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’n Afgelegde professor in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, dink terug en probeer sin maak van sy verlede.
Hy leef met ’n vrou in sy herinnering – Mied. Deur die oŽnskynlike diefstal van sy geel Volkswagen Kewer met sy hond Os-Moses agterin, ontmoet hy ’n Afrikaanssprekende Zoeloe-meisie, Mandie. Hy word Mandie, haar Ma Nxasana en ’n gestremde kind na wie Ma Nxasana omsien, Gumanam, se vertroueling. Intussen word hy lastig geval deur oproepe van ene John wat ’n MA wil doen oor eko-literatuur en mineurskrywers.
Is mos Oos is ’n surrealistiese, byna absurde roman, ’n verhaal van verandering wat ontvou in die spel van name en die vervloeiing van uiterstes: hede/verlede, man/vrou, leuen/waarheid, lewe/dood.
Nadia en haar nefie Xavie is op Groenplaas in die Overberg grootgemaak deur hul ouma, Sylvia McKinney, die “stammoeder van lieg”. Hulle twee kyk terug op hul kinderjare en probeer die dinge ontbloot waaroor daar in hul familie geswyg word.
Kompoun vertel die verhaal van vriendskap tussen ’n groep nefies en niggies, gesmee deur oorlewing in ’n harde werklikheid, en hoe hulle van die ouer geslag wegbreek, maar ook vind dat die verstrengelde bande van familie ’n mens nie maklik laat los nie.
Nou kyk ons nog in ’n dowwe spieŽl ...
Doktor Olaf Demeyer herstel nog van sy vierdubbele hartomleiding en die trauma van vorige ondersoeke waarby hy betrokke was. Om die waarheid te sÍ, hy moes lankal aftree as forensiese profileerder van die SAPD. Maar dan kom vra Lucida Winterbach sy hulp. Sy glo ’n moordenaar teiken studente van haar Elegant Queens Academy, ’n skool vir skoonheid en modelwerk. Al die meisies is minderjarig, met blinkoogdrome van skoonheidstitels en modelkontrakte. Tot van hulle naak op die bodems van swembaddens in die omgewing gevind word. Olaf se lewenslange beskermingsdrang teenoor die weerloses motiveer hom om gehoor te gee aan haar versoek. Gou besef hy egter dat dit hier gaan oor soveel meer as die feite en bewyse wat ’n mens kan sien en hoor. Olaf twyfel aan sy oordeel en instinkte. Hy word geteister deur verwronge beelde van die meisies en homself.
Uiteindelik weet hy: Ons sal altyd alles slegs ten dele ken, en ons moet ’n manier vind om elke dag saam met diť wete te leef. Vir Olaf is dit daardie wete wat dreig om hom na jare in die bedryf van sy kop af te dryf.
Die wetenskap gee aanleiding tot vrae wat net liefde kan antwoord in hierdie roerende en diepsinnige verhaal uit die pen van Karen Kingsbury, die #1-topverkoperskrywer van lewensveranderende fiksie.
Maddie Baxter West se lewe van uitmekaar wanneer sy uitvind dat alles wat sy omtrent haar lewe geglo het, is ’n leuen. Haar ouers het altyd beplan om haar die waarheid oor haar verlede te vertel: dat sy as ’n embrio aangeneem is. Maar die regte geleentheid het nooit opgeduik nie. Dan konfronteer ’n vreemdeling haar met die waarheid en vertel haar iets wat haar wÍreld omvergooi – Maddie het ’n suster waarvan sy nooit geweet het nie. Verraai, kwaad en verward los Maddie haar nuwe werk en verloofde, verwerp haar gesin se versoeke vir vergifnis, en trek na Portland om uit te vind wie sy werklik is.
Dawson Gage se lewe word verwoes wanneer London Quinn, sy beste vriendin en die enigste meisie wat hy ooit liefgehad het, skielik sterf. In die hospitaal se wagkamer onthul London se moeder dat London dalk ’n broer of suster kan hÍ. Die gevriesde embrio wat sy en haar man dekades gelede geskenk het. Wanneer Dawson vir Maddie vind en haar na Portland bring, verwelkom die Quinns – haar biologiese ouers – haar in hul lewens en harte. Maggie is vertroos deur die Quinns se liefde en nuuskierig oor hulle herinneringe van London, wat so baie soos sy was. Is dŪt die gesin en die lewe wat sy eintlik veronderstel was om te gehad het?
Nou sal dit Dawson Gage se liefde wees wat Maddie help om te weet wie sy is . . . en hoe sy haar pad terug kan vind huis toe.
Dit is 1905. Helmut, ’n Duitse mediese student, gaan ’n professor te lyf wat seksuele toenadering by hom soek. Diť neem wraak hom deur vir Helmut ’n druippunt toe te ken.
