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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)
In tomorrow's world prowls a creative -- and ruthlessly efficient -- assassin who won't stop until Kirsten is dead.
A troubled woman approaches Kirsten with a warning and a key and is later found dead. Was the woman just another victim of the Suicide Contagion or is there something more sinister at play? The key leads Kirsten to the Doomsday Vault and a hit list of seven people - and her barcode is on it.
Edgy and original, Why You Were Taken is a dark cinematic thriller that will keep you guessing till the last page.
No one appreciates the irony of her situation more than Raven Kane: she’s a burnt-out witch. Raven is a hip, hexing-and-texting sorceress – or at least, she used to be. Now her ancient timber house is falling down around her, and the bank wants to repossess it. Nothing would make her cantankerous neighbour happier than seeing Raven and her messy menagerie out on the street.
To add to her stress, the reckless Wicked Witches are causing mischief and it’s her job to reign them in. Worst of all is that her magic seems to be fading. Just as everything seems to be too much to handle, there’s a knock on the (splintering) door. A not-unattractive man appears in her life: not to save her, as a fairytale would have you believe, but to arrest her for the murder of one of her clients.
It wouldn’t be that bad for Raven, except that she knows she's guilty.
Leon van Nierop se blitsverkoper Plesierengel verskyn twintig jaar gelede en dit is in hierdie boek waar duisende lesers vir Tristan Hansen ontmoet, ’n engel van plesier, ’n manlike prostituut waarvoor Johannesburg se rykste vroue duisende rande betaal.
Dit is egter nie die volle verhaal nie: hoe het die enigmatiese Tristan tot hier gekom? In Katelknaap kry die leser ’n blik op die vroue wat hom gevorm het en van genot geleer het. Veral saam met een vrou, ver weg in Positano, ’n dorpie in ItaliŽ, kon hy hom loswikkel van die beklemming van sy konserwatiewe ma wat hom nŠ sy pa se selfmoord alleen grootmaak.
Maar dit was ook nie die laaste beklemming nie. Op die vooraand van Tristan se 27ste verjaardag vind ons hom in sy luukse dakwoonstel in Maboneng, onrustig nŠ ’n vreemde foonoproep vol dreigende stilte. Terwyl hy kan voel hoe hy deur ’n verkyker dopgehou word en dat die afloerder met iets anders as begeerte na hom kyk, reik sy herinneringe terug na gelukkiger dae in Positano, en na sy opleiding in die kuns van liefdemaak.
First there is the killing of the minister of energy. Then the cop investigating the murder commits suicide. Fearing a conspiracy, the minister’s lover hires pi Fish Pescado to find the killer.
Then she goes missing. And Fish is being stonewalled by the cops because in the dark shadows of Cape Town there’s another game being played out. A complex one involving Iranian agents, the theft of highly enriched uranium, the kidnapping of a top scientist, and ex-spy Vicki Kahn being bribed by her former handler to track the terrorists.
The hunt is deadly and nothing is what it seems. A sleeper has been awoken. ISIS is involved. So is the CIA. And chatter leads to talk of a dirty bomb...
Surely we all lie a little bit online... Don't we? Shame On You is a gripping psychological thriller that explores the darker side of social media, perfect for fans of THE GIRL BEFORE and FRIEND REQUEST.
Have you ever reached the New Year and thought it's time to reinvent yourself? Have you ever lied about who you are to get more likes? Have you ever followed someone online who you think is perfect?
Meet Holly. Social media sensation. The face of clean eating. Everyone loves her. Everyone wants to be her. But when Holly is attacked by a man she's only just met, her life starts to spiral out of control. He seemed to know her - but she doesn't know him.
But what if Holly isn't who SHE seems to be? What if Holly's living a lie?
