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April 2017 Newsletter

 

Fiction

 

 

My husbands wifeMy Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse

Once a week, Rosie Tipcott counts her blessings. She goes to sit on her favorite bench on the north Devon cliffs, and thanks her lucky stars for her wonderful husband, her mischievous young daughters, and her neat little house by the sea. She vows to dedicate every waking hour to making her family happy. But then her husband unexpectedly leaves her for another woman and takes the children. Now she must ask the question: what is left in her life? Can Rosie find the strength to rebuild herself? More importantly, does she even want to?

 

The Art of Letter WrittingThe Lost Art of Letter Writing by Menna van Praag

In a forgotten nook of Cambridge a little shop stands where thousands of sheets of beautiful paper and hundreds of exquisite pens wait for the next person who, with Clara Cohen's help, will express the love, despair and desire they feel to correspondents alive, estranged or dead. Clara knows better than most the power a letter can have to turn a person's life around, so when she discovers a cache of wartime love letters, she follows them on the start of on a profound journey of her own.

 

A song for tomorrowA Song for Tomorrow by Alice Peterson

Tom fell in love with Alice the moment he saw her. He realises that being with her will not be easy, but she is a force of nature, a burst of sunlight in his otherwise ordinary world. Some people might look at Alice and think she has everything, but Alice knows she is not like other women. Her life is complicated, unpredictable, difficult. Alice does not like pity. All she wants to do, has ever wanted to do, is sing. Alice has been told not to follow her dreams. So has Tom. But when fate has already dealt a tough hand, it's time to stop listening to everyone else and only follow their hearts.

 

swing timeSwing Time by Zadie Smith

Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either. Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighbourhood behind, travelling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live. But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey—the same twists, the same shakes—and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.

 

about last nightAbout Last Night by Catherine Alliott

The funny, enthralling and heart warming story of a woman who gets a second chance in life - but will she have the courage to take it? Molly has moved from London to rural Herefordshire chasing the Good Life. Swapping the tube for the saddle, she is living the country dream. Apart from it isn't really her dream. It's her husband David's. And David is, well, rather dead now. Then a distant relative of her late husband kicks the bucket, leaving a London townhouse in her possession, and Molly dares to consider chucking it all in. Quitting the Good Life and going back to her good life. But there's a problem. A rather tall, handsome problem, in the shape of a man already living in Molly's new house. And when a face appears from her past, Molly is more confused than ever. Will Molly's London dream replace her muddy reality? Do any of the men in her life really have honourable intentions? And has she said goodbye to country life too soon?

 

Captive stARCaptive star by Nora Roberts

It should have been a piece of cake. All he had to do was pick up some pretty little bail jumper who wasn’t even bothering to hide. But cynical bounty hunter Jack Dakota soon discovered there was nothing easy about spitfire M. J. O’Leary—or about this case. Someone had set them both up. Now they were handcuffed together and on the run from a pair of hired killers. And M. J. wasn’t talking—not even when Jack found a gigantic blue diamond hidden in her purse. Everything told Jack this alluring vixen couldn’t be trusted… everything, that is, except his captive heart. Book #2 of THE STARS OF MITHRA series.

 

The Chilbury Ladies ChoirThe Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan

As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond. They defy the Vicar’s stuffy edict to close the choir and instead “carry on singing,” resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. We come to know the home-front struggles of five unforgettable choir members: a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past. An enchanting ensemble story that shuttles from village intrigue to romance to the heartbreaking matters of life and death, Jennifer Ryan’s debut novel thrillingly illuminates the true strength of the women on the home front in a village of indomitable spirit.

 

Bay of SighsBay of Sighs by Nora Roberts

In a forgotten nook of Cambridge a little shop stands where thousands of sheets of beautiful paper and hundreds of exquisite pens wait for the next person who, with Clara Cohen's help, will express the love, despair and desire they feel to correspondents alive, estranged or dead. Clara knows better than most the power a letter can have to turn a person's life around, so when she discovers a cache of wartime love letters, she follows them on the start of on a profound journey of her own.

 

The vintage springThe Vintage Springtime Club by Beatrice Meier

Newly retired Philip returns home to Cologne and is thrown into emotional turmoil upon bumping into his long-lost sweetheart. In the midst of a domestic crisis, Ricarda confides in Philip that she is looking for somewhere to live. And there and then, Philip suggests that she move in with him - he is setting up a flatshare. Will she join him with his mischievous dachshund named Ralf? To his surprise, Ricarda agrees, leaving Philip to scramble together a crew of retires in time for spring, for the most unlikely of social experiments. There's grumpy cigarette-smoking grandfather Harry; quiet and discreet Eckart, curiously carting around his late wife's headstone; Uschi, brimming with life, harbouring a passion for leotards and aerobics, along with sausages and outrageous knitting patterns; and then, ever practical and warm-hearted Ricarda, towards whom Phillip is developing real feelings. Despite their differences, the flatmates thrive and embark on a series of new adventures. But when Uschi falls unwell, familiar cracks begin to show and this uniquely spirited club of friends must work together in order to survive - and truly blossom.

 

Orange blossomOrange Blossom Days by Patricia Scanla

In a beautiful southern Spanish town, where the sea sparkles and orange blossoms scent the air, the gates of a brand new apartment complex, La Joya de Andalucia, glide open to welcome the new owners. Anna and Austen MacDonald, an Irish couple, are preparing to enjoy their retirement to the full. But the demands of family cause problems they have never foreseen and shake their marriage to the core. Sally-Ann Connolly Cooper, a feisty Texan mother of two young teenagers, is reeling from her husband's infidelity. La Joya becomes a place of solace for Sally-Ann, in more ways than one. Eduardo Sanchez, a haughty Madrileno, has set out with single-minded determination to become El Presidente of the complex's management committee. But pride comes before a fall. Jutta Sauer Perez, a sophisticated German who aspires to own her very own apartment in La Joya, works hard to reach her goal. Then the unthinkable happens. As their lives entwine and friendships and enmities develop, it becomes apparent that La Joya is not quite the haven they all expect it to be...

 

City of FriendsCity of Friends by Joanna Trollope

The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she'd ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London? As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new—one without professional achievements or meetings, but instead, long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home—she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby. The girls, now women, had been best friends from the early days of university right through their working lives, and through all the happiness and heartbreaks in between. But these career women all have personal problems of their own, and when Stacey's redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits.

 

the mermaid daughterThe Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb

A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, this unforgettable debut novel weaves a spellbinding tale of magic and the power of love as a descendent of the original mermaid fights the terrible price of saving herself from a curse that has affected generations of women in her family. Kathleen has always been dramatic. She suffers from the bizarre malady of experiencing stabbing pain in her feet. On her sixteenth birthday, she woke screaming from the sensation that her tongue had been cut out. No doctor can find a medical explanation for her pain, and even the most powerful drugs have proven useless. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, and just temporarily at that. Now Kathleen is a twenty-five-year-old opera student in Boston and shows immense promise as a soprano. Her girlfriend Harry, a mezzo in the same program, worries endlessly about Kathleen's phantom pain and obsession with the sea. Kathleen's mother and grandmother both committed suicide as young women, and Harry worries they suffered from the same symptoms. When Kathleen suffers yet another dangerous breakdown, Harry convinces Kathleen to visit her hometown in Ireland to learn more about her family history. In Ireland, they discover that the mystery—and the tragedy—of Kathleen’s family history is far older and stranger than they could have imagined.  Kathleen’s fate seems sealed, and the only way out is a terrible choice between a mermaid’s two sirens—the sea, and her lover. But both choices mean death...

 

Hipster WeddingsLaura Lake & the Hipster Weddings by Wendy Holden

She'll need a triple-barrelled name for the castle one. She'll need a gallon of glitter for the woodland one. She'll need a lobster-shaped hat for the Shoreditch one. Laura Lake longs to be a journalist. Instead she's an unpaid intern at a glossy magazine – sleeping in the fashion cupboard and living on canapés. But she's just got her first big break: infiltrate three society weddings and write a juicy exposé. Security will be tighter than a bodycon dress, but how hard can it be? Cue disappearing brides, demanding socialites – and a jealous office enemy who will do anything to bring her down... 'It's brilliant, I love it. Some real belly laughs'

 

MountMount by Jilly Cooper

Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto’s Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne. Luckily, the fort at home is held by Rupert’s assistant Gav, a genius with horses, fancied by every stable lass, but damaged by alcoholism and a vile wife. When Gala, a grieving but ravishing Zimbabwean widow moves to Penscombe as carer for Rupert’s wayward father, it is not just Gav who is attracted to her: a returning Rupert finds himself dangerously tempted. Gala adores horses, and when she switches to working in the yard, her carer’s job is taken by a devastatingly handsome South African man who claims to be gay but seems far keener on caring for the angelic Taggie. And as increasingly sinister acts of sabotage strike at Penscombe, the game of musical loose boxes gathers apace...

 

The Fire ChildThe Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne

The perfect  husband, the perfect  stepson, the perfect  lie? When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie. But then Jamie's behaviour changes, and Rachel's perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother--David's previous wife. Is this Jamie's way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought? As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie's outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife's untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie's words: "You will be dead by Christmas."

 

The last horsemanThe Last Horseman by David Gilman

Dublin 1899: Lawyer Joseph Radcliffe and his black American comrade Benjamin Pierce were 'Buffalo Soldiers' together; now Radcliffe defends the toughest cases in a troubled city. In South Africa the Boer War rages and after an argument with his father, Joseph's son, Edward, runs away to join the forces. When Edward is captured and held as a spy, Radcliffe and Pierce set off to find him and bring him home. In doing so, the old soldiers find their survival skills tested to the maximum...

 

saturday requiemSaturday Requiem - P Klein #6 by Nicci French

Thirteen years ago eighteen year old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family. It was an open and shut case and Hannah's been incarcerated in a secure hospital ever since. When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment of her she reluctantly agrees. What she finds horrifies her. Hannah has become a tragic figure, old before her time. And Frieda is haunted by the thought that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family; that something wasn't right all those years ago. And as Hannah's case takes hold of her, Frieda soon begins to realise that she's up against someone who'll go to any lengths to protect themselves...

 

night schoolNight School by Lee Child

It’s 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he’s off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom—an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor—a Saudi courier, seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset, undercover inside the cell, has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: “The American wants a hundred million dollars.” For what? And who from?  Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: If they don’t get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism. From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies, as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law.

