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Under the Camelthorn Tree - Raising a Family Among Lions (Hardcover): Kate Nicholls Under the Camelthorn Tree - Raising a Family Among Lions (Hardcover)
Kate Nicholls 1
R446 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R89 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Kate Nicholls left England to raise her five children in Botswana: an experience that would change each of their lives. Living on a shoestring in a lion conservation camp, Kate home-schools her family while they also learn at first hand about the individual lives of wild lions. Their deep attachment to these magnificent animals is palpable. The setting is exotic but it is also precarious. When the author is subjected to a brutal attack by three men, it threatens to destroy her and her family: post-traumatic stress turns a good mother into a woman who is fragmented and out of control. In this powerfully written, raw and often warmly funny memoir, we witness the devastation of living with a mother whose resilience is almost broken, and how familial structures shift as the children mature and roles change. Under the CamelthornTree addresses head-on the many issues surrounding motherhood, education, independence, and the natural world; and highlights the long-lasting effect of gender violence on secondary victims. Above all, it is an inspiring account of family love, and a powerful beacon of hope for life after trauma.

Lost And Found In Johannesburg (Paperback): Mark Gevisser Lost And Found In Johannesburg (Paperback)
Mark Gevisser 1
R260 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R47 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

When Mark Gevisser was a little boy, growing up in a apartheid South Africa, he was obsessed with maps, and with the Holmden’s Registry, Johannesburg’s Street Guide, in particular. He played a game called “Dispatcher” with this eccentric guide, transporting himself across the city into places that would otherwise be forbidden him. It was through “Dispatcher” that he discovered apartheid, by realising that he could not find an access route to the neighbouring township of Alexandra, and later, by realising that Soweto was not mapped at all.

This was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with maps and with photographs, and what they tell us about borders and boundaries: how we define ourselves by staying within them, or by transgressing them.

Johannesburg is a place of edges and boundaries; no place for a flaneur: this book is Gevisser's account of getting lost in his home town, and then finding himself, and then getting lost again, as a gay Jewish South African who was raised under apartheid and who became an adult and married a man of a different race as the country moved towards freedom.

Using maps and memories, photographs and stories, Lost And Found In Johannesburg presents a new way of understanding race and sexuality, heritage and otherness. If Gevisser transcended boundaries by playing “Dispatcher” as a boy, his own boundaries were brutally ruptured when he was attacked in a home invasion in January 2012, while completing this book.

Lost And Found In Johannesburg is the story of that journey.

Sattva - The Ayurvedic Way to Live Well (Hardcover): Emine Rushton, Paul Rushton Sattva - The Ayurvedic Way to Live Well (Hardcover)
Emine Rushton, Paul Rushton 1
R328 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R74 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Emine and Paul live and breathe Ayurveda everyday, and I love their gentle, intuitive, conscious approach to life.' - Jasmine Hemsley, author of East by West and co-author of the Hemsley + Hemsley books Sattva is one of the three basic life forces outlined in Ayurvedic teachings. It embodies seven main qualities: unity, harmony, purity, vitality, clarity, gentleness and serenity. In this book, Emine and Paul Rushton, of Psychologies magazine, show how the life-changing principles of sattva can be applied to the home, the family, health, relationships and wellbeing. Using this book, readers will discover how to: - move from doing to being - approach all life situations with loving kindness - live with natural energetic and seasonal cycles - design the home using the ancient art of Vastu Supplemented with exclusive online content, including 28 delicious plant-based Ayurvedic recipes, this book offers solutions to our hectic lives, fatigue, loneliness and disconnection, and provides a much-needed anchor of harmony in a disconnected Western world.

The Way Home - Tales from a Life Without Technology (Hardcover): Mark Boyle The Way Home - Tales from a Life Without Technology (Hardcover)
Mark Boyle 1
R399 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R115 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

It was 11pm when I checked my email for the last time and turned off my phone for what I hoped would be forever. No running water, no car, no electricity or any of the things it powers: the internet, phone, washing machine, radio or light bulb. Just a wooden cabin, on a smallholding, by the edge of a stand of spruce. In this honest and lyrical account of a remarkable life without modern technology, Mark Boyle explores the hard won joys of building a home with his bare hands, learning to make fire, collecting water from the spring, foraging and fishing. What he finds is an elemental life, one governed by the rhythms of the sun and seasons, where life and death dance in a primal landscape of blood, wood, muck, water, and fire - much the same life we have lived for most of our time on earth. Revisiting it brings a deep insight into what it means to be human at a time when the boundaries between man and machine are blurring.

