Oliver’s Outline by Alan Glass & Sandy Lightley

Your outline is somewhere out

there where you seek.

It is waiting for you

right now as we speak.’

- From Oliver’s Outline

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Like many children and adults, Oliver has to face his fears and anxiety. He believes that all his problems would lessen if he had an outline.

With encouragement from his parents, Oliver goes on a journey of self-discovery, only to realise that his outline was there all along. In order to see it, he has to learn to recognise his strengths, live in the present and believe in himself.

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Also available in Afrikaans as Oliver se Omlyning

Successful author and illustrator team Alan Glass and Sandy Lightley have collaborated once again to bring you Oliver’s OutlineThey have worked together since 2004 with Ed Jordan and Paul Choritz on the highly acclaimed and award-winning children’s music and book series Beautiful Creatures

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Published by Pan Macmillan SA

ISBN: 9781770104228

The Italian Wife by Kate Furnivall

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Italy, 1932 – Mussolini’s Italy is growing from strength to strength, but at what cost? One bright autumn morning, architect Isabella Berotti sits at a café in the vibrant centre of Bellina, when a woman she’s never met asks her to watch her ten-year-old daughter, just for a moment. Reluctantly, Isabella agrees — and then watches in horror as the woman climbs to the top of the town’s clock tower and steps over the edge.

This tragic encounter draws vivid memories to the surface, forcing Isabella to probe deeper into the secrets of her own past as she tries to protect the young girl from the authorities.

Together with charismatic photographer Roberto Falco, Isabella is about to discover that secrets run deeper, and are more dangerous, than either of them could have possibly imagined . . .

From the glittering marble piazzas, to the picturesque hillside villages and winding streets of Rome, Kate Furnivall‘s epic new novel, The Italian Wife will take you on a breathtaking journey of intrigue, romance and betrayal.

About the Author

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Kate Furnivall was raised in Penarth, a small seaside town in Wales. Her mother, whose own childhood was spent in Russia, China and India, discovered at an early age that the world around us is so volatile, that the only things of true value are those inside your head and your heart. These values Kate explores in The Russian Concubine.

Kate went to London University where she studied English and from there she went into publishing, writing material for a series of books on the canals of Britain. Then into advertising where she met her future husband, Norman. She travelled widely, giving her an insight into how different cultures function which was to prove invaluable when writing The Russian Concubine.

By now Kate had two sons and so moved out of London to a 300-year old thatched cottage in the countryside where Norman became a full-time crime writer. He won the John Creasey Award in 1987, writing as Neville Steed. Kate and Norman now live by the sea in the beautiful county of Devon, only 5 minutes from the home of Agatha Christie!

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9780751550757

Mozart by Paul Johnson

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Mozart’s music has enthralled listeners for centuries. In this brilliant biography, acclaimed historian Paul Johnson draws upon his expert knowledge of the era and Mozart’s own private letters to conjure Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life and times in rich detail. 

Johnson charts Mozart’s life from age three through to his later years—when he penned The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. Along the way, Johnson challenges some of the popular myths that cloud Mozart’s image: his allegedly tempestuous personal relationships and supposedly bitter rivalry with Salieri, as well as the notion that he was desperately impoverished when he died.

The result—a bold, invigorating portrait of one of the most popular and influential composers of all time—is a welcome addition to Johnson’s extraordinary body of work and makes a perfect gift for classical music lovers and fans of biographies.

About the Author

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Beginning with Modern Times (1985), Paul Johnson‘s books are acknowledged masterpieces of historical analysis. He is a regular columnist for Forbes and The Spectator, and his work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications.

Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780143126065 

Little Humans by Brandon Stanton

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When Brandon Stanton started a photography project in 2010 to capture the extraordinary in everyday New Yorkers, he didn’t realize it would take off almost overnight.

He now has over three million dedicated followers from all over the world who can’t get enough of Humans of New York.

