workplaces, in bars, and around the dinner table both in ekasi and in the suburbs for some time to come.

So is Dit Nou - Nog Stories Van Gister En Vandag (Afrikaans, Paperback): Johan Van Wyk So is Dit Nou - Nog Stories Van Gister En Vandag (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Johan Van Wyk
R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Within 15 - 20 working days

So is dit nou is n nuwe versameling aangrypende humoristiese stories oor die hede en verlede deur die deurwinterde joernalis en topverkoper-skrywer Johan van Wyk. Die versameling dokumenteer n tyd van Padkafees, Pepsi floats en koue skaapnek uit n saalsak. Maar dit gaan nie net oor Sondagmiddae met skaapboud, geelrys en rosyntjies nie. In die bundel word die verlede onthou en meesterlik verweef met die hedendaagse Suid-Afrika waar Jacob Zuma en Julius Malema die septer swaai.

Omega, Oor En Uit - Die Storie Van 'n Opstandige Troep (Afrikaans, Paperback): Francois Verster Omega, Oor En Uit - Die Storie Van 'n Opstandige Troep (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Francois Verster
R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Within 15 - 20 working days

Van sy eerste dag as nasionale dienspligtige was Francois Verster in die sop weens sy ingebore rebelsheid. Hy vertel op skreeusnaakse wyse van sy basiese opleiding en lewe as troeponderwyser op Omega.

Hierdie geensins verromantiseerde storie bied ’n vars hoek op die Grensoorloggenre en ’n blik op hoe Afrikanermans die nuwe Suid-Afrika beleef.

Modern Romance (Paperback): Aziz Ansari Modern Romance (Paperback)
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R207 R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Save R49 (24%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This is a hilarious, eye-opening tour of the new romantic landscape, from one of America's sharpest comic voices and one of its leading sociologists.

In the old days, most people would find a decent person who lived in their village or neighbourhood, and after deciding they weren't a murderer, get married and have kids - all by the age of 22. Now we spend years of our lives searching for our perfect soul mate and, thanks to dating apps, mobile phones and social media, we have more romantic options than ever before in human history. Yet we also have to confront strange new dilemmas, such as what to think when someone is too busy to reply to a text but has time to post a photo of their breakfast on Instagram. And if we have so many more options, why aren't people any less frustrated? For years, American comedian Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at dating and relationships, and in Modern Romance, he teams up with award-winning sociologist Eric Klinenberg to investigate love in the age of technology. They enlisted some of the world's leading social scientists, conducted hundreds of interviews, analyzed the behavioural data, and researched dating cultures from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to New York City.

The result is an unforgettable picture of modern love, combining Ansari's irreverent humour with cutting-edge social science.

I Can't Make This Up - Life Lessons (Hardcover): Kevin Hart I Can't Make This Up - Life Lessons (Hardcover)
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R408 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R97 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

The question you’re probably asking yourself right now is: What does Kevin Hart have that a book also has? According to the three people who have seen Kevin Hart and a book in the same room, the answer is clear: A book is compact. Kevin Hart is compact. A book has a spine that holds it together. Kevin Hart has a spine that holds him together. A book has a beginning. Kevin Hart’s life uniquely qualifies him to write this book by also having a beginning.

It begins in North Philadelphia. He was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys. The odds, in short, were stacked against our young hero, just like the odds that are stacked against the release of a new book in this era of social media (where Hart has a following of over 100 million, by the way). But Kevin Hart, like Ernest Hemingway, JK Rowling, and Chocolate Droppa before him, was able to defy the odds and turn it around. In his literary debut, he takes the reader on a journey through what his life was, what it is today, and how he’s overcome each challenge to become the man he is today. And that man happens to be the biggest comedian in the world, with tours that sell out football stadiums and films that have collectively grossed over $3.5 billion.

He achieved this not just through hard work, determination, and talent: It was through his unique way of looking at the world. Because just like a book has chapters, Hart sees life as a collection of chapters that each person gets to write for himself or herself.

Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter,” he says. “So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo (Hardcover): Amy Schumer The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo (Hardcover)
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R424 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R120 (28%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The highly anticipated first book from award-winning comedian, writer, producer and actress, Amy Schumer.

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy shares stories about her family, her relationships, her career, good - and bad - sex, recounting the experiences that have shaped who she is today: from the riches to rags story of her childhood to her teenage quest for popularity (and boys) to becoming one of the most sought-after comedians on the planet and an outspoken advocate for women's rights. Whether she's experiencing lust at first sight in the queue at the airport, discovering her boot camp instructor's secret bad habit, or candidly discussing her father's multiple sclerosis, Amy Schumer proves to be a fearless, original, and always entertaining storyteller.

Her book will move you, make you laugh, catch you completely off guard, and answer this burning question: is it okay for a 35 year-old woman to still sleep with her childhood teddy bears?

