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Yvette, Paul, Mila, Emma, Adriaan, Liane, Max, Bobby, Ralph, Philip: Tien karakters wie se verhouding in Wegkomkans oor ’n tydperk van tien jaar eb en vloei soos die getye van die see wat telkens die agtergrond vir hulle “wegkomkanse” vorm.
Vanaf die politieke noodtoestand in die jare tagtig tot die demokratiese bevryding in 1994: Dié vriendekring se samesyn bly die konstante in ’n andersins veranderende wêreld waarin die ontnugterings en teleurstellings van die werklikheid soms met niks anders as goeie kos, goeie wyn en ’n stewige skeut selfspot getemper kan word nie. Soos hulle jeugdrome vervorm en hulle naïewe optimisme oor die lewe verdof, groei en verander die vriendskap. Verhoudings kom en gaan, ouerskap word ’n al hoe prominenter onderwerp van bespreking, die jeugdige passie oor ’n “nuwe” Suid-Afrika word ’n neutraler, meer besadigde gelatenheid oor wat nié verander kan word nie.
“Verlore liefde tussen twee mense,” verklaar een van die karakters, “kan so tragies wees soos verlore menseregte vir miljoene.” Uiteindelik is dit vriendskap wat die aanslag van tyd en trauma deurstaan; wat ’n skans teen verlies vorm.
Die nuwe Slotwoord tot hierdie roman, skryf Marita van der Vyver: “Hierdie roman, so vertel hulle my, kan ’n nuwe geslag lesers help begryp hoe Afrikaanse stedelinge in die laat jare tagtig en vroeë jare negentig, tussen die laaste stuiptrekkings van die Ou Suid-Afrika en die skrikwekkende geboortepyne van die Nuwe Suid-Afrika, dit reggekry het om op die rand van ’n afgrond te bly dans.”
Wegkomkans bied op hoogs vermaaklike dog erg simpatieke wyse insig in Suid-Afrikaners se versugtinge en ontnugterings – wat byna 20 jaar nadat die teks oorspronklik verskyn het nog net so relevant is soos destyds.
The million copy bestseller that redefined the way the world saw war. One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist. The Things They Carried is the definitive account of what it was like being on the ground in Vietnam. But while that devastating conflict is central to the book, it is not simply about war. It is a book about memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. It is also about the human heart - about the terrible weight of those things we carry through our lives. The men of Alpha Company - Jimmy Cross, Norman Bowker, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Henry Dobbins and Kiowa - slog through the emptiness and dangers of their Vietnam tour in this haunting and acclaimed collection, which has the cumulative power and unity of a novel.
The stunning new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Betrayals and The Good Girl Praise for Fiona Neill: 'A novel made for heated book club debates' Stylist 'Vivid and insightful' Guardian 'No one writes about modern family with more truth or authenticity than Fiona Neill' Lisa Jewell
Ons sweer saam: Ek gaan haar ’n papierlewe gee, of nog beter: ’n nuwe lewe. ’n Lewe waarin sy weer maklik kan loop, haar lippe rooi maak, wye rokke dra of haar vuurbestande baadjiepakke. Ek wil ’n dansende moeder uitbeeld, ’n vegtende moeder. Die sterk vrou van my jeug.
“Ek kry ’n lewe by,” – sy grom tevrede – “maar ek wil wel iets in ruil hê.”
“Ek sal al jou inkopies doen, die kombuisvloer mop …”
“Pille. Jy kry ’n storie, ek ’n pil.”
Ná ’n lang lewe van swye en uitsluiting begin ’n moeder skielik met haar seun praat – aarselende ontboesemings oor grensoorskrydende liefde, verraad en drie oorloë. Hy, ’n romanskrywer, mag haar biograaf word, maar daar is ’n voorwaarde: Hy moet haar ’n sagte dood besorg.
Ek kom terug is ’n tragikomedie oor die onstuimige lewe van ’n vrou wat terugkyk op haar eeu.