The Teddy Boy Wars - The Youth Cult that Shocked Britain (Paperback, UK ed.): Michael Macilwee The Teddy Boy Wars - The Youth Cult that Shocked Britain (Paperback, UK ed.)
Michael Macilwee
R213 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R49 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Steampunk User's Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical G - An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to... Steampunk User's Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical G - An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-futurist Dreams (Hardcover)
Jeff Vandermeer, Desirina Boskovich 1
R473 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R176 (37%) In stock

The Steampunk User's Manual features beautiful images and entertaining text about the incredibly popular Science Fiction subgenre that imagines future technology and fashion via a 19th century perspective and toolbox. The Steampunk User's Manual provides a conceptual how-to guide across all aspects of Steampunk that motivates and awes both the armchair enthusiast and the committed creator. The idea here is to give readers points of reference that are both refreshingly down-to-earth and completely over-the-top-that utterly doable jewellery project juxtaposed with that stunningly crazy and jaw-dropping art installation. The book features sections on fashion, art, crafts, music, large-scale installations, fiction, filmmaking, etc. By combining the functional and the delightfully out-there, The Steampunk User's Manual not only satisfies readers-it also entertains and inspires them at a very high level and provides an updated look at the world of Steampunk, which has already changed since the publication of The Steampunk Bible.

Steve Diet Goedde - Extempore (Hardcover): Steve Diet Goedde Steve Diet Goedde - Extempore (Hardcover)
Steve Diet Goedde; Introduction by Andi Campognone
R909 R682 Discovery Miles 6 820 Save R227 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Contains unseen 'candid' and behind-the-scenes images from the world's leading fetish photographer. Includes commentaries by the photographer about each image - recollections from shoots and back stories about the models create an intimate atmosphere. Designed, written and edited by an all-female team: Rosa Nussbaum, Andi Campognone and Sarah Handelman. Steve Diet Goedde's photographs are concerned with fetishism, but they could reasonably be regarded as fashion photographs, for they are about clothes and the roles that dressing imposes on women, or allows them to play. Indeed, Goedde has consistently rejected the visual stereotypes of 'fetish' photography. Instead he sets out to seduce and amuse, experimenting with humour, irony and elements of the surreal. Extempore brings together images that are departures in another sense. They represent stolen moments, or glimpses behind the scenes, when the models are not necessarily aware of the camera. Most of Goedde's models are drawn from his close circle of friends and in these photographs particularly one senses a shared trust and understanding.

Under the Camelthorn Tree - Raising a Family Among Lions (Paperback): Kate Nicholls Under the Camelthorn Tree - Raising a Family Among Lions (Paperback)
Kate Nicholls 1
R352 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R59 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Kate Nicholls left England to raise her five children in Botswana: an experience that would change each of their lives. Living on a shoestring in a lion conservation camp, Kate home-schools her family while they also learn at first hand about the individual lives of wild lions. Their deep attachment to these magnificent animals is palpable. The setting is exotic but it is also precarious. When the author is subjected to a brutal attack by three men, it threatens to destroy her and her family: post-traumatic stress turns a good mother into a woman who is fragmented and out of control. In this powerfully written, raw and often warmly funny memoir, we witness the devastation of living with a mother whose resilience is almost broken, and how familial structures shift as the children mature and roles change. UNDER THE CAMEL TREE addresses head-on the many issues surrounding motherhood, education, independence, and the natural world; and highlights the long-lasting effect of gender violence on secondary victims. Above all, it is an inspiring account of family love, and a powerful beacon of hope for life after trauma.

Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace - The Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s (Paperback): Andi Harriman,... Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace - The Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s (Paperback)
Andi Harriman, Marloes Bontje
R627 R584 Discovery Miles 5 840 Save R43 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

It was a scene that had many names: some original members referred to themselves as punks, others, new romantics, new wavers, the bats, or the morbids. "Goth" did not gain lexical currency until the late 1980s. But no matter what term was used, "postpunk" encompasses all the incarnations of the 1980s alternative movement. "Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace "is a visual and oral history of the first decade of the scene. Featuring interviews with both the performers and the audience to capture the community on and off stage, the book places personal snapshots alongside professional photography to reveal a unique range of fashions, bands, and scenes.
A book about the music, the individual, and the creativity of a worldwide community rather than theoretical definitions of a subculture, "Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace" considers a subject not often covered by academic books. Whether you were part of the scene or are just fascinated by different modes of expression, this book will transport you to another time and place.

