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November 2015 Newsletter

FICTION

The Food of Love - By Prue Leith

foodA proud family. World War 2 is not yet over. Snubbed by aristocratic neighbour Lord Frampton at a coming-of-age ball, Donald Oliver dreams of the day he'll have his vengeance. A wild daughter. Laura Oliver, beautiful and tempestuous, falls in love with Giovanni, an Italian ex-prisoner-of-war, now a humble cook. Disdaining her father's snobbishness - and his wrath - the couple flees to London. A desperate hope. Giovanni and Laura arrive to a city that has not yet re-awoken after the traumas of war. Facing destitution, only their love for one another and their dream of opening a restaurant business keeps them going. From Cotswolds farmland to London fish markets, society ballrooms to icy gutters, this is a tale of prejudice and ambition, power and passion, and one couple's struggle to overcome all obstacles and carve out a life of their own.

 

Devoted in Death - By J.D Robb

devotedIt's a new year in New York city, and two star-crossed lovers have just discovered an insatiable appetite...for murder. Lieutenant Eve Dallas has witnessed some grisly crimes in her career and she knows just how dark things can get on the streets. But when a much-loved musician is found dead, Eve soon realises that his murder is part of a horrifying killing spree, stretching right across the country. Now the killers have reached New York, and they've found themselves another victim. Eve knows she only has a couple of days to save a young girl's life, and to stop the killers before their sadistic games escalate. Eve's husband Roarke is ready to put his brains and his considerable resources behind the search. But even as the couple works closely together, time is running out....

 

Library of Souls - By Ransom Riggs

41A qktXlHLTime is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. . . . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.

 

 

 

The Heart Goes Last - By Margaret Atwood

atwoodLiving in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a 'social experiment' offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month - swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their 'Alternates,' the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin totake over.

 

 

Detonator - By Andy McNab

51okg4110L. SX317 BO1204203200 Ex-SAS, ex-Black Ops, Nick Stone returns and this time he wants vengeance. At any cost.
Ex-deniable operator Nick Stone has spent a lifetime in harm's way -- but when someone he cares for very deeply is murdered in cold blood, he can no longer just take the pain. A high-level internecine conflict at the dark heart of the resurgent Russian Empire and an assassin's bullet on an isolated Alpine pass? propel him from an apparently run-of-the-mill close-protection task into his most brutal and challenging mission yet. As the body count increases, Stone becomes one of Europe's Most Wanted. He must evade the elite police forces of three nations in his pursuit of faceless men who trade in human misery, and a lone wolf terrorist who threatens to unleash the Western World's worst nightmare. Vengeance of the most explosive kind is top of Stone's agenda. The fuse has been ignited - but who really holds the detonator?

Wars of the Roses: Bloodline - By Conn Iggulden

51PpeOEcXL. SX324 BO1204203200 The third beautifully written novel in the War of the Roses series by bestselling author Conn Iggulden.This novel from bestselling author Conn Iggulden is the third book in the critically acclaimed Wars of the Roses series. Following Stormbird and Trinity this novel will continue through the brutal Civil War that we now know as the Wars of the Roses. Bloodline sees the Lancastrian and Yorkist factions clash at the battle of Towton -- the single most bloody conflict fought on British soil. The victorious Edward of York seals his claim to the English throne

 

 

NON - FICTION

We have now Began our Desent - By Justice Malala

We have began our descents by Justice Malala 326 x 50012 FEBRUARY 2015. The South African secret services block the cellphones of journalists covering Parliament. Opposition party members are violently thrown out of the House. President Jacob Zuma –  accused of corruption on a grand scale – laughs uproariously. Where is the country of Nelson Mandela headed? The institutions of democracy are falling apart or being captured by a narrow and deeply corrupt elite built around Zuma. Its infrastructure is collapsing. Its economy cannot provide succor to the eight million who don’t have jobs. Protests over service delivery are on the rise. Does South Africa have the resolve and the leadership to stem the slide? In a devastating, searing, honest paean to his country, renowned political journalist and commentator Justice Malala forces South Africa to come face to face with the country it has become: corrupt, crime-ridden, compromised and its institutions captured by a selfish political elite that is bent on enriching itself at the expense of the increasingly marginalised masses. In this deeply personal reflection, Malala’s diagnosis is devastating: South Africa is on the brink. He does not stop there. Malala believes that we have the ingredients to turn things around: our lauded Constitution, our wealth of talent, our history of activism and a democratic trajectory that can be used to stop the rot from setting in. But he has a warning: South Africans need to wake up now, or else they will soon find their country has been stolen.