A thriller like you've never read one before, from the hottest new voice in Korean fiction `Kill Bill meets Murakami' D. B. John, author of Star of the North `A work of literary genius' Karen Dionne, internationally bestselling author of Home `A truly incredible and unique thriller' Khurrum Rahman, author of East of Hounslow `I loved it!' M. W. Craven, author of The Puppet Show `You'll be laughing out loud every five minutes' You-jeong Jeong, author of The Good Son `A mash-up of Tarantino and Camus set in contemporary Seoul' Louisa Luna, author of Two Girls Down `An incredible cast of characters' Le monde `Smart but lightning fast' Brian Evenson, author of Last Days Plotters are just pawns like us. A request comes in and they draw up the plans. There's someone above them who tells them what to do. And above that person is another plotter telling them what to do. You think that if you go up there with a knife and stab the person at the very top, that'll fix everything. But no-one's there. It's just an empty chair. Reseng was raised by cantankerous Old Raccoon in the Library of Dogs. To anyone asking, it's just an ordinary library. To anyone in the know, it's a hub for Seoul's organised crime, and a place where contract killings are plotted and planned. So it's no surprise that Reseng has grown up to become one of the best hitmen in Seoul. He takes orders from the plotters, carries out his grim duties, and comforts himself afterwards with copious quantities of beer and his two cats, Desk and Lampshade. But after he takes pity on a target and lets her die how she chooses, he finds his every move is being watched. Is he finally about to fall victim to his own game? And why does that new female librarian at the library act so strangely? Is he looking for his enemies in all the wrong places? Could he be at the centre of a plot bigger than anything he's ever known?
A tense, provocative and nuanced novel about a rape accusation in an idyllic commune I was in my sixth month when the girl came knocking. The girl came empty handed. On the threshold, her hair down, her jeans tight. 'Are you the professor's wife?' the girl asked me. 'I have to speak to you,' she said. 'The professor raped me,' the girl said.
**PRE-ORDER NOW - the hilarious new romantic comedy from the Number One bestselling author of About Last Night and Wish You Were Here** Flora's been in love with her husband for twenty years. The trouble is, he's been married to someone else for the past fifteen. Now she's been invited to spend the summer in the shady lanes and sandy coves of Cornwall. It should be blissful. There's just one small snag: she'll be staying with her former mother-in-law, Belinda. And Flora discovers she's not the only one invited when her ex-husband shows up out of the blue, complete with his new wife. So now there are two small snags. Can Flora spend the summer playing happy families with the woman who stole her husband's heart, and the mother-in-law who might have had a hand in it? Or will stumbling on the family secret change her mind about them all? 'Oh how I enjoyed this! No one writes about Cornwall like Catherine. Yet another fabulous book, packed with glamour, delicious characters and myriad family complications!' Jill Mansell
In the Eastern Cape, a schoolgirl maths prodigy is haunted by the loss of her mother, who disappeared during the demise of the country’s homeland system.
When a strange apparition – “the machine” – visits the girl at night, she’s convinced it’s a sign from her mother, and connected to a series of abductions of local girls. With her two closest friends, she sets out to find the truth, exposing links to the area’s murky past.
Are her visions disturbed hallucinations to be medicated away? Or are they evidence of supernatural – perhaps even extraterrestrial – contact? Years later, as a gifted data scientist in a dystopic surveillance-state, she is drawn into a world of espionage, shadowy corporations, eco-terrorists and hackers through the love she feels for an elusive artist.
Presented as a message from the future, Masande Ntshanga’s Triangulum boldly mixes science-fiction with philosophy and details of South African history seldom examined. An affecting exploration of bereavement, sexuality and coming of age, this multilayered novel showcases a completely original talent coming into his full powers.
