Simply Delicious by Zola Nene

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In Zola Nene‘s own words, she says, ‘Food has always been a huge part of my life; important occasions were always marked with a feast of some sort… this book chronicles my food journey thus far – how it started and what has shaped me into the chef I am today.’ And that’s exactly what Simply Delicious is all about; it’s Zola’s culinary career told through her recipes, interspersed with snippets and perspectives of her life journey, including tributes to the people who have inspired and influenced her cooking style and explaining the reason for certain culinary choices that she has made.

If one had to describe Zola’s personality in a single idea, it would be ‘irrepressible joy’ which is the thread running through this journey as well as the state evoked by her delicious dishes. Her food philosophy is very simple – cooking is for everyone. With easy-to-follow instructions, the recipes will ensure that anyone can produce mouth-watering results.

About the Author

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Zola Nene is currently the resident chef on Expresso Morning Show on television’s SABC 3 channel. During a two-year stint in the UK, she worked as a commis entremetierchef de partie and patissier in a brasserie in Cheshire. She returned to South Africa and enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch where she worked with chefs such as Margot Janse of LQF and Chris Erasmus of Pierneef at la Motte. After graduating she was appointed catering manager for a large catering company in Johannesburg. Around this time Expresso was conceptualised and she was offered the job of foodstylist for the show. She returned to Cape Town to start working on the show in October 2010 and has been there ever since.

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Published by Struik Lifestyle (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781432304874

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Glowfly Dance by Jade Gibson

‘I never see my father. My father never sees me. But I see with the eyes he gave me. Slanted like the wings of gulls flying in the sky. And, when my mother speaks of Mexico, her eyes mist up with the lights of memory.’

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Through young Mai’s eyes, life is enchanting and full of beauty. She dances on her grandfather’s feet while he talks of freedom. But the world is hard and her mother is struggling. When Rashid arrives, he casts a deep shadow over their lives. Nothing is beyond her new stepfather. They are desperate to escape from him, and their world becomes a constant battle for survival – one of fleeing, multiple identities, abduction and upheaval. Mai’s eyes not only witness the story of her mother, but also the poignant stories of the many women she encounters across different countries. Finally, Mai learns that, when freedom comes, it comes at a bitter price.

From Mexico to Scotland to London to North Africa, the West Indies and back again, Glowfly Dance is a powerful and haunting story of migration, resilience and, ultimately, hope.

About the Author

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Jade Gibson is an academic, writer and visual artist who has lived in the United Kingdom, Africa, the South Pacific and the Caribbean. She holds a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Cape Town, with an academic background in biomedical science and fine art. Glowfly Dance is her debut novel and has been shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and the Virginia Prize for Fiction.

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Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781415207512

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The Secrets of Happiness by Lucy Diamond

The best things in life . . .  can be just around the corner.

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Rachel and Becca aren’t real sisters, or so they say. They are stepsisters, living far apart, with little in common. Rachel is the successful one: happily married with three children and a big house, plus an impressive career. Artistic Becca, meanwhile, lurches from one dead-end job to another, shares a titchy flat, and has given up on love.

The two of them have lost touch, but when Rachel doesn’t come home one night, Becca is called in to help. Once there, she quickly realizes that her stepsister’s life is not so perfect after all: Rachel’s handsome husband has moved out, her children are rebelling, and her glamorous career has taken a nosedive. Worst of all, nobody seems to have a clue where she might be.

As Becca begins to untangle Rachel’s secrets, she is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about her own life, and the future seems uncertain.

But sometimes happiness can be found in the most unexpected places . . .

About the Author

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Lucy Diamond lives in Bath with her husband and their three children. She is the author of the bestselling Summer at Shell Cottage, The Beach CafeThe Year of Taking ChancesMe and Mr Jones and Summer With My Sister.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781509824557

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Little Suns by Zakes Mda

There are many suns,’ he said. ‘Each day has its own. Some are small, some are big. I’m named after the small ones.’

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It is 1903. A lame and frail Malangana – ‘Little Suns’ – searches for his beloved Mthwakazi after many lonely years spent in Lesotho. Mthwakazi was the young woman he had fallen in love with twenty years earlier, before the assassination of Hamilton Hope ripped the two of them apart.

Intertwined with Malangana’s story, is the account of Hope – a colonial magistrate who, in the late nineteenth century, was undermining the local kingdoms of the eastern Cape in order to bring them under the control of the British. It was he who wanted to coerce Malangana’s king and his people, the amaMpondomise, into joining his battle – a scheme Malangana’s conscience could not allow.

Zakes Mda‘s fine new novel Little Suns weaves the true events surrounding the death of Magistrate Hope into a touching story of love and perseverance that can transcend exile and strife.

