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#2Sides - My Autobiography (Hardcover): Rio Ferdinand, David Winner #2Sides - My Autobiography (Hardcover)
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R476 R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Save R149 (31%) Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

Candid, outspoken and supremely honest, and including interviews with those close to him, 2 Sides is Rio's unique story: from his early days in Peckham, through to picking up the Champions League trophy on a rainy summer's night in Moscow, 2 Sides is the tell-all account of an extraordinary and controversial life in the game.

On winning and losing; on defending and attacking; on Moyes, management and fellow players; on John Terry, lost friendships and ongoing rivalries; on the love and hate of the beautiful game; and on playing for club, country and for yourself - this is a full spectrum of life at the very top of the footballing tree, and a superb retrospective of a truly fascinating career.

Loui Fish: Onsinkbaar (Afrikaans, Paperback): Alita Steenkamp Loui Fish: Onsinkbaar (Afrikaans, Paperback)
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R220 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R38 (17%) In stock

Die tonge was al baie los oor die kletskoningin Loui Fish, en die lys van dinge wat sy genoem word, is lank: sosiale vlinder, partytjiepop, sekskatjie, flerrie, cougar. Maar voeg ook daarby: beeldskoon, suksesvol en gevat. Loui is inderdaad ’n katjie wat jy nie sonder sagte handskoentjies moet aanpak nie – en boonop enig in haar soort. Dis immers nie elkeen van ons wat sosiaal verkeer met Victoria en David Beckham of wat kan spog met Jimmy Choo as ’n persoonlike vriend of George Michael as ’n voormalige buurman nie.

In haar allesonthullende outobiografie, Onsinkbaar, vertel Loui van haar kleintyddrome om eendag met ’n rock-ster te trou. Steve Hofmeyr maak ’n vlietende draai in haar lewe. James Small vat haar uit die Boland weg, maar sy loop erg deur onder sy vuiste. Uiteindelik trou sy met die liefde van haar lewe, Mark Fish, en word sy deel van ’n sosiale groep wat bekend staan as Footballers’ Wives – vroue vir wie selfs die etiket op hul onderklere belangrik is. Dis ’n verhaal van passie, geweld en liefde. Van ontwerpersklere en die gejaag na sukses. Maar dit vertel ook van ’n weerlose Loui, wanneer sy gestroop van al hierdie dinge besef dat geld en glorie nie geluk bring nie, en dat wat ander van jou sÍ nie regtig saak maak nie.

“Hoekom skryf ek my storie? Wel, ek is nie ’n slagoffer nie. Ook nie sleg nie, ek is net ’n meisie wat verlief geraak het op ’n jong man, en dalk steeds verlief is op hom. Die enigste ding is ek is nie meer 24 jaar oud nie. Ek was getroud vir byna elf jaar. En hoekom is ons nie meer getroud nie? Wel, nes my icon eenmaal in ’n bekende Martin Bashir onderhoud gesÍ het: “It was getting a little crowded.” Sy, nes ek, het na haar huwelik verwys, en sy was prinses Diana.”

Showdown At The Red Lion - The Life And Times Of Jack McLoughlin 1859-1910 (Paperback): Charles Van Onselen Showdown At The Red Lion - The Life And Times Of Jack McLoughlin 1859-1910 (Paperback)
Charles Van Onselen
R295 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R53 (18%) Dispatched within 9 - 13 working days

Johannesburg was - and is - the Frontier of Money. Within months of its founding, the mining camp was host to organised crime: the African ‘Regiment of the Hills’ and ‘Irish Brigade’ bandits. Bars, brothels, boarding houses and hotels oozed testosterone and violence, and the use of fists and guns was commonplace.

Beyond the chaos were clear signs of another struggle, one to maintain control, honour and order within the emerging male and mining dominated culture. In the underworld, the dictum of ‘honour among thieves’, as well as a hatred of informers, testified to attempts at self-regulation. A ‘real man’ did not take advantage of an opponent by employing underhand tactics. It had to be a ‘fair fight’ if a man was to be respected.

