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March Newsletter 2014

Fiction

 

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Half of one thingHalf of One Thing by Zirk van den Berg

Gideon Lancaster, a New Zealand soldier fighting for the British, infiltrates a Boer commando.  He soon finds himself entangled in a confusion of loyalties as he becomes better acquainted with the men and, worse, falls in love with Esther Calitz, a Boer woman of considerable mettle who demands his loyalty over every other allegiance. Between Esther and Commandant Jacob Eksteen, his taciturn rival in love and a man of clear black-and-white convictions, Lancaster navigates his way only with great difficulty. So powerful are the conflicting demands of fidelity and love that he seizes a quixotic opportunity when a large British battalion is mobilised in what is to be the final triumph of the imperial forces.

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The KeptThe Kept by James Scott

Set in rural New York state at the turn of the twentieth century, superb new talent James Scott makes his literary debut with The Kept—a propulsive novel reminiscent of the works of Michael Ondaatje, Cormac McCarthy, and Bonnie Jo Campbell, in which a mother and her young son embark on a quest to avenge a terrible and violent tragedy that has shattered their secluded family.

In the winter of 1897, a trio of killers descends upon an isolated farm in upstate New York. Midwife Elspeth Howell returns home to the carnage: her husband, and four of her children, murdered. Before she can discover her remaining son Caleb, alive and hiding in the kitchen pantry, another shot rings out over the snow-covered valley. Twelve-year-old Caleb must tend to his mother until she recovers enough for them to take to the frozen wilderness in search of the men responsible.

A scorching portrait of a merciless world — of guilt and lost innocence, atonement and retribution, resilience and sacrifice, pregnant obsession and primal adolescence — The Kept introduces an old-beyond-his-years protagonist as indelible and heart-breaking as Mattie Ross of True Grit or Jimmy Blevins of All the Pretty Horses, as well as a shape-shifting mother as enigmatic and mysterious as a character drawn by Russell Banks or Marilynne Robinson.

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ExposureExposure by Kathy Reichs

When twin classmates are abducted from Bolton Prep, Tory and the Virals decide there’s no one better equipped than them to investigate. But the gang has other problems to face. Their powers are growing wilder, and becoming harder to control. Chance Claybourne is investigating the disastrous medical experiment that twisted their DNA. The bonds that unite them are weakening, threatening the future of the pack itself. The Virals must decipher the clues and track down a ruthless criminal before he strikes again, all while protecting their secret from prying eyes. And everyone seems to be watching.

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Dont stand so closeDon’t Stand So Close by Luana Lewis

What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for your help? If it was snowing and she was freezing cold, but you were afraid and alone? What would you do if you let her in, but couldn’t make her leave? What if she told you terrible lies about someone you love, but the truth was even worse?

Stella has been cocooned in her home for three years. Severely agoraphobic, she knows she is safe in the stark, isolated house she shares with her husband, Max. The traumatic memories of her final case as a psychologist are that much easier to keep at a distance, too.

But the night that Blue arrives on her doorstep with her frightened eyes and sad stories, Stella’s carefully controlled world begins to unravel around her…

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Strangler VineStrangler Vine by M.J Carter

Calcutta 1837. The East India Company rules India - or most of it; and its most notorious and celebrated son, Xavier Mountstuart, has gone missing.

William Avery, a down-at-heel junior officer in the Company's army, is sent to find him, in the unlikely company of the enigmatic and uncouth Jeremiah Blake. A more mismatched duo couldn't be imagined, but they must bury their differences as they are caught up in a search that turns up too many unanswered questions and seems bound to end in failure.

What was it that so captivated Mountstuart about the Thugs, the murderous sect of Kali-worshippers who strangle innocent travellers by the roadside? Who is Jeremiah Blake and can he be trusted? And why is the whole enterprise shrouded in such secrecy?

In the dark heart of Company India, Avery will have to fight for his very life, and in defence of a truth he will wish he had never learned.

M. J. Carter is a former journalist and the author of two acclaimed works of non-fiction: Anthony Blunt: His Lives and The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One. M. J. Carter is married with two sons and lives in London.

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The UnpredictableThe Unpredictable Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell

When Josh Strachan, newly returned to his home in north Cornwall from sunny California, first meets Sophie Wells, he's immediately smitten. Sophie's pretty, she's funny, she has lots of friends and she clearly loves her job as a photographer, despite the sometimes tricky clients. There's just one problem: Sophie has very firmly turned her back on love. It's nothing personal, she tells Josh, but she just doesn't do dates. And no one - even Sophie's scatty best friend Tula - will tell him why. Josh is sure Sophie likes him, though, and he's just got to find out what's put her off romance. And then put things right...