Blackout - By James Styan

Blackout by James Brent Styan 326 x 500In 1998 the South African government was warned that the country was running out of electricity. Despite the warnings, the decision was taken not to invest in new power stations. Had the warnings been heeded, South Africa could have had a new power station up and running by 2006 and load shedding may never have happened. Instead, in 2007, as predicted, South Africa ran out of electricity. Eight years later, the crisis has deepened and despite assurances to the contrary by government leadership, it has the potential to become the biggest post-apartheid crisis in South Africa. By 2015 load shedding cost the South African economy an estimated R2 billion per day. Is the situation getting better or worse? Are the interventions working or is a blackout inevitable? What can be done and what do future scenarios look like? Eskom – The Unauthorised Story provides a look at what’s happening to one of the greatest power utilities in the world, the greatest on the African continent. It deals with everything from load shedding to blackouts and unpacks the issues raging around candlelight dinners in households across South Africa today.

The Road to Little Dribbling - By Bill Bryson

9780857522344Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes From A Small Island, was taken to the nation's heart and became the bestselling travel book ever, and was also voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain.Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed.Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, by way of places that many people never get to at all, Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn't altogether recognize any more. Yet, despite Britain's occasional failings and more or less eternal bewilderments, Bill Bryson is still pleased to call our rainy island home. And not just because of the cream teas, a noble history, and an extra day off at Christmas.Once again, with his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson gives us an acute and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain today.

Still Grazing - By Hugh Masekela

1Ov8SxXHugh Masekela is a giant of jazz and a pioneer in bringing the voice and spirit of Africa to the West, but his wild and moving tale transcends the world of music. A South African exile, he landed in New York, where he was adopted by bebop heroes like Dizzy Gillespie, and soon fell, headfirst, into the raucous swirl of 1960s America. During the thirty-year pilgrimage that followed, he stumbled into adventure after adventure, whether battling Don King over the Rumble in the Jungle concert, finding himself on the wrong side of revolutions all over West Africa, loving some of the most beautiful and volatile women in the world, or battling for the destruction of apartheid. When he finally returned to a free South Africa, he found the strength to confront the personal demons that tracked him around the world and discovered a new measure of peace at home. Unfolding against one of the most inspiring political transformations of the twentieth century, this is the engrossing chronicle of a remarkable, one-of-a-kind musical life.

One Man's Everest - By Kenton Cool

61CJzANI4dL. SX325 BO1204203200 Kenton Cool is the finest alpine climber of this generation. His accomplishments are staggering. He has summited Everest eleven times. He is the first person in history to climb the three Everest peaks, the so-called Triple Crown, in one climb, a feat previously thought impossible. He was nominated for the prestigious piolet d'Or in 2004 for climbing a previously unclimbed route on Annapurna III. In 2012 he fulfilled the Olympic Games pledge of placing a 1924 gold medal on the Everest summit. He is the only Briton to have skied down two 8000-metre mountains, and in 2009 he guided Sir Ranulph Fiennes to the summit of Everest, helping to raise over GBP3 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care. His accomplishments are all the more extraordinary considering an incident in the summer of 1996 which tore Kenton's world apart. Whilst climbing in Wales, he broke a handhold on a route aptly called 'Major Headstress' and fell to the ground with such force that he shattered both his heel bones. Initially told he would never walk unaided again, Kenton spent four weeks in hospital, had three operations, three and a half months in a wheelchair and months of rehab. Today he is still in pain and after a long day in the mountains it's not uncommon to see him struggling to walk or moving around on his hands and knees. Yet he still climbs. 'Why do you do it?' people ask him. This book tells why.

