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Shooting Angels (Paperback, Export/Airside): Christopher Hope Shooting Angels (Paperback, Export/Airside)
Christopher Hope
R371 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R81 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'There is everything you don't know,' said Joe Angel, with a vulpine grin, as his limousine pulled away leaving Charlie Croker in a cloud of dust by the side of the road. Somehow the most famous businessman in the country had found Charlie in the backwater where he had been hiding all these years and arrived unannounced to give him an envelope of money and a simple message: come back to the Capital to learn what really happened to Constanza - the woman he loved - on that terrible night decades before.

At first, Charlie is furious that Joe should just reappear with such an outrageous demand. He soon realizes a fire has been relit; one he thought had been extinguished by long years in the wilderness. But by the time Charlie returns to the city to meet Joe, the tycoon is dead. And so begins Charlie Croker's epic journey into his own past. It is an odyssey which seems, at times, to lead straight to the broken heart of the country itself.

After a lifetime spent trying to forget, Charlie realizes that there can, finally, be a reckoning with those he has loved, those he has betrayed and the guilt that has been suffocating him.

The Cafe de Move-on Blues - In Search of the New South Africa (Hardcover, Main): Christopher Hope The Cafe de Move-on Blues - In Search of the New South Africa (Hardcover, Main)
Christopher Hope 1
R611 R485 Discovery Miles 4 850 Save R126 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize,2019 In White Boy Running, Christopher Hope explored how it felt and looked to grow up in a country gripped by an 'absurd, racist insanity'. On a road trip thirty years later, Hope goes in search of today's South Africa; post the evils of apartheid, but also post the dashed hopes and dreams of Mandela, of a future when race and colour would not count. He finds a country still in the grip of a ruling party intent only on caring for itself, to the exclusion of all others; a country where racial divides are deeper than ever. As the old imperial idols of Cecil Rhodes and Paul Kruger are literally pulled from their pedestals in a mass yearning to destroy the past, Hope ponders the question: what next? Framed as a travelogue, this is a darkly comic, powerful and moving portrait of South Africa - an elegy to a living nation, which is still mad and absurd.

Conundrum - Why Every Government Gets Things Wrong  -  and What We Can Do About it (Hardcover): Richard Bacon, Christopher Hope Conundrum - Why Every Government Gets Things Wrong - and What We Can Do About it (Hardcover)
Richard Bacon, Christopher Hope
R514 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R140 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Governments do not provide value for money. In fact, they spend taxpayers' money wastefully and even stupidly. The UK government spends an unfathomable GBP660 billion every year - that's GBP11,000 per every person in the country, plus a further GBP13,000 each of accumulated debt. Although public spending is being curtailed, total government spending is still rising - it is only the rate of growth that is being slowed by cuts. In Conundrum, Daily Telegraph Senior Political Correspondent Christopher Hope and Richard Bacon MP, who sits on the Public Accounts Committee that examines the accounts of government departments, look at a wide variety of cases where hundreds of millions and even billions of pounds of taxpayers' money were spent on projects and programmes that went wrong, and where individual members of the public suffered as a result. Throughout the book the authors look at examples of failure which illustrate the problems facing governments trying to make things happen. They look at why massive and expensive public computer systems tend to fail universally; how ministers are expected to set the direction for government but are barely around long enough to warm their seats; why the civil servants who are supposed to deliver public policy are hamstrung by risk-averse behaviour; and finally, Conundrum examines what can be done to improve things, and asks why none of the many attempts to reform the system over the last fifty years have worked.

White Boy Running (Paperback, Main): Christopher Hope White Boy Running (Paperback, Main)
Christopher Hope 1
R275 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R59 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In the run up to the 1987 election Christopher Hope returned to his native South Africa after a twelve-year absence. The nature of that year's whites-only election and the bitter defeat of the liberals led him to write this satirical, evocative portrait of what it looked and felt like growing up in a country gripped by an absurd, racist insanity. Full of exquisite and despairing descriptions, Hope weaves together journalistic commentary and his own personal story as he encounters the bloody battles that have divided his homeland. This is a mordantly witty account of escape, displacement and disillusionment, and a modern classic of journalistic memoir.

