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Adult Development and Ageing (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Dap Louw, Anet Louw Adult Development and Ageing (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
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R379 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R25 (7%) Shipped within 10 - 15 working days
Ghost Fire (Hardcover): Wilbur Smith, Tom Harper Ghost Fire (Hardcover)
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R320 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R101 (32%) In stock

A brand new tale in the Courtney saga by bestselling author, Wilbur Smith.

1754. Inseparable since birth and growing up in India, Theo and Connie Courtney are torn apart by the tragic death of their parents. Theo, wracked with guilt, seeks salvation in combat and conflict, joining the British in the war against the French and Indian army. Connie, believing herself abandoned by her brother, and abused and brutalised by a series of corrupt guardians, makes her way to France, where she is welcomed into high society. Here, she once again finds herself at the mercy of vicious men, whose appetite for war and glory lead her to the frontlines of the French battlefield in North America.

As the siblings find their destinies converging once more, they realise that the vengeance and redemption they both desperately seek could cost them their lives in this epic story of tragedy, loss, betrayal and courage that brings the reader deep into the seething heart of the French and Indian War.

Handmade Gifts From The Kitchen - More Than 100 Culinary Inspired Presents To Make And Bake (Hardcover): Alison Walker Handmade Gifts From The Kitchen - More Than 100 Culinary Inspired Presents To Make And Bake (Hardcover)
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R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Shipped within 7 - 10 working days

Handmade Gifts From The Kitchen is a delightful gift in itself, as well as a beautiful collection of culinary gift ideas for you to make and bake at home for friends and family.

Indulgent fudge, warming liqueurs, spicy chutneys, sweet and crumbly homemade biscuits … the list goes on. A jar of your favourite preserve or a box of homemade truffles is a delightful way to say thank you to someone special, or for Christmas or birthdays, or indeed for any celebration whatever time of the year. Full of love and originality, the recipes are a pleasure to create and wrap as well as to give. Each recipe has a guide for how long it takes to prepare and make, and the introduction to each offers ideas on how to use it or adapt it for any occasion.

There is a myriad of ideas for wrapping the gifts in a stunning and stylish way, so that every gift is unique.

Guinness World Records 2019 (Hardcover): Guinness World Records Guinness World Records 2019 (Hardcover)
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R350 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R52 (15%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The world’s most popular record book is back with thousands of new categories and newly broken records, covering everything from outer space to sporting greats via Instagram, fidget spinners and all manner of human marvels. Inside you’ll find hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and countless facts, figures, stats and trivia waiting for you on every action-packed page. Guinness World Records 2019 is the ultimate snapshot of our world today.

Plus, this year we celebrate the incredible “Maker” movement with a special feature devoted to the inventors, dreamers, crafters and creators who devote their lives to amazing record-breaking projects such as the largest water pistol, a jet-powered go-kart and an elephant-sized hamburger (think you could eat a whole one!?). We take a sneak peak into their workshops to explore these epically big builds, and ask them what inspires them to go really, really large!

On Being 40(ish) (Hardcover): Lindsey Mead On Being 40(ish) (Hardcover)
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R487 R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Save R105 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Fifteen powerful women and writers you know and love—from the pages of the New Yorker, New York Times, Vogue, Glamour, and The Atlantic—offer captivating, intimate, and candid explorations about what it’s really like turning forty—and that the best is yet to come.

The big 4-0. Like eighteen and twenty-one, this is a major and meaningful milestone our lives—especially for women. Turning forty is a poignant doorway between youth and…what comes after; a crossroads to reflect on the roads taken and not, and the paths yet before you. The decade that follows is ripe for nostalgia, inspiration, wisdom, and personal growth.

In this dazzling collection, fifteen writers explore this rich phase in essays that are profound, moving and above all, brimming with joie de vivre. With a diverse array of voices—including Veronica Chambers, Meghan Daum, Kate Bolick, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Sloane Crosley, KJ Dell’Antonia, Julie Klam, Jessica Lahey, Catherine Newman, Sujean Rim, Jena Schwartz, Sophfronia Scott, Allison Winn Scotch, Lee Woodruff, and Jill Kargman—On Being 40(ish) offers deeply personal, often hilarious perspectives across a range of universal themes—friendship, independence, sex, beauty, aging, wisdom, and the passage of time.

