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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.

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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R218 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R33 (15%) Within 7 - 11 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.

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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R358 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R79 (22%) 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.

A Tokyo Romance (Hardcover, Main): Ian Buruma A Tokyo Romance (Hardcover, Main)
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R362 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R63 (17%) Within 7 - 11 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.

Blink - The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Paperback): Malcolm Gladwell Blink - The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Paperback)
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R215 R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Save R37 (17%) In stock

An art expert instantly spots a fake. A cop decides whether to shoot. A psychologist accurately predicts a couple's future in minutes. This book is about those moments when we 'know' something without knowing why. It shows that honing your instincts could change the way you think about thinking forever. 'Trust my snap judgement, buy this book: you'll be delighted' David Brooks, The New York Times 'Fiendishly clever' Evening Standard 'Superb ... this wonderful book should be compulsory reading' New Statesman 'Provocative, fascinating, radical' Fergal Byrne, Financial Times

Prince Harry: The Inside Story (Paperback): Duncan Larcombe Prince Harry: The Inside Story (Paperback)
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R190 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R31 (16%) Within 7 - 11 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.

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.

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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R275 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R46 (17%) Within 7 - 11 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.

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud - The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman (Hardcover): Anne Helen Petersen Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud - The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman (Hardcover)
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R277 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R45 (16%) Within 7 - 11 working days

**A Stylist Book Club pick** 'In a time when women are under constant attack, I am so grateful for Anne Helen Petersen's sharp and topical book. Petersen nails the magnetism of women who break boundaries and the punishment that often comes along with it. All women will see a bit of themselves in the "unruly"' Jessica Valenti, New York Times-bestselling author of Sex ObjectYou know the type: the woman who won't shut up, who flaunts it, who's too brazen, too opinionated - too much. Sometimes, she's the life of the party; others, she's the focus of gossip. She's the unruly woman, and she's one of the most provocative, powerful forms of womanhood today. The unruly woman has been around for as long as there have been boundaries of what constitutes acceptable 'feminine' behaviour - that is, for ever - but these days she is more visible and less easily dismissed than ever before. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, cultural critic and Buzzfeed writer Anne Helen Petersen explores 'unruliness' through the lens of eleven pop culture powerhouses, including Serena Williams, Melissa McCarthy, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Kim Kardashian, Hillary Clinton, Caitlyn Jenner and Lena Dunham. Petersen examines why our culture loves to love and berate these controversial figures for being 'too' something: too queer, too strong, too naked, too old, too shrill, too much. This is an incisive, candid, conversation starting analysis of the part influential women play in redefining contemporary femininity. 'An oasis in a world of hot takes, a set of crisp essays on the provocateurs who fascinate and enrage us. With warmth and wit, Anne Helen Petersen celebrates the power of being just a little too much, seeking the rebel inside the trainwreck' Emily Nussbaum, New Yorker critic 'Raucous and smart . . . Because these criticisms are, writ large, the same ones flung daily at non-celeb women, the book is a timely and essential read' US Elle'Anne Helen Petersen's gloriously bumptious, brash ode to nonconforming women suits the needs of this dark moment . . . Crucial reading' Rebecca Traister, author of All the Single Ladies

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
R411 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R98 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
How to Break Up with Your Phone - The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life (Paperback): Catherine Price How to Break Up with Your Phone - The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life (Paperback)
Catherine Price
R191 R145 Discovery Miles 1 450 Save R46 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Notes on Camp (Paperback): Susan Sontag Notes on Camp (Paperback)
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R25 R21 Discovery Miles 210 Save R4 (16%) Within 4 - 8 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.

I An Distracted by Everything (Hardcover): Liza Tarbuck I An Distracted by Everything (Hardcover)
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R376 R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Save R61 (16%) Within 7 - 11 working days

READING MY NEW BOOK IS JUST LIKE LISTENING TO ME ON THE RADIO . . . The perfect read for Mum on Mother's Day. WARNING: THIS IS A COLLECTION OF MY GENUINE DISTRACTIONS AND MAY PROMPT LAUGHTER. I AN DISTRACTED BY: Comments sent in by my listeners: 'Once I took some black puddings out of the freezer only to find a mole! I had found it in the garden and intended to send it to Chris Packham for Springwatch' Mrs D 'My mum said women of a certain age shouldn't wear beige jackets as from the back they look like a baked potato.' Lorna - Edinburgh Travelling back in time: I don't want to be a killjoy, but I remember a time before duvets were the norm, so I'm already apprehensive. And bearing in mind the lack of female toilets now, basic needs are going to be tricky. Stylish Snippets: Children, drunks and leggings NEVER lie The Atom Bomb The idea of 'the bomb' had me awake for years. I felt it might be up to me to get the cellar ready, but Mum was rather casual about the whole thing I am genuinely distracted by everything, and I don't think I'm alone in this. I consider my love of distraction a thing to be cherished. Like the annuals of my youth, this book is filled with puzzles, activities and mental musings. I hope that every page tickles your fancy. This book might be a perfect conversation starter at a dinner table, or the last thing you're flipping through before bed. I promise that you'll laugh at least once. So here we go. I am passing my distractions on to you. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ The fans who have already been distracted by Liza's new book . . . 'It's wonderful!' Harry Hill 'The perfect gift' Dawn French 'Utterly glorious' India Knight 'I do love Liza Tarbuck so' Miranda Hart 'National treasure' Sue Perkins

Look Alive Out There - Essays (Hardcover): Sloane Crosley Look Alive Out There - Essays (Hardcover)
Sloane Crosley
R389 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R94 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
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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R165 R139 Discovery Miles 1 390 Save R26 (16%) Within 7 - 11 working days
District Six Revisited (Hardcover): George Hallett, Clarence Coulson, Jackie Heyns, Wilfred Paulse, Gavin Jantjes District Six Revisited (Hardcover)
George Hallett, Clarence Coulson, Jackie Heyns, Wilfred Paulse, Gavin Jantjes; Edited by …
R390 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R51 (13%) In stock

This collection of photographs attempts to reconstruct the spirit of District Six through important historic photographs.