Super Juice me - By Jason Vale

Handler1Off the back of his groundbreaking and critically acclaimed documentary film, "Super Juice Me! The Big Juice Experiment," comes Jason Vale's most comprehensive juice program to date. In the film eight people with twenty-two different diseases between them, lived on nothing but freshly extracted juice for 28 days to test what effect, if any, living on a juice only diet for 28-days would have on their diseases and overall health. The results at the end were nothing short of remarkable. Every person experienced positive changes to their health conditions; one person even lost 38 lbs in just those 28 days. Super Juice Me! 28-Day Juice Plan has been specifically designed for those who need to lose a lot of weight and/or who need to make considerable changes to their health. Millions of people all over the world have embarked on a Jason Vale Juice Diet of some kind. Super Juice Me! is without question his single most effective juice diet yet. Jason says, "Give Me 28-Days And I'll Give You Back Your Life." He challenges anyone suffering from overweight or a lifestyle disease, to try it on for size. The book includes sections on: The Full Super Juice Me! 28-Day Juice Plan; A Super Juice Me! 28-Day Journal to track your progress; The Right Psychology for Success; Why Medical Drugs aren t always the answer; Exactly What To Do After You ve been Super Juiced!; A Full Q & A Section and Full Shopping List; and much much more.

CHILDRENS FICTION

0 - 7 YEARS

Noah's Ark - By Igloo

xnoah s ark.jpg.pagespeed.ic.uZpHh 9jkFA great flood is coming and Noah has to build an ark in time to save his family and all the animals.Join in with this wonderful re-telling of Noah's Ark as the animals board two-by-two and the rain falls down.This timeless tale is a classic to be treasured by parents and children alike

 

 

One Special Sleepover - By M Christina Butler

cuddleSnuggle down with the latest book in the best-selling Little Hedgehog series (One Snowy Night, One Winter's Day, One Christmas Night). Little Hedgehog is having his first ever sleepover! But when a gust of wind whisks away the blanket he's made for his friends, there's only one thing to do! They'll make a new blanket together - a friendship blanket for a very special sleepover! This charming bedtime story about friendship is the perfect gift for all Little Hedgehog fans - and any child embarking on their first sleepover! With beautiful, traditional illustrations from Tina Macnaughton (Snow Friends), little ones will love the fantastic fuzzy textures throughout!

 

Hippobottymus - By Steve Smallman

hippoPlinkety-plonk! Tweetily-tweet! The jungle animals are making music to the sound of the bubbling creek! But - goodness me! - what is that naughty hippo up to? A bonkers, musical rhyming story with a laugh-out-loud, farting surprise! Dance and sing along to the musical noises - and bottoms - of the animals in this funny book by the award-winning author, Steve Smallman (Big Bear's Bottom, Dragon Stew). Kids will love the bright and lively illustrations from Ada Grey (Shhh! Don't Wake the Royal Baby). Packed with laughs and rhymes, Hippobottymus is the perfect picture book for parents and children to read aloud.

 

8 - 12 Years

Dork Diaries Puppy Love - By Rachel Renée Russell

61UhDCLlVfL. SX326 BO1204203200 The brand NEW instalment from the internationally bestselling DORK DIARIES series, now with 13 million copies in print worldwide! Perfect for fans of Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates, Jacqueline Wilson and James Patterson. Nikki's diary is up to the month of May, and springtime is sure to bring more adorkable fun for Nikki and her friends Chloe, Zoey and Brandon!

 

 

 

 

A Home for Molly - By Holly Webb

mollyOn holiday at the seaside, Anya is excited when she meets a friendly family with children her own age - playing with them and their gorgeous puppy, Molly, is so much fun! But when she returns to the beach the next day, she discovers the pup all on its own. Anya sets out to look for her owners, but when she eventually tracks down the family, they're very surprised. Molly isn't their dog - they thought she belonged to Anya! With her holiday drawing to a close, can Anya find Molly's real owners? A heart-warming read from best-selling author Holly Webb, perfect for fans of Magic Animal Friends and Animal Ark.

 

 

Wilf the Mighty Worrier - By Georgia Pritchett

61Y9h tfNyL. SX363 BO1204203200 Things Wilf was worried about before: 1. Lion dentists. 2. Creepy crawlies wearing wigs. 3. Marmite. Things Wilf is worried about now: 4. The most evil man in the world. 5. Anyone called Alan. 6. Alan deciding to become a pirate and destroy the world. Alan is Wilf's self-styled evil lunatic next-door-neighbour. He has a grumpy robot sidekick and a silent right-hand-dog, Kevin Phillips. He is ridiculous. But when Alan decides that pirating is an excellent way to destroy the world, Wilf knows he will have to overcome his fear of parrots and walking the plank to stop him...

