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Land Of My Ancestors - An Epic South African Story, Based On True Events (Paperback): Botlhale Tema Land Of My Ancestors - An Epic South African Story, Based On True Events (Paperback)
Botlhale Tema
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

When working on the UNESCO Slave Route project in the early 2000s, Botlhale Tema discovered the extraordinary fact that her highly educated family from the farm Welgeval in the Pilanesberg had originated with two young men who had been child slaves in the midnineteenth century. She pieced together the fragments of information from relatives and members of the community, and scoured the archives to produce this book.

Land Of My Ancestors, previously published as The People Of Welgeval, tells the story of the two young men and their descendants, as they build a life for themselves on Welgeval. As they raise their families and take in people who have been dispossessed, we follow the births, deaths, adventures and joys of the farm’s inhabitants in their struggle to build a new community.

Set against the backdrop of slavery, colonialism, the Anglo-Boer War and the rise of apartheid, this is a fascinating and insightful retelling of history. It is an inspiring story about friendship and family, landownership and learning, and about how people transform themselves from victims to victors.

A new prologue and epilogue give more historical context to the narrative and tell the story of the land claim involving the farm, which happened after the book’s original publication.

The Eight Zulu Kings - From Shaka To Goodwill Zwelethini (Paperback): John Laband The Eight Zulu Kings - From Shaka To Goodwill Zwelethini (Paperback)
John Laband
R275 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R55 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In The Eight Zulu Kings, well-respected and widely published historian John Laband examines the reigns of the eight Zulu kings from 1816 to the present.

Starting with King Shaka, the renowned founder of the Zulu kingdom, he charts the lives of the kings Dingane, Mpande, Cetshwayo, Dinuzulu, Solomon and Cyprian, to today’s King Goodwill Zwelithini whose role is little more than ceremonial.

In the course of this investigation Laband places the Zulu monarchy in the context of African kingship and tracks and analyses the trajectory of the Zulu kings from independent and powerful pre-colonial African rulers to largely powerless traditionalist figures in post-apartheid South Africa.

Koning Eenoog - 'n Migranteverhaal (Afrikaans, Paperback): Toef Jaeger Koning Eenoog - 'n Migranteverhaal (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Toef Jaeger; Translated by Zandra Bezuidenhout
R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

In 1957 emigreer die negejarige Henk van Woerden vanaf Nederland met sy gesin na Kaapstad – leertas in die hand, mussie oor die ore, serp om die nek, glasoog in die oogkas. Eers veertig jaar later ontdek hy wat die rede was vir hierdie vertrek na Suid-Afrika: Sy pa was ’n kollaborateur in die Tweede Wêreldoorlog. Die emigrasie is die begin van ’n lewe as buitestaander en vorm later die goue draad in sy skilderye en literêre werk.

Koning Eenoog is ’n boeiende biografie van die ewig soekende emigrant Henk van Woerden (1947–2005), ’n skrywer wat nie net ’n bekroonde oeuvre agtergelaat het nie (Een mond vol glas – Alan Paton Award en die Frans Kellendonk-prys, Ultramarijn – Gouden Uil en Inktaap) maar ook die Nederlandse literatuur oor Suid-Afrika verander het.

Best Baby Names For 2017 - Over 8,000 Names and 100 Inspiration Lists (Paperback): Siobhan Thomas Best Baby Names For 2017 - Over 8,000 Names and 100 Inspiration Lists (Paperback)
Siobhan Thomas 2
R199 R53 Discovery Miles 530 Save R146 (73%) In stock

Choosing a name for your baby has never been easier with this ultimate baby-naming guide.

With all the information on the latest naming trends, this comprehensive and easy-to-use guide is full of inspirational names.

Including:

  • A-Z directories of over 8,000 names and their meanings;
  • over 100 inspirational lists;
  • naming trends for 2017;
  • and tips for choosing the perfect name for your baby.

Including modern names and variants, plus classics that have stood the test of time, this naming guide has everything you need for finding the perfect name for your new arrival.