 

Any minute nowAny Minute now by Eric van Lustbader

Red Rover is broken, finished, dead. The blackest of black ops teams is betrayed on its top-priority mission to capture and interrogate a mysterious Saudi terrorist. One of their own is killed, the remaining two barely get home alive. Then without warning or explanation the mission is shut down. Greg Whitman and Felix Orteño are left adrift in a world full of deathly shadows, blind alleys, and unanswerable questions. Into their midst comes Charlize Daou, a brilliant, wildly talented arms expert with a past entangled with Whit's. Though Charlie grapples with damage of her own, she becomes their new centre, their moral compass, and their reason for resurrecting Red Rover. Despite Whit's seemingly super-normal abilities it is Charlie, fully rooted in reality, who recognizes that both Whit and Felix have lost parts of themselves. And it is she who possesses the true power necessary for survival: the power to heal, to forgive, and to bring these two lost souls back from the demonic spiritual darkness into which they have fallen. Ignoring their new orders, Red Rover secretly sets out to find the protected Saudi terrorist, the first step in a perilous journey into the heart of a vast conspiracy that involves the NSA, a cabal of immensely wealthy mystics known as the Alchemists, and an ageless visionary out to create an entirely new way of waging war. A war that will destabilize one of the great super-powers and forever rearrange the balance of power across the entire globe.

 

escape artistThe Escape Artist by Diane Chamberlain

Susanna Miller loses custody of her eleven-month-old son, Tyler, but rather than turning the little boy over to her ex-husband and his new wife, she goes on the run. She dyes her hair, changes her name and escapes from Boulder, Colorado, leaving behind everyone she knows including Linc Sebastian, the man who has been her best friend since childhood and who knows her better than anyone. Susanna lands in Annapolis, Maryland, alone, frightened, and always looking over her shoulder for someone who might recognize her. Just as she's beginning to feel safe in her new surroundings, she stumbles across information that could save the lives of many people . . . if she's willing to take it to the police. But going to the authorities means revealing her identity, admitting her guilt and, worst of all, losing her son.

 

Big little liesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal...  murder a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?  What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads: Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?). Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbours secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

 

Dangerous gamesDangerous Games by Danielle Steel

Television correspondent Alix Phillips dodges bullets and breaks rules to bring the most important news to the world. With her daughter in college, and working alongside cameraman Ben Chapman, an ex-Navy Seal, Alix exhilarates in the risks and whirlwind pace of her work. But her latest assignment puts her at the center of an explosive story that will reshape many lives, including her own: investigating damning allegations involving the vice president of the United States, Tony Clark. Alix starts with a nationally revered woman who may be the key to exposing frightening secrets. Olympia Foster is the fragile, reclusive widow of America's most admired senator, who had been destined for the presidency before an assassin's bullet felled him. Since then, Olympia has found emotional support in Clark, who once wanted her as his wife and now stands as her protector and confidant. When Alix begins to dig deeper, federal agents pick up the trail. Then the threats begin. As the stakes rise in this dangerous game, Alix needs Ben's help as never before. Soon they realize they are grappling with an adversary far more sinister than they had imagined...

 

The Kept WomanThe Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

A body is discovered in an empty Atlanta warehouse. It's the body of an ex-cop, and from the moment Special Agent Will Trent walks in he knows this could be the most devastating case of his career. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim - a woman - has left the scene and vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest, most politically-connected, most high-profile athlete - a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers. A local hero Will has spent the last six months investigating on a brutal rape charge. But for Will - and also for Dr Sara Linton, the GBI's newest medical examiner - the case is about to get even worse. Because an unexpected discovery at the scene reveals a personal link to Will's troubled past. The consequences will wreak havoc on his life and the lives of those he loves, those he works with, and those he pursues. But Sara's scene-of-the-crime diagnosis is that they only have a few hours to find the missing woman before she bleeds out...

 

at the edge of the orchardAt the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

What happens when you can’t run any further from your past? Ohio, 1838. James and Sadie Goodenough have settled in the Black Swamp, planting apple trees to claim the land as their own. Life is harsh in the swamp, and as fever picks off their children, husband and wife take solace in separate comforts. James patiently grows his sweet-tasting ‘eaters’ while Sadie gets drunk on applejack made fresh from ‘spitters’. Their fighting takes its toll on all of the Goodenoughs – a battle that will resonate over the years and across America. Fifteen years later their youngest son, Robert, is drifting through Gold Rush California. Haunted by the broken family he fled years earlier, memories stick to him where mud once did. When he finds steady work for a plant collector, peace seems finally to be within reach. But the past is never really past, and one day Robert is forced to confront the brutal reason he left behind everything he loved. In this rich, powerful story, Tracy Chevalier is at her imaginative best, bringing to life the urge to wrestle with our roots, however deep and tangled they may be.

 

the gingerbread houseThe Gingerbread House by Kate Beaufoy

Life in the Gingerbread House is no fairy tale... When Tess agrees to move into her aged mother-in-law’s idyllic country cottage, she sees it as the perfect opportunity to escape the distractions of the city and start work on a novel. However, life in the Gingerbread House is no fairy tale. Tess is utterly unprepared for the reality of caring for Eleanor, who suffers from dementia. Feeling increasingly isolated, she struggles to cope as Eleanor fluctuates between violent mood swings, child-like dependency and moments of heart-wrenching lucidity. Meanwhile, Tess’s teenage daughter Katia is helpless to intercede; in the end she can only watch as things fall apart and a tragedy even closer to home surfaces. Heart-breaking and hopeful in equal measure, The Gingerbread House addresses a struggle that many families face with compassion, honesty and a gentle humour that becomes so necessary when coping with the impact of dementia.

 

JagveldJagveld en ander Draaiboeke by Deon Meyer

SA’s king of crime fiction, Deon Meyer, isn’t just a master of novel-writing – he’s also tried his hand successfully at screenplays. For the first time four of his Afrikaans screenplays are brought together: Jakhalsdans, Die laaste tango, Die ballade van Robbie de Wee and 2017’s Jagveld. Entertainment at its best! 

 

The course of loveThe Course of Love by Alain Bottom 

This is a Romantic novel in the true sense, one interested in exploring how love can survive and thrive in the long term. The result is a sensory experience—fictional, philosophical, psychological—that urges us to identify deeply with these characters and to reflect on his and her own experiences in love. Fresh, visceral, and utterly compelling, The Course of Love is a provocative and life-affirming novel for everyone who believes in love.

 

 

Non-Fiction

 

 

Human OriginsHuman Origins by John S Compton

Human Origins provides a richly illustrated and comprehensive narrative of our deep past - tracing out the major events from the big bang to the present with an emphasis on the last million years. The latest evidence from fossil bones, stone tools, artefacts and ancient DNA reveals how diet, past climate and landscape shaped many of the features that make us human.

 

romanovsRomanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?  This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence, and wild extravagance. Drawing on new archival research, Montefiore delivers an enthralling epic of triumph and tragedy, love and murder, that is both a universal study of power and a portrait of empire that helps define Russia today.

 

Battlefields of South AfricaBattlefields of South Africa by Nicki von der Heyde

There are two major types of battlefield terrain in South Africa: first the open plains and Savannah lands of the Highveld, a land where cavalry rules supreme. The second type is the thorn bush of the Eastern Cape, a setting more suited to skirmishing rather than set-piece battles. Then, in KwaZulu-Natal, the two terrains merge to create the country s most dramatic battlefield landscape and one of the largest military graveyards in the world where the fates of colonies, republics and kingdoms were decided. For more than two centuries, from the late 1700s to the early 1900s, conflict, in one form or another, swept across this countryside; its combatants as diverse, hardy and tenacious as the land and its resources that almost always was at the root of hostilities. In this groundbreaking book, author and specialist battlefields guide, Nicki von der Heyde, presents over 70 battles and skirmishes covering five wars that shaped the course of South African history from the Frontier Wars that started in 1779 to the Second-Anglo Boer War of 1899 1902, a bitter and costly confrontation triggered by the discovery of the world s richest gold fields on the Witwatersrand. Detailed accounts of the engagements, based on extensive research, are provided, with special attention given to the terrain, key phases and outcomes, and the combatants involved. Battle timelines succinctly set out the passage of each campaign, while international timelines catalogue concurrent events around the world. More than 400 original documentary and contemporary photographs and over 60 short features have been assembled to provide a rich, enthralling and haunting account of these momentous events. Detailed historical maps that include annotations have been created for 16 high-profile engagements, while 10 regional maps indicate the locations of the battle sites. Arranged in regional order, with concise directions to each battle site and GPS coordinates for main locations, the Field Guide to South Africa s Battlefields is not only indispensable for professional and amateur military historians, but is of great interest to general readers, too if only as a reminder of the devastating human cost of war and the value of exploring the past to make sense of the present. It is beautifully illustrated with historical and contemporary photographs and detailed battle and regional maps."

 

The secret historyThe Secret History of the World by Jonathan Black

They say that history is written by the victors. But what if history-or what we come to know as history-has been written by the wrong people? What if everything we've been told is only part of the story? In this groundbreaking and now famous work, Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling tour of our world's secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise-that everything we've known about our world's past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and mystery schools throughout history are true-Booth produces nothing short of an alternate history of the past 3,000 years. From Greek and Egyptian mythology to Jewish folklore, from Christian cults to Freemasons, from Charlemagne to Don Quixote, from George Washington to Hitler- Booth shows that history needs a revolutionary rethink, and he has 3,000 years of hidden wisdom to back it up.

 

The historical karooThe Historical Karoo by Chris Schoeman

To many people, the Karoo represents nothing more than a monotonous, hot and arid landscape to be driven through quickly on the way to somewhere else. But in this vast, open region, history is everywhere. And that is exactly the purpose of The Historical Karoo to point out all the many places, buildings, objects and associated personalities of historical interest in the Karoo. The Karoo has been the world of travellers, literary figures (Olive Schreiner and Rudyard Kipling), statesmen and politicians (Sir Winston Churchill) and medical pioneers (Dr Chris Barnard). It has also been the scene of serious conflict, of which the many old British blockhouses, forts, grave sites and memorials dating from the Anglo-Boer War are vivid reminders; and it still boasts old examples of vernacular and industrial architecture, and engineering, in the form of corbelled houses, water mills and bridges. The Historical Karoo takes you on a journey through the Karoo, providing short background histories of its towns and pointing out the sites, buildings and other aspects of interest. The book is enlivened by historical and current photographs and interesting side panels. It reveals the history that can be found in the barren Karoo in towns, buildings, forts, memorials and other historical sites."

