The Unauthorised History of South Africa by Dr Stienie Dikderm & Prof Herodotus Hlope


Researched and written by two historians well respected in concentric circles, this hilarious take on our collective past reveals stunning new discoveries and fascinating new figures, from Koos van Doosch, the cheese-pimp who settled the Cape a year before Van Riebeeck, to Shaka’s lesser-known brother, Nigel Zulu, who just wanted to be a florist. You’ll discover how the winner of the Mr Mielie Board beauty pageant came to rule South Africa, and you’ll celebrate our greatest triumphs, like when Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman won the Rugby World Cup in 1995.

From small fat gold-plated rhinos in Mapungubwe to small fat gold-plated politicians in Mangaung, The Unauthorised History of South Africa tells you the history you always wanted to know but were too afraid to ask.

About the authors

Dr Stienie Dikderm

Dr Stienie Dikderm was born in Bethlehem, in a manger, because there was no room at the Holiday Inn in Welkom. Educated at Dominee Sweepklap se Skool vir Gereformeerde Meisiekinders, she completed her PhD in Historical History, with a thesis entitled Barefoot over the Drakensberg: Toe Jam and Bunions as Cultural Artefacts. She currently teaches Media-Relevant Historical Factoids in the Department of Media and Stuff and Whatever at the Technical University of the South-East, Umhlanga Rocks campus.

Follow Dr Stienie Dikderm on Twitter HERE

Prof Herodotus Hlope

Professor Herodotus Hlope is a veteran of the Struggle To Get Published, having first stormed the barricades of publishing in the 1980s with a short novel about being young and misunderstood, entitled Being Young and Misunderstood. However, Academia beckoned (she was the manicurist who lived next door) and he married her in 1988. They have two children, Number One and Number Two (Prof. Hlope admits he is ‘not good with names’). Professor Hlope currently lectures in the Department of Relevance and Vibrancy at the University College of Technical Excellence, Boksburg Campus.

Published by Zebra Press (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781770225947

Cook from the Heart by Alida Ryder


These are recipes specially created to suit your mood – food that will give you a lift when you are feeling down, add that extra bit of joy to your celebrations, turn a romantic occasion into something fantastic, enhance moments of calm and serenity, and even cover those days when you feel too lazy to cook but need to feed yourself and your family.

Get inspired by Alida Ryder‘s enthusiasm, her fresh ideas and her easy to follow instructions and cook scrumptious food, whatever your mood.

Alida Ryder‘s first book, Simple & Delicious, was published by Penguin South Africa in 2012. Apart from her expertise in the kitchen, she is a food stylist, photographer, award-winning blogger and the mother of twins.

Courtesy of Penguin Books, download (click HERE) recipes for DARK CHOCOLATE MERINGUE KISSES and TOFFEE APPLES.

About the author


Alida Ryder is the writer, photographer and stylist of, an award-winning food blog. Within a year after starting her blog she had already gained great success and had won two awards at the SA Blog Awards 2010 for Best New Blog and Best Food & Wine Blog.

Like Alida Ryder‘s Simply Delicious Food Blog on Facebook, follow her on Twitter or follow her on Pinterest.

Published by Penguin Books SA

 ISBN: 9780143538448

And also available in Afrikaans – Kook uit die Hart.

Knowing Mandela by John Carlin


This book begins with Mandela‘s release from prison in 1990, and ends with the last time John Carlin saw Mandela face-to-face in 2009. Spanning decades, and chronicling both personal and national memories, Carlin‘s tribute to Mandela is a fitting retrospective on a life well lived and its enduring legacy.

John began covering South African politics while serving as the London Independent’s Bureau Chief in South Africa in 1989, and formed a relationship with Nelson Mandela in the decades since. Mandela has called Carlin‘s journalism ‘courageous’ and ‘absolutely inspiring’. Now, Carlin reflects back on the man he has studied and admired for much of his career.

About the author


John Carlin grew up in Argentina and in the UK and spent 1989-95 in South Africa as the Independent‘s correspondent there. He has also lived in Nicaragua, Mexico and Washington, writing for The Times, the Observer, the Sunday Times, the New York Times, among other papers, and working for the BBC. His previous book, Playing the Enemy, was the basis of the film Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood, which earned Oscar nominations for both Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman.

View John’s website HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9781782394327

Bouch by Mark Boucher


When Mark Boucher played his first game of cricket for South Africa, a senior player took him aside and bluntly told him he was the worst wicket-keeper ever to play in the national side. Over a decade later, when Bouch finally retired with a plethora of records under his belt and to huge acclaim from the public, he took grim satisfaction in relating this piece of history.

Through my Eyes is the story of a man with remarkable sporting prowess. Born into a sports-mad family in East London, he excelled in squash, tennis and rugby before choosing cricket as his preferred sport. His extraordinary achievements on the field are well known – he was voted SA player of the year in 1998, 2000 and 2006. What is not so well known, and makes up much of this book, are the behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes. Stories of staring down the barrel of defeat and of celebrating victory; of developing strong bonds with teammates Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and others that go way beyond mere friendship. What emerges is the image of a man who always fought for the underdog, whose never-say-die attitude inspires those around him.

Boucher’s career was brought to a dramatic end on a cricket pitch in England when the bail of a stump punctured his left eye. But, in his own words, ‘I lost sight but gained vision.’ True to his character of gritty determination, Bouch has rededicated his life to a new cause, that of the environment and particularly the critically endangered rhino.

About the author


Mark Boucher is a former South African cricketer, who holds the record for the most Test dismissals by a wicket-keeper. He was a regular feature of the South African side since the 1997/1998 tour to Australia, until his retirement from international cricket in July 2012.

View Mark’s website HERE

Follow Mark on Twitter HERE and like his page on Facebook HERE

Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781868425907