In this heart-warming photographic picture book, Brandon’s lens is trained on the littlest humans of New York – the ones who get back up when they fall, who have an impeccable taste in fashion, and who love with all their hearts.

With spare text and a mix of all-new exclusive photos and fan favourites, Little Humans is sure to appeal to fans of HONY and those who have yet to discover it.

About the Author

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Brandon Stanton studied at the University of Georgia and worked as a bond trader in Chicago before founding the “Humans of New York” blog in the summer of 2010. His first book, Humans of New York, is a #1 New York Times bestseller. His photographs have appeared in VogueThe Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic.  David Karp, the founder of Tumblr, called Humans of New York his favorite Tumblr blog. Brandon Stanton lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447294320

Matt’s Kitchen Garden by Matt Moran

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Acclaimed chef Matt Moran shares his passion for local produce with this stunning collection of recipes.

Inspired by the market garden at his Sydney restaurant Chiswick, as well as time spent visiting producers all around Australia for his TV series Paddock to Plate, Matt dishes up a mouth-watering selection of recipes with this trademark deft touch and winning flavour combinations. Try the fresh, palate-sharpening pickled vegetables and dukkah or seared kingfish with radish, avocado and wasabi to start with, then tuck into slow-cooked lamb with hummus, tomato salad and mint salsa. For sweet treats, look no further than apricot and rosemary tarts or berries and meringue with passion fruit curd.

About the Author

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Matt Moran is the executive chef and co-owner of the award-winning ARIA restaurant, which enjoys one of the most enviable reputations and locations in Sydney, overlooking the Sydney Opera House and the harbour. More recently he has opened North Bondi Fish and also, been awarded the tender for the Art Gallery of NSW restaurant and café.

While Matt‘s main focus remains his restaurants, he displays his passion for cooking in TV shows such as MasterChef, Junior MasterChef, The Chopping Block, My Restaurant Rules and his award-winning TV show, Paddock to Plate. He is the author of three bestselling cookbooks, Matt MoranWhen I Get Home and Dinner At Matt’s.

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Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9781921383618

500 Crochet Blocks by Hannah Elgie & Kath Webber

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Featuring designs from the traditional to the contemporary, 500 Crochet Blocks is an indispensable reference for any crochet enthusiast. Comprehensive instructions and international crochet charts show how to easily create scores of motifs. Use your creativity with the motifs to make wonderful projects for the home, wearables with flair, and special fun and fanciful decorations for the holidays.

There are easy step-by-step instructions accompanied by helpful  illustrations on a variety of subjects including basic stitches such as slip knot, making a chain, single and double crochet stitches, and how to make a turning chain. You will also find instructions for working in the round, several types of textural stitches, and notes on increasing and decreasing. Charts feature information on yarn weights and the appropriate size hook for basic weights. Helpful tips are included, as well as finishing instructions such as blocking, shaping, and joining pieces. Included is a handy chart on reading a pattern.

About the Authors

Hannah Elgie

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Hannah Elgie has been crafting since she was a child. She has run her own craft business, taught knitting, crochet, sewing, felt-making and pottery painting, and contributed to a variety of craft publications and programmes in the UK.

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Kath Webber

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Kath Webber is a journalist and editor with an addiction to crochet. She has had patterns published and also teaches crochet in the UK.

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

ISBN: 9781432305178

A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg

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In January 1991, when civil war came to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, two-thirds of the city’s population fled. Among them was eight-year-old Asad Abdullahi. His mother murdered by a militiaman, his father somewhere in hiding, he was swept into the great wartime migration that scattered the Somali people throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the world.

Serially betrayed by the people who promised to care for him, Asad lived his childhood at a skeptical remove from the adult world, his relation to others wary and tactical.

By the time he had reached the cusp of adulthood, Asad had honed an array of wily talents. At the age of seventeen, in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, he made good as a street hustler. He also courted the famously beautiful Foosiya and, to the astonishment of his peers, married her. Buoyed by success in work and in love, Asad put $1 200 into his pocket and made his way down the length of the African continent to Johannesburg, South Africa. And so began a shocking adventure in a country richer and more violent than he could possibly have imagined.