 

The Dindo FirestormDingo Firestorm - The greatest Battle of the Rhodesian Bush War by Ian Pringle

On 23 November 1977, an armada of helicopters and airplanes took off from Rhodesian airbases and crossed the border into Mozambique. Their objective: to attack the headquarters of the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army, where thousands of enemy forces were concentrated. Codenamed Operation Dingo, the raid was planned to coincide with a meeting of Robert Mugabe and his war council at the targeted HQ. It would be the biggest conflict of the Rhodesian Bush War. In this fascinating account, Ian Pringle describes the political and military backdrop leading up to the operation, and he tells the story of the battle through the eyes of key personalities who planned, led and participated in it. Using his own experience as a jet and helicopter pilot and skydiver, he recreates the battle in detail, explaining the performance of men and machines in the unfolding drama of events. DINGO FIRESTORM is a fresh, gripping recreation of a major battle in southern African military history.

 

Zulu zulu foxtrotZulu Zulu Foxtrot by Arn Durand

This is the explosive follow-up to Zulu Zulu Golf, covering Arn Durand s next few years in Koevoet, the most deadly fighting force involved in the Border War. After moving to the unit Zulu Foxtrot, Durand went deeper into Angola than before and was involved in more contacts with the enemy, which he describes in nerve-shattering detail. Balancing the action is a dramatic human story, as Durand faces the tragic death of his commander, Frans Conradie, one of the pioneers of Koevoet, who had become a mentor to him. Written in the same gripping, novelistic style as its predecessor, Zulu Zulu Foxtrot recreates the experience of being in the heat of battle and delves more deeply into the psyche of the modern warrior.

 

Wishful drinkingWishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Finally, after four hit novels, Carrie Fisher comes clean (well, sort of ) with the crazy truth that is her life in her first-ever memoir. In Wishful Drinking, adapted from her one-woman stage show, Fisher reveals what it was really like to grow up a product of "Hollywood in-breeding," come of age on the set of a little movie called Star Wars, and become a cultural icon and bestselling action figure at the age of nineteen. Intimate, hilarious, and sobering, Wishful Drinking is Fisher, looking at her life as she best remembers it (what do you expect after electroshock therapy?). It's an incredible tale: the child of Hollywood royalty -- Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher – home wrecked by Elizabeth Taylor, marrying (then divorcing, then dating) Paul Simon, having her likeness merchandized on everything from Princess Leia shampoo to PEZ dispensers, learning the father of her daughter forgot to tell her he was gay, and ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed. Wishful Drinking, the show, has been a runaway success. This is Carrie Fisher at her best -- revealing her worst. She tells her true and outrageous story of her bizarre reality with her inimitable wit, unabashed self-deprecation, and buoyant, infectious humour.

 

Four Seasons in RomeFour Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr

‘Four Seasons in Rome’ charts the repercussions of that day, describing Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world, and the first year of parenthood. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats – the chroniclers of Rome who came before him – and visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighbourhood, whose clamour of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself. This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood and a fascinating account of the alchemy of writers.

 

Queen of the Free State frontQueen of the Free State by Jennifer Friedman

The outsider on the inside. The one who watches and listens. Growing up Jewish in a small Free State town in the 1950s and ’60s, Jennifer Friedman moves between child and adult, black and white, as Verwoerd’s grand apartheid divides SA. There are midnight escapes, stolen loot, banned comics, hideous encounters with bras, terrifying policemen, albino messengers and Pa’s beatings. Told with humour and pathos, Friedman’s memoir brings to life a strong sense of place, love, rebellion and betrayal.

 

Equal but differentEqual but Different by Dr Judy Dlamini

Like many other African countries, South Africa has performed well in women's representation in parliament and government, but this has not necessarily translated to other sectors. What are the obstacles to women's advancement, and what needs to be done about it? Equal But Different is based on life story interviews from fourteen women from diverse backgrounds, all of whom have risen to top leadership positions. These include Phuti Mahanyele (exec chairman Sigma Capital), Coco Cachalia (CEO Grounded Media), Cora Fernandez (Head of Sanlam Investment Management), and Siza Mzimela (first black woman to lead a commercial airline company). It does an excellent job of illuminating the similarities as differences in the women's experiences in their struggle to the top. While this book is mainly aimed at women, it also calls upon men to play an active role in encouraging aspiring female leaders."It is my strong belief that people are born equal but different. It is a belief that equity across gender, race, social class and sexual orientation will be attained in my lifetime." - Dr. Judy Dlamini

 

Hell high waterHell & High Water by Sean Conway

Rain pelted down on the back of my neck and saltwater rushed down my throat as I tried to breathe into a wave. A foghorn started booming from a lighthouse in the distance. For a moment I thought it was a rescue siren for me. Imagine if I got rescued on day two. That would be embarrassing.' In June 2013 Sean Conway set out from Land’s End in his bid to be the first person to swim the length of Britain. It was a challenge so extreme that not only had it never been attempted before, but most of the sponsors Sean approached turned him down as they were worried that he would die trying. Landlocked Cheltenham – Sean’s hometown – isn’t really the ideal place to train for a long sea swim, and he only managed three miles in a local pool before setting off from Land's End. Once in the water Sean had to develop incredible mental strength to deal with the extreme cold and hours alone. He also needed to devise ways to take on the huge number of calories he needed to sustain him. On the support boat he and his three-man crew had to cope with storms, seasickness and living in close proximity for months. After taking a few jellyfish stings to the face, Sean decided to grow a huge beard to protect himself. The physical challenge was gruelling, but came with unexpected rewards. Sean swam with dolphins and seals and among stunning night-time phosphorescence. He had a unique view of the British coast, discovering tiny hidden coves and exploring shipwrecks. When there were problems with the support boat, Sean and his crew met many kindly people who were willing to come to their aid. From the first person to complete a British 'triathlon' - running, swimming and biking the length of Britain - this is Sean's remarkable and funny story about how anything is possible if you truly put your mind to it.

 

Cult SisterCult Sisters by Lesley Smailes

After matric Lesley took a gap year to the United States. Before she left, her mother, in jest or premonition, said: “Don’t get married and don’t join a cult” – but Lesley ended up in what is considered one of the most dangerous existing cults in America. In this book Lesley shares the story of her life-changing years with this group – living out of a backpack, an arranged marriage to a Brother, having home births, threats of losing her children and surviving in strange, glorious ways.

 

A different kind of daughterA Different Kind of Daughter by Maria Toorpakai

'Armed with a squash racket and enormous will, Maria Toorpakai has risen from the turmoil of tribal life in Pakistan to become not only a world-class athlete, but a true inspiration, a pioneer for millions of other women struggling to pave their own paths to autonomy, fulfilment and genuine personhood' Khaled Hosseini, author of.  Maria Toorpakai Wazir has lived her life disguised as a boy, defying the Taliban, in order to pursue her love of sport. Coming second in a national junior weightlifting event for boys, Maria decided to put her future in her own hands by going in disguise. When she discovered squash and was easily beating all the boys, life became more dangerous.Heart-stopping and profoundly moving, Maria shares the story of her long road and eventual triumph, pursuing the sport she loved, defying death threats and following her dream.

 

Life of MotionLife in Motion by Misty Copeland

When Misty Copeland first placed her hands on the ballet barre at an after-school community centre, no one expected the undersized, underprivileged and anxious thirteen-year-old to become one of America's most groundbreaking dancers. A true prodigy, she was attempting in months roles that take most dancers years to master. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life, she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind. In this instant New York Times bestseller, Misty Copeland tells the story of her historic journey to become the first African-American principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. With an insider's passion, Misty opens a window into the life of an artist who lives life centre stage, from behind the scenes at her first classes to her triumphant roles in some of the world's most iconic ballets. Life in Motion is a story of passion, identity and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life.

 

The wit wisdom AustenThe Wit & Wisdom of Jane Austen by Joelle Herr

“Wisdom is better than wit, and in the long run will certainly have the laugh on her side.”—Jane Austen to Fanny Austen, 1814.  No wiser or wittier words have been spoken than by one of the world’s most celebrated writers, Jane Austen. Nor have her words ever been presented in such an elegant and thoughtful fashion than in this lovely collection. Covering the timeless topics of happiness, family, fashion, beauty, human nature, society, and, of course, love and marriage, each quip has been curated from Austen’s novels and private letters. Complementing Jane’s words are more than fifty delightful 1890s illustrations from her works, resulting in the perfect gift for Janeites, aspiring writers, and anyone in pursuit of wit and wisdom.

 

Between two firesBetween Two Fires by John Kane-Berman

John Kane-Berman is uniquely qualified to look back over the enormous political and social changes that have taken place in his lifetime in this fractious country. In his career as student leader, Rhodes Scholar, newspaperman, independent columnist, speech maker, commentator, and Chief Executive, for thirty years, of the South African Institute of Race Relations, Kane-Berman has been at the coal face of political change in South Africa. The breadth and depth of ideas and events covered here are striking: the disintegration of apartheid, the chaos of the 'people's war' and its contribution to the broader societal breakdown we see today, the liberal slide-away, the authoritarian ANC with its racial ideology and revolutionary goals, to mention only a few. Kane-Berman's willingness to confront received wisdom is thoroughly refreshing, and he is forthright about the threats to freedom, democracy, and growth in contemporary South Africa, many of which he identified even before the ANC came to power. Writing, debate, and reasoned argument have been Kane-Berman's stock in trade and his clarity of vision and personal insight have created a memoir of rare candour and absorbing interest.

 

airbnb storyThe Airbnb Story by Leigh Gallagher

In 2008, two broke art school graduates and their coder-whiz friend set up a platform that - in less than a decade - became the largest provider of accommodations in the world. Now valued at $30 billion, Airbnb is in the very top tier of Silicon Valley's 'unicorn' startups. Yet the company has not been without controversy - disrupting a $500 billion hotel industry makes you a few enemies. This is also a story of regulators who want to shut it down, hotel industry leaders who want it to disappear and neighbourhoods that struggle with private homes open for public rental. But beyond the headlines and the horror stories, Airbnb has changed the terms of travel for a whole generation - where a sense of belonging has built trust between hosts and guests seeking a more original travel experience that hotels have struggled to replicate. This is the first, definitive book to tell the remarkable story behind Airbnb in all its forms - cultural zeitgeist, hotel disruptor, enemy to regulators - and the first in-depth character study of its leader Brian Chesky, the company's curious co-founder and CEO. It reveals what got Airbnb where it is today, why they are nothing like Uber, and where they are going next.

