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May 2016 Newsletter

FICTION

The Girl on the trainThe Girl on the Train by P Hawkins

THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER.

YOU DON'T KNOW HER. BUT SHE KNOWS YOU.

Rear Window meets Gone Girl, in this exceptional and startling psychological thriller 'Gripping, enthralling - a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read' S J WATSON, bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

Return of the Little Coffee ShopReturn of the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by D Rodriquez

Six women forever joined by a little cafe in Kabul

Sunny, former proprietor of the Little Coffee Shop and new owner of the Screaming Peacock vineyard. Can she handle the challenges of life on her own?

Yasmina, the young mother who now runs the cafe, until a terrifying event strikes at the heart of her family and business...

Layla and Kat

Afghan teenagers in America, struggling to make sense of their place in the world...

Zara, about to be forced into a marriage which will have devastating consequences...

These women are about to learn what Halajan, Yazmina's rebellious mother-in-law, has known all along: when the world as you know it disappears, you find a new way to live.

Reuniting us with the much-loved cast of the international bestseller, The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. Deborah Rodriguez tells an inspiring story of women's strength and courage in a changing world.

The Apartment 1The Apartment by D Steel

They come together by chance in the heart of New York City, four young women at turning points in their lives.

Claire finds the spacious loft apartment. But the aspiring shoe designer needs at least one roommate to manage the rent.

She meets Abby, a writer trying to make it on her own, far from her successful family in L.A.

Then Morgan joins them. She's ambitious, with a serious finance job on Wall Street.

Finally Sasha, a medical student.

And so the sprawling space, with its exposed brick and rich natural light, becomes a home to friends about to embark on new exhilarating adventures. Their shared life in the apartment turns them into a family of beloved friends. But as unexpected opportunities and challenges alter the course of each of their lives, they face the bittersweet reality that in time, they will inevitably move away from the place where their dreams began...

Danielle Steel is famous for her inspirational stories about family, love and life. Her novels will be enjoyed by readers of Penny Vincenzi, Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain.

The Food of Love 1The Food of Love by P Leith

A proud family. 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 flee 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.

A Robot in the GardenA Robot in the Garden by D Install

'A MOST UNUSUAL AND DELIGHTFUL BOOK. DEBORAH INSTALL HAS CREATED A ROBOT TO REMEMBER' - Alexander McCall Smith

Funny, touching, charming, wise and a bit magical, this is a novel that explores what it is to be a man, a sentient being and even a parent. A gem of a first novel, especially for anyone who has ever found it difficult to connect with the world. For fans of Nick Hornby's ABOUT A BOY, and WALL-E.

Ben Chambers wakes up to find an unfamiliar object - rusty and lost - sitting underneath the willow tree in his garden. Refusing to throw it on the skip as his wife Amy advises, he takes it home. Ben does not want children, or even a job, and now he has found yet another reason to stay in his study and ignore everyone around him.

It is only when Amy walks out that Ben realises he has now alienated all the human beings in his life. He has only one friend left.

This is the story of an unlikely friendship, and how one man opens his heart to a past he did not want, and a future he cannot lose.

The Blue between Sky and Water 1The Blue between Sky and Water by S Abulhawa

It is 1947, and Beit Daras, a rural Palestinian village, is home to the Baraka family - oldest daughter Nazmiyeh, brother Mamdouh, beautiful, dreamy Mariam and their widowed mother. When Israeli forces descend, sending the village up in flames, the family must take the long road to Gaza, in a walk that will test them to their limits.

Sixty years later, in America, Mamdouh's granddaughter Nur falls in love with a doctor. Following him to his work in Gaza, she meets Alwan, who will help Nur discover the ties of kinship that transcend distance - and even death.

Told with raw humanity, The Blue Between Sky and Water is a lyrical, devastatingly beautiful story of a family's relocation, separation, survival and love.

The Last Queen of IndiaThe Last Queen of India by M Moran

1857, India.

At nineteen years old, Sita is the shining star of Queen Lakshmi of India's imperial guard, having pledged herself to a life of celibacy in the name of protecting the young ruler.

When Sita agrees to train Lakshmi in the art of military combat, a close friendship develops between the two women. But trouble soon threatens - Lakshmi's court is dangerously divided and rumours are rife that the country is at risk. Meanwhile, in London, advisors to Queen Victoria are looking to extend the power of the Commonwealth, and India is coveted as the next jewel in the imperial crown.