Letters Of Stone - Discovering A Family's History In Nazi Germany (Paperback): Steven Robins Letters Of Stone - Discovering A Family's History In Nazi Germany (Paperback)
Steven Robins 3
R280 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R56 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

As a young boy growing up in Port Elizabeth in the 1960s and 1970s, Steven Robins was haunted by an old postcard-size photograph of three unknown women on a table in the dining room. Only later did he learn that the women were his father’s mother and sisters, photographed in Berlin in 1937, before they were killed in the Holocaust. Steven’s father, who had fled Nazi Germany before it was too late, never spoke about the fate of his family who remained there. Steven became obsessed with finding out what happened to the women, but had little to go on. In time he stumbled on bare facts in museums in Washington DC and Berlin, and later he discovered over a hundred letters sent to his father and uncle from the family in Berlin between 1936 and 1943. The women who before had been unnamed faces in a photograph could now tell their story to future generations.

Letters of Stone tracks Steven’s journey of discovery about the lives and fates of the Robinski family. It is also a book about geographical journeys: to the Karoo town of Williston, where his father’s uncle settled in the late nineteenth century and became mayor; to Berlin, where Steven laid ‘stumbling stones’ (Stolpersteine) in commemoration of his family and other Jewish victims of the Holocaust; to Auschwitz, where his father’s siblings perished.

Most of all, this book is a poignant reconstruction of a family trapped in an increasingly terrifying and deadly Nazi state, and of the immense pressure on Steven’s father in faraway South Africa, which forced him to retreat into silence.

Afrikaner Odyssey - The Life And Times Of The Reitz Family (Paperback): Martin Meredith Afrikaner Odyssey - The Life And Times Of The Reitz Family (Paperback)
Martin Meredith 4
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In the first half of the nineteenth century, Southern Africa was a jumble of British colonies, Boer republics and African chiefdoms, a troublesome region of little interest to the outside world. Into this frontier world came the Reitz family, Afrikaner gentry from the Cape, who settled in Bloemfontein and played a key role in the building of the Orange Free State.

Frank Reitz, successively chief justice and modernising president of the young republic, went on to serve as State Secretary of the Transvaal Republic. In 1899, he stood shoulder to shoulder with President Paul Kruger to resist Britain’s war of conquest in Southern Africa. At the heart of this tale is the extraordinary life of Deneys Reitz, third son of Frank Reitz and Bianca Thesen. The young Reitz’s account of his adventures in the field during the Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902), published as Commando, became a classic of irregular warfare. After a period of exile in Madagascar, he went on become one of South Africa’s most distinguished lawyers, statesmen and soldiers. Martin Meredith interweaves Reitz’s experiences, taken from his unpublished notebooks, with the wider story of Britain’s brutal suppression of Boer resistance.

Concise and readable, Afrikaner Odyssey is a wide-ranging portrait of an aristocratic Afrikaner family whose achievements run like fine thread through these turbulent times, and whose presence is still marked on the South African landscape.

Lives Between The Lines - A Journey in Search of the Lost Levant (Hardcover): Michael Vatikiotis Lives Between The Lines - A Journey in Search of the Lost Levant (Hardcover)
Michael Vatikiotis
R534 R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Save R93 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The story begins with a parting of the sands - the construction of the Suez Canal in 1869 that united the Mediterranean with the Arabian Sea. It opened the door of opportunity for people living insecurely on the fringes of a turbulent Europe. The Middle East is understood today through the lens of unending conflict and violence. Lost in the litany of perpetual strife and struggle are the layers of culture and civilisation that accumulated over centuries, and which give the region its cosmopolitan identity. It was once a region known poetically as the Levant - a reference to the East, where the sun rose. Amid the bewildering mix of races, religions and rivalries, was above all an affinity with the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Today any mixing of this trinity of faiths is regarded as a recipe for hatred and prejudice. Orthodox Jews in Israel seize land that belongs to Sunni Muslim Arabs; Sunni Muslim Egyptians burn down churches that Egyptian Copts have worshipped in for centuries. It all seems hopelessly irreconcilable. Yet it was not always this way. There was a time, in the last century, when Arabs and Jews rubbed shoulders in bazaars and teashops, worked and played together, intermarried and shared family histories. Michael Vatikiotis's parents and grandparents were a product of this forgotten pluralist tradition, which spanned almost a century from the mid-1800s to the end of the Second World War in 1945. Following the collapse of the Ottoman empire and the establishment of the European colonial order, deep divisions between sects intensified and Vatikiotis's family found themselves caught between clashing faiths and contested identities. This is the story of his family - consummate outsiders and people set adrift - who built new lives and prospered in holy lands, only to be caught up in conflict and tossed on the waves of a violent history.

