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Noveltunity Book Club award-winner for February 2016
The winds of change are blowing through Africa, and like clouds, lives are being fragmented, altered, or blotted out in an instant.
In the turbulent Southern African political era of the 1970s, Andrew Mason, an ambitious young financial executive is drawn into the Rhodesian bush war through a bizarre and tragic succession of events. As a decorated and respected combatant with the elite Rhodesian Special Air Services he falls in love with Alyson Carstens, the spoiled and protected daughter of wealthy parents.
On their wedding night, a devastating incident has a dramatic impact on their relationship, but an underlying secret liaison emerges with far-reaching and catastrophic consequences.
From W. Bruce Cameron, the author of A Dog's Purpose, the number one New York Times bestseller and major film comes a completely unforgettable adventure as one devoted dog makes her way home.
When Lucas Ray rescued his puppy Bella he knew his life would change forever. Smuggling her into his building isn't easy, particularly with his prying neighbours, and Lucas decides to risk taking her to work. The joy on the faces of the veterans in his hospital as Bella distributes her unique brand of comfort makes it all worth it. But then Bella is picked up by animal control and Lucas makes the heartbreaking decision to send her away.
Lucas hasn't understood Bella's feelings, though. There might be hundreds of miles separating them but Bella wants her master and she is coming to find him...
A Dog's Way Home is a heartwarming story perfect for fans of Marley & Me, A Street Cat Named Bob and The Art of Racing in the Rain.
Electrifying and audacious, an unmissable new novel about old and new Europe, old and new love, from the twice-Man Booker-shortlisted author of Hot Milk and Swimming Home.
In 1988 Saul Adler (a narcissistic, young historian) is hit by a car on the Abbey Road. He is apparently fine; he gets up and goes to see his art student girlfriend, Jennifer Moreau. They have sex then break up, but not before she has photographed Saul crossing the same Abbey Road.
Saul leaves to study in communist East Berlin, two months before the Wall comes down. There he will encounter - significantly - both his assigned translator and his translator's sister, who swears she has seen a jaguar prowling the city. He will fall in love and brood upon his difficult, authoritarian father. And he will befriend a hippy, Rainer, who may or may not be a Stasi agent, but will certainly return to haunt him in middle age.
Slipping slyly between time zones and leaving a spiralling trail, Deborah Levy's electrifying The Man Who Saw Everything examines what we see and what we fail to see, the grave crime of carelessness, the weight of history and our ruinous attempts to shrug it off.
All his life, Kabelo Mosala has been the perfect child to his doting absent parents, who show him off every chance they get. Both his parents and his small community look forward to him coming back after medical school and joining his father's practice. They also plan to give him the perfect township wedding. But Kabelo's one wish has always been to get as far away from the township as he possibly can and never come back.
A few weeks before he leaves for university, however, he forms a close bond with Sediba, one of his childhood friends, confirming his long-held suspicion that he is gay. Their relationship is thrown into turmoil by social pressures and conflicting desires, and it starts to look as if they can't be together. But against all odds the two young men make their way back to each other, risking scorn from the community that raised them.
In her characteristic, beautifully modulated voice, with razor-sharp clarity, Kagiso Lesego Molope tackles an urgent issue in her country of birth.
Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been - the town where his father was born. He thinks, what's one extra day? He takes the detour. At the very same moment, close by, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure. They're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. It's a strange place ... but it's all there is.
The next morning in the city clerk's office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in that town. He knows his father never went back. Now he wonders, was he ever there in the first place?
So begins another nailbiting, adrenaline-fuelled adventure for Reacher. The present can be tense, but the past can be worse...
After his father’s violent death on a hot November day in the droughtstricken Free State, a young man leaves the derelict family farm with no plan, and with no way of knowing that his life will soon be changed for ever by two strangers he encounters on his journey south: a mute little girl who bears a striking resemblance to his late niece, and a troubled lawyer who detests the Cape wine estate she’s inherited from a father she despised.
Set in South Africa against the backdrop of a country in flux, The Safest Place You Know is a powerful story, rendered in meticulously crafted, lyrical prose, about redemption and recovery, and what it means to carry the past with you.
For Kari du Toit, Valentine's Day will never be the same again.
When the love of her life reveals he's been unfaithful to her, life, romance, and everything in-between come crashing down. Suddenly it seems as if her previous life – one far removed from Bloubergstrand's sandy beaches – is slowly catching up with her. But then after ten years of silence, Kari receives a call from her estranged brother.
At the foot of Devil’s Peak, where neighbourly salaams and burkas are as ordinary as yellow polka-dot bikinis in Blouberg, she once again becomes Karima Essop, daughter of Amina and Farouk Essop. Daughter, sister, deserter.