This was the world that ‘One-armed Jack’ McLoughlin - brigand, soldier, sailor, mercenary, burglar, highwayman and safe-cracker – entered in the early 1890s to become Johannesburg’s most infamous ‘Irish’ anti-hero and social bandit. McLoughlin’s infatuation with George Stevenson prompted him to recruit the young Englishman into his gang of safe-crackers but ‘Stevo’ was a man with a past and primed for personal and professional betrayal. It was a deadly mixture.

Honour could only be retrieved through a Showdown at the Red Lion.

Operation Lock And The War On Rhino Poaching (Paperback): John Hanks Operation Lock And The War On Rhino Poaching (Paperback)
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R260 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R55 (21%) Dispatched within 4 - 8 working days

The aggressive poaching of rhinos needs to be countered with equal aggression. So argued Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, the founder president of the World Wide Fund for nature (WWF), at a 1987 meeting with John Hanks, conservation expert and WWFís head in Africa. The result was Operation lock, a secret initiative funded by Prince Bernhard and staffed by former SAS operatives. Operation lock set up headquarters in Johannesburg and extended its reach into neighbouring states: Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique. Its operatives planned to train game rangers, to pose as rhino horn traders in order to entrap buyers, and to expose the kingpins who were driving the trade. It was a controversial approach, all the more because it was working within apartheid South Africa in the late 1980s. When the existence of the project was finally leaked, WWF denied any involvement, and John Hanks took the fall. In Operation lock and the War on rhino poaching, John Hanks finally tells the story of these explosive events from 25 years ago. As a leading international authority on conservation, he also deals with the scourge of rhino poaching up to the present, and gives powerful and controversial criticism of some of the current policies to curb poaching.

Donker Stroom - Eugene Marais En Die Anglo-Boereoorlog (Afrikaans, Paperback): Carel van der Merwe Donker Stroom - Eugene Marais En Die Anglo-Boereoorlog (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Carel van der Merwe
R435 R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Save R70 (16%) Dispatched within 13 - 21 working days

Aan die einde van 1896, enkele jare voor die Anglo-Boereoorlog, het die 26-jarige wewenaar en Transvaalse koerantman EugŤne Marais na Londen vertrek om in die regte te gaan studeer. Hier het hy oŽnskynlik tot in die doodsnikke van die oorlog gewoon.

Oor hierdie lewensjare van een van Afrikaans se beroemdste letterkundige figure is baie min bekend. Leon Rousseau sÍ in sy baanbreker-lewensverhaal oor Marais, Die Groot Verlange (1974): “Tensy ontdekkings gemaak word wat ’n mens jou op die oomblik kwalik kan voorstel, sal dit altyd onmoontlik bly om ’n samehangende relaas van Marais se vyf jaar in Europa te gee.”

Hierdie ontdekkings en nog baie meer is nou gemaak. In Donker Stroom word onthul presies waarmee Marais hom kort voor, tydens en nŠ die bitter stryd tussen Boer en Brit besig gehou het, ’n verstommende verhaal wat ’n mens jou skaars kan indink. Was Marais die onkreukbare patriot en joernalis wat sy biograwe van hom gemaak het, of is hierdie Afrikaner-ikoon ook deur die donker stroom van die tydsgees meegesleur?

My Life, My Love, My Legacy (Hardcover): Coretta Scott King, Barbara Reynolds My Life, My Love, My Legacy (Hardcover)
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R549 R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Save R146 (27%) In stock

The life story of Coretta Scott King―wife of Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), and singular twentieth-century American civil and human rights activist―as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds.

Born in 1927 to daringly enterprising parents in the Deep South, Coretta Scott had always felt called to a special purpose. While enrolled as one of the first black scholarship students recruited to Antioch College, she became politically and socially active and committed to the peace movement. As a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music, determined to pursue her own career as a concert singer, she met Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister insistent that his wife stay home with the children. But in love and devoted to shared Christian beliefs as well as shared racial and economic justice goals, she married Dr. King, and events promptly thrust her into a maelstrom of history throughout which she was a strategic partner, a standard bearer, and so much more.

As a widow and single mother of four, she worked tirelessly to found and develop The King Center as a citadel for world peace, lobbied for fifteen years for the US national holiday in honor of her husband, championed for women's, workers’ and gay rights and was a powerful international voice for nonviolence, freedom and human dignity.

