All posts by Tracey

I have always loved reading. My earliest memories are those spending every Saturday morning in the town library, listening to ‘story-time’ and then being able to choose my three books to take home for the week. Once grown up, and various career paths later, I started working at Penguin Books and after eleven years with the company, as sales and marketing director, I decided to leave and open my own business, I Love Books. Not everyone has the time, or indeed the inclination, to browse in bookshops. A select few regularly visit bookshops, but that isn’t to say that everyone else is not interested in books – in fact, the opposite is true. My goal is to introduce the general public to authors, and authors to the general public.

From Para to Dakar – Joey Evans

Only one South African biker crossed this year’s finish line of the Dakar Rally, and that was Joey Evans.  And freshly unpacked on the bookshop shelves is his book From Para to Dakar.

What makes his story incredible is his journey to even get to the start line, and Joey’s book had me cheering and crying as I tore through the pages.

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Here’s the synopsis:

Joey Evans has always loved bikes, from his first second-hand Raleigh Strika bicycle at the age of six to the powerful off-road machines that became his passion later on in his life. His dream was one day to ride the most gruelling off-road race in the world, the 9000km Dakar Rally.

In 2007 his dream was shattered when he broke his back in a racing accident. His spinal cord was crushed, leaving him paralysed from just below his chest. Doctors gave him a 10 per cent chance of ever walking again.

Many would have given up and become resigned to life in a wheelchair, but not Joey Evans. Not only would he get back on his feet and walk, but he would also keep his Dakar dream alive. It was a long and painful road to recovery, involving years of intensive rehabilitation and training, but he had the love and support of both family and friends and an incredible amount of determination.

Joey shares the many challenges he and his family faced, relating the setbacks, as well as successes, along the way to the Dakar start line. But the start line was only the first goal – his sights were set on reaching the finish line, which he did in 2017 – the only South African to do so. 

From Para to Dakar is so much more than the story of one man reaching the Dakar finish line. It is a story of friendship and respect, compassion and kindness. It is about defying the odds to reach a dream, it is about grit, endurance and raw courage, and it is inspiring in its true heroism.

Says Joey: I’ve realised that when things are really tough and there seems no hope for the future, it’s sometimes just Chapter One of a really cool story, and the ending is entirely up to you.’

To buy a copy of From Para to Dakar click HERE.

 

My Money – Gerald Mwandiambira

Freshly unpacked on the bookshop shelves is Gerald Mwandiambira‘s book My Money - A Financial Planning Guide for Ordinary People.

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Money is a tool that we can all master. You choose to either be a ‘Money Slave’ or a ‘Money Master’.

Imali Yami · Chelete Yaka · My Geld · My Money is a practical, easy to read, personal finance book – a guide that will help many South Africans begin to create wealth and not fear the subject of personal financial planning.

A treasure trove of useful advice and tips, this book is essential reading to gain a basic understanding of money mechanics. A guide to help you find your confidence, and see money as it really is – a tool that anyone can use.

With a chapter dedicated to almost every financial situation we face in our lives,  My Money will become your go-to book that will help you unlock your financial potential and gain control of your financial affairs.

You, too, have the potential to become a ‘Money Master’.

To buy a copy of My Money click HERE.

“Gerald provides bite-sized, easily accessible information to help you on your money journey.” – MAYA FISHER-FRENCH, Award Winning Financial Journalist and author of Maya on Money

 

The Book of Samson – Linda Park

There is a vast wealth of innate wisdom in the wild, if we would only listen.

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This gem of a book, The Book of Samson written by Linda Park, is a must read for any person who finds themselves at one of life’s many crossroads.

Humanity today, while technologically advanced, is so busy doing that they have forgotten how to be. They have lost heart. The Book of Samson contains deep truths that come from the hearts of the animals. These truths, explained from the perspective of wildlife, are very easy to grasp. Truths that, with courage, will make an immense difference.

The Book of Samson is a personal journey. It will take you deep into your own being and raise many questions. Questions that will only become clear when you reach that quiet place in your mind. Lions have both heart and courage. Allow them to walk this journey with you.

A mind-shifting experience from beginning to end, The Book of Samson will take you through a thought provoking process and will deliver a message so clear and strong, posing the question, where did I go wrong?

To buy a copy of The Book of Samson click HERE.

 

Billionaires Under Construction – DJ Sbu

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of a successful entrepreneur? How they come up with their ground-breaking ideas, how they turn them into flourishing businesses, how they deal with failure, and what drives and motivates them?

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Billionaire$ Under Construction answers these questions, and more. If you have aspirations to join the Billionaire Generation, there is no better starting point than reading this new book from DJ Sbu.

Have a look …

 

 

MUST READ – Tracy Todd’s Brave Lotus Flower Rides The Dragon

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Why walk when you can soar … These are the opening words on Tracy’s website and they are a powerful affirmation of the person Tracy is today – a sought-after inspirational speaker whose uplifting presentations have inspired and given hope to many people.

But it is difficult to imagine what she has overcome in a tough and often lonely journey. At the age of twenty-eight her life was turned upside down when a horrific road accident left her a quadriplegic, paralysed from the neck down. Her life as an athletic, marathon-running young mother and teacher was abruptly shattered.

Despite months of rehabilitation, Tracy often found herself wondering if her life was worth living. Everything she had taken for granted was now beyond her reach and frustration at her helplessness threatened to overwhelm her.

