The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

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In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. But he has worse fears than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, which has just received a threat for what could be the largest-scale Fenian bombing in history.

When the watch saves Thaniel’s life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori – a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music. Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of unexpected slips soon proves that he must be hiding something.

Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library dressed as a man. A theoretical physicist, she is desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry.

As the lives of these three characters become entwined, events spiral out of control until Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses.

Utterly beguiling, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street blends historical events with dazzling flights of fancy to plunge readers into a strange and magical past, where time, destiny, genius – and a clockwork octopus – collide.

About the Author

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Natasha Pulley studied English Literature at Oxford University. After stints working at Waterstones as a bookseller, then at Cambridge University Press as a publishing assistant in the astronomy and maths departments, she did the Creative Writing MA at UEA. She has recently returned from Tokyo, where she lived for nineteen months on a scholarship from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is her first novel.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781408854297

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

You can run from your past, but the truth will always find you. Luckiest Girl Alive is an intense, compulsive debut thriller for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

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Now a New York Times bestseller, and optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon and her production partner Bruna Papandrea – in conjunction with Lionsgate Films.

Her perfect life is a perfect lie. . . An audacious, page-turning debut thriller that will appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins and Jodi Picoult.

Ani FaNelli is the woman you love to hate. The woman who has it all. But behind the meticulously crafted façade lies the darkest and most violent of pasts . . .

When a documentary producer invites Ani to tell her side of the chilling and violent incident that took place when she was a teenager, she hopes it will be an opportunity to prove how far she’s come since then. She’ll even let the production company film her wedding to the wealthy Luke Harrison, the final step in her transformation.

But as the wedding and filming converge, Ani’s immaculate façade begins to crack, and she soon realises that there’s always a price to pay for perfection.

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster, click HERE to watch the video of Jessica Knoll on her novel Luckiest Girl AliveJessica Knoll describes her inspiration behind the main character of Luckiest Girl Alive, and why it’s harder to create female characters that might be unlikeable.

About the Author

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Jessica Knoll has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan. Now the articles editor at SELF, her writing and editing covers relationships, sex, and psychological well-being. Jessica grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She lives in New York City with her husband. Luckiest Girl Alive is her first novel.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447286202

Party Time by Lizelle de Kock

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Party Time is the ultimate party-planning book for parents! It contains 12 fun themes and is jam packed with inspirational ideas. Planning an exciting party has never been easier! A CD with printable templates for signage and décor is also included.

Not only are there themes for boys and girls but unisex themes have also been included. The parties cater for all budgets. Those recipes that are included are easy to follow and can either serve as a starting point or can be adjusted to suit your specific theme by changing, for example, the colour of the cake icing.

About the Author

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Lizelle de Kock has always loved planning parties and her attention to detail has people talking about every party she styles, including celebrity parties. It was when friends encouraged her to open her own party planning business, that she decided to pursue her passion and Organizit Party Styling was born. The company made news when it was featured on America’s top-rated party websites, representing South Africa, and has also been featured in local magazines. Lizelle lives in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

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

ISBN: 9781432304645

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

A gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s personal awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands.

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After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 19 are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already ashamed of his colour-blind son’s inability to serve in WWII.

To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favour (and generosity) is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces.

In January 1945 they hitch a ride on a ship across the Atlantic while the war is still raging all around them. And Maddie, now alone and virtually abandoned in a foreign country, must begin to work out who she is and what she wants – the vacuous life she left behind or something more real?

What she discovers – about the larger world and about herself –opens her eyes not only to the dark forces that exist around her but to the beauty and surprising possibilities of life.

About the Author

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Sara Gruen is the internationally bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Water for Elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Rob Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz. She lives in Western North Carolina with her husband and three children.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN 9781473604711

South African Book Fair 2015

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About the South African Book Fair

The world would be a better place if we all had the opportunity to read more. This is the belief and the driving force of the South African Book Fair. For the first time, Johannesburg will be able to enjoy the exciting literary programme designed to satiate the appetites of the most voracious reader, as well as inspire new ones. The campaign theme for this year’s Fair is #DiscoverYourBookself.

Imagine 100 authors participating in more than 40 events, 44 new small publishers, 7 publishers from across the continent, a dedicated Kid’s Zone, and a whole day devoted to learners, teachers and librarians.

Now stop imagining, and book your ticket. The Fair will be held at Turbine Hall, Newtown, Johannesburg for three full days from 31 July to 2 August. Whether you’re a life-long lover of books or are still looking for your book passion, kindle the flames at the South African Book Fair 2015.

Click HERE for the full programme

Click HERE to see a list of authors attending

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You Are Dead by Peter James

You are Dead is the eleventh thrilling crime novel in Peter James’ Roy Grace series.

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They were marked for death.

The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and mobile phone.

That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city, unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties, who has been dead for thirty years.

At first, to Roy Grace and his team, these two events seem totally unconnected. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missing – and yet another body from the past surfaces.

Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know information about Logan. And Roy Grace has the chilling realization that this information holds the key to both the past and present crimes . . . Does Brighton have its first serial killer in over eighty years?

