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New Daughters Of Africa - An International Anthology Of Writing By Women Of African Descent (Paperback): Margaret Busby New Daughters Of Africa - An International Anthology Of Writing By Women Of African Descent (Paperback)
Margaret Busby
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Showcasing the work of more than 200 women writers of African descent, this major international collection celebrates their contributions to literature and international culture.

Twenty-five years ago, Margaret Busby’s groundbreaking anthology Daughters Of Africa illuminated the “silent, forgotten, underrated voices of black women” (Washington Post). Published to international acclaim, it was hailed as “an extraordinary body of achievement… a vital document of lost history” (Sunday Times). New Daughters Of Africa continues that mission for a new generation, bringing together a selection of overlooked artists of the past with fresh and vibrant voices that have emerged from across the globe in the past two decades, from Antigua to Zimbabwe with numerous South African contributors. Key figures join popular contemporaries in paying tribute to the heritage that unites them. Each of the pieces in this remarkable collection demonstrates an uplifting sense of sisterhood, honours the strong links that endure from generation to generation, and addresses the common obstacles women writers of colour face as they negotiate issues of race, gender and class, and confront vital matters of independence, freedom and oppression.

Custom, tradition, friendships, sisterhood, romance, sexuality, intersectional feminism, the politics of gender, race, and identity—all and more are explored in this glorious collection of work from over 200 writers. New Daughters Of Africa spans a wealth of genres—autobiography, memoir, oral history, letters, diaries, short stories, novels, poetry, drama, humour, politics, journalism, essays and speeches—to demonstrate the diversity and remarkable literary achievements of black women.

New Daughters Of Africa features a number of well-known South African contributors including Gabeba Baderoon, Nadia Davids, Diana Ferrus, Vangile Gantsho, Barbara Masekela, Lebogang Mashile and Sisonke Msimang.

This Is How It Is - True Stories From South Africa (Paperback): The Life Righting Collective This Is How It Is - True Stories From South Africa (Paperback)
The Life Righting Collective
R250 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The healing power of life writing, one shared story at a time

This Is How It Is a “refreshing, poignant and wide-ranging” (Helen Moffett) collection of real life experiences: 52 stories, prose and poetry, that tell of a man who is anxious about an HIV test; a child with an alarming nose for gossip and a girl who is saved by the enemy in a war zone. Some of the writers are grieving the loss of a child or struggling with addiction, abuse, bullying or betrayal. Most of these writers have never been published before. They wrote these stories primarily to bear witness to their lives and the troubled times in which we live. Putting traumatic experiences down on paper can help people work through shame, guilt and fear, releasing them from the traps they lay. Writing is sometimes able to turn a painful incident into something more manageable, even beautiful.

Sharing stories can also heal both the writer and the reader. When we first meet a stranger, we make assumptions about them. When we hear of their life in their own words, we find that many of our negative assumptions are wrong. Often we discover that we are more alike than we are different. Our magnificent world is in trouble, much of it because we are not paying attention to what is right in front of us. When the facts don’t stir us to reconsider, story can. This anthology invites us to become curious and reflective rather than fearful and defensive. It encourages us to climb down from the ladder of hierarchy and competition and to join the circle of relationship and humanity by becoming vulnerable enough to share and listen to our own and each other’s half-hidden stories.

But equally importantly, Bongani Kona, 2016 Caine Prize finalist, reminds us: “We forget that the most daring thing we can do is to allow ourselves to be seen. To stand before the world and to say this is who I am. This is how it is.”

About THE LIFE RIGHTING COLLECTIVE: The Life Righting Collective (LRC) runs courses for anyone who wants to learn to write about their experiences. The approach promotes self-discovery, self-recovery and more effective communication. It raises funds to make courses available to those in need of sponsorship and to provide platforms for these life stories to be published. Sharing experiences with a wide readership can help reduce discrimination and promote mutual understanding. Visit the website: www.liferighting.com

Nelson Mandela: By himself - The authorised book of quotations (Paperback): Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela: By himself - The authorised book of quotations (Paperback)
Nelson Mandela
R170 R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Save R29 (17%) In stock

Nelson Mandela: By Himself is the definitive book of quotations from one of the great leaders of our time. This collection - gathered from privileged authorised access to Mandela's vast personal archive of private papers, speeches, correspondence and audio recordings - features nearly 2000 quotations spanning over 60 years, many previously unpublished.

