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  • Under Glass

    Under Glass – Claire Robertson

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    Previous titles The Spiral House and The Magistrate of Gower have secured this local author a reputation for beautifully written literary fiction. Under Glass, newly released, is set around the mid 1800s. Mrs Chetwyn lands in Port Natal to join her husband – their passage and some land have been bought by her father-in-law.

  • Up Against The Night

    Up Against the Night by Justin Cartwright

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    Frank McAllister is wealthy and lives in the UK. He has lived there for thirty years and has houses in Nottinghill, New Forest and Cape Town. He feels increasingly alienated and hankers for his South African heritage, and the novel opens with him planning a trip to Cape Town with his lover Nellie. Frank is descended from Piet Retief (as is Justin Cartwright) and his murder by Dingaan and subsequent avenge by the Boers in the Battle of Blood River is explored. Frank’s Afrikaner cousin, Jaco, almost famous on YouTube for nearly being eaten by a shark, threatens to disturb his more measured existence. Themes of heritage and what it means, and the presumptions made by strangers in a foreign land are central to the story. Cartwright writes beautifully, and his keen observation of character and profound insights are balanced by a sense of irony, and even comic absurdity.

  • Vargic's Miscellany of Curious Maps

    Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps by Martin Vargic

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    This extraordinary book is an absolute must for map lovers. Described, rather enticingly, as a ‘wonderful, obsessive-compulsive absurdity’ it consists of a series of exquisitely detailed old-world style maps of various twenty-first century pop-culture phenomena, such as: The Map of YouTube, The Music Map, The Map of Stereotypes and The Corporate World Map. Vargic is original, inventive, humorous and insightful.

  • Vlakwater

    Vlakwater deur Ingrid Winterbach

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    Ingrid Winterbach-aanhangers sal sekerlik bly wees om te hoor van die verskyning van haar nuwe boek. Dit is ‘n veelvlakkige roman vol van intrige, die kunste, waansin en spiritualistiese filosofieë. Kunstenaar Niek Steyn koop ‘n huis in Kaapstad ná die beëindiging van sy liefdesverhouding. Niek bevriend Marthinus, wat naby hom bly, en vind dat hulle ‘n belangstelling in die kunstewêreld deel. Gou word die verhaal bevolk met ‘n verskeidenheid klaarblyklik versteurde kunstenaartipes. Slegs een karakter verteenwoordig normaliteit en warmte in Niek se lewe – sy huurder, die kunsstudent Charelle. Wanneer sy verdwyn en verskeie onrusbarende dinge in die area gebeur, is Marthinus oortuig dat Viktor daaragter sit; Viktor wat die skisofreniese boek Vlakwater geskryf het. Intussen werk ‘n naamlose haaslip-vrou aan ‘n monografie oor die bekende kunstenaars-cum-filmmakers, die Olivier-broers. Stadigaan begin mens vermoed daar is dalk een skakel wat al hierdie dinge verbind, maar is die vermoede korrek?

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    Vrae En Feite Vir Nuuskierige Agies

    Vrae En Feite Vir Nuuskierige Agies – Adinda Vermaak

    0 out of 5
    R195.00 R185.00

    Christmas Choice 2017

    Is jy ’n nuuskierige agie wat wil weet…

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    Vroue Na Aan My Hart – Hannes van Wyk

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    As akteur en aanbieder van die TV-geselsprogram Kwêla het Hannes van Wyk al met talle besondere vroue te doen gehad. In hierdie boek vertel hy ons van veertig vroue wat hom na aan die hart lê en wat ‘n sterk invloed in sy lewe gehad het.

  • Warlight

    Warlight – Michael Ondaatje

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    Ondaatje new title, Warlight, is set in London in 1945, and tells the story of 14-year-old Nathaniel and his 16-year-old sister, Rachel, who, when their parents disappear on as mysterious mission, are left in the care of a boarder they refer to as The Moth.

  • Watership Down

    Watership Down – Richard Adams

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    This stirring tale of courage and survival against the odds has become one of the best-loved animal adventures of all time. ‘We’ve got to go away before it’s too late.’ Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren – he felt sure of it.

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

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    It is impossible to do real justice to this Man Booker 2014 shortlisted title, but I will try: Rosemary is the 22-year-old narrator and her story takes place in a series of flashbacks in her life. We learn that she has been devastated by the disappearance of Fern, who she felt was her twin sister, and then her older brother who also vanished. Rosemary prolongs her studies while she considers her direction in life. Her emotional journey is an enthralling combination of psychological thriller, scientific theory and coming-of-age story. It is funny, sad, disturbing and revelatory, and it explores family togetherness, disruption and reconciliation in a quietly intelligent and utterly beguiling way. If there is one book you read this week, month or year: this is it!

  • Web

    Web – Naomi Meyer

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    Sophia se verhaal is elke vrou s’n, so ook haar verhouding met haar man, haar huiswerker, haar vriendin-werkgewer, die boemelaar, en die ma’s by die kleuterskool. As ma van twee jong kinders, met ‘n wankelende huwelik en ‘n werk by ‘n sukkelende klein besigheid, sukkel Sophia om al die balle in die lug te hou.

  • Weeping Water

    Weeping Waters – Karin Brynard

    0 out of 5

    This is the translation of the very successful Afrikaans book, Plaasmoord, and what a great thriller it is! Detective Albertus Beeselaar, beleaguered by his own demons, has been transferred to a small town in the Kalahari from Jo’burg’s Murder and Robbery Squad. The book opens with the horrific murder of artist Freddie Swarts and her adopted daughter on their farm. There has been a spate of stock thefts and a couple of related murders already and neighbouring farmers are afraid and hostile in increasingly difficult circumstances. This is further fuelled by land-ownership issues. Freddie’s journalist sister arrives to try and understand the reason behind her senseless murder, and Beselaar flails around in a situation where everyone is a suspect. Brynard steadily builds the tension in this intelligent and well-plotted story. I only hope there is going to a translation of Onse Vaders too…