For Kari, sometimes finding love means going back to where you came from
"Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I've ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably. Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one. We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws...and all the beauty I couldn't see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us. But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength.
Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free...or break us apart."
Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One With You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.
I'll See You In Paris winds together the lives of three women born generations apart, but who face similar struggles of love and heartbreak.
After losing her fiance in the Vietnam War, nineteen-year-old Laurel Haley takes a job in England, hoping the distance will mend her shattered heart. Laurel expects the pain might lessen but does not foresee the beguiling man she meets or that they'll go to Paris, where the city's magic will take over and alter everything Laurel believes about love. Thirty years later, Laurel's daughter Annie is newly engaged and an old question resurfaces: who is Annie's father and what happened to him? Laurel has always been vague about the details and Annie's told herself it doesn't matter. But with her impending marriage, Annie has to know everything. Why won't Laurel tell her the truth?
The key to unlocking Laurel's secrets starts with a mysterious book about an infamous woman known as the Duchess of Marlborough. Annie's quest to understand the Duchess, and therefore her own history, takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a decaying estate kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately to Paris where answers will be found at last.
'As lovely as a burst of bright bluebells.' Sunday Express
'Technicolor' Daily Mail
'A moving exploration of the complex relationship between mothers and daughters.' Observer
'A poignant tale of love and family' Good Housekeeping
'Enchanting . . . divine' Prima
'This book really shines . . . laugh-out-loud funny' Stylist
'A tender tale' Woman & Home
'Absorbing, tender and heartfelt' Mike Gayle, author of The Man I Think I Know
'Exuberant and full of zest' Nina Pottell
'Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel pulses with heart and hope' Ashley Hay, author of A Hundred Small Lessons
'You are in for such a treat' Annie Lyons, author of The Happiness List
The new novel from Ruth Hogan, the bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes - an uplifting novel of mothers and daughters, families and secrets and the astonishing power of friendship.
Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone's magnificent Paradise Hotel with its endearing and loving family of misfits - staff and guests alike. But Tilly's childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she'd ever loved to boarding school with little explanation and no warning.
Many years later, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother's unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only friend is her dog, Eli. But when her mother dies, Tilda goes back to Brighton and with the help of her beloved Queenie sets about unravelling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel, only to discover that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all ...
Mothers and daughters ... their story can be complicated ... but it can also turn out to have a happy ending.
A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy
Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future. However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.
When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • A New York Times Notable Book • Longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award • An ALA Notable Book
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY:
Oprah Winfrey's Official Book Club Selection for 2017.
Grace Hendriks has led a pretty sheltered life. So when her sister Natalie begs her to take her place as a Rihanna impersonator at a club in Amsterdam, no alarm bells go off … until she finds herself onstage with only a pole for support and her knickers in a knot.
Thrown into strip-club life, and forced to share an apartment with an exotic troupe of impersonating divas with Lady Gaga-sized egos, Grace has to learn some hard lessons fast.
One: living with Marilyn Monroe and Madonna isn’t easy. And two: transformations don’t happen overnight – especially when your bra is determined to sabotage your dance routine.
Vir Hilda is veeartsenykunde 'n ongemaklike roeping, 'n pynlike passie, 'n tweesnydende swaard. Daar’s die hondekosadvertensie-stertswaaidae, waarop sy met algehele sekerheid weet dat sy 'n positiewe verskil maak. Daar’s egter ook die swart hond dae, die dae wanneer die reuk van bloed en mis en modder soos 'n vel aan haar bly kleef en sy katvoet oor haar skouer bly loer vir die dood wat in haar hande skuil. Moes sy nie maar eerder by prentjies teken gebly het en haar diereliefde op 'n spul troeteldiere uitgestort het nie? Wat sou haar oupa – of haar ma! – van sulke ruggraatlose ambisieloosheid se? As sy nie 'n veearts kan wees nie, wie is sy dan? In Ilse van Staden se meesleurende romandebuut word vrae rondom passie en plig; toewyding en perfeksionisme; idealisme en ontgogeling binne die raamwerk van 'n jong veeaarts se opleiding en toetrede tot die praktyk op onvergeetlike wyse ontbloot.
Ná sy pa se dood ervaar Gilbert du Toit eienaardige visioene: kontoerlyne van lig en vlietende skole visse. Hierdie gestaltes is boodskappers, meen hy, en besluit om die blinklywe te volg, oor die wye Karoovlaktes, Kaap toe.
