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Wintersrust (Afrikaans, Paperback): Joyce Kotze Wintersrust (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Joyce Kotze; Translated by Daniel Hugo 1
R290 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R41 (14%) In stock

Een familie, deels van Britse en deels van Boere-afkoms, ontdek dat hul lewens onlosmaaklik verstrengel raak deur die onverbiddelike gang van die geskiedenis.

Die Transvaalse politiek en die Britte se arrogante imperialisme sleur hulle mee in die Anglo-Boereoorlog van 1899-1902. Liefdes- en vriendskapsbande wat in die Trandvaalse bosveld en die sitkamers van Victoriaanse Engeland gesmee is, word op die slagvelde van Suid-Afrika getoets. Wanneer die formele fase van die oorlog oorgaan in die gruwelike beleid van die verskroeide aarde en ’n guerrillastryd, moet die familielede riskante keuses maak. Wintersrust is ’n bruisende verhaal vol hartstog en avontuur oor die individu se worsteling met magte buite sy beheer.

Sommige, wat deur wanhoop oorweldig word, oorleef nie. Ander moet ten slotte by ’n plek van vrede en vergiffenis uitkom.

(Hierdie is die Afrikaanse vertaling van The Runaway Horses)

The Betrayal (Paperback): Kate Furnivall The Betrayal (Paperback)
Kate Furnivall
R290 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R91 (31%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Could you kill someone? Someone you love?

Paris, 1938. This is the story of twin sisters divided by fierce loyalties and by a terrible secret. The drums of war are beating and France is poised, ready to fall. One sister is an aviatrix, the other is a socialite and they both have something to prove and something to hide.

Discover a brilliant story of love, danger, courage ... and betrayal.

The Draughtsman (Paperback): Robert Lautner The Draughtsman (Paperback)
Robert Lautner 6
R289 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R80 (28%) In stock

1944, Germany. Ernst Beck's new job marks an end to months of unemployment. Working for Erfurt's most prestigious engineering firm, Topf & Sons, means he can finally make a contribution to the war effort, provide for his beautiful wife, Etta, and make his parents proud. But there is a price.

Ernst is assigned to the firm's smallest team - the Special Ovens Department. Reporting directly to Berlin, his role is to annotate plans for new crematoria that are deliberately designed to burn day and night. Their destination: the concentration camps. Topf's new client: the SS. As the true nature of his work dawns on him, Ernst has a terrible choice to make: turning a blind eye will keep him and Etta safe, but that's little comfort if staying silent amounts to collusion in the death of thousands.

This bold and uncompromising work of literary fiction shines a light on the complex contradictions of human nature and examines how deeply complicit we can become in the face of fear.

The Boat Runner (Paperback): Devin Murphy The Boat Runner (Paperback)
Devin Murphy
R216 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R35 (16%) Within 7 - 11 working days

In the tradition of All The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, comes an incandescent debut novel about a young Dutch man who comes of age during the perilousness of World War II.

Beginning in the summer of 1939, fourteen-year-old Jacob Koopman and his older brother, Edwin, enjoy lives of prosperity and quiet contentment. Many of the residents in their small Dutch town have some connection to the Koopman lightbulb factory, and the locals hold the family in high esteem. On days when they aren't playing with friends, Jacob and Edwin help their Uncle Martin on his fishing boat in the North Sea, where German ships have become a common sight. But conflict still seems unthinkable, even as the boys' father naively sends his sons to a Hitler Youth Camp in an effort to secure German business for the factory.

When war breaks out, Jacob's world is thrown into chaos. The Boat Runner follows Jacob over the course of four years, through the forests of France, the stormy beaches of England, and deep within the secret missions of the German Navy, where he is confronted with the moral dilemma that will change his life - and his life's mission - forever.

Epic in scope and featuring a thrilling narrative with precise, elegant language, The Boat Runner tells the little-known story of the young Dutch boys who were thrown into the Nazi campaign, as well as the brave boatmen who risked everything to give Jewish refugees safe passage to land abroad. Through one boy's harrowing tale of personal redemption, here is a novel about the power of people's stories and voices to shine light through our darkest days, until only love prevails.

