The Meaning of Luck by Steve Waugh

Stories of Learning, Leadership and Love.


In The Meaning of Luck, former Australian cricket captain and 2004 Australian of the Year Steve Waugh explores the concept of luck, based on his experiences in the worlds of sport, business and charity.

Steve begins by recalling the potentially devastating event that rocked his life in 2006, when his wife Lynette suffered a life-threatening brain bleed. Today, Lynette describes her illness as a ‘stroke of luck’, which she can do only because she fought so hard to regain her health and strength. She is lucky, but only because she chose to be. Lynette is the first of a number of characters in the book who have triumphed over adversity.

Also featured are cricketers, coaches, business and community leaders, and some of the brave children Steve has come into contact with through his philanthropy in India and Australia. There are tales from Ashes Tests, World Cups and the Olympic Games. The stories in The Meaning of Luck carry messages about leadership, maximising potential and having fun. Together, they provide a guide for people seeking to progress not just in sport, but in whatever direction they choose for their lives.

About the Author


Steve Waugh evolved from a series of setbacks early in his international cricket career to become arguably the toughest, most mentally strong player of his generation. He retired in 2004 with more Test and one-day appearances than any other Australian cricketer. He was named Australian of the Year in 2004 and Australian Father of the Year in 2005.

Steve led his country to 41 victories in 57 Tests between 1999 and 2004, clearly the best winning percentage for a Test captain with more than 20 Tests in charge, and in 106 one-day internationals, for 67 victories, including the 1999 World Cup. The Australian cricket team was named ‘Team of the Year’ at the 2002 Laureus World Sports Awards.

Since his retirement, Steve has swapped his cricket whites and baggy green for a business suit and tie, built an enviable reputation as a writer and observer on the game he loves, and worked with the Australian Olympic team and the Australian soccer team in mentoring and athlete liaison roles. He has also devoted much time to charity — most notably through his patronage of the Udayan children’s home in Kolkata, India, and the Steve Waugh Foundation’s support for children fighting Rare Diseases in Australia.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780987564108

Chris Hani by Hugh Macmillan

Chris Hani was killed by those who would like to see an explosion of carnage and race war, a massive spilling of blood, and the end of negotiations. The assassins want to drag us back to a military battlefield. Let us draw them back to a battlefield of our choosing – the battlefield of the ballot. They may have the guns. But we have the majority. Chris Hani had a dream of democracy. They killed the man, but they can never kill the dream. And the dream of Chris Hani is about to become a reality.’

– Speech by Joe Slovo at Chris Hani’s funeral (19 April 1993)


The assassination of Chris Hani outside his home in Dawn Park on 10 April 1993 by a right-wing extremist was a decisive moment in the transition to democracy in South Africa. Drawing on personal knowledge of the ANC in exile in Lusaka, as well as archives and interviews, Hugh Macmillan shows in this book how it was that a man from a remote corner of the Transkei, who had never held high office, was held in such high esteem by so many people. He demonstrates how Hani’s conspicuous displays of both physical and moral courage, taken together with compassion and humanity, combined to make him a great leader.

I think finally the ANC will have to fight a new enemy. That enemy would be another struggle to make freedom and democracy worthwhile to ordinary South Africans … what we do in the field of socioeconomic restructuring: creation of jobs; building houses, schools, medical facilities; overhauling our education; eliminating illiteracy, building a society which cares, and fighting corruption and … the gravy train of using power, government position to enrich individuals. We must build a different culture in this country, different from Africa, different from the Nationalist Party. And that culture should be one of service to people.’ 

Chris Hani: Thoughts on the transition from liberation  movement to governing party.

About the Author


Hugh Macmillan is a historian who has taught at universities in Swaziland, Zambia and South Africa. He is currently a research associate at the African Studies Centre, Oxford University and an extraordinary researcher at the University of the Western Cape. He has published widely on a variety of southern African topics, including the history of the ANC. His books include The Lusaka Years: The ANC in Exile (Jacana, 2013) and An African Trading Empire (IB Tauris, 2005).

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Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781431408917

Hagedash the Hadeda by Charles de Villiers & Claire Norden


A captivating story, told in rhyming verse, about a hadeda who loves to sing. Hagedash and her family will be familiar characters to children across the country – the cast is drawn from the comical birds they see every day on garden lawns.

The text offers insight into the real-life traits and habits of hadedas and tells the story of Hagedash, her happy meeting with Hagar and their growing family. The initially tranquil scene builds up to a great commotion, but it all ends peacefully.

The bright, playful drawings are by Claire Norden who has a proven track record in illustrating children’s books. The book comes with a full page of stickers to encourage further engagement with the story.

This third title in Struik Nature‘s Original African Tale series – set to become local classics – will have wide popular appeal with children and parents alike.


About the Author


Charles de Villiers works in computer systems design and is a published science writer. His ready and whimsical sense of humour finds focus in children’s verse.

About the Illustrator


Claire Norden has made a name for herself in the field of children’s book illustration, and her bold, colourful artwork is widely known and loved.

