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Life of Pi - Novel and Study Notes (Paperback): Life of Pi - Novel and Study Notes (Paperback)
R86 R80 Discovery Miles 800 Save R6 (7%) Shipped within 4 - 9 working days

Life of Pi is a contemporary novel about one boy's story of endurance after a disaster at sea leaves him the sole survivor in a lifeboat for 227 days with a fierce Bengal tiger. The story charts the life and death experiences of the protagonist, Pi, as he is forced to draw on his spiritual and mental strengths to survive every part of his adventure. The layers of vivid story-telling reveal the many complexities of Pi's extraordinary journey.

Features:

- Includes introductory notes about the author, and background information about the novel, themes and characters

- Annotations in the margins highlight literary concepts to guide learners' thinking as the novel progresses

- Footnotes throughout the novel provides learners with explanations of new words and key concepts

- Short questions, contextual questions and essay questions address all cognitive levels, prepare learners for their exams and promote critical thinking

- Includes answers to all questions

Bloed Op Haar Hande - Vroue Agter Tralies (Afrikaans, Paperback): Carla van der Spuy Bloed Op Haar Hande - Vroue Agter Tralies (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Carla van der Spuy
R255 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R36 (14%) In stock

Wat laat vroue moor? En hoe voel dit om ’n sel met moordenaresse te deel? Carla van der Spuy besoek vier vrouetronke reg oor Suid-Afrika en klim in die koppe van vroue wat geweldsmisdade gepleeg het. Sy kuier by die babas gebore agter tralies, vier Kersfees in die tronk en gesels van aangesig tot aangesig met mesmoordenaresse, huurmoordenaresse, ’n kleptomaan en prostituut. Vrouens met bloed op hulle hande. Wat het so verskriklik skeef in hul lewens geloop? En is daar ’n mens agter die misdadiger?

Writing Home - Lewis Nkosi on South African Writing (Paperback): Lindy Stibel, Michael Chapman Writing Home - Lewis Nkosi on South African Writing (Paperback)
Lindy Stibel, Michael Chapman
R345 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R71 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Lewis Nkosi's insights into South African literature, culture and society first appeared in the 1950s, when the `new' urban African in Sophiatown and on Drum magazine mockingly opposed then Prime Minister H.F. Verwoerd's Bantu retribalisation policies. Before his death in 2010, Nkosi focused on the literary-cultural challenges of post-Mandela times.Having lived for 40 years in exile, he returned to South Africa, intermittently, after the unbannings of 1990. His critical eye, however, never for long left the home scene. Hence, the title of this selection of his articles, essays and reviews, Writing Home.Writing home with wit, irony and moral toughness Nkosi assesses a range of leading writers, including Herman Charles Bosman, Breyten Breytenbach, J.M. Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Alex La Guma, Bloke Modisane, Es'kia Mphahlele, Nat Nakasa, Njabulo S. Ndebele, Alan Paton and Can Themba.Combining the journalist's penchant for the human-interest story with astute analysis, Nkosi's ideas, observations and insights are as fresh today as when he began his 60-year career as a writer and critic.Selected from his out-of-print collections, Home and Exile, The Transplanted Heart and Tasks and Masks, as well as from journals and magazines, Lewis Nkosi's punchy commentaries will appeal to a wide readership.

Ben-Gurion - Father of Modern Israel (Hardcover): Anita Shapira Ben-Gurion - Father of Modern Israel (Hardcover)
Anita Shapira
R474 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R123 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

David Ben-Gurion cast a great shadow during his lifetime, and his legacy continues to be sharply debated to this day. There have been many books written about the life and accomplishments of the Zionist icon and founder of modern Israel, but this new biography by eminent Israeli historian Anita Shapira strives to get to the core of the complex man who would become the face of the new Jewish nation.

Shapira tells the Ben-Gurion story anew, focusing especially on the period after 1948, during the first years of statehood. As a result of her extensive research and singular access to Ben-Gurion’s personal archives, the author provides fascinating and original insights into his personal qualities and those that defined his political leadership. As Shapira writes, “Ben-Gurion liked to argue that history is made by the masses, not individuals. But just as Lenin brought the Bolshevik Revolution into the world and Churchill delivered a fighting Britain, so with Ben-Gurion and the Jewish state. He knew how to create and exploit the circumstances that made its birth possible.”

Shapira’s portrait reveals the flesh-and-blood man who more than anyone else realized the Israeli state.

