Movie Release of Spud – Learning to Fly

The film adaptation of the third Spud book – Spud: Learning to Fly, written by John van de Ruit, hits our big screens today!

Official movie trailer – Spud: Learning to Fly

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About the book

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As Spud Milton continues his diabolical stagger through adolescence,he learns one of life’s most important lessons: when dealing with women and cretins, nothing is ever quite as it seems.

‘I’m practically a man in most areas,’ writes Spud confidently on his sixteenth birthday. The year is 1992 and, as always in South Africa, radical change is in the air. The country may be on the bumpy road to an uncomfortable redemption, but Spud Milton is hoping for a smooth ride as he returns to boarding school as a senior. Instead, he discovers that his vindictive arch enemy is back to taunt him and that a garrulous Malawian has taken residence in his dormitory, along with the regular inmates and misfits he calls friends.

Spud’s world has never seemed less certain. He attempts to master Shakespeare, wrestles constantly with God and the power of negative thinking, and develops an aversion to fried fish after a shocking discovery about his grandmother, Wombat.

Spud – Learning to Fly transports the reader on an authentic tragicomic journey, deep into the sublime and ridiculous world of being a teenager. It is the third and penultimate instalment in the series of Spud Milton’s schoolboy diaries, following on the bestselling Spud and Spud – The Madness Continues …

About the Author


John van de Ruit is an actor, playwright and author who was educated at Michaelhouse and received a Masters degree in Drama and Performance studies from the University of KwaZulu – Natal. His debut novel, Spud, is a publishing phenomenon in South Africa, smashing all local fiction records.

Following Spud’s release in September 2005, the sequel Spud – The Madness Continues… (2007) received rave reviews and both books have since been published around the globe. The penultimate book in the side-splitting series, Spud – Learning to Fly, was released in June 2009. The final book in the series, Spud – Exit, Pursued by a Bear was released in August 2012.

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Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780143539520

How to Drive by Ben Collins

Welcome to the next chapter of your driving education.


Former Top Gear Stig, Ben Collins, shares expert skills and wisdom refined over a twenty-year career as one of the best drivers in the world – from Le Mans Series racing to NASCAR, piloting the Batmobile and dodging bullets with James Bond.

Ben’s philosophy of anticipation, smoothness and speed, honed over thousands of hours of elite-level performance, is really about economy of motion – which also gives you greater control, safety and fuel efficiency. This book is about driving better, not faster.

About the Author 


Ben Collins was born in Bristol before moving to California, where he competed as a junior Olympic standard swimmer. When a career as a fighter pilot was cut short by a visit to the optician, Ben switched to cars.

He won races in every category from Formula Three to Le Mans Sportscars and GT, and captured the European ASCAR title. When a lack of funding curtailed his racing career, Ben joined the Army Reserves. He also worked as a Hollywood stuntman. In 2003 he became the anonymous fourth presenter, known as The Stig, of Top Gear, coaching celebrities, organising car chases and testing hundreds of priceless cars.

Eight years and thirteen series on, his alter ego is recognised by millions around the world. Ben lives in the West country with his wife Georgie and three children.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447272854

Wallop! An Advertising Phenonemon called Rightford, Searle-Tripp & Makin by Toni Younghusband


Ogilvy South Africa’s origins lie with a little hot shop in Cape Town founded by Bob Rightford, Brian Searle-Tripp and Roger Makin in 1976. They arrived on the South African advertising scene with an energy and passion that made them the industry’s hottest property.

At the time, South Africa was tearing itself apart, and many people were eager to embrace a new value system they could believe in – no bullshit, no lies, no apartheid, no company politics – RS-TM offered this, in their ads and also to their staff.

From the day Rightford Searle-Tripp & Makin opened they produced work that made people feel things, including:

• IBM’s ‘he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother’ ads featuring elephants in the desert;
• Lion matches’ box of friends;
• the Dunlop staffie;
• the iconic Volkswagen ads, like the ‘changes’ one featuring the song ‘Memories’ by André de Villiers and the ones starring David Kramer; and
• the Jungle Oats champion children.

This book conveys the energy and joy of the early years at the ‘Little Yellow Agency’, as it grew to become the jewel in the Ogilvy & Mather worldwide crown.

About the Author


Toni Younghusband started her career at The Star on the health beat after being told, ‘the best journalists come from newspapers’.

After 13 years in news journalism, she moved to magazines, joining Jane Raphaely as deputy editor at Femina. Thereafter she was editor of Shape and the Discovery Health magazine.