The Camp Whore (Paperback): Francois Smith The Camp Whore (Paperback)
Francois Smith 1
R260 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R31 (12%) Within 7 - 15 working days

It is the First World War and Susan Nell stands before the door of a private ward in a British military hospital. On the door she reads a single name. She knows that name. Sixteen years ago, during the Anglo-Boer War, she encountered that name in a concentration camp in Winburg. She lifts her hand to open the door. Her hand shakes uncontrollably. But she is a psychiatric nurse and this is what she has to do, bring traumatised soldiers back to the light. However, if this soldier is the one who sixteen years ago thrust all light out of you with his hips, it is not that obvious. Susan Nell hesitates before she opens the door, desperately uncertain – teetering on the threshold between life and death.

In The Camp Whore the resilience of the human spirit is weighed up against the equally persistent influence of trauma. It is a psychological thriller that will hold you in its icy grip till the very last page.

Gold Never Rusts (Paperback): Paul-Constant Smit Gold Never Rusts (Paperback)
Paul-Constant Smit
R230 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R32 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

An ancient expedition. An epic adventure. An enduring love.

After stumbling across records of an ancient gold-seeking expedition to Africa, Con Slaughter - adventurer, prospector, gunfighter - strikes it rich on the Barberton gold fields. But the intrepid American is soon on the move again, fearing a bullet in the back due to his involvement in a plot between England and Germany that could alter the course of history. When Con meets Lorelei, he decides to stop running, but British and German Military Intelligence are gaining on him. From facing the fierce onslaughts of wild animals and witnessing men die unspeakable deaths to becoming embroiled in the Boer War, Con has to live by his wits and courage to navigate and survive the harsh southern African veld.

Gold Never Rusts is a sweeping, richly imagined adventure story that draws the reader irresistibly into the action, mystery and passions of a bygone time.

The Girl From Venice (Paperback): Martin Cruz Smith The Girl From Venice (Paperback)
Martin Cruz Smith 3
R289 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R92 (32%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A World War II love story set against the romance and danger of occupied Venice.

Cenzo is a world-weary fisherman, determined to sit out the rest of the war. He's happy to stay out of the way of the SS, quietly going about his business of fishing in the lagoons of northern Italy. Then one night, instead of pulling in his usual haul, Cenzo fishes a young woman out of the canal. Guilia is an Italian Jew who has managed to escape capture and is determined to find her family.

This meeting results in them both taking an entirely unexpected journey, and Cenzo suddenly finds himself thrown headlong into the world of international wartime politics, where everyone has their own agenda and nowhere is safe...

1795 (Afrikaans, Paperback): Dan Sleigh 1795 (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Dan Sleigh 2
R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 In stock

Dit is die winter van 1795. Die Kaap is nog Hollands, maar nie meer vir lank nie. Kommissaris Sluysken, die VOC se hoofamptenaar aan die Kaap, het sy Politieke Raad vir 'n vergadering in die Kasteel byeengebring. Hier sit kolonel Robert Gordon, bevelvoerder van die garnisoen, avonturier en Oranje-man. Ook majoor William van Reede van Oudshoorn, lord Hunsdon, vir wie die land en die dorp sy lewe is; verloor hy dit, word hy niks. Hy is bevelvoerder van 'n korps klerke wat vir hierdie krisis hul penne vir gewere moet inruil. Sluysken lees 'n brief voor van die bevelvoerder van die Engelse vloot by Simonstad wat dreig om sy matrose op die land los te laat. William kyk strak voor hom uit. Hy en kameraad Louis Thibault het reeds 'n krygplan ter tafel gele. Sy hoop is op die binnelanders, eerder as op Gordon se garnisoen – die boere, wat so hard soos hierdie kontinent se klippe is. Tussen Gordon en Van Oudshoorn sal die stryd om die siel van hierdie droewe land besleg word. Of vir ewig bly voortwoed. Dan Sleigh se loopbaan as romansier het in Eilande met die pionierstyd aan die Kaap begin, en in 1795 word 'n sirkelgang van die geskiedenis voltrek, met die laaste Kaapse maande onder die Kompanjiesvlag. Sleigh skryf met 'n onfeilbare aanvoeling vir die konflikte en hartstogte wat die totstandkoming en verval van gemeenskappe onderle, en met 'n verstommende oog vir detail.