 

 

ADULT COLOURING BOOKS

Creative Colouring for Grown - Ups

creativeExplore your natural creativity with some stunning and exotic patterns to colour in, however and whenever you feel inspired. Doodling and colouring have long been known to enhance one's thought processes and provide a relaxing yet highly creative way to free the mind. In this original and unique book you'll find over 100 detailed patterns to colour, providing endless entertainment and building into a piece of work that you can truly call your own.

 

 

 

Mandalas

mandalasRelease your inner creative by adding colour to these stunning mandala designs. From fabulous fans to striking spirals, and pretty paisley patterns to art-deco dragonfly designs, there's a perfect pattern to complete on every page. Colouring has long been known to enhance one's thought processes, providing hours of entertainment and a relaxing yet highly creative way to free the mind.

 

 

 

Colour me Stress Free

stres freeWork, kids, relationships, meetings, traffic, bills...we are all faced with stress on a daily basis. And sometimes you just need a way to relieve the tension and avoid burnout, illness, or worse. A simple and inexpensive way to relieve stress is by coloring images, which can be soothing. Some even consider it an alternative to stressors, ultimately aiding in reversing the effects of anxiety. Refocusing your attention on something completely different to engage in a mental, physical, and emotional shift can help break the pattern of consistent stress and allow one to rejuvenate. Part of the international bestselling Color Me series, Color Me Stress-Free is a guided coloring book designed for harried adults. Art therapist Lacy Mucklow and artist Angela Porter offer up 100 coloring templates, all designed to help you unplug and unwind at the end of each day. Organized into seven therapeutically themed chapters, readers can explore the benefits of putting pencil (or crayon!) to paper and channel their day-to-day stresses into a satisfying, creative environment. Color Me Stress-Free is the perfect way step back from the stress of everyday life, color, and relax!Don't forget to try Color Me Happy and Color Me Calm!

The Art of Mindfulness: Serene and Tranquil

tranquilTake a few moments out of your busy day to clear your mind and achieve a deeper sense of calm as you focus on colouring the beautiful illustrations in this book, specially designed to promote a state of mindfulness. As we struggle to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world, and often find it hard to make time for ourselves, mindfulness is a practice that can truly help. Clinically proven to reduce anxiety and stress, mindful thinking involves allowing our minds to focus on the present moment, on simply 'being', and thus break out of the harmful cycle of worry and tension. The therapeutic effects of colouring can enable you to get lost in the creative process and switch off your thoughts and fears. Let The Art of Mindfulness: Serene and Tranquil Colouring help you to enjoy a truly mindful and creative activity - and create something beautiful at the same time.

Keep Calm and Colour for Mums

mumLife can get pretty busy with little ones to look after, but this charming book will transport you to an oasis of tranquillity. Colour, create and keep calm!

 

 

 

 

Mandala Desings

mandalas designsImmerse yourself in the mystical energy of mandalas.

  • Color 31 full-page complex yet relaxing mandala-inspired designs.
  • Heavyweight paper is superior to that of other coloring books.
  • Designs are printed on only one side of a page -- no bleed-through.
  • Each page is micro-perforated for ease of removal and display of your artwork.
  • Acid-free paper helps preserve your work.

60's Patterns

60sColour your cares away with this fabulous tribute to the golden decade of the 1960s. Featuring iconic patterns that capture the spirit of the times - from abstract designs and pop art prints to mind-blowing kaleidoscopes and psychedelic patterns - you can transform each page into an explosion of colour and release your inner artist.

 

 

 

 

GIFT BOOKS

The Little Book of Senior Moments

seniorYou know you're having a senior moment when you decide it's time to pull up your socks, and realise you forgot to put any on If this sounds all too familiar, read on to discover whether your marbles just need a spring clean or you've well and truly lost them!

 

 

 

 

Farts Around the World

fartsJoin us on a whirlwind tour of international flatulence, in which we explore questions such as: What is proper English etiquette for a tearoom emission? Can a Swiss fart be so loud that it generates an echo? And if a meditating Buddhist passes silent gas, does it really exist? The answers to these pressing questions are answered in this hilarious best-seller. Ingeniously packaged with a sound unit to convey the nuances of global flatulence, this is the ideal gift for anyone who travels with a smile.