Vicky Pattison Official 2018 Calendar - A3 Poster Format (Calendar): Vicky Pattison Official 2018 Calendar - A3 Poster Format (Calendar)
R255 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R37 (15%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Costume Making Guide - Creating Armor & Props for Cosplay (Paperback): Svetlana Quindt The Costume Making Guide - Creating Armor & Props for Cosplay (Paperback)
Svetlana Quindt
R351 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R80 (23%) In stock

Bring your cosplay dreams to life with your own two hands! The Best Cosplay Tutorial Guide Ever! Get ready to impress ordinary mortals with your superhuman costume-making skills. You can do it no matter what your experience level with this, the first full step-by-step technique book on cosplay--with no sewing! Internationally known cosplayer Kamui Cosplay (a.k.a. Svetlana Quindt) shows you how to easily create elaborate costumes and successful props out of items available at your local arts and craft or hardware stores: turn foam into a realistic axe, create a breastplate from scratch and use a glue gun to modify just about anything. You will even learn the best and most accessible techniques for working with specialty cosplay materials such as Worbla! Packed with more than 30 step-by-step demonstrations that teach the skills you need to bring all your favorite characters to life no matter the genre, Kamui Cosplay deconstructs the work that goes into making a complete costume, from the first thought to the final photo. Tutorials cover design planning, fabricating body armor, 3D painting techniques and more. Best of all, you can adapt every lesson to use in all future fandom projects spanning video games, books, anime, movies and even your own original characters! Includes: How to choose a costume and find good reference art A short shopping list of necessary materials and tools for beginning cosplayers Basic safety tips A beautiful photo gallery featuring inspiring images from other cosplayers Next steps--how to grow your workshop, take professional photos, participate in contests and join the cosplay community

Natural Disaster - I Cover Them, I Am One (Hardcover): Ginger Zee Natural Disaster - I Cover Them, I Am One (Hardcover)
Ginger Zee
R406 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R98 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
That's The Way It Crumbles - The American Conquest of the English Language (Paperback, Main): Matthew Engel That's The Way It Crumbles - The American Conquest of the English Language (Paperback, Main)
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R189 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R29 (15%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Are we tired of hearing that fall is a season, sick of being offered fries and told about the latest movie? Yeah. Have we noticed the sly interpolation of Americanisms into our everyday speech? You betcha. And are we outraged? Hell, yes. But do we do anything? Too much hassle. Until now. In That's The Way It Crumbles Matthew Engel presents a call to arms against the linguistic impoverishment that happens when one language dominates another. With dismay and wry amusement, he traces the American invasion of our language from the early days of the New World, via the influence of Edison, the dance hall and the talkies, right up to the Apple and Microsoft-dominated present day, and explores the fate of other languages trying to fend off linguistic takeover bids. It is not the Americans' fault, more the result of their talent for innovation and our own indifference. He explains how America's cultural supremacy affects British gestures, celebrations and way of life, and how every paragraph and conversation includes words the British no longer even think of as Americanisms. Part battle cry, part love song, part elegy, this book celebrates the strange, the banal, the precious and the endangered parts of our uncommon common language.

Fantomorphia - An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge (Paperback): Kerby Rosanes Fantomorphia - An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge (Paperback)
Kerby Rosanes
R186 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R42 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Harry and Meghan: A Love Story Coloring Book (Paperback): Teresa Goodridge Harry and Meghan: A Love Story Coloring Book (Paperback)
Teresa Goodridge
R152 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R23 (15%) Within 7 - 15 working days
My Revision Notes: OCR A-level History: Popular Culture and the Witchcraze of the 16th and 17th Centuries (Paperback): Nicholas... My Revision Notes: OCR A-level History: Popular Culture and the Witchcraze of the 16th and 17th Centuries (Paperback)
Nicholas Fellows
R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Within 7 - 11 working days

Target success in OCR A-level History with this proven formula for effective, structured revision; key content coverage is combined with exam preparation activities and exam-style questions to create a revision guide that students can rely on to review, strengthen and test their knowledge. - Enables students to plan and manage a successful revision programme using the topic-by-topic planner - Consolidates knowledge with clear and focused content coverage, organised into easy-to-revise chunks - Encourages active revision by closely combining historical content with related activities - Helps students build, practise and enhance their exam skills as they progress through activities set at three different levels - Improves exam technique through exam-style questions with sample answers and commentary from expert authors and teachers - Boosts historical knowledge with a useful glossary and timeline

Sticky Fingers - The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine (Hardcover): Joe Hagan Sticky Fingers - The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine (Hardcover)
Joe Hagan
R480 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R112 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
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