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August Newsletter 2013

Let these books warm you from the inside this winter

Fiction

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The Silver StarThe Silver Star by Jeannette Walls

'Bean' Holladay is twelve and her sister Liz fifteen when their artistic mother Charlotte, a woman who 'flees every place she's ever lived at the first sign of trouble', takes off to 'find herself'. She leaves the girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle lives in the decaying mansion that has been in the family for generations. Bean adores her whip-smart older sister, reader of Edgar Allan Poe, non-conformist. But when school starts in the autumn, it is Bean who easily adjusts, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn.

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Secrets of the LighthouseSecrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore

Ellen Trawton is running away from it all - quite literally. She is due to get married to a man she doesn't love, her job is dragging her down and her interfering mother is getting on her nerves. So she escapes to the one place she know her mother won't follow her - to her aunt's house in rural Ireland. Once there, she uncovers a dark family secret - and a future she never knew she might have. Meanwhile, Caitlin Macausland is mourning the future she can never have. She died tragically in what the village thinks is suspicious circumstances, and now she is stuck in a limbo, unable to move on. Can each woman find the peace she so desperately longs for?

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Big Girl PantiesBig Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

Holly Brenan didn't expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn't expect to be so big. Through her husband Bruce's diagnosis and death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Now, those extra pounds make flying economy more than a little mortifying - especially since she's sitting next to Adonis himself, aka Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer to the country's most famous pro athletes. Stephanie Evanovich's debut romantic comedy is about a grieving young widow who decides to get in shape and winds up getting her groove back - and a whole lot more!

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Kiss Me FirstKiss me First by Lottie Moggach

Kiss Me First introduces a clever, original and dazzling new writer and is guaranteed to provoke conversation and debate. Leila has never met Tess. But she knows more about Tess than anyone in the world. Tess has never met Leila. But she is about to trust Leila with her life. One of them has never really lived. The other can’t face living any more. Together they concoct the perfect lie. But how long will it survive?

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Back to the BushBack to the Bush by James Hendry

Back to the Bush: Another Year in the Wild is the tale of a second year at Sasekile Private Game Reserve for Angus MacNaughton, his brother Hugh and the melange of outlandish characters who staff and visit the lodge. Angus’s weekly journal recounts a positive beginning to the year for the MacNaughton bro thers: fastidious Hugh is in love, running his own camp and on the verge of a promotion. Angus is involved in a romantic liaison, which takes the edge off his customary cynicism, and for the first time in their adult lives, a positive fraternal bond exists between them. Inevitably, reality comes calling. Angus’s love affair ends and he copes poorly, Hugh becomes stratospherically arrogant on the back of a promotion and Julia, the MacNaughtons’ sister, starts dating Angus’s nemesis – Alistair ‘The Legend’ Jones. Then there are a series of further ‘hiccups’, from demanding lodge guests and marauding monkeys, to a labour protest, a run-in with a blind-drunk head chef, a winter drought, a rogue elephant that puts staff and guests in danger and the resignation of the sterling head ranger. You are guaranteed to be entertained by the hilarious antics and hard knocks as well as the fierce beauty of the African landscape in Back to the Bush: Another Year in the Wild.

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The Fire WitnessThe Fire Witness by Lars Kepler

The No 1 Swedish bestseller by the author of The Hypnotist and The Nightmare. Detective Inspector Joona Linna has been called to a home for troubled girls, north of Stockholm. A young girl has been brutally murdered, her body arranged in bed with her hands covering her eyes. Vicky Bennet is the only girl unaccounted for. Did she run away to escape the chaos or does a bloody hammer found under her pillow make her the prime suspect? In Stockholm, Flora Hansen works as a medium, pretending to commune with the dead. When she begins to suffer crippling visions of the young girl's murder, will anyone believe her? As Joona refuses to accept the easy answers, his search leads him into more violent territory.