Beautifully designed to make the perfect gift, and to be a treasure to turn to time and time again, On Being 40(ish) reflects the hopes, fears, challenges and opportunities of a generation.

Churchill & Smuts - The Friendship (Paperback): Richard Steyn Churchill & Smuts - The Friendship (Paperback)
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R260 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R55 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The remarkable, and often touching, friendship between Winston Churchill and Jan Smuts is a rich study in contrasts.

In youth they occupied very different worlds: Churchill, the rambunctious and thrusting young aristocrat; Smuts, the ascetic, philosophical Cape farm boy who would go on to Cambridge. Brought together first as enemies in the Anglo-Boer War, and later as allies in the First World War, the men forged a friendship which spanned the first half of the twentieth century and endured until Smuts’s death in 1950. Richard Steyn, author of Jan Smuts: Unafraid of Greatness, examines this close friendship through two world wars and the intervening years, drawing on a maze of archival and secondary sources including letters, telegrams and the voluminous books written about both men.

This is a fascinating account of two remarkable men in war and peace: one the leader of the Empire, the other the leader of a small fractious member of that Empire who nevertheless rose to global prominence.

Not That Bad - Dispatches From Rape Culture (Paperback): Roxane Gay Not That Bad - Dispatches From Rape Culture (Paperback)
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R323 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R61 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Edited and with an introduction by Roxane Gay, the New York Times bestselling and deeply beloved author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, this anthology of first-person essays tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on.

In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are "routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied" for speaking out. Contributions include essays from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics, including actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union and writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, and Claire Schwartz.

Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest. Like Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me, Not That Bad will resonate with every reader, saying "something in totality that we cannot say alone."

Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that “not that bad” must no longer be good enough.

The Curse Of Teko Modise (Paperback): Nikolaos Kirkinis The Curse Of Teko Modise (Paperback)
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R200 R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 Save R41 (20%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Eight-year-old Teko Modise didn’t mean to compete with his father, it was just that he was a soccer natural and everyone could see it. His father, in a fit of childlike jealously, kicked him out of the house, and when Teko tried to come back he kicked him out again. So little Teko made a plan. Every day he attended school as normal, and at night he slept out on the streets with other homeless children. This book is the true story of his rise to fame, to becoming ‘the General’, one of the best footballers South Africa has produced, and will allow readers to understand the story behind ‘the Curse’.

At the peak of his career the world seemed filled with Teko. His face was on every major billboard, TV advert and magazine cover in the country. Little boys from suburbs to townships everywhere were lining up at barbershops asking for The Teko haircut. With a house in Sandton and driving an Aston Martin, Modise was about to make history in the upcoming Soccer World Cup of 2010. He had gone beyond being football royalty, he became a super star. The tabloids have called him an abusive lover, a cheating ex-husband, a neglectful father and an alcoholic egotistical footballer. But beyond these headlines is a story about a boy who played his way out of poverty on talent alone.

Be inspired by this story of a young man with a resilient spirit who kept moving forward chasing his dreams, who not only survived, but made it, and made it big. The Teko Modise story is proof that anything is possible.

Terroir: The Cookbook (Hardcover): Michael Broughton Terroir: The Cookbook (Hardcover)
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R350 R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Save R219 (63%) Shipped within 7 - 10 working days

Terroir is one of the Cape Winelands’ most acclaimed restaurants. It is located on the beautiful, family-owned Kleine Zalze wine farm in Stellenbosch where its oak tree-shaded setting is ideal for enjoying an elegant and refined, yet leisurely meal.

The chalkboard menu reflects Chef Michael Broughton’s ethos: what you leave off the plate is just as important as what you put on it. His deceptively ‘simple’ dishes – using quality, seasonal ingredients of local, traceable, and ethical provenance – are a sublime marriage of texture and colour, characterised by bold, punchy flavours that remain true to the original ingredients.

