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Rachel Weeping by Brett Michael Innes

A contemporary drama that explores the theme of motherhood, loss and forgiveness through the experience of three victims of a horrible accident.

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“This job was money. It was the roof over her head. It was what kept her parents alive and what allowed her to remain in South Africa legally. She knew how hard it was to find stable work, especially as a domestic worker when there were ten other women ready and willing to do your job for half the wages. She had seen the trucks at the border post taking illegals back to Mozambique and had heard the stories of the weeks spent in detention centres if you were caught in South Africa without a work visa.”

She had no choice.

Rachel Nyaga, a Mozambican domestic worker living in Johannesburg, is forced to make a life-changing decision after her young daughter dies whilst under the care of her South African employers, Chris and Michelle Jordaan. She can either leave her job and return to poverty stricken Mozambique, losing her income, visa and means of supporting her parents, or continue working for the people responsible for the death of her child.

Trapped by circumstance, she decides to stay but things become even more complicated when she finds out that the Jordaans are expecting their first child. Held together in guilt and shame, fear and desolation, Rachel, Michelle and Chris recognise that while their lives are now forever and inextricably linked in an unending nightmare, somehow they will need to break free if they are to survive.

The novel has already been adapted for the silver screen as an Afrikaans/English language film entitled ‘Sink’ and stars local talent Anel Alexander (Faan se Trein), Shoki Mokgapa (The First Grader) and Jacques Bessenger (Ballade vir ’n Enkeling). Brett directed the film, which will premiere at the kykNET Silwerskerm Festival in August 2015, and he is preparing to travel with the film as it makes its way through the international festival circuit.

About the Author

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Born in 1983 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Brett Michael Innes spent three years working as a documentary photographer and filmmaker with various NGOs, a position that has seen him and his camera travel into war zones and malnutrition clinics across the continent. In 2012 Brett turned his focus to feature films and literature and his first novel, The Story of Racheltjie de Beer, became a bestseller, hitting top positions on both local and international book charts.

View Brett‘s website HERE

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

Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers

ISBN: 9780620634816

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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

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12 Years a Slave (Movie Tie-In) by Solomon Northup

An official tie-in edition of this eloquent and powerful slave narrative, to accompany Steve McQueen’s major new film opening in SA cinemas today. Starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Quvenzhané Wallis.

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Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, 12 Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation.

After his rescue, Northup published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognised for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave.

Courtesy of Penguin Books, read an extract of 12 Years a Slave HERE

View the official trailer HERE

Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780141393827

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World War Z Movie Release

World War Z releases today, based on the novel by Max Brooks, starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz.

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United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

View the movie trailer HERE

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ABOUT THE BOOK

World War Z is a 2006 apocalyptic horror novel by Max Brooks. It is a follow-up to his 2003 book, The Zombie Survival Guide.

World War Z is a collection of individual accounts, wherein Brooks plays the role of an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, one decade after the story’s Zombie War.

Through a series of oral interviews, Brooks, as an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, describes the history of ‘World War Z’.  Although the origin of the zombie pandemic is unknown, the story begins in China after a zombie bites a young boy. The Chinese government attempts to contain the infection and concocts a crisis involving Taiwan to mask their activities. The infection is spread to other countries by the black market organ trade and by refugees; an outbreak in South Africa finally brings the plague to public attention.

ABOUT MAX BROOKS

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Max Brooks is The New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z. He has been called ‘the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism’.

Brooks is the son of director Mel Brooks and the late actress Anne Bancroft. He is a 1994 graduate of Pitzer College. His wife, Michelle, is a screenwriter, and the couple have a son, Henry.

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Movie Release of Spud 2: The Madness Continues

The big screen adaptation of the second Spud book – Spud: The Madness Continues …, written by John van de Ruit, hits our big screens today!

View the official trailer HERE

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The year is 1991, and Spud Milton’s long walk to manhood is still creeping along at an unnervingly slow pace. Approaching the ripe old age of fifteen and still no highly anticipated pubescent signs of manhood, Spud is coming to terms with the fact that he may well be a freak of nature. With a mother hell-bent on emigrating, a father making a killing out of selling homemade moonshine, and a demented grandmother called Wombat, the new year seems to offer little except extreme embarrassment and more mortifying Milton madness.

