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9781928257585

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IÂ'm at the start of an Olympic Distance Triathlon! A Greek, about to get all Olympic, following in the footsteps of my ancestors who created the games to celebrate human endeavour its ability to be pushed to the limits. Who would have thought that six years earlier I was in a deserted house in rural Mexico with a junkie smoking crack cocaine for the first time? The start of a downward spiral that would bring me to my knees and close to death. Although, maybe the seeds of my descent had been planted long before that…”

Constantinos Carastavrakis, known to his friends as Costa, tells his story with great honesty and courage. He charts his course through a childhood of identity confusion – growing up Greek and gay in Johannesburg. He built a glamourous life of parties, business triumphs and money but crashed into the devastation of a crystal meth addiction.

The ‘gift of desperationÂ' arrived to propel him towards a life without drugs and alcohol. He slowly dragged himself out of toxicity onto a path of recovery. With it came a new quest: to create the best version of himself. He has devoted his energy and drive to fitness; from small beginnings, he has worked his way up to becoming a marathon runner and triathlon athlete.

He brings light and humour to the darkness of addiction and shows that true body, mind and spirit recovery is possible for anyone who cares enough to heal themselves.
Publication date: 2019-12-01
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9780008267537

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Ed Sheeran has conquered the musical world. Avoiding flashy showmanship and fleeting fashion, he has let his talent do the talking. His moving and uplifting songs forge a lasting connection with the millions of people around the world who love his music.
Publication date: 2019-08-30
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978192833128

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9 April 1960 was the day that changed Susie Cazenove's life - the day her father, David Pratt, shot the Prime Minister of South Africa, Dr Hendrik Verwoerd. Verwoerd, commonly known as the architect of apartheid, didn't die, but Pratt's family lived with the legacy of his action.Caezenove has put pen to paper to describe the extraordinary events of that day and its consequences. Part family memoir, part ode to the settlement of Johannesburg, Cazenove skilfully weaves her family history and the mood in South Africa in the 1950s and 60s as a background to what may have led her father, a farmer and gentle man, to commit a treasonous act. Some of the facts went to the grave with her father, leaving the family with many questions.
Publication date: 2019-08-30
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9780624087298

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Azille Coetzee gaan studeer in Nederland, kry 'n Nederlandse lover en besluit om in Europa aan te bly. Dis bevrydend om net een wit mens tussen talle te wees. En daars die sosiale gelykheid, die wonderlike musiekkonserte, internasionale kunsuitstallings, en wêreldbekende filosowe se praatjies wat haar passievol interesseer. Maar iets voel nie reg nie … Die vraag bly: Waar kom sy “werklik” vandaan, en waar hoort sy? In my vel is 'n uiters leesbare verhaal van identiteit, reis en liefde: intiem, eerlik en slim - met selfs 'n bietjie seks, drugs & rock 'n roll. “Tydig, snaaks en nodig. 'n Verhaal van navigasie, deur twee stede, deur 'n hart. 'n Dokument vir ons tyd.” - Kabous Meiring
Publication date: 2019-07-17
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9780141990095

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A nuanced biography of Oliver Cromwell, breaking down Cromwell's life into different parts: fenland farmer and humble backbencher; stalwart of the good old cause and the New Model Army; key figure of the Commonwealth; and finally Lord Protector. Hill leads the reader unsentimentally through Cromwell's life from his beginnings in Huntingdonshire to his brutal end. Hill brings all his considerable knowledge of the period to bear on the relationships 'God's Englishman' had with God and England. Such a detailed understanding of the workings of providence is vital to understanding Cromwell.
Publication date: 2019-07-01
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9780624088264

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Stefaans Coetzee was net 19 jaar oud toe hy op Oukersdag 'n bom in die Shoprite in Worcester geplant het. Vier mense - waarvan drie kinders - het dié dag gesterf en Stefaans se lewe het onherroeplik verander.
Hy is tot moordenaar veroordeel en vir 40 jaar tronk toe gestuur, maar in die tronk verander sy lewe dramaties en hy begin anders kyk na homself en die mense rondom hom.
Hy ontmoet vir “Oom Gene” (Eugene de Kock) wat hom begin bearbei om met sy slagoffers te versoen.
Ná 18 jaar word Stefaans op parool vrygelaat. Kort daarna vervul hy sy lewensdroom om die Comrades-marathon te voltooi. Hy doen dit ter ere aan die Worcester-slagoffers en oorhandig sy medalje aan een van dié mense as teken van berou en versoening.
Publication date: 2019-07-01
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9781868429851

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A mother's gritty yet often humorous account of bringing up her five children in a lion research camp; a 21st-century My Family and Other Animals with a dark side
'An astonishing story ... Nicholls carries us through her experiences with a searing honesty that for me was hugely educational and deeply moving' - Jeremy Irons