The Cafe de Move-on Blues - In Search of the New South Africa (Paperback, Main): Christopher Hope The Cafe de Move-on Blues - In Search of the New South Africa (Paperback, Main)
Christopher Hope
R275 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R59 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize,2019 In White Boy Running, Christopher Hope explored how it felt and looked to grow up in a country gripped by an 'absurd, racist insanity'. On a road trip thirty years later, Hope goes in search of today's South Africa; post the evils of apartheid, but also post the dashed hopes and dreams of Mandela, of a future when race and colour would not count. He finds a country still in the grip of a ruling party intent only on caring for itself, to the exclusion of all others; a country where racial divides are deeper than ever. As the old imperial idols of Cecil Rhodes and Paul Kruger are literally pulled from their pedestals in a mass yearning to destroy the past, Hope ponders the question: what next? Framed as a travelogue, this is a darkly comic, powerful and moving portrait of South Africa - an elegy to a living nation, which is still mad and absurd.

Shooting Angels (Paperback, Main): Christopher Hope Shooting Angels (Paperback, Main)
Christopher Hope 1
R250 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R53 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Somehow, Joe Angel, the most famous businessman in the country had found Charlie in the backwater where had been hiding all these years, and arrived unannounced to give him an envelope full of money and a simple message: come back to the Capital to learn what really happened to Constanza -- the woman he loved -- on that terrible night decades before. At first, Charlie is furious that Joe should just re-appear, and with such an outrageous demand. But by the time Charlie returns to the city to meet Joe, the tycoon is dead. And so begin Charlie Croker's epic journey back into his own past. It is an odyssey which seems, at times, to lead right to the broken heart of the country itself. After a lifetime spent trying to forget, Charlie realizes that there can, finally, be a reckoning with his those he has loved and those he has betrayed, and the guilt that has been suffocating him.

The Cafe de Move-on Blues - In Search of the New South Africa (Paperback): Christopher Hope The Cafe de Move-on Blues - In Search of the New South Africa (Paperback)
Christopher Hope
R387 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R80 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In White Boy Running, Christopher Hope explored what it looked and felt like to grow up in a country gripped by an 'absurd, racist insanity'. Now comes Cafe de Move-on Blues, Hope's contemplation of the situation white South Africans find themselves in today, post-Apartheid. Emigration is accelerating at a rate never seen before, diasporas are spreading from Winnipeg to Wimbledon, and the spectre of neighbouring Zimbabwe looms large as violence spreads. As one by one, the old imperial idols, from Cecil Rhodes to Paul Kruger, are pulled from their pedestals, Hope ponders the question: 'Who is next?' In this intimate and powerful portrait of race, politics and people in South Africa today, Hope, yet again, uses his mesmerising prose to get to the heart of the issue, and to reveal what can be done to stem the flow of whites leaving the rainbow nation.

My Chocolate Redeemer (Paperback, Main): Christopher Hope My Chocolate Redeemer (Paperback, Main)
Christopher Hope
R235 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R50 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Bella is a teenage chocolate junkie - fashion-mad and God-haunted - who lives in the lakeside village of La Frisette in France with her aristocratic grandmother. When an exotic black stranger turns up and takes an entire floor in the grandest hotel in her small community, there is considerable dismay amongst the local populace. Worse still; word spreads that the unwelcome guest is a polygamous African tyrant, overthrown in a coup and exiled amid rumours of embezzlement and cannibalism. The question is, why is he interested in no one but Bella?