The Death's Head Chess Club (Paperback, Export/Airside): John Donoghue The Death's Head Chess Club (Paperback, Export/Airside)
John Donoghue 2
R355 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R53 (15%) In stock

SS Obersturmfuhrer Paul Meissner arrives in Auschwitz from the Russian front. After being badly wounded he is fit only for administrative duty and his first and most pressing task is to improve flagging camp morale.

He sets up a chess club which thrives, as the officers and enlisted men are allowed to gamble on the results of the games. However, when Meissner learns from a chance remark that chess is also played by the prisoners he hears of a Jewish watchmaker who is 'unbeatable'.

Meissner sets out to discover the truth behind this rumour and what he finds will haunt him to his death...

Wildernis (Afrikaans, Paperback): Wilbur Smith Wildernis (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Wilbur Smith
R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 In stock

Die Eerste Wereldoorlog gooi Sean Courtney en die skerpskutter Mark Anders se lot saam toe hulle in die loopgrawe in Frankryk ontmoet. In ’n ongerepte wildernis in Suid-Afrika bereik Mark se verterende liefde vir die eiesinnige Storm Courtney ’n hoogtepunt, terwyl sy bloedige stryd met Sean se vervreemde seun, Dirk, op die spits gedryf word. Wildernis is die vertaling van A Sparrow Falls, die derde boek in die gewilde Courtney-trilogie.

Van kant gemaak (Afrikaans, Paperback): Kris van Steenberge Van kant gemaak (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Kris van Steenberge; Translated by Fanie Olivier
R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Within 10 - 15 working days

In Belgie loop die negentiende eeu ook ten einde. Elisabeth, die dogter van die smid, trou met die jong dokter, Guillaume Duponselle. Dit sal nie ’n gelukkige huwelik word nie. As Elisabeth agt maande later aan ’n tweeling geboorte skenk, is die eersgeborene ’n pragtige seun, Valentyn. Die tweede kind is so mismaak dat Guillaume weier om hom ’n naam te gee. Tog bly Naamloos lewe. Omdat sy voorkoms sy vader en die dorpenaars ontstel, gaan Naamloos gesluierd deur die lewe. Dan tree die Eerste Wereldoorlog op die toneel. Van kant gemaak vertel ’n broeierige verhaal vol dorpsgefluister. Vir almal verloop die toekoms anders as wat hulle verwag.

Alles Begin Met Anna (Afrikaans, Paperback): Annemari Coetser Alles Begin Met Anna (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Annemari Coetser
R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Within 7 - 15 working days

Dis 1934. Poppie Nienaber is 21 jaar oud, en sy werk in die Haberdashery- afdeling in Mr Cristal se algemene handelaar op Bethlehem. Saam met haar ouer sussie, Anna, woon hulle in tant Nelie se losieshuis in die straat af, en haar broer Jannie kom kuier gereeld op ’n Sondagmiddag, sedeprekies en al. Poppie weet daar is geheime in die familie waarvan sy niks weet nie, en dat Sussie Anna dinge van haar weghou. Party goed onthou sy vaagweg, soos haar ma wat staan en strykwerk doen, die skroeireuk van ’n stryklaken wat hang in die lug. Dis wanneer Poppie besluit om haar eie potjie te gaan krap op Senekal dat dinge stadig in plek begin val. En dis nie lank hierna nie dat sy die spoorwegklerk Frikkie Bredenkamp ontmoet

Alles begin met Anna is losweg gebaseer op die skrywer se eie familiegeskiedenis. Die roman vertel ’n roerende verhaal oor drie geslagte heen, van voor die Anglo-Boereoorlog tot die aanloop en gebeure van die Tweede Wêreldoorlog.

The Poppy Girls (Paperback, Main Market Ed.): Margaret Dickinson The Poppy Girls (Paperback, Main Market Ed.)
Margaret Dickinson 1
R164 R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Save R37 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days

The Poppy Girls is the first title in The Maitland Trilogy, by bestselling author Margaret Dickinson.Even amidst the horror of the trenches, friendship will surviveThwarted in her desire to become a doctor like her brother Robert, Pips Maitland rebels against her mother's wishes that she settle down and raise children. However, when Robert brings home a friend from medical school, Giles Kendall, it seems perhaps Pips might fall in love with an acceptable suitor after all. But the year is 1914 and the future is uncertain. Hearing that her father's friend, Dr John Hazelwood, is forming a flying ambulance corps to take to the front lines, Pips is determined to become one of its nurses and asks Alice Dawson, her maid, to go with her. Robert and Giles offer their services as doctors, and Alice's brother William joins them as a stretcher bearer. Nothing could have prepared them for the horrific sights they encounter. Moving their unit close to the fighting to offer first aid as quickly as possible puts them all in constant danger. But even amidst the barrage of shelling and gunfire, the unending stream of injured being brought to their post, the love between Pips and Giles survives and blossoms just like the poppies of Flanders fields.