My husband asked me to lie. Not a big lie. He probably didn't even consider it a lie, and neither did I, at first . . . A thrilling debut novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng about how far we'll go to protect our families, and our deepest secrets AN AMAZON EDITOR'S PICK A BOOK OF THE MONTH SELECTION A BOOKRIOT BEST PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FOR 2019 'Engrossing . . . Miracle Creek turns a courtroom murder trial into a page-turning exploration of parenting, experimental therapies, and the emotional toil of immigration' Elle 'A marvel, a taut courtroom thriller that ultimately tells the most human story imaginable, a story of good intentions and reckless passions. Compelling, generous, at once empathetic and unsparing . . . the perfect novel for these chaotic times in which we live' Laura Lippman In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine: a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic "dives" with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos' small community. Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night - trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges - as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice. 'Kim has written a bold debut novel about science and immigration and the hopes and fears each engenders - unforgettable and true' Alexander Chee 'Grabbed me hard right from the start. This is a terrific courtroom thriller, a sly whodunit that's beautifully written and also full of heart' Scott Turow
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Continues...Seven years after the death of Edward Hyde, a stylish gentleman shows up in foggy London claiming to be Dr Henry Jekyll. Only Mr Utterson, Jekyll's faithful lawyer and confidant, knows that he must be an impostor - because Jekyll was Hyde. But as the man goes about charming Jekyll's friends and reclaiming his estate, and as the bodies of potential challengers start piling up, Utterson is left fearing for his life ... and questioning his own sanity. This brilliantly imagined and beautifully written sequel to one of literature's greatest masterpieces perfectly complements the original work. And where the original was concerned with the duality of man, this sequel deals with the possibility of identity theft of the most audacious kind. Can it really be that this man who looks and acts so precisely like Dr Henry Jekyll is an imposter?
A debut novel by a bestselling non-fiction author, this is a witty, wholly entrancing story of the pleasures, pains and obsessions of contemporary life. Lisa Blaize - teacher, and would-be fashion writer, mother and second wife - feels out of place when her high-flying husband becomes the headmaster of a school in a country town. Isolated and far from her metropolitan upbringing, she turns to the one place where she learns she can be uninhibited. But `Twitter may be my undoing', Lisa discovers as her one-time private life becomes all too public. Soon she is dealing with an online stalker and her husband's reputation is put at risk, but will she be able to give up her addiction? From the gossip of the classroom to our obsession with instant communication, Look To Your Wife is witty and brilliantly observed, revealing the pleasures and pains of contemporary life.
Following hot on the paws from the bestselling A Pug Like Percy, the nation's favourite pug is back! And this time, Percy has puppies... Percy the pug has found a loving home with Gail, Simon and their daughter Jenny. But now it's time for Percy's new puppies to fly the dog bed, and become a companion to someone in need - which turns out to be closer to home than the family first think... On a visit to Gail's parents, Percy begins to suspect that all is not well with Eric, Gail's father. And when he suffers a nasty fall and is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Percy knows just who to send to the rescue - adorable pup Hugo. Can Hugo help Eric through the tough times, and grow into the kind of Pug to make Percy proud? Warm, charming and uplifting, A Puppy Called Hugo is perfect for fans of A Street Cat Named Bob and Alfie the Doorstep Cat.
’n Verbeeldingryke roman waarin die Suid-Afrikaanse verlede as tema gebruik word.
Ná ’n beroerte aan die einde van haar lewe mymer ’n bejaarde vrou oor die verlede – om hierdie lewe te volbring moet sy as die swygsame buitestaander in haar familiekring die raaisels rondom die gebeure en verhoudings van die verlede ontsluit.