Slagtersnek En Sy Mense (Afrikaans, Paperback): J.A. Heese Slagtersnek En Sy Mense (Afrikaans, Paperback)
J.A. Heese
R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Slagtersnek is een van die bekendste name in ons geskiedenis. Met sy grusame assosiasie was dit ‘n magtige propagandamiddel in die politieke ontwikkeling van die Afrikaner. Juis hierdeur het dit egter al gou ‘n volksmite geword waarna herondersoek dringend noodsaaklik geword het. Dit is wat dr. Heese in hierdie boek doen.

Deur deeglike navorsing van die voor- en nageslag van almal wat daarby betrokke was, vorm hy ‘n helder beeld van wat werklik plaasgevind het. Hy toon oortuigend aan dat die Slagtersnek-opstand verkeerd vertolk is. Daar is helde gesien waar geen helde was nie, en dit was juis die bekampers van die opstandelinge, asook die neutrales, wat later die Afrikaner volksbewussyn tydens die Groot Trek bevorder het.

Heese skilder talle kleurryke figure: die bywoners, die ryk patriarge, die sukkelende swerwers, die dwarstrekkers, skoolmeesters en nie-blanke bediendes. Met hierdie boek word ‘n belangrike en oorspronklike bydrae tot ons geskiedenis gemaak.

Lives Between The Lines - A Journey in Search of the Lost Levant (Paperback): Michael Vatikiotis Lives Between The Lines - A Journey in Search of the Lost Levant (Paperback)
Michael Vatikiotis
R378 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R68 (18%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The story begins with a parting of the sands - the construction of the Suez Canal in 1869 that united the Mediterranean with the Arabian Sea. It opened the door of opportunity for people living insecurely on the fringes of a turbulent Europe. The Middle East is understood today through the lens of unending conflict and violence. Lost in the litany of perpetual strife and struggle are the layers of culture and civilisation that accumulated over centuries, and which give the region its cosmopolitan identity. It was once a region known poetically as the Levant - a reference to the East, where the sun rose. Amid the bewildering mix of races, religions and rivalries, was above all an affinity with the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Today any mixing of this trinity of faiths is regarded as a recipe for hatred and prejudice. Orthodox Jews in Israel seize land that belongs to Sunni Muslim Arabs; Sunni Muslim Egyptians burn down churches that Egyptian Copts have worshipped in for centuries. It all seems hopelessly irreconcilable. Yet it was not always this way. There was a time, in the last century, when Arabs and Jews rubbed shoulders in bazaars and teashops, worked and played together, intermarried and shared family histories. Michael Vatikiotis's parents and grandparents were a product of this forgotten pluralist tradition, which spanned almost a century from the mid-1800s to the end of the Second World War in 1945. Following the collapse of the Ottoman empire and the establishment of the European colonial order, deep divisions between sects intensified and Vatikiotis's family found themselves caught between clashing faiths and contested identities. This is the story of his family - consummate outsiders and people set adrift - who built new lives and prospered in holy lands, only to be caught up in conflict and tossed on the waves of a violent history.

'n Skerfie Glas - Elke Familie het 'n Storie (Afrikaans, Paperback): Erika Murray-Theron 'n Skerfie Glas - Elke Familie het 'n Storie (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Erika Murray-Theron
R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Die skrywer Erika Murray-Theron wou weet waar die vroue in haar familie vandaan kom. Wat kry ’n mens van wie? Waar kom alles wat jý is vandaan? Hoe is die vroue in haar familie se lewe geraak deur trauma en groot wêreldgebeurtenisse waaroor hulle geen beheer gehad het nie? Theron se ouma Issie is op 3 Mei 1885 gebore; 133 jaar gelede. In hierdie verhaalbiografie gaan soek Theron in ou kookboeke, aantekeninge, foto’s, herinneringe, albums, briewe en geslagsregisters na haar ouma Issie se storie. ’n Lewe ontvou wat geraak is deur die verlies van ouers, die Anglo-Boereoorlog, die Rebellie van 1914 en daarna die energie wat dit verg om ’n groot huisgesin te behartig. ’n Skerfie glas wys hoe die verlede, selfs die verre verlede, spore op latere geslagte laat.