In the ensuing battle, will the bond between Lakshmi and Sita be broken for ever?

Summer before the War 1Summer before the War by H Simson

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent sabre rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master. When Beatrice Nash arrives with one trunk and several large crates of books, it is clear she is significantly more free thinking - and attractive - than anyone believes a Latin teacher should be. For her part, mourning the death of her beloved father who has left her penniless, Beatrice simply wants to be left alone to pursue her teaching and writing. But just as Beatrice comes alive to the beauty of the Sussex landscape, and the colourful characters that populate Rye, the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha's reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.

The Last MileThe Last Mile by D Baldacci

Memories can be a real killer Melvin Mars awaits his fate on Death Row. He was one of America's most promising football stars until, aged twenty-years-old, he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his parents just as he was due to begin a very lucrative contract with the NFL. When Amos Decker, newly appointed special agent with the FBI, hears the news that Melvin was saved in the final seconds before his execution because someone has confessed to the killings, he persuades his boss to allow him to carry out an investigation into the Mars murders. There are facts about the case which don't add up, and as the investigation deepens, Decker and his team uncover layer upon layer of lies and deception which are rooted at a time in American history which most would rather forget, but some seem keen to remember. There is someone out there with a lot to hide, and a secret that everyone is looking for. A race against time ensues because, when revealed, that information threatens to tear apart the corridors of power at the very highest level. The case proves to be life-changing for both Mars and Decker in ways that neither could ever have imagined.

The First ConfessorThe First Confessor by T Goodkind

In 1994 WIZARD'S FIRST RULE introduced Richard Cypher, a young forester struggling with the aftermath of his father's murder. His search for answers will embroil him in an ancient war, three-millennia past, that is about to re-ignite with world-shattering violence.

The Sword of Truth series has since been translated into 20 languages and sold 26 million copies. Now, two decades after its launch, it concludes with two volumes: THE FIRST CONFESSOR takes readers back in time to events that led to the forging of the Sword of Truth, while WARHEART completes Richard Cypher's story.

The First Confessor tells the story of Magda Searus, a woman who has lost her husband to the war that is slowly consuming the world. With his death she discovers that the consequences of defeat will be more terrifying for her and her people than she could ever have imagined. Her stand will change the history of the world.

The Mirror WorldThe Mirror World of Melody Black by G Extence

It all starts, as these things sometimes do, with a dead man.

He was a neighbour, not someone Abby knew well, but still, finding a body when you only came over to borrow a tin of tomatoes, that comes as a bit of a shock.

At least, it should.

And now she can't shake the feeling that if she hadn't gone into Simon's flat, if she'd had her normal Wednesday night instead, then none of what happened next would have happened.

And she would never have met Melody Black... Wild and witty, searing and true, THE MIRROR WORLD OF MELODY BLACK is about the fine line that separates normal from not - and how life can spin, very swiftly, out of control.

Brush of WingsBrush of Wings by K Kingsbury

From No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, comes the third novel in a brand new series about divine intervention and second chances - the dramatic story of a woman desperate to find deeper meaning in her life. Mary Catherine grew up in a comfortable life, despite an array of health issues including a congenital heart condition. She loves her parents, but their wealthy lifestyle never appealed to her. Instead, she pursues meaning through an abundance of charity work, always giving away a part of herself in service of others. After her work with an orphanage in Uganda comes to an end, Mary Catherine returns home with a heavy heart, knowing there is much more work to be done. Intent on returning to Africa, Mary Catherine quits her job and leaves a budding romance behind to fulfil her desire to help others. Inspirational and moving, Chasing Sunsets is the story of one woman's deep longings of the soul, and the sacrifices she's willing to make in search of healing.

 

NON-FICTION

MultipliersMultipliers: How the Best Leaders make Everyone Smarter by L Wiseman (Reprint, highly recommended by The Book Boutique Family)

Wall Street Journal Bestseller A thought-provoking, accessible, and essential exploration of why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results. Including a foreword by Stephen R. Covey, as well the five key disciplines that turn smart leaders into genius makers, Multipliers is a must-read for everyone from first-time managers to world leaders.

