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Beer Safari by Lucy Corne

Following the success of African Brew, the first ever book to showcase the South African craft beer scene, beer-centric author Lucy Corne is back with a second homage to hops and grain. Beer Safari takes readers on a journey through the microbreweries of South Africa, stopping to chat to each brewer along the way.


The book is laid out geographically to assist the reader in planning his or her own beer safari. Look out for the ‘Big Five Pints’ – the author’s pick of the very best South African craft beers. There is also space for beer aficionados to scribble their own tasting notes alongside each brewery’s beer menu.

Beer Safari is the only South African beer book whose author has, in person, visited every one of the 100-plus breweries to get the brewers’ stories, photograph their often quirky brewing setups and of course, to taste their beers. Peppered between the inspiring tales of passionate brewers, are snippets of essential beer knowledge – ideal for the ‘beerginner’ – alongside checklists that will appeal to newbie beer drinkers and veterans alike. Whether readers are looking for family-friendly beery weekends away, the cutest brewpubs with the finest views or a list of where to go for South Africa’s hoppiest ales, Beer Safari is a comprehensive and user-friendly guide.

The directory showcases everything needed to continue the beer journey – for those who prefer to enjoy other people’s wares, there are recommendations for liquor stores and bars offering a supreme selection of beer. Those who yearn to brew their own will find information on homebrewing stores, courses and clubs throughout the country. Written in Corne’s signature light-hearted style, and with a fresh, vibrant design, Beer Safari perfectly captures the exciting and unpretentious nature that characterises the South African craft beer scene.

About the Author


Lucy Corne, a Cape Town-based, certified beer judge, has worked as a travel writer for more than a decade, with work published in magazines, newspapers, guidebooks and anthologies around the world. Beer plays a large part in her travels, and breweries often appear above museums on a trip itinerary. She also blogs about the South African beer scene under the moniker ‘The Brewmistress’.

View Lucy‘s website HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

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

ISBN: 9781432304867

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Creative Therapy for the Soul | Colouring Book for Adults

Explore the exquisite world of putting pen, pencil, crayon and paint to paper.



Colouring is the new meditation and these beautiful scenes and designs will provide you with hours of calming therapy.

Disconnect from technology, separate yourself from work, and disengage from personal problems. De-stress your body, mind and soul and find your creative inner-child.

There are no rights or wrongs. Simply turn these black and white designs into your own works of art.

Join the millions of adults world-wide who are rediscovering the simple relaxation and joy of colouring!

Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers

Creative Therapy for the Soul ISBN: 9780620672221

Kreatiewe terapie vir die Siel ISBN: 9780620672238

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Outland by Roger Ballen

‘Like Beckett’s dialogue, Ballen’s photographs are starkly minimal with anecdotal exposition and narrative detail reduced. In this way reality is trimmed down, exaggerated and heightened to the degree that it becomes surreal – sometimes dreamlike, sometimes nightmarish.’ – Elisabeth Sussman.


Outland is the culmination of almost twenty years work for artist-photographer Roger Ballen and amounts to one of the most extraordinary photographic documents ever published to date. Ballen’s black and white photographs are powerful psychological portraits which peer deeply into the human condition and in the margins of the modern world. Heavy with symbolism, the resulting images are simultaneously strange, disturbing and unforgettable. This second edition is an opportunity to view and assess the work of one of the most prominent photographic artists of the twenty-first century, in its entirety, for the first time.

Originally published in 2001 and named Best Photographic Book of the Year at PhotoEspaña 2001, Madrid, Spain, this second edition is a new and expanded version featuring 45 previously unpublished pictures from Ballen’s archive and a new essay by Elisabeth Sussman, Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The book is introduced by Peter Weiermair, former Director of the Rupertinum Museum in Salzburg, Austria and the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, Italy.

Ballen has established himself as one of the most influential and famous photographic artists of the twenty-first century. He has won numerous awards including Photographer of the Year at the Recontres d’Arles (2002) and produced the award-winning music video I Fink You Freeky for South African rap-rave group, Die Antwoord. Outland is an eminent photographic document depicting individuals on the fringes of Johannesburg. It’s a series of tableaux vivants portraying the grey spaces in which the subjects of these photographs interact and exist.

About the Author


Roger Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa, for 30 years. Born in New York, he worked as a geologist and mining consultant before starting his own photographic career by documenting the small villages of rural South Africa and their isolated inhabitants. Outland was first published by Phaidon in 2001, followed by critically acclaimed Shadow Chamber and Boarding House. Ballen is represented by Gagosian Gallery.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9780714868844

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Craft Art in South Africa by Elbé Coetsee

“In these pages I embrace our nation’s creative diversity and share some of the pieces that delight me. Craft Art in South Africa: Creative Intersections endeavours to inspire, encourage and bring joy.” - Elbé Coetsee


Much has changed since Craft Art in South Africa was published in 2002. This follow-up edition highlights the renewed sense of creativity and inspiration that is sweeping across the country against all odds. South African craft artists proliferate in these precarious economic times and maintain their artistic integrity with perseverance and passion. This book showcases the versatility and skill of some of the many artists working in South Africa today.

It takes pride in the wide variety of tactile craft art works created, and explores the interdisciplinary nature of creativity through the examination of beading, basket weaving, ceramics, fibre art, glass sculpture, metal and wirework, recycling, and wood carving. It rejoices in the sharing of skills between cultures, and in the sharing of creative knowledge towards upliftment and employment. But above all, it celebrates the craft artists themselves and honours their sheer ingenuity.

About the Author


Dr Elbé Coetsee established the Mogalakwena Craft Art Development Foundation (MCADF) at the end of 1994. MCADF specialises in the training of multiple skills: embroidery, bead work, candle making, sewing, basket weaving, contemporary furni-ture weaving, screen printing and cement work, amongst others.

She travelled South Africa for four and a half years, researching craft art – craft artists and craft art markets, collectors and retailers. She has been appointed as curator of all handwork at the 2015 Design Indaba. She lives in Cape Town.

View Mogalakwena Craft Art Development Foundation‘s website HERE

View Elbé‘s Facebook page HERE

Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781868426140

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South African Artists at Home by Paul Duncan


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


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.

View Paul‘s website HERE

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

ISBN: 9781432301958

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500 Crochet Blocks by Hannah Elgie & Kath Webber


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


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.

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

Kath Webber


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

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

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

ISBN: 9781432305178

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