Coretta’s is a love story, a family saga, and the memoir of an extraordinary black woman in twentieth-century America, a brave leader who, in the face of terrorism and violent hatred, stood committed, proud, forgiving, nonviolent, and hopeful every day of her life.

Travelling To Infinity - The True Story Behind The Theory Of Everything (Paperback): Jane Hawking Travelling To Infinity - The True Story Behind The Theory Of Everything (Paperback)
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R291 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R98 (34%) Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

Made into a major motion picture, this moving memoir written by Stephen Hawking’s first wife covers the turbulent years of her marriage to the astrophysics genius, her traumatic divorce, and their recent reconciliation

Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous and remarkable scientists of our age and the author of the scientific bestseller A Brief History of Time, which has sold more than 25 million copies. In this compelling memoir, his first wife, Jane Hawking, relates the inside story of their extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of a motor neuron disease. Jane's candid account of trying to balance his 24-hour care with the needs of their growing family reveals the inner strength of the author, while the self-evident character and achievements of her husband make for an incredible tale presented with unflinching honesty.

Jane's candor is no less apparent when the marriage finally ends in a high-profile meltdown, with Stephen leaving Jane for one of his nurses and Jane marrying an old family friend. In this exceptionally open, moving, and often funny memoir, Jane Hawking confronts not only the acutely complicated and painful dilemmas of her first marriage, but also the relationship's fault lines exposed by the pervasive effects of fame and wealth.

The result is a book about optimism, love, and change that will resonate with readers everywhere. readers everywhere.

Troublemaker - Surviving Hollywood and Scientology (Hardcover): Leah Remini Troublemaker - Surviving Hollywood and Scientology (Hardcover)
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R495 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R129 (26%) Dispatched within 7 - 11 working days

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost. That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.

Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.

But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.

Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.

True Love (Paperback): Jennifer Lopez True Love (Paperback)
Jennifer Lopez
R384 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R49 (13%) In stock

This ground-breaking publication is a visually arresting convergence of life imitating art, guided by both intimate and electrifying never-before-seen photographs that depict Lopez's cathartic experience of becoming a mother while creating her first world tour. Written like a personal diary with hard-won lessons and heartfelt recollections, True Love is an empowering story of self-reflection, rediscovery and resilience.

Ben-Gurion - Father of Modern Israel (Hardcover): Anita Shapira Ben-Gurion - Father of Modern Israel (Hardcover)
Anita Shapira
R474 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R123 (26%) Dispatched within 7 - 11 working days

David Ben-Gurion cast a great shadow during his lifetime, and his legacy continues to be sharply debated to this day. There have been many books written about the life and accomplishments of the Zionist icon and founder of modern Israel, but this new biography by eminent Israeli historian Anita Shapira strives to get to the core of the complex man who would become the face of the new Jewish nation.

Shapira tells the Ben-Gurion story anew, focusing especially on the period after 1948, during the first years of statehood. As a result of her extensive research and singular access to Ben-Gurion’s personal archives, the author provides fascinating and original insights into his personal qualities and those that defined his political leadership. As Shapira writes, “Ben-Gurion liked to argue that history is made by the masses, not individuals. But just as Lenin brought the Bolshevik Revolution into the world and Churchill delivered a fighting Britain, so with Ben-Gurion and the Jewish state. He knew how to create and exploit the circumstances that made its birth possible.”

Shapira’s portrait reveals the flesh-and-blood man who more than anyone else realized the Israeli state.

On My Own Two Feet - From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life (Hardcover): Amy Purdy, Michelle Burford On My Own Two Feet - From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life (Hardcover)
Amy Purdy, Michelle Burford
R472 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R123 (26%) Dispatched within 7 - 11 working days

Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars and has been called a hero by Oprah Winfrey, reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder. In this poignant and uplifting memoir, Dancing With the Stars sensation Amy Purdy reveals the story of how losing her legs led her to find a spiritual path. When the Las Vegas native was just nineteen, she contracted bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience, she saw three figures who told her: "You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it's all going to make sense in the end." In that moment, Amy chose to live. Her glimpse of the afterlife-coupled with a mysterious premonition she'd had a month before -became the defining experiences that put Amy's life on a new trajectory after her legs had to be amputated. She wouldn't just beat meningitis and walk again; she would go on to create a life filled with bold adventures, big dreams, and boundless vitality-and share that spirit with the world. In 2014, Amy-the only competitor, male or female, with two prosthetic legs-claimed a bronze medal for the U.S. Paralympic team in adaptive snowboarding. She then became a contestant on season eighteen of Dancing With the Stars, and viewers were captivated as the girl with bionic legs managed to out-dance her competitors all the way to the finale. Amy's journey is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity we all have to dream bigger, defy expectations, and rewrite our stories. Amy was given a second chance for a reason-to use her life to inspire others. Her powerful memoir urges us to live life to the fullest, because we are all a lot more capable than we could ever imagine.

American Sniper - The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History (Paperback, Movie Tie-In): Chris Kyle,... American Sniper - The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History (Paperback, Movie Tie-In)
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R261 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R82 (31%) Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

Now a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood.

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him "The Legend"; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle's masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

Includes new material by Taya Kyle about the making of the American Sniper film.

Foxcatcher - A True Story Of Murder, Madness And The Quest For Olympic Gold (Paperback, Ed): Mark Schultz, David Thomas Foxcatcher - A True Story Of Murder, Madness And The Quest For Olympic Gold (Paperback, Ed)
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R190 R130 Discovery Miles 1 300 Save R60 (32%) Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

This is the gripping true crime story that inspired the major new Oscar-nominated motion picture which stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.

The Foxcatcher estate, Pennsylvania, January 1996. Billionaire John du Pont fatally kills someone. After a two day siege at the ranch, du Pont is finally apprehended. It wasn't supposed to end that way. Du Pont had lured to his ranch America's top wrestlers, the brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, with the dream of building a world-class team. But as he grew paranoid and controlling, the brothers realised they were trapped. No one knows the inside story of Foxcatcher better than Mark Schultz. This book is a searing portrait of the relationship he and his brother had with du Pont, whose catastrophic break from reality led to tragedy.

Now a major motion picture, the incredible true story of these championship-winning brothers and the wealthiest convicted murderer of all time will be enjoyed by fans of Argo, Captain Phillips and American Hustle.

Robert Sobukwe - How Can Man Die Better (Paperback, 3rd Revised): Benjamin Pogrund Robert Sobukwe - How Can Man Die Better (Paperback, 3rd Revised)
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On 21 March 1960, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe led a mass defiance of South Africa’s pass laws. He urged blacks to go to the nearest police station and demand arrest. Police opened fire on a peaceful crowd in the township of Sharpeville and killed 69 people.

The protest changed the course of South Africa’s history. Afrikaner rule stiffened and black resistance went underground. Sobukwe, leader of the Pan-Africanist Congress, was jailed for three years for incitement. At the end of his sentence the government, fearful of his power, rushed the so-called ‘Sobukwe Clause’ through Parliament, to keep him in prison without a trial. For the next six years, Sobukwe was kept in solitary confinement on Robben Island.

On his release, Sobukwe was banished to the town of Kimberley with very severe restrictions on his freedom. He died there nine years later in February 1978.

This book is the story of this South African hero – the lonely prisoner on Robben Island. It is also the story of the friendship between Robert Sobukwe and Benjamin Pogrund whose joint experiences and debates chart the course of a tyrannous regime and the growth of black resistance.

Soweto: 16 June 1976 - Personal Accounts of the Uprising (Paperback, 2nd ed): Elsabe Brink, Gandhi Malungane Soweto: 16 June 1976 - Personal Accounts of the Uprising (Paperback, 2nd ed)
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R245 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R34 (14%) Dispatched within 13 - 21 working days

The 16th June 2006 was the 30th anniversary of the Soweto youth uprising which marked a turning point in the political struggle for equality in South Africa. This title commemorates the event by featuring interviews with 30 people who were at school during the uprising.

Soweto: 16 June 1976 is structured around different focal points such as - events leading up to 16 June, the day itself, the aftermath of the uprising, the influence and effect it had on the lives of the various interviewees.