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Lost LakeLost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells comes a novel about heartbroken people finding hope at a magical place in Georgia called Lost Lake.

Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else. Which is why it's the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal. Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake. It was a place for dreaming. But Kate doesn't believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake's owner, wants to sell the place and move on. Lost Lake's magic is gone. As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life? Because sometimes the things you love have a funny way of turning up again. And sometimes you never even know they were lost... until they are found.

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Secret LivesSecret Lives by Diane Chamberlain

Disillusioned actress Eden Riley leaves a life of Hollywood glamour, and a broken marriage, to return to her mother's childhood home in rural Virginia. Eden is full of questions about her mother, a famous children's author who died when Eden was very young. On her search for answers, Eden meets the handsome, yet mysterious, Ben Alexander, an archaeologist and friend of her uncle. But Ben has his own demons, and a secret that threatens to destroy their newfound happiness. Eden must make a heart-breaking decision, as she struggles to lay the ghosts of the past to rest and come to terms with her own future.

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The Perfect MatchThe Perfect Match by Katie Fforde

The wonderful new novel from the RNA award winning and Sunday Times bestselling author of A French Affair. Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing a broken heart over Dominic Thane, the man she fell in love with but couldn’t have … Now she’s made a new life for herself in the country, working as an estate agent. Bella loves her job and she loves her boyfriend Nevil. But recently he’s been preoccupied, and she’s starting to question if his future hopes and dreams are a perfect match for hers. And when Dominic turns up unexpectedly in search of his dream house, she begins to wonder if home is really where the heart is. But she’s over him, isn’t she?

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Cavendon HallCavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Two entwined families: the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them One stately home:

Cavendon Hall, a grand imposing house nestled in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales Two best friends: DeLacy Ingham, daughter of the earl, and Ceci Swann, daughter of the valet. Inseparable from childhood, but with two very different destinies. But the year is 1913, and soon life as the two families of Cavendon Hall know it - Royal Ascot, supper dances, grouse season feasts - is about to change irrevocably.

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Never Say GoodbyeNever Say Goodbye by Susan Lewis

A compelling and deeply moving novel of friendship, family and the power of love, from the Sunday Times top ten bestseller.

How would you cope with the threat of losing someone you love?

Josie Clark is a loving wife and mother. She and her husband Jeff don't have much and it's often difficult to make ends meet. But Josie will do anything to protect her family and keep them safe.

Bel Monkton is a successful property developer, living in a beautiful house by the sea. She seems to have everything going for her, but she's lonely. And she's let the shadows from her past cloud her future.

Josie's life couldn't be more different to Bel's. But three years ago, tragedy tore Bel's life in two. Now it's happening to Josie. And faced with uncertainty and heartbreak, they come to treasure their growing friendship.

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Night MusicNight Music by JoJo Moyes

From the bestselling author of Me Before You and two-time winner of the RNA Novel of the Year award. Isabel Delancey has always taken her gifted life for granted. But when her husband dies suddenly, leaving her with a mountain of debt, she and her two children are forced to abandon their home and move to a crumbling pile in the country. With the house falling down around them, and the last of her savings fast disappearing, Isabel turns to her neighbours, not knowing that her mere presence there has stirred up long-standing obsessions. As she fights to make her house a home, passions and lives collide. Isabel will discover an instinct for survival she never knew she had - and that a heart can play a new song...

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SurvivorSurvivor by Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse, No.1 bestselling author of The Promise and Belle is back with Survivor, the story of Mariette, a born fighter.

It is 1938 and Mariette Carrera is a defiant, strong-willed and selfish seventeen-year-old. And sooner or later, if she stays in the small, gossipy town of Russell, New Zealand, she'll get herself into some serious trouble. Her doting parents, Belle and Etienne, fear for her reputation. So, with the world on the brink of war, Mari leaves home on the SS Rimutaka, bound for her aunt and uncle's house in London. Armed with the freedom she's longed for since childhood, Mari quickly falls for Morgan, the handsome cockney steward on board ship. But once she reaches London, there are other temptations. Mari loves her new life - caught up in a whirl of dances and parties in the glittering West End, relishing her freedom as she earns her own money as a typist. Finally, she feels she is mistress of her own future. Until it is all snatched away by the war. As London endures the Blitz, Mari's new life is cruelly blown apart. Forced from her loving new home, she ends up alone in the East End, and it's worlds away from the London she knows. But there, even in the face of so much despair, she finds the chance to make a difference. Amidst the destruction, Mari learns that the only way to survive this war is to fight, with all the strength, selflessness and compassion within her... and only then will she find true happiness. Because Mari is a survivor...