Helmut se verontwaardigde ouers straf hom deur hom sy studie te laat beŽindig en sy vader maak sy handtekening na op ’n kontrak waarin Helmut verbind word om vir twee jaar die Duitse mediese korps in die destydse DuitsSuidwes (NamibiŽ) by te staan as mediese ordonnans.
Sů word hy getuie van die dokter in bevel wat hom verdiep in ’n studie van Afrikamense deur hulle lyke te onthoof, die skedels te laat skoonskraap en die breine te weeg, ’n berugte praktyk wat later wyd veroordeel is.
There’s a new administration in the White House. But it’s the previous First Family who tops an international assassin’s hit list.
Michael Keating is a former Navy SEAL – and a former President of the United States, now relocated to rural New Hampshire after a brave but ill-fated military mission cost him his second term.
All he wants is to sink into anonymity with his family (and his Secret Service detail). But when he’s briefed on an imminent threat against his daughter, Keating’s SEAL training may prove more essential than all the power, connections and political acumen he gained as President.
An unputdownable story of murder, revenge and betrayal from international number one bestseller Jeffrey Archer.
THE CLOCK IS TICKING IN THIS ROLLERCOASTER RIDE OF A THRILLER…
In London, the Metropolitan Police set up a new Unsolved Murders Unit – a cold case squad – to catch the criminals nobody else can.
In Geneva, millionaire art collector Miles Faulkner – convicted of forgery and theft – was pronounced dead two months ago. So why is his unscrupulous lawyer still representing a dead client?
On a luxury liner en route to New York, the battle for power at the heart of a wealthy dynasty is about to turn to murder.
And at the heart of all three investigations are Detective Chief Inspector William Warwick, rising star of the Met, and ex-undercover operative Ross Hogan, brought in from the cold.
But can they catch the killers before it’s too late?
Visionary in scale, and the first contemporary novel in over a decade from number one worldwide bestseller Ken Follett, Never imagines the unimaginable: the imminent threat of World War Three...
“Every catastrophe begins with a little problem that doesn’t get fixed.” So says Pauline Green, president of the United States, in Follett’s nerve-racking drama of international tension.
A shrinking oasis in the Sahara Desert; a stolen US Army drone; an uninhabited Japanese island; and one country’s secret stash of deadly chemical poisons: all these play roles in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Struggling to prevent the outbreak of world war are a young woman intelligence officer; a spy working undercover with jihadists; a brilliant Chinese spymaster; and Pauline herself, beleaguered by a populist rival for the next president election.
Never is an extraordinary novel, full of heroines and villains, false prophets and elite warriors, jaded politicians and opportunistic revolutionaries. It brims with cautionary wisdom for our times, and delivers a visceral, heart-pounding read that transports readers to the brink of the unimaginable.
London, November 1941.
The second gripping novel in the #1 internationally bestselling Thursday Murder Club series.
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim—the Thursday Murder Club—are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper’s Chase, their posh retirement village. But they are out of luck.
An unexpected visitor—an old pal of Elizabeth’s (or perhaps more than just a pal?)—arrives, desperate for her help. He has been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men and he’s seriously on the lam. Then, as night follows day, the first body is found. But not the last.
Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim are up against a ruthless murderer who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them? And if they find the diamonds, too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?
You should never put anything beyond the Thursday Murder Club.
A gruesome discovery, and an honest man trying to hold on to his humanity - and his life - forms the mystery at the heart of a work which is both a gripping whodunit and a sharply satirical state of the nation novel.
At once a scathing indictment of an opportunistic and avaricious political elite and a paean to the spirit of people in their charge, Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People On Earth is provocative, profoundly compassionate, and slyly mischievous.
Bristling with wit and rage in equal measure and delivered with an enormous generosity of spirit and a dazzling lightness of touch, Wole Soyinka's speaks truth to power as ever with a tour de force from a master storyteller at the height of his powers.
Number One bestselling author Sophie Kinsella returns with an irresistible new standalone about family love, family tensions and exactly what you might hear everyone saying if they didn't know you were there...
The Talbots are having one last party at their family home. But Effie hasn't been invited...
Effie's still not over her parents splitting up a year ago. Her dad and his new girlfriend are posting their PDAs all over Instagram - and no one should have to deal with photos of their dad with the hashtags #viagraworks and #sexinyoursixties. Now they're selling the beloved family home and holding a 'house-cooling' party. When Effie receives only a last-minute 'anti-invitation', she decides to give it a miss.
Until she remembers her precious Russian dolls, safely tucked away up a chimney. She'll have to go back for them - but not as a guest. She'll just creep in, grab the dolls and make a swift exit. No one will know she was ever there.
Of course, nothing goes to plan. Not only does Effie bump into her ex-boyfriend (who she's very much not over), she can't find the dolls. And as she secretly clambers around dusty attics, hides under tables and mournfully eyes up the dessert table, she discovers unexpected truths about her family - and even about herself.