Private photographs of the interviewees then and now round off the text.

The View From The Cheap Seats - (Selected Non-Fiction) (Paperback): Neil Gaiman The View From The Cheap Seats - (Selected Non-Fiction) (Paperback)
Neil Gaiman
R385 R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Save R124 (32%) Dispatched within 7 - 12 working days

An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing, and distinctive style.

An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View From The Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author’s experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View From The Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaiman—offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time.

Tri The Beloved Country - Running, Mountainbiking And Kayaking The Borders Of South Africa (Paperback): Kim van Kets Tri The Beloved Country - Running, Mountainbiking And Kayaking The Borders Of South Africa (Paperback)
Kim van Kets
R252 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R27 (11%) Dispatched within 7 - 11 working days

What makes a working mother and average athlete decide to take on a massive physical and mental challenge to run, cycle and kayak the perimeter of South Africa, covering 6 772 km in less than five months? Kim van Kets was inspired by her desire to demonstrate to her daughter the fact that mothers are heroes too. She was able to justify the 'time-out' after having built up a credit balance of 150 days owed to her by her adventurer husband. Her story is a positive and enthusiastic 'off the beaten track' South African adventure and is amusing, anecdotal and inspiring.

It tells of the physical and mental challenges of the journey but focuses on stories surrounding the people and places she encountered along the way, including those of the ancient Kalahari farmer who pronounced her to be a 'Ramkat' and the Nama goatherd who seemed doubtful about her gender and anxious to be rid of her. The book is also a wonderful South African travelogue and is studded with nuggets of history and fascinating trivia about the plants, animals, characters and places as well as brief summaries of important life lessons the journey highlighted for the author.

It will leave the reader feeling upbeat, inspired and eager to explore the splendour of the beloved country and its people.

Poker Face - The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga (Paperback): Maureen Callahan Poker Face - The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga (Paperback)
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R283 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R34 (12%) In stock

Lady Gaga is a once-in-a-decade artist, and the rare instant celebrity whose appearance can become a cultural event. No other music star of the last decade combines the talents Lady Gaga possesses: she’s a genuine singer, composer, songwriter, designer, and performance artist, who uses technology and social media to shape her art and career. In the space of fifteen months, she has become a demographic-smashing pop icon with global reach and impact.

Not since Madonna’s breakout success in the mid-eighties has the world witnessed the advent of a pop-culture provocateur who mixes high-and-low culture, the avant-garde with the accessible, “downtown” authenticity with the sheen of glamorous artifice. She has quickly formed a symbiotic relationship with her rabid fan base who have taken to dressing as she does, imitating her hair and make-up in tribute. Gaga, too, is a cultural shape-shifter, allowing her fans to project their needs, wants, confusions, and desires onto her.

This is a must-read for Gaga fans, who, devoted as they are, know next to nothing about who she is and how she got that way, as well as for anyone who has heard Lady Gaga on television and the radio and is curious about America’s latest over-the-top cultural success story.

Broken Vows - Tony Blair: The Tragedy Of Power (Paperback): Tom Bower Broken Vows - Tony Blair: The Tragedy Of Power (Paperback)
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R375 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R69 (18%) In stock

When Tony Blair became prime minister in May 1997, he was, at forty-three, the youngest person to hold that office since 1812. With a landslide majority, his approval rating was 93 per cent and he went on to become Labour's longest-serving premier. On his first election campaign, Blair had promised that 'New Labour' would modernize Britain, freeing it from sleaze, special interests and government secrecy. He vowed to give priority to social justice and equal opportunity for all. So what went wrong?

The invasion of Iraq was particularly controversial and unleashed public fury against a government accused of not being open and honest in its march to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Alastair Campbell's 'dodgy' dossiers about WMDs sparked outrage, but did the contamination of New Labour's spin stretch beyond the wars? What is the truth behind Blair's claims of rebuilding Britain's schools, hospitals and welfare services? Why did he covertly open the doors to mass immigration? And how is it that the same man who risked his government to destroy Slobodan MiloSevic and Saddam Hussein has, since leaving office, earned millions of pounds serving dictators?

