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Bluebeard (Paperback): Kurt Vonnegut Bluebeard (Paperback)
Kurt Vonnegut
R213 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R63 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From the author of Slaughterhouse 5. In Rabo Karabekian's fictional autobiography, Vonnegut creates an impeccably funny satirical piece, through the reflections of a seventy-one-year-old man.

Die DJ (Afrikaans, Paperback): Simon Bruinders Die DJ (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Simon Bruinders
R139 Discovery Miles 1 390 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

'n Seun word groot in die platteland waar die lewe hemel is, totdat sy pa sterf. Hy word weggeskeur van Zoar en verhuis na Mitchells Plein waar hy kennis maak met sy passie (DJ) maar ook verstrengel raak in dwelms. Hy vind bevryding en word 'n suksesvolle DJ. Hierdie boek vertel aan tieners dat daar hoop is, al is die lewe hel. Hierdie boek bied regte hoop aan duisende dwelm verslaafde Suid-Afrikaners.

Ruin Beach (Paperback): Kate Rhodes Ruin Beach (Paperback)
Kate Rhodes 1
R222 R123 Discovery Miles 1 230 Save R99 (45%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

*** THE TOP TWENTY PAPERBACK BESTSELLER *** The island of Tresco holds a dark secret someone will kill to protect. Ben Kitto has become Deputy Commander in the Isles of Scilly Police. As the islands' lazy summer takes hold, he finds himself missing the excitement of the murder squad in London. But when the body of professional diver Jude Trellon is discovered, anchored to the rocks of a nearby cave, his investigative skills are once again needed. At first it appears that the young woman's death was a tragic accident, but when evidence suggests otherwise, the islanders close ranks. With even those closest to the victim refusing to talk, it seems that plenty of islanders had reason to harm her. As the community remains guarded, Ben Kitto discovers that terrible secrets lie beneath the waters around Tresco, and the killer may soon strike again. Everyone is a suspect. Nobody is safe. Praise for Kate Rhodes: 'Kate Rhodes directs her cast of suspects with consummate skill, keeping us guessing right to the heartbreaking end. I'm a fan' Louise Candlish 'Evocative, immersive, twisty' Sarah Vaughan `A vividly realised protagonist whose complex and harrowing history rivals the central crime storyline' Sophie Hannah, Daily Express `A pacy psychological thriller' Laura Wilson, Guardian 'Kate writes so beautifully and with such an authentic sense of place. The whole book tingles with tension. I hope it does for the Scilly Isles what Ann Cleeves did for Shetland' Melanie McGrath `Both the plot and the writing keep one thoroughly engaged throughout' Daily Mail `One of the most absorbing books I've read in a long time - perfectly thrilling' Mel Sherratt `Gripping, clever and impossible to put down' Erin Kelly `Rhodes does a superb job of balancing a portrayal of a tiny community oppressed by secrets with an uplifting evocation of setting' Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express `Expertly weaves a sense of place and character into a tense and intriguing story' Metro `An enjoyably scary chiller' Sunday Mirror `The pace never slackens from the first page to the last' Rachel Abbott, author of Only the Innocent `Fast paced and harrowing, this gripping novel will leave you guessing until the end' Bella `Great twists, turns and surprises' Sun

Dis My Geheim (Afrikaans, Paperback): Juanita Aggenbach Dis My Geheim (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Juanita Aggenbach
R153 Discovery Miles 1 530 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

Eloise, 地 aangenome kind, word onsensitief deur haar biologiese grootouers verwerp. Die 17-jarige Ane se lewe verander dramaties wanneer sy 地 nasionale modelkompetisie wen en vinnig in 地 genadelose grootmenswereld moet aanpas. In Durban oorweeg kinderlose Petra die moontlikheid van aanneming. Die leser word gekonfronteer met aanneming, aangrypend uitgebeeld vanuit verskillende perspektiewe.