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Krokodil aan my skouerKrokodil aan my Skouer by Christiaan Bakkes

By now Bakkes is a well-known, respected and popular author and conservationist. In this fictionalised autobiography he writes with great honesty and humour about his life: his childhood and student years, his early days as game warden and how he lost his arm in a crocodile attack, the reasons why he chose a life in the wilderness, and his involvement in conservation and eco tourism. For the first time he also talks openly about some of the secretive aspects of his service during the Border War in the Western Caprivi. And of his new war: against rhino poaching.

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Be Careful what you wish forBe Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer

Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer's Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?

When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

Back in London, Harry and Emma’s adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica’s future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.

Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated, and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastle’s first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Be Careful What You Wish For showcases the master storyteller’s talent as never before – when the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties, in this epic tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal.

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Concealed in DeathConcealed in Death by J.D. Robb

The fantastic new Eve Dallas thriller in which Eve investigates the murders of a dozen teenage girls.

There is nothing unusual about billionaire Roarke supervising work on his new property - but when he takes a ceremonial swing at the first wall to be knocked down, he uncovers the body of a girl. And then another - in fact, twelve dead girls concealed behind a false wall.

Luckily for Roarke, he is married to the best police lieutenant in town. Eve Dallas is determined to find the killer - especially when she discovers that the building used to be a sanctuary for deliquent teenagers and the parallel with her past as a young runaway hits hard.

As the girls' identities are slowly unravelled by the department's crack forensic team, Eve and her staunch sidekick Peabody get closer to the shocking truth...

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under the jewelled skyUnder the Jewelled Sky by Alison McQueen

London 1957. In a bid to erase her past and build the family she yearns for, Sophie Schofield accepts a wedding proposal from ambitious British diplomat, Lucien Grainger. When he is posted to New Delhi, into the glittering circle of ex-pat high society, old wounds begin to break open as she is confronted with the memory of her first, forbidden love and its devastating consequences.

The suffocating conformity of diplomatic life soon closes in on her. This is not the India she fell in love with ten years before when her father was a maharaja’s physician, the India of tigers and scorpions and palaces afloat on shimmering lakes; the India that ripped out her heart as Partition tore the country in two, separating her from her one true love. The past haunts her still, the guilt of her actions, the destruction it wreaked upon her fragile parents, and the boy with the tourmaline eyes.

Sophie had never meant to come back, yet the moment she stepped onto India’s burning soil as a newlywed wife, she realised her return was inevitable. And so begins the unravelling of an ill-fated marriage, setting in motion a devastating chain of events that will bring her face to face with a past she tried so desperately to forget, and a future she must fight for.

A story of love, loss of innocence, and the aftermath of a terrible decision no one knew how to avoid.

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Non-Fiction

 

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Back to AngolaBack to Angola: A Journey from War to Peace by Paul Morris

In 1987, Paul Morris went to Angola as a reluctant conscript soldier, where he experienced the fear and filth of war. Twenty-five years later, in 2012, Paul returned to Angola, and embarked on a 1500-kilometre cycle trip, solo and unsupported, across the country. His purpose was to see Angola in peacetime, to replace the war map in his mind with a more contemporary peace map, to exorcise the ghosts of war once and for all. Shifting skilfully between present and past, Back to Angola chronicles Paul's epic journey, from Cuito Cuanavale to the remnants of his unit's base in northern Namibia, and vividly recreates his experiences as a young soldier caught up in a war in a foreign land. Along the way, the book provides thought-provoking reflections on childhood, masculinity, violence, trauma and friendship. Back to Angola is an honest, intelligent and deeply moving account of war and its effects on an individual mind, a generation of people, and the psyche and landscape of a country.

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The Worlds most dangerous place 2The World’s Most Dangerous Place by James Fergusson

Award-winning journalist James Fergusson is among the few to have witnessed at first hand the devastating reality of life in the failed and desperate state of Somalia. This corner of the world has long been seen as the rotting and charred heart of Africa: a melting pot of crime, corruption, poverty, famine and civil war. And in recent years, whilst Somalia's lucrative piracy industry has grabbed the headlines, a darker, much deeper threat has come of age: the Al Qaida-linked militants Al Shabaab, and the dawn of a new phase in the global war on terror. Yet, paradoxically, Somalia's star is brightening, as forms of business, law enforcement and local politics begin to establish themselves, and members of the vast Somali diaspora return to their homeland. Fergusson takes us to the heart of the struggle, meeting everyone from politicians, pirates, extremists and mercenaries to aid workers, civilians and refugees. He gives a unique account of a country ravaged by war, considers what the future might hold for a generation who have grown up knowing little else and exposes the reality of life in this hard, often forgotten land.