Recently Toni moved to Prince Albert and became a full-time writer, editor and project manager. She has an uncanny knack for telling a story that leaves you spellbound.

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Published by Tafelberg (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780624064954

Playing Big by Tara Mohr

The groundbreaking book that gives every woman the practical skills they need to begin Playing Big.


Five years ago, Tara Mohr began to see a pattern in her work as an expert in leadership: women with tremendous talent, ideas and aspiration were not recognising their own brilliance. They felt that they were ‘playing small’ in their lives and careers and wanted to ‘play bigger’, but didn’t know how. And so Tara devised a step-by-step programme for playing big from the inside out: this book is the result.

Many women are aware of the changes they need to make to be more successful, but they don’t know how to become that more confident woman they’d like to be. Playing Big provides real, practical tools to help women trust their instincts; identify and pursue their callings; become their own mentor; and take bold action to make their ideas a reality.

Not everyone wants to be a CEO, but every woman – whether a graduate, manager, volunteer, creative, stay-at-home mum or an entrepreneur – aspires to something: more influence at work or fulfilment at home; more opportunities to share their voice; more certainty in their vision. Tara has already helped thousands of women across the world to play bigger according to what ‘playing big’ truly means to them. And when women play big, we make things happen.

About the Author


Tara Sophia Mohr is the founder of the global Playing Big leadership programme for women and an expert on women’s leadership and well-being: her ’10 Rules for Brilliant Women’ was a viral sensation. Trained by the Coaches Training Institute, Tara also holds an MBA from Stanford University and a degree in English literature from Yale. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post; in demand as a key-note speaker – including for the Emerging Women Live conference; and for TEDx, The White House Project and Harvard Business School – and has been featured on the TODAY Show, ForbesWoman, Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, BBC and numerous other media outlets.

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Published by Struik International

ISBN: 9780091954369

Remaking the ANC by Anthony Butler


In 2014 we have heard much about the crises and predicaments in which the ANC finds itself. As Anthony Butler says in the introduction to this new book:

After two decades as the party of national government in South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) is facing unprecedented political challenges. The national and provincial elections in May 2014 demonstrated the vulnerability of the liberation movement to defeat in the most populous and economically pivotal province, Gauteng. It has become clear that the organisational weaknesses of the ANC extend from its candidate selection and leadership election processes, to its membership systems, communications, and money-fuelled politics. As a party of government, the ANC has found itself unable to advance coherent and credible economic and development policies. It remains confused about the appropriate relationship between the state and avowedly ‘revolutionary’ liberation movement in a constitutional democracy.

Remaking the ANC examines how and why political parties like the ANC are able to adapt and survive despite facing considerable challenges to their dominant position in government. Using general theories of party change from political science, the contributors to this volume explore just how dominant parties like the ANC can defer defeat and how parties that have lost power can come back and win again. Several chapters investigate the ANC – one of several ‘dominant parties’ that have begun to lose their shine. Other chapters look at the Chinese Communist Party; the Indian National Congress; the Workers’ Party (PT) in Brazil; the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) in Malaysia; the Kuomintang (KMT) in Taiwan; and Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). In conclusion, Anthony Butler sets out the key factors that reformers in the ANC should bear in mind when contemplating how to revive its fortunes.

About the Author


Anthony Butler is a Professor of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town. He has been a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and director of the politics and administration programme at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Cyril Ramaphosa (Jacana Media and James Currey) and writes a regular column for Business Day (Johannesburg).

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Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781431420193

One Man by Anonymous


The story of six people. Their lives strangely intertwined. One day. One night. A night that will change all of them in ways they could never have imagined.


All Gwaza wants is revenge and he doesn’t care who he has to go through to get it. Seven years in a maximum security facility have turned the young tsotsi into a warrior and now he has only one thing on his mind – to kill the woman who put him away, the woman who sent him to Hell. Who can stop him?


All nine-year-old Kiki wants is love. Ignored by her mother and father, Kiki is endlessly jealous of Anele – the daughter of her family’s domestic worker. Busi is always there for Anele – laughing at her jokes, braiding her hair. In contrast all Kiki has is her “Barbie Sitter” – the most recent in an endless line of au pairs. Will anyone truly care when she goes missing?


All Du Toit wants is peace and no one will give it to him. Not his wife, not his mistress and certainly not the South African government – who endlessly move the BEE goalposts. Building Du Toit Manufacturing has been his whole life, but sometimes you have to tear down what you have to get what you want. Or do you?


