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Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. OK, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn't really hers. But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren't they? Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack.
All Katie's hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business. Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams - or try to get her job back?
Does Demeter - the woman who has everything - actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems. And what's wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?
A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood-an emotionally powerful and haunting tale of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture-from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell and When the Moon Is Low.
For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal’s family is sure she did, and demands justice.
Barely escaping a vengeful mob, Zeba is arrested and jailed. As Zeba awaits trial, she meets a group of women whose own misfortunes have also led them to these bleak cells: thirty-year-old Nafisa, imprisoned to protect her from an honor killing; twenty-five-year-old Latifa, who ran away from home with her teenage sister but now stays in the prison because it is safe shelter; and nineteen-year-old Mezhgan, pregnant and unmarried, waiting for her lover’s family to ask for her hand in marriage. Is Zeba a cold-blooded killer, these young women wonder, or has she been imprisoned, as they have been, for breaking some social rule? For these women, the prison is both a haven and a punishment. Removed from the harsh and unforgiving world outside, they form a lively and indelible sisterhood.
Into this closed world comes Yusuf, Zeba’s Afghan-born, American-raised lawyer, whose commitment to human rights and desire to help his motherland have brought him back. With the fate of this seemingly ordinary housewife in his hands, Yusuf discovers that, like Afghanistan itself, his client may not be at all what he imagines. A moving look at the lives of modern Afghan women, A House Without Windows is astonishing, frightening, and triumphant.
Hans loop op 90 nié met ’n loopring nie. Sy orige kinders maneuvreer hom vanuit hul tuistes oorsee uit sy lekker ou huis en in Huis Madeliefie in, maar Hans skop nog kliphard, en gou lei hy ’n ouetehuisopstand teen die onhoudbaar drakoniese matrone. Dis daggakoekies, ontkleedansers en vet sports net waar jy kyk in hierdie hoogs komiese roman oor oudword op eie terme.
Stralerjakkers was ’n radioverhaal-fenomeen wat daagliks ’n halfmiljoen mense vasgevang gehou het, en ’n magdom navrae het Leon van Nierop laat besluit om dit tot roman te verwerk. Rykmanseun Tiaan Reyneke, pas vrygelaat ná twee onskuldige jaar agter tralies, neem sy intrek by sopkombuis-tannie Girly Lubbe se losieshuis in Newlands, Johannesburg. Daar tuimel ou familiegeheime en geraamtes uit die kas wanneer twee uiteenlopende wêrelde bots. ’n Verhaal propvol drama, hartstog en humor.
Seun is ’n verbysterende prestasie in post-apartheid skryfkuns. Die debuutroman deur Suid-Afrikaanse skrywer Neil Sonnekus is tot oorlopens toe vol geesdrif, energie en bravado. Hoewel dit mens soms laat skater van die lag is dit ook pynlik aangrypend en ontsettend roerend.
In Seun lê Sonnekus die sogenaamde Noughties op skitterende wyse vas met sy tragikomiese karakter Len Bezuidenhout, ’n onlangs geskeide man wie se soektog na seks net so snaaks is soos sy pogings om ’n babelaasverhaal uit sy pa, ’n puriteinse ou suurknol, te ontwar. Pa en seun kon nie meer verskillend – of eenders – wees nie. Hulle is altwee storievertellers, maar wanneer die verhaal wat Len uit sy pa uittrek stadig maar seker onthul word is dit alles behalwe snaaks. Deur middel van skroeiende humor, vlymskerp sarkasme en ’n brutaal vrymoedige bevraagtekening van die land se “post- Reënboognasie”-patologie bring hierdie stilisties imponerende werk vrolikheid, bitter warmte en uiteindelik ook genade.
Seun is met tye lawaaierig en onverpoos eerlik soos dit die politiek as ’n tragiese klugspel ontmasker. Dit is beide selfveragtend en sensueel soos dit die donker kunste van seksuele verowering en begeerte deurkruis terwyl dit terselfdetyd wrede angste rondom misdaad, vervreemding en oudword opdiep.
Soos die skrywer besig is met ’n argeologiese opgrawing van trauma, word die nagevolge van die oorlog, manlikheid, geheue tussen die generasies en smart uitgepak. Seun is ’n onthutsende weerkaatsing van wat dit beteken om ’n wit man te wees in Suid-Afrika wat ’n skielike verlies van mag in die gesig staar en ook worstel met nougesette sosiopolitiese verandering en die vooruitsig van ’n onvervulde en vervreemde bestaan.
Terwyl dit gons en druis van klank, beweging en humor, neem Seun die leser soomloos op ’n diepsinnige reis na selfbegrip en deernis. In ’n donker en ontstellende wending voer dit aan dat die oorheersende kleur van die reënboog nie wit of swart geword het nie maar rooi. Bloedrooi.
Shadow Play is a powerful novel of subterfuge, betrayal, risk and deep bonds of friendship formed during a time of struggle and pain while a new nation, determined to rise, faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
When confronted with his call-up papers for the apartheid army, with his fellow student activists either scattered or in jail, Matthew chooses exile in Europe. In Amsterdam, he reconnects with his friend Oliver, who is studying music there. As he falls into a different rhythm of life, as contented as he is in a loving relationship and a job in a music store, the pull of his homeland never leaves him. When he receives an unexpected call from a former activist comrade, he makes a decision that will put at risk everything he has built in his new life. And when he meets Mandla for the first time, he knows there will be no going back.