Troublemaker - Surviving Hollywood and Scientology (Hardcover): Leah Remini Troublemaker - Surviving Hollywood and Scientology (Hardcover)
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The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost. That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.

Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.

But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.

Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.

Roar Of The African Lion (Paperback): Chika Onyeani Roar Of The African Lion (Paperback)
Chika Onyeani
R210 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R38 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The African Lion, Dr Chika Onyeani, is back and roaring. The author of the phenomenally successful Capitalist N*gger, which has sold more than 100 000 copies in South Africa alone, offers a new collection of his speeches, articles and other writings over the last fifteen years.

In Roar Of The African Lion, Dr Onyeani’s unblinking gaze and plain speaking are directed at many of the burning issues of the day. He outlines his revolutionary Spider Web Doctrine – aimed at financial self-reliance and the upliftment of black communities – and attacks the parasitic leaders whose greed has robbed the people of Africa of opportunities for advancement and development since their liberation. He is equally scornful of the failures of the African elite to influence the direction of their countries, and has trenchant comments to make about racism, xenophobia and hypocrisy in Africa, America and elsewhere.

Dr Onyeani also tackles the persistence of slavery on the continent, the West’s ambivalent attitude to aid and debt relief, rampant corruption and the ‘whiteness’ of Barack Obama. Looking to the future, he cautions Africa to be wary of China’s embrace and to pursue its own solutions to African problems.

On My Own Two Feet - From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life (Hardcover): Amy Purdy, Michelle Burford On My Own Two Feet - From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life (Hardcover)
Amy Purdy, Michelle Burford
R472 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R123 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars and has been called a hero by Oprah Winfrey, reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder. In this poignant and uplifting memoir, Dancing With the Stars sensation Amy Purdy reveals the story of how losing her legs led her to find a spiritual path. When the Las Vegas native was just nineteen, she contracted bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience, she saw three figures who told her: "You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it's all going to make sense in the end." In that moment, Amy chose to live. Her glimpse of the afterlife-coupled with a mysterious premonition she'd had a month before -became the defining experiences that put Amy's life on a new trajectory after her legs had to be amputated. She wouldn't just beat meningitis and walk again; she would go on to create a life filled with bold adventures, big dreams, and boundless vitality-and share that spirit with the world. In 2014, Amy-the only competitor, male or female, with two prosthetic legs-claimed a bronze medal for the U.S. Paralympic team in adaptive snowboarding. She then became a contestant on season eighteen of Dancing With the Stars, and viewers were captivated as the girl with bionic legs managed to out-dance her competitors all the way to the finale. Amy's journey is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity we all have to dream bigger, defy expectations, and rewrite our stories. Amy was given a second chance for a reason-to use her life to inspire others. Her powerful memoir urges us to live life to the fullest, because we are all a lot more capable than we could ever imagine.

My Life, My Love, My Legacy (Hardcover): Coretta Scott King, Barbara Reynolds My Life, My Love, My Legacy (Hardcover)
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R549 R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Save R146 (27%) In stock

The life story of Coretta Scott King―wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), and singular twentieth-century American civil and human rights activist―as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds.

Born in 1927 to daringly enterprising parents in the Deep South, Coretta Scott had always felt called to a special purpose. While enrolled as one of the first black scholarship students recruited to Antioch College, she became politically and socially active and committed to the peace movement. As a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music, determined to pursue her own career as a concert singer, she met Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister insistent that his wife stay home with the children. But in love and devoted to shared Christian beliefs as well as shared racial and economic justice goals, she married Dr. King, and events promptly thrust her into a maelstrom of history throughout which she was a strategic partner, a standard bearer, and so much more.

As a widow and single mother of four, she worked tirelessly to found and develop The King Center as a citadel for world peace, lobbied for fifteen years for the US national holiday in honor of her husband, championed for women's, workers’ and gay rights and was a powerful international voice for nonviolence, freedom and human dignity.

Coretta’s is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an extraordinary black woman in twentieth-century America, a brave leader who, in the face of terrorism and violent hatred, stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful every day of her life.

Travelling To Infinity - The True Story Behind The Theory Of Everything (Paperback): Jane Hawking Travelling To Infinity - The True Story Behind The Theory Of Everything (Paperback)
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R280 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R90 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Made into a major motion picture, this moving memoir written by Stephen Hawking’s first wife covers the turbulent years of her marriage to the astrophysics genius, her traumatic divorce, and their recent reconciliation

Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous and remarkable scientists of our age and the author of the scientific bestseller A Brief History of Time, which has sold more than 25 million copies. In this compelling memoir, his first wife, Jane Hawking, relates the inside story of their extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of a motor neuron disease. Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family reveals the inner strength of the author, while the self-evident character and achievements of her husband make for an incredible tale presented with unflinching honesty.