Middle England (Paperback): Jonathan Coe Middle England (Paperback)
Jonathan Coe 1
R255 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R104 (41%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'THE BOOK EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT' THE TIMES 'It was tempting to think, at times like this, that some bizarre hysteria had gripped the British people' Beginning eight years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by Poundland, and London, where frenzied riots give way to Olympic fever, Middle England follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change. There are newlyweds Ian and Sophie, who disagree about the future of the country and, possibly, the future of their relationship; Doug, the political commentator who writes impassioned columns about austerity from his Chelsea townhouse, and his radical teenage daughter who will stop at nothing in her quest for social justice; Benjamin Trotter, who embarks on an apparently doomed new career in middle age, and his father Colin, whose last wish is to vote in the European referendum. And within all these lives is the story of modern England: a story of nostalgia and delusion; of bewilderment and barely-suppressed rage. Following in the footsteps of The Rotters' Club and The Closed Circle, Jonathan Coe's new novel is the novel for our strange new times. 'From post-industrial Birmingham to the London riots and the current political gridlock, [Middle England] takes in family, literature and love in a comedy for our times' Guardian 'Coe shows an understanding of this country that goes beyond what most cabinet ministers can muster . . . his light, funny writing makes you feel better' Evening Standard 'Middle England is a full-blooded state of the nation novel, and it brings us bang up-to-date' Sunday Times Coe is an extraordinarily deft plotter...the book zips along...he tackles big ambitious themes, in this case the effect of politics on people's lives, and political opinions on personal relations' Mail on Sunday 'Sublimely good. Funny, tender, human and intelligent ... the state of the (Brexit) nation novel to end them all. Jonathan Coe's best since What a Carve Up!' India Knight 'An astute, enlightened and enlightening journey into the heart of our current national identity crisis. Both moving and funny. As we'd expect from Coe' Ben Elton 'The first great Brexit novel' Sathnam Sanghera 'Let me add to the chorus of praise forJonathan Coe's new book Middle England. Easily my favourite of his since What a Carve Up!, which did for Thatcherism what Middle England does for Brexit' John Crace 'Brilliant. Read it too fast, finished it too soon' Nigella Lawson 'Coe's comic critique of a divided country dazzles . . . Properly laugh-out-loud funny . . . it is also incisive and brilliant about our divided country and the deep chasms revealed by the vote to leave. Do not miss' The Bookseller 'A copper bottomed masterpiece' Barney Norris

After You (Paperback): Jojo Moyes After You (Paperback)
Jojo Moyes 2
R175 R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Save R37 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

***The sequel to the internationally bestselling book Me Before You.

Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home. Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life.

What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does. But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything.

But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she's going to keep it, she has to invite them in...

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? (Hardcover): Temi Oh Do You Dream of Terra-Two? (Hardcover)
Temi Oh 1
R371 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R128 (35%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'This novel is a brilliant, beautiful debut. Reading it will change your heart' Christian Kiefer, author of Phantoms The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet meets The 100 in this unforgettable debut by a brilliant new voice. * A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century's space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who've been in training for this mission for most of their lives. It will take the team twenty-three years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong. Don't miss one of Cosmopolitans books by people of colour to get excited about in 2019, called 'a tightly wound epic' that 'will change your heart' by Christian Kiefer, author of Phantoms. * WHY READERS DREAM OF TERRA-TWO . . . 'An ambitious 500-page coming-of-age blockbuster . . .Oh is excellent at portraying the aching sense of loss on a one-way trip to the stars' Guardian 'A tightly wound, emotional epic that asks important questions about humanity, goodness, belief, technology, love, friendship, and duty. At what point is grabbing hold of one's destiny ultimately an attempt to escape some other? Like all great writers, Temi Oh refuses the easy answer, instead ruminating upon the question itself. This novel is a brilliant, beautiful debut. Reading it will change your heart.' Christian Kiefer, author of Phantoms 'One of the most absorbing books I have ever read' 'This book seemed to take over my life whilst I was reading it - if I wasn't actually reading, I was thinking about it' 'I'm in love with this book . . . It is a beautiful, sprawling, literary delight with an unforgettable cast undertaking an unforgettable journey.' 'For fans of the character-driven The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet series, Terra-Two is perfect . . . A strong, haunting, character-driven story . . . This book and its characters will stay with you for a long time.' 'Do You Dream of Terra-Two succeeds both as a great sci-fi story and a brilliant drama . . . Even though you expect things to go wrong in this story, they still wrong foot you when they do. 5*. 'Beautifully written . . . It's inspirational to read' 'I would love to be able to write like Temi Oh. I should start taking notes . . . Highly recommended!' *