For Matthew, the reality of living as a refugee and an immigrant in Europe begins to intrude and with it a new and sometimes disquieting understanding of protest politics and the liberal ideal. For Mandla, directions to a liberated country that were once clear to him and untainted by self-interest and the seduction of power, become blurred at times and increasingly uncomfortable. Both men have to search deep in their hearts when they are asked to make choices that challenge them morally, personally and politically.
(Author Gerald Kraak passed away in 2014. Kraak was in the process of writing Shadow Play when he died, leaving an unfinished draft in the care of his literary executor with the novel evenutally being completed by Alison Lowry).
When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country's most eligible bachelor.
On Nick's arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
Kainsmerk is ’n versameling stories wat meestal as kortverhale en vervolgverhale in tyd- skrifte verskyn het. In hierdie verhale vertel Annelie Botes van mense wat as brose wesens dikwels ’n teken van vervloeking (Kainsmerk) in hul siele ronddra wat hulle vir die wêreld wil verberg. Lesers maak kennis met verskeie karakters wat telkens op die Damaskuspad beland as gevolg van die seerkry wat hulle ervaar.
’n Boervrou se ouderlingman verrinneweer haar en sy begin drink, en droom van die dag dat sy haar man se lyk in die put op die werf afgooi. ’n Ander boervrou bou ’n padstal en werk haar tot eelte, terwyl sy haar man afskeep. Totdat sy op ’n dag tydens ’n vloed op die dak van die padstal vasgekeer word.
Nog ’n plaasvrou het geen behae in haar huwelik nie. Een nag beleef sy en haar man ’n plaasaanval en is hulle nét op mekaar aangewese. ’n Vrou wat tronkstraf uitgedien het vir diefstal, beland as huishoudster by ’n hoogaangeskrewe man met ’n rare obsessie. ’n Mevrou- dominee gaan soek rus en heling in ’n grot op haar geboorteplaas.
Hierdie is maar enkele van die karakters waarmee Botes Suid-Afrikaanse tydskriflesers deur die jare meegevoer het. Nou word dié juwele vir die eerste keer byeengebring in een band. As spesiale bonus is die immergewilde “Duiwelsbrood”, wat geruime tyd reeds uit druk is, ook in Kainsmerk opgeneem.
American Gods, the extraordinary, highly acclaimed epic novel from storytelling genius and international bestseller Neil Gaiman, comes vividly to life in the coolest major TV show of 2017. A roaring success at the recent SXSW festival, the series stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning and Gillian Anderson.
Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break...
The war has already begun, an epic struggle for the very soul of America, and Shadow is standing squarely in its path.
Treasure is a naïve dreamer tossed into this unforgiving reality. Intent on supporting herself, she walks out of her dysfunctional family home in Westonaria and straight into the greedy heart of Jo’burg, disguised as the city of gold and black diamonds, to chase the illusion of fame and a happy ending.
But living a life of luxury in a society of artificial human beings comes at a hefty price. She is wooed by a wealthy man who grooms her into a power-hungry machine... but is the pleasure worth the pain and endless sacrifices? What can she offer a man who has everything but a soul? As her life crumbles around her, can Treasure alter her fate before it’s too late?
This inspirational novel is for all those who see one side to life; it's time to open your eyes to both sides of the coin.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - For readers of The Nightingale and Sarah’s Key, inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.
New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.
An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.
For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.
The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.
In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages.
Spring 1935. Two girls meet by chance on Hampstead Heath. To an outsider, they could not appear more different. Verity is well-mannered and smartly dressed, living with her parents in a beautiful house close to the heath. Ruby is dishevelled and grubby, used to a life of squalor where she is forced to steal to survive. Yet there's an instant affinity between them, and when their fortunes are shockingly reversed, it is the strength of their friendship that keeps them resilient to the challenges and hardships they face.
As Britain prepares for war, Ruby finds herself in Devon with the world at her feet and enjoying her first taste of romance. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, Verity is forced to leave behind everything she has ever known and a shadow from the past threatens her chances of a new beginning. But through it all, the girls are always there for each other. Until the day Verity does the one thing that will break Ruby's heart.
In a country torn apart by fighting, will Verity and Ruby survive long enough to find a way back to each other? Or do some betrayals go with you to the grave ...?
Ruben Olivier leads an isolated existence in a Cape Town suburb. His wife has died, one of his sons has settled in Australia, and the other wants to emigrate to Canada. The only constants in Ruben's life are the old family home, the ghost of a seventeenth-century slave girl who haunts it, and Magrieta, the elderly housekeeper who comes in to look after him. When Ruben's neighbor and best friend is brutally murdered by marauding gangs, the subtle yet pervasive threat of violence hovering over life in Cape Town becomes frighteningly real.
All agree that taking in a boarder might be a good idea, and Ruben is pleasantly surprised when young Tessa Butler walks in out of the rain one Saturday night. She restores passion and intrigue to his life, but he has little time to enjoy the infatuation, for soon Ruben finds himself in a web of deceptions, manipulations, disappearances, and lies.
This extraordinary novel is at once a rich story of enigmatic characters and a boldly disquieting meditation on the attempt to build a future of hope and promise from the legacy of the past.
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.
AFRIKAANS – ware lewensketse van gebeure met gewone mense wat noodgedwonge in die regswêreld van prokureurs en howe beland. Treffend vertel deur ‘n ervare en ingeligte prokureur.
Dollars Eventualis is lekkerlees-stories vir mense van alle soorte, van 18-81 jaar:
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.
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
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 ...
"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.
The sequel to Jonas Jonasson’s international bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.
It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un.
Soon Allan and Julius are at the centre of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Things are about to get very complicated...
'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.
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.
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