Paperback Release | Third World Child by GG Alcock

Third World Child is about living in South Africa in the time of apartheid and also living here today – about being truly African even as a white person.  It is about the adventures, the cultural challenges and the future possibilities of South Africa.

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Says GG, ‘This is the story of my world or, more accurately, the worlds in which I live.’

GG Alcock’s story mirrors that of many of his people, the journey of a tribal society learning to embrace the first world. He does not shy away from the violence and death that coloured his childhood years surrounded by savage faction fighting, nor how they affected his adult life. His story is one of heartbreak and tragedy and, paradoxically, of vibrant hope and compassion. A restless energy and sardonic humour permeate his writing, which is compelling in its honesty and spontaneity.

GG’s parents, Creina and Neil, were humanitarians who gave up comfortable lives to move to rural Zululand. In a place called Msinga they lived and worked among the Mchunu and Mthembu tribes, fighting for the rights of people displaced by the apartheid government’s policy of ‘forced removals’. They also fought against the corruption of police and government officials, as well as local farmers, which did not sit well with their white fellow citizens.

When GG was fourteen his father was assassinated by rival tribesmen.

GG’s early life in rural Zululand in the 1970s and 80s can only be described as unique. He and his brother Khonya, both initially home-schooled by their mother, grew up as Zulu kids, herding goats and playing with the children of their neighbours, learning to speak fluent Zulu, learning to become Zulu men under the guidance of Zulu elders, and learning the customs and history of their adopted tribes. Armed with their father’s only legacy – the skills to survive in Africa – both young men were ultimately forced to move into the ‘white’ world which was largely unknown to them.

‘Astonishing. Alcock has written the first report from the next South Africa. You might think you know South Africa, but this book will show you otherwise.’ – RIAN MALAN, author of My Traitor’s Heart.

At the Durban International Film Festival, British producer Andrew Bendel announced that Blue Horizon Productions has acquired the film rights to GG Alcock’s memoir THIRD WORLD CHILD: Born White, Zulu Bred. Click HERE for details.

About the Author

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GG Alcock has been at times a shebeen owner, political activist, community worker and African adventurer. Today he is the CEO of Minanawe Marketing, a division of The Creative Counsel. Minanawe is the leading activations agency in the South African mass market, where GG’s singular upbringing has given him the ability to unearth unique insights and creatively apply these to marketing solutions for a number of multi-national companies.

GG is very happily married to Sue, and has two beautiful blonde daughters, Zandi and Consi, for whom he insists in Zulu fashion he can expect a lot of lobola one of these days. GG lives in Joburg although his love of Africa leads him on many explorations of the continent. His staff is convinced that he never works but spends as much time as possible on one or other adventure – motorcycling across deserts and mountains, mountain biking among Zulu villages, paragliding or kayaking. ‘It’s not true,’ says GG. ‘I don’t spend enough time doing this!’

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Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers

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Tracer by Rob Boffard

Imagine The Bourne Identity meets Gravity and you’ll get Tracer, the most exciting thriller set in space you’ll ever read.

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A huge space station orbits the Earth, holding the last of humanity. It’s broken, rusted, falling apart. We’ve wrecked our planet, and now we have to live with the consequences: a new home that’s dirty, overcrowded and inescapable.

What’s more, there’s a madman hiding on the station. He’s about to unleash chaos. And when he does, there’ll be nowhere left to run.

In space, every second counts. Who said nobody could hear you scream?

About the Author

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Rob Boffard is a South African author who splits his time between London, Vancouver and Johannesburg. He has worked as a journalist for over a decade, and has written articles for publications in more than a dozen countries, including the BBC, the Guardian and Wired in the UK. Tracer is his first novel.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9780356505138

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’ bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions… An exceptional novel from the author praised by John Green as “an insanely beautiful writer”.

Courtesy of Pan Macmillan, view the reading guide for The Rest of Us Just Live Here.

About the Author

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Patrick Ness was born in the U.S. on Fort Belvoir army base, near Alexandria, Virginia, where his father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. They moved to Hawaii, where he lived until he was six, then spent the next ten years in Washington State, before moving to Los Angeles. Patrick studied English Literature at the University of Southern California.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781406361797

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Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange

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Good Morning, Mr Mandela, the extraordinary story of how a young woman had her life and everything she once believed in transformed by the greatest man of her time.

Zelda la Grange grew up in South Africa as a white Afrikaner who supported the rules of segregation. Yet a few years after the end of Apartheid she would become the trusted assistant to Nelson Mandela. Now she shares his lasting and inspiring gifts with the world.

Helen Conford, Publishing Director, said, “This is a book that will touch your life and make you believe that every one of us, no matter who we are or what we have done, has the power to change. It has brought tears to the eyes of everyone who has read it. It shines with honesty and love. The lessons Nelson Mandela gave her as he renewed his country offer hope to everyone.”