The Importance of Being Aisling (Paperback): Emer McLysaght, Sarah Breen The Importance of Being Aisling (Paperback)
Emer McLysaght, Sarah Breen 1
R195 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R41 (21%) Pre-order

THE NO 1 IRISH BESTSELLER and hilarious follow-up to the smash-hit romantic comedy Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling 'Should come with a health warning. Ten pages in my face hurts from grinning' Sunday Independent ___________ Job. Flat. Boyfriend. Tick. Tick. Tick. Just when Aisling (seems) to be winning at life, she discovers it has other ideas: Fired. Homeless. Dumped. Tick. Tick. Tick. As her new life comes crashing down, Aisling is forced to move back home to Ballygobbard and her mam. Is this the end of the world? Or might returning to her roots remind this small-town girl just what she'd lost in the big city? WINNER OF POPULAR FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 - Irish Book Awards 'The Irish answer to Bridget Jones. It's stuffed with laughs' Daily Mail 'Should come with a health warning. Ten pages in my face hurts from grinning' Sunday Independent 'You'll be laughing out loud one minute and crying the next' Heat 'It's like a hug in a book' Buzzfeed

Travellers (Hardcover): Helon Habila Travellers (Hardcover)
Helon Habila 1
R352 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R137 (39%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Once I started reading Travellers, I couldn't stop. With power and control, it plunges the reader into a maze of lives that crisscross between Africa and Europe. Refugees and not only refugees hungering for the north, pushing their way through the barriers of waves, human failings and unrealistic dreams.The novel has all the weight of art with the sting of breaking news. I loved it. It is Habila at his best' Leila Aboulela Poignant and beautifully sculpted, a novel about exile, identity and the many kinds of travellers moving through our modern world - from the Caine Prize-winning author of Oil on Water and Waiting for an Angel Modern Europe is a melting pot of migrating souls: among them a Nigerian American couple on a prestigious arts fellowship, a transgender film student seeking the freedom of authenticity, a Libyan doctor who lost his wife and child in the waters of the Mediterranean, and a Somalian shopkeeper trying to save his young daughter from forced marriage. And, though the divide between the self-chosen exiles and those who are forced to leave home may feel solid, in reality such boundaries are endlessly shifting and frighteningly soluble. Moving from a Berlin nightclub to a Sicilian refugee camp to the London apartment of a Malawian poet, Helon Habila evokes a rich mosaic of migrant experiences. And through his characters' interconnecting fates, he traces the extraordinary pilgrimages we all might make in pursuit of home.

The Crying Machine (Hardcover, Edition): Greg Chivers The Crying Machine (Hardcover, Edition)
Greg Chivers 1
R314 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R90 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A sharp, lyrical thriller of power, religion, and artificial intelligence. The world has changed, but Jerusalem endures. Overlooked by new superpowers, the Holy City of the future is a haven of spies and smugglers, exiles and extremists. A refugee with strange technological abilities searches for a place to disappear. An ambitious young criminal plots the heist that could make or destroy him. A corrupt minister harnesses the power of the past in a ruthless play for complete control. And the wheels of another plan - as old and intricate as the city itself - begin to turn...