With time (and hiding places) running out, Effie starts to wonder if she'd be better off simply crashing the party. Perhaps that's the only way to find out what's really going on with her family ...
From the New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her and The Silent Wife comes an electrifying new standalone thriller.
Leigh Collier has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life. She has a good job as a defense attorney, a daughter doing well in school, and even her divorce is relatively civilized—her life is just as unremarkable as she'd always hoped it would be. But Leigh's ordinary life masks a childhood which was far from average … a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and finally torn apart by a devastating act of violence.
Then a case lands on her desk—defending a wealthy man accused of rape. It's the highest profile case she's ever been given—a case which could transform her career, if she wins. But when she meets the accused, she realizes that it's no coincidence that he's chosen her as his attorney. She knows him. And he knows her. More to the point, he knows what happened twenty years ago, and why Leigh has spent two decades running.
If she can't get him acquitted, she'll lose much more than the case. The only person who can help her is her younger, estranged sister Callie, the last person Leigh would ever want to ask for help. But suddenly she has no choice...
From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.
To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Ray Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a decent life for himself and his family. He and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their second child, and if her parents on Striver's Row don't approve of him or their cramped apartment across from the subway tracks, it's still home. Few people know he descends from a line of uptown hoods and crooks, and that his faÁade of normalcy has more than a few cracks in it. Cracks that are getting bigger all the time.
Cash is tight, especially with all those installment-plan sofas, so if his cousin Freddie occasionally drops off the odd ring or necklace, Ray doesn't ask where it comes from. He knows a discreet jeweler downtown who doesn't ask questions, either. Then Freddie falls in with a crew who plan to rob the Hotel Theresa—the "Waldorf of Harlem"—and volunteers Ray's services as the fence. The heist doesn't go as planned; they rarely do. Now Ray has a new clientele, one made up of shady cops, vicious local gangsters, two-bit pornographers, and other assorted Harlem lowlifes.
Thus begins the internal tussle between Ray the striver and Ray the crook. As Ray navigates this double life, he begins to see who actually pulls the strings in Harlem. Can Ray avoid getting killed, save his cousin, and grab his share of the big score, all while maintaining his reputation as the go-to source for all your quality home furniture needs?
Harlem Shuffle's ingenious story plays out in a beautifully recreated New York City of the early 1960s. It's a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem.
But mostly, it's a joy to read, another dazzling novel from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning Colson Whitehead.
In Dobsonville, a few hours before the party of the year, a guy shares a joint with his friend Ari. Ari is always right. Ari is also imaginary. And winged. In a few hours, while Ari plays both angel and demon on his shoulder, our man will end up joyriding to a brothel in a snatched tourist rental car. But the police – and the burly tourists – are in pursuit.
At some point, when you’re a hunted man and there’s a gun tucked in the waistband of your pants, things come to a head. Will he be okay? Ask Ari. Ari never lies.
Prepare for a party night that courses from Soweto to the Joburg cbd as Tshidiso Moletsane’s explosive novel serves shots of sex, drugs and anxiety while tearing into life, death, race and politics, with consequences only Ari could have seen coming.
Meet Chloe. First-year student, ordinary, legging-wearing, girl next door... and highly intelligent diagnosed psychopath. Her hobbies include yogalates, parties, and plotting to kill Will Bachman.
Chloe is part of a secret clinical study of young psychopaths run by the university's Psychology Department. Most psychopaths aren't criminals, but when a string of murders on campus causes upheaval, Chloe's private vendetta is sidelined. Partnered with fellow study participants she can't trust - and distracted by typical university life - Chloe has to walk the line between hunter and prey.
Never Saw Me coming is a sharp, electrifying and hugely entertaining thriller with an anti-heroine who will work her manipulative magic on you.
A mother's secret past collides with her daughter's present in this intoxicating novel from Jane Healey, the author of The Animals at Lockwood Manor.
In the summer of 1973, teenage Ruth and her four friends are obsessed with pre-Raphaelite paintings, and a little bit obsessed with each other. They spend the scorching summer days in the river by Ruth's grand family home, pretending to be the drowning Ophelia and recreating tableaus of other tragic mythical heroines. But by the end of the summer, real tragedy has found them.
Twenty-four years later, Ruth is a wife and mother of three children, and moves her family into her still-grand, but now somewhat dilapidated, childhood home following the death of her father. Her seventeen-year-old daughter, Maeve, is officially in remission and having been discharged from hospital can finally start acting like a 'normal' teenager with the whole summer ahead of her. It's just the five of them until Stuart, a handsome photographer and old friend of her parents, comes to stay. And there's something about Stuart that makes Maeve feel more alive than all of her life-saving treatments put together.
