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On the Bright Side - The new secret diary of Hendrik Groen (Paperback): Hendrik Groen On the Bright Side - The new secret diary of Hendrik Groen (Paperback)
Hendrik Groen; Translated by Hester Velmans 1
R215 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 11 - 16 working days

Eighty-five-year-old Hendrik Groen is fed up to his false teeth with coffee mornings and bingo. __________ Along with fellow members of the Old-But-Not-Dead Club, he embarks on a wild spree of octogenarian anarchy. But the home's director will not stand for any more drunken bar crawls, illicit fireworks or geriatric romance. The good name of the care home will not be disgraced. But when Hendrik learns of a plan to close the home down he realises life outside it could be much worse. He and the gang must stop the closure before it's too late. Or drop dead trying . . . __________ 'A joy to read. An entertaining and uplifting story of a man in the winter of his days' John Boyne, Irish Times 'Highly entertaining, utterly convincing. A delightful and touching saga of one man's way of coping with old age'Daily Express 'Terrific. This geriatric Adrian Mole made me laugh' Fanny Blake, Woman and Home 'A funny but also touching diary praised for its wit and realism' BBC Radio 4 Front Row

On The Bright Side (Paperback): Hendrik Groen On The Bright Side (Paperback)
Hendrik Groen; Translated by Hester Velmans 2
R369 R246 Discovery Miles 2 460 Save R123 (33%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The new diary from one of literature's most beloved octogenarians.

On The Bright Side picks up where The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen left off, at the care home of the anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club where Hendrik and his friends are determined to enjoy their autumn years full of optimism.

Written with his characteristic charm and humour Hendrik proves, yet again, that age is simply a number.

The Consequences (Paperback): Nina Weijers The Consequences (Paperback)
Nina Weijers; Translated by Hester Velmans
R285 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R32 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

10,000 print run Multiple award winner Speaks to an international audience because the book deals with philosophies underpinning both contemporary art and Taoist thought First English edition by award-winning translator Hester Velmans The book's strong Ban Jan Ader theme fits with current art-world trends to revisit this legendary Dutch artist's performance works and consider his suicidal masterwork "In Search of the Miraculous" Sold over 30,000 copies in Holland and has been translated into French (Actes Sud 2016), German (Suhrkamp 2016) and Czech (Kniha Zlin 2017) Awards Winner of the Anton Wachter Prize 2014 for best first novel Winner of the Opzij Prize Winner of the Lucy B. & C.W. van der Hoogt Prize Shortlisted for the Libris Prize and the Golden Book Owl, the two most important Dutch and Flemish literary awards Winner of Reader's Choice Award Golden Book Owl.

The Consequences (Hardcover): Nina Weijers The Consequences (Hardcover)
Nina Weijers; Translated by Hester Velmans
R594 R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Save R112 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An amazing game of mirrors. [...] Original and promising. -LE MONDE 2014 Anton Wachter Prize for Best First Novel Golden Book Owl Reader's Choice Award Opzij Feminist Literature Prize 2014 Lucy B. & C.W. van der Hoogt Prize. MEET MINNIE PANIS, a young and talented conceptual artist navigating love affairs, her unexpected success in the art world, and her relationship with an emotionally distant mother. After surviving a near-death experience falling through the ice during her ultimate artwork, Minnie begins to uncover the truth behind her premature birth with the help of the doctor who saves her life-as it turns out-twice. Entering into his clinic, whose motto is All the fish needs is to get lost in the water, Minnie arrives at the border of life's ebb, where meaningful art and revelations occur. An intimate, often humorous exploration of the intertwining cycles of death, rebirth and coincidence, The Consequences is a Bildungsroman that echoes far beyond the last page. Nina Weijers' remarkable, inventive novel depicts a contemporary conceptual artist at the height of her fame, whose blase art project has unintended consequences. Weijers invokes Kurt Vonnegut in the course of the narrative, and this novel shares Vonnegut's sense of how things can be simultaneously real and absurd. Movies and books notoriously fail to capture the social and spiritual atmosphere of the contemporary art world, but Weijers nails it. Her book is beautifully written, surprising and often profound. -CHRIS KRAUS