'An unflinchingly brave, generous book filled with the wisdom of one who has seen both the beauty and the darkness the world has to give' - Sophie Dahl

'Read the whole beautiful book to the end. You'll never see another memoir like this' - Richard Dawkins

'A wonderfully rich and honest memoir of an extraordinary life by an extraordinary person . . . a special book' - Tim Butcher

'UNDER THE CAMELTHORN TREE is remarkable, wild as a pride of lions - heartbreaking, relentlessly truthful, funny. Kate Nicholls steps into life's beauties and hardships with a rare and extraordinary courage' - Erica Wagner, Harper's Bazaar

'A breathtaking memoir written with an abundance of wit, honesty and love.' - Harry Michell

Kate Nicholls left England to raise her five children in Botswana: an experience that would change each of their lives. Living on a shoestring in a lion conservation camp, Kate home-schools her family while they also learn at first hand about the individual lives of wild lions. Their deep attachment to these magnificent animals is palpable.

The setting is exotic but it is also precarious. When the author is subjected to a brutal attack by three men, it threatens to destroy her and her family: post-traumatic stress turns a good mother into a woman who is fragmented and out of control.

In this powerfully written, raw and often warmly funny memoir, we witness the devastation of living with a mother whose resilience is almost broken, and how familial structures shift as the children mature and roles change. Under the CamelthornTree addresses head-on the many issues surrounding motherhood, education, independence, and the natural world; and highlights the long-lasting effect of gender violence on secondary victims. Above all, it is an inspiring account of family love, and a powerful beacon of hope for life after trauma
Publication date: 2019-06-30
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9781785037856

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From the start of his glittering career in 1992, to his official retirement from all formats of the game in 2013, Shane Warne has long desired to tell his incredible story without compromise. No Spin is that very story. It will offer a compelling intimate voice, true insight and a pitch-side seat to one of cricket's finest eras, making this one of the ultimate must-have sports autobiographies.

Shane is not only one of the greatest living cricket legends: he is as close as the game has had since Botham to a maverick genius on the field and a true rebel spirit off it, who always gives audiences what they want. Despite being the talismanic thorn in England's side for nearly two decades of regular Ashes defeats, he was also much loved in the UK where he played cricket for Hampshire. He's also a much-admired figure in India and South Africa.

Alongside his mesmerising genius as a bowler, Shane has often been a controversial figure, and in this book he's talk with brutal honesty about some of the most challenging times in his life as a player. Honest, thoughtful, fearless and loved by millions, Shane is always his own man and this book is a testament to his brilliant career.
Publication date: 2019-06-30
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9780008323936

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Give your mind a linguistic workout with 200 new quick crossword puzzles. These will have you searching for the dictionary! Keep your mind sharp and improve your word power at the same time. Ideal for whiling away those long commutes, travelling on holiday or relaxing at home. These puzzles offer a general knowledge challenge and a test of your English language abilities at the same time.
Publication date: 2019-06-15
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9781787479050

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The inspirational inside story from the 2018 Tour de France and Sports Personality of the Year winner 'This year G was the strongest rider, and he finally had Lady Luck on his side. An unstoppable combination' Chris Froome 'I understood what Geraint's win meant: for him, for me, for the team, and for Wales, too' Dave Brailsford 'Wow!' Arsene Wenger For years Geraint Thomas appeared blessed with extraordinary talent but jinxed at the greatest bike race in the world: twice an Olympic gold medallist on the track, Commonwealth champion, yet at the Tour de France a victim of crashes, bad luck and his willingness to sacrifice himself for his team-mates. In the summer of 2018, that curse was blown away in spectacular fashion - from the cobbles of the north and the iconic mountain climbs of the Alps to the brutal slopes of the Pyrenees and, finally, the Champs-Elysees in Paris. As a boy, G had run home from school on summer afternoons to watch the Tour on television. This July, across twenty-one stages and three weeks, and under constant attack from his rivals, he made the race his own. With insight from the key characters around Geraint, this is the inside story of one of the most thrilling and heart-warming tales in sport. Not only can nice guys come first - they can win the biggest prize of all.
Publication date: 2019-05-31
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9781868429325

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Memoirs of a much-loved teacher and legendary headmaster of Pretoria Boys High.
Bill Schroder is the stuff teaching legends are made of. He was strict, yet kind; firm and consistent, yet creative and playful when needed. He knew the magical mix of discipline and care needed to ensure the loyalty of his students. In this warm-hearted, inspiring and often funny memoir, Schroder looks back on four decades as an English and Latin teacher and, later, headmaster, including 19 years at Pretoria Boys High.