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Published by Struik Nature (An imprint of Random House Struik)
ISBN: 9781775841814

Stork – I Love Baking SA


One of South Africa’s fastest growing food Facebook groups, I Love Baking SA, brought to you by Stork, now brings you a recipe book of 70 of your all-time favourite cakes, biscuits and treats.


Apple Crumble.Baked Lemon Cheesecake.Baked Milk Tart.Banana Bread.Black Forest Cake.Braai Day Roosterkoek.Bread & Butter Pudding.Buttermilk Rusks.Cake Pops.Carrot Cake.Cheese Scones.Cherry Loaf.Chilled LemonCheesecake.Choc Chip Cookies.Chocolate Eclairs.Chocolate Fudge Cake.Chocolate Muffins.Chocolate Soufflé.Chocolate Truffles.Cinnabons.Coconut Cake.Coconut Ice.Coconut Lamingtons.Coffee Cake.Coffee Cookies.Cremora Tart.Croissants.Crunchies.Custard Cookies.Dark Chocolate Torte.Date Cake.Double Chocolate Caramel Fudge Cake.Doughnuts.Easy Nut & Cherry Fudge.Farm Animal Cupcakes.Fruit, Honey & Oat Bars.Gingerbread Figures.Gingernut Biscuits.Granadilla Cake.Herzogkoekies.Honeycomb.Hot Cross Buns.Jam Tart.Koeksisters.Lemon Meringue Tart.Macaroons.Madeira Cake.Marshmallow Crackle Treats.Malva Pudding.Melting Moments.Microwave Chocolate Cake.Microwave Fudge.Microwave Milk Tart.Mielie Bread.Millionaires Shortbread.Mince Pies.Overnight Bran & Date Muffins.Petit Fours.Quick Chocolate Fondue.Red Velvet Cake.Red Velvet Chocolate Brownies.Red Velvet Cupcakes.Rich Chocolate Cheesecake.Rocky Road Brownies.Shortbread.Sugar Cookies.Vanilla Fudge Cake.Vanilla Sponge Cake.Waffles.5 Cup Health Crunchies


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Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers

ISBN: 9780620602952

Black Brain, White Brain by Gavin Evans

Is Intelligence Skin Deep?


Smart, accessible and stimulating, Black Brain White Brain is by far the most important book yet written to systematically debunk society’s lingering attachments to race science and its pet topics of intelligence, genetics and civilization.’ Jonathan Jansen, University of Free State.

Racist thinking – that intelligence is influenced by racial origin, for example – was part of mainstream science a century ago and, surprisingly, is still endorsed by maverick scientists at some of the world’s most respectable institutions today. The myths being perpetuated on genetics, race, IQ and general intelligence are what Black Brain, White Brain challenges – precisely, systematically and in painstaking detail.

In this immensely readable book Evans tackles highly complex subjects, from the origin of humans and the genesis of intelligence to athletic performance and genes, IQ and cleverness, in a fluent and engaging style that makes science accessible and the facts absorbing. Persuasive, without being didactic or sermonising, and lightened by a wry sense of humour, Evans’s text weaves it all together in such a way that one is keen to follow all the threads the better to see the larger tapestry.

Carefully balancing claims, testing dodgy propositions and presenting fairly the theories of modern scientists and evolutionary psychologists, Evans shows just how uniform we are, genetically, as a species and that it’s mainly the environment we grow up and live in that’s the strong determining factor in general intelligence.

`Punchy and perceptive, Evans’ passionate and wide-ranging debunking of hereditarian views of race in areas ranging from archaeology to IQ and sport deserves wide readership in South Africa and beyond’ - Saul Dubow, Queen Mary, University of London.

About the Author


Gavin Evans worked as a journalist for 30 years – a decade in South Africa, for Mail & GuardianThe Sunday Times and as a foreign correspondent for Inter Press Service, Rome. Since then he has written for The New York TimesNewsdayThe GuardianThe TelegraphEsquireThe New StatesmanThe TimesThe IndependentFinancial Times andDaily Mail, among others.

He is the author of four books, including the memoir Dancing Shoes is Dead, which was short-listed for the Alan Paton non-fiction prize.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781868426065

You Are Here by Chris Hadfield

Around the World in 92 Minutes

From the author of the international bestseller An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth – an unforgettable photographic portrait of the planet we call home, as seen from Space.


In You Are Here, bestselling author and celebrated astronaut Chris Hadfield creates a virtual orbit of Earth, giving us the really big picture: this is our home, from space. The millions of us who followed Hadfield’s news-making Twitter feed from the ISS thought we knew what we were looking at when we first saw his photos. But we may have caught the beauty and missed the full meaning. Now, in this book of photographs from the International Space Station – many of which have never been shared – Hadfield unveils a fresh and insightful look at our planet. He sees astonishing detail and importance in these images, not just because he’s spent months in space but because his in-depth knowledge of geology, geography, and meteorology allows him to reveal the photos’ mysteries.