 

Business Writing for S AfricansBusiness Writing for South Africans by B Viljoen-Smook, J Geldenhuys, W Coetzee

How should you write and present a business proposal? What is the best way to take minutes? When should a work email be formal and when chatty? Communicating in a clear, concise manner with colleagues and clients is a key aspect of professionalism and good business practice. Yet many South African companies do not train their staff to do this, leading to confusion and lost hours - and it affects how people view your ability to do your job. Now, help is at hand with plain-language experts Bittie Viljoen-Smook, Johan Geldenhuys and Wena Coetzee in this user-friendly guide to all aspects of written English in the workplace. Your journey to presenting yourself in an excellent, effective way starts here.

 

Bending the RulesBending the Rules by Rafique Gangat

Bending the Rules is a colourful collection of anecdotes from Rafique Gangat’s extraordinary life. South Africa’s first diplomat of colour, Gangat first worked for Foreign Affairs under the NP and then for the ANC government, straddling the transition. This book documents Gangat’s battles against bigotry and prejudice, but also includes a healthy dose of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll: illicit liaisons across the colour bar, experiments with dagga, and ground-breaking ventures in music and radio.

 

Turning PointTurning Point – South Africa at a Crossroads by Theuns Eloff

Living in South Africa isn’t easy – with crime, unemployment, poverty, racism, state capture, unrest at our universities… Tempers flare. People take their anger to the streets. As a country we are at a crossroads and the future is uncertain. How do we make sense of what is happening around us, and how can we help build the society we would like? Theuns Eloff’s fresh, fact-based analysis tells us how South Africa really works – and how we can all pitch in to make it better.

 

when zuma goesWhen Zuma goes by Ralph Mathekga

When Jacob Zuma retires to Nkandla, what will be left behind? South Africa has been in the grip of the ʻZunamiʼ since May 2009: Scandal, corruption and allegations of state capture have become synonymous with the Zuma era, leaving the country and its people disheartened. But Jacob Zuma’s time is running out. Whether he leaves the presidency after the ANC’s national conference in 2017, stays on until 2019, or is forced to retire much sooner, the question is: what impact will his departure have on South Africa, its people and on the ruling party? Can we fix the damage, and how? Ralph Mathekga answers these questions and more as he puts Zumaʼs leadership, and what will come after, in the spotlight.

 

Dreams Betrayal HopeDreams, Betrayal & Hope by Mamphela Ramphele

Systematically since 1994 the ANC government has betrayed the dream of democracy. A dream that imagined equality, the end of poverty, a thriving economy, and a just and prosperous future for all. Most devastatingly this betrayal can be seen in the failure of educational institutions to develop the talents and skills of the young generations. The country needs to hope again. In this searing critique of what’s gone wrong in the public and private sectors, Mamphela Ramphele turns to the tenets of black consciousness and argues for an ‘emotional settlement’ to heal the trauma of colonialism and apartheid that still ravages both black and white communities. Emotional settlement would unlock empathy for others and unleash the potential of all citizens to work together for a ‘socio-economic settlement’ to promote social justice and equality for all. It is time,’ she says, ‘to reimagine the country and its future. We owe this to our children’s children. We dare not fail.’

 

The Art BookThe Art Book by DK

Discover what makes a piece a significant work of art and tour history's greatest masterpieces. See the master works of Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and more. From prehistoric cave paintings to postmodern art, The Art Book explores more than 100 different movements, periods, and works throughout history, including ancient Assyrian sculpture and contemporary Japanese multimedia works. Art's theories and themes are more approachable and easier to understand through innovative graphics and creative typography. Part of DK's award-winning Big Ideas Simply Explained series, The Art Book profiling more than 100 artists and 200 pieces of work, and covers paintings, drawing, sculptures, ready-mades, land art, installations, and more. Follow how art changed in the Medieval world to the 18th century to the modern age. Study famous pieces of art including Venus of Willendorf, The Book of Kells, and Rembrandt's Self-Portrait. Learn the differences between Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Roy Lichtenstein. With stunning images and graphics, clear writing, an artist directory, and a vocabulary glossary, The Art Book is the perfect introduction to the complex and exciting world of art.

 

Foods to fight CancerFoods to Fight Cancer by Professor Richard Beliveau & Dr Denis Gingras

Bringing together over a decade's worth of oncological research, Foods to Fight Cancer shows you how to apply the latest scientific findings about cancer to your everyday life. Whether you are looking to minimise your risk of developing cancer, or are making dietary choices to fight this disease, Foods to Fight Cancer will dispel the myths and give you the facts about the food. Add fighting cancer to your daily menu by incorporating cabbage, berries, and tomatoes into your diet, and learn which herbs and spices to use. See the benefits behind each food and the properties that make these essential to your diet. Compiled using recommendations from the World Cancer Research Fund, Foods to Fight Cancer is a vital read for anyone looking to improve their health, change their diet, and fight cancer. 

 

heal your bodyHeal your Body by Louise Hay

Heal Your Body is a fresh and easy step-by-step guide. Just look up your specific health challenge and you will find the probable cause for this health issue and the information you need to overcome it by creating a new thought pattern. Louise Hay, bestselling author, is an internationally known leader in the self-help field. Her key message: "If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed." The author has a great deal of experience and firsthand information to share about healing—including how she cured herself after having been diagnosed with cancer.

 

the sleep revolutionThe Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

We are in the midst of a sleep deprivation crisis, writes Arianna Huffington, the co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post. And this has profound consequences – on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness. What is needed, she boldly asserts, is nothing short of a sleep revolution.  Only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives. The result is a sweeping, scientifically rigorous, and deeply personal exploration of sleep from all angles, from the history of sleep, to the role of dreams in our lives, to the consequences of sleep deprivation, and the new golden age of sleep science that is revealing the vital role sleep plays in our every waking moment and every aspect of our health – from weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease to cancer and Alzheimer’s.  In The Sleep Revolution, Arianna shows how our cultural dismissal of sleep as time wasted compromises our health and our decision-making and undermines our work lives, our personal lives -- and even our sex lives. She explores all the latest science on what exactly is going on while we sleep and dream.  She takes on the dangerous sleeping pill industry, and all the ways our addiction to technology disrupts our sleep. She also offers a range of recommendations and tips from leading scientists on how we can get better and more restorative sleep, and harness its incredible power. In today's fast-paced, always-connected, perpetually-harried and sleep-deprived world, our need for a good night’s sleep is more important – and elusive -- than ever. The Sleep Revolution both sounds the alarm on our worldwide sleep crisis and provides a detailed road map to the great sleep awakening that can help transform our lives, our communities, and our world.

 

knowledgeKnowledge – Stuff you ought to know by Ray Hamilton

You can never know too much stuff. For example,today, the people of earth take more photos in two minutes than they did in the whole of the 19th century; when the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre museum in Paris in 1911, one of the suspects was Pablo Picasso; and the surface area of Russia is larger than the surface area of Pluto. This outrageously informative book is packed full of fascinating nuggets of history, science, literature, technology, sports, geography, culture, and miscellanea from every corner of the world—enough mind-blowing trivia to ensure you’re never short of a jaw-dropping conversation starter (or stopper) again.

 

A brief history of surfingA Brief History of Surfing by Matt Warshaw

Matt Warshaw knows more about surfing than any other person on the planet, as evidenced by The History of Surfing, Warshaw's definitive take on the sport. Now, he has honed that book into an abridged and excerpted edition for surfers everywhere. Each spread features a micro essay alongside an image capturing a slice of surf history, from Kelly Slater and the invention of the thruster to shark attacks and localism. Packaged in a small and chunky hardcover, A Brief History of Surfing deftly defines surf culture in an entertaining and irresistible volume with wide appeal.

 

on your bikeOn your Bike by Chris & Tim Whitfield

Keen to get out there and get fit on your mountain bike but you lack the time or motivation? Seasoned journalists & MTB riders Chris and Tim Whitfield will help you turn your weekend-warrior dreams into reality with tips on cool trails, events and advice on everything from equipment and safety to MTB lingo and fashion. This fun handbook – packed with maps and tips – is your indispensable guide to getting out into the fresh air and to get ON YOUR BIKE.

 

the power of intentionThe Power of Intension by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

In Dr. Wayne Dyer’s public television special, taped live in front of a thousand fans in Boston’s historic theater district, he transforms conventional thinking about making things happen in our lives into a profound understanding of how each person possesses the infinite potential and power to co-create the life he or she desires. To accomplish this, Dr. Dyer takes the audience through a journey into the seven faces of intention: (1) creativity, (2) kindness; (3) love, (4) beauty, (5) expansiveness, (6) abundance, and (7) receptivity. Throughout the program, Dr. Dyer illustrates his points with signature stories that move the audience to tears—as well as abundant laughter.  

 

crystal guideThe Crystal Guide by Patti Polk

Crystals have been used as items of great spiritual significance and powerful personal adornments for thousands of years. Whether collected for their beauty, for research, or as tools in healing practices, The Crystal Guide provides a comprehensive reference to crystals, their purpose, spiritual qualities, and how to identify them in one easy-to-use and dazzlingly colorful book. Organized alphabetically, the book spotlights more than 200 of the most popular crystals, from andalusite to zoisite, and includes an overview of each one, along with mineral, astrological, chakra, numerical, and metaphysical properties, and value. Other features include: 400+ delightful color photos, Tips for locating, buying, and collecting, Geological formation of crystals, Use and care of crystals. 

 

The PathThe Path by Professor Michael Puett

The first book of its kind, The Path draws on the work of the great but largely unknown Chinese philosophers to offer a profound guide to living well. By explaining what these teachings reveal about subjects from decision-making to relationships, it challenges some of our deepest held assumptions, forcing us to "unlearn" many ideas that inform modern society. The way we think we're living our lives isn't the way we live them. The authors show that we live well not by "finding" ourselves and slavishly following a grand plan, as so much of Western thought would have us believe, but rather through a path of self-cultivation and engagement with the world. Believing in a "true self" only restricts what we can become - and tiny changes, from how we think about careers to how we talk with our family, can start to have powerful effects that will open up constellations of new possibilities. Professor Michael Puett's course in Chinese philosophy has taken Harvard by storm. In The Path, he collaborates with journalist and author Christine Gross-Loh to make this timeless wisdom accessible to everyone for the very first time.

 

AuroraAurora in search of the Northern Lights by Melanie Windridge

The beautiful aurorae, or northern lights, are the stuff of legends. The ancient stories of the Sami people warn that if you mock the lights they will seize you, and their mythical appeal continues to capture the hearts and imagination of people across the globe. Aurora explores the visual beauty, ancient myths and science of the northern lights and challenges the popular theory of how the lights are formed. Plasma physicist Melanie Windridge explains this extraordinary and evocative phenomenon, a scientific marvel unlike any other in which the powers of astronomy, geology, magnetism and atomic physics combine to create one of the wonders of the natural world. As Melanie travels in search of the perfect aurora, she uncovers the scientific realities of this plasmic phenomenon full of natural power. She combines the science behind the lights with a fascinating travelogue as she pursues the aurora across the northern hemisphere – from the Arctic Circle to Scotland.

