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In Enemy Hands - South Africa's POWs In World War II (Paperback): Karen Horn In Enemy Hands - South Africa's POWs In World War II (Paperback)
Karen Horn
R290 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R58 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Historian Karen Horn painstakingly tracked down a number of former POWs in which their interviews reveal rich narratives of hardship, endurance, humour, longing and self-discovery. Instead of fighting, these men adapted to another war, one which was fought on the inside of many prison camps.

In their interviews, all the POWs expressed surprise at being asked to share their experiences of almost 70 years earlier.They returned home in 1945 to a country which soon afterwards tried its utmost to promote national amnesia with regard to the country’s participation in the war.

With great insight and empathy, Karen Horn shines a light on a neglected corner of South African history. Karen Horn is a lecturer at Stellenbosch University.

Written Under The Skin - Blood And Intergenerational Memory In South Africa (Paperback): Written Under The Skin - Blood And Intergenerational Memory In South Africa (Paperback)
R350 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A younger generation of South Africans are developing important and innovative ways of understanding South Africa’s past, challenging narratives that have, over the last decades, been informed by notions of forgiveness and reconciliation. Carli Coetzee uses the image of history-rich blood to explore these approaches to intergenerational memory. In this book, she revisits older archives and analyses contemporary South African cultural and literary forms.

The emphasis on blood challenges the privileged status skin has had as an explanatory category in thinking about identity. Instead, Coetzee emphasises intergenerational transfer and continuity. She argues that a younger generation is contesting the terms through which to understand contemporary South Africa and interpreting the legacies of the past that remain under the visible layer of skin.

The chapters each concern blood: Mandela’s prison cell as laboratory for producing bloodless freedom, the kinship relations created and resisted in accounts of Eugene de Kock in prison, Ruth First’s concern with information leaks in her accounts of her time in prison, the first human-to-human heart transplant and its relation to racialised attempts to salvage white identity, the #Fallist moment, the Abantu Book Festival, and activist scholarship and creative art works that use blood as a trope for thinking about change and continuity.

The Blackridge House - A Memoir (Paperback): Julia Martin The Blackridge House - A Memoir (Paperback)
Julia Martin 1
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A quest is never what you expect it to be.

Elizabeth Madeline Martin spends her days in a retirement home in Cape Town, watching the pigeons and squirrels on the branch of a tree outside her window. Bedridden, her memory fading, she can recall her early childhood spent in a small wood-and-iron house in Blackridge on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg. Though she remembers the place in detail – dogs, a mango tree, a stream – she has no idea of where exactly it is. ‘My memory is full of blotches,’ she tells her daughter Julia, ‘like ink left about and knocked over.’

Julia resolves to find the Blackridge house: with her mother lonely and confused, would this, perhaps, bring some measure of closure? A journey begins that traverses family history, forgotten documents, old photographs, and the maps that stake out a country’s troubled past – maps whose boundaries nature remains determined to resist. Kind strangers, willing to assist in the search, lead to unexpected discoveries of ancestors and wars and lullabies. Folded into this quest are the tender conversations between a daughter and a mother who does not have long to live.

Taken as one, The Blackridge House is a meditation on belonging, of the stories we tell of home and family, of the precarious footprint of life.

Tulbagh Onthou - 'n Herdenking Van Die Aardbewing Van Vyftig Jaar Gelede (Afrikaans, Paperback): Rosette Jordaan Tulbagh Onthou - 'n Herdenking Van Die Aardbewing Van Vyftig Jaar Gelede (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Rosette Jordaan
R385 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R67 (17%) In stock

Vyftig jaar gelede, om drie minute oor tien op 29 September 1969, is die Noord-Boland getref deur ’n aardbewing van 6.3 op die Richterskaal.

Die middelpunt van die aardbewing was net buite Tulbagh, tuiste van sommige van die oudste kerke, Kaaps-Hollandse huise en wynplase in Suid-Afrika. Tien van die elf mense (meestal kinders) wat in die skudding gesterf het, is in en om die dorpie dood.

In hierdie boek – wat met die vyftigjarige herdenking van die aardbewing saamval – verwesenlik Rosette Jordaan, ’n boorling van Tulbagh, ’n lewensideaal om diť geskiedenis op te teken voordat dit uit die menseheugenis verdwyn. Die resultaat is ’n skatkis van verhale en vertellinge – aangrypend, amusant, onvergeetlik

Salisbury Cathedral Guidebook (Paperback, UK ed.): Pitkin Salisbury Cathedral Guidebook (Paperback, UK ed.)
Pitkin
R173 R132 Discovery Miles 1 320 Save R41 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Salisbury Cathedral - English edition

