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My Country - A Syrian Memoir (Hardcover): Kassem Eid My Country - A Syrian Memoir (Hardcover)
Kassem Eid; Introduction by Janine di Giovanni 1
R392 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R83 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

An unforgettable memoir of growing up in Syria under al-Assad's regime, surviving a gas attack, and rallying worldwide support to break the siege of cities across the country, with a foreword by Janine di Giovanni Chosen for the Big Issue's Best Summer Non-fiction 2018 Born to Palestinian refugees, Kassem Eid grew up in the small town of Moadamiya on the outskirts of the ancient city of Damascus. The streets that he and his many siblings played on were perfumed with jasmine. A precocious child, he excelled at school, and had a natural gift for languages. But it didn't take long for Kassem to realise that he was treated differently at school because of his family's resistance to the brutal government regime. When Bashar al-Assad succeeded his father in 2000, hopes that he would ease its severity were swiftly crushed. When the 2011 Arab Spring protests in Syria were met with extreme violence, it was yet another blow - and as Kassem reached young adulthood, life in Syria became increasingly precarious, as the country spiralled into civil war. Then, on 21 August 2013, Kassem nearly died in a sarin gas attack that killed hundreds of civilians. Later that day, he would pick up a gun for the first time, to join the Free Syrian Army as they fought government forces. For Kassem, this marked the moment that he and his country changed forever. A searing account of oppression, war, survival and escape, My Country is both a brave and deeply felt memoir of one man's life, as well as a compelling indictment of a world that turned its face away as a nation fell apart.

Talking with Serial Killers - The Most Evil People in the World Tell Their Own Stories (Paperback): Christopher Berry-Dee Talking with Serial Killers - The Most Evil People in the World Tell Their Own Stories (Paperback)
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R213 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R41 (19%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Christopher Berry-Dee is the man who talks to serial killers. A world-renowned investigative criminologist, he has gained the trust of murderers across the world, entered their high security prisons, and discussed in detail their shocking crimes. The killers' pursuit of horror and violence is described through the unique audiotape and videotape interviews which Berry-Dee conducted, deep inside the bowels of some of the world's toughest prisons. Christopher Berry-Dee has collated these interviews into this astounding, disturbing book, which, since its first publication, has gone on to become a True Crime classic. Not only does he describe his meetings with some of the world's most evil men and women, he also reproduces, verbatim, their very words as they describe their crimes, allowing the reader a glimpse into the inner workings of the people who have committed the worst crime possible- to mercilessly take the life of another human being.

Drop the Ball - Expect Less from Yourself and Flourish in Work & Life (Paperback): Tiffany Dufu Drop the Ball - Expect Less from Yourself and Flourish in Work & Life (Paperback)
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R231 R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Save R73 (32%) Within 7 - 12 working days

An inspirational and insightful guide for those who want to get it all by doing less For women, a glass ceiling at work is not the only barrier to success - it's also the increasing number of obligations they face once they leave the office. Women have become accustomed to delegating, advocating and negotiating for themselves in the workplace, but when it comes to managing home life, they are still juggling too many balls. A simple solution is staring them in the face: use these skills to negotiate in their personal lives. In Drop The Ball, Tiffany Dufu urges the reader to embrace imperfection, to expect less of themselves and more from others - enabling them to flourish at work and develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home.

A First Lady of Finance - Pioneering the Way for Women Today (Paperback): Virginia Lee McKemie-Belt A First Lady of Finance - Pioneering the Way for Women Today (Paperback)
Virginia Lee McKemie-Belt
R279 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R50 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Four - The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google (Paperback): Scott Galloway The Four - The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google (Paperback)
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R219 R123 Discovery Miles 1 230 Save R96 (44%) Within 7 - 12 working days

For all that’s been written about the Four over the last two decades, no one has captured their power and staggering success as insightfully as Scott Galloway.

Instead of buying the myths these compa­nies broadcast, Galloway asks fundamental questions. How did the Four infiltrate our lives so completely that they’re almost impossible to avoid (or boycott)? Why does the stock market forgive them for sins that would destroy other firms? And as they race to become the world’s first trillion-dollar company, can anyone chal­lenge them?