 

On the origins ofOn the  Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

On the Origin of Species outlines Charles Darwin's world-changing theory that life on Earth had not been brought into being by a creator, but had arisen from a single common ancestor and had evolved over time through the process of natural selection. Received with both enthusiasm and hostility on its publication, it triggered a seismic shift in our understanding of humanity's place in the natural world. It is not only a brilliant work of science but also a clear, vivid, sometimes moving piece of popular writing that reflects both Darwin's genius and his boundless enthusiasm for our planet and its species.

 

Lady AnneLady Anne A Chronicle in Verse by Antjie Krog

Lady Anne (1989) is one of Krog’s most acclaimed poetry collections. In an attempt to make sense of her own existence, Krog compares her own life in the midst of a world of racial injustice to that of the life and times of Lady Anne Barnard, of Scottish descent, during her stay in the Cape Colony in the late eighteenth century. Gradually the two voices intertwine and merge, highlighting the complexity of marriage but ultimately also that of a colonial legacy – still relevant 28 years later.

 

wedding poemsPoems for Weddings by Laura Barber

Now in paperback, a wonderful anthology of wedding poems, filled with surprising, curious, unorthodox and charming poems about love and the public commitment to love. For the many thousands of readers who each year go through the complex mix of thrill and trauma that is the planning of a marriage ceremony, Laura Barber's anthology is the answer to a prayer, with a wonderfully generous and unusual selection of poems suitable for reading out loud, and which celebrate and encapsulate our deepest feelings in all their bewildering diversity. Including verse by poets ranging from John Keats to Carol Ann Duffy and Walt Whitman to W. H. Auden, as well as many less familiar voices, this anthology offers numerous options for anyone about to read at the wedding of family or friends, or to celebrate their own.

 

South African coastsSouth African Coasts – A celebration of our Seas and Shores by Struik 

This book showcases the very best of the photography as judged in the Sustainable Seas Trust 2013/14 competition. The extraordinary, prize-winning photographs are accompanied by illuminating essays from leading scientists, sports people and others whose lives are intimately connected with the seas. It also serves as a call to create a South African network of Hope Spots, which are special, people-orientated marine conservation areas. The hope is that, with the close involvement of the communities that live near and depend on the seas, we can safeguard our natural resources.

 

Indigenous PlantsCreative Gardening with Indigenous Plants – A South African Guide by Pitta Joffe & Tinus Oberholzer

Creative gardening with indigenous plants, now in its second edition, is an invaluable handbook for South African gardeners. In this comprehensive guide the authors set out to popularise the use of indigenous South African plants in gardens, parks, on roadsides and anywhere where previously exotic plants were preferred. This book covers more than 300 plants, all illustrated by stunning photographs in full colour showing the whole plant as well as selected features such as flowers, fruit, leaves and bark. The text comprises a description of each plant, its usages - including medicinal uses and snippets of folklore - and advice on cultivation. Introductory chapters cover topics such as propagating plants from seeds and cuttings, gardening in the different climate regions, and using indigenous plants to attract birds and insects to the garden. Taking a very practical approach, using symbols, distribution maps, plant size and flower colour, the authors lead the reader to the correct plant to choose for the application, whether this be tree, shrub, annual, perennial, climber or water-loving plant. This all-inclusive book is a must for gardeners, horticulturists, landscape designers and anyone involved in The South African nursery industry.

 

Keshiki BonsaiKershiki Bonsai by Kobayashi

Traditional bonsai can be complicated, time consuming, and expensive. Keshiki bonsai is different. Gone are the confusing rules. There’s no need to wait for years until your bonsai is “ready,” or to worry that you might kill some ancient, precious plant. Keshiki bonsai is about taking inspiration from a natural scene and creating a living piece of art using easily available plants and small containers. Anyone can do it! Just follow the clear step-by-step instructions and you’ll have an exquisite bonsai that will enliven any style of room. This dazzling book features 37 stylish projects with simple, step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow. The projects start simple, with five designs that feature moss combined with unique containers. Readers then move on to six designs combining moss, small trees, and containers. The next ten projects add perennials to the mix, and the final ten projects have it all: moss, trees, perennials, and stones. Each project is made with a wide variety of containers, from the most delicate, artisan clay to a repurposed ramekin and a simple box.

 

Flower CourseFlower Course by Jane Packer 

Jane Packer Flowers is one of London’s best-known florists, with a distinctively elegant yet refreshingly modern look. The company’s clients include hip boutique hotels, international film companies, and designer stores, as well as legions of devoted private clients. In Jane Packer’s Flower Course, celebrated florist Jane Packer covers the same ground as the highly regarded four-week career course taught in her flower school, putting her wealth of experience and her celebrated designs within the reach of every reader. This beautiful book is divided into three sections covering irresistible floral gifts, gorgeous arrangements of all shapes and sizes, and fabulous party and wedding flowers. The emphasis throughout is on clarity and simplicity, so glorious photographs of finished arrangements are accompanied by step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions. Jane Packer's Flower Course distills floral expertise and style into one essential volume that imparts all the secrets of creating beautiful floral designs. It’s a must for anyone who loves beautiful flowers.

 

Remarkable TreesRemarkable Trees of South Africa by N Esterhuyse, J von Breitenbach, H Sohnge, I van der Merwe

From the majestic yellowwoods of the Knysna forests to the strange halfmens of the Karoo and the delicately beautiful flowering tree fuchsia and wild gardenias, trees are one of our most valuable national treasures. Trees not only provide us with food, fodder, building material and shelter to man and beast against the extremes of the weather, they bring beauty and joy to our parks and gardens. Remarkable trees gives the reader a glimpse into the world of trees - from the biggest to the tallest to the oldest trees in South Africa.

 

Southern African woodsGuide to the properties & uses of Southern African Wood by S Dyer, B Jones, D James

Guide to the properties and uses of Southern African Wood is a fully illustrated, scientifically accurate guide to the characteristics, properties and uses of wood from 140 Southern African tree species. Species treatments include information on conservation status, uses, mechanical properties, durability, identification features, woodworking properties and comments from wood users on workability. Photographs of tree bark, untreated and treated wood, end-grain macrographs, as well as worked items. Provides information on historical uses, where trees grow, availability and sustainability of the woods and the practicalities of harvesting and processing. Superior quality text and excellent reproduction and printing. The only commercially available book which focuses on the properties of Southern African wood, written in a style that will appeal to a wide audience: professional woodworkers, designers, architects, wood dealers and wood collectors, hobbyists, botanists and anyone interested in trees and wood. A must-have for all who love wood and trees!

 

Understanding ElephantsUnderstanding Elephants by by Elephant Specialist Advisory Group

Elephants are arguably Africa’s most charismatic animals, and among the biggest drawcards to our game reserves. While the burgeoning game-park industry may be increasing our access to these magnificent creatures, rising human-elephant encounters are an inevitable outcome – sometimes, sadly, fatal. Such encounters could likely have been avoided had those involved understood elephant behaviour, and particularly how these intelligent animals interface with traffic through their territory. This book describes elephant family life, from rearing of infants to establishing dominance within a herd; it unpacks regular elephant behaviour, the matriarchal system, the particular dangers of males in musth, and many other aspects of their lives. Most of all, it provides guidelines for ensuring safe and enjoyable encounters with these majestic animals. This is an essential guide for those planning visits to reserves: aside from the interest factor, being able to read the tell-tale signs may just save lives.

 

Part of the PridePart of the Pride by Kevin Richardson with Tony Park

In "Part of the Pride", Kevin Richardson, recently dubbed "The Lion Man" on 60 Minutes, tells the story of how he grew from a young boy who loved animals to become a man able to cross the divide between humans and predators, looking some of the world's most dangerous animals directly in the eye, playing with them and even kissing them on the nose-all without ever being attacked or injured. As a self-taught animal behaviourist, Richardson has broken every safety rule known to humans when working with these wild animals. Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal's spirit with sticks and chains is the best way to subdue them, he uses love, understanding and trust to develop personal bonds with them. His unique method of getting to know their individual personalities, what makes each of them angry, happy, upset, or irritated has caused them to accept him like one of their own into their fold. Richardson allows the animals' own stories to share centre stage as he tells readers about Napoleon and Tau, the two he calls his "brothers"; the amazing Meg, a lioness Richardson taught to swim; the fierce Tsavo who savagely attacked him; and the heartbreaking little hyena called Homer who didn't live to see his first birthday. In "Part of the Pride", Richardson, with novelist Tony Park, delves into the mind of the big cats and their world to show readers a different way of understanding the dangerous big cats of Africa.

 

Game RangerGame Ranger in your Backpack guide to the Lowveld by M Emmett, S Pattrick

This guide is packed with practical, interpretative information on the most commonly encountered animals and plants of the Lowveld - information that is usually only available if you have a game ranger or field guide by your side in the bush! It teaches people how to observe, identify and interpret what they see in the bush in a meaningful way, without having to wade through the reams of technical information found in most other field guides. The reader-friendly mind-map layout of the book, with pictures linked to brief but informative text boxes, makes pertinent information accessible at a glance. Other features include colour-coded chapters for ease of reference, while blocked information and icons in the mammals and trees sections provide technical details in a concise form. Hundreds of stunning interpretative images, highlighted keywords and a flowchart structure to each spread direct the eye to the different topics on each featured species, allowing the reader to pick out whatever is of interest to him or her. Game Ranger in your Backpack is an essential companion for amateur naturalists of all descriptions including first-time international visitors to South Africa's bushveld, annual local holidaymakers or aspiring 'game rangers'.

 

The Abundant herdsThe Abundant Herds Marguerita Poland

This unique book gives an overview of the history of Nguni cattle and their economic, social, political and spiritual importance to the Zulu people, both past and present. With oil and watercolour paintings, and sepia drawings by internationally acclaimed artist, Leigh Voigt, it examines the vital role played by cattle and cattle related imagery in the oral tradition of the Zulu people. Cattle have become a part of the spiritual and aesthetic lives of the people, which has given rise to a poetic and complex naming practice. The fine and subtle nuance of the Zulu language captures the delicate interrelationship between cattle terminology and the natural world, where the colour and pattern of a hide, or the shape of a pair of horns, is metaphorically linked to images in nature.