The Wych Elm - The Sunday Times bestseller (Hardcover): Tana French The Wych Elm - The Sunday Times bestseller (Hardcover)
Tana French 1
R359 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R110 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'An absolute masterpiece' John Boyne 'One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt's The Secret History . . . impossible to put down' The Times From one of the greatest suspense writers in the world, already lauded as 'one of the novels of 2019', comes a landmark novel of huge ambition. ________________________________________ WHAT DO WE HIDE INSIDE OURSELVES? One night changes everything for Toby. He's always led a charmed life - until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family's ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins. But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden. As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself. A spellbinding standalone from a literary writer who turns the crime genre inside out, The Wych Elm asks what we become, and what we're capable of, if we no longer know who we are. ________________________________________ 'The Wych Elm should cement French's place in the first rank of great literary novelists' Observer 'This book confirms Tana French as [crime fiction's] biggest contemporary star' Guardian 'French offers a masterclass in unreliability . . . dissolving the boundaries between genre and literary fiction' Sunday Times 'To say Tana French is one of the great thriller writers is really too limiting. Rather she's simply this: a truly great writer' Gillian Flynn 'A brilliant examination of male privilege and family secrets' Guardian 'Gripping and suspenseful, with more twists than a rollercoaster, The Wych Elm is a magnificent novel' John Boyne 'Terrific - terrifying, amazing, and the prose is incandescent' Stephen King 'Her best book. Really, it is not a crime novel: as ever, Tana's scope is so much broader than that' Gillian McAllister 'Another one of her rich psychological thrillers that will work its way under your skin' Lucy Mangan, Stylist 'Tana French's best and most intricately nuanced novel yet. . . Get ready for the whiplash brought on by its final twists and turns' The New York Times 'This mystery about family, memory and the cracks in both will haunt you for a long, long time' Erin Kelly

The Acts of My Mother (Paperback): Andras Forgach The Acts of My Mother (Paperback)
Andras Forgach 1
R567 R465 Discovery Miles 4 650 Save R102 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

For readers of The Lives of Others and The Reader, and based on a true story, The Acts of My Mother is a beautiful and moving novel of family, lies, betrayal and forgiveness. He wanted to understand the past. Now he must live with the truth. Thirty years after the fall of communism in Hungary, as Andras Forgach investigated his family's past he uncovered a horrifying truth. His mother, whom he deeply loved, had been an informant for the Kadar regime. She had informed not only on acquaintances but on family, friends and even her children. In The Acts of My Mother, Forgach gives voice to his deceased mother, holding her responsible for her deeds while defending the memories he cherished of her as a son. 'Mother wasn't lacking in evocativeness, no, no, I can affirm that. She was the firmament, the high sky, and she still is, even covered in heavy clouds.' Andras Forgach

Christmas With The Duke - Christmas with the Duke / the Rancher's Christmas Promise (Return to the Double C) (Paperback):... Christmas With The Duke - Christmas with the Duke / the Rancher's Christmas Promise (Return to the Double C) (Paperback)
Katrina Cudmore, Allison Leigh
R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Christmas with the Duke by Katrina Cudmore Reunited with her first love... Ciara Harris hoped her first Christmas working back at Loughmore Castle would mark a fresh start, but Tom, now Duke of Bainsworth return threatens to uncover feelings she thought long-buried. Could a snowed in Christmas be a second chance? The Rancher's Christmas Promise by Allison Leigh His long-lost daughter... Ryder Wilson's determined to make a home for the baby his late estranged wife left on a stranger's doorstep. Local lawyer Greer Templeton is there to help. It's enough to make Ryder propose a marriage of convenience. But does love factor into his Christmas promise?