'Harry Perkins was buried on the day that America declared war on China.' 'Brexit Britain was a gloomy place. True, the Armageddon that some had prophesied had not occurred, but neither had economic miracle promised by the Brexiteers. Instead there had been a long, slow decline into insularity and irrelevance. The value of the pound had fallen steadily against the Euro, the dollar and the Yuan. The much vaunted increase in trade with the Commonwealth had not materialised. The Americans, too, were proving particularly obstreperous. Even now after a nearly decade of negotiations no significant agreements had been reached. At the UN there was talk of relieving the UK of its seat on the Security Council.' Thirty-five years after the publication of A Very British Coup, former Labour MP Chris Mullin has written a compelling and timely sequel. In a near-future, post-Brexit Britain, the fault lines forged in the white heat of the referendum have become entrenched features of British political life. Britain's standing in the world has steadily diminished as its problems have grown. Into the maelstrom steps Fred Thompson, former aide to left-wing prime minister Harry Perkins and his successor as MP for Sheffield Parkside. As he ascends the greasy pole of British politics, Thompson must deal with corruption, the threat of the Far Right and personal tragedy. Along the way, he learns that power does not come without a personal price and that shadowy forces are at work behind the scenes...which, this time, appear to be on his side. At once a gripping political thriller and a chilling prognostication of where we may be headed, this taut, insightful and engrossing novel is essential reading for our troubled times. The definitive post-Brexit novel, and long-awaited sequel to the bestselling A Very British Coup. 'Terrific...measured, heart-stopping, moving, clear-eyed'. Stephen Frears 'Brilliant, chilling and all too plausible.' Alastair Campbell 'A very knowledgeable and pleasurable political thriller.' Mark Lawson, The Guardian `Readable and very entertaining, and should appeal to both sides of the divide. A book that seeks your X in the ballot box.' - The Spectator '`A book for our time - uncertain, sympathetic, tragic, inconclusive.' Andrew Adonis, The House Magazine 'The briskly paced tale is spartan in style, and most affecting in its stark declarations of grief when Thompson experiences personal tragedy.' The Irish Times 'Great fun!' Declan Burke, Arena, RTE 'Frighteningly believable and surprisingly tender.' Kevin Maguire, Twitter
Lauren Beukes' Arthur C Clarke Award-winning tale of a young woman trapped in a brutal city but looking for a way out . . . 'A major, major talent' George R. R. Martin Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheque, she's forced to take on her least favourite kind of job - missing persons. Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions reside. Instead it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she'll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives - including her own. 'Beukes is very *very* good. It feels effortless, utterly accomplished' William Gibson 'Beukes brings a secret tenderness and humanity to her off-kilter portrait of the here and now' Guardian 'Exquisitely paced and impeccably controlled. An enormously satisfying novel' New York Times Book Review
The first ever story collection from the inimitable Lionel Shriver `Genius' Stylist `Phenomenal' Observer `Brilliant' The Times In her first ever story collection, Lionel Shriver illuminates one of the modern age's most enduring obsessions: property. A woman creates a deeply personal wedding present for her best friend; a thirty-something son refuses to leave home; a middle-aged man subjugated by service to his elderly father discovers that the last place you should finally assert yourself is airport security. This landmark publication explores the idea of "property" in both senses of the word: real estate, and stuff. Immensely readable, it showcases the biting insight that has made Lionel Shriver one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.
A magical story of motherly love and the bonds of love between us from the number one bestselling author of Songs of Love and War. Celeste is mourning the tragic death of her young son, Jack, from leukaemia. So when she learns that her nephew is coming to stay, she doesn't think she can bear to have another child in the house. But when Bruno arrives, she makes him feel welcome and loved, even though her heart is breaking. She finds sanctuary in the little summerhouse at the end of her garden, where the quilt she was making her son lies unfinished, her love and grief stitched into the material. Having another child in the house brings back all her memories, but stirs up the love that has lain dormant in her. Can she open her heart again? Can love triumph over loss, and hope flourish once more? A magical and beautiful novella, for mothers everywhere.