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True ColoursTrue Colours by Stephen Leather

Nothing spreads like fear ...When a set of Russian oligarchs are assassinated in London, the Russian expat community become anxious. One man appeals to the British government for protection and MI5 assigns Spider Shepherd to the case. But he soon discovers that the killings aren't political - they're personal, and the assassin is much nearer than anyone could conceive. And that's not the only score Spider must settle. Asked by a group of ex-colleagues to hunt down a former Taliban tyrant who has claimed UK asylum by assisting the British government, Spider is forced to decide between his sense of justice and his job.

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In Loves PlaceIn Love’s Place by Etienne Van Heerden

After his heart bypass operation, former champion athlete Christian Lemmer needs to take stock. When a Cape Flats gang begins to target him, this becomes vitally important. Christian commutes between Johannesburg and Stellenbosch, where he returns at weekends to his troubled wife Christine and his confrontational son Siebert. But he also has a hideaway that no one knows about, a flat in Sea Point where his drug dealer meets him, and a Swazi prostitute becomes his confidante. And in Matjiesfontein the staff of the Lord Milner Hotel and the local pigeon breeders are in a state of excitement with the approach of the Southern Cross Derby – the most important event in the Karoo’s pigeon racing calendar. But other things are afoot in Matjiesfontein as well, things in which the lives of the Lemmers are soon to become involved, from the arrival of the Piss-Man to the disappearance of prodigy Snaartjie Windvogel who, it is said, bewitches her father’s pigeons with her violin playing. The Lemmers come to the village to try to unravel one mystery, only to find themselves caught up in another.

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False RiverFalse River by Dominique Botha

“You are too close to the water,” Paul whispered. “There are barbels in the mud. They will wake up if you step on them.” When Paul and Dominique are sent to boarding schools in Natal, their idyllic childhood on a Free State farm is over. Their parents’ leftist politics has made life impossible in the local dorp school. Angry schoolboy Paul is a promising poet, his sister his confidant. But his literary awakening turns into a descent. He flees the oppression of South Africa, only to meet his death in London.

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Letters from SkyeLetters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole

A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart. March 1912: Twenty-four-year-old Elspeth Dunn, a published poet, has never seen the world beyond her home on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye. So she is astonished when her first fan letter arrives, from a college student, David Graham, in far-away America. As the two strike up a correspondence—sharing their favorite books, wildest hopes, and deepest secrets—their exchanges blossom into friendship, and eventually into love. But as World War I engulfs Europe and David volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait for him on Skye, hoping he’ll survive. June 1940: At the start of World War II, Elspeth’s daughter, Margaret, has fallen for a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Her mother warns her against seeking love in wartime, an admonition Margaret doesn’t understand. Then, after a bomb rocks Elspeth’s house, and letters that were hidden in a wall come raining down, Elspeth disappears. Only a single letter remains as a clue to Elspeth’s whereabouts. As Margaret sets out to discover where her mother has gone, she must also face the truth of what happened to her family long ago. Sparkling with charm and full of captivating period detail, Letters from Skye is a testament to the power of love to overcome great adversity, and marks Jessica Brockmole as a stunning new literary voice.

Non-Fiction

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We need to ActWe Need to Act by Jonathan Jansen

Following the success of We Need to Talk, published in 2011, comes a new collection of Jonathan Jansen’s columns originally published in The Times newspaper. Jansen’s decidedly non-PC views are organised around four action areas critical to all South Africans: Education (schools and universities); The Future (young people and their futures); Service Delivery (stories about failures of government and institutions); and Hope (stories to inspire). Jansen takes his inspiration from a diverse group of people – statesmen, teachers, students, children and everyday South Africans he meets – and introduces us to them through his columns. Bound to make you stop and think, and then we hope develop your own plans to act to change lives.