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 831/4 Years Old (Paperback): Hendrik Groen The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 831/4 Years Old (Paperback)
Hendrik Groen; Translated by Hester Velmans 1
R265 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R61 (23%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The hilarious international bestselling novel that has had pensioners ditching their sticks and zimmers to follow the age-defying, youth inducing antics inside The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old . . . 'Terrific. This geriatric Adrian Mole made me laugh' Woman and Home 'Funny and touching' BBC Radio 4 Meet Hendrik Groen. An octogenarian in a care home who has no intention of doing what he's told, or dying quietly. To that end, he creates the Old-But-Not-Dead Club and with his fellow members sets about living his final years with careless abandon. Such anarchism infuriates the care home director but pleases Eefje, the woman who makes Hendrik's frail heart palpitate. If it's never too late to have fun, then can it ever be too late to meet the love of your life? 'So much more than just a comedy' John Boyne 'A story with a great deal of heart' Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project 'Amusing and wickedly accurate. A handbook of resistance for our time.' Sunday Express 'Very funny' Jeremy Paxman Financial Times

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen (Hardcover): Hendrik Groen The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen (Hardcover)
Hendrik Groen; Translated by Hester Velmans
R603 R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Save R86 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Slipper (Paperback): Hester Velmans Slipper (Paperback)
Hester Velmans
R384 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R38 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Girl in the Dark - A Novel (Paperback): Marion Pauw, Hester Velmans Girl in the Dark - A Novel (Paperback)
Marion Pauw, Hester Velmans
R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An award-winning, internationally bestselling author makes her American debut with this taut, riveting domestic drama with the compulsive intensity of The Good Girl, The Pocket Wife, and The Stranger, about a long-lost brother convicted of a horrifying crime and a sister's fight to clear his name. A single mother and lawyer, Iris has a colorful caseload, a young son with behavior issues, and a judgmental mother. She also has a brother-shocking news she uncovers by accident. Why did her mother lie to her for her entire life? Why did she hide the existence of Ray Boelens from her? Curious about this sibling she has never known, Iris begins to search for long-buried truths. What she discovers surprises-and horrifies-her. Her older brother is autistic-and in prison for brutally murdering his neighbor and her daughter. Visiting Ray, she meets a man who looks heartbreakingly like her own son. A man who is devoted to his tropical fish and who loves baking bread. A man whose naivete unnerves her. There is no question that Ray is odd and obsessive, unable to communicate like the rest of us. But is he really a killer? Told in the alternative voices of Ray and Iris, Girl in the Dark is a compulsive, page-turning thriller about lies, murder, and the tenacity of a family determined to stay together even as they are pulled apart at the most vulnerable seams.

Edith's Story (Paperback, 4th ed.): Edith Velmans Edith's Story (Paperback, 4th ed.)
Edith Velmans; Edited by Hester Velmans
R275 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R31 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Jessaloup's Song (Paperback): Hester Velmans Jessaloup's Song (Paperback)
Hester Velmans
R214 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R23 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A sixty-ton humpback whale lies stranded, gasping for breath, on the sands of Cape Cod... and there's just one girl in the world who knows who he is. When Jessaloup is transformed into a boy, Isabel has to teach him to walk, talk, and act human, so that together they can raise the alarm about a terrible natural disaster that's threatening the East Coast. With the calamity's deadline drawing near, the two teens must overcome skepticism, jealousies, misunderstandings, and even some atrociously bad music, if they are to Save the Humans. A follow-up to the "magical" Isabel of the Whales, Jessaloup's Song clears up the mystery of Isabel's origins, while exploring teenage love and celebrating the family ties that bind all species.

Isabel of the Whales (Paperback): Hester Velmans Isabel of the Whales (Paperback)
Hester Velmans
R130 R104 Discovery Miles 1 040 Save R26 (20%) Ships in 11 - 16 working days

Eleven-year-old Isabel is a "plain old" girl living in Provincetown, Massachusetts, who believes that she is destined to accomplish something special. When her fifth-grade class goes on a whale-watch field trip, something amazing happens: Dozens of different species of whales surround the boat, bumping the deck and sending Isabel flying into the ocean. Isabel is shocked to hear the whales speaking to her--she is a mermaid, they tell her, a "Chosen One" who has the ability to turn from a human into a whale and back again. She is destined to live among the whales long enough to learn their ways, and teach them about the human world.
Living among her pod is fun, at first, but Isabel has an important mission. She will change the whales' future forever, and learn a lot about herself in the process.