American Literary Cultures - A Reader (Paperback): Elizabeth J. Dell, Joe B. Fulton American Literary Cultures - A Reader (Paperback)
Elizabeth J. Dell, Joe B. Fulton
R883 Discovery Miles 8 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Intimations - Six Essays (Paperback): Zadie Smith Intimations - Six Essays (Paperback)
Zadie Smith
R249 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R49 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Dear NHS - 100 Stories to Say Thank You, Edited by Adam Kay (Hardcover): Various Dear NHS - 100 Stories to Say Thank You, Edited by Adam Kay (Hardcover)
Various 1
R487 R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Save R89 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Curated and edited by Adam Kay (author of multi-million bestseller This is Going to Hurt), Dear NHS features 100 household names telling their personal stories of the health service. Contributors include: Paul McCartney, Emilia Clarke, Peter Kay, Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Sir Trevor McDonald, Graham Norton, Sir Michael Palin, Naomie Harris, Ricky Gervais, Sir David Jason, Dame Emma Thompson, Joanna Lumley, Miranda Hart, Dermot O'Leary, Jamie Oliver, Ed Sheeran, David Tennant, Dame Julie Walters, Emma Watson, Malala Yousafzai and many, many more. All profits from this book will go to NHS Charities Together to fund vital research and projects, and The Lullaby Trust which supports parents bereaved of babies and young children. Other writers include Chris O'Dowd, Johnny Vegas, Jack Whitehall, Chris Evans, Lorraine Kelly, Lee Mack, Jonathan Ross, Konnie Huq, Greg James, Frank Skinner, Louis Theroux, KT Tunstall, Sandi Toksvig and Kevin Bridges. The NHS is our single greatest achievement as a country. No matter who you are, no matter what your health needs are, and no matter how much money you have, the NHS is there for you. In Dear NHS, 100 inspirational people come together to share their stories of how the national health service has been there for them, and changed their lives in the process. By turns deeply moving, hilarious, hopeful and impassioned, these stories together become a love letter to the NHS and the 1.4 million people who go above and beyond the call of duty every single day - selflessly, generously, putting others before themselves, never more so than now. They are all heroes, and this book is our way of saying thank you. Contributors include: Dolly Alderton, Monica Ali, Kate Atkinson, Pam Ayres, David Baddiel, Johanna Basford, Mary Beard, William Boyd, Frankie Boyle, Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges, Alex Brooker, Charlie Brooker, Rob Brydon, Bill Bryson, Kathy Burke, Peter Capaldi, Jimmy Carr, Candice Carty-Williams, Lauren Child, Lee Child, Bridget Christie, Emilia Clarke, Rev Richard Coles, Daisy May Cooper, Jilly Cooper, Fearne Cotton, Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal, Victoria Derbyshire, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Chris Evans, Anne Fine, Martin Freeman, Dawn French, Stephen Fry, Mark Gatiss, Ricky Gervais, Professor Green, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Mark Haddon, Matt Haig, The Hairy Bikers, Naomie Harris, Miranda Hart, Victoria Hislop, Nick Hornby, Sali Hughes, Konnie Huq, Marina Hyde, E L James, Greg James, Sir David Jason, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Jackie Kay, Peter Kay, Lorraine Kelly, Marian Keyes, Shappi Khorsandi, Nish Kumar, Stewart Lee, Joanna Lumley, Lee Mack, Emily Maitlis, Andrew Marr, Catherine Mayer, Alexander McCall Smith, Paul McCartney, Sir Trevor McDonald, Caitlin Moran, Kate Mosse, Jojo Moyes, David Nicholls, John Niven, Graham Norton, Chris O'Dowd, Dermot O'Leary, Jamie Oliver, Sir Michael Palin, Maxine Peake, Sue Perkins, Katie Piper, Ian Rankin, Jonathan Ross, Ed Sheeran, Paul Sinha, Frank Skinner, Matthew Syed, Kate Tempest, David Tennant, Louis Theroux, Dame Emma Thompson, Sandi Toksvig, Stanley Tucci, KT Tunstall, Johnny Vegas, Danny Wallace, Dame Julie Walters, Phil Wang, Emma Watson, Mark Watson, Robert Webb, Irvine Welsh, Jack Whitehall, Josh Widdicombe, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Greg Wise, Malala Yousafzai, Benjamin Zephaniah. A minimum of GBP3.09 from the sale of each book will be paid to NHS Charities Together and GBP0.16 will be paid to The Lullaby Trust.