Terroir: The Cookbook is a culmination of Michael’s techniques and skills that he has acquired over the years, a collection of recipes that are authentic and true to the Terroir style, much of which is grounded in the French classics and, by default, technically challenging. However, this is not a book for chefs, but rather for those who want to stretch themselves creatively and technically in the kitchen.

How The Dead Speak (Paperback): Val McDermid How The Dead Speak (Paperback)
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R325 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R106 (33%) In stock

After an explosive case that forced Tony Hill and Carol Jordan to reassess everything they thought they knew about right and wrong, both are dealing with the fallout in their own separate ways. While Tony must pay the price for his actions, Carol is conducting investigations into suspected miscarriages of justice.

With Tony behind bars and Carol finally out of road as a cop, he’s finding unexpected outlets for his talents in jail and she’s joined forces with a small informal group of lawyers and forensics experts looking into suspected miscarriages of justice. But they’re doing it without each other; being in the same room at visiting hour is too painful to contemplate. Meanwhile, construction is suddenly halted on the redevelopment of an orphanage after dozens of skeletons are found buried in the grounds. Forensic examination reveals they date from between twenty and forty years ago, when the nuns were running their repressive regime. But then a different set of skeletons are discovered in a far corner, young men from as recent as ten years ago.

When newly promoted DI Paula McIntyre discovers that one of the male skeletons is that of a killer who is supposedly alive and behind bars—and the subject of one of Carol’s miscarriage investigations—it brings Tony and Carol irresistibly into each other’s orbit once again. A shocking, masterfully plotted novel that will leave readers breathless, How The Dead Speak is McDermid at her best and a can’t miss read long-time fans and new readers alike.

South Africa's Corporatised Liberation - A Critical Analysis Of The ANC In Power (Paperback): Dale T. McKinley South Africa's Corporatised Liberation - A Critical Analysis Of The ANC In Power (Paperback)
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R240 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R49 (20%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

South Africa’s democracy is in trouble. The present situation is, in objective terms, a house divided; a house that is tottering on rotten foundations. Despite the more general advances that have been made under the ANC’s rule since 1994, power has not only remained in the hands of a small minority but has increasingly been exercised in service to capital. The ANC has become the key political vehicle – in party and state form as well as application – of corporate capital: domestic and international, black and white, local and national, and constitutive of a range of different fractions. As a result, ‘transformation’ has largely taken the form of acceptance of, combined with incorporation into, the capitalist ‘house’, now minus its formal apartheid frame.

What has happened in South Africa over the last 22 years is the corporatisation of liberation, the political and economic commodification of the ANC and societal development. Those in positions of leadership and power within the ANC have allowed themselves to be lured by the siren calls of power and money, to be sucked in by the prize of ‘capturing’ institutional sites of power, to be seduced by the egoism and lifestyles of the capitalist elite.

This book tells that ‘story’ by offering a critical, fact-based and actively informed holistic analysis of the ANC in power, as a means to: better explain and understand the ANC and its politics as well as South Africa’s post-1994 trajectory; contribute to renewed discussion and debate about power and democracy; and help identify possible sign-posts to reclaim revolutionary, universalist and humanist values as part of the individual and collective struggle for the systemic change South Africa’s democracy needs.

Vendetta In Death (Paperback): J. D. Robb Vendetta In Death (Paperback)
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R285 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R90 (32%) In stock

In book 49 in the bestselling "In Death" series - Eve Dallas takes on a serial killer dispensing their own form of justice.

When a family man is tortured, killed and left in front of his family home for all the world to see, Eve Dallas knows she is on the hunt for a particularly dangerous killer. But death uncovers secrets and the killer leaves a note revealing the victim to be far from the family man he appears. As Eve scrambles to find out what she can to link victim and killer, another body is found. Another man with a dark and murky past.

The race is on before the killer strikes again but Eve must wrestle with her demons and her conscience as she decides whether she really wants to protect men who probably deserve everything they get...

The Shape Of Night (Paperback): Tess Gerritsen The Shape Of Night (Paperback)
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R290 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R80 (28%) In stock

We’ve all done things we’re ashamed of . . .