In the same irreverent style that has made him one of the world’s most celebrated business professors, Galloway deconstructs the strategies of the Four that lurk beneath their shiny veneers. He shows how they manipulate the fundamental emotional needs that have driven us since our ancestors lived in caves, at a speed and scope others can’t match. And he reveals how you can apply the lessons of their ascent to your own business or career.

Whether you want to compete with them, do business with them, or simply live in the world they dominate, you need to understand the Four.

The Twinkling of an Eye - A mother's Journey (Paperback): Sue Brown The Twinkling of an Eye - A mother's Journey (Paperback)
Sue Brown
R245 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R34 (14%) Within 7 - 15 working days

What's a mother to do when her high-achieving boy - adored by his close-knit family and private school community - turns bully overnight? How is she to know that his sudden headaches and vomiting are far more serious than all the doctors insist? The Twinkling of An Eye ?is the true, life-affirming memoir of a mother's harrowing but heroic fight against her son's rare brain tumour. Brown tells her story with courage, humour and heart. Hers is a revealing, frank and deeply affecting story of the light that shines even in the darkest of places.

Stranger In My Heart (Paperback): Mary Monro Stranger In My Heart (Paperback)
Mary Monro
R257 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R76 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Stranger In My Heart is about the search for understanding oneself, answering the question "Who am I?" by seeking to understand the currents that sweep down the generations, eddy through one's own persona and continue on - palpable but often unrecognised. My father fought at the Battle of Hong Kong in December 1941, was taken prisoner by the Japanese and then escaped in February 1942, making his way across 1200 miles of inhospitable country to reach China's wartime capital at Chongqing. Seventy years later I retraced his steps in an effort to understand a man who had died when I was 18, leaving a lot of unanswered questions behind. My book is the quest that I undertook to explore my father's life, in the context of the Pacific War and our relationship with China. A picture of a man of the greatest generation slowly unfolds, a leader, a 20th Century Great, but a distant father. As I delve into his story and research the unfamiliar territory of China in the Second World War, the mission to get to know the stranger I called `Dad' resolves into a mission to understand how my own character was formed. As I travel across China, the traits I received from my father gradually emerge from their camouflage. The strands of the story are woven together in a flowing triple helix, with biography, travelogue and memoir punctuated with musings on context and meaning.

Op pad: 'n Reisjoernaal (Afrikaans, Paperback): Dana Snyman Op pad: 'n Reisjoernaal (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Dana Snyman
R265 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R37 (14%) Within 7 - 15 working days

Dana Snyman sien dinge op sy eiesoortige, aweregse manier. In deel een is hy op pad saam met die TV-span van Op pad met Dana. Soos hulle die land deurkruis op soek na stories, beleef Dana nie net die lief en leed van die mense met wie hy gesels nie, maar ook sy eie innerlike reis. Hy kom huistoe met 'n optelhond -- en met 'n nuwe manier van kyk. In deel twee kyk hy rugby. In kroee, township-huisies, saam met oom Frik du Preez en Joost van der Westhuizen. Snaaks, skerp en onthutsend eerlik.

The Unfolding Man - The Life and Art of Dan Rakgoathe (Paperback): Donve Langhan The Unfolding Man - The Life and Art of Dan Rakgoathe (Paperback)
Donve Langhan
R140 R121 Discovery Miles 1 210 Save R19 (14%) In stock

As a graphic artist and a creative philosopher, Dan Rakgoathe has few equals in southern Africa. His primary medium is the linocut, and his work explores both personal and metaphysical themes. When Dan went blind in November 1989 it was a tragedy for him as a visual artist, dedicated to his profession in which his life and work were intimately interwoven. However, going blind also marked a new spiritual beginning for him which continues to enrich his life. The story of Dan Rakgoathe's life is a story of suffering and a story of transcending that suffering as well as transcending the boundaries of race, culture and religion. Dan's art mirrors the richness of his experience: primarily as a mystic philosopher, secondly as an African, and thirdly as a human being overwhelmed by personal loss. In Dan's linocuts the strong optic qualities of the contrasting black and white lines seem to evoke a sense of depth while simultaneously creating a decorative surface pattern. The stylisation of forms, the sense of symmetry and the predominance of decorative elements in Dan's work express the inner rather than the outer world of human beings, consistent with his mystical and philosophical approach to life and art. Although Dan's work essentially nurtures the spirit, it also stimulates the mind.