Neverland's Library - A Library Anthology (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Alana Joli Abbott Neverland's Library - A Library Anthology (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Alana Joli Abbott
R377 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R70 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
North Carolina Literary Review, Number 28, 2019 (Paperback): Margaret D. Bauer North Carolina Literary Review, Number 28, 2019 (Paperback)
Margaret D. Bauer
R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The North Carolina Literary Review has included African American writers of North Carolina since the first issue, but the 2019 issue features North Carolina African American Literature, from award-winning contemporary fiction writer Stephanie Powell Watts back to the enslaved poet George Moses Horton. In between, readers will find interviews with novelist Jason Mott, poet Glenis Redmond, and 2018 North Carolina Hall of Fame inductee Randall Kenan; poetry by Redmond, L. Teresa Church, Kevin Dublin, and Amber Flora Thomas; and essays on C. Eric Lincoln, Charles Chesnutt, and Harriet Jacobs. Among the scholars analyzing these writers is Dr. Trudier Harris, formerly the J. Carlyle Sitterson Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina, now University Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Alabama. Throughout this section, content is complemented by African American art of North Carolina, including works by the late John Biggers and Ivey Hayes and contemporary artists like Monique Luck and Antoine Williams. Rebecca Duncan and Lyn Triplett reintroduce journalist-poet Zoe Kincaid Brockman in the Flashbacks section of the issue, which also includes poetry by James Applewhite and the winning poem of the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition by Catherine Carter, and an essay on and a recollection of. The North Carolina Miscellany section includes the winning essay in NCLR's 2018 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition by Nancy Werking Poling, the winning essay of the North Carolina Humanities Council's 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award by Jennifer Brown, and the second place Applewhite Prize poem by Sally Thomas. More finalists from NCLR's 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition can be found throughout the issue. This issue is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

The Darkness Call - Essays (Paperback): Gary Fincke The Darkness Call - Essays (Paperback)
Gary Fincke
R460 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In these essays, Gary Fincke combines a journalist's relentless investigations into the darkest corners of the human condition with an academic's love for arcana. In one essay, almost forgotten homeopathic recipes from the pantries of Pennsylvania Dutch country are interwoven with the panicked absurdities of elementary school health classes in the 1960s. In another, old case files of small town murders intertwine with meditations on all the fears, large and small, that accompany parenting. In The Darkness Call, Fincke plumbs the depths- child abuse, violence, illness, grief- not for their sadness but for moments of courage, hope, empathy, and light.

Monsterland - (A Hulu Series) (Paperback): Nathan Ballingrud Monsterland - (A Hulu Series) (Paperback)
Nathan Ballingrud
R401 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Previously published as North American Lake Monsters. Monsterland is a new anthology TV series from Hulu based on Nathan Ballingrud's striking, bleak, and luminous debut collection, starring Kaitlyn Dever, Kelly Marie Tran, Jonathan Tucker, and Taylor Schilling, and more. Ballingrud's Shirley Jackson Award winning collection of gothic and uncanny stories investigates the loneliest and darkest corners of contemporary American life. Ballingrud's stories are love stories. They're also monster stories. Sometimes the monsters collected here are vampires or werewolves. Sometimes they wear the faces of parents, lovers, brothers, ex-wives-or the faces we see in our mirrors. The people in these stories, ex-cons, single parents, unemployed laborers, kids seduced by extremism, are stranded by life, driven to desperate acts by love and a longing for connection. Sometimes they're ruined; sometimes redeemed. They are always recognizably, wonderfully, terrifyingly human, even at their most monstrous.