When Ava arrives at Brodie’s Watch, she thinks she has found the perfect place to hide from her past. Something terrible happened, something she is deeply ashamed of, and all she wants is to forget.

But the old house on the hill both welcomes and repels her and Ava quickly begins to suspect she is not alone. Either that or she is losing her mind.

The house is full of secrets, but is the creeping sense of danger coming from within its walls, or from somewhere else entirely?

Tidelands (Paperback, Export/Airside): Philippa Gregory Tidelands (Paperback, Export/Airside)
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R315 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R96 (30%) In stock

The #1 New York Times bestselling author and “one of the great storytellers of our time” (San Francisco Book Review) turns from the glamour of the royal courts to tell the story of an ordinary woman, Alinor, who cannot bear to conform to the life that lies before her.

Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, England is in the grip of a civil war between renegade king and rebellious parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even the remote tidelands —the marshy landscape of the south coast.

Alinor, a descendant of wisewomen, trapped in poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead, she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life. Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbors. This is the time of witch mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.

It is dangerous for a woman to be different.

Summer Food (Hardcover): Tjaart Walraven Summer Food (Hardcover)
Tjaart Walraven
R350 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R100 (29%) In stock

Chef Tjaart Walraven may trace his ancestral roots to the North Sea, but his heart is firmly set in Africa – it’s sun, beautiful scenery, warm hospitality and long summers. And it’s precisely those seductive, lazy summers that has prompted him to write a cookbook that celebrates our summer lifestyle.

The chapters include breakfasts, soups and starters, mains, salads, bakes, desserts and basics, with the emphasis on easy entertaining, interesting and tasty twists, as well as ideas for cooking outdoors. Accompanied by Tjaart’s charming background stories, gorgeous colour photography and packed with tips throughout, his recipes prove that enjoying summer on a plate has never been simpler.

Anyone will be able to expand their cooking repertoire and impress both family and friends alike.

Born Freeloaders (Paperback): Phumlani Pikoli Born Freeloaders (Paperback)
Phumlani Pikoli
R270 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R75 (28%) In stock

Born on the cusp of democracy, the crew of young friends in Born Freeloaders navigates a life of drinking, wild parties and other recklessness. The siblings at the centre of the novel, Nthabiseng and Xolani, have been raised in an upper middle-class family with connections to the political elite. Nthabiseng is lauded by her peers as she whimsically goes through life, unable to form her own identity in a world that expects her to pick a side in the fractured classifications of race.

Xolani, not having known his late father, longs for acceptance from an uncle who sees him and his generation as the bitter fruit borne of a freedom he and countless others fought for. As the story moves across multiple spaces in the nation’s capital over a weekend, Born Freeloaders captures a political and cultural moment in the city’s and South Africa’s history. Interwoven is an analogous tale of the country’s colonisation and the consequences that follow.

And alongside the friends’ uneasy awareness of their privilege is a heightened sense of discomfort at their inability to change the world they were born into.

Mind Power - #IPrayINeverDieBroke (Paperback): Nkosi James Moremoholo Mind Power - #IPrayINeverDieBroke (Paperback)
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R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

What's keeping you from greatness? Whatever it is, learn to focus your thoughts and reach the success you desire with the inspirational self-help book, #IPrayINeverDieBroke: Mind Power.

Author Nkosi James Moremoholo encourages you to empower yourself by overcoming personal shortcomings and obstacles on your way to achieving wealth. He guides you on a journey to discover your purpose in life…and cautions you on how your inner thoughts can either help or hinder your progress. But it's not all about you. Moremoholo also stresses the importance of giving back as he explains how money enables you to help the less fortunate. Richness doesn't only refer to monetary accumulation; it also means achieving harmony with others and a positive mental attitude. Not being broke may benefit you personally, but it also helps society as a whole. Entrepreneurship, therefore, comes with responsibility. You must learn to create jobs, help the underprivileged, and—as Moremoholo suggests—change the world.

Don't settle for ordinary. Harness your thoughts and achieve greatness today!