Jimfish (Paperback, Main): Christopher Hope Jimfish (Paperback, Main)
Christopher Hope 1
R248 R194 Discovery Miles 1 940 Save R54 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the 1980s, a small man is pulled up out of the Indian Ocean in Port Pallid, SA, claiming to have been kidnapped as a baby. The Sergeant, whose job it is to sort the local people by colour, and thereby determine their fate, peers at the boy, then sticks a pencil into his hair, as one did in those days, waiting to see if it stays there, or falls out before he gives his verdict: 'He's very odd, this Jimfish you've hauled in. If he's white he is not the right sort of white. But if he's black, who can say? We'll wait before we classify him. I'll give his age as 18, and call him Jimfish. Because he's a real fish out of water, this one is.' So begins the odyssey of Jimfish, a South African Everyman, who defies the usual classification of race that defines the rainbow nation. His journey through the last years of Apartheid will extend beyond the borders of South Africa to the wider world, where he will be an unlikely witness to the defining moments of the dying days of the twentieth century. Part fable, part fierce commentary on the politics of power, this work is the culmination of a lifetime's writing and thinking, on both the Apartheid regime and the history of the twentieth century, by a writer of enormous originality and range.

Jimfish (Hardcover, Main): Christopher Hope Jimfish (Hardcover, Main)
Christopher Hope 2
R451 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R103 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the 1980s, a small man is pulled up out of the Indian Ocean in Port Pallid, SA, claiming to have been kidnapped as a baby. The Sergeant, whose job it is to sort the local people by colour, and thereby determine their fate, peers at the boy, then sticks a pencil into his hair, as one did in those days, waiting to see if it stays there, or falls out before he gives his verdict: 'He's very odd, this Jimfish you've hauled in. If he's white he is not the right sort of white. But if he's black, who can say? We'll wait before we classify him. I'll give his age as 18, and call him Jimfish. Because he's a real fish out of water, this one is.' So begins the odyssey of Jimfish, a South African Everyman, who defies the usual classification of race that defines the rainbow nation. His journey through the last years of Apartheid will extend beyond the borders of South Africa to the wider world, where he will be an unlikely witness to the defining moments of the dying days of the twentieth century. Part fable, part fierce commentary on the politics of power, this work is the culmination of a lifetime's writing and thinking, on both the Apartheid regime and the history of the twentieth century, by a writer of enormous originality and range.

Shooting Angels (Hardcover, Main): Christopher Hope Shooting Angels (Hardcover, Main)
Christopher Hope 1
R515 R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Save R117 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'There is everything you don't know,'said Joe Angel, with a vulpine grin, as his limousine pulled away leaving Charlie Croker in a cloud of dust by the side of the road. Somehow the most famous businessman in the country had found Charlie in the backwater where he had been hiding all these years and arrived unannounced to give him an envelope of money and a simple message: come back to the Capital to learn what really happened to Constanza - the woman he loved - on that terrible night decades before. At first, Charlie is furious that Joe should just reappear with such an outrageous demand. He soon realizes a fire has been relit; one he thought had been extinguished by long years in the wilderness. But by the time Charlie returns to the city to meet Joe, the tycoon is dead. And so begins Charlie Croker's epic journey into his own past. It is an odyssey which seems, at times, to lead straight to the broken heart of the country itself. After a lifetime spent trying to forget, Charlie realizes that there can, finally, be a reckoning with those he has loved, those he has betrayed and the guilt that has been suffocating him.

Kruger's Alp (Paperback, Main): Christopher Hope Kruger's Alp (Paperback, Main)
Christopher Hope
R284 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R60 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Theodore Blanchaille is searching for the missing millions of the Boer leader Paul Kruger, and his lost city of gold. As a child he had heard tales of Kruger from a wayward priest; what follows is an astonishing journey that takes Blanchaille through a landscape peopled with spies, visionaries, terrorists, traitors, patriots and exiled presidents. From huge transit camps on the veld to a notorious prison block, from a township in the bloody aftermath of 'pacification' to a secret travellers' rest for fleeing pilgrims, and from the streets and cellars of Soho to paradise at last on a Swiss mountainside, Kruger's Alp is a fantastical political satire of extraordinary invention.