See Ya Later - The World According to Arron Crascall (Paperback): Arron Crascall See Ya Later - The World According to Arron Crascall (Paperback)
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R188 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R37 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Alright guys? It's me, Arron. Or as some people call me, 'that guy with the phone, the skinny jeans and the really fat head on Facebook'.In a world that seems to be freefalling without a parachute towards utter chaos, I'm here to remind you that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. No, in fact, when life gives you lemons, make a fool out of yourself in the lemonade aisle.* Because there's more to life than Brexit, Bake Off and banging on about being vegan. Yes, with this book - which is my take on the world - you will learn how to survive a proper lads' holiday, become a master in the art of takeaway ordering and find out about the pitfalls of seriously inappropriate tattoos. So do yourself a favour: turn off the news, cancel that juice cleanse, open your eyes to the brilliant, hilarious world we live in and most importantly . . . buy this book. SEE YA LATER! Arron x *Actually, don't do exactly that, that's my thing.

The Wrong Side of Murder Creek - A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement (Paperback): The Wrong Side of Murder Creek - A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement (Paperback)
R456 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R93 (20%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Raising Boys the Zeller Way (Hardcover): Steve Zeller, Lorri Zeller Raising Boys the Zeller Way (Hardcover)
Steve Zeller, Lorri Zeller; Edited by Stephen Copeland
R490 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R103 (21%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Girl With Dove - A Life Built by Books (Hardcover, Edition): Sally Bayley Girl With Dove - A Life Built by Books (Hardcover, Edition)
Sally Bayley 1
R349 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R104 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days

`The word "mesmerising" is frequently applied to memoirs, but seldom as deservedly as in the case of Girl With Dove' Financial Times `Reading is a form of escape and an avid reader is an escape artist...' Brilliantly original, funny and clever Honor Clark, Spectator, Book of the Year Growing up in a dilapidated house by the sea where men were forbidden, Sally's childhood world was filled with mystery and intrigue. Hippies trailed through the kitchen looking for God - their leader was Aunt Di, who ruled the house with charismatic force. When Sally's baby brother vanishes from his pram, she becomes suspicious of the activities going on around her. What happened to Baby David and the woman called Poor Sue? And where did all the people singing and wailing prayers in the front room suddenly go? Disappearing into a world of books and reading, Sally adopts the tried and tested methods of Miss Marple. Taking books for hints and clues, she turns herself into a reading detective. Her discovery of Jane Eyre marks the beginning of a vivid journey through Victorian literature where she also finds the kind, eccentric figure of Charles Dickens' Betsey Trotwood. These characters soon become her heroines, acting as a part of an alternative family, offering humour and guidance during many difficult moments in Sally's life. Combining the voices of literary characters with those of her real-life counterparts, Girl With Dove reads as a magical series of strange encounters, climaxing with a comic performance of Shakespeare in the children's home where Sally is eventually sent. Weaving literary classics with a young girl's coming of age story, this is a book that testifies to the transformative power of reading and the literary imagination. Mixing fairy tale, literary classics, nursery rhymes and folklore, it is the story of a child's adventure in wonderland and search for truth in an adult world often cast in deep shadow.

