Wasted by Mark Winkler

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Nathan Lucius has a problem. Every time he thinks he’s got life by the scruff of the neck it just wriggles free. There are so many rules. So many things that should be said and done to keep everyone happy. And no one is happy.

But Nathan is a problem solver. And if he just tries hard enough, he will maybe, somehow, make someone, just one person happy.

And then his friend Madge is diagnosed with cancer. She is dying. And she wants him to help her end it all. .

Wasted is a pop culture Crime and Punishment set in a dark and twisted version of Cape Town – a novel that takes the reader into the very heart of what it is to be human.

About the Author

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Mark Winkler grew up in what is now Mpumalanga, and was educated at St Alban’s College in Pretoria and Rhodes University, Grahamstown. He has spent most of his working life in the advertising industry in Cape Town, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He is currently creative director at a leading Cape Town advertising agency.

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Published by Kwela Books (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780795706998

Love in the Time of Contempt by Joanne Fedler

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In Love in the Time of Contempt Joanne Fedler won’t tell you how to be the ‘perfect’ parent. She’s not a psychologist or an academic. But she is the mother of two teenagers, and she knows how it feels to be the parent of someone sprouting hair, zits and attitude all over the place.

This is a gritty, hilarious look at the day-to-day interactions with teenagers, and the tussled, frazzled and complex business of remaining mature while supporting someone to become an adult.

Joanne shares her philosophy that we are meant to parent imperfectly – our mistakes are the start of the important conversations we need to have with our kids. She guides us through enduring intermittent bouts of contempt and not taking it personally, picking the fights that are worth having, and surviving the journey from frustration, to confusion, to elation and back again.

Love in the Time of Contempt is a funny, poignant account of the dramas and delights of parenting teenagers who know it all, who don’t yet have a fully functioning brain and who desperately need us to parent them – just not in the way we’re used to.

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About the Author

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Joanne Fedler is the author of eight books including the international bestsellers Secret Mothers’ Business and When Hungry, Eat. Her books have sold over 600 000 copies worldwide. She graduated from Yale with an LLM, is a former women’s rights activist and law lecturer. She is an inspirational speaker and writing mentor and takes women on writing retreats and adventures. She is married to Zed, has two teenagers and two cats.

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Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781431421503

Road Tripping Namibia by Fiona McIntosh

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Road Tripping Namibia will take you on an iconic journey through this truly beautiful country. Namibia is a land of contrasts with miles of beautiful rolling sand dunes as well as breath-taking landscapes, as well as diverse and bountiful bird and wildlife.

The book covers 15 iconic road trips, all perfectly manageable in a normal sedan, showcasing the highlights of Namibia together with great overview maps and stunning photographs.

Routes include: Namib Route, Diamond Towns and Wild Horses, Adventure Route, Ai/Ai Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, Kalahari Route, Windhoek Passes, Floral Route, ‘Twitching’ Namibia – A Birder’s Paradise, Kavango and Zambezi, Cultural Route, Kunene and the Four ‘O’s, Wildlife Route, Rocks and Rock Art, Damaraland and the Kaokoveld, Skeleton Coast – An Angler’s Paradise.

For each route you can map your driving distance, see the driving time, look at the highlights, check the driving conditions, child-friendly ratings, logistics, low-slung vehicle ratings, emergency numbers and see the author’s tips as well as when best times are to visit the area.

This book is a must-have for any adventure traveller or tourist wanting to experience the back roads throughout Namibia.

With Road Tripping Namibia travelling in Namibia becomes a journey of adventure and discovery, so hop into your car and explore Namibia as you never have before.

About the Author

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A freelance photojournalist and the editor of Nightjar Travel magazine, Fiona has an enviable life of travelling and adventuring, all in the name of work.

She has driven the length and breadth of South Africa researching numerous books on hiking, scuba diving, mountain biking, flowers (yes, flowers!) and other adventures.

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Published by Map Studio

ISBN: 9781770266414

The Space Between the Space Between by John Hunt

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In some ways, it all begins with a very bad day for Jethro. First, he’s attacked by an angry man who takes his good intentions the wrong way, then he’s robbed in the middle of the night by two men who try to iron out of him – literally – where he keeps his valuables. The problem is that Jethro’s valuables consist of a box of photos and other keepsakes – which only aggravates his assailants. Traumatised, he seeks counselling. With Dr Chatwin Jethro traces his bond with his best friend, Sam, the loss of his girlfriend, his encounters with the enigmatic artist Matsotso Cecilia Dumisa, and why he carries a hat, a shoe and a painting around with him everywhere.