About the Author

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Zakes Mda is the author of the novels Ways of Dying and The Heart of Redness, among many others. He was born in the Eastern Cape, but spent his early childhood in Soweto, finishing his school education in Lesotho. He is a prolific writer of novels, plays, poems and articles for academic journals and newspapers, and his writing has been translated into twenty languages. His creative work also includes painting, and theatre and film productions. Mda, whose forebears were exiled from Qumbu to Lesotho after the assassination of Hamilton Hope, is a recipient of South Africa’s Order of Ikhamanga. He is based in Athens, Ohio, where he spends his time writing and teaching.

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Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781415209042

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From Z to A-Lister by Jen Su

Jen Su has managed the seemingly impossible climb from zero to A-lister in four separate countries, each speaking a different language. From Taiwan to Thailand; Hong Kong to South Africa.

How does Jen identify and cultivate the movers and shakers? How does she use events to catapult her contacts and marketability? How does she befriend the media, and particularly photographers, to make herself known?

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From Jen

Today, building your personal brand is no longer an option – it’s a necessity. It used to be all about corporate branding or institutional branding. That’s all changed. Nowadays, life as we know it is all about YOUR name, your image, your digital footprint, and being the President of your personal brand. Fortunately, with today’s technology and social media, creating your brand is easier than ever before – and it’s crucial that you take control and manage the direction of your brand before someone else does.

What I do may be relatively simple, but how I got here, how I built my brand, has been a long story over many countries and cultures. It is a story of ambition and balance, of achievement and disappointment, of untimely disruption and spontaneous opportunity, of happiness and tears. How did I get here? Now there’s a question worth answering that just might inspire a few ‘wows’ and laughs along the way. To tell it chronologically, however, would be selfish of me. It would be my story, amusing to hear, but purely vicarious in its appeal. And let’s face it, the Jen Su brand has a wonderful story behind it, but it’s not the stuff of legends.

What is worth sharing, I passionately believe, is not the path I travelled, but the ‘wheels’ that got me here, the ‘how’ – not the ‘where’ – of the journey. So, although I do draw on personal references, this book is about how to go from nothing to something, and how to establish your personal brand – in your own parameters, in your own way.

At its core, I offer you a guide to ‘making it’ and building your brand. I wish I had had access to this kind of advice when I was starting off. It certainly would have helped to straighten some very twisted learning curves that I’ve had to navigate through the years.

What I do hope is that by reading these pages, a few people will come to appreciate the examples that one person has set about things like humility, respect, professionalism and discipline … with a sprinkling of practical tricks … and hopefully use these examples as inspiration to tailor their own approach as professionals.

“… Jen gives a fresh, unique perspective and shares her secrets to success.” GARETH CLIFF

View Jen‘s website HERE

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Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers

ISBN: 9780620658577

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KasiNomics by GG Alcock

Did you know…

That the muti market is worth R3 billion a year, with 27 million consumers?

That the average hawker earns R3 000 a month and there are nearly 500 000 of them!?

That the trade in goats is worth millions of rand?

That the dagga trade can set the standard for market and distribution to the informal market?

That Parmalat Cheese Slices have created a multi-million rand business in kotas, and why the Perfect Sishebo Show is the biggest food show in the country?

 ‘Kasinomics is a book as eclectic, mysterious and colourful as the places and people it explores.

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eKasi, the lokasie, the South African township, once an apartheid ghetto, is today an amazingly transformed place. This township today is an eclectic mix of mansions, shacks, spaza shops, rocking taverns, hawkers, taxis and hot wheels. In this kasi there are vibrant businesses, energetic people, a tightly networked social community and abundant hope.

That is not to say there isn’t extreme poverty, suffering and dissatisfaction, particularly on the peripheries in the huge shack settlements, but to paint the place as a slum is a massive mistake.

Kasinomics attempts to cast a light on the invisible matrix at the heart of South Africa’s informal economies and the people who live in them. Living and doing business in African marketplaces requires an ethos uniquely suited to the informal, to the invisible, to the intangible. Kasinomics will take you down those rural pathways, weave between claustrophobic mazes of shacks, browse a muti market, visit a spirit returning ceremony and save money with gogo in a stokvel, among many more people and places.

After almost twenty years of focusing on marketing to the informal sector, GG Alcock, CEO of specialist marketing company Minanawe, showcases a number of groundbreaking and very successful case studies in this invisible informal world. His vivid anecdotes and life experiences and how they link to understanding and inspiration for business ideas will make you gasp, laugh and shake your head in wonder.

About the Author

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GG Alcock, and his brother Khonya, are the sons of Neil Alcock(who was murdered when GG was 14) and Creina Alcock, who still lives in the Msinga Valley, continuing GG’s father’s work among the Zulu people.

GG and his brother were home-schooled, under an acacia tree, by their mother until the beginning of standard six when the Department of Education forced them to go to “real school”.  He completed his schooling at a local government boarding school in Greytown, hating every minute of it.  Following school he completed his two years military service, where he challenged township duty and faced the inevitable consequences.

After army GG worked for a number of anti-apartheid activist organisations on legal challenges to the Land Act (where black people were dispossessed of their land). During this time he grew a fairly high political profile in the media and government circles of KwaZulu-Natal.