About the Author

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Peter James was educated at Charterhouse then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screenwriter and film producer before returning to England. His novels, including the Sunday times Number One bestselling Roy Grace series have been translated into thirty-four languages, with world sales of 11 million copies, and three have been filmed. All his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in-depth research, as well as science, medicine and the paranormal. He has also produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and near Brighton in Sussex.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447255772

The Unknown Van Gogh by Chris Schoeman

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Much has been written about Vincent van Gogh and his tempestuous relationship with his brother Theo. But few people know that there was a third Van Gogh brother, Cornelis, who was raised in the Netherlands, but worked, married and died in South Africa. Cornelis came to South Africa in 1889, aged twenty-two, and worked as an engineer, first for the Cornucopia Gold Company in Germiston and then for the Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg Maatskappy in Pretoria. He sided with the Boers in the Anglo-Boer War, first as a railway engineer and later as a commando in the Free State. Suffering from fever, he ended up in a hospital in Brandfort in 1900, where he committed suicide by shooting himself, as had his brother Vincent ten years before.

Chris Schoeman’s biography of Cor van Gogh recreates South Africa in the last decade of the nineteenth century, tells the personal story of this young uitlander, as revealed in his letters, and describes his relationship with his famous brother Vincent. With new insights based onoriginal research, this book is an important addition to South African and world history.

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About the Author

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Chris Schoeman was born in Somerset East and has master’s degrees in history from the universities of Port Elizabeth and Colorado State. He has worked as a historian and journalist, and has authored and co-authored several books. These include District Six: The Spirit of Kanala, Boer Boy: Memoirs of an Anglo-Boer War Youth, Brothers in Arms: Hollanders in the Anglo-Boer War, Angels of Mercy: Foreign Women in the Anglo-Boer War, Churchill’s South Africa and The Historical Karoo.

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

ISBN: 9781770227910

Rainfall by Melissa Delport

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How far would you go to save the man you love?

Paige’s father has Alzheimer’s, and her fiancé is shot and killed in an armed robbery.  She fights her depression and with monumental effort and a new found determination to live her life to the fullest, Paige pulls herself out of the dark place that she had succumbed to.

When Paige meets Adam, the attraction is immediate. Adam grew up in an orphanage and has no recollection of his life before the age of six.

Paige falls head over heels in love and embraces a happiness she never dreamed possible. Until the day she finds Adam in bed with another woman.

Wanting nothing more to do with him, Paige cuts Adam out of her life, until she receives a mysterious visitor, who reveals secrets about Adam’s past that shock Paige to her very core.

Determined to fight for the man she loves, Paige finds herself on a journey that will change her life forever.

About the Author

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Wife, mother of 3, and full-time writer Melissa is the author of The Legacy Trilogy (The LegacyThe Legion and The Legend) and Rainfall.

An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop ‘watching from the sidelines’ and to do what is her passion.

“I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days, it was all I could think about and eventually I realised that the only way to get it out of my head, was to put it all down on paper. I started writing, and that was that.”

Melissa lives in Hillcrest, South Africa.

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Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers

ISBN: 9780994658678

Boy on the Wire by Alastair Bruce

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A tragic fall in the Karoo in which one of his brothers dies and the other loses all memory of the day changes the life of young John Hyde irrevocably. In London many years later, the reappearance of his remaining brother disrupts the delicate life John has built, and brings an unsettling recollection of the events that ripped their family apart.

Pulled back to South Africa in spite of himself, John returns to the home he grew up in to face a past that haunts him. In language pulled so tightly it sings, Alastair Bruce’s Boy on the Wire is an elegy to our fragile memory and the lives entangled in it.

About the Author

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Alastair Bruce is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Wall of Days. He was born in Port Elizabeth, spending a large part of his childhood on a smallholding outside the city. He currently lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and two young children.

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Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781415207635

How South Africa Works by Jeffrey Herbst & Greg Mills

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The overwhelming challenge that South Africa faces, and has to date failed to address, is unemployment, which falls especially on African youths who were promised a better future after 1994. If the current unemployment challenge is not addressed, it will be impossible to sustainably lift many millions of people out of poverty.

How South Africa Works reviews the country’s major economic achievements over the past two decades. Through numerous interviews with politicians, business leaders and analysts, it examines the challenges and opportunities across key productive sectors – including agriculture, manufacturing, services, and mining – illustrative of the policy challenges that leaders face. It scrutinises the social grant and education systems to understand if South Africa has established mechanisms for people not only to escape destitution but be ready to be employed, and identifies steps that some of South Africa’s most  notable entrepreneurs have taken to build world-class enterprises. Recognising the essential challenge to cultivate more employers to employ people, How South Africa Works concludes by offering an agenda and active steps for greater competitiveness for government, business and labour.

Whatever our ideological departure points, How South Africa Works illuminates the importance of debate in growing our economy and achieving radical socio-economic transformation.” – JESSIE DUARTE

About the Authors

Jeffery Herbst

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Jeffrey Herbst is the 16th President of Colgate University, a leading liberal arts college in the United States, and has written extensively on political and international affairs. Dr Herbst started his career as a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University where he taught for 18 years. His primary research interests are in the politics of sub-Saharan Africa, the politics of political and economic reform and the politics of boundaries. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Brenthurst Foundation since 2005.

Greg Mills

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Greg Mills is director of the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation. He is widely published on international affairs, development and security, an adviser to African governments, a regular columnist for local and international newspapers, and the author of the best-selling books Why Africa is Poor – and what Africans can do about it (2010) and, with Jeffrey Herbst, Africa’s Third Liberation (2012).

Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781770104082