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Perfect Match (Paperback): Jodi Picoult Perfect Match (Paperback)
Jodi Picoult
R155 R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Save R28 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 'A gut-wrenching tale of mother love . . . contains enough blind alleys and red herrings to keep even the most astute readers on their toes' Daily Express As a career-driven Assistant District Attorney, Nina Frost's life is dedicated to balancing being a mother to five-year old son Nathaniel and seeking justice to keep those who commit the most unthinkable of all crimes behind bars. But this delicate balance is upset when Nina and husband Caleb find out that Nathaniel has fallen victim to the same crime she strives to fight. Broken and angry, Nina is determined to seek justice for her son. But as her desire for vengeance drives her to the brink, the lines between justice and crime threaten to blur forever. . . From the internationally bestselling author comes a complex and masterful tale of motherly love.

Change of Heart (Paperback): Jodi Picoult Change of Heart (Paperback)
Jodi Picoult 1
R155 R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Save R28 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next, she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now, she is waiting for a miracle to happen. For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything. Now, he has one last chance for salvation, and it lies with June's 11-year-old daughter, Claire. But between Shay and Claire stretches an ocean of bitter regrets, past crimes, and the rage of a mother who has lost her child. Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?

The Death Of All Things Seen (Paperback, UK Airports ed): Michael Collins The Death Of All Things Seen (Paperback, UK Airports ed)
Michael Collins
R362 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R130 (36%) In stock

It's 2008 and Norman Price - a moderately successful forty-something playwright living in Chicago - considers the shuddering impact of the financial crash. What's needed, he thinks, is the will for a new existence.

When his parents die, one shortly after the other, The New Existence becomes Norman's mantra as he tries to recalibrate his own shaken world. Into Norman's tentative re-building, a couple of bombshells are dropped. His parents' old house has to go on the market, forcing him to revisit the past. And then he receives a mysterious email from a man he has never met but whose name is instantly, painfully, familiar. Norman's new existence is suddenly threatened by past secrets.

Michael Collins takes post 9/11 America as the background for a deeply moving novel about complex identities and the fragility of humanity.

My Sister's Keeper (Paperback): Jodi Picoult My Sister's Keeper (Paperback)
Jodi Picoult 1
R155 R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Save R28 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER AND MAJOR MOTION PICTURE 'Emotionally riveting and will test your tear ducts to the limit' Daily Express In all thirteen years of Anna's life, her parents have never given her a choice: she was born to be her sister Kate's bone marrow donor and she has always given Kate everything she needs. But when Anna is told Kate needs a new kidney, she begins to question how much she should be prepared to do to save the older sibling she has always been defined by. So Anna makes a decision that will change their family forever - perhaps even fatally for the sister she loves. From internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes a masterpiece which asks us just how much we should do to care for the ones we love. Jodi's brand new novel, A SPARK OF LIGHT is publishing soon and is now available to pre-order!

Salem Falls (Paperback): Jodi Picoult Salem Falls (Paperback)
Jodi Picoult 1
R218 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R33 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 'Gripping - you'll be riveted by this multi-layered tale of small-town intrigue.' Glamour Tall and handsome, Jack St. Bride has everything going for him, until a string of lies resulting from a student's crush leaves his reputation in tatters and forces him to leave his hometown. Arriving in the town of Salem Falls, he is ready to seize the chance of a new life, until the malicious interest of a group of bored teenage girls drag him back into the same situation he was forced to flee from. Jack knows he's innocent. But in a small town, even the best-hidden secrets have a way of coming to light. . .

Vanishing Acts (Paperback): Jodi Picoult Vanishing Acts (Paperback)
Jodi Picoult
R216 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R34 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 'She is the master of her craft . . . and humanity is what Picoult does best' Sunday Telegraph Andrew Hopkins lovingly raised his daughter Delia on his own, allowing her to believe that they lost Delia's mother in a car accident twenty-seven years ago. But as Delia is preparing herself for the next chapter in her life, a policeman knocks on the door and reveals a terrible secret: that Andrew kidnapped his four-year-old daughter and led Delia's mother to believe she was dead. As he sits behind bars, there is no doubt in anyone's mind that Andrew is guilty. But does that mean that what he did wasn't right?