Om Hennie Aucamp te onthou (Afrikaans, Paperback): Danie Botha Om Hennie Aucamp te onthou (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Danie Botha
R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Die geliefde en gevierde kortverhaalskrywer Hennie Aucamp is op 21 Maart 2014, slegs twee maande na sy 80ste verjaardag oorlede. In hierdie herinneringsboek word verskillende fasette van sy lewe deur familie, vriende en medeskrywers belig. Onder die familielede wat bydraes tot die boek gelewer het, is sy suster Rina wat herinneringe aan hulle kinderjare op die familieplaas Rus-mijn-ziel opdiep en sy neef Inus Aucamp wat meer vertel van die vestiging van die Aucamp-familie in die Stormberge. Die skryfster Margaret Bakkes, wat ook sy kleinniggie is en op 'n buurplaas grootgeword het, vertel hoe sy en Hennie reeds as kinders teenoor mekaar bely het dat hulle wil skryf. Daar is ook bydraes deur Marius en Christiaan Bakkes, wat oor Hennie se belangstelling in die natuur. Daar is besondere opstelle deur medeskrywers Lina Spies, Aletta Lubbe (gebore Aucamp), Danie Botha en Abraham de Vries, terwyl Daniel Hugo en Joan Hambidge gedigte opgedra aan Hennie gelewer het. Die radiopersoonlikhede Monica Breed en Margot Luyt skryf oor Hennie se ruimhartigheid en sy vriend Nico Loubser oor Hennie se laaste dae. Fotoís van Philip de Vos en Marius Bakkes skep 'n visuele beeld van die woordman Aucamp.

Letters of Note: War (Paperback, Main): Shaun Usher Letters of Note: War (Paperback, Main)
Shaun Usher 1
R175 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R35 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In Letters of Note: War, Shaun Usher brings together some of the most remarkable letters that encapsulate the human experience of war, from unimaginable feats of courage and compassion, to unthinkable episodes of violence and horror. Includes letters by: Martha Gellhorn, Alexander Hamilton, Kurt Vonnegut, Mohandas Gandhi, Mark Twain, June Wandrey, Evelyn Waugh, Luis Alvarez, Lord Horatio Nelson & many more

Letters of Note: Music (Paperback, Main): Shaun Usher Letters of Note: Music (Paperback, Main)
Shaun Usher 1
R175 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R35 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In Letters of Note: Music, Shaun Usher brings together a riveting collection of letters by and about some of the musicians and music that enrich our lives. It is a wonderfully wide-ranging and illuminating book that will delight music lovers of all stripes. Includes letters by: Ludgwig van Beethoven, Nick Cave, Helen Keller, Keith Richards, Yo-Yo Ma, Tom Waits, Erik Satie, Angelique Kidjo, Leonard Cohen John Coltrane, Kim Gordon & many more

Letters of Note: Cats (Paperback, Main): Shaun Usher Letters of Note: Cats (Paperback, Main)
Shaun Usher 1
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In Letters of Note: Cats, Shaun Usher collects together the most engaging missives that celebrate, eulogise, rail against and analyse the idiosyncratic ways of our feline companions. Nikola Tesla, Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Dickens, Anne Frank, T.S. Eliot, Raymond Chandler, John Cheever, Florence Nightingale, Rachel Carson, Jack Lemmon & many more

Letters of Note: Love (Paperback, Main): Shaun Usher Letters of Note: Love (Paperback, Main)
Shaun Usher 1
R175 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R35 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In Letters of Note: Love, Shaun Usher gathers together some of the most powerful messages about love ever composed, whether inspired by love's first blush or the recriminations at its ending, the regrets of unrequited feelings and the joys of passions known. Includes letters by: Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo Georgia O'Keeffe, Zora Neale Hurston Evelyn Waugh, Vita Sackville-West Nelson Mandela, John Steinbeck & many more