Set in the turbulence of South Africa right now, The Space Between the Space Between tells the story of a young man trying to stay afloat as he’s assaulted by life’s cross-currents. The novel honestly and humanely portrays South Africa today without reverting to moral or political grandstanding. As Jethro ricochets through life, a story of loss, the gaining of wisdom and a little healing emerges.

About the Author

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John Hunt is the founder of agency network TBWAHunt Lascaris and is currently Worldwide Creative Director of TBWA. In 1993 he was intimately involved in Nelson Mandela’s first election campaign. The author of a number of television dramas, he was named sa Playwright of the Year for Vid Alex, a play exposing censorship during the apartheid years. His book The Art of the Idea, which celebrates the power of ideas to move the world forward, has been translated into several languages.

Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781415207390

Papwa: In the Grip of a Champion by Maxine Case

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Sewsunker “Papwa” Sewgolum (1930–1978) was a South African golfer who carved a niche for himself in golfing folklore when he became the first golfer of colour to win a provincial open in South Africa (in 1963). Sewgolum, a former caddie, with his wrong-way-round grip (left hand beneath his right), beat 103 white golfers in the Natal Open at the Durban Country Club. He became a symbol of the sports boycott movement when pictures of him receiving his trophy outdoors in the rain, because, due to apartheid, he was not allowed to enter the clubhouse, were published across the world.

In 1965 he beat Gary Player to win the Natal Open for the second time. He also won the Dutch Open in 1959, 1960 and 1964. However, the dream was to be cut short. At the peak of his career, Papwa was banned by the apartheid government from participating in or attending any PGA tournaments. Crushing him further, they also withdrew his passport, denying him the right to play internationally. This slowly broke his spirit, leaving him with nothing but a dream.

This is the story of one man who triumphed against unbelievable odds, only to have his dream snatched from him. Written as fiction, this is a uniquely South African story told by a master storyteller.

The record books don’t lie. Three Dutch Opens, I repeat, three Dutch Opens in six years . . .” – Ken Schofield (Executive Director of the European Tour)

About the Author

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Maxine Case is the author of All We Have Left Unsaid (Kwela Books, 2006) and her short story “Homing Pigeons” appears in the collection African Compass: New Writing from Southern Africa (New Africa Books, 2005). An excerpt from the former is included in Nice times: A Book of South African Pleasures and Delights (Double Storey, 2006).

All We Have Left Unsaid is the winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book, Africa region and is the joint winner of the Herman Charles Bosman Prize 2007.

Case has written for several South African magazines and has a monthly column, “The Last Word” in Soul magazine. She has worked at a publishing company as well as an NGO in Cape Town before receiving a scholarship to study an MA in Creative Writing in New York, USA.

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Published by Kwela Books (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780795707117

Things Ewe Never Kn’ewe About South African Place Names By Ann Gadd

History with humour!

Funny facts (and fiction) about South Africa’s place names and the people who visited them, from South Africa’s most popular ‘sheep’ artist.

  • Which South African fathered over 350 kids?
  • Ever wondered how Baardskeerdersbos (‘Beard Shaver’s Bush’) got its name?
  • Who explored South Africa in the 1700s with a pet baboon as his official taster?
  • Where did the name Tietiesbaai originate?
  • What made Reverend A J Olivier name a town Reivilo?
  • Which animal is responsible for the most place names in South Africa?

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Things Ewe Never Kn’ewe About South African Place Names is a humorous look at the place names of South Africa, written and illustrated by Ann Gadd. Origins, mysteries & folklore surrounding the sometimes odd names that appear on the South African landscape.

It is an entertaining and informative book that gives accurate historical content on South African place names and origins, overlaid with Ann’s offbeat humour and accompanied by her quirky sheep illustrations.

The examination of place name origins is seldom an exact science and different research can result in different opinions, which she lists. From Pearston to Pofadder, Klein Mier Nommer Een to Knapdaar, each place has a fascinating story to tell about the name origin and historical characters.

This book offers great historical content on South Africa in an accessible format. It’s a great reference every home should have or an ideal gift for family and friends.

About the Author

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Ann Gadd is the author of 13 books and one of South Africa’s most popular and successful artists (with a particular fondness for sheep).

After 15 years in advertising and design, tired of having the wool pulled over her eyes, she opted out and plunged into owning a health store, writing books, being an alternative practitioner, journalism and, most of all, painting quirky sheep paintings. She also ran art workshops and was the SA National Boardsailing Champion (in her spare time) while being a mother to her two children and several animals (but sadly, no sheep).

She is responsible for creating the art movement known as Baabaaism, which reflects the social and intellectual preoccupations of sheep, using popular visual language.

In this book, she combines her ewenique ewemour with writing and her love of all things historical and South African.