Jane's candor is no less apparent when the marriage finally ends in a high-profile meltdown, with Stephen leaving Jane for one of his nurses and Jane marrying an old family friend. In this exceptionally open, moving, and often funny memoir, Jane Hawking confronts not only the acutely complicated and painful dilemmas of her first marriage, but also the relationship's fault lines exposed by the pervasive effects of fame and wealth.

The result is a book about optimism, love, and change that will resonate with readers everywhere. readers everywhere.

Robert Sobukwe - How Can Man Die Better (Paperback, 3rd Revised): Benjamin Pogrund Robert Sobukwe - How Can Man Die Better (Paperback, 3rd Revised)
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On 21 March 1960, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe led a mass defiance of South Africa’s pass laws. He urged blacks to go to the nearest police station and demand arrest. Police opened fire on a peaceful crowd in the township of Sharpeville and killed 69 people.

The protest changed the course of South Africa’s history. Afrikaner rule stiffened and black resistance went underground. Sobukwe, leader of the Pan-Africanist Congress, was jailed for three years for incitement. At the end of his sentence the government, fearful of his power, rushed the so-called ‘Sobukwe Clause’ through Parliament, to keep him in prison without a trial. For the next six years, Sobukwe was kept in solitary confinement on Robben Island.

On his release, Sobukwe was banished to the town of Kimberley with very severe restrictions on his freedom. He died there nine years later in February 1978.

This book is the story of this South African hero – the lonely prisoner on Robben Island. It is also the story of the friendship between Robert Sobukwe and Benjamin Pogrund whose joint experiences and debates chart the course of a tyrannous regime and the growth of black resistance.

Soweto: 16 June 1976 - Personal Accounts of the Uprising (Paperback, 2nd ed): Elsabe Brink, Gandhi Malungane Soweto: 16 June 1976 - Personal Accounts of the Uprising (Paperback, 2nd ed)
Elsabe Brink, Gandhi Malungane
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The 16th June 2006 was the 30th anniversary of the Soweto youth uprising which marked a turning point in the political struggle for equality in South Africa. This title commemorates the event by featuring interviews with 30 people who were at school during the uprising.

Soweto: 16 June 1976 is structured around different focal points such as - events leading up to 16 June, the day itself, the aftermath of the uprising, the influence and effect it had on the lives of the various interviewees.

Private photographs of the interviewees then and now round off the text.

True Love (Paperback): Jennifer Lopez True Love (Paperback)
Jennifer Lopez
R384 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R49 (13%) In stock

This ground-breaking publication is a visually arresting convergence of life imitating art, guided by both intimate and electrifying never-before-seen photographs that depict Lopez's cathartic experience of becoming a mother while creating her first world tour. Written like a personal diary with hard-won lessons and heartfelt recollections, True Love is an empowering story of self-reflection, rediscovery and resilience.

Tri The Beloved Country - Running, Mountainbiking And Kayaking The Borders Of South Africa (Paperback): Kim van Kets Tri The Beloved Country - Running, Mountainbiking And Kayaking The Borders Of South Africa (Paperback)
Kim van Kets
R252 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R24 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

What makes a working mother and average athlete decide to take on a massive physical and mental challenge to run, cycle and kayak the perimeter of South Africa, covering 6 772 km in less than five months? Kim van Kets was inspired by her desire to demonstrate to her daughter the fact that mothers are heroes too. She was able to justify the 'time-out' after having built up a credit balance of 150 days owed to her by her adventurer husband. Her story is a positive and enthusiastic 'off the beaten track' South African adventure and is amusing, anecdotal and inspiring.

It tells of the physical and mental challenges of the journey but focuses on stories surrounding the people and places she encountered along the way, including those of the ancient Kalahari farmer who pronounced her to be a 'Ramkat' and the Nama goatherd who seemed doubtful about her gender and anxious to be rid of her. The book is also a wonderful South African travelogue and is studded with nuggets of history and fascinating trivia about the plants, animals, characters and places as well as brief summaries of important life lessons the journey highlighted for the author.

It will leave the reader feeling upbeat, inspired and eager to explore the splendour of the beloved country and its people.