The Ganja Dictionary (Paperback): K. Sean Harris, L.Mike Henry The Ganja Dictionary (Paperback)
K. Sean Harris, L.Mike Henry
R112 R85 Discovery Miles 850 Save R27 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Amplify - Graphic Narratives of Feminist Resistance (Paperback): Norah Bowman, Meg Braem Amplify - Graphic Narratives of Feminist Resistance (Paperback)
Norah Bowman, Meg Braem; Artworks by Dominique Hui
R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In this highly original text - a collaboration between a college professor, a playwright, and an artist - graphic storytelling offers a unique way for readers to understand and engage with feminism and resistance in a more emotionally resonant way. Issues of performativity, gender roles, intersectionality, and privilege are explored in seven beautifully illustrated graphic vignettes. From Pussy Riot to the Women of the Black Panthers, and from Leymah Gbowee to Harsha Walia, each vignette highlights unique moments and challenges in the struggle for feminist social justice. Brief introductions provide enough background context for the uninitiated, while further readings offer opportunities for those who wish to learn more. Finally, carefully crafted discussion questions help readers probe the key points in each narrative while connecting specific stories to more general concepts in gender studies and feminist theory.

Growing Extraordinary Marijuan (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Adam Gottlieb Growing Extraordinary Marijuan (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Adam Gottlieb
R229 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R45 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The farmers of India and Mexico historically grew extraordinary marijuana. Modern growers took the technology to new highs. "Growing Extraordinary Marijuana" presents traditional cultivation techniques which greatly enhance both the quantity and quality of the active resin and modern discoveries about the nature of cannabis and what is best for its development and potency: secrets of the ganja farmers of Indiacultivation methods of the Indans of Oaxacasoil mineral control and hydroponicsmutation and genetic alterationsexing for Sinsemilla productioncloning the "Sea of Green" methodrockwool and other growing mediaTriggering flowering for early harvest.

A Place of Refuge - An Experiment in Communal Living - The Story of Windsor Hill Wood (Paperback): Tobias Jones A Place of Refuge - An Experiment in Communal Living - The Story of Windsor Hill Wood (Paperback)
Tobias Jones 1
R235 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R38 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Why is it that the more advanced our society becomes, the unhappier we are? Seeking an answer from the only honest perspective, Tobias Jones and his wife opened up their family home and ten acre woodland to those going through crises in their lives, or suffering from depression, addiction and loneliness. They will encounter extraordinary people: from 'Roadkill Kev' to 'Mary Poppins'; build a chapel, raise pigs and encounter both violent antagonism and astounding generosity. At the same time, they will open themselves, their children and their ideals up to the most demanding of judgements and transformations. Five years on, they think they are on to something. To sit down to eat together, to work on the land, to have no tolerance for drugs but a lot of tolerance for change aEURO" it takes time and many mistakes, but they have found a way to help people. This is the story of how.

Immigration and the Politics of Welfare Exclusion - Selective Solidarity in Western Democracies (Paperback): Edward A. Koning Immigration and the Politics of Welfare Exclusion - Selective Solidarity in Western Democracies (Paperback)
Edward A. Koning
R609 Discovery Miles 6 090 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Why do some governments try to limit immigrants' access to social benefits and entitlements while others do not? Through an in-depth study of Sweden, Canada, and the Netherlands, Immigration and the Politics of Welfare Exclusion maps the politics of immigrants' social rights in Western democracies. To achieve this goal, Edward A. Koning analyzes policy documents, public opinion surveys, data on welfare use, parliamentary debates, and interviews with politicians and key players in the three countries. Koning's findings are three-fold. First, the politics of immigrant welfare exclusion have little to do with economic factors and are more about general opposition to immigration and multiculturalism. Second, proposals for exclusion are particularly likely to arise in a political climate that incentivizes politicians to appear "tough" on immigration. Finally, the success of anti-immigrant politicians in bringing about exclusionary reforms depends on the response of the political mainstream, and the extent to which immigrants' rights are protected in national and international legal frameworks. A timely investigation into an increasingly pressing subject, Immigration and the Politics of Welfare Exclusion will be essential reading for scholars and students of political science, comparative politics, and immigration studies.

