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Rapid Fire - Remarkable Miscellany (Paperback): John Maytham Rapid Fire - Remarkable Miscellany (Paperback)
John Maytham
R265 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R37 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

What is the origin of the word ‘bluetooth’? Which UK football ground is flanked by Bloemfontein & South Africa roads? When walking round Rondebosch Common, why is it wise not to go widdershins?

These are a few of the questions put to John Maytham by 567 CapeTalk listeners in the Rapid Fire insert on the late drive-time show. Join him on a tour of the oddest, arcane and most surprising questions – and be tickled by the weird and wonderful answers.

Garden Birds in Southern Africa - Attract, Identify, Enjoy (Paperback): Duncan Butchart Garden Birds in Southern Africa - Attract, Identify, Enjoy (Paperback)
Duncan Butchart 3
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
Insectopedia - The Secret World of Southern African Insects (Paperback, 2nd Revised Edition): Erik Holm Insectopedia - The Secret World of Southern African Insects (Paperback, 2nd Revised Edition)
Erik Holm 3
R250 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R53 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Insectopedia uncovers the fascinating and infinitely varied world of insects. It explores their intriguing behaviour and biology – from mating and breeding, metamorphosis and movement to sight, smell, hearing and their adaptations to heat and cold.

A chapter on superorganisms probes the curious phenomenon of social communities among insects; another covers the critical role that these creatures play in maintaining the fragile balance of life on our planet. The book concludes with a 60-page illustrated field guide, describing most insect orders and their main families.

Previously published as Insectlopedia of Southern Africa, this fully revised and redesigned edition includes up-to-date information throughout, an expanded ID section, and several hundred new photographs.

Your First Year Of Varsity - A Survival Guide For University And College (Paperback): Shelagh Foster, Lehlohonolo Mofokeng Your First Year Of Varsity - A Survival Guide For University And College (Paperback)
Shelagh Foster, Lehlohonolo Mofokeng
R190 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R39 (21%) In stock

Essential reading for matriculants, first year university and college students – and their parents!

Your First Year Of Varsity talks directly to Grade 12 learners and first year university and college students who arrive at their place of higher education filled with hopes, expectations, fears and dreams; yet with little understanding of what this new world means and how to adapt, grow – and graduate.

The book addresses all the rules, demands, behaviours, skills and cultural shifts that will turn an undergraduate into a viable part of higher education life. Foster and Mofokeng have written the book in plain English and it is accessible to anyone who can read a magazine or newspaper. An empathetic, no-nonsense and practical guide to understanding the cultural and academic divide between high school and college or university.

The A-Z of Vegetable Gardening in South Africa (Paperback): Jack Hadfield The A-Z of Vegetable Gardening in South Africa (Paperback)
Jack Hadfield
R280 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R60 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

This comprehensive guide to vegetable gardening in South Africa, written especially for the home gardener, is based on vast practical experience and an intimate knowledge of local growing conditions.

Part 1 provides down-to-earth advice on location and layout of the vegetable gaarden;soils and nutrients; garden planning and crop rotation; tools and equipment; watering; cultivation and weed control; seed, sowing, transplanting, harvesting, and pests and their control; container growing, and the use of plastics in the vegetable garden. In part 2 the common as well as a number of unusual vegetables are fully discused. Invaluable information on cultivars, soil preparation, propagation, sowing, transplanting, harvesting, and pests and diseases are included. This is followed by short descriptions of the more widely used culinary herbs. Finally, the appendices give information on how to grow salad sprouts, and detailed and invaluable advice on exhibiting vegetables.

Whether your garden is a smallholding or a townhouse patio, The A - Z of Vegetable Gardening in South Africa is an essential handbook containing everything you need to know for the successfull production of your own top-quality vegetables throughout the year.

Invertebrates Of Southern Africa And Their Tracks & Signs (Paperback, None Ed.): Lee Gutteridge Invertebrates Of Southern Africa And Their Tracks & Signs (Paperback, None Ed.)
Lee Gutteridge
R320 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R66 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

This book intensively covers a never-before-explored aspect of Southern African nature and is an essential new addition to the library of every nature lover. It was researched and written over the last four and a half years to open a door to a little known micro-world that exists all around us. Invertebrates – which include commonly seen creatures such as butterflies, spiders, beetles, worms and scorpions – are everywhere. The signs of their day-to-day activities are all around us if we know where to look.