Gilbert se pad kruis met dié van die Howlers, ’n trio voormalige tronkvoëls wat met trompet, viool en kitaar deur die platteland toer. Hy kom kleindorpse kroeë teë, en dinosourusparke, en vergesigte wat hy hom tot nou toe skaars kon verbeel. Maar al reis hy hoe ver, die storms van sy verlede woed voort. Kuilsrivier bied ’n tydelike hawe, selfs liefde, maar vir Gilbert is hier geen ontvlugting van ’n dringende en dreigende vraag nie: Is die visse wat hom aandryf deel van groter magte wat sy lot bepaal, of skort daar iets met sy kop?
Tom Dreyer se Dorado is ’n magiese roman, so tergend en onpeilbaar soos die sterrehemel van die Karoo.
Huilboek is Hattingh se eerste boek in negentien jaar. Dit is ’n verweefde teks wat afspeel tussen die hier van Nieu-Seeland en die verlede van Ryk se kinderjare in die 1960’s aan die Oosrand.
Wie wás die kind op die stoep saam met sy ma en pa en ouma en boeties en Outa Toon? En wie was Outa Toon, van wie ons slegs die skouer en rug sien op ’n foto met pa en seuns? Die man wat vir Ryk gesê het, “Jy is mos die een met die hart.”?
Huilboek is ’n kragtoer.
The Other Mrs Walker is the beguiling debut from Mary Paulson-Ellis, for fans of Kate Atkinson and Sarah Waters.
Somehow she'd always known that she would end like this. In a small square room, in a small square flat. In a small square box, perhaps. Cardboard, with a sticker on the outside. And a name...
In a freezing, desolate Edinburgh flat an old woman takes her last breath surrounded by the few objects she has accrued over a lifetime: an emerald dress, a brazil nut engraved with the ten commandments - and six orange pips sucked dry. Meanwhile, guided by the flip of a coin, Margaret Penny arrives back at her old family home, escaping a life in London recently turned to ash. Faced with relying on a resentful mother she has never really known, Margaret soon finds herself employed by the Office for Lost People, tasked with finding the families of the dead: the neglected, the abandoned, the lost. Her instructions are to uncover paperwork, yet the only thing Mrs Walker, the old woman in her current case, left behind is a series of peculiar objects. But in the end it is these objects that will unravel Mrs Walker's real story: a story rooted in the London grime and moving from the 1930s to the present day, a story of children abandoned and lost, of beguiling sisters and misplaced mothers, of deception and thievery, family secrets and the very deepest of betrayals; in which the extraordinary circular nature of life will glitter from the page.
For in uncovering the astonishing tale of an old woman who died alone, Margaret will finally discover her own story too ...
Dit is Simone se annus horribilis. Op vier en veertig stap sy vir die tweede keer uit n huwelik, bankrot, werkloos, moedeloos, verbrysel. Al wat sy het om van vier en veertig jaar te wys, is n bedenklike verlede, n tienerseun wat skaars met haar praat, en die besef van mislukking en ontoereikendheid wat soos n meulsteen om haar nek hang. Al waarheen sy het om te gaan, is die kleinburgerlike dorp op die Oos-Vrystaatse platteland waar sy grootgeword het, waar haar konserwatiewe ma en konvensionele suster haar gedurig aan haar tekortkominge kan herinner. Rock bottom, dis waar sy is. Maar omdat dit al is wat daar is om te doen, begin sy herbou; aan n loopbaan, n vriendekring, haar verhouding met haar kind, haar verhouding met haar ma. Aan haar vertroue in haarself. Stelselmatig kom daar lig, en sin, en rigting, selfs vir haar. Al waarvoor sy glad nie reg is nie, is Barnard Richter, wat van haar verwag om ten spyte van alles wat sy nie kon vermag nie en alles wat sy nooit sal kan wees nie, weer in die liefde te glo.
The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behaviour, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.
Willa Knox has always prided herself on being the embodiment of responsibility for her family. Which is why it’s so unnerving that she’s arrived at middle age with nothing to show for her hard work and dedication but a stack of unpaid bills and an inherited brick home in Vineland, New Jersey, that is literally falling apart. The magazine where she worked has folded, and the college where her husband had tenure has closed. The dilapidated house is also home to her ailing and cantankerous Greek father-in-law and her two grown children: her stubborn, free-spirited daughter, Tig, and her dutiful debt-ridden, ivy educated son, Zeke, who has arrived with his unplanned baby in the wake of a life-shattering development.
In an act of desperation, Willa begins to investigate the history of her home, hoping that the local historical preservation society might take an interest and provide funding for its direly needed repairs. Through her research into Vineland’s past and its creation as a Utopian community, she discovers a kindred spirit from the 1880s, Thatcher Greenwood.