The Women in the Castle (Paperback): Jessica Shattuck The Women in the Castle (Paperback)
Jessica Shattuck
R276 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R64 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Oorlog En Terpentyn (Afrikaans, Paperback): Stefan Hertmans Oorlog En Terpentyn (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Stefan Hertmans; Translated by Daniel Hugo
R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 In stock

Kort voor sy dood in die 1980’s gee Stefan Hertmans se oupa aan sy kleinseun ’n paar volgeskrewe ou dagboekies. Jare lank durf Hertmans dit nie oopmaak en lees nie – tot op ’n dag dat hy dit wel doen en meer as een geheim daarin ontdek. Hy lees van sy oupa se armoedige kinderjare in Gent voor 1900, van sy gruwelike ervarings as frontsoldaat in die Eerste Wereldoorlog en ’n vroeg gestorwe groot liefde. Na die oorlog sit sy oupa sy lewe voort deur sy verdriet te probeer wegskilder. Stefan Hertmans se jare lange fassinasie met sy oupa se lewe bring hom uiteindelik tot die skryf van hierdie roman.

Fools and Mortals (Hardcover): Bernard Cornwell Fools and Mortals (Hardcover)
Bernard Cornwell
R464 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R112 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Woman at 1,000 Degrees (Hardcover): Hallgrimur Helgason The Woman at 1,000 Degrees (Hardcover)
Hallgrimur Helgason; Translated by Brian Fitzgibbon 1
R336 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R56 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days

‘I live here alone in a garage, together with a laptop computer and a hand grenade. It’s pretty cosy.’

And...she’s off. Eighty-year-old Herra Bjornsson lies alone in her garage waiting to die. One of the most original narrators in literary history, she takes readers with her on a dazzling ride of a novel as she reflects – in a voice by turns darkly funny, bawdy, poignant, and always, always smart – on the mishaps, tragedies and turns of luck that shaped her life.

Born into a prominent political family, Herra’s idyllic childhood in the islands of western Iceland was brought to an abrupt end when her father foolishly cast his lot with a Hitler on the rise. Separated from her mother, and with her father away at war, she finds herself abandoned and alone in war-torn Germany, relying on her wits and occasional good fortune to survive. Now, with death approaching, forced to hack into her sons’ emails to have any contact with them at all, Herra decides to take control of her destiny and sets a date for her own cremation – at a temperature of 1,000 degrees.

In this international bestseller, Hallgrímur Helgason invites readers on a journey that is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking, and which ultimately tells the deeply moving story of a woman swept up by the forces of history.

Light It Up (Hardcover): Nick Petrie Light It Up (Hardcover)
Nick Petrie
R432 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R103 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
White Chrysanthemum (Paperback): Mary Lynn Bracht White Chrysanthemum (Paperback)
Mary Lynn Bracht 1
R293 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R84 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'Look for your sister after each dive. Never forget. If you see her, you are safe.'

Hana and her little sister Emi are part of an island community of haenyeo, women who make their living from diving deep into the sea off the southernmost tip of Korea. One day Hana sees a Japanese soldier heading for where Emi is guarding the day's catch on the beach. Her mother has told her again and again never to be caught alone with one. Terrified for her sister, Hana swims as hard as she can for the shore.

So begins the story of two sisters suddenly and violently separated by war. Switch-backing between Hana in 1943 and Emi as an old woman today, White Chrysanthemum takes us into a dark and devastating corner of history. But pulling us back into the light are two women whose love for one another is strong enough to triumph over the evils of war.

A riveting, immersive read in the vein of The Kite Runner and Memoirs of a Geisha.