The CrossingThe Crossing: My journey to the shattered heart of Syria by S Yazbek

'ONE OF THE FIRST POLITICAL CLASSICS OF THE 21st CENTURY'- Observer

'EXTRAORDINARILY POWERFUL, POIGNANT AND AFFECTING. I WAS GREATLY MOVED' Michael Palin

FOREWORD BY CHRISTINA LAMB

Journalist Samar Yazbek was forced into exile by Assad's regime. When the uprising in Syria turned to bloodshed, she was determined to take action and secretly returned several times. The Crossing is her rare, powerful and courageous testament to what she found inside the borders of her homeland.

From the first peaceful protests for democracy to the arrival of ISIS, she bears witness to those struggling to survive, to the humanity that can flower amidst annihilation, and why so many are now desperate to flee.

Gang TownGang Town by D Pinnock

Cape Town is two cities. One is beautiful beyond imagining, known since its beginning as the 'fairest cape' in the world. Here tourists come to lounge on beaches, scale misty peaks and dine in fine restaurants. The other is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, where police need bullet-proof vests and sometimes army backup. Here gangs of young men rule the night with heavy calibre handguns, dispensing heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and fear. This is the story of the second city… In Gang Town, investigative journalist and criminologist Don Pinnock draws on more than thirty years of research to provide a nuanced and definitive portrait of youngsters caught up in violent crime.

The Lightless SkyThe Lightless Sky: My Journey to Safety as a Child Refugee by G Passarlay & N Ghouri

'To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise what was it all for?' Gulwali Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan at the age of twelve, after his father was killed in a gun battle with the US Army. Smuggled into Iran, Gulwali began a twelvemonth odyssey across Europe, spending time in prisons, suffering hunger, making a terrifying journey across the Mediterranean in a tiny boat, and enduring a desolate month in the camp at Calais. Somehow he survived, and made it to Britain, no longer an innocent child but still a young boy alone. In Britain he was fostered, sent to a good school, won a place at a top university, and was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in 2012. Gulwali wants to tell his story - to bring to life the plight of the thousands of men, women and children who are making this perilous journey every day. One boy's experience is the central story of our times. This memoir celebrates the triumph of courage and determination over adversity.

Cold Case ConfessionsCold Case: Unravelling the Betty Ketani Murder by A Eliseev

‘… if you are reading this then I am dead.’

This is the opening line of a letter hidden under a carpet for a decade. The chilling words are followed by a confession to a murder committed nearly 13 years earlier. The chance discovery of the letter on 31 March 2012 reawakens a case long considered to have run cold, and a hunt begins for the men who kidnapped and killed Betty Ketani – and were convinced they had gotten away with it. The investigation spans five countries, with a world-renowned DNA laboratory called in to help solve the forensic puzzle. The author of the confession letter might have feared death, but he is very much alive, as are others implicated in the crime.

Betty Ketani, a mother of three, came to Johannesburg in search of better prospects for her
family. She found work cooking at one of the city’s most popular restaurants, and then one day she mysteriously disappeared. Those out to avenge her death want to bring closure to Betty’s family, still agonising over her fate all these years later.

The storyline would not be out of place as a Hollywood movie – and it’s all completely true. Written by the reporter who broke the story, Cold Case Confession goes behind the headlines to share exclusive material gathered in four years of investigations, including the most elusive piece of the puzzle: who would want Betty Ketani dead, and why?

‘Wonderful, evocative and vivid writing. Eliseev is a very exciting new talent.’ – Peter James

‘This case is like an Agatha Christie whodunnit: abduction, murder and a confession.’ – Carte Blanche

‘A relentless search for truth and justice. Cold Case Confession is a story that inspires confidence in the system and affirms that, indeed, we are all equal before the law.’ – Thuli Madonsela

A wild LifeA Wild Life by M Hughes-Games

The frozen wastes of the Southern Ocean; the tropical rainforests of South America, the scorching grasslands of Africa, the dizzy heights of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas: Martin Hughes-Games has been to every continent on earth filming natural history programmes. A Wild Life is Martin's personal account of his astonishing adventures around the world, both as a presenter for the BBC and a producer of nature documentaries.