Gan - is that a Polish name? (Paperback): Richard Gan Gan - is that a Polish name? (Paperback)
Richard Gan
R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Flags of the Night Sky - When Astronomy Meets National Pride (Paperback, 2014 ed.): Andre G. Bordeleau Flags of the Night Sky - When Astronomy Meets National Pride (Paperback, 2014 ed.)
Andre G. Bordeleau
R1,052 Discovery Miles 10 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Many national flags display astronomical features - Sun, Moon, stars - but are they really based on existing astronomical objects? The United States flag sports 50 stars, one for each state, however none of them are linked to real stars. Further, the lunar crescent is often shaped like the Sun being eclipsed by the Moon. At times, stars are seen right next to the crescent, where the darkened disc of the moon should be! This book will present true astronomical objects and patterns highlighted on national flags and link informative capsules about these objects to the political reasons why they were chosen to adorn such an important symbol.

Voortrekkerstamouers 1835?1845 (Afrikaans, Hardcover, 2nd edition): Jan C. Visagie Voortrekkerstamouers 1835–1845 (Afrikaans, Hardcover, 2nd edition)
Jan C. Visagie
R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Voortrekkerstamouers 1835–1845 is die eerste keer in 2000 gepubliseer. Dié tweede, hersiende uitgawe is aangevul met 214 nuwe stamouers. Dit bring die aantal mense wat die Groot Trek meegemaak het, op 23 000 te staan, in plaas van die oorspronklik geskatte 20 000.

Wat hierdie databasis van Voortrekkers nog meer besonders maak, is die versameling uiters skaars foto’s en portrette wat aangebied word.

In hierdie fotokabinet kan ongeveer 150 afbeeldings van Voortrekkers gesien word.

Lose Your Mother - A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (Paperback, Main): Saidiya Hartman Lose Your Mother - A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (Paperback, Main)
Saidiya Hartman
R264 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The slave, Saidiya Hartman observes, is a stranger torn from family, home, and country. To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin, to forget your past, and to inhabit the world as an outsider. In Lose Your Mother, Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana. There are no known survivors of Hartman's lineage, no relatives to find. She is a stranger in search of strangers, and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way, and with figures from the past, vividly dramatising the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and American history.

The Champ & The Chump (Hardcover): James McNicholas The Champ & The Chump (Hardcover)
James McNicholas
R527 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R92 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A heart-warming, hilarious true story about fighting and family, based on the acclaimed stage show. For fans of books by Dave Gorman, James Acaster and Danny Wallace, along with boxing tales from the likes of Tyson Fury and Ricky Hatton. The Champ Terry Downes - known as 'The Paddington Express' - was a rough and ready boxer, US Marine, gangsters' favourite and world champ, defeating fearsome fighters like the great Sugar Ray Robinson. At the time of his death in 2017, he was Britain's oldest living world champion. The Chump James McNicholas's school PE teacher once told him he was so unfit he'd be dead by the time he was 23. James has spent his life pursuing a career in acting. In reality, that has meant spells working as a painter-decorator, wine merchant and salesperson for Viking River Cruises. After Terry's death, James decides to retrace his grandad's footsteps to see just how it is that two people so close could be so different. It is a journey that takes James from London to Baltimore, to army bootcamp and a brutal boxing regime. And when James is a diagnosed with a neurological disorder, the symptoms of which replicate those of concussion, the two stories suddenly collide.

The Chain of love - A victorian family history (Paperback): Jane Wynne Willson The Chain of love - A victorian family history (Paperback)
Jane Wynne Willson
R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Tartans Map of Scotland (Sheet map, folded, New edition): Collins Maps Tartans Map of Scotland (Sheet map, folded, New edition)
Collins Maps 1
R105 Discovery Miles 1 050 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This popular touring map has a huge amount of detail with over 1,000 places of tourist interest plotted and named on the map. The features have been plotted onto an up-to-date and attractive Collins map of Scotland. A clear, easy to follow road map with colour classified roads. Ideal for tourists with hundreds of distinctive tourist symbols and tourist information centres all shown. This map includes: * The whole of Scotland on a double sided sheet at 5 miles to 1 inch * Over 25 categories of tourist information shown on the map including youth hostels, picnic sites and ferries as well as the more obvious tourist sites such as castles, wildlife parks and museums * Detailed town centre maps of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Perth * Distances on the map along major routes Scale: 1:316,800 (5 miles to 1 inch). There is a comprehensive index to both place names and places of tourist interest.