Mercy (Paperback): Jodi Picoult Mercy (Paperback)
Jodi Picoult
R217 R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Save R76 (35%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR 'We defy you not to be gripped' Glamour As police chief of a small town, Cameron McDonald makes the toughest arrest of his life when his own cousin Jamie comes to him and confesses outright that he has killed his terminally ill wife. But was it murder, or mercy? It's a question that will divide the town as a heated murder trial blazes on, forcing them to face the hardest questions of the heart: when does love cross the line of moral obligation? And what does it mean to truly love another?

The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again (Paperback, Main Market Ed.): Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again (Paperback, Main Market Ed.)
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R113 Discovery Miles 1 130 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The little old lady is back! This time, Martha Andersson and her friends - the League of Pensioners - have left behind their dreary care home in Stockholm and are enjoying the bright lights of Las Vegas. This is their opportunity for a new lease of life and they plan to make the most of it. But before long, they are up to their old tricks and with ingenious tactics, a pair of false teeth and a wheelchair each, they plot to outwit the security system at one of the casinos.

As their antics become more and more daring, Martha and her friends head back to Sweden full of ideas for more money making schemes. However, they aren't the only ones planning on stealing bucket loads of cash and soon find themselves pitted against a gang of dangerous criminals.

Can the group of elderly friends work together to outsmart the younger robbers and get away with their biggest heist yet? Or will this job be a step too far for The League of Pensioners?

Weeping Waters (Paperback): Karin Brynard Weeping Waters (Paperback)
Karin Brynard
R250 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R53 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Inspector Albertus Beeslaar has left the ruthless city, only to have his hopes of finding peace and quiet in the Kalahari shattered by the brutal murder of artist Freddie Swarts and her adopted daughter. But Freddie's journalist sister Sara is not convinced that this was a typical farm attack. Amid a spate of stock thefts, Beeslaar must solve this high-profile crime, all the while training his two rookie partners, Ghaap and Pyl. After more murders, the disturbing puzzle grows increasingly sinister, as age-old secrets and hostilities surface, spurring the local inhabitants to violent action. No one is above suspicion, not least the mysterious Bushman farm manager and falconer, Dam. Weeping Waters is Maya Fowler and Isobel Dixon's translation of the Afrikaans bestseller Plaasmoord, a novel that peels away the layers of a landscape steeped in conflict, and hails the arrival of a bright new voice in South African crime fiction available in English.

The Boy Who Fell To Earth (Paperback): Kathy Lette The Boy Who Fell To Earth (Paperback)
Kathy Lette 1
R175 R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Save R37 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Meet Merlin. He's Lucy's bright, beautiful son - who just happens to be autistic. Since Merlin's father left them in the lurch, Lucy has made Merlin the centre of her world. Struggling with the joys and tribulations of raising her adorable yet challenging child (if only Merlin came with operating instructions), Lucy doesn't have room for any other man in her life. By the time Merlin turns ten, Lucy is seriously worried that the Pope might start ringing her up for tips on celibacy, so resolves to dip a toe back into the world of dating. Thanks to Merlin's candour and quirkiness, things don't go quite to plan... Then, just when Lucy's resigned to singledom once more, Archie - the most imperfectly perfect man for her and her son - lands on her doorstep. But then, so does Merlin's father, begging for a second chance. Does Lucy need a real father for Merlin - or a real partner for herself?

Under Glass (Hardcover): Claire Robertson Under Glass (Hardcover)
Claire Robertson
R270 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R58 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Set in Natal in the nineteenth century among the settlers and the homesteaders and the sugar-cane farmers, Claire Robertson’s masterful new novel Under Glass tells the story of Mrs Chetwyn, who arrives in Port Natal from India in 1856. She is with her eldest daughter and her ayah, and has been travelling for eleven months to join her husband, already deep in the hinterland.

Her father-in-law has staked them their passage, a sum for settlement and an arrangement for the purchase of land, but there are conditions to his generosity that will have a lasting effect on the Chetwyns, esspecially on their fifth child, Cosmo, born years later. It is on the Chetwyns’ sugar-cane farm that the reader begins to understand that there is something strange about Cosmo, something that must be kept secret or hidden.