Read, Write, Rhyme Institute - Educators, Entertainers, and Entrepreneurs Engaging in Hip-Hop Discourse (Hardcover, New... Read, Write, Rhyme Institute - Educators, Entertainers, and Entrepreneurs Engaging in Hip-Hop Discourse (Hardcover, New edition)
Crystal LaVoulle
R1,674 R1,497 Discovery Miles 14 970 Save R177 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Read, Write, Rhyme Institute describes how individuals participating in the Read, Write, Rhyme Institute examine today's youth, hip-hop, and social responsibility. The institute provides a forum to engage in hip-hop Discourse (with a capital D) that includes a worldview and ways of doing, being, and knowing that are used in rap music, graffiti, spoken word poetry, and daily conversation. This book seeks to capitalize on the diversity within the hip-hop community by including successful individuals that grew up not only listening to hip-hop but also living it. Participants include educators, entertainers, and entrepreneurs.

Bureaucratic Manoeuvres - The Contested Administration of the Unemployed (Hardcover): John Grundy Bureaucratic Manoeuvres - The Contested Administration of the Unemployed (Hardcover)
John Grundy
R856 R808 Discovery Miles 8 080 Save R48 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In Bureaucratic Manoeuvres, John Grundy examines profound transformations in the governance of unemployment in Canada. While policy makers previously approached unemployment as a social and economic problem to be addressed through macroeconomic policies, recent labour market policy reforms have placed much more emphasis on the supposedly deficient employability of the unemployed themselves, a troubling shift that deserves close, critical attention. Tracing a behind-the-scenes history of public employment services in Canada, Bureaucratic Manoeuvres shows just how difficult it has been for administrators and frontline staff to govern unemployment as a problem of individual employability. Drawing on untapped government records, it sheds much-needed light on internal bureaucratic struggles over the direction of labour market policy in Canada and makes a key contribution to Canadian political science, economics, public administration, and sociology.

Tools for Slow Living - A Practical Guide to Mindfullness & Coziness (Paperback): Collective Tools for Slow Living - A Practical Guide to Mindfullness & Coziness (Paperback)
Collective
R301 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R79 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Many modern gurus, life-style magazines, TV programmes and books promote slow-ing down and resisting the relentless tem-po of daily life. We are offering a carefully selected set of objects and accessories that will not only show you how to relax again, but also how to refuse the crazy pressure for speed. Take back control over your life and make it enjoyable again. Let this book be your guide on the way to escape the hurly-burly of everyday life and get rid of the stress it generates. Back to basics, discover the beauty of the slow mode that will make your life more rewarding, whether you are relaxing, enjoying the moment, sharing them with your loved ones or practicing a hobby. Thanks to our inspirational collec-tion of tools for slow living you will connect with reality, with others and most impor-tantly with yourself.

Crestwood Hills: The Chronicle Of Modern Utopia (Paperback): Cory Buckner Crestwood Hills: The Chronicle Of Modern Utopia (Paperback)
Cory Buckner
R712 R519 Discovery Miles 5 190 Save R193 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Becoming a Marihuana User (Paperback): Howard Saul Becker Becoming a Marihuana User (Paperback)
Howard Saul Becker
R177 R132 Discovery Miles 1 320 Save R45 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

OG Kush. Sour Diesel. Wax, shatter, and vapes. Marijuana has come a long way since its seedy days in the back parking lots of our culture. So has Howard S. Becker, the eminent sociologist, jazz musician, expert on "deviant" culture, and founding NORML board member. When he published Becoming a Marihuana User more than sixty years ago, hardly anyone paid attention-because few people smoked pot. Decades of Cheech and Chong films, Grateful Dead shows, and Cannabis Cups later, and it's clear-marijuana isn't just an established commodity, it's an entire culture. And that's just the thing-Becker totally called it: pot has everything to do with culture. It's not a blight on culture, but a culture itself-in fact, you'll see in this book the first use of the term "users," rather than "abusers" or "addicts." Come along on this short little study-now a famous timestamp in weed studies-and you will be astonished at how relevant it is to us today. Becker doesn't judge, but neither does he holler for legalization, tell you how to grow it in a hollowed-out dresser, or anything else like that for which there are plenty of other books you can buy. Instead, he looks at marijuana with a clear sociological lens-as a substance that some people enjoy, and that some others have decided none of us should. From there he asks: so how do people decide to get high, and what kind of experience do they have as a result of being part of the marijuana world? What he discovers will bother some, especially those who proselytize the irrefutably stunning effects of the latest strain: chemistry isn't everything-the important thing about pot is how we interact with it. We learn to be high. We learn to like it. And from there, we teach others, passing the pipe in a circle that begins to resemble a bona fide community, defined by shared norms, values, and definitions just like any other community. All throughout this book, you'll see the intimate moments when this transformation takes place. You'll see people doing it for the first time and those with considerable experience. You'll see the early signs of the truths that have come to define the marijuana experience: that you probably won't get high at first, that you have to hold the hit in, and that there are other people here who are going to smoke that, too.