We all know Martin as a member of Springwatch and Autumnwatch team, but before his presenting days he spent many years behind the camera producing up-close-and-personal wildlife documentaries on location often in perilous conditions. During a career spanning more than three decades, he has captured the extraordinary life and diversity of the animal kingdom on film - from bloodthirsty bats and man-eating tigers, to huge elephant seals and tiny but ever so painful centipedes.

Warmly told with humour and an inimitable style, and packed with insightful facts from the natural world - how fast is the fastest creature on earth, the peregrine falcon? How high can a bird, the bar headed goose on migration, really fly? - A Wild Life has to be one of the natural history books of the year.

Out of the RoughOut of the Rogh: The Caddy’s Story

One of the most successful caddies of the modern era, having amassed 150 wins, Kiwi Steve Williams has worked with soe of the golfing world's best, including 13 years on the bag of Tiger Woods. Together, Woods and Williams won more than 80 tournaments – with 13 major championships among them.

In this candid reflection on his years caddying for Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd, Terry Gale, Ian Baker-Finch and Adam Scott, Williams shares the highs and lows of their careers, explains the critical role of a caddy and offers a rare insider's view of the professional golfing world.

 The Road to Little DribblingThe Road to Little Dribbling, More notes from Small Island by B Bryson

Twenty 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.

The Big FixThe Big Fix: How South Africa stole the 2010 World Cup by R Hartley

Between June and July 2010, 64 games of football determined that Spain was the world’s best team at the World Cup in South Africa. South Africans – and the world – celebrated a brilliantly hosted tournament where everything worked like clockwork and the stands were packed with vuvuzela-wielding fans. But the truth was not yet known. Behind this significant national achievement lay years of corporate skulduggery, crooked companies rigging tenders and match fixing involving the national team.

As late as 2015 it was revealed that the tournament’s very foundations were corrupt when evidence emerged that South Africa had encouraged FIFA to pay money to a bent official in the Caribbean to buy three votes in its favour. As Sepp Blatter’s FIFA edifice crumbled, a web of transactions from New York to Trinidad and Tobago showed how money was diverted to allow South Africa’s bid to host the tournament to succeed.

In The Big Fix: How South Africa Stole the 2010 World Cup, Ray Hartley reveals the story of an epic national achievement and the people who undermined it in pursuit of their own interests. It is the real story of the 2010 World Cup.

South Africa in AfricaSouth Africa in Africa: Super Power or Neocolonialist? By L Louw-Vaudran

South Africa is undeniably a continental powerhouse. Local corporates like MTN, Standard Bank and Shoprite are African business giants; South Africa is the only African member of BRICS; and a South African heads the African Union Commission. Yet the country is often perceived by other African states as a bully that punches above its weight. Does South Africa have the moral standing, and economic and military capacity to call itself a superpower?

In twenty years of reporting on Africa, Liesl Louw-Vaudran has travelled with South African heads of state and met business leaders from across Africa. In this book, she tries to answer accusations that South Africa behaves like a neocolonial power by examining key events – from Thabo Mbeki’s reforms of the African Union to the disastrous peace-keeping mission in the Central African Republic in 2013 under President Jacob Zuma.

Banting SucksBanting Sucks! The real secret to genuine weight loss by Dr H Rybko

The Problem

•  Has Banting failed?

•  Does the idea of spending your life avoiding or counting carbs turn you off?

•  Are you one of those Banters left with a soft belly?

• Have you hit a weight plateau after of dieting?

The Solution

Banting Sucks! explains how to halve carb restrictions with double the weightloss results. It also highlights the dangers of the high protein intake that often accompanies low-carb diets.

In this book you will learn why:

•  Banting does not properly address the causes of insulin resistance;

•  Skipping breakfast is the best thing you can do for your health;

•  Eating little and often predisposes you to cancer and heart diseases;

•  Insulin is a killer;

•  You can exercise yourself thin.

Whether you are a Banter experiencing problems with the restricted regime; a lover of carbs; or someone interested in the next revolution after low-carb diets, you need to know why Banting sucks. Find out how you can eat well, stress less and sleep better!