In die paar dae voor Kersfees neem Hendrik en Amalia se lewe ín onverwagse wending, iets waarvoor hulle nooit voorsiening gemaak het nie. Maar wat vir hulle ín nuwe era in hulle verhouding sou kon wees, word verdonker deur ín verskriklike voorval waarvoor Hendrik in hegtenis geneem word. Nog Amalia, ín staatsaanklaer op Witteberg, nog Hendrik se knap prokureur kan verhoed dat hy opgesluit word Ė deels vir sy eie veiligheid, deels omdat ín lafhartige speurder sy mag misbruik. Wat voorbereiding vir ín heugelike gebeurtenis en Kersfees moes word, word dae waarin Hendrik intiem met die binnekant van ín sel en die se bewoners kennis maak. Daar word van moord gepraat op die taxibaas se seun wat deur ín dwaalkoeel getref word en dis die taxibaas se woord teen Hendrik sín. Boonop leef die grensoorlog steeds in Hendrik se gedagtes; die nagmerrie toe hy ín makker wat deur die Kubane gevange geneem is, gaan red het. Dekades later buk ín Kubaanse dokter oor hom in ín hospitaal. En as Hendrik gemeen het dat Amalia veilig is, het hy ín fout gemaak Ö
Although conceived and birthed well before the ANC’s December 2017 elective conference and the changes of the political and governance guards that ensued, The List imagines a ‘New Dawn’ for South Africa in the closing years of the second decade of the 21st Century.
Rumours have abounded since the early days of South African democracy of a list or lists given to Nelson Mandela and the TRC by old apartheid securocrats of their agents infiltrated into the upper echelons of the ANC during the struggle years. These rumours gained new currency with the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in April 2018 and the revelations of the machinations of apartheid’s Stratcom securocrats.
The List tells the story of a group of veterans of MK, of ANC intelligence and of the post-apartheid intelligence service, who are formed into a highly secret task team by the newly elected president to investigate the possibility of such remnants of apartheid security threatening to obstruct the radical changes the new president and his team are planning.
The List follows these veterans and their nemeses through the struggle years, exile, the MK camps and into the years of democracy and hope, disillusion and hope again. It observes while the struggle veterans painstakingly attempt to pick through the detritus of the old regime in the new, but just as the moment of optimism begins to blossom, the task team uncovers a ghastly betrayal. Is it too late to save the president and the country?
The novel is narrated from the future by one of the veterans of the task team from his second exile in a bedsit in London.
Twenty-two-year-old Etienne is studying film in London, having fled conscription in his native South Africa. It is 1986, the time of Thatcher, anti-apartheid campaigns and Aids, but also of postmodern art, post-punk rock, and Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Adrift in a city cast in shadow, he falls in love with a German artist while living in derelict artistsí communes. When Etienne finds the first of three reels of a German film from the 1930s, he begins searching for the missing reels, a project that turns into an obsession when his lover disappears in Berlin. It is while navigating this city divided by the Wall that Etienne gradually pieces together the history of a small group of Jewish film makers in Nazi Germany. It is a desperate quest amid complications that pull him back to the present and to South Africa. However, his search for the missing film continues. Ambitious and cosmopolitan, the material of SJ Naudeís The Third Reel is as disparate as the cities in which the book is set. Architecture, cinematography, sex, music, illness, loss and love all collide in this exquisitely wrought, deeply affecting novel.
From the acclaimed and award-winning author of What Will People Say?, Rehana Rossouw takes us into a world seemingly filled with promise yet bedevilled by shadows from the past. In this astonishing tour de force Rossouw illuminates the tensions inherent in these new times.
Ali Adams is a political reporter in Parliament. As Nelson Mandela begins his second year as president, she discovers that his party is veering off the path to freedom and drafting a new economic policy that makes no provision for the poor. She follows the scent of corruption wafting into the new democracy’s politics and uncovers a major scandal. She compiles stories that should be heard when the Truth Commission gets underway, reliving the recent brutal past. Her friend Lizo works in the Presidency, controls access to Madiba’s ear. Another friend, Munier, is beating at the gates of Parliament, demanding attention for the plague stalking the land.
Aaliyah Adams lives with her devout Muslim family in Bo-Kaap. Her mother is buried in religion after losing her husband. Her best friend is getting married, piling up the pressure to get settled and pregnant. There is little tolerance for alternative lifestyles in the close-knit community. The Rugby World Cup starts and tourists pour up the slopes above the city, discovering a hidden gem their dollars can afford.
Ali/Aaliya is trapped with her family and friends in a tangle of razor-wire politics and culture, can she break free?
Told with Rehana’s trademark verve and exquisite attention to language you will weep with Aaliya, triumph with Ali, and fall in love with the assemblage that makes up this ravishing new novel.
The book, Dry Tears, attempts to highlight the daily struggles of women in the townships and villages, concerning various stereotypes and other forms of unfair treatment. It showcases that abuse is not only physical, but emotional as well, so the author exposes other forms of abuse and mistreatment, mostly under the pretext of upholding values and culture. Although the setting is based in real places, the storyline is entirely the thought of the writer.