North Carolina Literary Review, Number 29, 2020 (Paperback): Margaret D. Bauer North Carolina Literary Review, Number 29, 2020 (Paperback)
Margaret D. Bauer
R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The 2020 issue showcases North Carolina expatriate writers, ranging from Harriet Jacobs, who moved north to escape enslavement in North Carolina to Glenis Redmond, who developed her poetic voice during her years living here in North Carolina and now travels over 35,000 miles a year bringing poetry to the masses, thus earning the title Road Warrior Poet. Between, find essays on other writers with North Carolina roots: Charles Chesnutt, Tony Earley, Lionel Shriver, and Stephanie Powell Watts. Read retired Emory Professor/Goldsboro native Jim Grimsley's interview with retired LSU Professor/Goldsboro native Moira Crone, featuring her own art. This interview was selected by Elaine Neil Orr to receive the 2020 John Ehle Prize. The issue's cover art is by A.R. Ammons, an Eastern North Carolina poet who spent most of his career teaching at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Also interviewed: Durham native/novelist/California television writer Gwendolyn Parker; poet Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, from her current residence in Hawaii; longtime Texas resident Ben Fountain, talking about growing up in Eastern North Carolina; and Raleigh native Mary Robinette Kowal, recipient of the three biggest speculative fiction awards, the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus, for her novel The Calculating Stars. Bringing up the oft-heard North Carolina remark, "You can't throw a rock in this state without hitting a writer". Editor Margaret Bauer notes, "It turns out that it might be dangerous for North Carolina writers if rocks are thrown anywhere, not just within the state's borders. The Old North State seems a fertile starting point, even if some writers do not remain". Despite these authors branching off to places far from Tar Heel soil, their writing roots are deep in North Carolina, and North Carolina has left its mark. The subject of one essay, Watts, for example, describes her novel as "The Great Gatsby set in rural North Carolina". And Hedge Coke says, "I am never really away from the land and waters there. ... Closing my eyes, [North Carolina] is always present". The Flashbacks section of the issue includes the 2019 James Applewhite Poetry Prize winner, "Meditation in a Glass House" by Wayne Johns; the other finalists selected for honors; and new poetry by the namesake of the award, James Applewhite, and former North Carolina Poet Laureate, Fred Chappell; the 2019 Doris Betts Fiction Prize winning short story "Something Coming" by Katey Schultz; the premiere Paul Green Prize essay by Rachel Warner about renowned author Zora Neale Hurston's brief residence in North Carolina; and an interview with Charlotte writer/musician Jeff Jackson.

Stories Wanting Only to Be Heard - Selected Fiction from Six Decades of The Georgia Review (Paperback): Stephen Corey Stories Wanting Only to Be Heard - Selected Fiction from Six Decades of The Georgia Review (Paperback)
Stephen Corey; Edited by (associates) Douglas Carlson, Mindy Wilson; Contributions by Lee K. Abbott, Kevin. Brockmeier, …
R639 R509 Discovery Miles 5 090 Save R130 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Founded at the University of Georgia in 1947 and published there ever since, "The Georgia Review" has become one of America's most highly regarded journals of arts and letters. Never stuffy and never shallow, "The Georgia Review" seeks a broad audience of intellectually open and curious readers--and strives to give those readers rich content that invites and sustains repeated attention and consideration. Pulitzer Prize winners and never-before-published writers are equals during the journal's manuscript evaluation process, whose goal is to identify and print stories, poems, and essays that promise to be of lasting merit.
The year 2012 marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of "The Georgia Review," and "Stories Wanting Only to Be Heard" will acknowledge that milestone by presenting a selection of the remarkable short fiction published across the decades. The collection includes the work of well-known writers, many of whom were not yet so well known when first selected for publication by "The Georgia Review," and also highlights compelling work from writers whose names may not be as familiar but whose stories are equally compelling and memorable.
The stories collected here--each one vivid, distinctive, and worthwhile to read--stand as testament to the significance of "The Georgia Review"'s decades of work to identify and promote writing of exceptional quality.
Publication of this book was made possible, in part, by the President's Venture Fund through generous gifts of the University of Georgia Partners.