What The Fact - 100s Of Useful Facts Everyone Wants To Know (Paperback): What The Fact - 100s Of Useful Facts Everyone Wants To Know (Paperback)
R200 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R28 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

WTF ...What the fact...What is the ghostly story behind the Uniondale hitchhiker? Which American president liked to skinny-dip in the Potomac River? Who is the only South African club 27 member? What is the length of the smallest mammal in the world? What is the height of the tallest building in Africa? What is the only South African invention that has been to the moon? What is the cockroach hall of fame? Which airport has the largest terminal in the world? Who is the highest paid sportsman in South Africa? Which gang in Paris uses a vacuum cleaner to rob supermarkets? What is the lowest temperature ever recorded in the world? Which ingredients are used to make smileys, criadillas and casu marzu? What is a 'Sowetan toilet'? Find the answers to these questions and read about many other fascinating, bizarre and astounding facts while broadening your general knowledge about South Africa and the world. Stunning photos, colourful and hugely interesting info graphics, graphs, illustrations and maps, as well as amazing facts and figures, make this the quintessential book for your collection.

Madam & Eve: Send In The Clowns (Paperback): Stephen Francis, Rico Madam & Eve: Send In The Clowns (Paperback)
Stephen Francis, Rico
R165 R153 Discovery Miles 1 530 Save R12 (7%) Within 4 - 10 working days

They’re back, and better than ever!

This year sees the release of the twenty-second Madam & Eve, and it is another winner from this sharp and witty creative team.

Featuring the humour South Africans have come to know and love, this Madam & Eve promises to be a laugh a minute, and it is sure to be a family favourite and welcome addition to any bookshelf.

Best White And Other Anxious Delusions (Paperback): Rebecca Davis Best White And Other Anxious Delusions (Paperback)
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R250 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R35 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Rebecca Davis has been described as one of the funniest writers in South Africa today. Her razor-sharp wit combines with her acute powers of observation to produce social and political commentary that will have you in stitches even as it informs and provokes you to think seriously about the topics she discusses.

In Best White And Other Anxious Delusions, Davis offers advice on life's tricky issues; discusses the perils of being a 'Best white'; laments the fact that society does not have a universally adopted form of greeting, such as the high-five; explores the intricacies of social media and internet dating; considers the future of reading and tackles a range of controversial topics in between.

So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Paperback): Jon Ronson So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Paperback)
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R330 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R151 (46%) In stock

From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, comes a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.'

For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job. A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice?

We are mercilessly finding people's faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control. Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.

One Midlife Crisis And A Speedo (Paperback): Darrel Bristow-Bovey One Midlife Crisis And A Speedo (Paperback)
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R190 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R33 (17%) Within 4 - 8 working days

If you don’t choose your midlife crisis, your crisis will choose you.

Darrel Bristow-Bovey has tried his best to deny to himself that he’s getting older, but you can’t hide from the truth in the changing-room mirror. One day, surrounded by sharks on a small boat in the Indian Ocean, he suddenly realises his midlife crisis is already under way. Running a gauntlet of bucket lists, prostate examinations and sexual misadventures, Darrel sets himself a task: to follow in the footsteps of Lord Byron and the Greek hero Hercules and swim across the Dardanelles in Turkey.

The only problem is that he’s old and tired and lazy and can’t swim very well. One Midlife Crisis And A Speedo is a warm, witty, eventually wise journey into the terrors and absurdities and grumpy compensations of middle age that will speak to every man and woman who has ever noticed that time is ticking by faster every day.

Scone With The Wind - Cakes and Bakes with a Literary Twist (Hardcover): Victoria Sponge Scone With The Wind - Cakes and Bakes with a Literary Twist (Hardcover)
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R211 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R51 (24%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Bake your way through the classics from Jane Eclair to Tart of Darkness, Banana Karenina and On the Rocky Road, Flapjack and the Beanstalk, Nineteen-eighty Petit Fours and many more! The most novel way to get to grips with the classics, Scone with the Wind features 75 delicious literary inspired recipes. Arranged by genre, enjoy biscuits and cakes, puddings and pies from romance and comedy through to horror and science fiction, and discover fun, edible versions of your favourite books. Includes witty introductions and amusing illustrations throughout, baking essentials and themed menus for book clubs, parties and afternoon teas. The ultimate treat for book (and cake) lovers! Recipes include: Breakfast at Tiffins, Whoopie Pies and Prejudice, Key Lime and Punishment, Captain Corelli's Madeleines, To Kill a Battenberg, Finnegan's Cake, Vanity Fairy Cakes, Middlemarshmallows, Eton Mess of the D'Urbervilles, Life of Pecan Pie, Alone in Berliner, Lord of the Mille-feuilles, The War of the Viennese Whirls, James and the Giant Peach Cobbler, Much Ado About Muffins, The Cherry Pie Orchard, Scone with the Wind and more!

Rian - 16 Dinge wat ek nie moes s nie (Afrikaans, Paperback): Rian van Heerden Rian - 16 Dinge wat ek nie moes s nie (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Rian van Heerden
R260 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R31 (12%) In stock

Met sy heel eerste verskyning op televisie as horskool-laaitie het Rian van Heerden reeds die volk die josie ingemaak. Sedertdien het hy dikwels koerantvoorblaaie gehaal - en is telkens afgedank! - vir sy omstrede uitlatings. In di boek skryf hy onbeskaamd oor al die goed wat mense meen hy eerder ni moes ges het nie. Hy maak vir die eerste keer sy hart oop oor sy persoonlike lewe, sy worsteling met gaywees en sy eerste liefdesverhouding. Blatant eerlik, skreeusnaaks, aangrypend.