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When the hillsWhen the Hills Ask for your Blood: A Personal Story of Genocide and Rwanda by David Belton

Into the heart of a genocide that left a million people dead 6 April 1994: In the skies above Rwanda the President's plane is shot down in flames.

In the chapel of a hillside village, missionary priest Vjeko Curic prepares to save thousands.

Near Kigali, Jean-Pierre holds his family close, fearing for their lives.

The mass slaughter that follows – friends against friends, neighbours against neighbours - is one of the bloodiest chapters in history

Twenty years on, BBC Newsnight producer David Belton, one of the first journalists into Rwanda, tells of the horrors he experienced at first-hand. Following the threads of Jean-Pierre and Vjeko Curic's stories, he revisits a country still marked with blood, in search of those who survived and the legacy of those who did not. This is David Belton's personal quest for the limits of bravery and forgiveness.

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Poles ApartPoles Apart by Sean Disney and Vaughan de la Harpe

An entertaining and fascinating account of the authors’ formidable mountaineering and climbing accomplishments. In 2011 the pair completed the “Grand Slam”, which is summiting the world’s seven highest peaks as well as journeying to the North and South Poles. The book chronicles their achievements in an amusing and modest manner, while still sharing the drama of the various expeditions.

Poles Apart is highly informative about some of the real nitty gritty encounters and behind-the-scenes information about what exactly it takes to summit some of the world’s highest mountains, delving into the vast and varied challenges of mountaineering and very personal experiences of how the two authors overcame them, finding an inner strength that is just as vital as an outer, physical strength.

Although this book delves into the challenges but it does so with a good dose of humour, as both Sean and Vaughan bounce their experiences off each other and reminisce in sometimes hilarious ways with the kind of detail and stories that armchair adventurers (as well as genuine mountaineers) will enjoy.

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the business bookThe Business Book by Dorling Kindersley

An innovative and accessible guide to business, management and commerce.

Learning about business can be daunting, but The Business Book makes it easier than ever by giving you all the big ideas simply explained. Simple explanations and stylish infographics open up the business world to even the complete novice.

The Business Book is the perfect primer to key theories of business and management, covering inspirational business ideas, business strategy and alternative business models. 100 key quotations introduce you to the work of great commercial thinkers, leaders and gurus from Henry Ford to Steve Jobs and to topics spanning from start-ups to ethics.

Whether you are a would-be entrepreneur or just have an interest in business, The Business Book is an all-in-one guide to business management, theory and strategy.

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creationCreation by Adam Rutherford

'One of the most eloquent and genuinely thoughtful books on science over the past decade. You will not find a better, more balanced or up-to-date take on the origin of life or synthetic biology. Essential reading for anyone interested in the coming revolution, which could indeed rival the Industrial Revolution or the internet.' Observer

Recent breakthroughs in the science of life are solving the great mystery of its origin while giving us the power to design its future. Presented here back-to-back, these two gripping narratives reveal the full story of creation. The Origin of Life takes the reader on a gripping, four-billion-year journey of discovery to explain what life is, where it came from and in what form it first appeared. From interplanetary collisions to the inner-workings of cells and genes, it offers answers to the very grandest of questions before arriving at a thrilling solution to the greatest detective story of them all.

The Future of Life introduces a new chapter in human history: living technology. Our mastery of genetics now allows us to create entirely new life-forms within the laboratory - goats that produce spider silk in their milk, bacteria that excrete diesel, cells that identify and destroy tumours - but this revolutionary technology is fraught with controversy, not least the fear of bioterrorism. While introducing us to these remarkable innovations and explaining how they work, Adam Rutherford presents a powerful argument for their benefit to humankind.

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creating room to readCreating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy by John Wood

What's happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the non-profit Room to Read. Described by the "San Francisco Chronicle" as "the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world," he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the non-profit sector - and succeeded spectacularly. In his acclaimed first book, "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World", Wood explained his vision and the story of his start-up. Now, he tackles the organization's next steps and its latest challenges - from managing expansion to raising money in a collapsing economy to publishing books for children who literally have no books in their native language. At its heart, "Creating Room to Read" shares moving stories of the people. Room to Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored. People at the highest levels of finance, government, and philanthropy will embrace the opportunity to learn Wood's inspiring business model and blueprint for doing ‘good’. And general readers will love "Creating Room to Read" for its spellbinding story of one man's mission to put books within every child's reach.

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Open your eye 2Open your Eyes by Jake Olson

Doctors removed Jake Olson’s left eye at ten months old. When he was twelve, after years of radiation and chemotherapy, the cancer took his right eye as well. That’s when Jake’s story really began.