South African Cookbook for Allergies and IntoleranceSouth African Cookbook for Allergies and Food Intolerance by H Lategan

With food allergies and food intolerance on the increase, the 'South African Cookbook for Allergies and Food Intolerance' is an essential, up-to-date resource. Not only does it provide authoritative information and advice, but it also contains more than 150 easy and delicious recipes for every meal of the day, including snacks and sweet treats. These tried-and-tested recipes have been fine-tuned over the years and are specially adapted to South African eating habits. All ingredients are both readily available and affordable, and every recipe comes with a nutritional analysis and helpful suggestions and variations, enabling you to adapt it to your specific needs. With recipes for filling breakfast dishes, including porridges and smoothies, wholesome soups, ideal for taking to work or to school, delicious protein-based meals, including favourites like chicken schnitzel and bobotie, carbohydrate-rich meals to boost energy levels, flavoursome sauces, spreads and fillings, tasty baked goodies – from cakes, muffins and rusks to tarts and biscuits that are all ideal for the lunch box and homemade sweets and desserts for those with a sweet tooth.

HartskombuisHartskombuis: Boerekos van die Anglo-Boereoorlog tot Vanday saamgestel deur die vroue van die Oorlogsmuseum van die Boererepublieke, Bloemfontein

Hartskombuis combines trusted Boerekos recipes, striking photos of artefacts from the war and fascinating historical facts. It contains over 100 recipes ranging from biltong, venison pie and pampoenkoekies to desserts and cakes. These are woven together with historical tales such as that of Nonnie de la Rey, wife of the famous general, who fled into the veld with her household.

Wholesome Nutrition for youWholesome Nutrition for you by I Craig & R Jesson

Few people would dispute the fact that there is a bewildering array of books available on the business of eating, fitness and nutrition, many of them, unfortunately, with (hidden) vested interests in the food industry and singular theories. But every now and again a refreshing and ethical book based on sound, proven scientific principles comes onto the market, which is more than just another trendy diet book. Wholesome Nutrition is such a book. In it, nutritional therapist and exercise physiologist Ian Craig and his co-author, health food specialist and sports scientist Rachel Jesson, cover in detail the emotive topics of nutrition and health from a scientific perspective. They neatly unwrap all the jargon and pseudo-mystique, offering sensible, practical, economical everyday dietary approaches in a book that’s not only enjoyable and informative to read, but at the same time accessible to all South Africans who care about optimum health and the business of living life to the full. And most importantly, Wholesome Nutrition stresses the fact that we are all different, and therefore a one-size-fits-all approach is counter-productive to good health.

Periodic FastingPeriodic Fasting by A Weidemann & A Brand

Do you want to lose weight, feel great and live longer, without having to comply with a strict diet? Periodic fasting might be just the thing for you. Studies have shown that eating significantly less for limited periods of time produces better results than sustained dieting, and that reducing calorie intake is beneficial for chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. Periodic Fasting introduces the concept of eating normally for five days, followed by two days of restricted eating (also known as the 5:2 diet).During fasting, the body has a chance to use its inherent healing capacity to restore our health and wellbeing. Unlike many popular diets, periodic (intermittent) fasting puts you in control of what you eat. It's as simple as eating normal, healthy meals on non-fasting days and making sensible choices on fasting days. There are no special diet foods or supplements, and everyone in the family can eat the same meals, making this an ideal weight-loss programme for families with differing nutritional needs. There are guidelines and menu plans for both fasting and non-fasting days, and examples of meals and snacks that make up the 600 calorie limit on fasting days. Sixty tasty and nutritious recipes for breakfasts, lunches and dinners include variations on how to adapt the dishes for fasting days. The recipes and recommendations in Periodic Fasting make it easy to adapt to this eating lifestyle, and your body will thank you.

The Baking BookThe Baking Book by YourFamily

Some things are always better if they are homemade. This collection by Your Family includes foolproof recipes for sumptious cookies, breads and muffins, cakes to die for and tarts for every occasion, along with easy-to-make fruity bakes and savouries. And being healthy doesn’t mean that you should give up baking: there are recipes for gluten-free bakes as well as low-sugar options. Whether you are baking for pleasure or the school, you’re sure to find the perfect recipe in The Baking Book.

