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Wit Terroriste - Afrikaner-Saboteurs in die Ossewabrandwagjare (Afrikaans, Paperback): Albert Blake Wit Terroriste - Afrikaner-Saboteurs in die Ossewabrandwagjare (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Albert Blake
R285 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R40 (14%) In stock

Dié deel van die Afrikaner-geskiedenis is doelbewus diep begrawe: Wit terroriste ― militante Afrikaners ― het gedurende die Ossewabrandwagjare bomme geplant, kragstasies opgeblaas en sluipmoorde uitgevoer. Dié terreurveldtog het Suid-Afrika in die 1940's bitter naby aan 'n afgrond van anargie gebring.

Daar was sabotasiedade, spioenasie-intriges, opspraakwekkende hoogverraadsake en gewaagde ontsnappingspogings.

In hierdie boek klim Albert Blake in die koppe van die Afrikaners wat aan dié terreurveldtog deelgeneem het om te verklaar wat hulle daartoe gedryf het om bomme te plant en 'n magdom ander dade van sabotasie te pleeg.

Waarvoor het dié Afrikaners baklei? Was hulle verraaiers of inderwaarheid patriotte? Kan hulle gewelddadige dade moreel geregverdig word as instrument om politieke en maatskaplike ontevredenheid op te los? Blake krap rond in hierdie ongemaklike deel van die Afrikaner-geskiedenis en vind 'n waarheid veel vreemder as fiksie.

Dawie de Villiers: My Lewensreis - Springbok, Politikus, Diplomaat (Afrikaans, Paperback): Chris Schoeman Dawie de Villiers: My Lewensreis - Springbok, Politikus, Diplomaat (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Chris Schoeman 1
R300 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R60 (20%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Springbokkaptein, predikant, filosoof, ambassadeur, kabinetsminister, wêreldreisiger, kunsliefhebber, gesinsman. Dit was en ís die wêreld van dr. Dawie de Villiers, een van Suid-Afrika se ikone wat sy land dekades lank op vele terreine met groot onderskeiding gedien het.

Hierdie boeiende lewensverhaal neem lesers op ’n merkwaardige lewenspad deur Suid-Afrika se sport- en politieke geskiedenis. De Villiers se jeugjare in ’n polities georiënteerde gesin, sy vinnige opgang vanuit sy geliefde Stellenbosch Rugbyklub tot in die Springbokspan, sy moeilike pad met sportbeserings en die soet en suur van Springbok-wees is maar enkele aspekte van dié lekkerlees-ervaring.

Hy vertel van sy betrokkenheid in die politiek as ’n ywerige waarnemer van onder andere die bekende filosoof, prof. Johan Degenaar; sy opwindende lewe as ambassadeur in Londen; as kabinetsminister onder P.W. Botha, F.W. de Klerk en Nelson Mandela; die Kodesa-onderhandelinge en die oorgang na demokrasie; en uiteindelik ’n reeks verrykende reise oor die wêreld as adjunk-sekretaris-generaal van die Verenigde Nasies se World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

My lewensreis is ’n belangrike bydrae om die rol te beskryf van Afrikanerleiers wat uit die rigiede denkskema van apartheid ontsnap het, wat vanweë morele oortuigings én hulle bevoegdhede ’n nuwe Suid-Afrika help skep het.

The Keeper Of The Kumm (Paperback): Sylvia Vollenhoven The Keeper Of The Kumm (Paperback)
Sylvia Vollenhoven 1
R250 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R35 (14%) Within 7 - 15 working days

Too much of South Africa’s history has been lost and suppressed, leaving a void for many South Africans. Sylvia Vollenhoven brings together her life and that of a long-ago ancestor, Kabbo, a respected Khoisan storyteller.

She writes of her experience as being “too black” for her coloured schoolmates, working as one of the early female journalists in the misogynistic environment of the 70s, and of the constant impact on her life of her background – including her ancestors.