The life cycles and behaviours of many animals are discussed, with a special focus on interactions between mammals and invertebrates – a fascinating subject in itself.

While working on this book, Lee Gutteridge spent many hours in the field with expert entomologists and arachnologists, many of whom commented that; even though they had spent a lifetime in the field, this experience, of invertebrate tracking, had changed the way that they see the invertebrate world.

With funding received from the Oppenheimer family, 250 copies will be donated to indigenous trackers, whose knowledge Lee appreciates and respects.

The Horse Encyclopedia (Hardcover): Elwyn Hartley Edwards The Horse Encyclopedia (Hardcover)
Elwyn Hartley Edwards 3
R754 R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Save R291 (39%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A stunning celebration of the equine world, The Horse Encyclopedia is a fully illustrated look at all the major horse and pony breeds and types, from the ponies of Dartmoor to the American mustang.

Packed with gorgeous photographs of horse breeds from around the world, The Horse Encyclopedia is the definitive guide to the evolution, anatomy, and origins of each horse breed and its place in history, art, and culture. The Horse Encyclopedia also documents famous individual horses, as well as iconic owners, riders, and breeders, paying homage to equestrian history.

This dazzling volume also includes expert advice on horse care, feeding and grooming, and horse health to offer a truly comprehensive equine guide and a wonderful gift for all horse riders, students, and enthusiasts.

A Citizen's Guide To Crime Trends In South Africa (Paperback): Anine Kriegler, Mark Shaw A Citizen's Guide To Crime Trends In South Africa (Paperback)
Anine Kriegler, Mark Shaw 3
R302 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R34 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Crime statistics do not belong to the government, academics, specialists, or the press. They are ours: we experience and report crimes and have a right to access and understand their official record. It should not take any particular expertise to get a grasp on what we should make of the figures and graphs that the South African Police Service produces every year. Yet crime, its measurement and control, are as much political matters as they are technocratic.

While there is much that remains open to interpretation and discussion, there are some things that we should all be able to agree on, based on a sober reading of the evidence. As crime is a serious issue in South Africa, knowing what the official sources say is critical for productive debates on what we can do to make our country safer. A Citizen's Guide To Crime Trends In South Africa provides a basis on which to understand the statistics in a manner that is accessible to the general public.

Each chapter challenges a set of oft-repeated assumptions about how bad crime is, where it occurs, and who its victims are. It also demonstrates how and why crime statistics need to be matched with other forms of research, including criminal justice data, in order to produce a fuller account of what we are faced with.

Legal Research - Purpose, Planning and Publication (Paperback): Francois Venter Legal Research - Purpose, Planning and Publication (Paperback)
Francois Venter
R270 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R42 (16%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Lawyers must be able to do research and should be able to do it well in order to honour their obligations, be those obligations commercial, in the field of criminal justice, constitutional, judicial or academic. Yet much confusion surrounds the nature of research, the need for lawyers and law students to undertake research projects, the requirements for the dissemination of the results, and their impact on policy and practice. Why is legal research needed? What does it entail? Where should one begin? What methods are used for legal research? What are the ethical issues involved? How does one go about publishing the results of one’s research in law, and which are the appropriate publication platforms? How should the quality of legal research be judged?

Legal Research: Purpose, Planning and Publication seeks to begin answering these questions, to introduce law students to legal research, and perhaps even to open up some new perspectives for those in the legal community who wish to sharpen their research skills.

The guidelines and views in Legal Research are not offered as hard doctrine, but rather as a route map for a journey of discovery, in the course of which readers may develop their own approach to the production of valuable legal research results.

Legal Research provides an introduction to ease the way of legal researchers, especially those with little expertise and experience, and perhaps to open a debate among the more experienced lawyers, who have not yet given much thought to the matter, about developing and improving our understanding of legal research in South Africa.

