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Firepool - Experiences In An Abnormal World (Paperback): Hedley Twidle Firepool - Experiences In An Abnormal World (Paperback)
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R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Within 7 - 15 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.

Writing What We Like - A New Generation Speaks (Paperback): Yolisa Qunta Writing What We Like - A New Generation Speaks (Paperback)
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R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 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.

Now We Are 40 - Whatever Happened To Generation X? (Hardcover): Tiffanie Darke Now We Are 40 - Whatever Happened To Generation X? (Hardcover)
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R370 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R66 (18%) In stock

What happened to Generation X? Millenials dominate our Facebook feeds and people bang on about the baby boomers - but what about us? The lost generation, the middle youth, the middle child of today. Are we still cool?

Generation X? Remember them? The kids who believed they'd never grow up. The generation Douglas Coupland immortalised in his novel of the same name. The wry, knowing navel-gazers obsessed with cool and being cool who today are sandwiched between the boomers of the 60s and the millennials. Gen X'ers came of age against a backdrop of Britpop and the Spice Girls, Tarantino and Pulp Fiction, Madchester and the Stone Roses, acid house and rave, super clubs, Ministry and Cream. They holidayed in Ibiza high on hooch and E and never ever believed there'd be a comedown. So whatever happened to them? We turned 40. And as Tiffanie Darke points out in this witty exploration of the generation who defied generalisation, we're not handling it all that well...

Where once we wore floaty skirts and Doc Martins, now we're sporting Scandi fashion and 'interesting' trainers. We still party in Ibiza but now bodyboard in Cornwall. Where once mixtapes were the ultimate mating call, now we take selfies and swap Spotify playlists - all the while conspicuously wearing large Dr Beats headphones and casually leaving old packets of Kingsize Rizla lying round our open plan kitchens. More to the point, Gen X are now in charge. In government, in business and the creative industries. The most anti-establishment of generations has now become the establishment. But as tech overtakes the arts as society's great shaping force, Tiffanie ponders - does cool and its pursuit still matter?

If Gen X had it sorted, gave us Barack Obama and downward facing dogs, why is stress the new flu? Why are we working not for love anymore - or cool - but to avoid negative equity and depleting pension pots? In Now We Are 40, Tiffanie interviews some of the most iconic Gen X'ers such as Pearl Lowe, Richard Reed and Blur's bassist Alex James to look at how Gen X live their life in between being young and old, and how it feels to want to burn down the establishment only to realise that now you are the establishment.

How Star Wars Conquered The Universe - The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise (Paperback): Chris... How Star Wars Conquered The Universe - The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise (Paperback)
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R242 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R86 (36%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Why do most people know what an Ewok is, even if they haven't seen Return of the Jedi? How have Star Wars action figures come to outnumber human beings? How did 'Jedi' become an officially recognised religion? When did the films' merchandising revenue manage to rival the GDP of a small country?

Tracing the birth, death and rebirth of the epic universe built by George Lucas and hundreds of writers, artists, producers, and marketers, Chris Taylor jousts with modern-day Jedi, tinkers with droid builders, and gets inside Boba Fett's helmet, all to find out how Star Wars has attracted and inspired so many fans for so long.

Springfield Confidential - Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for the Simpsons (Hardcover): Mike Reiss,... Springfield Confidential - Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for the Simpsons (Hardcover)
Mike Reiss, Mathew Klickstein; Foreword by Judd Apatow
R477 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R116 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Sex and the City and Us - How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love (Hardcover): Jennifer Keishin Armstrong Sex and the City and Us - How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love (Hardcover)
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
R375 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R142 (38%) Within 7 - 12 working days

By the bestselling author of Seinfeldia, a fascinating retrospective of the iconic and award-winning television series, Sex and the City, to coincide with the show's twentieth anniversary. When Candace Bushnell started writing her "Sex and the City" column for the New York Observer, she didn't think anyone beyond the Upper East Side would care about her adventures among the Hamptons-hopping media elite. But her struggles with singlehood struck a chord, making her a citywide-and soon nationwide-sensation. Beverly Hills, 90210 creator Darren Star brought Bushnell's vision to an even wider audience when he adapted the column for an HBO series. His four main characters: Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha, forever branded the actresses that took on the roles, redefined women's relationship to sex, and elevated the perception of singlehood. With their fashion-forward lifestyle, they launched a barrage of trends, from fabric flower accessories to Manolo Blahnik shoes to Cosmopolitan cocktails. Sex and the City and Us is the story of how a columnist, two gay men-Darren Star and fellow executive producer Michael Patrick King-and a writers' room full of women used their own poignant, hilarious, and humiliating stories to launch a cultural phenomenon, pushing the boundaries of television and ignited a national conversation about single women and sex in the process. While the show's feminist merits continue to fuel debate, it taught viewers-male and female, gay and straight-about sex, and demonstrated that single women could support each other through life's tribulations, even as men came and went. Featuring exclusive new interviews with the cast and writers, including star Sarah Jessica Parker, creator Darren Star, executive producer Michael Patrick King, and author Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City and Us brings us behind-the-scenes for a nostalgic look at a TV series that changed the way women everywhere see themselves.