 

Tracker ManualTracker Manual by A van Heerden, R Mhlongo, K Benadie

This practical guide to animal tracking is a one-of-its-kind manual, based on information developed with the help of southern Africa’s few remaining traditional trackers and their centuries-old wisdom in the field. It presents the more concrete and obvious wildlife signs for some 160 animals and teams them with a host of seemingly unrelated details to give a comprehensive picture of recent – and not-so-recent – traffi c through the bush. Simple, bulleted text guides readers through the key points and teaches the broad-based observational skills required to detect and interpret messages; multiple photographs, some annotated, along with accurate track drawings for all the animals, offer a clear visual guide too. Rich in detail, accurate, and with an instructive introduction, this guide to the region’s animal tracks and signs is every tracker’s go-to manual.

 

Starwars widlifeThe Wildlife of Starwars by Terryl Whitlatch & Bob Carrau

Now in paperback, this deluxe field guide offers a unique look at the creatures that populate the Star Wars galaxy. Packed with hundreds of detailed and colorful illustrations of exotic entities in a wide array of habitats—from the ice fields of Hoth and the pastures of Naboo to the concrete jungle of Coruscant—this entertaining and comprehensive classic also provides information on the mating habits, feeding patterns, and defense mechanisms of these incredible beasts.

 

Love my sausage dogLove is a Sausage Dog by Charlie Ellis

With a waddle in their step and eyes that will melt your heart, these mischievous little pups have got us head over heels in love. Whether you’ve got one, want one or just think they’re super cute, this little book dedicated to the sausage-shaped dog will prove that it’s not just any old dog who’s a man’s best friend – it’s a dachshund.

 

a dogs purposeA Dog’s Purpose by W.Bruce Cameron 

This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog's Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders - will he ever find his purpose? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

 

Sappi Birds of SASAPPI  Birds of South Africa by S Kidson, H van Niekerk

A new field guide that changes the face of bird watching in South Africa. The field guide features: interesting text that does not merely describe what can be seen in the photographs, but also offers a wealth of extraordinary facts. new updated distribution maps. informative icons: species can quickly be compared with the help of icons illustrating normal habitat, nest position, relative size and social behaviour. more than 800 quality full colour photographs by renowned photographers. efficient grouping: bird species are grouped together according to four behaviour groups: Waterbirds, Raptors, Veld Landscape and Bush Landscape birds. Grouping is then further broken down into the birds' external shapes ensuring that similar looking birds are close to each other thus assisting in comparing different species. A bilingual index of all the birds listed by their common group names in English and Afrikaans, plus scientific name index.

 

The Bant Wagon Jump on the Bant Wagon by Nick Charlie Key

Jump on the Bant Wagon and enjoy delicious low-carb high-fat homemade meals! In this book you will find easy, healthy and budget-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner – with special dishes for the colder winter months, when spring is in the air again and for those Saturdays when the cook is off duty. And to top it all off: decadent puddings without the sugar rush.

 

Delicious Low CarbDelicious Low Carb by Sally-Ann Creed

Research shows that for the first time in history there are more obese people than starving people. Delicious Low Carb, by respected dietician Sally-Ann Creed from The Real Meal Revolution, contains healthy, affordable, practical recipes for low-carb living. She explains what such a lifestyle entails and how to minimise grains, carbohydrates and sugar. She also discusses issues like fibre and why women battle with food high in fat. It is evident from the recipes for breakfast, lunchbox ideas for kids, finger foods, soup, baking and even pizzas, mains and sides, sauces, snacks, cake and cookies, puddings and beverages that it is indeed possible to make a homemade meal for your family every night. The writing is also highly readable and accessible.

 

WholesomeWholesome by Sarah Graham

Author Sarah Graham says, ‘For me, this book is about putting goodness in, and getting goodness out. It’s about food that is conscious of refined sugars and refined carbohydrates, and that nourishes our minds and our bodies, but is still full of colour and character, and fits within the context of our busy lives. These are my favourite beautiful, simple, wholesome recipes that are made for sharing around full and merry tables.’ 

 

Food 52 VeganFood 52 Vegan – by Gena Hamshaw

Omnivore or vegan (or anywhere in between), we’re all looking for memorable, flavorful dishes to cook for ourselves and the people we care about. If those recipes happen to be healthful, nourishing, and friendly to vegetarians and vegans, even better.  With her wildly popular New Veganism column on Food52, Gena Hamshaw has inspired home cooks  to incorporate plant-based recipes into their everyday routine—and even gained some nutritional yeast and cashew cheese converts. This vibrant collection of all-new recipes plus beloved favorites from the column—along with exquisite photography and helpful tips throughout—will show all of us innovative ways to cook with fresh produce and whole foods.  From Savory Breakfast Polenta to Cauliflower and Oyster Mushroom Tacos to Ginger Roasted Pears with Vanilla Cream, these recipes are delicious, dependable, and deeply satisfying. Cook from this book just a couple of times and you’ll soon find yourself stocking up on coconut oil, blending your own nut milks, seeking the sweetest tomatoes at the market, and looking at plant-based dishes in a whole new way.

 

Energy ballsEnergy Ballls by Christal Sczebel

This little cookbook packs a big punch with 100 delicious recipes for no-bake energy balls designed to deliver a targeted blast of energy for different activities at any hour. Crafted with whole ingredients, superfoods, and all-natural proteins, each vegan and gluten-free bite-size treat offers the perfect nutritional boost. Extra protein, nuts, and seeds give athletes a high-energy hit; dark chocolate and green tea help students concentrate and focus; ginger lets the overstressed wind down at the end of a long day. And, kids will love them tucked into their lunch boxes. They are as easy to make as they are good to eat—good-bye processed and packaged sports bars!

 

Milk TartThe South African Milk Tart Collection by Callie Maritz & Mari-Louis Guy

There is a milk tart to suit everybody’s taste and every occasion: With a puff-pastry crust, shortcrust or no crust at all; flavoured with cinnamon, peach leaves, nutmeg, vanilla, almond, caramel, citrus zest or cardamom; there are tarts, desserts, smoothies, shooters, milkshakes, cakes and slices; milk tarts from all over the world.

 

MELKtert Die Suid-Afrikaanse Melktert Versameling by Callie Maritz & Mari-Louis Guy

There is a milk tart to suit everybody’s taste and every occasion: With a puff-pastry crust, shortcrust or no crust at all; flavoured with cinnamon, peach leaves, nutmeg, vanilla, almond, caramel, citrus zest or cardamom; there are tarts, desserts, smoothies, shooters, milkshakes, cakes and slices; milk tarts from all over the world.

 

Skillet Supper cookThe Skillet Supper Cookbook by Wiiliams-Sonoma

This essential book shows how the creative use of a single pan in the kitchen can lead to delicious diversity at the table. The Skillet Supper Cookbook features 22 recipes for healthy and wholesome meals that can be made in one simple skillet. An easy primer describes the particular benefits of the various skillet materials and finishes, and a collection of quick tips assists in their care and upkeep. Creative recipes featuring a range of diverse ingredients will help you make the most of your skillet, and leave you with minimal dishes to clean! Here you’ll find recipes for luscious roasted chicken, gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, elegantly steamed fish, perfect steak au poivre, and more—all sure to become your own kitchen classics. There are also plenty of dishes you might not expect would come from a skillet, such as pizza, lasagna and enchiladas.

 

 

Children

 

a first bible story book prayer bookA First Bible Story Book A First Prayer Book by DK Publishers

Two beautifully illustrated books combined in one slipcase to make the perfect gift for a child's christening, First Communion, or birthday. A First Bible Story Book retells 13 specially selected stories from both the Old and New Testaments. Mary Hoffman's lively narratives preserve all the mystery, wonder, and excitement of the Bible, from Noah's Ark to The Last Supper. A First Book of Prayers features prayers to suit all occasions and is an inspirational book that the whole family can share and enjoy. Both books feature the charming illustrations of Julie Downing, which bring the best-loved characters and events to life and illustrate key themes.

 

Noahs arkNoah’s Ark by Charlotte Guillain & Lesley Grainger

Introduce your little one to one of the best-loved Bible stories: Noah and his ark. Learn how Noah built an ark, enjoy the beautiful animal illustrations, and understand the rainbow at the end of the story. With charming, bright illustrations, and all the favourite animals. A gentle introduction to a well-known and well-loved Bible story: the perfect Christening present!

 

1st bible storiesMy First Bible Stories by Parragon

This beautiful collection of favourite stories from the Old and New Testaments is retold in simple, lively language, making it the perfect introduction to the Bible for young children.

 

 

My First prayersMy First Prayers by Parragon

Discover special prayers for all occasions to enjoy with your child with My First Prayers. Share a prayer and inspire love, compassion, and gratitude with this beautiful collection of traditional favorites and contemporary writings for a new generation to enjoy.

 

Big red BibleHoly Bible by International Children’s Bible

The International Children’s Bible the first Bible translation created specifically for children, has been updated and newly typeset in a large readable layout with a 3rd grade reading level, this is the Bible children can read and understand. The Bible text is set in ten-point type, with bold in-text subject heads that help kids easily find the passages they are looking for. Also included are boldface words that correspond with a dictionary and concordance entry to explain word definitions. A great new feature in this updated setting is more than 300 verses that are highlighted throughout the Bible for kids to read and learn. The beautifully illustrated Bible story insert pages are in a style that children love and will delight their imaginations as they read and “see” popular Bible stories.

 

3 - 12yrs

 

The little mermaid first storiesFirst Stories The Little Mermaid by Campbell Books First Stories

The Little Mermaid is the perfect introduction, for young children, to this classic fairy tale. Push, pull and turn mechanisms bring the story to life and introduce your favourite characters: the little mermaid, the prince and the fearsome sea witch. This well-loved fairy tale is beautifully re-imagined for a new generation by children's illustrator Dan Taylor.

 

What the ladybirdWhat the Ladybird Heard Next by Julia Donaldson

Once upon a farm lived a ladybird, And these are the things that she saw and heard...Those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail, and they're heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble. They've been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, but now they're setting their sights higher and are planning to steal the fat red hen herself! Fortunately the quiet, clever ladybird is on their trail, and she and her farm animal friends have a plan of their own. Join the cow, the goose, the horse, the sheep, the cat, and everyone's favourite ladybird in this fantastically funny farmyard caper - a much anticipated sequel to the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. This board book edition is perfect for little hands - children will love the gorgeously glittery eye-catching cover, and spotting the sparkly ladybird on every page. 