"From the Hardcover edition."

My Name is Anne, She Said, Anne Frank (Paperback): Jacqueline Van Maarsen My Name is Anne, She Said, Anne Frank (Paperback)
Jacqueline Van Maarsen; Translated by Hester Velmans 2
R298 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R17 (6%) Out of stock

Jacqueline van Maarsen's father was Dutch, her mother French; he was Jewish, she a Catholic. In 1938, after unremitting effort, he succeeded in registering his wife with the Jewish Council in Amsterdam. From that moment on, his two daughters were also considered to be Jews. Jacqueline was forced to go to a special school for Jewish children - it was there that she met Anne Frank and they immediately became friends. Unlike Anne Frank, Jacqueline van Maarsen escaped deportation thanks to her strong-willed mother who persuaded the German Registration Bureau to undo her listing as a Jew. She left the school a few months after Anne Frank went into hiding (or 'went to Switzerland', as Jacqueline believed). It was only after the war when Otto Frank, Anne's father, told her what had happened that she found out the truth about her best friend's fate.

My Name is Anne, She Said, Anne Frank (Paperback): Jacqueline Van Maarsen My Name is Anne, She Said, Anne Frank (Paperback)
Jacqueline Van Maarsen; Translated by Hester Velmans
R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Out of stock

Jacqueline van Maarsen's father was Dutch, her mother French; he was Jewish, she a Catholic. In 1938, after unremitting effort, he succeeded in registering his wife with the Jewish Council in Amsterdam. From that moment on, his two daughters were also considered to be Jews. Jacqueline was forced to go to a special school for Jewish children - it was there that she met Anne Frank and they immediately became friends. Unlike Anne Frank, Jacqueline van Maarsen escaped deportation thanks to her strong-willed mother who persuaded the German Registration Bureau to undo her listing as a Jew. She left the school a few months after Anne Frank went into hiding (or 'went to Switzerland', as Jacqueline believed). It was only after the war when Otto Frank, Anne's father, told her what had happened that she found out the truth about her best friend's fate.

The Angel Maker (Paperback): Stefan Brijs The Angel Maker (Paperback)
Stefan Brijs; Translated by Hester Velmans
R317 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R18 (6%) Out of stock

A literary page-turner about one man's macabre ambition to create life-and secure immortality
The village of Wolfheim is a quiet little place until the geneticist Dr. Victor Hoppe returns after an absence of nearly twenty years. The doctor brings with him his infant children-three identical boys all sharing a disturbing disfigurement. He keeps them hidden away until Charlotte, the woman who is hired to care for them, begins to suspect that the triplets-and the good doctor- aren't quite what they seem. As the villagers become increasingly suspicious, the story of Dr. Hoppe's past begins to unfold, and the shocking secrets that he has been keeping are revealed. A chilling story that explores the ethical limits of science and religion, "The Angel Maker" is a haunting tale in the tradition of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Frankenstein." Brought to life by internationally bestselling author Stefan Brijs, this eerie tale promises to get under readers' skin.

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen (Paperback, Library Edition): Hendrik Groen The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen (Paperback, Library Edition)
Hendrik Groen; Translated by Hester Velmans
R348 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R57 (16%) Out of stock
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen (Standard format, CD, Library Edition): Hendrik Groen The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen (Standard format, CD, Library Edition)
Hendrik Groen; Translated by Hester Velmans
R651 R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Save R63 (10%) Out of stock
On the Bright Side - The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old (Paperback): Hendrik Groen On the Bright Side - The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old (Paperback)
Hendrik Groen; Translated by Hester Velmans
R359 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R56 (16%) Out of stock
The Darkness that Divides Us (Paperback): Renate Dorrestein The Darkness that Divides Us (Paperback)
Renate Dorrestein; Translated by Hester Velmans
R375 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R75 (20%) Out of stock
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