About the Author

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Zelda la Grange was born in 1970. She began working as a secretary for the government in 1992, in the Department of State Expenditure. In 1993 she moved to the Human Resources division and a year later she joined the office of the first democratically elected President of South Africa as a Senior Ministerial Typist.

She was promoted to one of President Mandela’s three Private Secretaries in 1997, and in 1999 Nelson Mandela requested her to remain in his service beyond retirement. In 2002 she left government and became full time employee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She served Nelson Mandela in different capacities over nineteen years, as Typist, Private Secretary, Manager of his office, Spokesperson and Aide-decamp. When he passed on in December 2013, she was his Personal Assistant.

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Published by Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9780241014943

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Freedom’s Child by Jax Miller

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Call me what you will: a murderer, a cop killer, a fugitive, a drunk…

There’s a lot people don’t know about Freedom Oliver. They know she works at the local bar. They know she likes a drink or two.

What they don’t know is that Freedom is not her real name. That she has spent the last eighteen years living under Witness Protection, after being arrested for her husband’s murder. They don’t know that she put her two children up for adoption, a decision that haunts her every day.

Then Freedom’s daughter goes missing, and everything changes. Determined to find her, Freedom slips her handlers and heads to Kentucky where her kids were raised. No longer protected by the government, she is tracked by her husband’s sadistic family, who are thirsty for revenge. But as she gets closer to the truth, Freedom faces an even more dangerous threat.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

The official trailer of Freedom’s Child

About the Author

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Jax Miller was born in New York in 1985. She started writing Freedom’s Child while travelling around America on the back of a motorcycle and finished it in the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside. Within 24 hours of writing ‘The End’ she had been signed up by a literary agent, and a few days later she had a publishing deal. Freedom’s Child is Jax’s debut novel and will be published in over a dozen languages. She lives in Ireland with her husband.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9780007595884

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Deliberate Concealment by Mtutuzeli Nyoka

An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus Saga.

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Mtutuzeli Nyoka grew up loving and playing the game of cricket. In 2008, he was appointed as the president of Cricket South Africa (CSA), a position he held until October 2011 when, after a protracted battle with the CSA board, he was dismissed. However, he continued to call for a commission of inquiry into irregularities in CSA. And when retired Judge Chris Nicholson conducted an investigation into CSA, his findings on the corruption and maladministration in the game were damning, particularly in terms of Gerald Majola.

In Deliberate Concealment, Nyoka shares his behind-the-scenes experiences and personal journey as events unfolded, including his own mistakes, the repercussions of the scandal on the game of cricket in South Africa, and his fight for the truth to prevail.

This is an extraordinary story of one man’s courage and determination to seek the truth and make sure it saw the light of day.’ – GILES CLARKE, president of the England and Wales Cricket Board

During his tenure as president of Cricket South Africa Mtutuzeli Nyoka fought almost alone to expose corruption and improve corporate governance within the higher echelons of South African cricket … For this the cricket community of South Africa owe him a great deal of gratitude.’ – DR ALI BACHER

About the Author

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Mtutuzeli Nyoka served as the President of Cricket South Africa from 2008 to 2011. He currently lives in Johannesburg where he practises as an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon. His first novel, I Speak to the Silent (UKZN Press), was published in 2004 to widespread critical acclaim, and his second novel, A Hill of Fools (Picador Africa) was published in 2013. Deliberate Concealment is his first work of non-fiction.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781770104297

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The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty

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Alice and Ben. A couple like any other. Bound together by love, work, children, familiarity, a shared sense of purpose.

Arguing about the usual things too – in-laws, whose career is more important, which of them is a soft touch with the children, who hates change and who craves it.

But when Ben takes a step into the unknown, and brings devastation on the family, it forces them to look at everything in a whole new way. Because, as far as they know, this is the end of the line for their family.

So what will happen if they get a second chance? Can they – should they – go back to the way they were?

About the Author

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Sinead was born and raised in Dublin where she grew up surrounded by books. Her mother is an author of children’s books. Growing up, Sinead says she was inspired by watching her mother writing.

After university, she went to live in Paris and then London. It was at the age of thirty, while working as a journalist in London, that she began to write creatively in her spare time.

After a couple of years toying with ideas, she joined a creative writing group and began to write The Baby Trail. The bitter-sweet comedy of a couple struggling to conceive hit a nerve in publishing circles. It was snapped up by Penguin Publishing in the UK and Ireland and has, to date, been translated into twenty-five languages.

Since writing The Baby Trail, Sinead has moved back to Dublin where she lives with her husband and three children and their little black cat, Minnie. The Way We Were is her eleventh novel.

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Published by Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9781844883493

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Icarus by Deon Meyer

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After 602 days dry, Captain Benny Griessel of the South African police services can’t take any more tragedy.