All Precious wants is justice. And as an overworked prosecutor in the South African justice system she fails every day to achieve it. But the universe works in mysterious ways and the high-profile case that is about to land in her lap might just give her the opportunity to make it all right. But who is really pulling the strings?


All Mira wants is to believe in a future where she can help to make the world a better place. But she’s stuck in a dead-end job with no hope of anything more. The only bright patch on her horizon is her new boyfriend, Arno, but is he all he seems?


All Joseph wants is respect. When he graduated from medical school in Zimbabwe he thought he had the world at his feet. But that was before he became caught up in politics and was banned from practising medicine. Now he works as a gardener in a Johannesburg suburb, scraping together money to send home to his wife and daughters. What will become of his sick daughter when his job is on the line?

The life and the death of one man will change everything.

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Published by Kwela Books (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780795707056

Jamie’s Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook by Jamie Oliver

Jamie‘s cookbook for 2014 is all about those wonderful comforting dishes closest to your heart. 


It’s about food that makes you feel safe, secure, excited and happy. Dishes are inspired by everything from childhood memories to the seasons, taking into account all those guilty pleasures and lots of good mood food. 

With much-loved meals from around the world, the recipes in this beautiful book are guaranteed to hit the spot, every time.

From the ultimate mac ‘n’ cheese and mighty moussaka, to delicate delicious gyozas, and lots of indulgent sticky toffee pudding and retro semifreddo viennetta, there’s something for everyone.

About the Author


Jamie Oliver started cooking at his parents’ pub, The Cricketers, in Clavering, Essex, at the age of eight. After leaving school he began a career as a chef that took him to the River Café, where he was famously spotted by a television production company.

His television and publishing career began in 1999 with The Naked Chef series. Since then he has set up Fifteen restaurant in London, changed school dinners in the UK and revolutionized home cooking. His charity, The Jamie Oliver Foundation, seeks to improve people’s lives through food.

He writes for publications in the UK and around the world, including his own Jamie Magazine. Jamie lives in London and Essex with his wife Jools and their children.

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Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780718159535

The Tiger and the Tortoise by Mike Hardwich

The Tiger and the Tortoise – Final Memoirs of a Vet, the third collection of veterinary tales written by Mike Hardwich.


So far it had been a blissfully peaceful weekend. A restful break such as this is what every vet dreams of. The standby vehicle had remained stationary and the telephone had been silent. The veterinary hospital was empty even though the days of the last week had been very busy.

Actually, it seemed too good to be true.

As it happened, it was.” 

It takes a lot to unsettle a vet who has been in practice for a career spanning a good few decades, but when Mike Hardwich learnt that the wattled crane from the Hlatikulu sanctuary with the badly broken wing needing his urgent attention was also the only breeding male in captivity in South Africa, and one of a highly endangered species, he knew he could not afford to make any mistakes. This and all the other stories in this the third book in his memoirs trilogy, following on from the bestselling The Lion and the Lamb and The Rhino and the Rat, makes riveting and unforgettable reading.

With his infectious mix of humour and humility, and drawing on a broad range of experiences, Mike recounts his endearing tales of treating creatures wild, wonderful and sometimes downright weird, including an encounter with an untrustworthy zebra, a llama in the Midlands who contemptuously spat in his face, and domestic pets whose owners probably needed more treatment than they did. We get to know Mike’s own story along the way, as the boy who carried baby chicks in his school blazer pocket and who never got to ride his first horse, to his grandmother’s talkative parrot who could command a span of oxen, and to the next generation of animal carers in his daughter Dale, whose patience and gentle skills reap multiple rewards for all. 

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Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers

ISBN: 9780620602136


Captivated by You by Sylvia Day


Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached, threatening everything. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream…

About the Author

Sylvia Day

Sylvia Day is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels in multiple genres – contemporary, fantasy, historical, science fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. A wife and mother of two, she is a former Russian linguist for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence.

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Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9781405916400


Hope to Die by James Patterson


Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross’ family – his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children–have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?

Widely praised by the greatest crime and thriller writers of our time, Cross My Heart set a jaw-dropping story in motion. Hope to Die propels Alex Cross’ greatest challenge to its astonishing finish, proving why Jeffery Deaver says “nobody does it better” than James Patterson.

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About the Author


James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, Treasure Hunters, and the I Funny, Confessions, Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard and Daniel X series. In 2010, James Patterson was voted Author of the Year at the Children’s Choice Book Awards in New York. He lives in Florida.

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Published by Random House Struik

ISBN: 9781780890166