Trail Blazer - My Life As An Ultra-Distance Trail Runner (Paperback): Ryan Sandes, Steve Smith Trail Blazer - My Life As An Ultra-Distance Trail Runner (Paperback)
Ryan Sandes, Steve Smith; Foreword by Tim Noakes 1
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Ian: ‘You’re going to run how far?’
Ryan: ‘250 kilometres. But it’s over seven days, though.’
Ian: ‘And the furthest you’ve ever run is …?’
Ryan: ‘42.2 kilometres … on the road. And on trail … 35 kilometres.’
Ian: ‘Ryan, I think you need to reassess this …’

What does it take to run a six-day race through the world’s harshest deserts? Or 100 miles in a single day at altitudes that would leave you breathless just walking? More than that, though: what is it like to win these races? South Africa’s ultra-trail-running superstar Ryan Sandes has done just that.

Since bursting onto the international trail-running scene by winning the first multistage race he ever entered – the brutal Gobi March – Ryan has gone on to win various other multistage and single-day races around the globe. Written with bestselling author and journalist Steve Smith, Trail Blazer – My Life as an Ultra-distance Trail Runner recounts the life story of this intrepid sportsman, from his experiences as a rudderless party animal to becoming a world-class athlete, and includes details on his training regimes, race strategies and aspirations for future sporting endeavours. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the adrenaline-inducing trials and tribulations of one of South Africa’s most awe-inspiring athletes, while endurance-sport participants – from beginners to aspirant pros – will benefit from his insights and advice.

As Professor Tim Noakes says in the Foreword to this book: ‘However much we might think we know and understand, there are some phenomena which now, and perhaps forever, we will never fully comprehend. We call such happenings “enigmas”. Or even miracles. Ryan Sandes is one such.’

Fordsburg Fighter - The Journey Of An MK Volunteer (Paperback): Amin Cajee Fordsburg Fighter - The Journey Of An MK Volunteer (Paperback)
Amin Cajee; As told to Terry Bell 2
R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 In stock

When Amin Cajee left South Africa to join the liberation struggle he believed he had volunteered to serve a democratic movement dedicated to bringing down an oppressive and racist regime. Instead, he writes, in this powerful and courageous memoir, "I found myself serving a movement that was relentless in exercising power and riddled with corruption".

Fordsburg Fighter traces an extraordinary physical journey – from home in South Africa, to training in Czechoslovakia and the ANC’s Kongwa camp in Tanzania to England. The book is both a significant contribution to opening up the hidden history of exile, and a documentation of Cajee’s emotional odyssey from idealism to disillusionment.

In his introduction to the book, Paul Joseph, ex-treason trialist, South African Communist Party member and MK recruiter, writes: ”What happened to them and to the others in that chaotic and confused time is both sad and tragic. But his honestly told story is essential for us to have a fuller picture of our history, if only to ensure, perhaps, that future generations will learn from our mistakes.’

The Jews In South Africa - An Illustrated History (Paperback): Richard Mendelsohn, Milton Shain The Jews In South Africa - An Illustrated History (Paperback)
Richard Mendelsohn, Milton Shain
R250 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R42 (17%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Spanning the past two centuries, The Jews in South Africa explores the fascinating role played by this small but highly significant community in the economic, political, social and cultural life of this country.

This richly illustrated story – the first comprehensive history to appear in over 50 years – includes a wide range of historically important photographs, many long unseen, and encompasses a broad swathe of Jewish life, from the bimah and the boardroom to the bowling green. Beginning with the first Jewish immigrants to South Africa, and depicting the fragility of the early foundations and the shifting fortunes of this infant community, the book traces its development to robust maturity amidst turbulent social and political currents. These include the strident antisemitism of the 1930s, the moral dilemmas of the apartheid era, the subsequent turbulent transition towards a non-racial democracy, the birth of the New South Africa and the fresh challenges and promise that have followed in its wake up to the present day.

Included are such personalities as Barney Barnato, Helen Suzman, Joe Slovo, Sol Kerzner and Rabbi Cyril Harris, as well as many others who have made an important mark in their fields.

The Jews in South Africa will be of great interest to every member of the Jewish community living both in South Africa and in their adoptive countries, as well as for all wishing to learn more about this highly energetic and innovative community whose contribution in many spheres of life has so greatly influenced and enriched the history of South Africa.