Poppy Field (Hardcover): Michael Morpurgo Poppy Field (Hardcover)
Michael Morpurgo; Illustrated by Michael Foreman 1
R361 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R80 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A new illustrated story celebrating the poppy's history. Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have teamed up with the Royal British Legion to tell an original story that explains the meaning behind the poppy. In Flanders' fields, young Martens knows his family's story, for it is as precious as the faded poem hanging in their home. From a poor girl comforting a grieving soldier, to an unexpected meeting of strangers, to a father's tragic death many decades after treaties were signed, war has shaped Martens's family in profound ways - it is their history as much as any nation's. They remember. They grieve. They honour the past. This book also includes a full-colour, illustrated afterword that explains the history that inspired the story. 1 per hardback from the sale of POPPY FIELD in the UK will be paid to Royal British Legion Trading Limited which gives its taxable profits to The Royal British Legion (Charity no. 219279)

Journeys Through the Twentieth Century - Stories from One Family (Hardcover): Daniel C Tabor Journeys Through the Twentieth Century - Stories from One Family (Hardcover)
Daniel C Tabor
R557 Discovery Miles 5 570 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Journeys Through The Twentieth Century, Stories From One Family is a fascinating study of memory and identity, spanning almost two centuries, using the unique archive of one extended Jewish family.

Journeys Through the Twentieth Century - Stories from One Family (Paperback): Daniel C Tabor Journeys Through the Twentieth Century - Stories from One Family (Paperback)
Daniel C Tabor
R444 Discovery Miles 4 440 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Journeys Through The Twentieth Century, Stories From One Family is a fascinating study of memory and identity, spanning almost two centuries, using the unique archive of one extended Jewish family.

O Hudd Ei Ddoe, I - 1950-1968 (Hardcover): Myron Wyn Evans O Hudd Ei Ddoe, I - 1950-1968 (Hardcover)
Myron Wyn Evans
R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Clan Iain Abrach a History of the MacDonalds of Glencoe (Paperback): McDonald David Clan Iain Abrach a History of the MacDonalds of Glencoe (Paperback)
McDonald David
R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Our Family (Paperback): Sharad Ganesh Pradhan Our Family (Paperback)
Sharad Ganesh Pradhan
R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A few years of diligent and meticulous research has gone into the creation of this book about the history of the ancestors of our wider family.

Bourgs, Talbots, Youngs, Rappolds, Favrets, Landrys, Develles, Jungs, and Dehebecourts - A Gumbo History of Families Forming a... Bourgs, Talbots, Youngs, Rappolds, Favrets, Landrys, Develles, Jungs, and Dehebecourts - A Gumbo History of Families Forming a New Orleans Culture (Paperback)
James A Bourg Jr
R467 R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Save R73 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Provenance Research in Book History - A Handbook (Hardcover, New edition): David Pearson Provenance Research in Book History - A Handbook (Hardcover, New edition)
David Pearson
R1,386 Discovery Miles 13 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Since this handbook was first published in 1994, interest in the book as a material object, and in the ways in which books have been owned, read and used, has burgeoned. Now established as a standard reference work, this book has been revised and expanded with a new set of over 200 colour illustrations, updated bibliographies and extended international coverage of libraries and online resources. It covers the history and understanding of inscriptions, bookplates, ink and binding stamps, mottoes and heraldry, and describes how to identify owners and track down books from particular collections via library and sale catalogues. Each section features an evaluated bibliography listing further sources, both online and in print. Illustrated examples of the many kinds of ownership evidence which can be found in books are also shown throughout. Relevant to anyone seeking to identify previous owners of books, or trace private libraries, this title will also support the work of all book historians interested in the history of reading or the use of books and in the book as a material object. An essential handbook for anyone working in provenance research.

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