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The Assault on the RandThe Assault on the Rand by Barry Sergeant

When the rand collapsed from 7.60 to 13.84 to the US dollar in 2001, Kevin Wakeford blew the whistle, accusing three big corporates and one global bank of being party to manipulation in the currency markets. Wakeford predicted that the rand was on its way to 20, 30, 40 and possibly 50 to the dollar, which would have thrown the seven-year-old democracy into economic and political turmoil. As a result of his intervention, a Rand Commission was set up by President Mbeki to investigate his claims, and the rand’s collapse was arrested and reversed. The Rand Commission was, however, shut down prematurely and Wakeford was fired as CEO of the South African Chamber of Business. While the Enron and WorldCom scandals in the United States triggered comprehensive corporate reform, it seemed that South African authorities were determined to cover up any wrongdoing. In The Assault on the Rand, Barry Sergeant tells the explosive story of the rand’s collapse and the events that followed. He also explores more recent banking scandals around the world, giving a hard-hitting exposé of greed, collusion and manipulation in the markets.

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Tax Lies and Red TapeTax, Lies and Red Tape by Dawie Roodt & Linette Retief

Tax, Lies and Red Tape is an insightful, easy-to-understand, very opinionated book about economics by one of South Africa’s most experienced and controversial economists. Dawie Roodt argues that economics is not about numbers, graphs and statistics; it is about people, and about how they react to incentives. Unfortunately, our politicians seem to have forgotten this. Using simple concepts and thought-provoking anecdotes, the book explains how ‘the market’ evolved with humanity, what was wrong with communism, what the global financial crisis is really about, the ways in which the state spends your money (and the ways in which it actually should), how tax is collected, how money and nflation really work, the ins and outs of trade, and the ups and downs of labour. In the process, Roodt debunks politically correct thinking and current government policy, and suggests alternatives for a more effective system. Whether you agree with him or not, Tax, Lies and Red Tape will get you thinking about economics in a completely new way.

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A Lot of Loose EndsA Lot of Loose Ends A Vet in Africa by Roland Minor

Roland Minor knew he wanted to be a vet. After graduating from Cambridge, he left for Uganda for his first post in 1963. He has since spent most of his life in Africa practising independently in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Botswana, with a brief return to the UK in 2001 to help manage the outbreak of foot and mouth disease. He is now retired to the island of Lamu, off the north coast of Kenya. This book is Roland's account of his experiences in treating animals of all shapes and sizes and his many encounters with farmers, pet owners and politicians. Some of the tales are hilarious, others hair-raising and a few horrific, but all fascinating.

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The White Rhino SagaThe White Rhino Saga by Ian Player

The White Rhino Saga – back in print after more than 30 years - is more relevant than ever as our rhino population faces a deadly poaching onslaught. With a ‘missing chapter’ never before published, a new generation of readers can learn from the extraordinary story of how the white rhino was saved from extinction four decades ago. From Ian Player’s first visit to the Umfolozi Game Reserve in Zululand in 1952, the salvation of the white rhino from extinction became an obsession with him. The problem confronting Ian Player and his coworkers was twofold: how to repopulate the game reserves of Africa where white rhinos had once lived, and how to supply white rhinos to the zoos of the world.

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Amy 27Amy, 27 by Howard Sounes

The most detailed and insightful portrait of the life and death of Amy Winehouse, in the context of the infamous 27 Club. The death of Amy Winehouse at the age of 27 was a tragedy. Amy was also the latest in a series of iconic music stars who died at the same young age; starting with Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones whose death in 1969 was followed by Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in 1970, Jim Morrison in 1971, and Kurt Cobain in 1994. All were gifted. All were dissipated. All were 27. In this ground-breaking book, Howard Sounes delivers a detailed and insightful study of Amy Winehouse's life, and sets that life in the context of the 27 Club.

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Children’s

6-8 Years

Mabel and Me Best of FriendsMabel and Me Best of Friends

Meet Mabel and Me in this hilarious picture book, as they explore what puts the ‘best’ in ‘best friends’! Mabel and Me are strolling down a strolly street, when Mabel asks a Hugely Harrowing and Diabolically Difficult question about why Me thinks they are best friends. Join this oddest of odd couples in their very first adventure to discover the answer – but be prepared for a large dose of mistaken identity along the way! Mark Sperring’s sparkling text is a rollicking read-aloud that delights in language and rhythm and is perfectly complemented by Sarah Warburton’s terrifically warm and witty illustrations.