A Man of Good Hope is the story of a person shorn of the things we have come to believe make us human – personal possessions, parents, siblings. And yet Asad’s is an intensely human life, one suffused with dreams and desires and a need to leave something of permanence on this earth.

About the Author

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Jonny Steinberg was born and bred in South Africa. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Three-Letter Plague as well as Midlands and The Number, which both won South Africa’s premier non-fiction prize, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award. Steinberg was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is currently a lecturer in the University of Oxford’s African Studies Centre.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781868424429

There Was a Little Girl by Brooke Shields

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Actress and author of the New York Times bestseller Down Came the Rain Brooke Shields’ new memoir explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri.

Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. Raised by her Newark­tough single mom, Teri, Brooke’s early years seemed magical. She was such a beautiful baby that at eleven months old she became a model, the start of a career that made Brooke the most famous child, and then teen, of her generation.

Teri’s skills as both mom and manager were formidable—she chose great projects for Brooke, such as the Cannes Palm d’Or winner Pretty Baby, the huge hit The Blue Lagoon, and the iconic Endless Love. On set, she fiercely protected Brooke from the temptations that waylaid so many child stars. But in private she was troubled, sometimes abusive, and drinking so much that thirteen­year ­old Brooke staged an intervention.

While the bond Teri created with Brooke was incredible, it could also be stifling, making it difficult for Brooke to become her own person. As Brooke grew into adulthood the pair made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever. But when Teri died in 2012 Brooke was by her side, loving and conflicted to the end. Only Brooke knows the truth of the remarkable, difficult, scarred, and complicated woman who was her mother. And now, she’ll share her story with the world.

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Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780525954842

The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith

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The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Cafe is the new Botswana book from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, this is Mma Ramotswe’s fifteenth wonderful adventure.

Even the arrival of her baby can’t hold Mma Makutsi back from success in the workplace, and so no sooner than she becomes a full partner in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – in spite of Mma Ramotswe’s belated claims that she is only ‘an assistant full partner’ – she also launches a new enterprise of her own: the Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café. Grace Makutsi is a lady with a business plan, but who could predict temperamental chefs, drunken waiters and more?

Luckily, help is at hand, from the only person in Gaborone more gently determined than Mma Makutsi . . .

Mma Ramotswe, of course.

About the Author

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Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects, and his works have been translated into forty-six languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781408704349

Louis Botha’s War by Adam Cruise

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Twelve years after fighting against the British during the Anglo-Boer War, Louis Botha went to war on Britain’s side. As prime minister of the Union of South Africa at the outbreak of the First World War, Botha agreed to lead his country on a campaign against the Germans across the border in South-West Africa. But first he would have to deal with a conflict at home.

Many Afrikaners balked at the prime minister’s decision, and so began a war on two fronts. While Union Defence Force troops gathered on the border and prepared to launch an offensive, a handful of Botha’s former comrades incited an Afrikaner rebellion intent on keeping South Africa out of the war, or worse, siding with Germany.

Louis Botha’s War is the story of how a former Boer War fighting-general-turned-politician crushed a rebellion, rallied his country’s first united army to fight in harsh conditions and defeated the enemy in the Great War’s first successful Allied campaign. Botha’s actions and these events would determine the fate of South-West Africa, and its relationship with its southern neighbour, for the next eighty years.

About the Author

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Adam Cruise was born in Johannesburg and studied at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University. He is a travel writer who has published articles in a variety of magazines and newspapers, as well as a book, In the Pursuit of Solitude, about a six-month journey through the remote recesses of southern Africa. He is also a conservation correspondent, whose commentary on significant wildlife matters such as the current elephant and rhino crises has been widely publicised. He currently lives in Nice, France.

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

ISBN: 9781770227521