Bolts From The Blues 2020 - Iconic goals in the history of Carlisle United - by the men who scored them (Hardcover): Jon Colman Bolts From The Blues 2020 - Iconic goals in the history of Carlisle United - by the men who scored them (Hardcover)
Jon Colman
R453 R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Save R83 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the 1960s to the present day, the men behind some of Carlisle United's most memorable moments relive the days and nights they made their mark - and open up on their Brunton Park careers. This book celebrates promotion heroes, cup winners, giantkillers, relegation saviours, history makers... and scorers of the strange, stunning and spectacular. From Murray to Murphy, Halpin to Hawley, Rafferty to Reeves, Wake to Winstanley, Poskett to Pericard, Bridges to Branthwaite and Grainger to Glass, these are goals that inspired Carlisle United supporters - told by the stars who scored them. Each sale of this book will benefit the North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust's Covid-19 appeal.

Northamptonshire in Photographs (Paperback): Dave Porter Northamptonshire in Photographs (Paperback)
Dave Porter
R481 R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Save R72 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The county of Northamptonshire, the southernmost county in the East Midlands, is characterised by its attractive market towns and villages, its historical connections and numerous ancient churches, and large country houses and gardens. Its scenic countryside draws many visitors alongside the rivers, canals and railways that cross this county in the heart of England between the industrial centres that developed in the major towns of Northampton, Corby and Kettering. Photographer Dave Porter has captured Northamptonshire's essence in this collection of stunning images, displaying the county at its best. For those who are proud to live in the county, as well as those visiting, this book is a must. Look through these photographs and you will quickly see why this part of England has such enduring appeal.

Magna Carta in Salisbury Cathedral (Paperback, UK ed.): Pitkin Magna Carta in Salisbury Cathedral (Paperback, UK ed.)
Pitkin
R174 R133 Discovery Miles 1 330 Save R41 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Salisbury Cathedral is one of Europe's most admired medieval buildings, and a thriving centre of cultural, intellectual, and religious life, 800 years after it was first constructed. In its archives is one of the world's most important documents: Magna Carta, an enduring symbol of social justice and freedom.

Batsford's Cambridge Then and Now (Hardcover): Vaughan Grylls Batsford's Cambridge Then and Now (Hardcover)
Vaughan Grylls
R415 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R96 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Cambridge Then and Now is the latest in the long-running series that uncovers archive photos of the landmark sites of a city and re-photographs them from exactly the same viewpoint today. Cambridge Then and Now features vintage photos that date back to the Victorian era, through the twentieth century up until the early 1960s. And while many of the colleges have remained remarkably similar; the cars, the bikes and the fashion on the street has changed a great deal. Cambridge sites include: King's College, Queen's College, St.John's College, Trinity Hall College, Peterhouse, Magadalene College, Pembroke College, Jesus College, Jesus Green, Parker's Piece, the Mathematical Bridge, Great St. Mary's Church, the Corn Exchange, the Arts Theatre, Grantchester Rectory and the American Cemetery.

Our Lowest Ebb? 2020 - A new history of Sheffield Wednesday's darkest times: 1973-1976 (Paperback): John Dyson Our Lowest Ebb? 2020 - A new history of Sheffield Wednesday's darkest times: 1973-1976 (Paperback)
John Dyson
R377 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R67 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Relegation from Division Two. Near relegation to Division Four. Over a season without an away win. Home attendances regularly below 10,000. A period of 17 league games with only two goals for Owls fans to cheer. Our Lowest Ebb is the story of the darkest period in Sheffield Wednesday's history. And yet... there was light in the darkness. Author John Dyson combines new interviews with key players, management and club officials with the perspective of supporters and others to piece together a new history. This was the period of the Ozzie Owl club, Save our Owls and tall tales galore. The book ends with the club at its lowest ever league position but with the green shoots of recovery tantalisingly close. Our Lowest Ebb then. Desperate times. The author does not flinch in confronting how difficult this period was, but also reflects the fondness in which many hold the period. The book is essential reading for those who were there, those who have come to follow the club more recently, and anyone with an interest in 1970s football and history.

The Cotswolds & Surrounds A Colouring Book (Paperback, UK ed.): Amberley Archive The Cotswolds & Surrounds A Colouring Book (Paperback, UK ed.)
Amberley Archive
R284 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R36 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Lose yourself in the beauty of the Cotswolds as you bring to life this collection of exquisite images. From Bath to Chipping Camden, colour your way across one of the most distinctive countryside walks in the British Isles, taking in the likes of Painswick, Stanton, Winchcomb and a host of other idyllic Cotswold villages. Also included is an array of nearby landmarks, including Blenheim Palace, the Gloucester Docks (complete with tall ships) and Beatrix Potter's The House of The Tailor of Gloucester, that capture the essence of this instantly recognisable region. This adult colouring book is a wonderful way to relax and unwind from the stress of day-to-day life.