The Saffron RoadThe Saffron Road: A Journey with Buddha’s Daughters by C Toomey

A brief meeting with a Buddhist nun in India made a deep impression on Christine Toomey. It sent her on a two-year, 60,000-mile odyssey to learn more about the contemporary women choosing in their thousands to become part of a long tradition of female spirituality that stretches back through the centuries and now embraces the radical possibility that the next Dalai Lama could be female. In The Saffron Road, Toomey follows in the footsteps of earlier generations of Buddhist nuns to trace the routes by which the philosophy has spread from a solitary order in a remote area of India in the 5th century BC, via 1950s San Francisco where Zen was popularised by the Beat generation, to the globally-enowned practitioners of mindfulness of today. Beginning her journey in the Himalayas, close to the birthplace of the Buddha, Toomey travels from Nepal, to India, through Burma, Japan and on to North America and Europe, along the way visiting contemporary nunneries to meet the women who practise there. Amongst those she talks to are a group of "kung fu" nuns, an acclaimed novelist, a princess, a concert violinist, a former BBC journalist, and a one-time Washington political aide. Through these conversations, the daily reality of the Buddhist existence is gradually revealed, together with the diverse spiritual paths leading these women towards nirvana. Combining travelogue, history, interviews and personal reflection, The Saffron Road opens the door to a rarely glimpsed world of ritual, discipline and enlightenment.

The 13th DiscipleThe 13th Disciple: A Spiritual Adventure by D Chopra

The New York Times bestselling author of Buddha and Jesus weaves together historical narrative, mystery, exciting adventure, and intrigue in this masterfully told novel that reveals surprising discoveries about the unknown last disciple of Christ, and a new understanding of who Jesus was in his final days.

When a solid gold reliquary missing from a church in Belgium suddenly resurfaces in America, a young newspaperman begins to investigate the story. At first, it seems like just another case of a treasure stolen during World War II that has resurfaced. But it soon becomes apparent that much more is at stake.

Hidden within the medieval reliquary is a gold box that holds a sacred relic—a single finger bone—from an anonymous saint. Why would the remains of someone unknown to the Church be considered holy? The search for answers leads to a shocking discovery—a dangerous secret known only to a small band of people. If one touches the reliquary, a sacred vision is received—a vision involving a young girl who had a chance encounter with Jesus just before he was crucified.

The few people who have been blessed with these miraculous messages have banded together into a mysterious school, a closed society that preserves this venerated wisdom. But their knowledge of the young girl and Jesus is at once so fascinating yet so highly controversial that it cannot be shared with the world.

This young girl, curious about the charismatic man named Jesus, embarks on a quest to find out who he really was. What she finds—the knowledge the society protects—is at times far different from the accepted gospels. Could this unknown girl be the 13th Disciple—the last and truest apostle of Christ?

Touring of Atlas of South AfricaTouring Atlas South Africa by Sunbird

Now in its 3rd edition, this touring atlas covers all of Southern Africa and is designed for all road users – from the regular commercial traveller to the casual tourist.

South Africa is broken down into a main map section covering all of the country’s areas, where main touring areas are shown in larger scale and much greater detail; and city maps, where all of the main city centres and significant surrounding areas are also shown in detail.

Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe are handled in a similar way with a full spread for each country, together with the main tourist areas and city plans. The book also includes a comprehensive index of place names and, where appropriate, an index of city plans.

The touring sections show places of interest in specific locales, such as the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal and the wineries of the Western Cape. Lastly, photographs of scenic areas accompany the maps where appropriate.

 

CHILDREN

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Just Like FlossJust Like Floss by K Lewis

Acclaimed author-illustrator Kim Lewis has created another warm and evocative story that depicts the world of rural children and animals in affectionate detail. Floss has just had puppies, and the children want to know if they can keep one. "Maybe," their father says. "We could use another collie just like Floss to work with the sheep on the farm." But which one? Day after day the children watch the puppies grow, until one day Sam, the littlest, strays into the field. The sheep crowd around him, but instead of flinching, the puppy crouches low and runs, scattering the flock. "Big brave Sam," exclaim the children, racing after him, "just like Floss."

Goodnight HarryGoodnight Harry by K Lewis

"Goodnight, everyone," says Harry. "Zzz," goes Lulu. "Snore," goes Ted. But Harry the elephant can't get to sleep. He reads and tidies, he wriggles and worries. Will sleep ever come to Harry? Perhaps his friends Ted and Lulu can help.