Your Money Is Your Business! (Paperback): Stephen Freeman Your Money Is Your Business! (Paperback)
Stephen Freeman
R420 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R74 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Rugby's Strangest Matches (Hardcover, New Edition): John Griffiths Rugby's Strangest Matches (Hardcover, New Edition)
John Griffiths 1
R240 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R69 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This brand new edition, redesigned in hardback for 2019, makes the perfect gift for the rugby obsessive in your life.

Rugby fans will delight in this astonishing collection of outlandish stories from the past 150 years of the game. Here you'll find, among many other curious events, the Irish international who arranged his marriage in order to play against England, the team of top soccer players who beat their rugby counterparts at their own game, the day the entire Wales team was sent off, and when in an astonishing turn of events underdog Japan trimphed and beat South Africa (and who doesn't love an underdog).

The tales in this book are bizarre, fascinating, and, most importantly, true.

Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana - An Identification and Reference Guide (Paperback): Jeff Boundy, John L. Carr Amphibians and Reptiles of Louisiana - An Identification and Reference Guide (Paperback)
Jeff Boundy, John L. Carr
R947 Discovery Miles 9 470 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Explanatory dictionary of politics / Verklarende politieke woordeboek - Bilingual core terms and definitions in political... Explanatory dictionary of politics / Verklarende politieke woordeboek - Bilingual core terms and definitions in political science / Tweetalige kernterme en -definisies in politieke wetenskap (English, Afrikaans, Paperback)
Albert Venter, Susan Botha, Louis du Plessis, Marietta Alberts
R583 R472 Discovery Miles 4 720 Save R111 (19%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The Explanatory Dictionary of Politics (EDP) contains 2 620 key political terms and definitions. The main goal of the EDP is to facilitate a proper understanding of the political realm. The EDP provides assistance to subject specialists and language practitioners. The disciplines involved, which are loosely referred to as the political sciences, include politics, international politics, international relations, African politics, strategic studies, as well as aspects of political development, political administration and political economy. Die Verklarende Politieke Woordeboek (VPW) is gebaseer op die bekroonde tweetalige Nuwerwetse Politieke Woordeboek (NPW) van 2011, en bevat 2 620 politieke kernterme en -definisies. Die hoofdoel van die VPW is om behoorlike begrip van die politieke bestel moontlik te maak. Die VPW verleen hulp aan vakspesialiste en taalpraktisyns. Die dissiplines betrokke en waarna breedweg as die politieke wetenskappe verwys word, sluit in politiek, internasionale politiek, internasionale verhoudinge, Afrikapolitiek, strategiese studies, sowel as aspekte van politieke ontwikkeling, politieke administrasie en politieke ekonomie.

Die Suid-Afrikaanse Gids - Feite & Wenke (Afrikaans, Paperback): Isabel Uys Die Suid-Afrikaanse Gids - Feite & Wenke (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Isabel Uys
R48 Discovery Miles 480 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

Die Suid-Afrikaanse Gids is ’n omvattende naslaanbron vir enige belangstellende – oud of jonk, Suid-Afrikaans of ’n toeris – wat enige inligting omtrent Suid-Afrika maklik wil bekom.

Die gids bevat ’n ietsie van alles: van die geskiedenis van ons land, ons fauna en flora, wildparke, sportstatistieke tot wenke oor geldbesparing, die aankoop van ’n motor, goeie maniere en trou-etiket.

Hierdie gids is ’n moet vir enige huis, boekwinkel, hotel, toeristekantoor, biblioteek en skool.

Trees - A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Structure (Paperback): Roland Ennos Trees - A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Structure (Paperback)
Roland Ennos
R389 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R75 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Trees are vital components of the landscape and have been exploited by humans since the beginning of our history. They cover huge areas of the globe, from the rainforests of the central tropics to the conifer forests of the subarctic, and from high up mountains right down to the seashore. Roland Ennos allows readers to better understand trees and their structure by answering questions that include: How did trees evolve? How do they stand up? Why are there so many different types? How and why do we use them? He also explores the evolution of the first trees to the enormous diversity of tree life today. Illustrated with more than 120 stunning color images from around the world, Trees provides fascinating insights into the biology of these magnificent plants.