Featuring Hadfield’s favourite images, You Are Here is divided by continent and represents one (idealised) orbit of the ISS. This planetary photo tour – surprising, playful, thought-provoking, and visually delightful – provides a breathtakingly beautiful perspective on the wonders of the world. You Are Here opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence of newly uncovered landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species.

About the Author


Chris Hadfield is one of the most seasoned and accomplished astronauts in the world. The top graduate of the U.S. Air Force test pilot school in 1988 and U.S. Navy test pilot of the year in 1991, Hadfield was selected to be an astronaut in 1992. He was CAPCOM for 25 shuttle launches and served as Director of NASA Operations in Star City, Russia from 2001–2003, Chief of Robotics at the Johnson Space Center in Houston from 2003–2006, and Chief of International Space Station Operations from 2006–2008. Hadfield most recently served as Commander of the International Space Station where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero gravity version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” received over 10 million views in its first three days online.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447278603

A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles And Amphibians of East Africa by Bill Branch


Comprehensively revised, expanded and updated, this compact guide makes the ideal travelling companion on trips to the wildlife areas and nature reserves of East Africa. 

It features: authoritative text describing key identification features; full-colour photographs illustrating a range of commonly encountered, rare and beautiful species; distribution maps showing the range of each species; thumbnail outlines of each family group, enabling quick identification. 

About the Author


Bill Branch is a well-known herpetologist and author of a range of books and papers on African reptiles and amphibians. He has done extensive fieldwork in over 20 African countries and has described over 40 new species. Bill has served on international conservation committees and co-authored the Atlas and Red List of South African Reptiles. He holds a doctorate in Zoology from the University of Southampton.

Published by Struik Nature (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781775841654

Yes Please by Amy Poehler


In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much). Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.

About the Author


Amy Poehler is an actress, comedian, and writer. She was a founding member of the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City and a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2001 to 2009, where she was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards. She currently stars as Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, for which she won a Golden Globe. Poehler lives in Los Angeles, and this is her first book.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447283300

Insider’s Guide How and Where to Photograph Birds in Southern Africa by Isak Pretorius


Isak is the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award for the Bird Behaviour category – the first South African ever to win this award. 

This is the most comprehensive guide on bird photography available. Whether you are new to bird photography or are already a passionate hobbyist, this guide will teach you all the tools, techniques and creative ideas required to take your bird photography to the next level. 

Covering everything you need to know, this book tells you how to choose the right equipment, where to look for birds and how to predict their movements, how to get close enough to your subject, and how to produce sharp images.

About the Author


Isak Pretorius, a specialist wildlife photographic guide from South Africa, has won multiple awards. His preferred genre of fine art bird photography is easily recognisable by his authentic style, simplistic design and technical skill. He has taken a keen interest in educating photographers about their surroundings as well as teaching them the art of photography.

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Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781431409303

The Black & White Story by Wim van der Berg

Are you a Sharks fan? Then this is THE book to ask for this Christmas …


The Black & White Story traces the long and proud 125 year history of the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union and their team The Sharks.


The Natal Rugby Union, later renamed the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union, was founded in 1890 and there have been many heroes in the 125 years. Some of them were players, others administrators; and then of course there were the men who spent hours on training fields with schools, clubs and province, and those who refereed matches at all levels.

Natal only won fifty per cent of their Currie Cup matches in their first 60 years and then came the surprise first final in 1956 when a gust of wind cost them the title. It took sixty-six years for the union to enjoy its first Currie Cup final.

But the province did produce its fair share of quality players, including Springboks Bill Payne, Wally Clarkson and Philip Nel, who led South Africa on the country’s unbeaten tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1937.

Two of those coaches, in particular, turned the fortunes of Natal around in the years before they became known as the Sharks. Izak van Heerden became world-renowned for his tactics and emphasis on skills to play running rugby. This transformed Natal into a real power and also a crowd favourite. And fifteen years later Ian McIntosh identified a (totally different) ‘new style’. This put Natal at the forefront following some lean years and bore fruit when they won the Currie Cup for a first time in 1990.

Retold in detail is the wonderful 25 year period following The Sharks first Currie Cup win in 1990 (after being a team playing B section rugby in the 1980s), of the construction of Kings Park Stadium, and how today, The Sharks (previously known as The Banana Boys) have become one of the leading rugby brands in the world.

About the Author


Wim van der Berg is the managing editor of Blou, the official magazine of the Bulls and Blue Bulls. He is a seasoned rugby writer and author and has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers for the past 40 years.

Wim played rugby until he was 57, was a senior club referee, coached rugby at first team level, sat on committees of various clubs, and was manager and coach at provincial sevens level.

He has published seven books on rugby: 75 Blue Bulls Legends; True to the Blue; 150 years of Rugby in South Africa;The Extraordinary Book of South African Rugby(all also in Afrikaans); and Great Moments in Currie Cup History and co-authored Blue Bulls: 70 Years of Glory(also in Afrikaans) and A Lions Tale with Gerhard Burger.

Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers

ISBN: 9780620615457