We, The Survivors (Hardcover): Tash Aw We, The Survivors (Hardcover)
Tash Aw 1
R360 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R105 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A murderer's confession - devastating, unblinking, poignant, unforgettable - which reveals a story of class, education and the inescapable workings of destiny. Ah Hock is an ordinary, uneducated man born in a Malaysian fishing village and now trying to make his way in a country that promises riches and security to everyone, but delivers them only to a chosen few. With Asian society changing around him, like many he remains trapped in a world of poorly paid jobs that just about allow him to keep his head above water but ultimately lead him to murder a migrant worker from Bangladesh. In the tradition of Camus and Houellebecq, Ah Hock's vivid and compelling description of the years building up to this appalling act of violence - told over several days to a local journalist whose life has taken a different course - is a portrait of an outsider like no other, an anti-nostalgic view of human life and the ravages of hope. It is the work of a writer at the peak of his powers.

The Runaways (Hardcover): Fatima Bhutto The Runaways (Hardcover)
Fatima Bhutto 1
R355 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R111 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Bhutto's new novel will move you with its profound wisdom and sharp grasp of our turbulent times' Elif Shafak 'This is a bold and probing novel, from a writer strikingly alert to something small and true' Guardian ______________________________ How far would you run to escape your life? Anita lives in Karachi's biggest slum. Her mother is a maalish wali, paid to massage the tired bones of rich women. But Anita's life will change forever when she meets her elderly neighbour, a man whose shelves of books promise an escape to a different world. On the other side of Karachi lives Monty, whose father owns half the city and expects great things of him. But when a beautiful and rebellious girl joins his school, Monty will find his life going in a very different direction. Sunny's father left India and went to England to give his son the opportunities he never had. Yet Sunny doesn't fit in anywhere. It's only when his charismatic cousin comes back into his life that he realises his life could hold more possibilities than he ever imagined. These three lives will cross in the desert, a place where life and death walk hand in hand, and where their closely guarded secrets will force them to make a terrible choice. ______________________________ 'Highly topical . . . The Runaways offers an unflinching look at the key subjects of our time and the riveting story of three memorable characters' Financial Times 'A shocking, moving, and deeply compassionate novel' Vogue 'Every page of this is priceless' Gary Shteyngart 'A powerful and moving book. It is a book that anyone rushing to condemn young people for being radicalised should read' Anne Youngson, author of Meet Me at the Museum 'As compassionate as it is trenchant, this rare fiction is an illuminating guide through the great disorder of our times' Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger 'Dazzling . . . a novel that holds up to scrutiny a world of claustrophobic war zones, virulent social media and cities collapsing upon themselves, and then sets it down again, transformed by the grace of storytelling' Siddartha Deb, author of The Point of Return ______________________________ PRAISE FOR FATIMA BHUTTO'S PREVIOUS WORK: 'It's clear that there is an ambitious literary mind at work...Bhutto's talent is evident, exciting' The New York Times Book Review 'Bhutto is a gifted and compelling writer, economically and poetically summoning up this beautiful mountainous backwater' Mail on Sunday 'Incredibly ambitious, extremely powerful and moving' BBC Radio 4

Man Uit Die Vreemde (Afrikaans, Paperback): Kas Van den Bergh Man Uit Die Vreemde (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Kas Van den Bergh
R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

Hierdie verhaal is vol van avontuur, misterie en romanse. Dit is 'n lekkerleesboek wat die leser se aandag tot die einde behou. Toe 'n vreemde man onverwags op Rietkuil as plaasbestuurder begin werk, is dit die begin van 'n reeks onverklaarbare gebeure. Waar Rietkuil eens op 地 tyd die rustigheid self was, bring die nuweling op die werf 地 vlaag van misdade met hom saam en selfs harte bly in die slag. Dan sien Tant Annie een spookagtige aand die vreemde man met 'n groot, donker bondel in sy arms haastig in die donker skaduwees verdwyn. Wie is hierdie man? Wat is sy regte naam? Waar kom hy vandaan? Wat steek hy weg? Met Man uit die vreemde prikkel Kas van den Bergh die leser se nuuskierigheid met volgehoue vernuf, sodat die boek nie neergesit kan word voordat die ware identiteit van die vreemdeling bekend is en al sy geheime onthul is nie.