White Chrysanthemum (Hardcover): Mary Lynn Bracht White Chrysanthemum (Hardcover)
Mary Lynn Bracht 1
R278 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R40 (14%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'Look for your sister after each dive. Never forget. If you see her, you are safe.' Hana and her little sister Emi are part of an island community of haenyeo, women who make their living from diving deep into the sea off the southernmost tip of Korea. One day Hana sees a Japanese soldier heading for where Emi is guarding the day's catch on the beach. Her mother has told her again and again never to be caught alone with one. Terrified for her sister, Hana swims as hard as she can for the shore. So begins the story of two sisters suddenly and violently separated by war. Switch-backing between Hana in 1943 and Emi as an old woman today, White Chrysanthemum takes us into a dark and devastating corner of history. But pulling us back into the light are two women whose love for one another is strong enough to triumph over the evils of war. A riveting, immersive read in the vein of The Kite Runner and Memoirs of a Geisha.

The Girl in Green (Paperback): Derek B. Miller The Girl in Green (Paperback)
Derek B. Miller
R256 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R56 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days
There Was a Time (Paperback): Frank White There Was a Time (Paperback)
Frank White 1
R193 R161 Discovery Miles 1 610 Save R32 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A Lincolnshire village on a glorious summer's morning in 1940, the countryside as still as a painting. In the blue sky above, the fate of the whole war will soon rest with the RAF and their desperate effort to win the Battle of Britain. If they fail, Hitler's next step will be invasion.And as the scene comes to life before us over the next six months, this shadow of war will not disappear - the conflict will take husbands and sons away, bring in evacuees from the city and soldiers to defend the coast. There will be more money from war work, but less to spend it on - legitimately at least. Everywhere, the feeling of change is in the air.From the pub to the church, the humblest cottage to the biggest farm, from a struggling single mother to the lady of the manor, the paper boy to a traumatised bomb disposal volunteer, this superb jewel of a novel portrays a community of people and weaves together their stories with passion, betrayal, intrigue and suspense.There Was a Time is a triumph of the storyteller's art.

Hunting the Eagles (Paperback): Ben Kane Hunting the Eagles (Paperback)
Ben Kane 1
R318 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R87 (27%) Within 7 - 12 working days

AN ARMY DEFEATED AD 14: Five long years have passed since the annihilation of three legions in the wilds of Germania. Although the bones of 15,000 soldiers now moulder in the Teutoburg Forest, not all the Romans were slain in the bloody ambush. A CENTURION OUT FOR VENGEANCE - Demoted, battle-scarred and hell-bent on revenge, Centurion Tullus and his legionaries begin their fightback. Ranged against them is the charismatic chieftan Arminius, who is gathering thousands of hostile tribesmen, and determined to crush the Romans for a second time. AN EAGLE RECOVERED - The eagle belonging to Tullus' old legion is still in enemy hands, but as the Romans' reprisals take their army deep into German tribal lands, he remains convinced that it is within reach. But Arminius and his warriors are perilously close. As battle begins, Tullus and his comrades know they must fight as never before - just to stay alive...

Moonglow (Paperback): Michael Chabon Moonglow (Paperback)
Michael Chabon 1
R224 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R73 (33%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A Telegraph Book of the Year * A New York Times Notable Book of the Year * A Washington Post Book of the Year * A Wall Street Journal Book of the Year * A Slate Book of the Year `Probably Chabon's greatest, a piece of sustained writing that will be hard to see outdone in 2017' The Times `Entirely sure footed, propulsive, the work of a master at his very best. The brilliance of Moonglow stands as a strident defence of the form itself, a bravura demonstration of the endless mutability and versatility of the novel' Observer `The world, like the Tower of Babel or my grandmother's deck of cards, was made out of stories, and it was always on the verge of collapse.' Moonglow unfolds as a deathbed confession. An old man, his tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, his memory stirred by the imminence of death, tells stories to his grandson, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried. Why did he try to strangle a former business partner with a telephone cord? What was he thinking when he and a buddy set explosives on a bridge in Washington, D.C.? What did he feel while he hunted down Wernher von Braun in Germany? And what did he see in the young girl he met in Baltimore after returning home from the war? From the Jewish slums of pre-war Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of a New York prison, from the heyday of the space programme to the twilight of `the American Century', Moonglow collapses an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week.

Death at Nuremberg (Hardcover): W.E.B. Griffin Death at Nuremberg (Hardcover)
W.E.B. Griffin
R482 R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Save R117 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
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