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Little Boys Activity BookLittle Boys Activity Book

Show More Offers mixed activities to keep little boys happy and occupied on holiday, on journeys and at home. This title contains puzzles, drawing, colouring, dot-to-dots, mazes, spot the difference and so on.

 

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Danger in the DustiDanger in the Dust by Sally Grindley

Two children accompany their parents as they travel the world helping animals on the verge of extinction. As their parents work alongside international agencies, the children have their own thrilling adventures. In Danger in the Dust, Joe, his sister, Aesha, and their parents go on a trip to Kenya, where they hope to see the Big Five in the wild. It’s the experience of a lifetime, and it’s all leading up to an exhilarating mission to release a magnificent black rhino back into the wild – until their safari van gets stuck and they find themselves in desperate need of rescue . . . This exciting story is written with the assistance and guidance of London Zoo’s conservation team. All information is accurate.

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Spy Cat Summer ShockerSpy Cat Summer Shocker by Andrew Cope

Spy Cat is the first exciting adventure in this brand new series by Andy Cope, author of the bestselling Spy Dog and Spy Pups series for young readers of 7+. The purrrfect spy is prowling a neighbourhood near you. There's a new secret agent in town. And this one has whiskers. Shakespeare, the ginger tabby, otherwise known as Agent 009, never officially signed up to protect the Cook children but in the world famous Spy Dog's absence, he was most definitely the best pet for the job. Shakespeare has some very big (and furry) boots to fill. And with a dangerous criminal on the loose near by to where the Cooks are camping, he may need all nine lives to do it! Praise for Andy Cope: An imaginative, creative feast

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8-12 Years

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Time Hunters Gladiator ClashTime Hunters, Gladiator Clash by Chris Blake

Join Tom on an incredible treasure hunt through time and battle history's mightiest warriors. The first book in a new time-travelling series - perfect for fans of Beast Quest. When ten-year-old Tom accidentally smashes a statue in a museum he releases Isis, a young Egyptian mummy who has been imprisoned for thousands of years. To break an ancient curse, the duo must travel back in time to find six hidden amulets - battling Gladiators, Knights, Greeks, Vikings, Pirates and Egyptian Warriors! On Tom and Isis's first adventure they arrive in Ancient Rome. To find the amulet they will have to fight the fiercest gladiator who ever lived! FREE collectable Gaming Cards and fascinating facts with every book!

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Who could that be at this hourLemony Snicket “Who Could That Be at This Hour?”

In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read.

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Teen

Infinite SkyInfinite Sky by C.J. Flood

A truly beautiful book about the summer that changed one girl's life, as her mum leaves home, travellers set up camp in the family's field, her older brother goes off the rails, and she falls in love for the very first time. Opening with a funeral, Iris is mourning the boy in the casket - but who is it? Sam, her tearaway brother, or Trick, her tentative boyfriend? Over one long hot summer, we find out just how their three lives were turned upside-down.

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RebootReboot by Amy Tintera

In this fast-paced dystopian thrill ride, a seventeen-year-old girl rises from the dead as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier . . . until she is given an order she refuses to obey. Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes, she came back to life as a Reboot—stronger, faster, able to heal, but less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return, making Wren 178 the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas.Callum 22, on the other hand, is practically still human. He's the worst trainee Wren has ever had—his reflexes are too slow, he's always asking pesky questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet he's still her newbie. When Callum fails to measure up to Reboot standards, Wren is told to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before, but she'll do whatever it takes to save Callum's life. The perfect soldier is done taking orders.Wren's captivating voice and unlikely romance with Callum will keep readers glued to the page in Amy Tintera's high-stakes alternate reality ideal for fans of The Hunger Games, Legend, and Divergent.

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Boy NobodyBoy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target. When his own parents died of not-so-natural causes at the age of eleven, Boy Nobody found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out. And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's next mission

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