Muhammad - Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires (Hardcover): Juan Ricardo Cole Muhammad - Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires (Hardcover)
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R512 R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Save R128 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Electricity of Every Living Thing - One Woman's Walk with Asperger's (Hardcover): Katherine May The Electricity of Every Living Thing - One Woman's Walk with Asperger's (Hardcover)
Katherine May 1
R397 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R83 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A life-affirming and perspective-shifting memoir of one woman's walk in the wilds as she comes to terms with an Asperger's diagnosis. In August 2015, Katherine May set out to walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path. She wanted to understand why she had stopped coping with everyday life; why motherhood had been so overwhelming and isolating, and why the world felt full of inundation and expectations she can't meet. Setting her feet down on the rugged and difficult path by the sea, the answer begins to unfold. It's a chance encounter with a voice on the radio that sparks a realisation that she has Asperger's Syndrome. The Electricity of Every Living Thing tells the story of the year in which Katherine comes to terms with her diagnosis. It leads to a re-evaluation of her life so far - a kinder one, which finally allows her to be different rather than simply awkward, arrogant or unfeeling. The physical and psychological journeys become inextricably entwined, and as Katherine finds her way across the untameable coast, she also finds the way to herself. This book is a life-affirming exploration of wild landscapes, what it means to be different and, above all, how we can all learn to make peace within our own unquiet minds.

Lessons - My Path to a Meaningful Life (Hardcover): Gisele Bundchen Lessons - My Path to a Meaningful Life (Hardcover)
Gisele Bundchen 1
R571 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R217 (38%) Within 7 - 12 working days
The Small Matter of a Horse - The Life of 'Nongoloza' Mathebula, 1867-1948 (Paperback, 2nd): Charles Van Onselen The Small Matter of a Horse - The Life of 'Nongoloza' Mathebula, 1867-1948 (Paperback, 2nd)
Charles Van Onselen
R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Within 10 - 15 working days

Nongoloza Mathebula’s life is a poignant illustration of how political circumstances affect lives and how those lives encourage myths, setting in motion a spiral of events that eventually neither politics nor people have any control over. Van Onselen’s insightful biography tells the story of how a young man became a hardened criminal as the result of a minor incident. Nongoloza Mathebula’s life is a poignant illustration of how political circumstances affect lives and how those lives encourage myths, setting in motion a spiral of events that eventually neither politics nor people have any control over.

Coach the Soul (Paperback): Ken LaVigne Coach the Soul (Paperback)
Ken LaVigne
R281 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R62 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Petra, My Basque Grandmother (Paperback): Monika Madinabeitia Petra, My Basque Grandmother (Paperback)
Monika Madinabeitia; Illustrated by Maitane Puebla, Yera Sanchez
R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Within 7 - 11 working days
Insane Mode - How Elon Musk's Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil (Paperback): Hamish McKenzie Insane Mode - How Elon Musk's Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil (Paperback)
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R353 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R60 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days

"You'll tell me if it ever starts getting genuinely insane, right?" --Elon Musk, TED interview

Hamish McKenzie tells how a Silicon Valley start-up's wild dream came true. Tesla is a car company that stood up against not only the might of the government-backed Detroit car manufacturers but also the massive power of Big Oil and its benefactors, the infamous Koch brothers.

The award-winning Tesla Model 3, a premium mass-market electric car that went on sale in 2018, has reconfigured the popular perception of Tesla and continues to transform the public's relationship with motor vehicles--much like Ford's Model T did nearly a century ago. At the same time, company CEO Elon Musk courts controversy and spars with critics through his Twitter account, just as Tesla's ever-increasing debt teeters on junk bond status. . . .

As McKenzie's rigorously reported account shows, Tesla has triggered frenzied competition from newcomers and traditional automakers alike, but it retains an edge because of its expansive infrastructure and the stupendous battery factory it built in the Nevada desert. The popularity of electric cars is growing around the world, especially in China, and McKenzie interviews little-known titans who have the money and the market access to power a global electric car revolution quickly and decisively.

"Insane Mode" started off as a feature on the dual-motor Tesla Model S, which gave the car Ferrari-like acceleration, but it's also the perfect description of the operating cycle of a company that has sworn it won't rest until every car on the road is electric. Here is a story about the very best kind of American ingenuity and its history-making potential. Buckle up!

Girl Logic - The Genius and the Absurdity (Paperback): Iliza Shlesinger Girl Logic - The Genius and the Absurdity (Paperback)
Iliza Shlesinger; Foreword by Mayim Bialik 1
R307 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R108 (35%) Within 7 - 12 working days
My Father's Guitar and Other Imaginary Things (Paperback): Joseph Skibell My Father's Guitar and Other Imaginary Things (Paperback)
Joseph Skibell
R304 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R21 (7%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Did Joseph Skibell’s father trick him when he offered his beautiful guitar and then delivered a not-so-beautiful one? Can it be that the telemarketer calling at dinnertime is a thoughtful, sensitive person also looking for a Utopian world? Can a father have any control over his teenage daughter’s sex life? Can a son have control over his father’s expectations? The award-winning writer ponders these and other bewildering questions in his first nonfiction book.