His holistic approach to teaching earned him the respect of both teachers and students. Teaching is not only about conveying knowledge, he believed, but also about looking after the emotional needs of students. For Schroder, the institution was never more important than the individual - he always put his students first. As a headmaster he became known for doing things his own way. He gave students a voice where others wanted to silence them, he found creative ways to turn problem schools around and never allowed departmental admin to get in the way of teaching. In the early 1990s when schools were opened to all races, Pretoria Boys High under him played a leading role in transforming their school. In his retirement he also served as a consultant and a mentor to a school in a Pretoria township.

Here is a teacher who left an indelible mark on thousands of pupils from Cape Town to Pretoria.
Publication date: 2019-05-31
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9780624088189

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When, in the 1990s, Wilhelm Verwoerd openly spoke out against his grandfather's racist policies, he was ejected from the family. Working in Northern Island, making peace between former enemies, he feels the urge to return to his homeland, to make peace with his own family. This moving memoir examines the complexities of having Verwoerd blood in your veins whilst fully acknowledging that Verwoerd has blood on his hands.
Publication date: 2019-05-20
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9781868427949

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'n Buitengewone en uitstekende manuskrip.” - Prof. Gerrit Olivier

André P. Brink en die spel van liefde is die heel eerste biografie van 'n Suid-Afrikaanse skrywer wat gedurende sy leeftyd in dieselfde asem as Gabriel García Márquez, Peter Carey en Aleksandr Soltzjenitsen genoem is, en wie se romans in meer as 30 tale vertaal is.
In Leon de Kock se langverwagte biografie word Brink se persoonlike dagboeke en joernale as die belangrikste bronmateriaal hanteer. Brink het meer as 50 jaar lank sy ervarings en gedagtes pligsgetrou opgeteken: hierdie notaboeke, waartoe De Kock eksklusief toegang verkry het, word nou vir die eerste maal bekend gemaak.
Die spel van liefde is 'n omvangryke biografie wat die leser 'n openhartige, onverbloemde blik gee op Brink se gedagtes en gevoelens - oor homself én ander. Brink beskryf die hoogte- en laagtepunte van sy vyf huwelike asook sy verskeie verhoudings met 'n groot aantal vroue - 'n onderwerp wat hy in sy memoir, 'n Vurk in die pad, maar slegs vlugtig bespreek. Gedurende sy leeftyd het Brink hom nie net teen die politieke bestel verset nie, maar veral ook teen tradisionele seksuele sedes.
In hierdie biografie van 'n skrywer aan wie die Nobelprys vir letterkunde byna toegeken is, bekyk De Kock Brink se persoonlike, outobiografiese aantekeninge vanuit 'n kritiese, literêre oogpunt. Daarmee saam vergelyk hy die dagboeke met akademiese en ander, alledaagse bronne, waaronder getuienisse deur Brink se vriende, familie, eggenote en minnaresse. Die spel van liefde is 'n unieke, belangrike toevoeging tot die Suid-Afrikaanse lettere, maar veral ook tot navorsing oor Brink se lewe en skryfwerk.
Publication date: 2019-05-17
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Personal story and diary accounts of Hilda and Rusty Bernstein, and their family following up to and during the 1960 State of Emergency. Both parents were arrested and their 16-year-old daughter, Toni, had to look after her three younger siblings. The book juxtaposes Toni, Rusty and Hilda's experiences with a focus on Hilda and Toni. 

A heart-warming insider account of the lives of freedom fighters and the sacrifices that they made for the struggle.
Publication date: 2019-05-16
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9781868427925

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The Love Song Of Andre P. Brink is the first biography of this major South African novelist who, during his lifetime, was published in over 30 languages and ranked with the likes of Gabriel García Márquez, Peter Carey and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
Leon de Kock's eagerly awaited account of Brink's life is richly informed by a previously unavailable literary treasure: the dissident Afrikaner's hoard of journal-writing, a veritable chronicle that was 54 years in the making. In this massive new biographical source - running to a million words - Brink does not spare himself, or anyone else for that matter, as he narrates the ups and downs of his five marriages and his compulsive affairs with a great number of women. These are precisely the topics that the rebel in both politics and sex skated over in his memoir, A Fork in the Road.

De Kock's biographical study of the author who came close to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature not only synthesises the journals but also subjects them to searching critical analysis. In addition, the biographer measures the journals against additional sources, both scholarly and otherwise, among them the testimony of Brink's friends, family, wives and lovers.

The Love Song Of Andre P. Brink subjects Brink's literary legacy to a bracing scholarly re-evaluation, making this major new biography a crucial addition to scholarship on Brink
Publication date: 2019-05-15

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