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  • 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.

  • Thousand Splendid Suns - 9780747585893

    A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

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    Miriam is a harami, an illegitimate child, who is forced to marry Rasheed when she is only fifteen. Laila is a strong independent young woman who is planning on studying at university when, some years later, she too catches the eye of Rasheed and becomes his second wife.

  • Aankoms En Vertrek

    Aankoms En Vertrek – Pat Stamatélos

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    Stamatélos se nuutste boek sal haar lesers nie teleurstel nie. Sy het ‘n kenmerkende styl waarmee sy ‘n ligte aanslag gebruik om ernstige lewenskwessies in die kollig te plaas. Hierdie verhaal handel grootliks oor ‘n broer en suster wat nie net hul eie spoke konfronteer nie, maar ook met mekaar moet vrede maak.

  • Sale

    AB: The Autobiography – AB de Villiers

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    R350.00 R335.00

    This is a must-read for any cricket fan. AB de Villiers is one of the best players in the history of the game, and his life story will be of interest to many. Growing up in the shadow of two older brothers, AB has always been driven by a desire to achieve and to prove himself. As he says in the book, he wants to be remembered as a “fighter.”

  • About Last Night

    About Last Night – Catherine Alliott

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    There’s a place for the light-hearted and funny read, a beacon in the currently popular sea of serial killers and Nordic Noir. With that in mind, About Last Night will buoy you up and make you giggle. Molly is trapped in the country after her husband dies, leaving her with three children to rear and very little money to do it with.

  • Adrenalien

    Adrenalien deur Leon van Nierop

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    Leon van Nierop kom hier met ‘n fassinerende verhaal vorendag. Gustaf Prinsloo het ‘n treffer-riller geskryf en dring daarop aan om self die draaiboek te skryf vir die film wat daarvan gemaak gaan word. Hy het egter ‘n probleem: sy muse werk slegs as sy adrenalienvlakke hemelhoog is. Sy vrou, Elisma, het in daardie behoefte voorsien, maar nou het sy hom gelos. Dit pas hom dus hom goed as die filmvervaardiger hom na ‘n afgeleë Bosveldoord stuur om sy draaiboek te gaan skryf. In die vervalle geboue hou oorgenoeg spoke om sy adrenalien te laat vloei. Dan kry hy ook lukrake besoeke van die sexy Astrid, wat ‘n onwelkome oog oor sy draaiboek hou. Gustav kan moeilik onderskei tussen die spoke wat hom treiter en die realiteit, maar hier is genoeg adrenalien om sy draaiboek te laat vorder. Daar wag egter ‘n verrassing of twee in die ontknoping van die storie…

  • After You

    After You by Jojo Moyes

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    The much-anticipated sequel to Me Before You: Lou is attempting to move on with her life and Will’s absence is felt as much by the reader as Lou. But she attends a group and eventually meets a new man, and then in a further turn of unexpected events, a newcomer causes her to make ‘an about turn’ and question her future path once again. Moyes has a singular gift in her creation of warm, funny and beloved characters that have the ability to make the reader laugh and cry. This is definitely a book for fans – who will get to participate in Lou’s life again.

  • Aleph

    Aleph – Paulo Coelho

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    In a frank and surprising personal story, one of the world’s most beloved authors embarks on a remarkable and transformative journey of self-discovery. Facing a grave crisis of faith, and seeking a path of spiritual renewal and growth, Paulo decides to start over: to travel, to experiment,

  • All Sorts Of Healthy Dishes

    All Sorts of Healthy Dishes – Chantal Lascaris

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    Christmas Choice 2017

    All Sorts of Healthy Dishes features 96 delicious yet healthy recipes for family meals and entertaining.