So when Benny is called in to investigate a multiple homicide, it pushes him close to breaking point–a former friend and detective colleague has shot his wife and two daughters, then killed himself. Benny wants out – out of his job, his home and his relationship with his singer girlfriend, Alexa. He moves into a hotel and starts drinking.

Again.

But Benny’s unique talent is urgently required to help investigate another crime – the high profile murder of Ernst Richter, MD of a new tech startup, Alibi, whose body is discovered buried in the sand dunes north of Cape Town. Alibi is a service that creates false appointments, documents and phone calls to enable people to cheat on their partners. It has made Richter one of the most notorious people in South.

About the Author

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Deon Meyer‘s books have attracted worldwide critical acclaim and a growing international fanbase. Originally written in Afrikaans, they have now been translated into twenty-eight languages.

Thirteen Hours was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger and won the Boeke Prize in South Africa – the first time in the prize’s 16 year history that a South African book has won. His novels have also won literary prizes in France, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, and the film rights to seven of his novels have been optioned or sold.

Deon has also written two television series, and several screenplays for movies. In 2013 he directed one of his original scripts for the feature film The Last Tango.

Deon Meyer lives near Cape Town in South Africa. His big passions are motorcycling, music, reading, cooking and rugby. In January 2008 he retired from his day job as a consultant on brand strategy for BMW Motorrad, and is now a full time author.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781473614390

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When Loving Him Hurts by Sue Hickey & Phillipa Sklaar

When Loving Him Hurts – a unique guidebook that takes you through the complex web of domestic abuse, avoiding victim-based myths and showing women just how to take back their power.

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Ask any woman whether a man has ever hurt her, and the answer in all probability will be a resounding Yes. Yet despite women’s abuse being one of the most topical and written about subjects today, there are still many myths and preconceptions surrounding the subject.

When Loving Him Hurts breaks open victim-based myths on domestic abuse, helping the reader to identify and accept her situation of abuse and subsequently empower her to learn the art of the sacred No, reclaiming self-esteem and healing through life-changing, creative expression.

With real life stories from well known psychotherapist Sue Hickey’s patients, the book profiles the abused woman as well as the men who abuse them, the abuser, revealing how a woman could possibly find herself in an abusive relationship as well as how the abuser doesn’t necessarily understand what he is doing and more often than not he is living semi-consciously.

Written specifically for wounded women, by two women who are all too familiar with the silent and invisible stain of abuse that marks the world we live in, this unique guide discusses how women can begin to heal themselves by examining their own answers and developing their own understanding of the abusive pattern, also developing the skills required to manage oneself in a relationship and beginning the journey of healing.

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About the Authors

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Sue Hickey is a well-known and respected Johannesburg-based therapist who has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. She has worked with and achieved astounding results in hundreds of women’s lives who, desperately unhappy in their relationships due to varying degrees of abuse, sought help from her. Due to the overwhelming demand, Sue started a support group for women in abusive relationships and worked with co-author Philippa Sklaar as a patient and survivor of abuse.

The lessons learnt from the women in group therapy over the years give depth and context to the content in When Loving Him Hurts.

Phillipa Sklaar has been in three abusive marriages. In When Loving Him Hurts, she bravely describes the pain and shame she experienced in her relationships as well as her long road to healing. “Sue invited me to assist her in the writing of this book to share my experiences. Like the recovering alcoholic who is prepared to disclose her story, I believe that my healing comes through sharing mine.”

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Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781920601560

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True Blue Superglue by Jenny Hobbs

In the fifties it was important to please your man. As the twentieth century wore on, it became more important to please yourself…

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Anne Perceval thinks she has it all: the dream boat husband, children, a happy household, and the ideal job. For the twenty-nine years of their marriage Doug is her safety net as she becomes a successful lifestyle journalist and agony aunt in London, writing popular columns for a women’s magazine. But as Doug’s career falters and a return home to South Africa holds an uncertain future, Anne faces new challenges that will test her resolve. When Doug falls ill, the consequences threaten everything she believes and has lived for.

True Blue Superglue follows their lives from big-dreaming students to strung-out parents to a couple at the end of their tether. It is a love story with a sting in its tale that moves from South Africa to swinging London and back home again.

Witty and poignant, Jenny Hobbs‘ novel is also a tribute to a life lived as a woman in changing times.

About the Author

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Jenny Hobbs was born in Durban. She is the author of seven novels,
Thoughts in a Makeshift MortuaryThe Sweet-Smelling JasmineThe Telling of Angus QuainVideo DreamsKitchen BoyThe Miracle of Crocodile Flats and Napoleon Bones, and four works of non-fiction. She lives in Franschhoek and is the Director of the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

View Jenny‘s website HERE

Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781415207628

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