 

 

OMG! Can you Believe it?

omgDid you know that you re more likely to die in an accident involving a sandcastle than you are from a shark bite? Or that a decapitated cockroach can survive without food until it eventually starves to death? If that's not enough to pique your interest, how about the fact that an adult foot produces a quarter cup of sweat per day, that's over two shot glasses full! We're sure your lives are already enriched by these weird and wonderful facts, but what if we were to offer you two hundred more? Well, we've done just that and you have in your hand a collection of some of the funniest, grimmest, grossest, grimiest, bizarre, disgusting, outrageous and outstanding nuggets of information on the planet. Each one will have you scratching your head in disbelief and laughing out loud at the absurdity of it all. So if you've never heard of Miracle Mike, the chicken that survived for 18 months despite not having a head, then take OMG! Can You Believe It? straight to the nearest till and buy immediately!

The Little Book of Happiness

smileWe all want to be happy, but sometimes the hurly-burly of daily life leads our delight levels to sink a little. But don't worry! This joyful little book is packed with inspiring quotations and simple, easy-to-follow tips that will help you unwind, relax and greet life with a smile again instead of a frown.

 

 

 

Springbok Rugby Quiz

springbokSouth Africa is a superpower in world rugby. The national rugby team, the Springboks, dominated world rugby for decades. They won two World Cups and produced some of the finest players in the history of the game. The team has a worldwide following of millions. Now, for the first time, 1001 little known historical facts, interesting stories and incidents never before related, have been woven together in one single, comprehensive work. Springbok Rugby Quiz examines the lore of rugby in an unusually entertaining way: it comprises 1001 Questions and Answers. Rugby lovers can now enjoy some of the most unlikely moments and outlandish anecdotes about this game we all love.

 

 

Madam and Eve: Shed Happens

shedTwenty-three issues later and still fresh as ever! Shed Happens is filled with gags and outrageous punchlines that will have you chuckling way, way after you’ve put this book down. Madam, Eve, Thandi and Mother Anderson, with some of their assorted relatives and friends, take us into the rabbit hole of domestic and political life in South Africa. Tackling serious topics while helping us as South Africans laugh at ourselves … and our politicians. If you were not in the country for the past couple of months, here is a book that will connect the dots for you, from load shedding (revealing the 10 Stages of Load Shedding Grief), to the much talked about Nkandla debacle, to the EFF chanting “Pay back the money!” – and getting kicked out of parliament – as well as a host of other hot topics. Stephen Francis is the writing half of the Madam & Eve team. Born in the United States in 1949, Stephen moved to South Africa in 1988. In 1992, witnessing the interesting and often funny dynamic between his South African mother-in-law and her domestic housekeeper, he conceptualised the Madam & Eve strip. Stephen Francis is also an award-winning script writer, and radio and TV personality. Rico forms the other half of the creative team – as illustrator. Born in Austria in 1966, he now lives and works in Johannesburg, and has been drawing cartoons ever since he was old enough to hold a pencil. Besides his work on Madam & Eve, Rico also produces illustrations for a wide range of other publications.

Rhodes Rage

imagesINLN8ZJTZapiro skewers another momentous year including the drama over Rhodes and other statues, # Nkandla Pay Back the Money, spy cables, NPA shenanigans, Eskom and parastatal paralysis, union disunity, Charlie Hebdo, xenophobia, Juju’s boiler suit brigade, Godzille’s successor, cockroaches, Verwoerd’s ghost and other political creatures. Zapiro is Jonathan Shapiro. Born in 1958, he went through architecture at UCT, conscription, activism, detention and a Fulbright Scholarship to New York before establishing himself as South Africa’s best-known cartoonist. He has worked for Mail & Guardian since 1994, Sunday Times since 1998 and The Times since 2009. He has also been editorial cartoonist for Sowetan and Independent Newspapers. He has published 19 best-selling annuals as well as The Mandela Files, VuvuzelaNation (a collection of his sporting cartoons) and DemoCrazy (his cartoon collection on SA’s 20-year trip). Zapiro’s numerous SA awards include the Mondi Shanduka Journalist of the Year award and two honorary doctorates. Internationally he has won the Principal Prince Claus award (2005) as well as Press Freedom awards from the International Publishers’ Association, the Media Institute of Southern Africa and Cartoonists’ Rights Network International. In 2011 the magazine Jeune Afrique voted him one of the 50 most influential people in Africa. He lives in Cape Town with his wife Karina Turok and his two children, Tevya and Nina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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