Against the odds, Tracy chose to live. Her strength of character and determination prevailed and, sustained by the support of her son, family and friends, her care assistants, and an unbelievably caring community, she set about gaining the independence to rebuild her life and reclaim her identity – which she has done, with dignity and grace.

Brave Lotus Flower Rides The Dragon is an honest, inspiring and engaging memoir in which Tracy’s natural warmth and humour are tangible and, most importantly, she embodies what the human spirit can achieve.

Here’s a pic of Tracy seeing her books for the first time, and she simply had to touch them. So they were piled high on her lap, and Tracy says: ‘Good ol’ chin.’

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Kim McCusker’s book Scarred – But Not For Life

Brutally dragged 780 metres beneath a taxi – a young woman’s inspiring story of survival, courage, and the will to live scarred.indd

‘13 September 2011. The story would shock thousands and be remembered by many for years to come. It would be plastered all over the papers and continue to attract interest well after the shock factor of what happened had passed. Reports and articles would be written, and “facts”, as given to reporters by some of those involved and willing to be interviewed, would be recounted and repeated in all forms of public media over the months and even years that followed. And although these versions would generate widespread outrage, none was entirely accurate.

The stories were about me. I was there.

I am Kim McCusker, “the girl who was dragged by a taxi”.’

The deliberate and malicious act of one man would impact and change Kim McCusker’s life forever. This single act would also impact the lives of the people who were close to her – her family and friends. It would go far beyond that too, and impact the lives of people she may never meet or know. This single act was the senseless attack on her by a man with his taxi full of passengers and one which most people wouldn’t survive.

Kim’s life may have been compromised but she is stronger and more determined than ever before.  Scarred – But Not For Life is not only about what happened one day in September in 2011. That is the part of Kim that many already know. This book is about much more than that. Her story is not about being a victim or about being a consequence of another person’s choice. It is about making choices for yourself with what is available to you, taking control and surviving and thriving in life despite what comes your way.

Kim’s overarching message is: That which seems impossible, hopeless or overwhelming is never bigger than you are.

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From Whiskey to Water by Sam Cowen

My name is Samantha and I’m an alcoholic.

“At the time of writing, I’ve been sober for 13 years, 11 months and 16 days. And yes I still count. I promised I would never speak about it publicly until my children understood what that meant, that mommy was an alcoholic. I think they may have understood long before I did.”

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From Whiskey to Water is the no-holds-barred memoir by one of South Africa’s most loved radio talk show hosts, Sam Cowen. Having kept her alcohol addiction well away from the public eye for over 14 years, in this tell-all tale, Sam finds the courage to talk about her struggle with her addiction to whiskey, food and finally to a passion that saved her life – marathon swimming. Told in her characteristically hilarious dead-pan style, this is one of the bravest books you’ll read this year.

“So this is a book on how I stopped drinking? No, it’s not. It’s how I stopped drinking, started eating, became clinically severely obese, stopped eating (everything that wasn’t nailed down) and swam my way to freedom. No, it’s not. It’s actually about addiction and learning and sadness and anxiety and love and drive. It’s about channelling the unchangeable into the miraculous. It’s about dragons and learning how to put them to sleep when you can’t slay them. It’s about being my own Daenarys.”

About the Author

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Sam Cowen is the longest-running female morning show host in the country, having worked Joburg’s biggest breakfast show on 94.7 for over 18 years with radio icons Jeremy Mansfield and Darren Whackhead Simpson. In 2015 she replaced Jenny Crwys-Williams on the wildly popular 1pm–3pm slot in 702. She currently co-hosts the Weekend Breakfast show on 702/Cape Talk with Africa Melane. Sam is also the bestselling author of Waiting for Christopher and Good Enough Mother, two popular books on motherhood.

View Sam‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Jacana Media

ISBN:   9871920601720

#ZuptasMustFall and Other Rants by Fred Khumalo

Who are these Guptas who are so powerful, they’re distributing cabinet posts like matrons handing out condoms at a brothel? Who do Americans think they are, accusing Trevor Noah of ‘stealing’ a joke from one of their comedians? Is Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma’s spaza shop a National Key Point?

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In #ZuptasMustFall, and other rants, Fred Khumalo runs riot, contemplating the pressing issues that continue to confound, infuriate and exasperate the nation – or to sink it into further controversy.

Covering a wide range of topics, including politics, history, current events and celebrity gossip, this compilation of recent and new writings contains Khumalo’s trademark blend of humour and shrewd analysis, as well as his treatment of everyday issues from a uniquely South African perspective.

This is an entertaining collection of thoughts from one of the country’s most seasoned journalists, offering many questions, and tongue-in-cheek answers, on who we are as a nation, where we are going, and how we compare to the rest of the world.

Courtesy of Penguin Random House, click here to read an extract.

About the Author

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Fred Khumalo has been described as a ‘reluctant Zulu’, ‘clever black’ and an ‘equal opportunity offender’. He completed his MA in creative writing from Wits University with distinction and is the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University.

His writing has appeared in various publications, including the Sunday Times, the Toronto Star, New African magazine, the Sowetan and Isolezwe. In 2008, he hosted Encounters, a public-debate television programme, on SABC 2. His books include Bitches Brew, Seven Steps to Heaven and Touch My Blood.

View Fred‘s Facebook page HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Penguin Random House SA

ISBN: 9781776091072