When ESPN met Jake Olson, he was a twelve-year-old boy who wanted to spend his final weeks of sight with the USC football team. Jake’s story became one of the most recognized pieces in the network’s history, earning an award, instantly viewed by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. But Jake’s story didn’t end with his final surgery or with ESPN—not by a long shot.

Now sixteen, Jake Olson dreams of becoming the first blind golfer in the PGA. How is such a thing even possible? How does that level of perseverance endure in someone with so many reasons to give up?

In Open Your Eyes, Jake Olson tells more than his story. He reveals the ways of thinking, living, and praying that have kept him and his family triumphant in the face of their tribulations. Told with sincerity and humour in tandem with leadership coach McKay Christensen, Open Your Eyes is not just a heart-warming chronicle of the Olson family’s struggle. Jake’s story is a step-by-step lesson in perseverance and motivation from a young man who knows how to put the past in the past.

From the USC locker room to the fairways of Pebble Beach, Jake Olson will inspire you, your family, and your team with bravery, ability, and faith. It is time to learn from this remarkable young man and open your eyes to a happier life.

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Dark Continent 2Dark Continent, My Black Arse by Sihle Khumalo

Dark Continent, My Black Arse is Sihle Khumalo's personal and often hilarious account of his perception of Mama Africa, based on his journey from Cape to Cairo by public transport bus, boksie, matola. Celebrating life with gusto and in inimitable style, he describes a journey fraught with discomfort, mishap, ecstasy, disillusionment, discovery and astonishing human encounters; a journey that would be acceptable madness in a white man but is regarded by the author's fellow Africans as an extraordinary and inexplicable expenditure of time and money. As Sihle's famous counterpart Paul Theroux, author of Dark Star Safari, comments, ‘Dark Continent, My Black Arse is uniquely an African travel story; the story of an African travelling on his own money and motivation, from one end of Africa to the other'. An inspiring story, it carries the following warning: Reading this book might cause you to resign from your boring job, leave your nagging / ungrateful / insecure partner, stop merely existing and start living the life you have always longed and yearned for.

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Strength TrainingStrength Training Exercises for Woman by Joan Pagano

Tone, sculpt and stay strong for life. Burn calories, boost metabolism, build muscle and tone up with Strength Training Exercises for Women's at-home workouts and exercises. Step-by-step photography and expert advice guide you through 200 strength and weight training exercises, making you feel like you have your own personal trainer at home. Fit the exercises into your daily life with 15 minute strength training workouts, using them to target key areas of your body, or to achieve and maintain all-round core strength and fitness. Strength Training Exercises for Women is perfect for women of any age and level of fitness looking to tone up and stay strong.

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retreat 2Retreat: The joy of Conscious Eating by Daniel Jardim

Daniel Jardim was the resident cook at the Buddhist Retreat Centre and created the recipes for the very popular The Cake the Buddha Ate. Today Daniel teaches cookery retreats around the country with a strong emphasis on the consciousness of the food and the eater. Retreat is a collection of 80 delicious vegetarian dishes and is a glimpse of what it is like to be on a cookery retreat with Daniel. Retreat shows us how to create a greater sense of mindfulness in our everyday lives by being in closer harmony with the food that we prepare. Sue Cooper, a clinical psychologist who integrates psychotherapy and meditation in her practice and who has worked extensively with Daniel, introduces the book. The book is divided into four seasonal sections with helpful tips on selecting the best seasonal produce and appropriate cooking techniques that match the body's needs as we move through the different phases of the year. Photographs by Sarah Shafer accompany the mouth-watering and unusual dishes to reflect Daniel's playful interaction with a wide array of flavours and influences - from Thai and Japanese, to Moroccan and Indian. The photographs also focus on some of the breath-taking and often subtle changes that occur in nature as the year progresses, inviting the reader to become more aware of the essential qualities of each season. The dishes are aimed at aspiring cooks of all levels and are a heartfelt celebration of the joyous communion that we can experience through food and eating.

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fresh and lightFresh and Light: 180 + New Recipes and Flavour-packed Ideas to Find the Perfect Balance by Donna Hay

Fresh and Light is Donna Hay's answer to finding the perfect balance. Designed to complement her hugely popular, existing repertoire, it is full of new recipes that combine fresh and flavoursome ingredients. Ditch the diet and find the balance - Fresh and Light is mindful of fat and carbohydrates, but focuses on flavour and variety, without the guilt. With chapters divided by meals, Fresh and Light offers a multitude of recipes for those times when you're seeking something a little more virtuous. Start your day the right way with five-grain porridge or asparagus, tomato and feta egg-white omelette. Store up an array of go-to recipes for fast but healthy weekday dinners such as lemon and goat's cheese roasted chicken, red quinoa, kale and haloumi salad or thai green curry chicken skewers. Treat yourself but feel a little more innocent doing it with Donna's chocolate, pistachio and almond biscotti or berry and ricotta slice. Donna shares her fool-proof recipes for light breakfasts, tasty lunch tips and fast dinner solutions to give you ideas for every time of the day. This book is the answer to that constant juggle for the perfect balance, with a focus on ease and flavour, but always leaving room for the little indulgences in life.

