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  • n Tafel vir Elke Geleentheid

    ‘n Tafel vir Elke Geleentheid deur Fransie Snyman, Katrien van Zyl & Wilsia Metz

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    As jy lief is om voluit te gaan wanneer jy onthaal, of as dit jou droom is om ‘n geleentheidsmaatskappy te bedryf, kan jy hierdie boek gerus op jou boekrak hou. Die samestellers het moeite gedoen om elke aspek van onthaal te dek: van die beplanning en voorbereiding van die kos tot breekgoed en linne, musiek en gastegeskenkies. Dit is vol foto’s van gedekte tafels vir elke denkbare geleentheid wat gevier kan word (‘n volle vyf-en-twintig van hulle!) Die foto’s is vergesel van voorstelle en wenke om jou tafel uniek te maak . Hier is aanbevelings vir kleurskemas, blomme en ander tafelversierings asook gepaste disse vir elke geleentheid. ‘n Afdeling met resepte vir die kosse en versnaperings bevat praktiese raad oor berging en raklewe, waar toepaslik. Die bedoeling is dat elke voorbeeld dien as ‘n vertrekpunt om aan jou eie kreatiwiteit vlerke te gee. Die groot reël is: daar is geen reëls nie!

  • 1795

    1795 – Dan Sleigh

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    Sleigh sluit sy skrywersloopbaan af met hierdie meesterwerk wat handel oor die laaste maande aan die Kaap onder die bewind van die VOC. William van Oudshoorn, seun van ‘n goewerneur en erfgenaam van voorspoed, staan voor ‘n waterskeiding in sy lewe.

  • 365 Postcards For Ants

    365 Postcards for Ants by Lorraine Loots

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    Capetonian Lorraine Loots started painting a miniature a day on 01 January 2013. It started as a side project to enable her to indulge her love of painting, but has since then gathered meaning and momentum. She now has a website on which you can ‘reserve’ a painting –and they are booked up well in advance! The miniatures are ‘more than meets the eye’: they are exquisite replications of our world and the things we love rendered in minute perfection, forming a tiny and, paradoxically, vast body of work.

  • 365-lego

    365 Things to Do with LEGO Bricks – Dorling Kindersley

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    This is definitely not just for kids!

  • 50 Must See Geological Sites

    50 Must-See Geological Sites by Gavin Whitfield

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    Co-author of the successful Geological Journeys, Gavin Whitfield, has written a handy guide on fifty of the best known palaeontological and historical sites in South Africa. This accessible guide includes key features of the site, explanations of the landscape and rock formations, and topics of local and historical interest. It includes explanatory diagrams of some of the formations and loads of photographs. It even includes maps and GPS pointers to make finding the site easy.

  • Boy Made Blocks

    A Boy Made of Blocks – Keith Stuart

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    Sam is eight-years-old and has high-functioning autism. His parents are Alex and Jody, and their marriage is increasingly strained by the fact that Alex is unable to parent his son in any way.

  • a-childs-book

    A Child of Books – Oliver Jeffers

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    Books like this one deserve the term ‘Something Special’.

  • A Different Class

    A Different Class by Joanne Harris

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    An excellent, brooding drama with some of the same characters from an earlier book, Gentlemen and Players. The characters and storyline stand alone, and it is not necessary to have read the first.  Roy Straightley is Latin Master at St Oswalds Grammar School in North Yorkshire. Over the years he has taught many boys; a few of which stand out in his memory – mostly because of their troubled natures. The story is narrated by two voices; one of which is the dry, witty voice of Straightley. The other voice is initially anonymous, and in the form of the diary entries of a seriously disturbed mind. I enjoyed trying to match up this second voice with the array of characters as observed by Straightley. Suspense is built up by the feeling and expectation of the meeting place of these two converging stories. Gripping and entirely absorbing.

  • Legacy Of Spies

    A Legacy of Spies – John le Carré

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    Master of the spy thriller, Le Carré’s new book compounds his own legacy of publishing at a pitch for six decades. Peter Guillam is an old, long-retired spy who receives an unwelcome summons to answer questions surrounding a treachery in Berlin during the Cold War.

  • A Man of Good Hope

    A Man of Good Hope – Jonny Steinberg

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    Distinguished journalist and author of prize-winning Midlands, The Number and acclaimed Three Letter Plague, Jonny Steinberg’s new book is A Man of Good Hope. It tells the story of the life of Asad Abdullahi, a Somali man living in Blikkiesdorp in Cape Town at the time the book begins. Steinberg traces Asad’s life: the trauma of witnessing his mother’s murder by Somali militia when he was eight years old; his subsequent childhood of rootless wanderings through Kenya and Ethiopia, at times staying with distant relatives, or simply fending for himself; and the move to South Africa with his wife and son. Steinberg explores the displacement of the refugee; Asad is part of a wartime migration that scattered the Somali people throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the world. A fascinating story of a man whose vision of the world we are shown through his indomitable spirit and determination to find, or create, his own roots.

  • A Spool of Blue Thread

    A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

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    Tyler is a prolific author and I have only read two of her previous novels: Breathing Lessons and Accidental Tourist – both of which I loved. She is known for her well-realised characters and family sagas and her new book is a no exception. The story of the Witshank family across three generations is told in such a masterful way that even though it’s a story of an average family it becomes a compelling masterpiece. I think this is partly Tyler’s gift. Her characters are complex, likable, quirky and very realistically flawed people who become ‘real in the telling’. Abby and Red are growing old and their children come together at the family home to discuss how they are going to help them. There are rivalries, jealousies and all the expected dysfunction inherent in all families. Tyler writes sensitively, often with gentle humour and insight. Highly recommended.

  • A Strangeness in My Mind

    A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

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    Winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for literature, and an author known for his enduring love for his home city Istandbul, Orhan Pamuk has written  his masterpiece, A Strangeness in My Mind. Briefly, although it’s hard to be brief with a book such as this, the story follows the life of Mevlut, a boza (fermented drink) seller, and his family from 1969 to 2012 in Istanbul. Mevlut’s personal history is set against a backdrop of Istanbul, and described from his view point. Forty years of change, socially, culturally, politically is experienced, and retold through the simplicity of his yearnings, desires and experiences. This is a remarkably written book, multilayered and dense with meaning and description. The monumental approach of the novel is kept in tight rein with Pamuk’s simple, stirring and often ironic prose. Don’t be put off by the sheer length and scale of it; highly recommended.