Planet Funny - How Comedy Took Over Our Culture (Hardcover): Ken Jennings Planet Funny - How Comedy Took Over Our Culture (Hardcover)
Ken Jennings
R436 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R107 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Ghostbuster's Daughter - Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis (Hardcover): Violet Ramis Stiel Ghostbuster's Daughter - Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis (Hardcover)
Violet Ramis Stiel
R478 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R116 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Red Card - How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal (Hardcover): Ken Bensinger Red Card - How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal (Hardcover)
Ken Bensinger
R470 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R116 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Don't Make Me Pull Over! - An Informal History of the Family Road Trip (Hardcover): Richard Ratay Don't Make Me Pull Over! - An Informal History of the Family Road Trip (Hardcover)
Richard Ratay
R449 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R93 (21%) Preorder
Melk Die Heilige Koeie - Van Baarde En Banting Tot Zupta En Zol (Afrikaans, Paperback): Deon Maas Melk Die Heilige Koeie - Van Baarde En Banting Tot Zupta En Zol (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Deon Maas
R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Within 7 - 15 working days

Skreeusnaaks en uittartend soos net Deon Maas kan.

In hierdie boek ontsien Maas niks of niemand nie. Hy skryf onbeskaamd en doodeerlik oor allerlei eg Suid-Afrikaanse heilige koeie. Afrikaans op kampusse, selfies, baarde, banting, die Guptas en die sogenaamde Stellenbosch Mafia loop deur onder die uitgesproke skrywer se skerp pen. Sy blatante eerlikheid oor alles van mans se “menere” tot Julius Malema, gay huwelike en NG-dominees is verfrissend.

Dit is vlymskerp, omstrede en onvergeetlik.

90s Bitch - Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality (Paperback): Allison Yarrow 90s Bitch - Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality (Paperback)
Allison Yarrow
R284 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R66 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
This Is Just My Face - Try Not to Stare (Paperback): Gabourey Sidibe This Is Just My Face - Try Not to Stare (Paperback)
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R175 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R35 (20%) Preorder

This Is Just My Face is the whirlwind tour of Gabourey Sidibe's life so far. In it, we meet her polygamous father, her gifted mother who fed the family by busking on the subway, and the psychic who told her she'd one day be `famous like Oprah'. Gabby shows us round the Harlem studio apartment where she grew up, relives the debilitating depression that hit her at college, and reminisces about her first ever job as a phone sex `talker' (less creepy than you'd think). With exhilaratingly honest (and often hilarious) dispatches on friendship, depression, celebrity, haters, fashion, race, and weight, This Is Just My Face will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different - and with anyone who has ever felt inspired to make a dream come true.

Visualizing the Beatles - A Complete Graphic History of the World's Favorite Band (Hardcover): John Pring, Rob Thomas Visualizing the Beatles - A Complete Graphic History of the World's Favorite Band (Hardcover)
John Pring, Rob Thomas
R462 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R112 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
A Tokyo Romance (Hardcover, Main): Ian Buruma A Tokyo Romance (Hardcover, Main)
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R383 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R81 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo as a young film student in 1975, he found a feverish and surreal metropolis in the midst of an economic boom, where everything seemed new and history only remained in fragments. Through his adventures in the world of avant-garde theatre, his encounters with carnival acts, fashion photographers and moments on-set with Akira Kurosawa, Buruma came of age. For an outsider, unattached to the cultural burdens placed on the Japanese, this was a place to be truly free. A Tokyo Romance is a portrait of a young artist and the fantastical city that shaped him, and a timeless story about the desire to transgress boundaries: cultural, artistic and sexual.

Bluffer's Guide To Chocolate (Paperback): Neil Davey Bluffer's Guide To Chocolate (Paperback)
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R156 R123 Discovery Miles 1 230 Save R33 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to pass as an expert in the world of chocolate. Never again confuse your Olmecs with your Aztecs, your xocoatl with your cacao, or your conching with your blooming. More importantly, know the names of chocolate makers and chocolatiers to drop into conversation to underline your choc-credentials. Bask in the admiration of your fellow chocolate aficionados as you pronounce confidently on the provenance of the bean in your bar, why you prefer a criollo to a forastero or a trinitario, and why the world's finest chocolate is an authentic Aztec-influenced, `cold-worked' mix from Modica. Most of all, hold your own against the most sneering of chocolate experts by quoting the definitive words of Leonardo Sciascia. Who? Exactly. Written by experts and offering readers the opportunity to pass off appropriated knowledge as their own, the Bluffer's Guides provide hard fact masquerading as frivolous observation in one witty, easy read.