Tom Bower was one of those who in 1997 looked on in excited anticipation as Blair took up residence in Downing Street. Now, with unprecedented access to more than 180 Whitehall officials, military officers and politicians, he has uncovered the full story of Blair's decade in power. To distil the magic and the myths of an era all Britons experienced but have not properly understood, he has followed Blair's trail since his resignation - to Asia, the Middle East and America, where he has built an extraordinary commercial empire advising tycoons and tyrants.

The result is the political thriller of the year - a dramatic re-evaluation of Tony Blair which disentangles the mystery of an extraordinary politician - and illuminates the ultimate tragedy of power.

Geheime Revolusie - Memoires Van 'n Spioenbaas (Afrikaans, Paperback): Niel Barnard, Tobie Wiese Geheime Revolusie - Memoires Van 'n Spioenbaas (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Niel Barnard, Tobie Wiese
R300 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R42 (14%) In stock

In die duistere wÍreld van spioene geld die gewone reŽls nie en is alles geoorloof in die naam van landsveiligheid – selfs om met die staat se Vyand No. 1 te praat.

Dit is presies wat NiŽl Barnard in die laat 1980’s as hoof van die Nasionale Intelligensiediens (NI) gedoen het. In opdrag van PW Botha het hy in die geheim gesprekke met Nelson Mandela begin voer oor die moontlikheid van ’n demokratiese verkiesing en ’n meerderheidsregering. Nie eens die kabinet was bewus van hierdie gesprekke nie.

Geheime Revolusie onthul besonderhede oor hierdie ontmoetings – die eerste stap in die rigting van ’n demokratiese Suid-Afrika – asook oor die spesiale persoonlike band wat tussen die twee mans ontwikkel het. Sowel Mandela as Barnard was sterk persoonlikhede wat by tye hardkoppig en selfs kwasterig kon wees, maar al twee het die gewig besef van dit waarmee hulle besig was.

Die boek bied ook ’n fassinerende blik op die alledaagse lewe van spioene en die suksesse van NI in die 1980’s. As spioenbaas het Barnard daarin geslaag om bande te vestig met vriende en vyande van die Suid-Afrikaanse staat. Hy het nie net talle Afrika-leiers besoek in ’n tyd toe Suid-Afrika die muishond van die wÍreld was nie, maar selfs intelligensiebande met kommunistiese Rusland gebou.

’n Moet vir enigeen wat wonder oor wat alles in die 1980’s agter die politieke skerms gebeur het.

Nobody's Business - A Memoir (Paperback): Thabo Jijana Nobody's Business - A Memoir (Paperback)
Thabo Jijana
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In 2003, Thabo Jijana's father was gunned down in a scrap between rival taxi associations who had been forced to operate from a single rank. A decade later, Thabo faces up to South Africa's most violent industry to try to figure out how and why his father was murdered.

In this searing first-person investigation, Thabo puts a face behind a recurrent tragedy that plagues South African working class communities. By speaking to the people who knew his father best he tries to fill in the blanks that are the years that have followed his father's death.

He begins by trying to reconstruct the night the murder took place, but what he uncovers about the ongoing strife that has plagued government's consistent attempts to formalise this multi-million rand industry comes with more baggage than he expected.

The Rhino And The Rat - Further Memoirs Of A Vet (Paperback): Mike Hardwich The Rhino And The Rat - Further Memoirs Of A Vet (Paperback)
Mike Hardwich
R155 R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Save R28 (18%) Dispatched within 9 - 13 working days

Following on from the success of his first book, The Lion and the Lamb, this second collection of stories from Mike Hardwich is every bit as captivating as the first.

As a country vet whose territory covers the rich valleys and farmland of KwaZulu-Natal, his clients range from cattle farmers to owners of domestic pets, from game ranchers to circuses. The demands on a vet are constant and often arrive at very inconvenient times. Called upon day and night, Mike brings to each case his skills, ingenuity and years of experience, and although he never loses sight of his aim of preserving and improving the lives of the animals he is called upon to treat, sometimes he is sorely challenged by their owners.