Game Over (Paperback): Jonathan Green, James Wallis, Sarah Peploe, Jonathan Oliver, Simon Bestwick, Gav Thorpe, James Swallow,... Game Over (Paperback)
Jonathan Green, James Wallis, Sarah Peploe, Jonathan Oliver, Simon Bestwick, … 1
R259 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R50 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the cavern-like darkness of the arcade, the neon phosphor-glow of the screen beckons you close. Drawn to the dancing pixels like a moth to a flame, digging deep in your pocket you pull out a shiny coin and thumb it into the slot as the electronic siren sings the fanfare that marks your arrival. One hand on the joystick, the other splayed across the control buttons, your pulse begins to quicken. Ready Player One Press StartYou've barely begun but suddenly the discordant bleeps are trumpeting your failure as your 8-bit adventure comes to an abrupt end. At least in the world of the video arcade you get a second chance. But what is the true price you pay when you make a pact with the digital demon? There's always another coin, an extra life to be earned, a second chance...Isn't there?GAME OVERA dozen stories of creeping dread and savage horror inspired by the humble amusement arcade and the classic coin-ops of yesteryear. Twelve tales to chill your blood by twelve masters of the malevolent and the macabre.Just keep reminding yourself, it's only a game...Isn't it?

A Lesser Love - Poems (Paperback): E. J. Koh A Lesser Love - Poems (Paperback)
E. J. Koh
R403 R322 Discovery Miles 3 220 Save R81 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A Lesser Love is a book of love poems and elegies for those who have fumbled and stumbled and disappointed. These are poems of love and departure for romantic partners, family members, even countries and communities. Raised around diasporic Korean communities, E. J. Koh has descibred her work as deeply influenced by the idea of jeong, which can be translated as a deep attachment, bond, and reciprocity for places, people, and things. This spirit of jeong permeates this book of poems that are astonishing in the connections they draw and the ties they bind. In A Lesser Love readers will find poems composed of ""Ingredients for Memories that Can Be Used as Explosives"" and poems composed of chemistry equations that convert light into ""reasonable dioxide"" and then further transmogrify the formula into a complex understanding of the parent-child relationship. A book of intimate poems that invite readers into a private world, that geography grows wider and more interconnected with each passing page. Through the eyes of mothers, fathers, daughters, aunts, friends, and lovers, we see the tragedy of a sinking ferry, they hypocrisies of government agencies, the aftermath of war, and a very wide view through the Hubble space telescope. With evocative lyricism and profound emotional intensity Koh has crafted a book of poems that charm and delight and profoundly enrich.

Words On Paper - Reflections Of An Incurable Collector (Hardcover): Jeff Fisher Words On Paper - Reflections Of An Incurable Collector (Hardcover)
Jeff Fisher 3
R485 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R97 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

If you like true stories about real people, are intrigued by serendipity, curious about curiosities, or maybe you are a collector yourself, then this book is for you.

The collecting and researching of any collectable is an intense and pleasurable pastime. The author’s passion for more than half a century has been for collecting handwritten, original letters, antique documents, manuscripts, old share certificates, fire insurance policies, photographs and maps.

The writers of these words on paper include kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers, admirals and generals, actors and authors, judges and prisoners, philosophers, statesmen, scientists, and sportsmen. Some were famous, some infamous, some important, others less so. Many you will know about; with others, only their names may be familiar. There’s Admiral Nelson, and the Duke of Wellington; there are queens Elizabeth I and II and kings George III, IV and VI; presidents Eisenhower, Kruger, and Mandela are here; prime ministers Botha, Hertzog and Smuts; explorers Scott and Shackleton. There’s Faraday and De la Rey, and many more, including two controversial giants of history – Napoleon and Rhodes.

The chapters need not be read in any set order, although there is an underlying thread linking them to the life of the author that enabled this eclectic collection to evolve in the way it did.

A MacGregor Christmas - A 2-In-1 Collection (Paperback, Reissue ed.): Nora Roberts A MacGregor Christmas - A 2-In-1 Collection (Paperback, Reissue ed.)
Nora Roberts
R239 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R44 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Oop Sirkel (Afrikaans, Paperback): De Waal Venter Oop Sirkel (Afrikaans, Paperback)
De Waal Venter
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Gedigte met ongewone benaderings wat op mekaar inspeel.