Joseph Skibell is a dreamer, an innocent. As a professor, he may spend time on Big Thoughts, but it’s the small moments in life that he addresses in these essays. With disarming honesty, he gives us an intimate glimpse into his life. True, some of these incidents might make him look like a fool, but that only serves to make him more human. The pleasure in these pieces is accepting, with Skibell, that life is made up of little annoyances, fantasies, imaginings, and delusions--and these are what make us who we are.

Step By Step - The Life in My Journeys (Hardcover): Simon Reeve Step By Step - The Life in My Journeys (Hardcover)
Simon Reeve 1
R472 R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Save R102 (22%) Within 7 - 12 working days

***The perfect Christmas gift*** The Sunday Times Bestseller 'My goodness, it is brilliant. Searingly honest, warm, bursting with humanity. Such brave and inspiring writing.' Kate Humble 'I couldn't put it down, literally couldn't put it down... A cracking autobiography. It's so diverse, it's beautifully written. It's a real page-turner...The best autobiography of anyone under 50 I've ever read.' Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 PRAISE FOR SIMON REEVE 'TV's most interesting globetrotter' Independent 'The craziest (or bravest) man on TV' Mail on Sunday 'Like all the best travellers, Reeve carries out his investigations with infectious relish, and in the realisation that trying to understand the country you're in is not just fascinating, but also hugely enjoyable' Daily Telegraph 'Simon might just be the best tour guide in the world' The Sun * * * * * * * * * The inspiring memoir from TV traveller Simon Reeve's life of amazing adventures in over 120 countries and the most remote and extreme corners of the planet. TV adventurer Simon Reeve has journeyed across epic landscapes, dodged bullets on frontlines, walked through minefields and been detained for spying by the KGB. His travels have taken him across jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans, and to some of the most beautiful, dangerous and remote regions of the world. In this revelatory account of his life Simon gives the full story behind some of his favourite expeditions, and traces his own inspiring personal journey back to leaving school without qualifications, teetering on a bridge, and then overcoming his challenges by climbing to a 'Lost Valley' and changing his life ... step by step.

Germaine - the life of Germaine Greer (Hardcover): Elizabeth Kleinhenz Germaine - the life of Germaine Greer (Hardcover)
Elizabeth Kleinhenz 1
R480 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R113 (24%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Intellectual. Feminist. Polemicist. Provocateur. This riveting biography of Germaine Greer traces the personal and political history of one of the most important, radical, and controversial women of twentieth and twenty-first century feminism. It reveals how her public persona has shifted with time from sixties trailblazer to present-day rabble-rouser, and why she endures as a subject of fascination. This is the first biography of Greer for two decades, drawing on unprecedented access to her extensive personal archive, opened at Melbourne University in 2016. Kleinhenz has interrogated Greer's personal and professional files, spoken to people who have known her from her school days onwards, and read every word written by and about her. Beginning with Greer's troubled early life in 1940s Melbourne, it traces her career, relationships with men and women, her travels, and her home life, and examines Greer's work and ideas from The Female Eunuch to the #MeToo movement. The result is a rich, detailed portrait of a woman rightly both legendary and notorious - revealed here in all her glories, weaknesses, and contradictions.

Elders (Afrikaans, Paperback): Erns Grundling Elders (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Erns Grundling 4
R250 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R35 (14%) Within 7 - 15 working days

Aan die begin van 2015 was bekroonde Weg!-joernalis Erns Grundling oorwerk, oorstuur, oorgewig, beseer – en pas gediagnoseer met slaapapnee. Vanselfsprekend was ál ding om te doen om die ellelange Camino-staptog in Spanje aan te pak – g’n selfoon, g’n makkers, net dapper en stapper. Kom stap saam!

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