My Mother's Lovers (Paperback): Christopher Hope My Mother's Lovers (Paperback)
Christopher Hope
R369 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R65 (18%) Out of stock

"Kick off your shoes, pour yourself a stiff drink and take your hat off to the elder statesman of southern African words--he's done it again." --Alexandra Fuller
"Vivid and powerful. Highly recommended." --"Library Journal" (starred review)
The author of "Serenity House" and "Kruger's Alp" (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Fiction) returns with a lyrical and taut novel about the past fifty years of white presence in South Africa, told through a son's larger-than-life vision of his mother. In Kathleen Healey, acclaimed novelist Christopher Hope crafts a superbly authentic female character. Aviator, big game hunter, and a knitting devotee who once boxed three rounds with Ernest Hemingway, her multitude of lovers came from all over the world. When she fades with illness, her son must carry out her final wishes, and confront his own ability to love. Bitingly funny and inventive, " My Mother's Lovers" is as fierce and radiant as our romance with Africa.

Heaven Forbid (Hardcover): Christopher Hope Heaven Forbid (Hardcover)
Christopher Hope
R185 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R26 (14%) Out of stock

This is an unforgettable, highly acclaimed novel of African childhood by a prize winning author. In the jacaranda leafed garden of his Johannesburg home, six year old Martin Donally is king of a small and perfect world. It is 1948 and life is full of buoyant childish rhymes and his colourful, Irish extended family. There's exuberant Grandpa who sings and races horses; chain smoking Auntie Fee, who always sides with the ogres in fairy tales; and above all Georgie, the family's servant and Martin's confidant. But this cosy world of fixed certainties is about to end as Martin's tale turns to one of political and personal tragedy. He can't possibly foresee the resounding defeat of the liberal government that will usher in a new era of bigotry and intolerance, nor appreciate the significance of the fact Dr Voerwoerd, architect of apartheid, is a neighbour. And what is he to make of dour, racist, Gordon his mother's husband-to-be, a man who seems determined to shatter the care-free world of the Donally's for good? "Heaven Forbid" is a wise, moving tale of innocence blighted and paradise lost; an unforgettable novel of childhood, family and the impact on a private world of a crucial moment in history. 'A clever, economical novel ...a potent rendering of childhood' - "Penelope Lively". 'A vivid, tender evocation of time and place, fresh and unsugared by nostalgia' - "Observer". 'Immensely alive and involving' - "Sunday Times".

The Garden of Bad Dreams (Hardcover, Main): Christopher Hope The Garden of Bad Dreams (Hardcover, Main)
Christopher Hope
R369 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R67 (18%) Out of stock

In The Garden of Bad Dreams characters strive for order despite the entropy that surrounds them: a nostalgic circus man is compelled to collect small people; an industrious monk strives to push a mountain away from his monastery; the widow of an English captain tends her rose garden wearing an old Panama hat and tiny red slippers on her bound feet; and desperate soldiers eat an entire zoo, leaving only a pale jaguar from the jungles of South America. Transporting its readers from a city under siege to a forested hillside in central Serbia, via an ex-servicemen's estate in Badminton, The Garden of Bad Dreams is an imaginative feast, a surprising, exhilarating meeting place for the absurd and the strangely familiar, by a writer at the height of his powers.

Brothers Under The Skin - Travels in Tyranny (Paperback, Unabridged Ed): Christopher Hope Brothers Under The Skin - Travels in Tyranny (Paperback, Unabridged Ed)
Christopher Hope
R324 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R55 (17%) Out of stock

A brilliant examination of Robert Mugabe dictatorship and the nature of modern tyranny, written by an award winning novelist and journalist.Christopher Hope met his first dictator when he was 6 years old. Dr Henrik Verwoerd was a neighbour of the Hope family and went on to become the architect of apartheid. He was the first, but not the last. In this remarkable book, Christopher Hope searches out the unmistakable 'perfume' that marks out a tyrant, a tyrant like Robert Mugabe. Hope though the days of Verwoerd were gone until Robert Mugabe began to mimic the old Doctor. Hope dissects the person and presumption of Mugabe, the mixture of terror and comedy that makes up his dictatorship. Furthermore Perfume of a Tyrant describes the nature of modern tyranny, its wild paranoia, its murderous conviction of righteousness, its narrow depleted vocabulary and its inability to concede power, however small. Even though modern tyranny is not exclusively Zimbabwean, African or European, in Robert Mugabe is its leading exponent

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