Rainy Day Kisses - Rainy Day Kisses / the First Man You Meet (Paperback): Debbie Macomber Rainy Day Kisses - Rainy Day Kisses / the First Man You Meet (Paperback)
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Let the sunshine in with two heart-warming stories from Debbie Macomber - the queen of feel-good romance! Susannah Simmons doesn't do surprises... Until her sister desperately needs a babysitter and she agrees to ditch her crazy schedule - for one evening only! But Susannah knows she's out of her depth. So she reluctantly asks for help from the one man she never thought she'd ask: gorgeous bachelor next door, Nate Townsend. Nate's laid-back attitude always exasperated routine-queen Susannah, but it means he's a natural with her adorable niece. And soon Susannah's wondering whether throwing out the rule book might have been her best plan yet... Includes irresistible bonus story The First Man You Meet

The One Plus One - Discover the author of Me Before You, the love story that captured a million hearts (Paperback): Jojo Moyes The One Plus One - Discover the author of Me Before You, the love story that captured a million hearts (Paperback)
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R205 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R56 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

One eternal optimist . . . Jess Thomas, with two jobs and two kids and never enough money, wears flip flops in the hope of spring. And when life knocks her down she does her best to bounce right back. But no one told her it's okay to ask for help. Plus one lost stranger . . . Ed Nicholls is the good guy gone bad. He had it all, then one stupid mistake cost him everything. Now he'll do anything to make it right. Equals a chance encounter . . . Ed doesn't want to save anyone and Jess doesn't want saving, but could Jess and Ed add up to something better together?

A Baby In His In-Tray - A Baby in His in-Tray / the Best Man Takes a Bride (Hillcrest House) (Paperback): Michelle Douglas,... A Baby In His In-Tray - A Baby in His in-Tray / the Best Man Takes a Bride (Hillcrest House) (Paperback)
Michelle Douglas, Stacy Connelly
R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A Baby in His In-Tray Taking care of the baby - with the boss! Liv Gilmour is covering her sister's work duties for the business hotshot Lord Sebastian Tyrrell. No problem! But when Sebastian is confronted with the needs of an abandoned baby - Liv gets up close and personal with her sexy boss... The Best Man Takes a Bride Does anyone still believe in happily-ever-afters? Rory's life is all bridezillas, lace and rose petals. And single dad Jamison Porter is in town to play best man for his best friend. When his little girl falls for Rory's charms, could Jamison be hearing wedding bells of his own?

Too many tsunamis (Paperback): Vincent Pienaar Too many tsunamis (Paperback)
Vincent Pienaar
R240 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R51 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Bert hasn稚 succeeded at much in life. In fact, just about any stab at success has descended into pathetic failure. Even his feeble attempts at suicide have failed, leaving him alive and disappointed. His most recent attempt is accompanied by the most beautiful of suicide notes. A simple, single, smoothly alliterated line: Too Many Tsunamis. He loves it so much he thinks it might win him the literary fame that has eluded him for so long. He commits the three words to paper, and commits his body to the hereafter but aborts the attempt in mid-flight. He doesn稚 want to die wondering if his mother will understand the suicide note. Still living under her roof at the age of thirty-four, Bert is a huge source of irritation to his mother, who desperately wants her overripe son to cast off his futile writing and gaming ambitions and integrate into the real world. To this end, she has found him a job at a printing shop, where he flounders as a counterhand amid his supervisors tyrannical stares and impatient clients insults. Meanwhile, he keeps looking for love in all the wrong places until he meets a seemingly slow yet intriguing woman named Light. Bert decides he needs to explain his latest suicide attempt to his mother and, because he doesn稚 want to change his better-than-perfect suicide note, he begins to write a footnote to the note. The footnote drifts into a 5 000-word letter. Then 10 000, 20 000 and 50 000, and then he stops counting. This document, he tells himself, is important. I値l take whatever it takes. He値l perform the final act once the note is complete.