Nandi SingsNandi Sings by J Inglese

Nandi Sings is the story of a very little girl who doesn't speak much at first, and instead makes up her own songs without words but many sounds. And because the adults and siblings in her household all tell her to keep quiet, she sings while feeding the chickens and drawing in the sand.It's only her Gogo who encourages her to listen to the sounds of different animals and to keep singing. Even as she grows up, Nandi continues to follow the music in her heart and sings her own songs – even ones with words! Eventually, when she sings in the church choir, no one tells her to be quiet because they're all listening to her.

Die boek het my hond ingeslukDie boek het my hond ingesluk! By R Byrne

Bella is taking her dog for a walk across the page when something VERY STRANGE happens. The book just ate her dog! Ben comes to investigate, but he also disappears. More help arrives . . . but gets eaten, until even Bella gets swallowed up. It is up to a very nice reader to turn and shake the book to save everybody.

A humorous picture book with a delightful twist. Perfect for reading aloud and reading together.

Kan n Olifant SonbrandWilde diere - Feite en geite: Kan ’n olifant sonbrand? by C de la Bedoyere & A Bitskoff

Imagine if an elephant came to stay . . . Join Elephant as she tries ballet dancing, takes a trip to the seaside and joins an art class. Along the way, discover just how clever, heavy and loud she really is! By imagining wild animals in everyday scenarios, readers can learn about their size, diet and other features. Kan n Tier Touloop? by C de la Bedoyere & A Bitskoff Imagine if a tiger came to stay . . . Join Tiger as he goes to a karate class, joins a rock band and leaps on a bouncy castle. Along the way, discover just how stripy, greedy and loud she really is! By imagining wild animals in everyday scenarios, readers can learn about their size, diet and other features.

Die Hasie wat aan die slaapDie Hasie wat aan die Slaap wou Raak by C F Ehrlin

A worldwide phenomenon in getting children to sleep! This bedtime story uses sophisticated psychological techniques that are formed in a way to help the child relax, fall asleep faster and sleep calmer. The story about a tired little rabbit who cannot fall asleep and his mommy who takes him to Uncle Yawn to get help, has specially constructed sentences and choices of words with instructions to show parents how to read it aloud.

Flying Fergus 1Flying Fergus, The Best Birthday Bike by C Hoy

he first in a fantastically fun, magical cycling adventure series from Sir Chris Hoy. Fergus Hamilton, a boy who always dreams big, gets a rusty old bike for his ninth birthday from his mum and granddad. It's not the flashy Sullivan Swift he'd longed for - but when it's all cleaned up and he takes it for a test run, he discovers something amazing. When the pedals turn backwards, Fergus and his dog, Chimp, are magically transported to Nevermore, a land where cycling is banned by the wicked King Woebegot. He meets the ever enthusiastic Princess Lily, has an amazing adventure bunny-hopping on his bike over the Swamp of Certain Death and outwitting the Knights of No-Nonsense and their Hounds of Horribleness, and lands back in the real world with a bump. Fergus still has to complete the time trial to join the local cycling team though - can Grandpa Herc and his best friend Daisy help him realise that he doesn't need magic to succeed, and that hard work, a bit of patience and some help from his friends can do the trick? With fantastic illustrations from Clare Elsom. "Champion cyclist Chris Hoy breathes his passion for cycling into this entertaining and imaginative adventure about an ordinary boy and his big cycling dreams." The Guardian

Ninjango 2Lego Ninjago: Sky Pirates Attack! (Activity Book with Minifigure) by Lego

Get ready for a pirate adventure! This new book from the Lego Ninjago series is packed with exciting activities, fantastic stories and an amazing minfigure! A powerful djinn called Nadakhan has been brought to Ninjago and is rounding up his crew of sky pirates to take over the island. The ninja must stop the invasion before the powerful djinn turns all their wishes into nightmares.

 

9-12

The Animals of Farthing WoodThe Animals of Farthing Wood by C Dann

‘We must all find a new home. Now – before it’s too late!’

Farthing Wood is being bulldozed, and there’s a drought. Fox, Badger, Toad, Tawny Owl, Mole and the other animals must band together and set off to a far-away nature reserve. Their journey is full of adventure and fraught with disasters, and the animals must work together to survive.