A science teacher with a lifelong passion for honest investigation, Thatcher finds himself under siege in his community for telling the truth: his employer forbids him to speak of the exciting new theory recently published by Charles Darwin. Thatcher’s friendships with a brilliant woman scientist and a renegade newspaper editor draw him into a vendetta with the town’s most powerful men. At home, his new wife and status-conscious mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal, and dismiss his financial worries and the news that their elegant house is structurally unsound.
Brilliantly executed and compulsively readable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred—whether family or friends—and in the strength of the human spirit.
Martha Solomons is a simple woman, the daughter of a freed slave. Harry Grey is a priest from the British aristocracy, sent to the Cape Colony of the mid-nineteenth century because of bad behaviour. In the rugged Namaqualand their paths cross and a bond of love develops that stays with them throughout the contrasting landscapes of their lives.
Based on the lives of Martha Solomons and Harry Grey, this fascinating story was first published in Afrikaans, and was runner-up for the MNet-Jan Rabie Literary Award. Elsa Silke's masterful translation retains the spirit and the essence of the era in which this historical novel is set.
The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.
At any given moment in other people's houses, you can find...repressed hopes and dreams...moments of unexpected joy...someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband...
As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors' private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton's wife is mysteriously missing, and now this...
After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in all her extramarital glory, Frances vows to stay in her own lane. But that's a notion easier said than done when Anne's husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair reverberate through the four carpool families--and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage.
Discover the sixth and final book in the ludicrously inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy.
Arthur Dent led a perfectly ordinary, uneventful life until the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy hurled him deep into outer space. Now he's convinced a cruelly indifferent universe is out to get him. And who can blame him? His life is about to collide with a pantheon of unemployed gods, a lovestruck green alien, a very irritating computer and at least one very large slab of cheese.
If, that is, everyone's favourite renegade Galactic President can get him off planet Earth before it is destroyed . . . again.
Internasionaal gevierde misdaadskrywer Deon Meyer se bundel tydskrifverhale Bottervisse in die jêm het in 1997 verskyn. Nou is dié lekkerleesverhale in ’n splinternuwe, hersiene gedaante te kry, mét vyf verhale wat nog nooit voorheen gebundel is nie, onder andere "Die ballade van Robbie de Wee".
Elke verhaal ontlok ’n gevoel van deernis met die karakters, of ’n uitbundige skaterlag. En die romantiek bly nie agterweë nie.
Van eerste tot laaste krul die leser se tone van pure leesplesier.
James Patterson's BookShots is a new line of short and propulsive novels.
It's the day of the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and excitement is at fever pitch. But a key athlete has gone missing and Detective Rafael Carvalho, on the brink of retirement, is assigned the case. When the athlete suddenly appears at the ceremony, it seems the case is solved.
But Carvalho soon discovers that he has returned with the deadliest of intentions.
When someone kills dieting guru, Professor Tim Noakes, Detective Bennie September has more suspects than solutions. It’s not a whodunit, it’s a who-donut.
Banting culture, otherwise known as the HFLC lifestyle (high fat, low carb), spearheaded by Professor Tim Noakes, has exploded in South Africa. The Real Meal Revolution has sold more than 200,000 copies and is still picking up speed. Noakes is constantly in the news for his controversial, game-changing theories. His new book on infant nutrition has just launched as an instant bestseller in SA, and The Real Meal Revolution has gone global, launching in the UK in August.
In this hilarious novel, Paige Nick prods and pokes at both the fans and the detractors of South Africa’s biggest dieting craze. So whatever side of the debate you fall on, you’ll find something to laugh at. With more twists and turns than a koeksuster, this laugh-out-loud novel will have you spurting bulletproof coffee out your nose.
In the wake of his father's death, Gilbert du Toit begins to see rays of light and schools of fish streaking through the air. He believes that these visions are sending him a message, and sets off to follow his peculiar guides across the vastness of the Great Karoo. A journey that begins with a sense of purpose deteriorates into a manic and unpredictable expedition. When Gilbert's path crosses that of the Howlers, a trio of e-convicts touring the country with violin, trumpet and guitar, he is steered to dinosaur parks and backroad bars in the South African hinterland. Yet, as his travels unfold, it becomes clear that his past cannot be outpaced easily. A love affair in Kuils River offers respite, but in the end Gilber must confront the question: what is the message in the signs he sees all around him? In glimmering prose infused with humour and pathos, Tom Dreyer's The Long Wave is a tale of transformation, friendship and the mystery at the heart of ordinary life.
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