Even the Dogs (Paperback): Jon McGregor Even the Dogs (Paperback)
Jon McGregor
R209 R146 Discovery Miles 1 460 Save R63 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

WINNER OF THE 2012 IMPAC DUBLIN AWARD On a cold, quiet day between Christmas and the New Year, a man's body is found in an abandoned apartment. His friends look on, but they're dead, too. Their bodies found in squats and sheds and alleyways across the city. Victims of a bad batch of heroin, they're in the shadows, a chorus keeping vigil as the hours pass, paying their own particular homage as their friend's body is taken away, examined, investigated, and cremated. All of their stories are laid out piece by broken piece through a series of fractured narratives. We meet Robert, the deceased, the only alcoholic in a sprawling group of junkies; Danny, just back from uncomfortable holidays with family, who discovers the body and futiley searches for his other friends to share the news of Robert's death; Laura, Robert's daughter, who stumbles into the junky's life when she moves in with her father after years apart; Heather, who has her own place for the first time since she was a teenager; Mike, the Falklands War vet; and all the others. Theirs are stories of lives fallen through the cracks, hopes flaring and dying, love overwhelmed by a stronger need, and the havoc wrought by drugs, distress, and the disregard of the wider world. These invisible people live in a parallel reality, out of reach of basic creature comforts, like food and shelter. In their sudden deaths, it becomes clear, they are treated with more respect than they ever were in their short lives. Intense, exhilarating, and shot through with hope and fury, Even the Dogs is an intimate exploration of life at the edges of society - littered with love, loss, despair, and a half-glimpse of redemption.

Five Star Billionaire (Paperback): Tash Aw Five Star Billionaire (Paperback)
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Longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, the overlapping lives of five newcomers to China's most dynamic city are the subject of this kaleidoscopic novel. Welcome to Shanghai. A restless metropolis where old traditions collide with new ambitions - a place where anything can happen and anyone can become Somebody. Golddigger, property magnate, pop star, entrepreneur and guru: five newcomers are lured by the promise of making fortunes and remaking identities. But they find their lives converging in unpredictable ways, as the Five Star Billionaire's lessons for success wreak havoc. For in a land where dreams may come true, nothing is ever quite as it seems...

Lanny (Hardcover): Max Porter Lanny (Hardcover)
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Not far from London, there is a village.

This village belongs to the people who live in it and to those who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England's mysterious past and its confounding present.

It belongs to Mad Pete, the grizzled artist. To ancient Peggy, gossiping at her gate. To families dead for generations, and to those who have only recently moved here.

But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort who has woken from his slumber in the woods. Dead Papa Toothwort, who is listening to them all.

Chimerical, audacious, strange and wonderful - a song to difference and imagination, to friendship, youth and love, Lanny is the globally anticipated new novel from Max Porter.

Die Groot Sand en Ander Stories (Afrikaans, Paperback): Doc Immelman Die Groot Sand en Ander Stories (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Doc Immelman
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In Die groot sand en ander stories kry die leser die geleentheid om verhale te lees wat onder meer in Ster, Die Brandwag, Republikein en Huisgenoot verskyn het. Die titelverhaal, Die groot sand, speel af in die genadelose Namibwoestyn waar twee diamantsmokkelaars hul buit gaan haal. Na 地 moordende staptog kry hulle die diamante, maar 地 sandstorm steek op. Onder die gekerm en geloei van die wind besef een van die smokkelaars dat daar net genoeg water oor is vir een man Trek die koffiekan nader en lees ook oor 地 olifantjag in Angola, oor die vul wat treine gejaag het en die fabel oor die leeumannetjie wat Oukat moes opvolg.

Tsotsi (Paperback, Revised Edition): Athol Fugard Tsotsi (Paperback, Revised Edition)
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Athol Fugard is South Africa’s most prominent international playwright. This is his only novel.

Tsotsi has been adopted as the Grade 11 official English novel in South Africa for 2016; a new generation will be exposed to Tsotsi and help it on its way to becoming a modern classic.

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