Rebel Talent - Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life (Hardcover): Francesca Gino Rebel Talent - Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life (Hardcover)
Francesca Gino
R477 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R116 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now (Hardcover): Jaron Lanier Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now (Hardcover)
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R233 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R77 (33%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read' ZADIE SMITH Jaron Lanier, the world-famous Silicon Valley scientist-pioneer and 'high-tech genius' (Sunday Times) who first alerted us to the dangers of social media, explains why its toxic effects are at the heart of its design, and explains in ten simple arguments why liberating yourself from its hold will transform your life and the world for the better. Social media is making us sadder, angrier, less empathetic, more fearful, more isolated and more tribal. In recent months it has become horribly clear that social media is not bringing us together - it is tearing us apart. In Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now Jaron Lanier draws on his insider's expertise to explain precisely how social media works - by deploying constant surveillance and subconscious manipulation of its users - and why its cruel and dangerous effects are at the heart of its current business model and design. As well as offering ten simple arguments for liberating yourself from its addictive hold, his witty and urgent manifesto outlines a vision for an alternative that provides all the benefits of social media without the harm. So, if you want a happier life, a more just and peaceful world, or merely the chance to think for yourself without being monitored and influenced by the richest corporations in history, then the best thing you can do, for now, is delete your social media accounts - right now. You will almost certainly become a calmer and possibly a nicer person in the process.

Notes on Camp (Paperback): Susan Sontag Notes on Camp (Paperback)
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R24 R18 Discovery Miles 180 Save R6 (25%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'The ultimate Camp statement: it's good because it's awful.' These two classic essays were the first works of criticism to break down the boundaries between 'high' and 'low' culture, and made Susan Sontag a literary sensation. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Foil Note Cards (Set of 10) (Hardcover): Insight Editions Harry Potter: Hogwarts Foil Note Cards (Set of 10) (Hardcover)
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R175 R102 Discovery Miles 1 020 Save R73 (42%) Within 7 - 12 working days
All the Pieces Matter - The Inside Story of the Wire(r) (Hardcover): Jonathan Abrams All the Pieces Matter - The Inside Story of the Wire(r) (Hardcover)
Jonathan Abrams
R455 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R111 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Prince Harry: The Inside Story (Paperback): Duncan Larcombe Prince Harry: The Inside Story (Paperback)
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R201 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R61 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days

** Now updated to cover Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement. ** Prince Henry of Wales has emerged as the unexpected jewel in the crown of the modern British monarchy. Despite his unruly antics, for which he's made headlines all over the world, Harry has won the nation's admiration and respect through his commitment to helping injured servicemen and women with the Invictus Games and his spearheading of mental health issues. With updated chapters on Harry's flourishing relationship with American actress Meghan Markle, Duncan Larcombe's insightful and highly entertaining biography is the inside story of how a young prince has grown and matured into a respected soldier, charitable fundraiser and national figurehead who still retains his reputation as a heart-throb and lovable rogue.

The Frighteners - Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death & Gore (Hardcover): Peter Laws The Frighteners - Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death & Gore (Hardcover)
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R292 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R61 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The Frighteners follows the quest of Peter Laws, a Baptist minister with a penchant for the macabre, to understand why so many people love things that are spooky, morbid and downright repellent. He meets vampires, hunts werewolves in Hull, talks to a man who has slept on a mortuary slab to help him deal with a diagnosis, and is chased by a chainsaw-wielding maniac through a farmhouse full of hanging bodies. Staring into the darkness of a Transylvanian night, he asks: What is it that makes millions of people seek to be disgusted and freaked out? And, in a world that worships rationality and points an accusing finger at violent video games and gruesome films, can an interest in horror culture actually give us safe ways to confront our mortality? Might it even have power to re-enchant our jaded world? Grab your crucifixes, pack the silver bullets, and join the Sinister Minister on his romp into our morbid curiosities.

Fantasyland - How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History (Paperback): Kurt Andersen Fantasyland - How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History (Paperback)
Kurt Andersen
R306 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R69 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Fabulous - The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric (Hardcover): Madison Moore Fabulous - The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric (Hardcover)
Madison Moore
R437 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R107 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days

An exploration of what it means to be fabulous-and why eccentric style, fashion, and creativity are more political than ever Prince once told us not to hate him 'cause he's fabulous. But what does it mean to be fabulous? Is fabulous style only about labels, narcissism, and selfies-looking good and feeling gorgeous? Or can acts of fabulousness be political gestures, too? What are the risks of fabulousness? And in what ways is fabulous style a defiant response to the struggles of living while marginalized? madison moore answers these questions in a timely and fascinating book that explores how queer, brown, and other marginalized outsiders use ideas, style, and creativity in everyday life. Moving from catwalks and nightclubs to the street, moore dialogues with a range of fabulous and creative powerhouses, including DJ Vjuan Allure, voguing superstar Lasseindra Ninja, fashion designer Patricia Field, performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon, and a wide range of other aesthetic rebels from the worlds of art, fashion, and nightlife. In a riveting synthesis of autobiography, cultural analysis, and ethnography, moore positions fabulousness as a form of cultural criticism that allows those who perform it to thrive in a world where they are not supposed to exist.

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