With the changes brought about by the unbanning of the ANC GG moved into business and is currently the CEO of Minanawe Marketing (a very successful agency focused on marketing to the mass market, rooted in consumer understanding).

GG is 46, very happily married, and has two very beautiful blonde daughters who he will be expecting lots of lobola for one of these days, and lives in Joburg.  He loves Africa and being African, and his staff are convinced that he never works but spends as much time as possible on one or other adventure – motorcycling across deserts and mountains, mountain biking, paragliding or kayaking. ‘It’s not true,’ says GG, ‘I don’t spend enough time doing this!’  Having realised from an early age that there is no glamour in poverty GG is trying very hard to grow his collection of adventure toys!

View GG‘s website HERE

Follow GG on Twitter HERE

Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers

ISBN: 9780620651653

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Beer Safari by Lucy Corne

Following the success of African Brew, the first ever book to showcase the South African craft beer scene, beer-centric author Lucy Corne is back with a second homage to hops and grain. Beer Safari takes readers on a journey through the microbreweries of South Africa, stopping to chat to each brewer along the way.

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The book is laid out geographically to assist the reader in planning his or her own beer safari. Look out for the ‘Big Five Pints’ – the author’s pick of the very best South African craft beers. There is also space for beer aficionados to scribble their own tasting notes alongside each brewery’s beer menu.

Beer Safari is the only South African beer book whose author has, in person, visited every one of the 100-plus breweries to get the brewers’ stories, photograph their often quirky brewing setups and of course, to taste their beers. Peppered between the inspiring tales of passionate brewers, are snippets of essential beer knowledge – ideal for the ‘beerginner’ – alongside checklists that will appeal to newbie beer drinkers and veterans alike. Whether readers are looking for family-friendly beery weekends away, the cutest brewpubs with the finest views or a list of where to go for South Africa’s hoppiest ales, Beer Safari is a comprehensive and user-friendly guide.

The directory showcases everything needed to continue the beer journey – for those who prefer to enjoy other people’s wares, there are recommendations for liquor stores and bars offering a supreme selection of beer. Those who yearn to brew their own will find information on homebrewing stores, courses and clubs throughout the country. Written in Corne’s signature light-hearted style, and with a fresh, vibrant design, Beer Safari perfectly captures the exciting and unpretentious nature that characterises the South African craft beer scene.

About the Author

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Lucy Corne, a Cape Town-based, certified beer judge, has worked as a travel writer for more than a decade, with work published in magazines, newspapers, guidebooks and anthologies around the world. Beer plays a large part in her travels, and breweries often appear above museums on a trip itinerary. She also blogs about the South African beer scene under the moniker ‘The Brewmistress’.

View Lucy‘s website HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Struik Lifestyle (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781432304867

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We Have Now Begun Our Descent by Justice Malala

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12 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 succour 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.

About the Author

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Justice Malala is one of South Africa’s most well-known political analysts.  He was founding editor of This Day newspaper, publisher of the Sowetan and Sunday World, and Sunday Times correspondent in London and New York. He writes a weekly column and presents a weekly TV talk show The Justice Factor.

View Justice‘s website HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781868426799

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Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria Mystery by Sally Andrew

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Meet Tannie Maria: She’s fifty-something, short and soft (perhaps a bit too soft in the wrong places) with brown curls and untidy Afrikaans. She is also the agony aunt for the local paper, the Klein Karoo Gazette. One day, her life takes a sinister turn when a woman in the area is murdered and she becomes entangled in the investigation… to the intense irritation of a handsome local policeman.

But what else will this amateur detective uncover in a small town marinated in secrets?

Warm, poignant and entertaining, Sally Andrew’s delightful heroine blends together intrigue, romance and cooking in this irresistible new mystery, complete with a few mouth-watering recipes.

About the Author

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Sally Andrew lives in a mud-brick house on a nature reserve in the Klein Karoo with her artist partner, a giant eland, and a secretive leopard. She also spends time in the wilderness of southern Africa and the seaside suburb of Muizenberg. She has a master’s in Adult Education from the University of Cape Town. Before settling down to write full time, she was a social and environmental activist. Recipes for Love and Murder is her first novel.

View Sally‘s website HERE

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Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781415207574

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Mariana’s Country Kitchen by Mariana Esterhuizen

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Mariana serves food fresh from her own extensive vegetable, fruit and herb garden, prepared in her own unique way. Her delightful book includes recipes for the restaurant’s top dishes, along with vegetable dishes, classic dishes, and Mariana’s favourite childhood foods. Divided seasonally into four sections, this is the ultimate cookery book for those who love fresh, honest, delicious in-season eating.

2015 Best Newcomer at the Sunday Times Cookbook Awards – Bookslive

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Mariana Esterhuizen is one of South Africa’s best known food personalities, with an award-winning restaurant in Stanford in the Western Cape.

Published by Human & Rousseau (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780798169912

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