The main character, Ntsakisi, goes through a lot of challenging circumstances, trials and tribulations due to the set-up of her community and how society perceives women in general. After losing her husband to a motor vehicle incident, her in-laws subject her to extreme levels of emotional abuse. She is left to fend for her two children alone, yet they never stop involving themselves in her private affairs.
She finds love in a man called Mokoena, a teacher at a local school, but both her family and her in-laws connive to deny her the opportunity to marry her lover.
‘Those in the know claim Michael K disembarked from a diesel-smoke-spewing truck one overcast morning, looked around, and without missing a beat, chose a spot where he set down a small bucket (red, burnt and disfigured) that contained an assortment of seedlings, some fisherman’s twine and a rudimentary gardening tool – probably self-made.’
How is it that a character from literary fiction can so alter the landscapes he touches, even as he – in his self-imposed isolation – seeks to avoid them? How is it that Michael K, bewildered and bewildering, can remain so fragile yet so present, so imposing without attempting to be so? In this response to JM Coetzee’s classic masterpiece, Life & Times of Michael K, Nthikeng Mohlele dabbles in the artistic and speculative in a unique attempt to unpack the dazed and disconnected world of the title character, his solitary ways, his inventiveness, but also to show how astutely Michael K holds up a mirror to those whose paths he inadvertently crosses. Michael K explores the weight of history and of conscience, thus wrestling the character from the confines of literary creation to the frontiers of artistic timelessness.
Willem Prins bewandel die strate van Parys. Eens was hy op koers om ’n gerekende skrywer in Suid-Afrika te word, maar na jare se probeer wink die koue water van die Seine – miskien sal sy verdrinking sy boekverkope bietjie opstoot, dink ’n swartgallige Willem.
Tot sy skaamte is dit die erotika wat hy onder ’n skuilnaam skryf wat hom na Frankryk gebring het. Terug na die stad waar een van sy drie eksvroue saam met sy oudste seun woon, ’n jong man wat sy pa skaars ken.
Vir Willem is Parys nie juis die stad van liefde nie, maar dit is hier waar hy vir Jackie ontmoet, ’n jong Suid-Afrikaner wat as au pair werk. Dit is ook sy wat saam met hom is diť Vrydagaand die dertiende toe terreur in Parys losbars.
Misverstand is die dertiende roman van een van Suid-Afrika se gewildste skrywers. ’n Roman oor die ontnugtering van die middeljare, die lewe se onweerswolke wat dikwels dreig, en oor bande tussen mense wat beskut.
Wie is Aengel Rousseau? En wie was die voormoeder by wie Aengel dagboeke, 'n skulp, ín seewatersteen en ín verbod om haar hare te sny, geerf het? Dis die vrae wat Aengel Kierangbaai toe lok. Want dis waar Angelique díAvignon amper twee eeue gelede haar spore gelaat het en legendes van die visvrou ruig loop. Geleidelik maak Aengel sin van die legendes oor Annie en die vloek wat sy oor die Niemands uitgespreek het. Die vier moorde wat op Kierangbaai gepleeg word, kan Aengel egter nie kleinkry nie. Ook nie haar gevoelens vir Roark of hoekom iemand dink sy kan Annie se vloek ophef nie. Gys en Fortuintjie moet weer hul speurvernuf inspan en dit ry Gys se poging om vir oulaas Gertjie se hart te wen, sleg in die wiele. Dryfhout is die vyfde spanningsroman wat in die Niemandsdorp-omgewing afspeel, en sluit die Gys Niemand-reeks af. Gys Niemand en Faantjie Fortuin doen weer die speurwerk, alhoewel daar heelwat komplikasies is. Die ander titels in die reeks is Springgety, Fortuin, Boheem en Meetsnoer.
t’s the eighties in Johannesburg. Adriana van der Hoon is eighteen years old. Her father, an anti-apartheid activist and Dutch citizen, smuggles money for the ANC using a non-profit trust as a front. But then things change . . . and South Africa’s notorious security police blackmails Adriana into following the money trail from Berlin to Johannesburg.
As political change sweeps across Europe and South Africa, Adriana acquires a new skills set, a lover and an enemy.
More than 25 years later, Adriana is safe and sound, back in Johannesburg. Together with her friend Zenani they run a restaurant called Crow’s Feet. But the past is finally catching up with her, and this time round there is no place to hide.