Halal Food - A History (Hardcover): Febe Armanios, Bogac Ergene Halal Food - A History (Hardcover)
Febe Armanios, Bogac Ergene
R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Food trucks announcing "halal" proliferate in many urban areas but how many non-Muslims know what this means, other than cheap lunch? Here Middle Eastern historians Febe Armanios and Bogac Ergene provide an accessible introduction to halal (permissible) food in the Islamic tradition, exploring what halal food means to Muslims and how its legal and cultural interpretations have changed in different geographies up to the present day. Historically, Muslims used food to define their identities in relation to co-believers and non-Muslims. Food taboos are rooted in the Quran and prophetic customs, as well as writings from various periods and geographical settings. As in Judaism and among certain Christian sects, Islamic food traditions make distinctions between clean and impure, and dietary choices and food preparation reflect how believers think about broader issues. Traditionally, most halal interpretations focused on animal slaughter and the consumption of intoxicants. Muslims today, however, must also contend with an array of manufactured food products - yogurts, chocolates, cheeses, candies, and sodas - filled with unknown additives and fillers. To help consumers navigate the new halal marketplace, certifying agencies, government and non-government bodies, and global businesses vie to meet increased demands fofor food piety. At the same time, blogs, cookbooks, restaurants, and social media apps have proliferated, while animal rights and eco-conscious activists seek to recover halal's more wholesome and ethical inclinations. Covering practices from the Middle East and North Africa to South Asia, Europe, and North America, this timely book is for anyone curious about the history of halal food and its place in the modern world.

#Forty - Be the change (Paperback): Jonathan Shaw #Forty - Be the change (Paperback)
Jonathan Shaw
R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

It's not every day that we wake up and decide to put life on hold and start living. This is what Jonathan did after turning forty. Having realized that probably he had already lived half his life he decided to embark on a sabbatical to enjoy time off, reflect about his life and make sure he was living life on his terms and not on someone else's. Coming from a small Mediterranean island, culture and circumstance often dictate our actions, behaviors, and next steps. Jonathan broke with this norm and is calling on us to re-evaluate what really makes us tick. #Forty is a journey which questions the way we have done things and assists us in answering the `what next?'. It is our journey - one of self-discovery. A thought provoking, easy to use hand book of a few of the life lessons Jonathan has picked up along the years and others which he is still working on. Pick it up, put it down. Read a chapter or two and reflect. Use it whichever way you wish - there is a lesson for each and every one of us. Most of all - enjoy the journey. Table of Contents: 1. Exploit Your Current 2. The Management Perception 3. Choose whih Battles are Worth Winning 4. The Power of Engagement 5. Making Yourself Redundant 6. Your Most Complex Machine 7. Reinventing Yoursefl 8. The Emotion of Negotiations 9. The Solitude of Leadership 10. It's Not What We Say but How We Say It 11. 80% of your Fears will never Happen 12. Don't Just Think It, Ink It 13. The Big Fish Small Pond Syndrome 14. See for the First Time 15. Why Grit Matters? 16. You Can Be Your Worst Enemy 17. Food for Tonight 18. Technology and Patience 19. Share Your Plans as much as You Can 20. Some Business Tips 21. Learn To Let Go 22. Sabbatical at Forty 23. The Art of Firing People 24. Reward Yourself at Milestones 25. People Who Know Don't Talk. Those Who Don't Know Talk A Lot 26. It is Nice to be Important. But it is Important to be Nice 27. You Don't Choose Your Family 28. Meet the Monkey 29. About Mindfulness 30. More than Words

Warrior Herdsmen - Life with the Dodoth of Northern Uganda (Paperback): Elizabeth Marshall Thomas Warrior Herdsmen - Life with the Dodoth of Northern Uganda (Paperback)
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
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This is the personal journal of a young American woman, living for six months amongst the Dodoth cattle-herdsmen in Northern Uganda. It is also an adventure story, for during this period the Dodoth were caught up in an escalating cycle of violence with their age-old rivals, the Turkana tribe. The animating tension of this feud was the tradition of cattle raiding, but it escalated to unprecedented levels of violence when the new nation states of Uganda and Kenya were drawn in to police these ancient clan frontiers. Elizabeth Marshall Thomas s total immersion in the life of this tribe in 1961 takes us with her, as with clarity and a lyrical eye for detail she brings their whole culture alive. For though she was not an academic herself, she had spent much time in the field with her mother, who was the world s leading authority on the Bushman of the Kalahari. So it was natural for Elizabeth Marshall Thomas to take her own young children on this adventure, where she proves herself such a brave, humane and unshockable witness to the life of the warrior herdsmen.