Philosophers: Their Lives and Works (Hardcover): Dk Philosophers: Their Lives and Works (Hardcover)
Dk 1
R430 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R98 (23%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

From Confucius and Plato to Karl Marx and Noam Chomsky, this book brings together more than 100 illustrated biographies of the world's great philosophers. Introduced with a stunning portrait of each featured philosopher, the biographies trace the ideas, friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired the great thinkers and influenced their work, providing revealing insights into what drove them to question the meaning of life, and come up with new ways of understanding the world and the history of ideas. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and paintings of philosophers, their homes, friends, studies, and their personal belongings, together with pages from original manuscripts, first editions, and correspondence, this book introduces the key ideas, themes, and working methods of each featured individual, setting their ideas within a wider historical and cultural context. Charting the development of ideas across the centuries in both the East and West, from ancient Chinese philosophy to the work of contemporary thinkers, Philosophers provides a compelling glimpse into the personal lives, loves, and influences of the great philosophers as they probed into life's "big ideas".

Ireland The Best 100 Places - Extraordinary Places and Where Best to Walk, East and Sleep (Paperback): John McKenna, Sally... Ireland The Best 100 Places - Extraordinary Places and Where Best to Walk, East and Sleep (Paperback)
John McKenna, Sally McKenna 1
R453 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R145 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Sally and John McKenna, travel and food writers and authors of IRELAND THE BEST, have selected 100 extraordinary places that epitomise what is truly great about Ireland. This personal and diverse compendium is illustrated with beautiful and evocative images. John and Sally McKenna have drawn on a lifetime of experiences to create this list of the 100 best places in Ireland: reflective, magnificent and human places. Some choices may be surprising but all are exceptional. This book is John and Sally's ultimate collection selected from the hundreds of places that feature in the independent guide to Ireland, IRELAND THE BEST. As well as expert commentary, all 100 places include highly selective recommendations of where to walk, eat and sleep nearby. Beautiful and evocative images capture the essence of each place. From wild glens to ancient buildings, remote islands to vibrant cities, this is John and Sally's list of the places in Ireland that you really should visit in your lifetime.

Handbook on Green Growth (Hardcover): Roger Fouquet Handbook on Green Growth (Hardcover)
Roger Fouquet
R4,694 Discovery Miles 46 940 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Economies around the world have arrived at a critical juncture: to continue to grow fuelled by fossil fuels and exacerbate climate change, or to move towards more sustainable, greener, growth. Choosing the latter is shown to help address climate change, as well as present new economic opportunities. This Handbook provides a deeper understanding of the concept of green growth, and highlights key lessons from the experience of green transformations across the world following a decade of ambitious stimulus packages and green reforms. With comprehensive chapters from key researchers in the field drawn from across the globe, the Handbook on Green Growth offers up to date and original analysis of the many facets of the phenomenon of green growth. Is economic growth desirable? When can economic growth and environmental policies work together? What are the key factors that will achieve green growth? What will be the multiple impacts of green growth? And, what have been the experiences of economies that have undertaken a green transformation? This Handbook will be a key resource for students and academics interested in economics, environmental and ecological studies, as well as for those specialising in environmental policy. It will also be a valuable tool for policy makers concerned about the dual objectives of stimulating economic growth and addressing environmental damage.

Oceanic Birds of the World - A Photo Guide (Paperback): Howell Steve N. G., Kirk Zufelt Oceanic Birds of the World - A Photo Guide (Paperback)
Howell Steve N. G., Kirk Zufelt
R687 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R150 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A state-of-the-art photographic field guide to the world's oceanic birds Oceanic birds are among the most remarkable but least known of all birds, living at sea, far from the sight of most people. They offer unusual identification challenges "many species look similar and it can be difficult to get good views of fast-flying birds from a moving boat. The first field guide to the world's oceanic birds in more than two decades, this exciting and authoritative book draws on decades of firsthand experience on the open seas. It features clear text filled with original insights and new information and more than 2,200 carefully chosen color images that bring the ocean and its remarkable winged inhabitants to life. Never before have oceanic birds been presented in such an accessible and comprehensive way. The introduction discusses the many recent developments in seabird taxonomy, which are incorporated into the species accounts, and these accounts are arranged into groups that aid field identification. Each group and species complex has an introductory overview of its identification challenges, illustrated with clear comparative photos. The text describes flight manner, plumage variation related to age and molt, seasonal occurrence patterns, migration routes, and many other features. The result is an indispensable guide for exploring birding's last great frontier. A comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible guide to oceanic birds Covers more than 270 species Includes more than 2,200 color photos with concise captions noting key features Features careful species comparisons, overviews of the latest taxonomy, tips on how to observe and ID birds at sea, and much more