Mandela - The Authorised Biography (Paperback, New Edition): Anthony Sampson Mandela - The Authorised Biography (Paperback, New Edition)
Anthony Sampson 1
R250 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R42 (17%) In stock

Widely considered to be the most important biography of Nelson Mandela, Antony Sampson's remarkable book has now been updated by acclaimed South African journalist, John Battersby.

Over a decade after his presidency of South Africa, Nelson Mandela remains an inspirational figure to millions of people -- both in his homeland and far beyond her borders. He is, without doubt, one of the most important figures in global history. Mandela's opposition to apartheid and his 27 year incarceration at the hands of South Africa's all-white regime are familiar to most.

In this utterly compelling book, eminent biographer Anthony Sampson, who knew his subject since 1951, reveals the man behind the events that rocked a continent -- and changed the world. With unprecedented access to the former South African president -- the letters he wrote in prison, his unpublished jail autobiography, extensive conversations, and interviews with hundreds of colleagues, friends, and family -- Sampson depicts the realities of Mandela's private and public life, and the tragic tension between them.

Newly updated by distinguished South African journalist John Battersby, Mandela is the ultimate biography of one of the twentieth century's greatest statesmen.

Verwoerd - Architect Of Apartheid (Paperback, 2016 Edition): Henry Kenney Verwoerd - Architect Of Apartheid (Paperback, 2016 Edition)
Henry Kenney 1
R250 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R42 (17%) Within 4 - 8 working days

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr Hendrik Verwoerd by Dimitri Tsafendas. Originally released in 1980, Henry Kenney’s incisive study of the architect of apartheid and paragon of Afrikaner nationalism will be republished in 2016 to coincide with this significant moment in South Africa’s modern history.

In Verwoerd: Architect of Apartheid, Kenney interprets Verwoerd in the context of the Prime Minister’s times and his own present, explaining the man and assessing his role in shaping South Africa’s history. He examines the rationale behind the policy of apartheid and, after more than a decade since Verwoerd’s assassination, he is able to distance himself from his subject and offer a balanced and objective insight into the workings of the apartheid system. What results is a fascinating study of a man who identified obsessively with the Afrikaner people, while aware that his foreign birth set him apart.

The new edition contains an introduction by David Welsh, Emeritus Professor at Stellenbosch University, bringing it into the 21st century and updating it for a new generation. This republication will satisfy an enduring interest in, and fascination with, the man responsible for decades of tyranny and oppression.

Maverick Insider - A Struggle For Union Independence In A Time Of National Liberation (Paperback): Johnny Copelyn Maverick Insider - A Struggle For Union Independence In A Time Of National Liberation (Paperback)
Johnny Copelyn 1
R280 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R39 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

In 1973 the trade union movement was both racially and regionally divided. It virtually excluded African workers, and in many cases unions were led by cautious and paternalistic leaders, long schooled in avoiding confrontation with either the state or employers. Then widespread strikes erupted in Durban where hundreds of thousands of workers downed tools in support of wage demands. It was a militant explosion unprecedented since the apartheid government had crushed and outlawed mass demonstrations against segregation and 'whites-only' rule. And it provided the impetus for the next decade and a half of trade union organisation, which succeeded in uniting workers on a largely non-racial basis, dominated by the slogan 'one industry one union'.

Maverick Insider is an anecdotal, insider's account of the transformation during this period in the textile, clothing and leather worker sectors. It focuses on the outlooks of leadership groups in different parts of that industry and their efforts to influence the nature of the amalgamation of six unions to form the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU), one of the three largest unions of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). It traces the interaction between union leadership and both political parties and community organisations dedicated to making the country ungovernable, as well as those who were determined to stamp out such calls. It details struggles to unite workers across political divides in the same union organisation and to assert an independent working-class point of view in a period of growing African nationalism. It details the traumatic events on the road to the so-called peaceful miracle that created a rainbow nation but left 22 000 South Africans dead in the process.

And it is the story of a team of people who set out to change the world and formed an unshakeable bond in the process.