As the heat of the summer burns, how long can the family go before long-held secrets threaten to burst their banks and drown them all? Set between two fateful summers, The Ophelia Girls is a visceral, heady exploration of illicit desire, infatuation, and the perils and power of being a young woman.
In the early hours of Saturday, December 17th, 2011, Zoe Nolan, a 19-year-old Manchester University student, walked out of a party taking place in the shared accommodation where she had been living for three months.
She was never seen again.
Blending fact and fiction in his first stand-alone novel, Joseph Knox delivers a thrilling true crime story like no other.
"I drove myself out of New York City where a man shot himself in front of me. He was a gluttonous man and when his blood came out it looked like the blood of a pig. That's a cruel thing to think, I know. He did it in a restaurant where I was having dinner with another man, another married man. Do you see how this is going? But I wasn't always that way. I am depraved. I hope you like me."
Joan has spent a lifetime enduring the cruelties of men. But when one of them commits a shocking act of violence in front of her, she flees New York City in search of Alice, the only person alive who can help her make sense of her past. In the sweltering hills above Los Angeles, Joan unravels the horrific event she witnessed as a child—that has haunted her every waking moment—while forging the power to finally strike back.
Animal is a depiction of female rage at its rawest, and a visceral exploration of the fallout from a male-dominated society.
Perfect lives. Perfect lies.
When Vivian Howe, author of thirteen novels and mother of three grown-up children, is killed in a hit-and-run incident while jogging near her home, she ascends to the Beyond. Because her death was unfair, she is allowed to watch what happens below with her children, her best friend, her ex-husband, and a rival novelist whose book is coming out the same day as Vivi's.
Vivi is also given the use of three 'nudges' so that she can influence the outcome of events in the world of the living. As Vivi discovers her children's secrets, watches the investigation into her own death and worries about a secret from her youth coming to light, she must decide what she wants to manipulate - and what should be left well alone.
Combining Elin Hilderbrand's trademark beach scenes, mouth-watering meals and picture-perfect homes with the heartfelt message that the people we lose never really leave us, Golden Girl is a beach book unlike any other from 'Queen of the Summer Novel' (People).
Dianne is divorced but for the sake of her two daughters she lives next to her ex-husband, sharing a joint double garden. Good for the girls but what about her? How can she move on if Alan and his new fiancťe are always around?
Her post-divorce romances have stalled: Andile, her lover turned friend, and Faye, her secret Tinder date turned sometimes lover. Both Andile and Faye want more but Di is not sure what she wants. Her daughters were not thrilled with the idea of her with a boyfriend, will they freak out if their mom has a girlfriend? Is it even worth introducing them if Faye might turn out not to be the one for her? But when Dianne’s eldest daughter deals with homophobia at school, Dianne feels compelled to speak out and be honest about who she is.
With the support of her friends Kari, Lily, Shelley and now Shireen, she might just have the courage to do it. But what will the fallout be?
A family returns to their hometown - and to the dark past that haunts them still - in this masterpiece of literary horror by the New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers.
When Nate's father dies, he leaves behind a final gift for his son: his childhood home. Married now, Nate decides to move in with his wife, Maddie, and their son, Oliver, seeking peace from the chaos of the city. But it doesn't take long before things get strange in the night and even stranger by day.
Because Nate was a child being abused by his father, and has never told his family. Because Maddie was a little girl who saw something she shouldn't have. Because something sinister, something hungry, walks in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of this town in rural Pennsylvania. And now, what happened all those years ago is happening again, and this time, it is happening to Oliver.
When he meets a strange boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic, he has no idea that what comes next will put his family at the heart of a battle of good versus evil.
Leigh Fletcher: happily married stepmum to two gorgeous boys goes
missing on Monday. Her husband Mark says he knows nothing of her
whereabouts. She simply went to work and just never came home. Their
family is shattered.
Millie is a perfectionist. She's happy, she's successful - and, with a great support network of friends and family (and a very grumpy cat) around her, she's never lonely. She has her dream job at a big tech firm and is on track to become the company's youngest ever Innovation Director. The last thing she needs is romance messing up her perfectly organised world. Besides, normal people just don't have romantic relationships.
Everyone knows that being in a couple is a bit... well, odd. Sure, everybody has that one coupled-up friend who messes up the numbers at dinner parties, but it's a bit eccentric. You know, like having a pet snake or living off the grid. Why rely on another person for your own happiness? Why risk the humiliation of unrequited love or the agony of a break-up when you can do everything yourself? No, Millie is perfectly happy with her conventional single life.
So when Millie lands a new project at work, launching a pill that stops you falling in love, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. That is, until she starts working with Ben. He's charming and funny, and Millie feels an instant connection with him.
Is this the spark that science and society are trying to suppress? Will Millie sacrifice everything she believes in for love?
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