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easy tagineEasy Tagine: Delicious Recipes for Moroccan One-Pot Cooking by Ghillie Basan

Few meals are more satisfying and flavoursome than the rich and fragrant Moroccan stew known as a tagine. This fabulous collection, with recipes by Ghillie Basan, features aromatic tagines, salads, side dishes and sweet things so you’ll be sure to find best-loved classics from the Moroccan kitchen.

Traditional Lamb Tagines provides winning combinations of sumptuous flavours such as Lamb Tagine with Prunes, Apricots and Honey. Beef, Kefta and Sausage Tagines includes delicious options such as Chorizo Tagine with Lentils and Fenugreek. Chicken and Duck Tagines are delicious cooked with plenty of spice. Try a Duck Tagine with Pears and Cinnamon. For a lighter touch, there are plenty of options for tagines made with fresh vegetables and seafood. Exciting Fish and Seafood Tagines include Tagine of Monkfish, Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes and Black Olives. Try Vegetable Tagines such as Tagine of Artichokes, Potatoes and Saffron. Traditional Couscous Dishes are perfect for any dinner party. Try a Fish and Shellfish K’dra with Couscous. Find the perfect accompaniment with Vegetable Side Dishes such as Honey-glazed Pumpkin with Spices. Sweet Things and Drinks will make the perfect finishing touch to any Moroccan menu. Try Fresh Figs with Walnuts and Honey or a refreshing Mint Tea.

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West coast cookbook 2West Coast Cookbook by Ina Paarman

For many generations, the people of South Africa’s Cape West Coast have been a fishing community but, following the rise of commercialisation, they are now confronted with the end of that tradition. The West Coast lifestyle has changed irrevocably, but to preserve one aspect of their tradition, the Bergrivier Vissersvrouevereniging, under the guidance of Ina Paarman, presents the West Coast Cookbook.

Some of the recipes in the collection are very old and were born out of hardship and ingenuity often occasioned by the challenge of the sea. Included are memorable seafood dishes, delicious braai and meat recipes, soups that make you long for times past, and items for your ‘pantry’ because West Coast people understand the need to plan ahead for difficult times.

This unique cookbook allows you an intimate glimpse into the lives of the families of the West Coast, as they see themselves.

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Children

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0-7 Years

 

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follow me 123Follow me 123 by Autumn Publishing

Continuing the Follow Me range, this title introduces children to the first concepts of counting. The board book will encourage a child to trace the die-cut route with their finger while encouraging them to count the items. This will make children more familiar with the early learning concepts while developing manual dexterity in the process of tracing with their finger. The die-cut route encourages the child to stay within the lines.

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follow me abcFollow Me ABC by Holly Brook-Piper

Continuing the Follow Me range, this title introduces children to the first concepts of the alphabet. The board book will encourage a child to trace the die-cut route with their finger while encouraging them to say the letters and words. This will make children more familiar with the early learning concepts while developing manual dexterity in the process of tracing with their finger. The die-cut route encourages a child to stay within the lines.

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The Short GiraffeThe Short Giraffe by Neil Florey

A charming and very funny picture book for anyone who has ever felt different from the herd.

Meet Geri, the shortest giraffe in the world. The other giraffes try everything to get him up to their level... until an unexpected hero offers a solution that takes everyone by surprise. Sometimes the best way up is down.

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8-12 Years

 

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Lego Mighty AlliesThe Lego Movie: Mighty Allies activity Book by Ladybird

It's one of the movie events of 2014, and you can read and play along with this activity book and minifigure. Includes stories, fun puzzles and your very own LEGO toy, all based on the eagerly-awaited official LEGO movie.