1 Recce - The Night Belongs To Us (Paperback): Alexander Strachan 1 Recce - The Night Belongs To Us (Paperback)
Alexander Strachan
R260 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R36 (14%) Within 7 - 15 working days

1-Recce was the sharpest, most versatile and deadliest specialist unit in the entire South African army. These men were super fit, unbelievably tough and stopped at nothing. Time and again they put their lives at risk in the execution of highly secret operations behind enemy lines.

For decades these missions have been kept secret. Now, for the first time, the Recces' most famous generals (including the legendary colonel Jan Breytenbach) reveal their involvement in many highly sensitive political operations.

Explosive revelations are made of a collapsed mission to blow up key ANC figures in the final years of the apartheid era. They tell of 1-Recce's involvement in the controversial Border War and reveal the existence of a top secret squadron in the then Rhodesian army.

After years of myths and secrecy, this book gives a new perspective on the Recces and the way they operated invisibly behind the scenes.

The Crime And The Silence - A Quest For The Truth Of A Wartime Massacre (Paperback): Anna Bikont The Crime And The Silence - A Quest For The Truth Of A Wartime Massacre (Paperback)
Anna Bikont 1
R225 R158 Discovery Miles 1 580 Save R67 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Winner of the European Book Prize.

On 10 July 1941 a horrifying crime was committed in the small Polish town of Jedwadbne. Early in the afternoon, the town's Jewish population - hundreds of men, women and children - were ordered out of their homes, and marched into the town square. By the end of the day most would be dead. It was a massacre on a shocking scale, and one that was widely condemned. But only a few people were brought to justice for their part in the atrocity. The truth of what actually happened on that day was to be suppressed for more than sixty years.

Part history, part memoir, part investigation, The Crime And The Silence is an award-winning journalist's account of the events of that day: both the story of a massacre told through oral histories of survivors and witnesses, and a portrait of a Polish town coming to terms with its dark past.

Year Of Fire, Year Of Ash - The Soweto Revolt: Roots Of A Revolution (Paperback): Baruch Hirson Year Of Fire, Year Of Ash - The Soweto Revolt: Roots Of A Revolution (Paperback)
Baruch Hirson
R290 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R60 (21%) In stock

Some thirty-five years after its original publication, Year of Fire, Year of Ash still stands as one of the leading accounts of the 1976-77 Soweto Revolt, one of the most significant acts of resistance in the history of the anti-apartheid movement.

Authored by a South African activist and scholar who was intimately involved in the movement, the book provides an unparalleled insight into the origins and events of the uprising, from its antecedents in the early 1970s to its role in galvanizing the global struggle against apartheid. Crucially, the book overturned much of the conventional logic around the uprising, by showing that it was not simply a student protest, but a revolt by the wider black working class.

As South Africa experiences a new wave of popular revolt, and as new forms of black consciousness come to the fore in movements around the world, Hirson's book provides a timely reminder of the continued significance of the Soweto revolt to struggles against oppression today.

Murder At Small Koppie - The Real Story Of The Marikana Massacre (Paperback): Greg Marinovich Murder At Small Koppie - The Real Story Of The Marikana Massacre (Paperback)
Greg Marinovich 5
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Within 4 - 8 working days

The killing of thirty-four miners by police at Marikana in August 2012 was the largest massacre of civilians in South Africa since Sharpeville. The events have been covered in newspaper articles, on TV news and in a commission of inquiry, but there is still confusion about what happened on that fateful day.

In Murder At Small Koppie, renowned photojournalist Greg Marinovich explores the truth behind the Marikana massacre. He investigates the shootings near Wonderkop hill, which happened in view of the media, as well as the killings that happened beyond the view of cameras at a nondescript collection of boulders known as Small Koppie, some 300 metres away. Many of the men killed here were shot in cold blood at close range. Drawing on his own meticulous research, eyewitness accounts and the findings of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, Marinovich accurately reconstructs that fateful day as well as the events leading up to the strike, and looks at the subsequent denials, obfuscation and buck-passing by Lonmin, the SAPS and the government.

This is the definitive account of the Marikana massacre from the journalist whose award-winning investigation into the tragedy has been called the most important piece of South African journalism since apartheid.