Whether he is describing the difficult birth of a two-headed calf, discovering sheep scab on the Isle of Man, caring for Dorothy the elephant in her declining years, or helping Reggie the rat’s grieving owner accept his impending demise, Mike’s compassion and pragmatic humour never seem to flag.

These enjoyable tales of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of a veterinarian who always sleeps with one ear cocked, will leave you wanting more.

Birthmark - A Memoir (Paperback): Stephen Clingman Birthmark - A Memoir (Paperback)
Stephen Clingman
R240 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R49 (20%) Dispatched within 4 - 10 working days

When Stephen Clingman was two, he underwent an operation to remove a birthmark under his right eye. The operation failed, and the birthmark returned, but in somewhat altered form.

In this captivating and beguiling book, Clingman takes the fact of that mark – its appearance, disappearance and return – as a guiding motif of memory. This is how we remember the worlds we are born into, how they become a set of images in the mind, surfacing and resurfacing across time and space. South Africa under apartheid was itself governed by the markings of birth – the accidents of colour, race, and skin. But what were the effects on the mind?

Here a further motif comes into play, for in the operation Stephen’s vision was affected, and his eyes came to see differently from one another: divided vision in a divided world. How, in these circumstances, can we come to a deeper kind of vision, how can we achieve wholeness, acceptance, find our place in the midst of turmoil and change?

In an enchanting and cumulative narrative set on three continents, Stephen’s memories make up the hologram of the book’s subtitle. It is a story that is personal, painful, comic, and ultimately uplifting: a book not so much of the coming of age, but the coming of perspective.

The Thabo Mbeki I Know (Paperback): Sifiso Ndlovu, Miranda Strydom The Thabo Mbeki I Know (Paperback)
Sifiso Ndlovu, Miranda Strydom; Foreword by Barney Afako 3
R310 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R44 (14%) Dispatched within 4 - 8 working days

The Thabo Mbeki I Know is a collection that celebrates one of South Africaís most exceptional thought leaders. The contributors include those who first got to know Thabo Mbeki as a young man, in South Africa and in exile, and those who encountered him as a statesman and worked alongside him as an African leader.

In The Thabo Mbeki I Know, these friends, comrades, statesmen, politicians and business associates provide insights that challenge the prevailing academic narrative and present fresh perspectives on the former presidentís time in office and on his legacy Ė a vital undertaking as we approach a decade since an embattled Thabo Mbeki left office. Edited by Miranda Strydom and Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu, The Thabo Mbeki I Know provides readers with an opportunity to reassess Thabo Mbekiís contribution to post-apartheid South Africa Ė as both deputy president and president Ė to the African continent and diaspora Ė as a highly respected state leader Ė and to the international community as a whole.

Pippie (Afrikaans, Paperback): Anice Kruger, Colleen Naude Pippie (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Anice Kruger, Colleen Naude 2
R170 R142 Discovery Miles 1 420 Save R28 (16%) In stock

Op Oujaarsaand 2011 ontaard 'n lekker familiebraai in 'n skokkende nagmerrie toe 'n bottel vuuraanstekergel in 'n pa se hande ontplof en op sy dogtertjie beland. Met 80% brandwonde gee dokters vir die 2Ĺ-jarige Pippie Kruger net 'n 10% kans op oorlewing.

Pippie vertel op hartroerende wyse van die pynlike pad wat ma Anice, pa Erwin en hul gesin sedert diť ongeluk gestap het.

Die boek deel gebeure en ervarings wat nog nie van-tevore in die media bekendgemaak is nie:

  • Erwin maak sy hart oop en vertel met rou eerlikheid hoe die tragedie hulle verhouding geraak het.
  • Pippie se oupa en ouma verwoord hulle gevoelens.
  • Anice se ervaring van Pippie se baanbreker-operasie met gekloonde vel - 'n eerste in Afrika!
  • Aangrypende vertellings van die dokters en spesialiste wat Pippie behandel het.
  • 16 bladsye roerende foto's - sommige wat die wÍreld nog nooit gesien het nie.

Pippie vertel van 'n ma se stryd met God en 'n wil om nooit moed op te gee nie. Dit is 'n inspirerende verhaal van ongekende deursettingsvermoŽ, vurige hoop en onwankelbare vertroue in God.

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