At once a deeply researched historical novel and an intriguing mystery, Under Glass is a high-stakes narrative of deception and disguise that will appeal to a range of readers of literary fiction by one of the country’s finest novelists.

Die Laaste Wals - 'n Keuse uit Hennie Aucamp se Verhaalkuns (Afrikaans, Paperback): Die Laaste Wals - 'n Keuse uit Hennie Aucamp se Verhaalkuns (Afrikaans, Paperback)
R265 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R37 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 15 working days

n Langverwagte versameling van Hennie Aucamp se beste kortverhale. Aucamp was by uitstek 'n kortverhaalskrywer, en is in 1982 met die Hertzogprys vir sy prosawerk bekroon. Hierdie versameling bevat sy eie keuse uit die vele kortverhale waarmee hy lesers oor die dekades heen geraak en vermaak het. Die keuse is so interessant soos die verhale self - daar is voorspelbare bekende verhale, en ook minder bekendes waarvoor hy 'n spesiale toegeneentheid gehad het. Saamgestel deur Johann de Lange.

Dangerous Love - The Landscapes within (Paperback): Ben Okri Dangerous Love - The Landscapes within (Paperback)
Ben Okri
R160 R126 Discovery Miles 1 260 Save R34 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

An epic of daily life, Dangerous love is one of Ben Okri's most accessible and most disarming novels. Omovo is an office worker and artist who lives at home with his father and his father's second wife. In the communal world of the compound in which he lives, Omovo has both friends and enemies, but his most important relationship is with Ifeyiwa, a beautiful young married woman whom he loves with an almost hopeless passion - not because she doesn't return his love, but because they can never be together. Set against the backdrop of a country struggling to come to terms with the aftermath of a recent civil war, this is a story of doomed love - of star-crossed lovers, separated not by their families, but by the very circumstances of their lives.

The Kid (Paperback): Sapphire The Kid (Paperback)
Sapphire 1
R600 Discovery Miles 6 000 In stock

Fifteen years after the publication of Push, Sapphire gives voice to Abdul Jones, the son of her unforgettable heroine, Precious.

The Kid is an electrifying story of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul, bringing us deep into the interior life of Abdul. We meet him at age nine, on the day of his mother's funeral. Left alone to navigate in a world where love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he can stand behind.

In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday; from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artist's lofts, The Kid tells of a twenty-first-century young man's fight to find a way towards the future.

A testament to the ferocity of the human spirit, the deep nourishing power of love, and of art, The Kid becomes a young man about to take flight. Intimate, terrifying and deeply alive, Abdul's journey bears witness to an artist's birth by fire.

The Reactive (Paperback): Masande Ntshanga The Reactive (Paperback)
Masande Ntshanga 2
R200 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R43 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

In a city that has lost its shimmer, Lindanathi and his two friends Ruan and Cecelia sell illegal pharmaceuticals while chasing their next high.

Lindanathi, deeply troubled by his hand in his brother’s death, has turned his back on his family, until a message from home reminds him of a promise he made years before.

When a puzzling masked man enters their lives, Lindanathi is faced with a decision: continue his life in Cape Town, or return to his family and to all he has left behind.

Rendered in lyrical, bright prose and set in a not-so-new South Africa, The Reactive is a poignant, life-affirming story about secrets, memory, chemical abuse and family, and the redemption that comes from facing what haunts us most.

Nineteen Minutes (Paperback): Jodi Picoult Nineteen Minutes (Paperback)
Jodi Picoult 1
R223 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R73 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 'Incredibly thought-provoking Sun After years of cruel bullying from his classmates, Peter Houghton snaps one morning, and in nineteen minutes, ten residents of the town of Sterling are dead. When the case goes to trial, the reeling town is determined to seek justice for the innocents Peter killed. But as the trial unfolds, Peter's testimony casts light on the terrible role the residents of Sterling have played in turning a sweet, loving boy into a killer, and it isn't long before Sterling's illusions of innocence find themselves shattered forever. . .