Southend Then & Now (Paperback): Ken Crowe Southend Then & Now (Paperback)
Ken Crowe
R420 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R119 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Southend-on-Sea has gone through many transformations since its birth in the Middle Ages when a settlement of farmers and fishermen was established at the southernmost end of the lands of Prittlewell Priory. Having acquired the name `South End', the area changed when the Lord of the Manor in the eighteenth century had a `New Town' built along the cliffs to the west. The arrival of the railway in the mid-nineteenth century, and the subsequent influx of seaside day trippers, boosted Southend's popularity and it quickly expanded into a large and bustling town. In this fascinating photographic history, Ken Crowe takes a fond look at his home town, exploring the changes to its streets through carefully chosen snapshots of Southend-on-Sea as it was in the past and is today.

The Guards - Changing The Guard - Trooping The Colour - The Regiments (Paperback, UK ed.): Peter Simkin The Guards - Changing The Guard - Trooping The Colour - The Regiments (Paperback, UK ed.)
Peter Simkin
R170 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R41 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The seven illustrious Guards Regiments, renowned and respected around the world for their self-discipline, smartness and reliability, are today manned by thoroughly modern soldiers equally at home on Horseguards Parade or on operational duty. See them at their best in this superbly illustrated guide.

Liverpool in the Headlines (Paperback, UK ed.): Daniel K. Longman Liverpool in the Headlines (Paperback, UK ed.)
Daniel K. Longman
R358 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R52 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Liverpool's proud past can be well summed up by its headlines. Local author Daniel K. Longman delves into the archives of the Liverpool Echo to discover the events and personalities that have made the city what it is today. From the dramatic effects of the First and Second World Wars on the the city and its residents to the 'Merseybeat' era and the city's regeneration, learn about Liverpool's status as a cultural and industrial hub. The stories uncovered throughout Liverpool In The Headlines are a testament to the determination, strength and wit of the city's people.

Twenty Football Towns (Paperback): Steve Leach Twenty Football Towns (Paperback)
Steve Leach 1
R288 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R51 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In our world of global superstar footballers, it's easy to forget the grassroots of a sport where loyalty to a hometown club is often rock solid - and counts for everything. Even as local communities come under threat, football fandom still pulls us together. But why is this? What is the special magic that connects towns and teams? For many of us, the local club offers it all: passion, hope, heartache, drama. And a sense of belonging. The town where we grew up and all the places we've lived are the bedrock of our lives, and memories of seeing the local team play are inextricably intertwined with our sense of place and identity. Steve Leach spends a year visiting the twenty towns and clubs that are special to him. He celebrates the distinctiveness of these places, the fascinating differences between Lincoln and Leyton, Barrow and Birmingham, Macclesfield and Morecambe - towns and teams that may not be glamorous, but they are unique and, more importantly, they are home.

Salisbury Cathedral (Paperback, German edition): Salisbury Cathedral (Paperback, German edition)
R147 R114 Discovery Miles 1 140 Save R33 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Salisbury Cathedral - German edition

Manchester in the Headlines (Paperback, UK ed.): Steven Dickens Manchester in the Headlines (Paperback, UK ed.)
Steven Dickens
R358 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R52 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Manchester's proud past can be well summed up in its headlines. Steven Dickens delves into the archives of the Evening News to discover the events and personalities that have made the city what it is today. From the dramatic effects of the First and Second World Wars on the city and its residents to its regeneration in the 1980s, the Madchester era of the 1990s and beyond, learn about Manchester's status as a cultural, industrial and political powerhouse. The stories uncovered are a testament to the wit and generosity of the city's people. Steven Dickens perfectly encapsulates the essence of Manchester and what has helped to create one of the most distinctive senses of community pride. This book highlights why Manchester always was, and continues to be, a thriving town and the most culturally relevant city in the north-west.

North East Canals Through Time - Aire & Calder, Calder & Hebble, Huddersfield Broad Canals, Dearne & Dove, and Barnsley... North East Canals Through Time - Aire & Calder, Calder & Hebble, Huddersfield Broad Canals, Dearne & Dove, and Barnsley (Paperback, UK ed.)
Ray Shill
R419 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

North East Canals Through Time follows on from previous titles by specialist author and canal historian Ray Shill, notably North West Canals Through Time: Manchester, Irwell & the Peaks. As a study of the waterway infrastructure of North East England, this volume focuses particularly on Aire & Calder, Calder & Hebble, Huddersfield Broad Canals, Dearne & Dove, and Barnsley. A broad and varied array of historic and modern photographs complements this insightful commentary. Throughout this volume, Ray Shill explores the construction and technical developments of the canals and their contributions to the habitations they passed through, as well as the architecture they spawned and the legacy they left behind. This book will fascinate anyone with an interest in this region and its long-established waterway infrastructure.