The Power of Place - Geography, Destiny, and Globalization's Rough Landscape (Paperback): Harm J.De Blij The Power of Place - Geography, Destiny, and Globalization's Rough Landscape (Paperback)
Harm J.De Blij
R266 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R59 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The world is not as mobile or as interconnected as we like to think. As Harm de Blij argues in The Power of Place, in crucial ways-from the uneven distribution of natural resources to the unequal availability of opportunity-geography continues to hold billions of people in its grip. We are all born into natural and cultural environments that shape what we become, individually and collectively. From our "mother tongue" to our father's faith, from medical risks to natural hazards, where we start our journey has much to do with our destiny. Hundreds of millions of farmers in the river basins of Asia and Africa, and tens of millions of shepherds in isolated mountain valleys from the Andes to Kashmir, all live their lives much as their distant ancestors did, remote from the forces of globalization. Incorporating a series of persuasive maps, De Blij describes the tremendously varied environments across the planet and shows how migrations between them are comparatively rare. De Blij also looks at the ways we are redefining place so as to make its power even more potent than it has been, with troubling implications.

Nathan Coley - To the Bramley Family of Frestonia (Paperback): Nathan Coley Nathan Coley - To the Bramley Family of Frestonia (Paperback)
Nathan Coley
R544 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R159 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Nathan Coley is a publication documenting a public art project in London by Glasgow-based contemporary artist Nathan Coley (b.1967). At a time when housing and the property market are at the centre of much social, political and economic debate, Coley's project is a pertinent and thought-provoking exploration of issues of housing, ownership, history and activism. In the mid-late 1960s, the Greater London Council moved local authority tenants out of their run-down terraced houses in the Freston Road area of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and into newly built blocks of flats nearby. The council was planning to knock down the terraced houses and to regenerate the area, but the plans were beset by delays so the houses lay derelict for almost a decade. During the 1970s a group of squatters began moving into the old houses - there were around 150 people living in 35 houses at one point towards the end of the decade. In late summer 2015, on the site where Frestonia once stood, the first phase of apartments designed byHaworth Tompkins Architects and built by the charitable organisation The Peabody Trust was completed. With one third of the properties for sale, one third for rent, and one third under the management of the Housing Association, the complex, called The Silchester (More West) development, consists of 112 apartments. Nathan Coley was commissioned to make new artwork for the site. Based on the form of an apple tree - inspired by the history of the Bramley apple that gave its name to the Frestonia residents - Coley has not only made a striking steel and gold leaf rooftop sculpture, but also 112 small versions of the same sculpture that have been given to each of the residents as a house warming present. In doing so, Coley not only connects the new housing complex and its residents with its local history, but to wider discourses of modernism and sculpture, art and society, capitalism and alternative modes of living. The publication, which forms part of the artist's commissioned project, presents a variety of texts, images and documentation relating to the new housing development, to the history of the Bramley apple and to Frestonia - including a selection of archive photographs of Frestonia taken by former resident Tony Sleep.

Little Sister - A Memoir (Hardcover): Patricia Walsh Chadwick Little Sister - A Memoir (Hardcover)
Patricia Walsh Chadwick
R475 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R122 (26%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

They promised her heaven, but there was no savior. Imagine an eighteen-year-old American girl who has never read a newspaper, watched television, or made a phone call. An eighteen-year-old-girl who has never danced-and this in the 1960s. It is in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Leonard Feeney, a controversial (soon to be excommunicated) Catholic priest, has founded a religious community called the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Center's members-many of them educated at Harvard and Radcliffe-surrender all earthly possessions and aspects of their life, including their children, to him. Patricia Chadwick was one of those children, and Little Sister is her account of growing up in the Feeney sect. Separated from her parents and forbidden to speak to them, Patricia bristles against the community's draconian rules, yearning for another life. When, at seventeen, she is banished from the Center, her home, she faces the world alone, without skills, family, or money but empowered with faith and a fierce determination to succeed on her own, which she does, rising eventually to the upper echelons of the world of finance and investing. A tale of resilience and grace, Little Sister chronicles, in riveting prose, a surreal childhood and does so without rancor or self-pity.

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