JAN: My Franse Kosverhaal (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Jan Hendrik van Der Westhuizen JAN: My Franse Kosverhaal (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Jan Hendrik van Der Westhuizen
R490 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R109 (22%) In stock

JAN: My Franse Kosverhaal is ’n gedenkskrif en feesviering wat voortspruit uit JAN – die welbekende restaurant in die suide van Frankryk.

Dié restaurant is ’n vertoonstuk van die tradisionele Suid-Afrikaanse gasvryheid wat begin het op ’n plaas in die Suid-Afrikaanse platteland en voortvloei na die glansryke Franse Riviera. JAN, tans ’n eenster-Michelin-restaurant, het bewys dat drome waar kan word en dat jy eenvoudige bestanddele in ’n meesterstuk kan omskep wanneer jy jou passie uitleef. Elke hoofstuk weerspieël die stemming en inspirasie van die disse wat by JAN voorgesit word.

Die versameling van meer as 90 resepte strek van plaaslikgebakte brode, amuse bouche en watertandhoofdisse van vleis of vis, tot by die maaltye wat sjefs ná ’n lang werkdag in die warm kombuis geniet.

Continental Shift - A Journey Into Africa's Changing Fortunes (Paperback): Kevin Bloom, Richard Poplak Continental Shift - A Journey Into Africa's Changing Fortunes (Paperback)
Kevin Bloom, Richard Poplak
R265 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R45 (17%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Africa is falling. Africa is succeeding. Africa is betraying its citizens. Africa is a place of starvation, corruption, disease. African economies are soaring faster than any on earth. Africa is squandering its bountiful resources. Africa is a roadmap for global development. Africa is turbulent. Africa is stabilising. Africa is doomed. Africa is the future.

All of these pronouncements prove equally true and false, as South African journalists Richard Poplak and Kevin Bloom discover on their 9-year roadtrip through the paradoxical continent they call home. From pillaged mines in Zimbabwe to the creation of an economic marketplace in Ethiopia; from Namibia’s middle class to the technological challenges facing Nollywood in the 21st Century; from China’s investment in Botswana to the rush for resources in the Congo; and from the birth of Africa’s newest country, South Sudan, to the worsening conflict in CAR, here are eight adventures on the trail of a new Africa.

Part detective story, part report from this economic frontier, Continental Shift follows the money as it flows through Chinese coffers to international conglomerates, to heads of state, to ordinary African citizens, all of whom are intent on defining a metamorphosing continent.

So is dit nou - Nog stories van gister en vandag (Afrikaans, Paperback): Johan Van Wyk So is dit nou - Nog stories van gister en vandag (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Johan Van Wyk
R240 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R34 (14%) Within 7 - 15 working days

So is dit nou is ’n nuwe versameling aangrypende humoristiese stories oor die hede en verlede deur die deurwinterde joernalis en topverkoper-skrywer Johan van Wyk. Die versameling dokumenteer ’n tyd van Padkafees, Pepsi floats en koue skaapnek uit ’n saalsak. Maar dit gaan nie net oor Sondagmiddae met skaapboud, geelrys en rosyntjies nie. In die bundel word die verlede onthou en meesterlik verweef met die hedendaagse Suid-Afrika waar Jacob Zuma en Julius Malema die septer swaai.

JAN: A Breath Of French Air (Hardcover): Jan Hendrik van Der Westhuizen JAN: A Breath Of French Air (Hardcover)
Jan Hendrik van Der Westhuizen 1
R490 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R109 (22%) Within 4 - 8 working days

JAN: A Breath Of French Air is a memoir and celebration of the renowned eatery JAN, a South African restaurant in the south of France.

The restaurant is a showcase of South Africa’s tradition of hospitality, transported from a farm in rural South Africa to the glamorous French Riviera. JAN is proof that dreams can be lived and how a love for what you do can transform humble ingredients into a masterpiece.

Each chapter captures the mood and inspiration of what is served at JAN, and the collection of over 90 recipes covers everything from locally baked breads, amuse bouche and mouthwatering main course meat and fish dishes to what the chefs eat after a long night’s service in a hot kitchen.