Selfies, Sexts And Smartphones - A Teenager's Online Survival Guide (Paperback): Emma Sadleir, Lizzie Harrison Selfies, Sexts And Smartphones - A Teenager's Online Survival Guide (Paperback)
Emma Sadleir, Lizzie Harrison
R210 R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 Save R45 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

As a teenager in today’s crazy online world, you may think you’ve got it all sussed out. But even YOU don’t know about all the legal pitfalls, hidden dangers and future implications of what you do, see and post online.

Selfies, Sexts And Smartphones is the book every teenager (and their parents) should read. It covers all of the major issues teenagers face in the digital age, including cyberbullying, sexting, addiction, internet safety, porn, anxiety, depression, privacy and reputation, and does so within a South African context. Accessible, informative and even fun, this book will help guide you to a happy, rewarding and, most importantly, safe online life.

Jamie's Friday Night Feast Cookbook - Epic Weekend Recipes For Friends & Family (Paperback): Jamie Oliver Jamie's Friday Night Feast Cookbook - Epic Weekend Recipes For Friends & Family (Paperback)
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R360 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R78 (22%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Packed with show-stopping dishes for the weekend and special occasions, this is the ultimate in indulgent food.

Learn and master the dishes made in the famous caff on Southend pier by Jamie and his star-studded guests. From Party-time Mexican tacos with zingy salsa and sticky BBQ British ribs, to Steak & Stilton pie and the Ultimate veggie lasagne made with smoky aubergine, we're talking about big-hitting, crowd-pleasing recipes that everyone will love.

Peppered with beautiful photography of the pier and café, bringing that wonderful sense of seaside nostalgia, this is certainly a visual as well as a culinary feast. It's all about sharing and celebrating the joy of good food. Treat yourself and your loved ones to this incredible selection of full-on weekend feasts from Jamie.

Shadow (Paperback): James Swallow Shadow (Paperback)
James Swallow
R290 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R91 (31%) In stock

Things are about to go viral for Marc Dane in his most dangerous adventure yet...

A ruthless far-right terrorist is broken out of captivity. A mysterious bio-scientist with a terrible secret is abducted. A lethal contagion threatens millions of lives across Europe and the Middle East.

Now ex-MI6 officer Marc Dane faces a deadly challenge against all odds, to stop a devastating attack before a new kind of weapon is unleashed.

Ratels Aan Die Lomba - Die Storie Van Charlie-eskadron (Afrikaans, Paperback): Leopold Scholtz Ratels Aan Die Lomba - Die Storie Van Charlie-eskadron (Afrikaans, Paperback)
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R240 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R51 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Op 3 Oktober 1987 het Charlie-eskadron – die ystervuis van 61 Gemeganiseerde Bataljongroep – die kritieke geveg tussen die Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag en die Angolese magte op die Lombarivier in die suide van Angola gelei. Dié boek plaas die leser in die midde van die jong dienspligtiges wat na die Grensoorlog weggevoer is om hierdie geveg te gaan voer.

Langs die Lomba het hulle te staan gekom teen ’n Angolese mag met ’n getalsoorwig en beter wapentuig. Boonop was die terrein so dig bebos dat hul sig en beweging aansienlik ingeperk is. Die SAW se taktiese doktrine het duidelik gestel dat tenks teen tenks aangewend moes word. Tog moes die dienspligtiges die Angolese tenks aanvat in pantservoertuie met minder kragtige kanonne en dun pantser wat nie veel meer as gewone geweervuur kon afweer nie. Steeds is 47 Brigade van die Angolese magte amper uitgewis tydens die geveg aan die Lomba.

Scholtz se beskrywing van hierdie David-teen-Goliath-geveg neem die leser na die hart van die aksie. Danksy onderhoude met veterane en dagboekinskrywings dra hierdie eerlike, intense hervertelling die volle drama van die geveg oor. Dit is ook ’n diep menslike verhaal oor hoe individue reageer in die aangesig van die dood en hoe die oorlog hulle nooit uit sy kloue gelaat het nie, selfs nadat hulle teruggekeer het.