Circus is the first of Venter’s series to be translated into English. However, each book is a stand-alone novel. The series shares a character cast, with a different character becoming the central storyline in each book.
“Irma Venter is world class.” – Deon Meyer
Max Lurie’s navel-gazing podcast about his life has become an unexpected success. But its embellishments and inventions are starting to leak into his everyday life.
As Max tries to navigate the grey areas between fact and fiction, things begin to spin out of control. He juggles real and imagined girlfriends, an illegally procured firearm, an unpredictable friendship with a homeless schizophrenic, his acerbic immigrant producer, his dying father, his famous childhood sweetheart, an unlikely romantic entanglement and his critical and growing audience. Can he keep all of these balls in the air and finally bring them safely to rest?
This story takes a deep and satiric dive into the worlds we imagine for ourselves and the lives we actually live, particularly in a time when our real and digital personas intersect and merge in chaotic ways. Free Association casts a steely and comic eye on the great and small concerns of being human: the chances we take and miss, the pain of not fitting in, the fragility of the psyche, the unpredictability of love, the dull certainty of death, the importance of listening to others and the careening craziness of it all.
The lives of South Africans have always been interwoven in complex ways. There is a long history of division; but also of profound (and often surprising) instances of mutual recognition. Recognition is an exciting anthology of short stories in which twenty-two South African writers render these intricate connections.
The writers whose stories have been selected use the transformative power of the imagination and the unique appeal of the short story to illuminate aspects of our past and present. Cumulatively their stories tell of a history tainted by misrecognition but not, finally, bound by it. Amongst the twenty-two contributors are some of our best-known short story writers: Pauline Smith, Herman Charles Bosman, H.I. E. Dhlomo, Can Themba, Nadine Gordimer, Alex La Guma, Dan Jacobson, Miriam Tlali, Ahmed Essop, Njabulo Ndebele, Mandla Langa, Chris van Wyk, Damon Galgut, Achmat Dangor and Zoe Wicomb. And there is also a selection of vibrant newer voices: Makhosazana Xaba, Nadia Davids, Mary Watson, Lindiwe Nkutha, Wamuwi Mbao and Kobus Moolman.
Chronologically the collection ranges from the 1920s to the twenty first century. It builds on its predecessor, Encounters, but devotes significant attention to the transitional and post-apartheid years: almost half the stories were published after 1994. The anthology includes a generous and detailed introduction, written by David Medalie. It traces the motif of recognition, discusses the general characteristics of short stories and the narrative devices used by writers, and includes a brief analysis of each short story.
Recognition will appeal to teachers and students of literature. It will be enjoyed by all those who love short stories and appreciate the craftsmanship involved in telling a memorable tale.
To Hell With Cronje
The Book Of Happenstance
Willem Prins wanders the streets of Paris, disillusioned and glum. Once, he showed great promise as a South African writer of distinction, but years of disappointment have left their mark. Drowning himself in the Seine may well be the only option left to drive up his book sales. His reason for being in Paris - the French translation of an erotic novel he wrote under a pseudonym - is not exactly something to be proud of. He is no stranger to Paris. An ex-wife of his (one of three) lives in the city with his eldest son, a young man who barely knows his father. Willem finds an unlikely companion in Jackie, a young South African working as an au pair in the city, a woman old enough to be his daughter. Together, the two of them will face the chaos of the terror attacks on Friday the thirteenth in Paris. You Lost Me is bestselling author Marita van der Vyver's thirteenth novel, a story about life's thunder clouds and the bonds between us that offer shelter. It is a tale of disillusionment and loss, told with warmth and wicked humour.
“Griet approached the house via the kitchen and poured the potion into a glass, put it on a tray, and brought it into the hall. She offered it to the doctor with her characteristic little Victorian curtsy. He smelled it – wonderful herbal scent. But what, he thought for a moment, if it’s poisonous?”
First published in 1989, Guy Butler’s Tales from the Old Karoo is considered to be one of the classics of South African literature. In celebration of the author’s birth in 1918, this centenary issue is newly packaged and designed to appeal to a modern audience.
The short stories in this collection are all set in the old Karoo – in a place and time before tarred roads, television and the internet replaced horse-drawn carriages, steam- engine trains and fireside storytelling. In his characteristically dry, humorous style, Guy Butler captures the essence of the people and landscape of the Karoo. It is a collection of delightful yarns and reminiscences about real ghosts, imaginary people, stubborn farm animals, and events that never happened – stories so strange they can only be true.