The Sword And The Pen - Six Decades On The Political Frontier (Paperback): Allister Sparks The Sword And The Pen - Six Decades On The Political Frontier (Paperback)
Allister Sparks 1
R300 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R51 (17%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Allister Sparks joined his first newspaper at age 17 and was pitched headlong into the vortex of South Africa’s stormy politics. The Sword And The Pen is the story of how as a journalist he observed, chronicled and participated in his country’s unfolding drama for more than 66 years, covering events from the premiership of DF Malan to the presidency of Jacob Zuma, witnessing at close range the rise and fall of apartheid and the rise and crisis of the new South Africa.

In trenchant prose, Sparks has written a remarkable account of both a life lived to its full as well as the surrounding narrative of South Africa from the birth of apartheid, the rise of political opposition, the dawn of democracy, right through to the crisis we are experiencing today.

Die Storie Van 'n Huis (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Hardy Olivier Die Storie Van 'n Huis (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Hardy Olivier
R605 R497 Discovery Miles 4 970 Save R108 (18%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Na 15 jaar is die imposante Château de la Creuzette in aar volle glorie gerestoureer. Sy sit in haar skaduryke park omring deur eeu oue bome waar sy afwagtende besoekers steeds met oop arms ontvang.

Die suksesvolle Feestelike Frankryk het Fransgesinde lesers gaande gehad met stories en smaaklike resepte uit die Franse platteland. Uit La Creuzette se nuwe somerkombuis vloei daar nou ’n magdom kulinêre heerlikhede wat elke kosliefhebber se mond sal laat water. Buiten die bykans 90 nuwe resepte wat die skrywers in vyf seisoene verdeel (ja vyf!) is daar ’n Kroekboek bygevoeg waarin die twee gashere hul maklike kortpadresepte en wenke met lesers deel – hoe om in die kombuis te kul en te konkel as die kalf in die put is. Hier word elke maaltyd ’n feesmaal.

Dek ’n mooi tafel en skink in kristal. Die storie van ’n Huis is dus nie slegs twee kookboeke in een nie, maar dis ook ’n ryklik versierde leesboek wat die verhaal en die geskiedenis van ’n herehuis en sy mense kleurvol naloop. Kom binne, die deure staan oop ...

The Story Of A House - Fables And Feasts From La Creuzette (Hardcover): Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Hardy Olivier The Story Of A House - Fables And Feasts From La Creuzette (Hardcover)
Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Hardy Olivier
R605 R497 Discovery Miles 4 970 Save R108 (18%) Within 4 - 8 working days

It took 15 years to fully restore the impressive Château de la Creuzette to her former glory. She continues to rest in her shaded park, surrounded by centuries-old trees, and welcomes her expectant guests with open arms.

The highly successful Festive France caused great excitement among Francophiles, who loved the stories and delicious recipes from the French countryside. Now, the wealth of culinary delights that emerge from the new summer kitchen at La Creuzette are enough to make any gourmand’s mouth water. Apart from the almost 90 new recipes, which the authors have categorised according to five (yes, five!) seasons, there is an additional Crookbook in which the two hosts share their easy shortcut recipes and tips – how to conjure and connive when immediate action is needed. Here, every meal is transformed into a feast. Take a seat a beautifully set table and drink from fine crystal.

The Story of a House is not only two cookbooks in one, but also a richly adorned reading book that traces the history of a manor house and follows the story of its people. Come inside, the doors are open…

Building The Mother City - Cape Town 1880-1930 (Hardcover): Beatrice Law Building The Mother City - Cape Town 1880-1930 (Hardcover)
Beatrice Law 1
R399 Discovery Miles 3 990 In stock

The fifty years, 1880-1930, saw momentous changes in the economy and social life of Cape Town, the Mother City.

Growth and physical expansion altered the previous character of the city, but this was accompanied by social and cultural developments springing from the opinions and interests of the citizens.

A.B. Reid, in his career as a Master Builder and subsequently as leader in the public life of Cape Town, not only contributed to the changes that took place but also influenced their direction.