'n Luiperd In My Bed (Afrikaans, Paperback): Annelize Slabbert 'n Luiperd In My Bed (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Annelize Slabbert
R260 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R31 (12%) In stock

‘Met die middagson kom die lugspielings wat aan die vallei sy naam gegee het: Deception Valley. Dan skuil alles wat asemhaal in die koelte van ’n matjarra, rug na die wind gedraai. In die lang geelwit gras l die leeus uitgestrek en slaap. Net die vlakvarke draf stertorent nader vir ’n modderbad.’

Annelize Slabbert was ’n joernalis in Johannesburg en haar man, Gerard, ’n apteker. Stedelinge. Toe word hulle moeg vir die lewe in die stad, die spitsverkeer, die gebrek aan stilte en sterre. En hulle volg die krom wandelpad na Die Droom van ’n landelike idille met skape en groen gras. Tot, uiteindelik, in die son en sand van die Sentraal-Kalahari in Botswana waar hulle ’n vierster-lodge bestuur. Wat kan dan nou verkeerd loop? 'n Ware verhaal, uitstekend vertel, skreeusnaaks en aangrypend.

Vroue Na Aan My Hart (Afrikaans, Paperback): Hannes van Wyk Vroue Na Aan My Hart (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Hannes van Wyk
R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Within 15 - 20 working days

In Vroue Na Aan My Hart val die kollig op vroue en vrouwees. Skink ’n koppie tee en skuif reg vir ’n hartsgeselsie met ’n vriendin.

Daar’s so baie om van te kies: Carike Keuzenkamp, Elize Cawood, Anna Neethling-Pohl, Michlle van Breda, Emsie Schoeman, Maritta Kruger, Ingrid Jones en selfs Evita. Kry ook ’n blik op die vroue na aan Hannes: sy ma, oumas, vriendinne.

Humoristiese vertellings – soms selfs lekker stout – sorg vir lekker lees en weer-lees.

The Call of the Weird - An American Road Trip with Neo-Nazis, Porn Stars and One (Alleged) Space Alien (Paperback): Louis... The Call of the Weird - An American Road Trip with Neo-Nazis, Porn Stars and One (Alleged) Space Alien (Paperback)
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R187 R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Save R49 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days

After a decade of making documentaries about offbeat characters on the fringes of US society, Louis had the urge to return to America and track down the people who most fascinated him. It would be a reunion tour, but this time without the cameras and the sense of performance being filmed inevitably brings. It would allow him to get closer to people, to discover what really motivated them and what had happened to the assorted dreamers, outlaws and eccentrics since he last saw them. On a journey that took him from the porn sets of Los Angeles to the gangsta rappers of Memphis, from a convention of UFO contactees in Arizona to Northern Idaho for a festive get-together of neo-Nazis, he asked what 'weird people' have to tell us about our own secret natures. Had he learned anything about himself by being among them? Do we choose our beliefs or do our beliefs choose us? Louis Theroux's first book is a hilarious, thought-provoking and at times surreal voyage into the heart of weirdness.

Op pad: 'n Reisjoernaal (Afrikaans, Paperback): Dana Snyman Op pad: 'n Reisjoernaal (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Dana Snyman
R250 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R31 (12%) Within 15 - 20 working days

Dana Snyman sien dinge op sy eiesoortige, aweregse manier. In deel een is hy op pad saam met die TV-span van Op pad met Dana. Soos hulle die land deurkruis op soek na stories, beleef Dana nie net die lief en leed van die mense met wie hy gesels nie, maar ook sy eie innerlike reis. Hy kom huistoe met 'n optelhond -- en met 'n nuwe manier van kyk. In deel twee kyk hy rugby. In kroee, township-huisies, saam met oom Frik du Preez en Joost van der Westhuizen. Snaaks, skerp en onthutsend eerlik.

English (Hardcover): Ben Fogle English (Hardcover)
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R418 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R120 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

What makes the English English? Is it their eccentricity, their passionate love (or, indeed, hatred) of Marmite - or is it something less easily defined? Beginning at the top of a muddy Gloucestershire slope at the Coopers Hill cheese-rolling contest and traversing a landscape of lawns and queues, coastlines and sporting arenas, Ben Fogle takes us on a journey through the peculiarly English: a country of wax jackets, cricket, boat races and jellied eels, by way of national treasures such as the shipping forecast, fish and chips and the Wellington boot. Not to mention the Dunkirk spirit of relentless optimism in the face of adversity, be it the heroic failure of Captain Scott's doomed Antarctic expedition, or simply the perennial hope for better weather. The archetypal Englishman - lover of labradors and Land Rovers yet holder of two passports - Ben applauds all things quintessentially English while also paying tribute to the history, culture and ideas adopted with such gusto that they have become part of the fabric of the country. Written with Ben's trademark warmth and wit, this is a light-hearted yet touching tribute to all things English.

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