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Published by Map Studio

ISBN: 9781770266469

South African Artists at Home by Paul Duncan

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An artist’s canvas reflects the face he chooses to show to the world, but the place in which that art is made is seldom revealed. Paul Duncan was given unparalleled access into the homes and lives of fifteen of South Africa’s most revered artists. Over countless mugs of coffee or glasses of wine, he listened and observed as they spoke about their lives, loves and the way they make their art. South African Artists at Home takes the reader into some very private spaces, affording us a glimpse of what the artist goes home to at the end of the day. For some, the work space and home space are irrevocably intertwined. For others, home is a sanctuary. Or perhaps it is the studio that is the sanctuary and home is where ‘real life’ happens. Either way, if you have an interest in art, artists, and the often bizarre way that making art intersects with living life, you’ll find this book intriguing.

About the Author

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Paul Duncan is the founder of Paul Duncan Media and the author of a number of books including, most recently, Hidden Cape Town, Cape Town Louis Vuitton City Guide, Style Icons, and two collections of South African interiors: Down South and Down South Two. A former editorial director at Condé Nast Independent Magazines and editor of Condé Nast’s House & Garden (South Africa), Paul was educated in Cape Town and at the University of Edinburgh. As an independent media consultant, he works with a variety of organisations including Fiera Milano, Cape Town Design NPC, Cape Craft & Design Institute and Condé Nast International. He was also responsible for the abridgement and picture research for Nelson Mandela’s Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom.

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

ISBN: 9781432301958

Pens Behaving Badly by Paige Nick

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Paige is best known for A Million Miles From Normal, her weekly column in the Sunday Times Life & Style magazine. As one of the anchor columnists of the Life & Style section since 2011, she has produced hundreds of hilarious columns and received hundreds more hilarious responses. Pens Behaving Badly is a collection of the best of her columns and the best of the wild letters they’ve inspired.

About the Author

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Paige Nick has been a copywriter in advertising for twenty years, working on brands like Allan Gray, kulula.com, Santam, BMW, Nashua, Cosmopolitan and Levi’s. Her first novel, A Million Miles From Normal, was published by Penguin in 2010, and her follow-up, This Way Up, also by Penguin in 2011. In 2013, A Girl Walks Into A Bar – a “choose your own adventure” erotic novel was published, catapulting the authors – Paige Nick, Sarah Lotz and Helen Moffett – onto the international stage. Paige currently divides her time between South Africa, the UK and the US.

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Published by Kwela Books (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780795707087

Out of Line by Dov Fedler

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Out of Line is both Dov Fedler’s autobiography and a book that captures a particular history of a specific generation, that of the Jewish baby boomers in South Africa who descended from mainly Lithuanian stock.

Dov was a laatlammetjie born and bred in Johannesburg in 1940, just as Hitler was getting into his stride. His mother’s sister and her husband and their two children were trapped somewhere in Eastern Europe and exterminated before 1945.

A third child was not on his parents’ ‘want-list’. It was hard enough supporting two much older children and a printing business that was struggling to exist. Dov’s mother had a ‘nervous breakdown’ when he was about three and this is when he remembers seeing his first pencil and knowing precisely what it was that he wanted to do with his life.

There are no coincidences in Dov’s life. There is a hand of destiny that he believes has steered him. This  memoir recounts the many dramatic encounters that have shaped Dov – death and cancer, humour and love, family and friends, work and leisure, and all told with the most wonderful turn of phrase.

About the Author

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Dov Fedler is now in his 70s and has been drawing for more than 50 of those years.This is self-evident in his cartoons where a skilled hand, an intuitive understanding of current affairs, and a sharp wit meet.

Dov joined The Star newspaper as their cartoonist in the early 1970s and has been with that paper ever since. His cartoons are now published across the country in other Independent titles too; The Pretoria News, The Mercury, The Cape Times, Kimberly’s ‘Diamond Fields Advertiser’. He has covered the careers of hundreds of politicians, athletes and celebrities from Albert Hertzog through to Jacob Zuma.

Dov’s earliest dream was to work for Walt Disney. He has always known his career was somewhere in drawing. He got to visit Disney World and could not wait to leave. He has never been to Europe or Brakpan and is a pure product of Johannesburg. He loves older movies. The last on his wish list was to become a political cartoonist.

He is married to a doctor, has three daughters, a doctor, a lawyer and author and a media boff. He has three grandchildren and a cat called Smudge.

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Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers

ISBN: 9780620624831

Movie Release ~ 50 Shades of Grey

The film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, written by E L James hits our big screens today!

More than 100 million copies sold worldwide.

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When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.

Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Christian keeps hidden away from public view…

Motion Picture Artwork © 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

50 Shades of Grey – Official Book Trailer

About the Author

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E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Published by Random House

ISBN: 9781784750251