 

the fairytail hairdresserThe Fairytale Hairdresser & Aladdin by Abie Longstaff

The Fairytale Hairdresser is having a long-overdue holiday -- but in no time at all she is tangled up in a world of flying carpets, mysterious jewels and magical lamps. Can she rescue Aladdin, free the genie and save the day?

 

Georges Marvellous ExperimentGeorges Marvellous Experiments by Roald Dahl

George Kranky created his own Marvellous Medicine to deal with his grizzly old grunion of a Grandma. You definitely can't do that at home (so don't even try!), but here's some amazing science that you can do! From concocting home-made slime to creating your own volcano, these fun experiments are all easily done, following simple step-by-step instructions and using everyday household objects. Inspired by Roald Dahl's terrific tale, this is the book for budding young scientist everywhere! 

 

GoldielocksGoldilocks & the 3 Potties by Leigh Hodgeinson

As we all know, potty-training has its highs (BIG GIRL PANTS!, a new potty!) and it's lows (uh-oh!). But with its gentle humour and encouraging, 'keep-trying' message, this adorable little book will help set toddlers (and their parents) on the right track to a nappy-free day.

 

Counting carsCounting Cars by Priddy Books

There are race cars, motorbikes, family cars and all kinds of vehicles to discover racing across the pages of this awesome counting books.  Organised into seven themed collections, the pages are packed with vehicles to look for, find and count, along with fun, odd-one-out pictures to spot. Young vehicle fans can use the sturdy picture tabs to turn to their favourite page for counting car fun, time and time again!

 

Nancy Drew Club BookNancy Drew Clue Book by Caroline Keene

Help Nancy and her friends solve a sweet mystery at the new Candy Kingdom amusement park in the seventh book in the interactive Nancy Drew Clue Book mystery series. The new Candy Kingdom theme park is opening in River Heights and Nancy, Bess, and George can’t wait! The park is supposed to have candy-themed rides, attractions, arcade games, and more, so when Bess wins four free passes to the park, she invites Nancy, George and their good friend, Nadine Nardo to check it out. But Nadine’s wristband goes missing after the first ride! Nancy and her friends know that all of the wristbands were tied securely, so it couldn’t have just fallen off. Can Nancy, Bess, and George track down the stolen wristband before their sweet day at Candy Kingdom turns sour?

 

Ladybird book of abcA Ladybird Book – ABC by Ladybird

This beautiful chunky board book introduces young children to the letters of the alphabet, helping to teach both the letter shapes and the names of an object beginning with each letter. Both adults and children alike will love the wonderfully detailed images of everyday objects, taken from iconic, vintage Ladybird artwork of the 1960s.

 

Lady bird book 123A Ladybird Book - 1.2.3 by Ladybird

This beautiful chunky board book introduces young children to the letters of the alphabet, helping to teach both the letter shapes and the names of an object beginning with each letter. Both adults and children alike will love the wonderfully detailed images of everyday objects, taken from iconic, vintage Ladybird artwork of the 1960s.

 

Stripes the jungle hornStripes & the Jungle Horn by Nickelodeon

Stripes hits the track with Blaze, AJ, and all the truck friends from Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines! Boys and girls ages 3 to 7 will love this exciting full-color storybook, which features big flaps to lift!

 

The Everywhere BearThe Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson

The Everywhere Bear has a home on a shelf. But he doesn't spend very much time by himself, For each boy and girl in the class is a friend. And he goes home with one of them every weekend. The Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure! He's washed down a drain and whooshed out to sea, rescued by a fishing boat, loaded onto a lorry, carried off by a seagull . . . how will he ever make it back to Class One.

 

The Velveteen RabbitThe Original Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

He didn't mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn't matter. In the nursery, only the toys that are old and wise truly understand what it means to be Real. The Velveteen Rabbit, a newcomer to the nursery, asks one of the most knowledgeable toys, the Skin Horse, what being Real means. And so begins the Velveteen Rabbit's journey towards becoming real - through the love of a child.

 

RepunzelRepunzel by Chloe Perkins

The classic tale of Rapunzel gets a fresh twist in this third book of a brand-new board book series, Once Upon a World. With India as the backdrop, and vibrant artwork from illustrator Archana Sreenivasan, Rapunzel is still the same girl who lets down her beautiful hair—but she’s totally reimagined. Once Upon a World offers a multicultural take on the fairy tales we all know and love. Because these tales are for everyone, everywhere.

 

magic animals no 21 pippa hoptailMagic Animal Friends Bk 21: Pippa Hoppytail’s Rocky Road by Daisy Meadows

In the magical land of Friendship Forest, Lily and Jess are very excited to visit Magic Mountain. It's where all the magic is made! But when wicked witch Grizelda turns up, the animals who live there and their special jobs are all in danger. Can the girls help fluffy bunny Pippa Hoppytail save the Mountain and its magic?

 

 

magic anim bk 24 sarah scrampMagic Animal Friends Bk 24: Sarah Scamblepaw’s Big Step by Daisy Meadows

High up on Magic Mountain, the Scramblepaw family make magic rain down all over Friendship Forest. But thanks to the nasty work of wicked Grizelda, the magical clouds won't work properly! Can arctic fox Sarah Scramblepaw save the magic, before it is lost from Friendship Forest forever?

 

 

one white rabbitOne White Rabbit A Counting book by Pan MacMillan

From "One White Rabbit for Alice to follow" to "Five grins from the Cheshire Cat," and "Nine tarts made by the Queen," this is a charming book. The traditional illustrations are by Sir John Tenniel, supplemented by additional pictures in Tenniel's style and beautiful Victorian-style decorative motifs.

 

A is for AliceA is for Alice by Pan MacMillan

A is for Alice, E is for for Egg (Humpty Dumpty of course), Q is for the Queen, not forgetting R for the Rabbit who started off the whole adventure. With charming, traditional color illustrations by Sir John Tenniel and beautiful Victorian-style decorations and backgrounds, this is a very special book for young children.

 

Skate like a ninjaSkate like a Ninja by Nickelodeon

Mikey and Casey team up with skateboarding mutant Mondo Gecko to battle a mysterious villain named Mr. X.! Boys and girls ages 2 to 5 will love this Little Golden Book based on an exciting episode of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

 

Blaze the Monster Machines Dino Parade Blaze & the Monster Machines – Dino Parade by Nickelodeon

Zeg leads a dinosaur parade through Axle City. But when some of the dinosaurs get lost, it’s up to Blaze and his truck friends to save the day! Boys and girls ages 2 to 5 will love this Little Golden Book based on an exciting episode of Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines!

 

swashbuckleSwashbuckle Lil & The Jewel Thief by Elli Woollard

Lil is a pirate, a good sort of pirate, and when there is someone to save, she'll do what is right (if it takes her all night). Yes, she'll always be bold and be brave. On a trip to the museum, evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to steal an old king's ruby ring, and it's up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to stop him! In story two, Lil and her pet parrot are off to a birthday party. But when Stinkbeard and his pet croc turn up, it's up to Lil to save the day. Swashbuckle Lil and the Jewel Thief, by author Elli Woollard and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, is the second in an exciting new series with two rip-roaringly rhyming, brilliantly illustrated stories in each book which make the perfect transition from parent-led to independent reading.

 

Mr Men WheelsMr. Men Adventure on Wheels by Roger Hargreaves

The Mr Men are very busy, driving diggers, fire engines and tractors. All except  for Mr Busy who is going to the beach. Will Mr Busy be able to just drive on by when he sees all the chaos? The Mr Men and Little Miss Adventures take Roger Hargreaves' beloved characters on amazing trips to other worlds and different times where they have all kinds of funny and exciting escapades. The books are a new larger format, so that you can enjoy their inimitable stories in even greater scale. Bold illustrations and funny stories make Mr Men and Little Miss the perfect story time experience for children aged two up.

 

Mr men JungleMr Men Adventure in the Jungle by Roger Hargreaves

After one wrong turn, Mr Dizzy's walk in the woods with friends becomes an adventure in the jungle with tangled vines and wild animals. How will the Mr Men escape and find their way back home? The Mr Men and Little Miss Adventures take Roger Hargreaves' beloved characters on amazing trips to other worlds and different times where they have all kinds of funny and exciting escapades. 

 

9780624082866 My pappa is vol aapstrekeMy Pappa is vol aapstreke by Dianne Hofmeyr

My daddy is . . . a great big bear, a naughty crocodile, a whirly, twirly octopus and a very SILLY monkey! But most of all he's just my LOVELY DADDY. This beautiful picture book by South African author Dianne Hofmeyr and UK illustrator Carol Thompson is a heartwarming celebration of fathers everywhere.

 

Sarel Seemonster cover REV2Sarel Seemonster leer ons van kleure by Louise Smit & Shan Fischer

This series of novelty board books with wipe-clean pen and fold-out pages, teaches children basic concepts with the help of Louise Smit's most iconic characters from the well-known TV-programs Wielie Walie and Haas Das. Learn everything about colours with Sarel Seemonster, the Wielie Walie park's famous story-loving sea monster. Turn the wheel, fold out the pages and use the pen on the fold-out pages - then wipe it clean and play again! With fun activities, easy games that you can play at home and even an experiment or two, it is easy to learn!

 

9780798170598 Haas Das cover REV4 2Haas Das leer ons van teenoorgesteldes by Louise Smit & Shan Fischer

This series of novelty board books with wipe-clean pen and fold-out pages, teaches children basic concepts with the help of Louise Smit's most iconic characters from the well-known TV-programs Wielie Walie and Haas Das. Learn everything about opposites with Haas Das and the animals from Diereland. With fun activities, easy games that you can play at home and even a news flash or two, it is easy to learn!

 

Bennie Boekwurm cover REV2Bennie Boekwurm leer ons van vorms by Louise Smit & Shan Fischer

This series of novelty board books with wipe-clean pen and fold-out pages, teaches children basic concepts with the help of Louise Smit's most iconic characters from the well-known TV-programs Wielie Walie and Haas Das. Learn everything about shapes with Bennie Boekwurm, the Wielie Walie park's famous storytelling worm. With fun activities, easy games that you can play at home, it is easy to learn!

 

Karel kraai cover REV2Karel Kraai leer Ons van Syfers by Louise Smit & Shan Fischer

This series of novelty board books with wipe-clean pen and fold-out pages, teaches children basic concepts with the help of Louise Smit's most iconic characters from the well-known TV-programs Wielie Walie and Haas Das. Learn everything about numbers with Karel Kraai, the Wielie Walie park's famous guitar-playing crow. With fun activities, easy games that you can play at home and even a song or two, it is easy to learn!