Mede-Wete (Afrikaans, Paperback): Antjie Krog Mede-Wete (Afrikaans, Paperback)
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R240 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R34 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 15 working days

In Mede-wete,’n aangrypende nuwe digbundel deur Antjie Krog, word temas soos taal, geheue en gewete met ’n nuwe intensiteit en beleënheid hanteer. Dit is haar eerste digbundel in 8 jaar.

Dié gedigte laat blyk duidelik haar diep verknogtheid aan haar geboortegrond en haar volgehoue betrokkenheid by en passie vir die land se komplekse geskiedenis en samelewing. Terselfdertyd herdefinieer sy haar identiteit as Afrikaanse digter. Te midde van verse waaruit haar woede en afkeer ten opsigte van sosiale ongeregtighede spreek, is daar ook boeiende familieverse, verse oor die generasies vorentoe en terug waarin die stemme en gesprekke opklink wat ons elke dag hoor. Ook verse oor oudword en afskeid, waarvan die huldigingsvers vir Mandela ’n hoogtepunt is.

Maar dit is verál weens die ontwrigting van taal juis om nuwe betekenis te skep dat Antjie Krog ’n opwindende digbundel lewer.

Broken Vows - Tony Blair: The Tragedy Of Power (Paperback): Tom Bower Broken Vows - Tony Blair: The Tragedy Of Power (Paperback)
Tom Bower 1
R375 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R66 (18%) In stock

When Tony Blair became prime minister in May 1997, he was, at forty-three, the youngest person to hold that office since 1812. With a landslide majority, his approval rating was 93 per cent and he went on to become Labour's longest-serving premier. On his first election campaign, Blair had promised that 'New Labour' would modernize Britain, freeing it from sleaze, special interests and government secrecy. He vowed to give priority to social justice and equal opportunity for all. So what went wrong?

The invasion of Iraq was particularly controversial and unleashed public fury against a government accused of not being open and honest in its march to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Alastair Campbell's 'dodgy' dossiers about WMDs sparked outrage, but did the contamination of New Labour's spin stretch beyond the wars? What is the truth behind Blair's claims of rebuilding Britain's schools, hospitals and welfare services? Why did he covertly open the doors to mass immigration? And how is it that the same man who risked his government to destroy Slobodan MiloSevic and Saddam Hussein has, since leaving office, earned millions of pounds serving dictators?

Tom Bower was one of those who in 1997 looked on in excited anticipation as Blair took up residence in Downing Street. Now, with unprecedented access to more than 180 Whitehall officials, military officers and politicians, he has uncovered the full story of Blair's decade in power. To distil the magic and the myths of an era all Britons experienced but have not properly understood, he has followed Blair's trail since his resignation - to Asia, the Middle East and America, where he has built an extraordinary commercial empire advising tycoons and tyrants.

The result is the political thriller of the year - a dramatic re-evaluation of Tony Blair which disentangles the mystery of an extraordinary politician - and illuminates the ultimate tragedy of power.

Poker Face - The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga (Paperback): Maureen Callahan Poker Face - The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga (Paperback)
Maureen Callahan 1
R283 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R34 (12%) In stock

Lady Gaga is a once-in-a-decade artist, and the rare instant celebrity whose appearance can become a cultural event. No other music star of the last decade combines the talents Lady Gaga possesses: she’s a genuine singer, composer, songwriter, designer, and performance artist, who uses technology and social media to shape her art and career. In the space of fifteen months, she has become a demographic-smashing pop icon with global reach and impact.

Not since Madonna’s breakout success in the mid-eighties has the world witnessed the advent of a pop-culture provocateur who mixes high-and-low culture, the avant-garde with the accessible, “downtown” authenticity with the sheen of glamorous artifice. She has quickly formed a symbiotic relationship with her rabid fan base who have taken to dressing as she does, imitating her hair and make-up in tribute. Gaga, too, is a cultural shape-shifter, allowing her fans to project their needs, wants, confusions, and desires onto her.

This is a must-read for Gaga fans, who, devoted as they are, know next to nothing about who she is and how she got that way, as well as for anyone who has heard Lady Gaga on television and the radio and is curious about America’s latest over-the-top cultural success story.

The View From The Cheap Seats - (Selected Non-Fiction) (Paperback): Neil Gaiman The View From The Cheap Seats - (Selected Non-Fiction) (Paperback)
Neil Gaiman
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An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing, and distinctive style.