From Beachy Head to Brighton, and from Chichester to Rye, Flaming Sussex sees our intrepid trio plunge once again into the dark heart of England `Beautifully crafted by Sansom, Professor Morley promises to become a little gem of English crime writing; sample him now' Daily Mail At about four o'clock on 5th November 1937, Miss Lizzie Walter, a teacher at the King's Road Primary School in Lewes, said goodbye to her young pupils. The children clattered out into the dark streets, preparing for that night's revelries - and Miss Lizzie Walter was never seen alive again. Hitler, Mussolini and Pope Paul V are on fire. Fireworks explode and flaming tar barrels are being dragged through the streets. Bonfire Night in Lewes is the closest England comes to Mardis Gras. In their fifth adventure, Morley, Miriam and Sefton find themselves caught up in the celebrations and the chaos. On the morning after the night before, Sefton goes for a swim in Pells Pool, the oldest freshwater lido in England - in the very centre of Lewes - where he discovers a woman's body. She has drowned. Is it a misadventure or could it be ... murder? Join Morley, Miriam and Sefton on another journey into the dark heart of England.
The Number One Bestseller.
Long Road to Mercy is the heart-pounding first novel in the FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine series by bestselling author David Baldacci.
FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine has learnt three lessons in life:
Some wounds never heal.
Atlee’s twin sister, Mercy, was abducted from their bedroom over thirty years ago, and Atlee has spent every day since wondering what happened to her.
Time doesn’t lessen your pain.
The prime suspect, notorious serial killer Daniel James Tor, is in a high-security prison, but with no confession, Atlee continues to search for her sister, even as Tor taunts her from jail.
But she can always make a difference.
Wracked by survivor’s guilt, Atlee joined the FBI to hunt down killers like Tor. Assigned to the remote wilds of the Western United States, she has spent years honing her skills and building her endurance, always with one eye on the ultimate goal.
Now, Atlee Pine is tasked with an investigation which begins with a missing person in the Grand Canyon. And ends with a discovery much more sinister and far-reaching.
Strikingly different since childhood and leading dissimilar lives
now, sisters Frances and Cynthia have managed to remain
"devoted"--as long as they stay on opposite coasts. When Frances
arranges to host Thanksgiving at her idyllic New England farmhouse,
she envisions a happy family reunion, one that will include the
sisters' long-estranged father. Cynthia, however, doesn't
understand how Frances can ignore the past their father's presence
revives, a past that includes suspicions about their mother's death
twenty-five years earlier.
In Die helaasheid van die dinge keer die skrywer terug na sy geboortedorp in Vlaandere. Ons maak kennis met die pa wat trots op sy fiets van kroeg tot kroeg ry om sy pasgebore seun vir sy drinkebroers te wys, met die ouma wie se nagrus alte dikwels deur die polisie versteur word as hulle een van haar dronk seuns huis toe bring, en met die werklose ooms wat meer belangstel in ’n suipwedstryd as in ’n deugsame lewe. Dimitri Verhulst se Die helaasheid van die dinge is sowel ’n pragtige ode aan as ’n skreeusnaakse afrekening met die dorp van sy jeug.
Farah is a young lawyer living and working in London. She's just ended a long relationship, and her parents are looking for a husband - whether Farah wants one or not. So far, so normal. But at a work dinner, hosted by a dangerously powerful man, she comes across a young woman called Razia, who Farah soon realises is being kept as a domestic slave. Farah travels from the law courts of London to the brick kilns of Lahore, and there she begins to uncover the traps that keep generations of people enslaved. Everywhere she turns there is deep-rooted oppression and corruption. She teams up with a human rights lawyer Ali to seek justice for Razia, but they cannot orevent the disaster that unfolds. Will Farah discover the explosive secret behind these tragic events?
'Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist' - New York Times
Woody Lambert is in trouble. He comes from a broken family, suffers bad grades at school and his older brother, Tony, is on probation for a drug offence. When Woody inadvertently gets caught up with Tony and one of his friends, Garth, cruising around Strattenburg in a beaten-up Mustang drinking beer, one thing leads to another and Garth holds up a convenience store with a fake gun.
Though he had no involvement in the crime other than being in Garth's car, Woody is arrested as an accomplice. He's going to need serious legal advice to avoid juvenile prison.
Enter Theodore Boone: after all, Theo has already decided that he will become the best courtroom lawyer in the state. It's just that, at the age of thirteen, Theo is years from being a qualified lawyer - and Woody needs help right now . . .
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