 

Little legendsLittle Legends The secret Mountain by Tom Percival

The fifth book in the exciting Little Legends series, The Secret Mountain by Tom Percival sees the fairy tale friends on a thrilling adventure to the mysterious mountain home of the trolls. Everyone in Tale Town knows that trolls mean trouble, and the Mayor and his guards have captured a fearsome troll spy. But when Jack, Red and Anansi see the prisoner, they find out the so-called spy is just a lost troll child . . . With the help of all their friends, the Little Legends decide to rescue the young troll and take it back to its secret mountain home. But what they find out when they get to Troll Mountain changes everything they've ever known! Little Legends is a brilliant highly illustrated series featuring all the fairy-tale characters you know and love having brand-new adventures!

 

Ses blinde muise en n OlifantSes Blinde Muise en ‘n Olifant by Jude Daly

What is an elephant really like? Six blind mice scamper out of their mouse-hole to find out - and come up with six very different ideas! Is an elephant like a wall? A tree? A spear? A fan? A snake or a rope? Children will love to help the six blind mice discover the true wonder of an elephant in this beautifully illustrated animal fable from India.

 

Hallo DinosourusHallo Dinosourus by Caryl Hart & Nick East

Dis vet pret as daar ’n dinosourus by jou voordeur opdaag, maar wanneer sy maats ook kom gesig wys – al 54 van hulle – raak alles effens te veel. Hierdie speelse telboek is vol chaos en lawwigheid – en tien verskillende soorte dinosourusse.

 

Speurhond WillemSpeurhond Willem in die Ruimte by Elizabeth Wasserman

Na hulle vorige avonture in Europa, die Indiese Oseaan en die Bosveld neem Willem en Adriaan se nuutste sending hulle dié keer na selfs meer onbekende terrein: die Internasionale Ruimtestasie! Voor jy kan sê “gespikkelde spanjoel” is Willem en Adriaan op pad Baikonoer toe; in Kazakhstan, vanwaar hulle in ‘n Sojoes-ruimtetuig gelanseer word. Iets skort met die Internasionale Ruimtestasie se suurstof-toevoerstelsel. Kan dit wees dat ‘n saboteur hier doenig is?

 

Dog DetectiveDog Tective – William in Space by Elizabeth Wasserman

In their fourth adventure together William and Alex go to Baikonur in Kazakhstan, from where they are launched into space to investigate a mysterious problem with the International Space Station’s oxygen supply. Here they meet William’s old friend Boris, another dogtective, who reveals some interesting facts about William’s past, to Alex’s great delight. 

 

Freddie moole lion tamerFreddie Mole Lion Tamer by Alexander McCall Smith

Roll up, roll up for a sensational circus story from the bestselling author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith, with fun, energetic illustrations by Kate Hindley throughout. Join Freddie Mole as he tumbles through the air, flies around the big tent and tames four growling lions!  Freddie is an ordinary boy who joins the circus one day. He can't believe his luck as he is asked to understudy some of the acts. But is he brave enough to go into the lions' cage? A joyful, exciting tale of bravery and show business glamour by a much loved author.

 

Faraway tree adven land of dreamsFaraway Tree Adventure – The Land of Dreams by Enid Blyton

The dastardly Sandman makes them fall asleep and Silky has to find a way to get them home in one piece! Along the way, they encounter muffins that turn into kittens, a bus that turns into a plane and a boat, and lots more...The magical Faraway Tree has been entertaining readers for more than 75 years. Now these colour short stories offer a great way for a whole host of young new readers to discover the adventures of Silky, Moon-Face, the Saucepan Man and all of their friends in the Enchanted Wood.

 

A faraway Tree adven the land of toysA Faraway Tree Adventure – The Land of Toys by Enid Blyton

Joe, Beth, Frannie and cousin Rick go up the Faraway Tree for another fantastical adventure! This time, they reach the Land of Toys, where teddy bears, dolls and clockwork toys run around all day long. Poor Saucepan-Man gets thrown in prison by some toy soldiers and the children must rescue him before it's too late...The magical Faraway Tree has been entertaining readers for more than 75 years. Now these colour short stories offer a great way for a whole host of new young readers to discover the adventures of Silky, Moon-Face, the Saucepan Man and all of their friends in the Enchanted Wood.

 

secret rescuers the sea ponyThe Secret Rescuers  No 6 The Sea Pony by Paula Harrison

The sixth title in this brilliant series for 7+ readers, full of adventure, magic and friendship. Grace loves living in the tropical village of Cala Sands, it has a gorgeous beach and the sun always shines. She especially likes to swim with the magical sea ponies that live in the warm, clear waters around the bay. Grace wishes more than anything that she could talk to the ponies - especially the pretty pony with the sparkling eyes and rainbow tail! When Sophy and Maya arrive and tell Grace that magical creatures all over the kingdom are in terrible danger, Grace knows she has to protect the precious sea ponies. Cruel Lady Cavendish is sailing out into the ocean to catch them in a huge net, so Grace, Maya and Sophy stow away on her ship. But will their rescue plan work? And will Grace ever get her magical speaking stone and be able to speak to her favourite sea pony?

 

Flying Furgus Bk 5 The winning teamFlying Fergus Book 5 The Winning Team by Chris Hoy

The fifth story in the fantastically fun, magical cycling adventure series from Sir Chris Hoy. The Hercules' Hopefuls are going to the Nationals, and not even Wallace's Winners competing too can wipe the smiles off their faces. But then disaster strikes in training. To stand a chance of beating the Velociraptors, the terrifying all-girls speed squad, Wesley and Fergus will need to work together. It's Fergus's biggest challenge yet - well, apart from breaking Dad out of the Dungeon of Despair in Nevermore. 

 

Topsy timTopsy & Tim Have their Eyes Tested by Jean & Gareth Adamson

Topsy and Tim find fun and adventure in the real world. Their engaging stories are reassuring for young children having first experiences of their own. In Topsy and Tim Have Their Eyes Tested, the twins take a trip to the optician's. Topsy has all sorts of special tests done - but will she need glasses? A trusted and well-loved pair who can help guide parents and children through 'first experiences', Topsy and Tim books have been beautifully updated with contemporary artwork. Topsy and Tim remain instantly recognisable to parents while in a fresh style that will appeal to a new generation of fans. These wonderful books deserve a place on every child's bookshelves.

 

Harvey the heroHarvey the Hero by Hrefna Bragadottir

Harvey is Superhero Steve's BIGGEST fan and dreams of being just like him ...When Steve leaves his cape behind and Harvey bravely sets off to the Big City to return it, the little croc gets his wish, as without even realising it he foils a robbery, puts out a birthday-cake fire and saves a bunny from falling. It's only when he returns home to his proud and excited friends and see the news on TV that he realises ...he's Harvey the Hero!

 

And to think i sawAnd to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street by Dr Seuss

Dr. Seuss’s very first book for children! From a mere horse and wagon, young Marco concocts a colorful cast of characters, making Mulberry Street the most interesting location in town. Dr. Seuss’s signature rhythmic text, combined with his unmistakable illustrations, will appeal to fans of all ages, who will cheer when our hero proves that a little imagination can go a very long way. (Who wouldn’t cheer when an elephant-pulled sleigh raced by?) Now over seventy-five years old, this story is as timeless as ever. And Marco’s singular kind of optimism is also evident in McElligot’s Pool.

 

Inside of a dogInside of a Dog by Alexander Horowitz

From an animal behaviorist and dog enthusiast comes an adorable, “engaging, and comprehensive” guide to understanding how our canine friends see the world —now adapted for a younger audience! Want to know what dogs are thinking? What they feel ,and what they can spell with that great big nose of theirs? Here’s your chance to experience the world nose first, from two feet off the ground. What do dogs know, and how do they think? The answers will surprise and delight you as dog owner and scientist Alexandra Horowitz explains how our four-legged friends perceive their daily worlds, each other, and us! This book is as close as you can get to knowing about dogs without being a dog yourself.

 

Fantastic BeastsFantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them by JK Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander's classic compendium of magical creatures, has delighted generations of wizarding readers. Now, in this updated edition with a new foreword by Newt himself and the unveiling of six beasts little known outside the American wizarding community, Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Thunderbird lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why shiny objects should always be kept away from the Niffler.

 

Grandpas great escapeGrandpa’s Great Escape by David Williams

Jack’s Grandpa… *wears his slippers to the supermarket  * serves up Spam à la Custard for dinner  *and often doesn’t remember Jack’s name. But he can still take to the skies in a speeding Spitfire and save the day… An exquisite portrait of the bond between a small boy and his beloved Grandpa – this book takes readers on an incredible journey with Spitfires over London and Great Escapes through the city in a high octane adventure full of comedy and heart. Illustrated by the award-winning Tony Ross. 

 

Wheres WallyWhere’s  Wally 30th Anniversary by Martin Handford

Celebrate 30 years of searching for Wally in this one-off edition of the original eye-boggling classic! A wonderful anniversary edition of the book that kick-started a global phenomenon 30 years ago and got the whole world asking Where's Wally? Read Wally's new letter to his fans celebrating three decades of being on the go! Search for Wally and his friends as they hike round the world - on the beach, at the train station, at sea ...and now find him on a new wander in town again! There's so much fiendish fun hidden in every intricately-detailed scene - each teeming with crowds, creatures and more. Wow! Have YOU found Wally yet?

 

 

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wing clawWing & Claw: Forest of Wonders Bk1 by Linda Sue Park

Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary like him, every leaf could unleash a kind of magic. When an injured bat crashes into his life, Raffa invents a cure from a rare crimson vine that he finds deep in the Forest. His remedy saves the animal but also transforms it into something much more than an ordinary bat, with far-reaching consequences. Raffa’s experiments lead him away from home to the forbidding city of Gilden, where troubling discoveries make him question whether exciting botanical inventions—including his own—might actually threaten the very creatures of the Forest he wants to protect. The first book in an enchanting trilogy, Forest of Wonders richly explores the links between magic and botany, family and duty, environment and home.

 

Die Engelsman in my slaaiDie Engelsman in my Slaai by Dihanna Taute

In this sequel to Ek en Prins Donkerkuif Lehandi moves back to the Free State with her mother after the divorce. Her long distance relationship with Drayke is a challenge, especially since the hunk Garth Johnson - hockey team captain and every girl's dream date - messes with her mind. The irritating and spoilt Priscilla also keeps make her life miserable and her mother insists on dating her arch enemy's dad.

 

the forbidden wishThe Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world. . . . When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of the Aladdin story from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

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