An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View From The Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author’s experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View From The Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaiman—offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time.

Nobody's Business - A Memoir (Paperback): Thabo Jijana Nobody's Business - A Memoir (Paperback)
Thabo Jijana
R225 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R46 (20%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

In 2003, Thabo Jijana's father was gunned down in a scrap between rival taxi associations who had been forced to operate from a single rank. A decade later, Thabo faces up to South Africa's most violent industry to try to figure out how and why his father was murdered.

In this searing first-person investigation, Thabo puts a face behind a recurrent tragedy that plagues South African working class communities. By speaking to the people who knew his father best he tries to fill in the blanks that are the years that have followed his father's death.

He begins by trying to reconstruct the night the murder took place, but what he uncovers about the ongoing strife that has plagued government's consistent attempts to formalise this multi-million rand industry comes with more baggage than he expected.

Geheime Revolusie - Memoires Van 'n Spioenbaas (Afrikaans, Paperback): Niel Barnard, Tobie Wiese Geheime Revolusie - Memoires Van 'n Spioenbaas (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Niel Barnard, Tobie Wiese
R315 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R44 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 15 working days

In die duistere wêreld van spioene geld die gewone reëls nie en is alles geoorloof in die naam van landsveiligheid – selfs om met die staat se Vyand No. 1 te praat.

Dit is presies wat Niël Barnard in die laat 1980’s as hoof van die Nasionale Intelligensiediens (NI) gedoen het. In opdrag van PW Botha het hy in die geheim gesprekke met Nelson Mandela begin voer oor die moontlikheid van ’n demokratiese verkiesing en ’n meerderheidsregering. Nie eens die kabinet was bewus van hierdie gesprekke nie.

Geheime Revolusie onthul besonderhede oor hierdie ontmoetings – die eerste stap in die rigting van ’n demokratiese Suid-Afrika – asook oor die spesiale persoonlike band wat tussen die twee mans ontwikkel het. Sowel Mandela as Barnard was sterk persoonlikhede wat by tye hardkoppig en selfs kwasterig kon wees, maar al twee het die gewig besef van dit waarmee hulle besig was.

Die boek bied ook ’n fassinerende blik op die alledaagse lewe van spioene en die suksesse van NI in die 1980’s. As spioenbaas het Barnard daarin geslaag om bande te vestig met vriende en vyande van die Suid-Afrikaanse staat. Hy het nie net talle Afrika-leiers besoek in ’n tyd toe Suid-Afrika die muishond van die wêreld was nie, maar selfs intelligensiebande met kommunistiese Rusland gebou.

’n Moet vir enigeen wat wonder oor wat alles in die 1980’s agter die politieke skerms gebeur het.

Birthmark - A Memoir (Paperback): Stephen Clingman Birthmark - A Memoir (Paperback)
Stephen Clingman
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When Stephen Clingman was two, he underwent an operation to remove a birthmark under his right eye. The operation failed, and the birthmark returned, but in somewhat altered form.

In this captivating and beguiling book, Clingman takes the fact of that mark – its appearance, disappearance and return – as a guiding motif of memory. This is how we remember the worlds we are born into, how they become a set of images in the mind, surfacing and resurfacing across time and space. South Africa under apartheid was itself governed by the markings of birth – the accidents of colour, race, and skin. But what were the effects on the mind?

Here a further motif comes into play, for in the operation Stephen’s vision was affected, and his eyes came to see differently from one another: divided vision in a divided world. How, in these circumstances, can we come to a deeper kind of vision, how can we achieve wholeness, acceptance, find our place in the midst of turmoil and change?

In an enchanting and cumulative narrative set on three continents, Stephen’s memories make up the hologram of the book’s subtitle. It is a story that is personal, painful, comic, and ultimately uplifting: a book not so much of the coming of age, but the coming of perspective.

The Thabo Mbeki I Know (Paperback): Sifiso Ndlovu, Miranda Strydom The Thabo Mbeki I Know (Paperback)
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The Thabo Mbeki I Know is a collection that celebrates one of South Africa’s most exceptional thought leaders. The contributors include those who first got to know Thabo Mbeki as a young man, in South Africa and in exile, and those who encountered him as a statesman and worked alongside him as an African leader.