Letters Of Stone - Discovering A Family's History In Nazi Germany (Paperback): Steven Robins Letters Of Stone - Discovering A Family's History In Nazi Germany (Paperback)
Steven Robins 3
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Within 4 - 8 working days

As a young boy growing up in Port Elizabeth in the 1960s and 1970s, Steven Robins was haunted by an old postcard-size photograph of three unknown women on a table in the dining room. Only later did he learn that the women were his father’s mother and sisters, photographed in Berlin in 1937, before they were killed in the Holocaust. Steven’s father, who had fled Nazi Germany before it was too late, never spoke about the fate of his family who remained there. Steven became obsessed with finding out what happened to the women, but had little to go on. In time he stumbled on bare facts in museums in Washington DC and Berlin, and later he discovered over a hundred letters sent to his father and uncle from the family in Berlin between 1936 and 1943. The women who before had been unnamed faces in a photograph could now tell their story to future generations.

Letters of Stone tracks Steven’s journey of discovery about the lives and fates of the Robinski family. It is also a book about geographical journeys: to the Karoo town of Williston, where his father’s uncle settled in the late nineteenth century and became mayor; to Berlin, where Steven laid ‘stumbling stones’ (Stolpersteine) in commemoration of his family and other Jewish victims of the Holocaust; to Auschwitz, where his father’s siblings perished.

Most of all, this book is a poignant reconstruction of a family trapped in an increasingly terrifying and deadly Nazi state, and of the immense pressure on Steven’s father in faraway South Africa, which forced him to retreat into silence.

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls - 100 Tales Of Extraordinary Women (Hardcover): Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls - 100 Tales Of Extraordinary Women (Hardcover)
Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo 3
R385 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R80 (21%) Within 4 - 8 working days

What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama.

Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.

Second-Hand Time - The Last Of The Soviets (Paperback): Svetlana Alexievich Second-Hand Time - The Last Of The Soviets (Paperback)
Svetlana Alexievich; Translated by Bela Shayevich 1
R290 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R49 (17%) Within 4 - 8 working days

From the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature comes the first English translation of her latest work, an oral history of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia. Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive documentary style, Second-Hand Time is a monument to the collapse of the USSR, charting the decline of Soviet culture and speculating on what will rise from the ashes of Communism. As in all her books, Alexievich gives voice to women and men whose stories are lost in the official narratives of nation-states, creating a powerful alternative history from the personal and private stories of individuals. ‘Communism had an insane plan: to refashion the “old” breed of man, ancient Adam,’ writes Alexievich. ‘This was perhaps communism’s only achievement. Seventy plus years in the Marxist-Leninist laboratory gave rise to a new kind of man, the Homo sovieticus.’ In this magnificent requiem Alexievich’s method is simple: ‘I don’t ask people about socialism, I ask about love, jealousy, childhood, old age. Music, dances, hairstyles. The myriad sundry details of a vanished way of life… It never ceases to amaze me how interesting ordinary, everyday life is. There are an endless number of human truths… I am fascinated by people.’ From this fascination emerges a hugely important and deeply moving portrait of post-Soviet society. In a nation that likewise grapples with making sense of scattershot historical experience, Alexievich’s portraits may make the South African reader draw unexpected and uncomfortable parallels between Russia post-1990 and South Africa post-1994.

Nelson Mandela - Portrait of an Extraordinary Man (Paperback): Richard Stengel Nelson Mandela - Portrait of an Extraordinary Man (Paperback)
Richard Stengel 1
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Previously published as Mandela's Way Written by the co-author of international bestseller Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela: Portrait of an Extraordinary Man presents fifteen powerful lessons on life and leadership based on the life and work of Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013), whose fight against apartheid in South Africa has become an enduring example of resistance against injustice and oppression. A recipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, Mandela is a man who truly changed the course of world history and is arguably the most inspirational figure of the past century. Stengel spent almost three years with Mandela working on his bestselling autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, and through that process became a close friend. Written with the blessing of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, to which the author will donate a percentage of his royalties, Nelson Mandela: Portrait of an Extraordinary Man is an inspirational book of wisdom that will encourage people of all ages to look within themselves to improve their lives, to reconsider the things they take for granted, and to think about the legacy they leave behind.

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