Keeping Faith (Paperback): Jodi Picoult Keeping Faith (Paperback)
Jodi Picoult
R218 R143 Discovery Miles 1 430 Save R75 (34%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER When Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, her life starts to fall apart. And when her daughter, Faith, begins to confide in an imaginary friend, Mariah's own brush with insanity starts to take on a darker meaning. Then Faith appears to start performing miracles, and all at once the situation is spiralling beyond Mariah's control. Is Faith truly seeing God? Or is she just a troubled young girl seeking refuge from her parents' divorce? When it comes to matters of faith, it's hard to know who to believe . . .

101 Detectives (Paperback): Ivan Vladislavic 101 Detectives (Paperback)
Ivan Vladislavic
R220 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R47 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

A private-eye convention and a tussle over a Pierneef. A young man's unsettling experience in the American South and a tragedy off the coast of Mauritius. A bizarre night of industrial theatre and a translator at a loss for words.

These are but a few of the fictions in 101 Detectives, a new collection of short stories by Ivan Vladislavić, one of South Africa's most celebrated authors.

A collection of short stories launched his career as a writer. Twenty-six years and a whole oeuvre later, 101 Detectives showcases Vladislavić's virtuosity as he bends and recasts this literary form in spectacular fashion.

Spare Brides (Paperback): Adele Parks Spare Brides (Paperback)
Adele Parks 1
R338 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R53 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Damaged and beautiful, they were the generation who lost so much and became 'spare brides'. The richly compelling and emotional new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks is the powerful story of four extraordinary women left to pick up the pieces of their lives, in the scarred, glamorous and endlessly fascinating post-First World War era.

New Year's Eve, 1920. The Great War is over and it's a new decade of glamorous promise. But a generation of men and women who survived the extreme trauma and tragedy will never be the same. With countless men lost, it seems that only wealth and beauty will secure a husband from the few who returned, but lonely Beatrice has neither attribute. Ava has both, although she sees marriage as a restrictive cage after the freedom war allowed. Sarah paid the war's ultimate price: her husband's life. Lydia should be grateful that her own husband's desk job kept him safe, but she sees only his cowardice.

A chance encounter for one of these women with a striking yet haunted officer changes everything. In a world altered beyond recognition, where not all scars are visible, this damaged and beautiful group must grasp any happiness they can find - whatever the cost.

Soumission (French, Paperback): Michel Houellebecq Soumission (French, Paperback)
Michel Houellebecq
R276 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R65 (24%) In stock

Dans une France assez proche de la nôtre, un homme s'engage dans la carrière universitaire. peu motivé par l'enseignement, il s'attend à une vie ennuyeusemais calme, protégée des grands drames historiques. Cependant les forces en jeu dans le pays ont fissuré le système politique jusqu'à provoquer son effondrement. Cette implosion sans soubresauts, sans vraie révolution, se développe comme un muavais rêve.

Le talent de l'auteur, sa force visionnaire nous entraînent sur un terrain ambigu et glissant ; son regard sur notre civilisation vieillissante fait coexister dans ce roman les intuitions poétiques, les effets comiques, une mélancolie fataliste. Ce livre est une saisissante fable politique et morale.

Called To Song (Paperback): Kharnita Mohamed Called To Song (Paperback)
Kharnita Mohamed
R310 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R44 (14%) In stock

Qabila’s marriage is falling apart – it has been for years. If she had not fallen pregnant she and Rashid might not have married in the first place. After all, he was seeing Thandi at the time. And now Qabila wonders if he ever stopped seeing her. Does that explain why Qabila has never felt the full measure of his love? At least he is not abusive, her mother would say, unlike Qabila’s father.

But with her mother’s passing, Qabila’s world is coming undone. She is dreaming of strange songs and making lists to stay sane. When she finds out Rashid is living a double life, she demands a divorce. Why does he still resist? Why not go to Thandi?

As she tries to pick up the pieces of her life, Qabila rails against the persistent legacy of discrimination in South Africa. Not least of which is the racism in her own community towards fellow black people. But she also rediscovers the joy of family, and her Muslim faith, and meets a group of musicians who might be the answer to her puzzling dreams.