The Animals of Farthing Wood is one of the most popular animal stories in children’s literature and is still in print nearly 40 years after first publication.

‘The Animals of Farthing Wood always made me very happy’ – Alison Flood, Guardian

This edition features a brand-new cover by award-winning illustrator, Sam Usher.

Demigods and Magicians 1Demigods and Magicians by R Riordan

Join Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase and Carter and Sadie Kane as they do battle with an ancient Egyptian magician determined to become a god. Against impossible odds, the four demigods and magicians team up to prevent the apocalypse.

Contains the short stories The Son of Sobek, The Staff of Serapis and The Crown of Ptolemy, together in one volume for the first time.

Plus, read an exciting extract from The Sword of Summer, the first book in Rick Riordan's latest series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.

Ninjango 2Ninjango by Lego

Get ready for a pirate adventure! This new book from the Lego Ninjago series is packed with exciting activities, fantastic stories and an amazing minfigure!

A powerful djinn called Nadakhan has been brought to Ninjago and is rounding up his crew of sky pirates to take over the island. The ninja must stop the invasion before the powerful djinn turns all their wishes into nightmares.

 

Teen

Hour of the BeesHour of the Bees by L Eagar

This powerful debut novel delicately blurs the line between truth and fiction as Carol unravels the fantastical stories of her mentally ill grandfather. When she and her family move to his deserted ranch in order to transfer him to a care home, Carol struggles to cope with the suffocating heat and the effects of her grandfather's dementia. Bees seem to be following her around, but the drought means this is impossible. She must be imagining things. Yet when her grandfather chooses her as the subject for his stories - tales of a magical healing tree, a lake, and the grandmother she never knew - Carol sees glimmers of something special in what her parents dismiss as Serge's madness. As she rethinks her roots and what she thought she knew about her family, Carol comes to the realization that Serge's past is quickly catching up with her present. A stunning coming-of-age story.

SAS Operation Embassy SiegeSAS Operation Embassy Siege by S Clarke

Ultimate soldier. Ultimate mission. But can the SAS assault team rescue the hostages from the terrorist-held Iranian embassy?

30 April 1980: six well-armed terrorists seize the Iranian Embassy in London. Nineteen Iranian nationals and four British citizens are captured.

Subsequent negotiations see some hostages released, but when, on the fifth day of the siege, one of the hostages is shot dead, his body dumped outside, the time for negotiation is over. It is time to end the siege, and the only men with enough skill and daring for this dangerous task are the legendary SAS! In fact, convinced they will eventually be called in, they have already practiced a high-risk rescue operation in their top secret ‘Killing House’.

On the evening of 5 May – and in the full glare of the international media – twelve SAS soldiers, dressed in black and wielding a deadly arsenal, make their courageous assault on the Embassy…

 

REVIEWS

Our Song 2Our Song by Dani Atkins

An enjoyable, light read; perfect for a beach holiday or rainy day in. This is a love story touched by serendipity, which lends an element of unpredictability to the way in which it unfolds. Keep your tissues close by for this one – but don’t worry the book offers up enough happy moments to leave you feeling mushy inside.

- Kerry 

catJust Call Me Nelson

Just call me Nelson is a lovely heart-warming read that leaves you with that warm fuzzy happy ending feel when you close the book. Nelson made an amazing journey from Brazil to Durban and is still alive today – this is his story.

Easy reading with a few chuckles along the way makes it a lovely book for the whole family or a perfect gift for an animal loving person.

- Kate

 

Elon jElon Musk

I enjoyed this book considering I only had a vague idea of who Elon Musk was, so I found his life kind of fascinating.

The author practically had Musk on a pedestal, but I'm not really complaining about that. Some of his accomplishments are worthy of such a spotlight. He has done amazing reckless things with his life, but I would have liked more of an unbiased look into his life. Being a biography I was a little surprised that it shed only an extremely flattering and positive light on Elon. It didn't delve into any of the controversy that seemed to follow him wherever he went. And if there was a reference to that, it seemed explained away like a wand waving fairy godmother.

Musk seemed awkward, but didn't let that hold him back. He has made such an impact in a few very different major world arenas that he will be forever remembered in history. He has made a difference in creating a better world for everyone and I hope he gets to build his city on Mars.

- Dusti-Leigh

 

 

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