Bending The Rules - From De Klerk To Mandela: Stories Of A Pioneering Diplomat (Paperback): Rafique Gangat Bending The Rules - From De Klerk To Mandela: Stories Of A Pioneering Diplomat (Paperback)
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R260 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R36 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Bending The Rules is a colourful collection of anecdotes from Rafique Gangat’s extraordinary life.

South Africa’s first diplomat of colour, Gangat first worked for Foreign Affairs under the NP and then for the ANC government, straddling the transition. This book documents Gangat’s battles against bigotry and prejudice, but also includes a healthy dose of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll: illicit liaisons across the colour bar, experiments with dagga, and ground-breaking ventures in music and radio.

Garden Birds in Southern Africa - Attract, Identify, Enjoy (Paperback): Duncan Butchart Garden Birds in Southern Africa - Attract, Identify, Enjoy (Paperback)
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R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

This guide profiles 101 garden birds likely to be found in gardens across southern Africa, informing readers about what to look and listen for, and where and when. It is also an inspirational guide to creating a bird-friendly garden that is also a reservoir of biodiversity, wherever you are in the region.

With an attractive layout and multiple colour images, it offers the following:

  • Descriptions and photos of 101 garden birds
  • How to get to know your local species, their feeding, breeding, calls and general behaviour
  • How to design your garden to attract the widest range of birds and other wildlife
  • The best plants and structures to provide food and shelter for birds
  • Detailed lists of recommended trees, shrubs, climbers, aloes and grasses
How To Steal A City - The Battle For Nelson Mandela Bay (Paperback): Crispian Olver How To Steal A City - The Battle For Nelson Mandela Bay (Paperback)
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R275 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R58 (21%) In stock

How to Steal a City is an insider account of this intervention, which lays bare how the administration was entirely captured and bled dry by a criminal syndicate, how factional politics within the ruling party abetted that corruption, and how a comprehensive clean-up was eventually conducted.

It is written as a gripping real-life thriller, taking the reader deeper and deeper into the rotten heart of the city. As a former senior government official and local government “fixer”, Crispian Olver was no stranger to dealing with dodgy politicians and broken organisations. Yet what he found was graft that went far beyond the dodgy contracts, blatant conflicts of interest and garden-variety kickbacks he had seen before. It had evolved into a web far more sophisticated and deep rooted than he had ever imagined, involving mazes of shell companies, assassinations, criminal syndicates, and compromised local politicians. The metro was effectively controlled by a criminal network, closely allied to a dominant local ANC faction. What he found was complete state capture—a microcosm of what has been happening in South Africa’s national government.

But there was a personal price to pay. Intense political pressure and threats to his personal safety took a toll on his mental and physical health. He had to have a full-time bodyguard, and never maintained a regular routine. He eventually lost much of his political cover. Olver ultimately had to flee the city as the forces stacked against him started to wreak their revenge.

This is his story.

Specialised Cooking: The Recce Way - Volume 1 (Paperback): Justin Vermaak, Douw Steyn Specialised Cooking: The Recce Way - Volume 1 (Paperback)
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R250 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R53 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Vulture soup, anyone? Or how about diesel-dipped dog biscuits as a side to some fried python? If you prefer something less severe, then how about having a braai on top of a submarine out in the middle of the ocean?

The South African Special Forces, or Recces, are known for being fearless and tough. Not only must they pass a notoriously gruelling selection course, but once they have qualified as operators, they often spend weeks in the bush living off rat packs and whatever else they can find. This cookbook with a difference combines stories about their experiences in the field during the Border War with recipes from the bush and the sea, and even a few from the kitchen. Fortunately, most meals are edible! These recipe stories offer insight into the scope of activities of the different reconnaissance units, including 4 Recce at Langebaan, 5 Recce at Phalaborwa and 1 Recce at Durban.

Readers will also learn about some of the important life skills needed to be a member of the Special Forces as well as Recce philosophy, such as staying in the moment and being adaptable. This book feeds into the public’s fascination with this elite unit and will help to break down some of the secrecy around the Recces.

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