But Spud is returning to a boarding school where he is no longer the youngest or the smallest among the boys. His dormitory mates, known as the Crazy Eight, have an unusual new member and his house has a new clutch of first years. If Spud thinks his second year will be a breeze, however, he is seriously mistaken. He is soon beset with girl trouble, coerced into misguided late-night adventures, and finds his dreams of a famous career on the stage in tatters after landing the part of the ‘Dove of Peace’ in a disastrous house play production of Noah’s Ark.

To top it all off, boarding master Sparerib and his prefects, Death Breath and Earthworm are devising a devious plan to get Spud and the Crazy 8 expelled. If you have read the book, you know that the film will be hilarious, bitter-sweet, tragic and real. Join Spud as he takes another tentative step forward while all around him the madness continues.

About the author

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John van de Ruit is an actor, playwright and author who was educated at Michaelhouse and received a Masters degree in Drama and Performance studies from the University of KwaZulu – Natal. His debut novel, Spud, is a publishing phenomenon in South Africa, smashing all local fiction records.

Following Spud’s release in September 2005, the sequel Spud – The Madness Continues… (2007) received rave reviews and both books have since been published around the globe. The penultimate book in the side-splitting series, Spud – Learning to Fly, was released in June 2009. The final book in the series, Spud – Exit, Pursued by a Bear was released in August 2012.

The Spud series has sold over half a million copies in South Africa alone. A feature film of John’s first novel, Spud, was released in Southern Africa in December 2010 starring John Cleese and Troye Sivan. The first film debuted at number one at the South African box office and is being distributed internationally.

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The Great Gatsby – Movie Release

The Great Gatsby movie hits South African cinemas on the 17th of May and it features top class actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. This movie adaptation is directed by the highly-acclaimed Baz Luhrmann, who has previously directed Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge.

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Click HERE to view the official movie trailer

Original Book by F. Scott Fitzgerald

About the Book

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The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers.

Jay Gatsby’s parties are legendary. Night and day, the rich and beautiful descend upon his mansion to drink and to dance. For Nick Carraway, newly arrived on Long Island, the handsome, wealthy Gatsby seems to lead the perfect life. But beneath that shimmering facade Gatsby harbours an obsessive desire for the only thing he truly wants, but can never have.

At a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession ”The Great Gatsby is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.”

About the Author

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F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the major American writers of the twentieth century — a figure whose life and works embodied powerful myths about dreams and aspirations. Fitzgerald was talented and perceptive, gifted with a lyrical style and a pitch-perfect ear for language. He lived his life as a romantic, equally capable of great dedication to his craft and reckless squandering of his artistic capital. He left us one sure masterpiece, The Great Gatsby; a near-masterpiece, Tender Is the Night; and a gathering of stories and essays that together capture the essence of the American experience. His writings are insightful and stylistically brilliant; today he is admired both as a social chronicler and a remarkably gifted artist.

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Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven Movie Release

Nicholas Sparks’ books seem like natural material for romantic movies – here is a list of movies (some are quite big tear-jerkers) based on his previous novels:

  • Message in a Bottle
  • A Walk to Remember
  • The Notebook
  • Nights in Rodanthe
  • A Walk to Remember
  • Dear John
  • The Last Song

And now, the film adaptation of his book Safe Haven is also showing on the big screen (the movie released in South African cinemas last Friday).

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You know it when you find it.

An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again.

Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again you must learn to trust again.

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet unassuming, Katie is determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships.

Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community. But even as Katie starts to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts her . . .

View the official movie trailer HERE

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About Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Sparks‘ family moved around a lot while his father pursued graduate degrees. Sparks lived in Minnesota, Nebraska and California. He has one brother, and a sister who died in 2000. He was raised Roman Catholic. Sparks excelled at running, and went to the University of Notre Dame on a track and field scholarship.

He wrote two novels wrote two novels that were never published before his third novel, The Notebook, was picked up by a literary agent and published in 1996. Sparks writes romance novels and is known for stories with Christian themes and sad twists.

Sparks met his wife, Cathy, in 1988 and they married in 1989. They have five children: three boys and twin girls. They currently live in New Bern, NC.

His new book, The Longest Ride, will be available in Oct / Nov 2013.

You can visit his official website HERE

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