 

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Vrolike Liedjies 2Vrolike Liedjies 2 by Phambili

Ideaal om te sing om die kampvuur, op die lang pad, by die huis, ’n piekniek, op die verhoog, of sommer net vir die genot daarvan! Vrolike Liedjies is uit en uit ’n treffer. Woorde, bladmusiek en kitaardrukke vir al 20 liedjies in die bundel is hier ingesluit. Volg saam met jou kind die woorde en prentjies terwyl die musiek speel en geniet hierdie trotse voortsetting van ’n vrolike musiektradisie. Bevat bekendes soos “Die Blink Vosperd”, “Dis Heerlike Lente” en “Solank as die Rietjie”. Ouderdom: 3-9 jaar

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Mummy and me craftMummy & Me Craft by Penguin

This is the perfect way to learn how to craft together. Introduce your child to the wonderful world of crafting with the colourful and inspiring Mummy & Me Craft. Full of 20 fun craft projects for the whole family, from felt creatures and paper jewellery, to origami and paint projects, there's truly something for everyone. It is packed with exciting things to make and do, like animal masks, pom-pom creatures, wooden spoon puppets, and monster pencil toppers. Plus, little ones can learn about the materials they're working with in fun fact sections that tell you what they are and where they come from. Painting, drawing, cutting and pasting, and using a range of crafting materials like scissors and glue sticks help children develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. They'll also love the rewarding and accomplished feeling of completing and showing off their projects. With Mummy & Me Craft learning and fun come together as you get to spend quality time with your kids exploring crafts.

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Dream of the BlueDream of the Blue Turtle (Mermaid Tales) by Debbie Dadey

Kiki Coral can see the future—can she save a friend from his dangerous fate?

Kiki Coral has an amazing gift: she can see the future. She doesn’t have visions very often, but they are always surprising! When Kiki sees a vision of her classmate Rocky Ridge coming face-to-frightening-face with a gigantic leatherback turtle, she is frightened to the tip of her shiny purple tail. Can Kiki save Rocky from his dangerous fate? What if no one in Trident Academy believes her scary prediction?

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three favourite animal storiesThree Favourite Animal Stories by Jill Tomlinson

Three heart-warming classic stories full of animal antics by Jill Tomlinson. Plop is a baby barn owl. He is perfect in every way - except for one thing. He's afraid of the dark! One day Suzy the cat finds herself flying away in a hot-air balloon. How is Suzy going to find her way home? Hilda is a small, speckled hen. When she makes up her mind to visit her new cousin chicks nothing can stop her! Filled with gentle humour and comfort, Jill Tomlinson's animal stories have been enjoyed by children who want to snuggle down with a good read for decades. This edition containing The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, The Cat Who Wanted to go Home and The Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up is stunningly illustrated by Paul Howard - making it a terrific collection of stories for young readers.

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Sew ZoeyStitches and stones: Sew Zoey by Chloe Taylor

Cyberbullying puts a damper on Zoey’s Spirit Week experience! Includes “Sew Zoey” blog posts and fashion illustrations.

It is Spirit Week at Zoey Webber’s middle school, and she is having a blast coming up with themed outfits…until her friend is the victim of a Hat Day prank. When Zoey writes about the incident on her Sew Zoey blog, she gets one nasty blog comment after another, and another, and another. At first Zoey ignores them, but soon, she can’t help but feel ruffled. Will she find a way to take it one stitch at a time, or will the cyberbullies crush her spirit—and her blog—for good?

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A Room full of ChocolateA Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson

Grace's fun-loving Mum has found a lump. Her north London world of sleepovers, tap dancing and playing the clarinet fall apart when she is sent to live with her grumpy old granddad on his farm in Yorkshire while her mother goes into hospital to get better. Grace misses her mother so much it hurts, and doesn't quite understand what is happening to her. And things go from bad to worse when she starts school and becomes the bullies' latest target. But Grace is no longer alone when she meets Rainbow Girl Megan and her pig, Claude - when she's with them she feels as if she can confront anything. At Easter time when Grace misses her mum the most, she knows she must find a way to get to London. With Megan's help, she hatches a plan to run away that involves Claude, chocolate Easter eggs and a risky ID swap. But it's all worth it if it means that she finally gets to see her mum... A gorgeous story of courage and friendship that will tug at your heart strings. 'A touching, beautifully imagined debut about a young girl coping with her mother's cancer and her grandfather's stubbornness. It's atmosphere reminds me of the central relationship in Goodnight Mr Tom.' Amanda Craig 'At times, desperately moving, and others riotously fun, this is a special book that is destined to charm readers old and young.' We Love This Book 'This is a lovely tale of friendship, tenacity and family secrets.' The Bookseller.

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claws of the crocodileMission Survival: Claws of the Crocodile by Bear Grylls

When Beck Granger follows a mysterious clue to the town of Broome in Northern Australia, it is just the beginning of an adventure that will force him into some of his toughest survival challenges yet! The search for clues takes Beck into the heart of the Outback, where he must battle raging storms, ravenous crocodiles, cunning villains and a secret that may link back to the death of his parents many years ago... This is a gripping Australian adventure packed with real survival details and dangers at every turn.