Insigte in ‘n wye reeks onderwerpe. Verskeie terreine vir die eerste keer in Afrikaans ontgin.

Dit sal ‘n leser verryk en genot verskaf.

Die laughing - Stories of wit, satire and humour (Paperback): Joanne Hichens Die laughing - Stories of wit, satire and humour (Paperback)
Joanne Hichens
R230 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Die Laughing is the fourth of the Short.Sharp.Stories Awards annual anthologies, produced in conjunction with the National Arts Festival. Following 2013ís successful Bloody Satisfied, 2014ís Adults Only which won the coveted NIHSS Award (National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences), and 2015ís Incredible Journey from which two stories were nominated for the Caine Prize, we bring you Die Laughing, an anthology of stories of wit, satire and humour. Here, writers have poked a little fun at our crazy country, at our politics, our idiosyncrasies, our down-right ridiculous habits. A number of stories look on the lighter, brighter side of life, and, of course, dark humour is included too - irony, satire and tragi-comedy, all with a strong sense of the South African setting. The aim of the Short.Sharp.Stories awards is to showcase South African fiction-writing talent. The prize money offered, totalling R35,000, is sponsored by the National Arts Festival and ensures entries of an excellent standard. With a foreword by Evita Bezuidenhout, introduction by Darrel Bristow-Bovey, and stories by prize-winning authors as well as new voices, DIE LAUGHING promises to be another stand-out anthology.

Classic Readings and Poems - a collection for weddings, christenings, funerals and all occasions (Hardcover, New): Jane... Classic Readings and Poems - a collection for weddings, christenings, funerals and all occasions (Hardcover, New)
Jane Mcmorland-Hunter 1
R432 R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Save R117 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Those special occasions in life all need to be marked with words bigger and better than those we could compose ourselves. This beautiful collection includes some of the best readings and poems to help you mark anything from a birth to a death, an engagement to a retirement, a wedding to a memorial service. Poems and readings from the best British and American writers and poets are arranged into the chapters: New Life, Childhood, Love, Unions, Getting Older, Solitude and Loss. The works of poets Longfellow, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson rub shoulders with those of William Blake, Wordsworth and W.H. Auden. The readings come from writers ranging from Churchill to Shakespeare. Mixed in are Apache prayers and Irish blessings to make this a rich reference for anyone looking for the right word at the right moment. It is lavishly illustrated with nostalgic images, making this a wonderful gift.

Writing the Thames (Hardcover): Christina Hardyment Writing the Thames (Hardcover)
Christina Hardyment
R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Thames aficionado Robert Gibbings once wrote that 'the quiet of an age-old river is like the slow turning of the pages of a well-loved book'. Writing the Thames tells a much-loved river's story through the remarkable prose, poetry and illustration that it has inspired. In eight themed chapters it features historical events such as Julius Caesar's crossing in 55 BCE and Elizabeth I's stand against the Spanish at Tilbury, explorations of topographers who mapped, drew and painted the river and the many congenial riverside retreats for authors ranging from Francis Bacon, Thomas More and Alexander Pope to Thomas Love Peacock, William Morris and Henry James. A chapter on messing about in boats tells the story of William Hogarth's impulsive five-day river trip with four inebriated friends and features satirical novels making fun of frenetic rowers (Zuleika Dobson) and young London men-about-town on camping holidays (Three Men in a Boat). The river has also inspired some of the best children's literature (The Wind in the Willows) and naturalists such as Richard Jeffries and C.J. Cornish (A Naturalist on the Thames) have recorded the richness of its wildlife. But there are also dark undercurrents: Charles Dickens's use of its waters as a symbol of death, Sax Rohmer's Limehouse villain Dr Fu Manchu, and the many fictional criminals who dispose of corpses in its sinister depths in detective novels ranging from Sherlock Holmes to Inspector Morse. Beautifully illustrated, this book celebrates the writers who have helped to make England's greatest river an enduring legend.

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