Over London (Paperback, UK ed.): Gill Knappett Over London (Paperback, UK ed.)
Gill Knappett
R198 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R38 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Seen from the air, London takes on a whole new look. This new edition of the ever-popular Pitkin Guide Over London features all-new stunning aerial photography. This bird s-eye view takes in all the most famous sights, including Buckingham Palace and Nelson s column, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, the sweep of the Thames and the awe-inspiring London Eye, The Tower of London and Docklands, Kensington Palace and Covent Garden, St Paul s Cathedral and the City, the British Museum and the Globe and beyond to the splendours of Greenwich, Wimbledon, Wembley, Kew, Hampton Court, Windsor Castle and Eton College. Included too are scenes of how London is developing and changing as preparations for the Olympic Games to be held in the city in 2012 take shape. Includes map.

Tyne & Wear A Colouring Book (Paperback, UK ed.): Amberley Archive Tyne & Wear A Colouring Book (Paperback, UK ed.)
Amberley Archive
R284 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R36 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Tyne & Wear: A Colouring Book is a unique look at the Tyne and Wear area, containing ninety-two beautifully illustrated images which can be coloured to suit your own tastes. Colour your way across Tyne and Wear, taking in some of its most recognisable landmarks and its lesser-known gems. This adult colouring book includes iconic images of the Angel of the North, Metro, and, of course, Tyne Bridge. It also includes drawings for you to colour of the wide array of landscapes within Newcastle, South Shields, Whitley Bay, Tynemouth and Gateshead, among others. From cityscapes to country walks and seaside towns, this colouring book offers an excellent variety of images and an opportunity to relax while colouring in these wonderful sights.

Secret Hornchurch (Paperback): Carol Cannavan Secret Hornchurch (Paperback)
Carol Cannavan
R419 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The town of Hornchurch was historically in the county of Essex and its medieval church of St Andrew's was known as the 'horned church' - hence the name. The area was mainly agricultural until the nineteenth century but then expanded rapidly due to its proximity to London. Today Hornchurch is a large commuter town on the edge of Greater London. In themed chapters, this book delves into the history of the town from traces of prehistoric ancestors in the area to the founding of the priory by Henry II and the story of RAF Hornchurch, which played a key role in two world wars and of which traces remain among the housing estate built on the airfield. The town's story includes alleged witchcraft; the local industries of tanning, milling, brewing and a foundry; historic pubs and manor houses; famous and notorious inhabitants; changing tastes in entertainment including an annual wrestling match, cockfighting and prize-fighting, a Whit Monday fair, art deco cinemas and ballroom dancing; the parish workhouse and charity schools; and the first fire engine, village lock-up and tube station. Secret Hornchurch explores the lesser-known episodes and characters in the history of the town through the centuries. With tales of remarkable events and tucked-away historical buildings, this book will appeal to all those with an interest in the story of this town.

Bournemouth Then & Now (Paperback): John Needham Bournemouth Then & Now (Paperback)
John Needham
R418 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R118 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This fascinating book explores the transformations that have seen Bournemouth develop from a small seaside town into a major South Coast resort and bustling centre of commerce. Beautiful archive images are skilfully contrasted with modern photographs taken from the same vantage point today, and show how Bournemouth has changed - as well as the familiar landmarks that have remained. From the gardens as they originally appeared, freshly laid out with a large fountain where the balloon now stands, to the East Cliff Lift, the Cloisters, the model boats once sailed at Children's Corner and the peaceful surroundings of the `Invalids Walk', Bournemouth Then & Now will rekindle fond memories for many people, and will delight residents and visitors alike.

The London Nobody Knows (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Geoffrey Fletcher The London Nobody Knows (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Geoffrey Fletcher
R283 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R52 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Geoffrey Fletcher's London was not the big landmarks, but rather 'the tawdry, extravagant and eccentric'. He wrote about parts of the city no-one ever had before. This could be an art nouveau pub, a Victorian music hall, a Hawksmoor church or even a public toilet in Holborn in which the attendant kept goldfish in the cisterns. He was drawn to the corners of the city where 'the kids swarm like ants and there are dogs everywhere'. This classic book was originally published in 1962 and has been in and out of print ever since. In 1967 it was turned into an acclaimed documentary film starring James Mason. Following a series of sold out screenings at the Barbican and the ICA, the film was re-released on DVD in 2008. This book is a must-have for anyone with an interest in London, and will surprise even those who think they know it well.

Bath City Guide - Spanish (Paperback): Bob Mealing Bath City Guide - Spanish (Paperback)
Bob Mealing
R143 R111 Discovery Miles 1 110 Save R32 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A history of Bath

Doncaster Then & Now (Paperback): Geoffrey Howse Doncaster Then & Now (Paperback)
Geoffrey Howse
R420 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R119 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A history of Doncaster

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