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the burning shadowThe Burning Shadow Book 2 by Michelle Paver

'If an Outsider wields the blade, the House of Koronos burns...' A boy on the run. A deadly prophecy. A race against time. Hylas the Outsider is captured by slavers. Set to work in the terrible underground mines of Thalakrea, he learns to his horror that he's now closer than ever to his murderous enemies, the Crows. He has to escape before they find out he's here. Pirra, the daughter of the High Priestess, is also on the run. When Fate reunites her with Hylas, their survival depends on ancient magic and an orphaned lion cub - unless the Gods have other plans..."Electrifying". (Independent on Sunday). "The reader's attention is caught from the first line ...spellbinding". (Telegraph). "Set to become another children's classic". (Books for Keeps). Michelle Paver was born in Malawi in 1960 and moved to England when she was three. After gaining a degree in biochemistry from Oxford, she became a partner in a City law firm, but gave that up to write full-time. To research her stories about animals and the distant past, she has travelled in the Arctic, the Mediterranean and Egypt, swum with dolphins and killer whales, and encountered bears, boars and wolves. She is the author of the internationally bestselling Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, the final book of which won the 2010 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

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penelope-crumb-finds-her-lucky-starsPenelope Crumb finds her Lucky Stars by Shawn K Stout

Awful Vera Bogg is Patsy's new best friend! Penelope is determined to win Patsy back. When the girls are chosen to paint a mural at Portwaller's Home for the Aged, it's Penelope's chance to show what a great friend (and talented artist) she is. But then a mean old lady called Nila Wister steals Penelope's paintbrushes, bullies her for treats and curses her with the terrible Bad Luck! And, sure enough, no one can agree about the mural, Penelope's in trouble at school (again!), and Vera and Patsy are closer than ever. Can Penelope find a way to win her Good Luck and her best friend back once and for all?

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the new recruitThe New Recruit by Andy McNab

The New Recruit is the first explosive Liam Scott thriller action-adventure by bestselling author, Andy McNab. What would you do if a prank you pulled went horribly wrong and killed your best friend? Liam decides he must make the most of his own life in order to make it up to his lost friend. He enrolls in the army, survives the painful training which almost breaks him physically and mentally, and soon finds himself under fire on the front line in Afghanistan. When he comes face to face with his friend's brother, still full of hurt and blame, he finds he has more enemies to fear... Explosive, moving and utterly gripping, this novel for teenagers exposes some harsh realities through McNab's ever-talented writing style, sure to have readers gripped. Violent and with course language in places, please be advised that we recommend this novel for Young Adult readers.

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why we took the carWhy we took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

Mike doesn't get why people think he's boring. Sure, he doesn't have many friends. (OK, zero friends.) And everyone laughs at him when he reads his essays out loud in class. And he's never invited to parties. But one day Tschick, the odd new boy at school, shows up at Mike's house out of the blue. He dares him to go on a road trip with him. No parents, no map, no destination. Will they get hopelessly lost in the middle of nowhere? Probably. Will they meet crazy people and get into serious trouble? Definitely. But will they ever be called boring again? Not a chance. "You will see the world with different eyes after reading this novel".

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that touch of magicThat Touch of Magic by Lucy March

Stacy Easter has seen better days. Being a librarian is a labor of love - if only paying her bills were half as much fun. What's a single, bookish beauty in sleepy Nodaway Falls, New York, supposed to do?

To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special... powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she's got clients lining up to receive her signature potions - until a few of them go awry. Meanwhile, her own life has just taken a storybook turn: Leo North, the official One Who Got Away, is back in town. Stacy's best friends Peach and Liv are more concerned about the state of her heart than the side effects of a few rogue magic spells. But someone with dark intentions is crossing magical wires all over Nodaway Falls, and those closest to Stacy are at risk. Can Stacy conjure up a way out of this mess with her life - and maybe even her love life - intact?

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Bet your lifeBet your Life by Jane Casey

When a boy is left for dead by the side of the road, a shock wave runs through sleepy Port Sentinel. Was it a callous hit-and-run, or something more sinister?

As she investigates, Jess Tennant discovers that this clean-cut, popular boy may have been involved in some very dangerous games – and she’ll need to watch her back. Because if someone wanted to silence him, they won’t think twice about turning their murderous intentions onto her…

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bobbyBobby by Elizabeth Pienaar

When Bobby’s beloved Natasha dies in an attack, he’s passed on, then abandoned. It seems as if he’ll end his days in an animal shelter. When Dash, Jessie’s beautiful Alsatian, dies of leukaemia, she can’t overcome her grief. But in another world, Natasha and Dash won’t give up… All they need is one willing heart, one act of kindness, to open a pathway. Step by step, Natasha and Dash nudge Bobby and Jessie towards each other. Based on a true story, Bobby and Jessie learn that as long as hope is alive, anything is possible.

 

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