Omnibus 37 (Afrikaans, Paperback): Ena Murray Omnibus 37 (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Ena Murray
R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Met die oorspronklike publikasie van die drie romans oor die wel en wee van vier geslagte Meissners het Ena Murray opnuut haar status as koningin van die Afrikaanse liefdesverhaal gestand gedoen. Die drieluik bestaan uit: Die Meissner-kliniek, waar ons die die stigter van die eksklusiewe privaat kliniek en sy gedugte span dokters ontmoet. Die vrede word in 'n oogwink omvergewerp wanneer 'n nuwe trolliejoggie daar begin werk ... Dokter Julene, waar Julene die veilige hawe van die Meissner-kliniek verlaat om by haar biologiese pa in Switserland aan te sluit ... en dan onverwags in Istanboel beland. En Die ongebore uur, waar Inge Buchner, die agterkleindogter van dr. Albert Meissner, alles in haar vermoe doen om te probeer verseker dat iemand met die van Meissner weer aan die hoof van die kliniek sal staan.

Rusty Bell (Paperback): Nthikeng Mohlele Rusty Bell (Paperback)
Nthikeng Mohlele
R195 R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Save R40 (21%) In stock

"I wrestled with life and lost." So begins the story of Michael, a corporate lawyer known to his colleagues and associates as Sir Marvin, who picks his way – sometimes delicately, but more often in his own blundering way – through the unfathomable intricacies that make up a life: love and anger, humility and ambition, trust and distrust, selfishness and selflessness. A flawed individual with an acute understanding of the roads that must be navigated to achieve even the slightest insight into the human condition.

In this study in introspection, embroidered with lyrical prose and astonishing intuition, the hero, meditative and melancholic, is at once both tragic and comic.

The Golden House (Paperback): Salman Rushdie The Golden House (Paperback)
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R290 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R62 (21%) In stock

When powerful real-estate tycoon Nero Golden immigrates to the States under mysterious circumstances, he and his three adult children assume new identities, taking 'Roman' names, and move into a grand mansion in downtown Manhattan. Arriving shortly after the inauguration of Barack Obama, he and his sons, each extraordinary in his own right, quickly establish themselves at the apex of New York society.

The story of the powerful Golden family is told from the point of view of their Manhattanite neighbour and confidant, Rene, an aspiring filmmaker who finds in the Goldens the perfect subject. Rene chronicles the undoing of the house of Golden: the high life of money, of art and fashion, a sibling quarrel, an unexpected metamorphosis, the arrival of a beautiful woman, betrayal and murder, and far away, in their abandoned homeland, some decent intelligence work. Invoking literature, pop culture, and the cinema, Rushdie spins the story of the American zeitgeist over the last eight years, hitting every beat: the rise of the birther movement, the Tea Party, Gamergate and identity politics; the backlash against political correctness; the ascendency of the superhero movie, and, of course, the insurgence of a ruthlessly ambitious, narcissistic, media-savvy villain wearing make-up and with coloured hair.

In a new world order of alternative truths, Salman Rushdie has written the ultimate novel about identity, truth, terror and lies. A brilliant, heartbreaking realist novel that is not only uncannily prescient but shows one of the world's greatest storytellers working at the height of his powers.

Small Things (Paperback): Nthikeng Mohlele Small Things (Paperback)
Nthikeng Mohlele 1
R195 R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Save R40 (21%) In stock

In this haunting tale of love and learning, the existential chaos of a life ravaged by circumstance takes on a rhythm of its own, one bound by loss and loneliness, but also an intelligent awareness of self. Sometimes melancholy, sometimes brutal, occasionally funny and infuriating, a journalist-comrade-lover caught up in the shade and shadow of politics and social injustice faces treachery and betrayal on every level.

Set against the backdrop of a cityscape that taunts and tantalises, this is where love fails and passion wanes, “where suffering has no meaning”, where an individual escapes death only to find himself confronted with choices wrought by remorse and retribution, by conscience and character. And yet, with all trauma, there is a distinct musicality to the lyrical unpacking that follows a string of small things …

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