Op ín winterdag in 1945 ontferm ín kinderlose wit egpaar, Sara en Erik de Graaff, hulle oor ín driejarige halwe weeskind Ė Mina Afrika. Hulle wil haar graag ín kans in die lewe gee. Terwyl Mina nog vol ambisie haar toekoms beplan dryf die verraderlike daad van ín ryk jong wit man haar weg uit die Vallei, laat haar beland in ín eindelose spiraal van bedrog. ín Lewe van vernedering in Groenpunt en tussen die bendes van Distrik Ses.
Paris, 1958. A skirmish in a world-famous restaurant leaves two men dead and the restaurant staff baffled. Why did the head waiter, a man who’s been living in France for many years, lunge at his patrons with a knife?
As the man awaits trial, a journalist hounds his long-time friend, hoping to expose the true story behind this unprecedented act of violence.
Gradually, the extraordinary story of Pitso Motaung, a young South African who volunteered to serve with the Allies in the First World War, emerges. Through a tragic twist of fate, Pitso found himself on board the ss Mendi, a ship that sank off the Isle of Wight in February 1917. More than six hundred of his countrymen, mostly black soldiers, lost their lives in a catastrophe that official history largely forgot. One particularly cruel moment from that day will remain etched in Pitso’s mind, resurfacing decades later to devastating effect.
Dancing The Death Drill recounts the life of Pitso Motaung. It is a personal and political tale that spans continents and generations, moving from the battlefields of the Boer War to the front lines in France and beyond. With a captivating blend of pathos and humour, Fred Khumalo brings to life a historical event, honouring both those who perished in the disaster and those who survived.
Rebecca doesn’t expect to make new friends at this stage of her life. But when she becomes mother to little Amy, she finds herself spending her afternoons in the park. There she meets other mothers: first flamboyant, fun Rose, and then single-mom Lilith, whose inner strength is tangible, and whose eyes never leave her toddler.
Very soon the women have formed a trio – the type of friends who feel at home in each other’s kitchens – and their daughters begin to behave like sisters. But Rebecca is about to learn that friendship is not always what it seems, and that sometimes you trust the wrong people. At exactly the moment when she needs to lean on them, one of her new friends harbours a shocking secret, and the other will turn on her in a way she could never have anticipated.
Her two park friends will change Rebecca’s life – and her family – forever.
Jazz painist Bent lives in squalor in Observatory. After a gig one night, the enigmatic Leonard Fry offers him a vast sum of money to play at a private party.
Bent accepts and duly plays the piano. After the guests have departed, Leonard Fry makes him a Faustian proposition: he, Leonard Fry, his appetites jaded by the pleasures his enormous wealth has afforded him, wants to undertake an experiment: he wants to lock himself in a bare room, containing only the most basic essentials, for a year. Bent’s role in this endeavour would be to live in Fry’s mansion for the year, passing Fry three meals a day through a slot in the door, without any other interaction, even – especially – if he begs to be released. When Bent locks Fry in the room, the strange trip begins.
But there’s a mysterious stranger lurking outside the house, and Bent soon begins to wonder who the real subject of Fry’s bizarre experiment is.
Steve Hofmeyr word as skrywer van Afrikaanse fiksie hoog aangeslaan. Sy Vier briewe vir Jan Ellis en Laaste dans, Drienie is deur literÍre kritici aangeprys. Nou ontpop diť gewilde en omstrede sanger en akteur as misdaadskrywer met Die onaantasbares.
Die hoofkarakter in diť spanningsroman is ’n huurmoordenaar wat deur die media as “Die Sluiper” gedoop word. Hy is ’n Special Ops-veteraan wat deur die Bosoorlog “gekneus” is. Die verhouding tussen hom en sy eertydse kollegas versuur wanneer hy begin vermoed dat hulle hom verraai het.
Hy raak verlief op Tessa Mallet, wat later self in die visier van Die Sluiper se voormalige kliŽnte beland wanneer hulle besluit om van hom ontslae te raak. Nadat Tessa in hulle liefdesnes vermoor en Die Sluiper vir dood agtergelaat word, is wraak voor die hand liggend. NŠ ’n uitgerekte herstelproses begin hy jag maak op die groep mense wat agter die moord op Tessa sit. Hofmeyr is ’n vaardige verteller wat lesers op ’n aksiebelaaide avontuurtog neem terwyl die adrenalien teen ’n hoŽ tempo vloei.
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