Anatomicum (Hardcover): Jennifer Z Paxton Anatomicum (Hardcover)
Jennifer Z Paxton; Illustrated by Katy Wiedemann 1
R620 R432 Discovery Miles 4 320 Save R188 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore... Step inside the pages of Anatomicum to enjoy the experience of a museum from the comfort of your own home. The 2019 offering from Welcome to the Museum guides readers through the human body, from the muscles we use to show emotion, to the delicate workings of the brain. With sumptuous artwork by Katy Wiedemann and expert text by professor Dr Jennifer Z Paxton, this beautiful book is a feast of anatomical knowledge.

The South African Aid - Facts & Tips (Paperback): Isabel Uys The South African Aid - Facts & Tips (Paperback)
Isabel Uys 1
R48 Discovery Miles 480 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

The South African Aid is a comprehensive reference guide for any individual – old and young, local or foreign – seeking information on South Africa.

The guide offers a bit of everything: the history of our land, our fauna and flora, game reserves, sport statistics, tip son saving money, buying a car, good manners, wedding etiquette, etc.

This guide is a must-have for every house, book sop, hotel, tourism office, library and school.

Cribsheet - A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool (Hardcover): Emily Oster Cribsheet - A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool (Hardcover)
Emily Oster
R594 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R235 (40%) In stock
Italian Wines 2017 (Paperback): Gambero Rosso Italian Wines 2017 (Paperback)
Gambero Rosso
R593 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R133 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Italian Wines is the English-language version of Gambero Rosso's Vini d'Italia, the world's best-selling guide to Italian wine, now in its 30th edition. It is the result of a year's work by over 60 tasters, coordinated by three curators. They travel around the entire country to taste 45,000 wines, only half of which make it into the guide. About 2,400 producers are selected. Each entry brings together useful information about a winery, including a description of its most important labels and price levels in Italian wine shops. Each wine is evaluated according to the Gambero Rosso bicchieri rating, with Tre Bicchieri awarded to the top labels. This guide acts as an essential reference tool for both wine professionals and passionate amateurs around the globe: it provides the instruments for finding one's way in the complex panorama of Italy's wine world.

The South African Encyclopedia of Sport (Paperback, illustrated edition): Joel Alswang The South African Encyclopedia of Sport (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Joel Alswang
R403 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R45 (11%) In stock

This title is a collection of information on probably every sport that has been played in South Africa. It brings us the rules, the method of play, the specifications and layout of playing area of a multitude of sport. Not only will the reader find entries on well-known sport like rugby, cricket and tennis, but also on other lesser-known types, like the different kinds of martial arts, or metallic silhouette shooting and even pigeon racing. There is also a section on traditional South African games, like kennetjie and even Zulu war dance.

Collins Bird Guide (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Lars Svensson Collins Bird Guide (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Lars Svensson 1
R547 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R209 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Following on from its hugely successful launch in 1999, Collins Bird Guide - the ultimate reference book for bird enthusiasts - now enters its second edition. With expanded text and additional colour illustrations, the second edition of the hugely successful Collins Bird Guide is a must for every birdwatcher. The book provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, covering size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and illustrations showing the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding: whatever is important). In addition, each group of birds includes an introduction which covers the major problems involved in identifying or observing them: how to organise a sea watching trip, how to separate birds of prey in flight, which duck hybrids can be confused with which main species. These and many other common birdwatching questions are answered. The combination of definitive text, up-to-date distribution maps and superb illustrations, all in a single volume, makes this book the ultimate field guide, essential on every bookshelf and birdwatching trip.

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