In The Thabo Mbeki I Know, these friends, comrades, statesmen, politicians and business associates provide insights that challenge the prevailing academic narrative and present fresh perspectives on the former president’s time in office and on his legacy – a vital undertaking as we approach a decade since an embattled Thabo Mbeki left office. Edited by Miranda Strydom and Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu, The Thabo Mbeki I Know provides readers with an opportunity to reassess Thabo Mbeki’s contribution to post-apartheid South Africa – as both deputy president and president – to the African continent and diaspora – as a highly respected state leader – and to the international community as a whole.

Arik - The Life Of Ariel Sharon (Paperback): David Landau Arik - The Life Of Ariel Sharon (Paperback)
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From the former editor in chief of "Haaretz", comes the first in-depth, comprehensive biography of Ariel Sharon, the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years.

The life of Ariel Sharon spans much of modern Israel's history. A commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in 1948, Sharon participated in the 1948 War of Independence, played decisive roles in the 1956 Suez War and the Six-Day War of 1967, and is credited here with the shift in the outcome of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

After leaving the professional army, Sharon became a political leader and served in numerous governments, most prominently as the defense minister during the 1982 Lebanon War in which he bore "personal responsibility," according to the state's commission of inquiry, for massacres of Palestinian civilians by Lebanese militia. As a general and as a politician, he championed the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. But as prime minister, he performed a dramatic reversal: orchestrating Israel's unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

Landau brilliantly chronicles Sharon's surprising about-face, combining the immediacy of firsthand reportage with the analysis and independent insight of a historian's perspective. Sharon suffered a stroke in January 2006 and remains in a persistent vegetative state. This biography recounts the life of the man who is considered by many to be Israel's greatest military leader and political statesman, illustrating how Sharon's leadership transformed Israel, and how his views were shaped by the changing nature of Israeli society.

Pippie (Afrikaans, Paperback): Anice Kruger, Colleen Naude Pippie (Afrikaans, Paperback)
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Op Oujaarsaand 2011 ontaard 'n lekker familiebraai in 'n skokkende nagmerrie toe 'n bottel vuuraanstekergel in 'n pa se hande ontplof en op sy dogtertjie beland. Met 80% brandwonde gee dokters vir die 2½-jarige Pippie Kruger net 'n 10% kans op oorlewing.

Pippie vertel op hartroerende wyse van die pynlike pad wat ma Anice, pa Erwin en hul gesin sedert dié ongeluk gestap het.

Die boek deel gebeure en ervarings wat nog nie van-tevore in die media bekendgemaak is nie:

  • Erwin maak sy hart oop en vertel met rou eerlikheid hoe die tragedie hulle verhouding geraak het.
  • Pippie se oupa en ouma verwoord hulle gevoelens.
  • Anice se ervaring van Pippie se baanbreker-operasie met gekloonde vel - 'n eerste in Afrika!
  • Aangrypende vertellings van die dokters en spesialiste wat Pippie behandel het.
  • 16 bladsye roerende foto's - sommige wat die wêreld nog nooit gesien het nie.

Pippie vertel van 'n ma se stryd met God en 'n wil om nooit moed op te gee nie. Dit is 'n inspirerende verhaal van ongekende deursettingsvermoë, vurige hoop en onwankelbare vertroue in God.

Chase Your Shadow - The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius (Paperback): John Carlin Chase Your Shadow - The Trials Of Oscar Pistorius (Paperback)
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This is the sensational insider story of Oscar Pistorius, by the acclaimed author of Playing The Enemy (which inspired the movie Invictus.)

The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius will rivet the world's attention in a way no other case has since another famous sportsman, O. J. Simpson, was tried for the murder of his ex wife in 1994. John Carlin brings his own extensive knowledge of South Africa and access to Pistorius himself, as well as to his friends and family, after the death of Reeva Steenkamp to tell the story of the rise and fall of a classically tragic hero.

It is the most remarkable sports story ever told - about a man whose legs were amputated at the age of eleven months and ended up running in the Olympic Games - and it is a story too about crime and punishment, love and death that follows Pistorius' trail from South Africa to London, to the United States, to Iceland, to Italy and has at its heart a richly varied and compelling set of characters, among them the beautiful victim, two brilliant rival lawyers and the fascinatingly complex figure of Oscar Pistorius himself.

Raisin in the Sun (Paperback, Reissued Reprint): Lorraine Hansberry Raisin in the Sun (Paperback, Reissued Reprint)
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When it was first produced in 1959, A Raisin in the Sun was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for that season and hailed as a watershed in American drama. A pioneering work by an African-American playwright, the play was a radically new representation of black life. "A play that changed American theater forever."--The New York Times.

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