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Firepool - Experiences In An Abnormal World (Paperback): Hedley Twidle Firepool - Experiences In An Abnormal World (Paperback)
Hedley Twidle 1
R280 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R39 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This collection brims with the imaginative, informative and comic personal narratives of Hedley Twidle. Twidle brings a sense of lightness, play and comedy to subjects that are often dealt with in predictable or self-righteous ways.

It chronicles South Africa during the ‘second transition’ – one in which the foundations of the post-apartheid settlement are being shaken and questioned in all kinds of ways.

Between Rock & A Hard Place - A Memoir (Paperback): Carsten Rasch Between Rock & A Hard Place - A Memoir (Paperback)
Carsten Rasch
R432 R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 Save R40 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How does a middle-class Afrikaans boytjie from Springs, a rebellious product of Christelik-nasionale Opvoeding, end up in the grubby world of protest punk, slap-bang in the middle of the anti-apartheid struggle?

The '80s in South Africa were a mess, a schmangled clusterf*ck of a decade. For some, it was braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies and Chevrolet. For others, it was a one-eyed bumbling about in a world without signage, desperately looking for the emergency exit. While the black population was becoming increasingly agitated and militant, the white dorps, towns and leafy suburbs of South Africa’s cities were mostly ignorant in their privileged bliss. Whiteys were like the frog in the cooker, not realising that the temperature was on the rise. Soon they would slowly, to their terminal surprise, turn white belly-up amid the froth of bubbles boiling from below. Soon it would be too late to get the hell out.

But in tiny pockets of white rebellion, the country was beginning to hum with resistant energy in Joburg, Cape Town and Durban. The '80s counter-culture and the music it produced was anti-establishment, anti-government, anti-apartheid, but not self-consciously so. While the state saw this strange white subculture as a hive of hedonists and drugged-up nihilists, this anarchic clutter of guitar-wielding, pill-munching, dope-smoking musicians and their followers were in fact a second front in the struggle against apartheid.

In brilliantly tragic and hilarious detail, Between Rock & A Hard Place is the epic memoir of Carsten Rasch’s role in the South African counter-culture Punk and New Wave scene in the late '70s and early '80s. Through his eyes as a musician, promoter and enthusiastic participant, it tells the story of those tumultuous and giddy times with heartfelt irreverence. Veering between lucid moments of desperate innovation and psychotic adventures on the rim of sanity, all the time riding roughshod at delirious speed over the potholes of “culture”, the reader is introduced to half-forgotten heroes, now fast disappearing into the fog of time, and the band of misfits who attempted to disrupt “the system”.

The Lockdown Collection (Paperback): Melinda Ferguson The Lockdown Collection (Paperback)
Melinda Ferguson
R270 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R38 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Sentenced to Lockdown, regarded as "non-essential", 40 South African writers get together in a virtual Corona Collective, to pen The Lockdown Collection, trying to make sense of a world, held hostage by a virus.

Powerfully visceral, this gem includes a list of South Africa's most celebrated writers, brilliantly capturing the emotional, the spiritual and even the humorous effects of a global pandemic.

This historical gem includes: Sisonke Msimang, Lebo Mashile, Fred Khumalo and Marianne Thamm.

Wanted Dead & Alive - The Case For South Africa's Cattle (Paperback): Gregory Mthembu-Salter Wanted Dead & Alive - The Case For South Africa's Cattle (Paperback)
Gregory Mthembu-Salter
R250 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Given what we know about climate change, should we still be raising and eating cattle? And how do we weigh the cultural and economic value of cattle against their environmental impact? This engaging book brings history, science, economics and popular culture together in a timely discussion about whether current practices can be justified in a period of rapid climate change.

Journalist Gregory Mthembu-Salter first encountered South Africa’s love of cattle during his own lobola negotiations. The book traces his personal journey through kraals, rangelands and feedlots across South Africa to find out more about the national hunger for cattle. He takes a broad sweep – drawing on such diverse sources as politicians involved in land reform, history, braai-side interviews with cattle farmers and abattoir owners, conversations with his mother-in-law, and analysis of cutting-edge science.

Mthembu-Salter suggests that perhaps 'cattle can remain wanted and treasured … more as living assets, kept in modest numbers on land where crops will not thrive, whose beef is eaten rarely – and, when it is, is savoured.'

Talking To Strangers - What We Should Know About The People We Don't Know (Paperback): Malcolm Gladwell Talking To Strangers - What We Should Know About The People We Don't Know (Paperback)
Malcolm Gladwell 1
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The highly anticipated new book from Malcolm Gladwell, No.1 international bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw and David and Goliath.

In July 2015, a young black woman named Sandra Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic violation in rural Texas. Minutes later she was arrested and jailed. Three days later, she committed suicide in her cell. What went wrong? Talking To Strangers is all about what happens when we encounter people we don't know, why it often goes awry, and what it says about us. How do we make sense of the unfamiliar? Why are we so bad at judging someone, reading a face, or detecting a lie? Why do we so often fail to 'get' other people? Through a series of puzzles, encounters and misunderstandings, from little-known stories to infamous legal cases, Gladwell takes us on a journey through the unexpected.

You will read about the spy who spent years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon, the man who saw through the fraudster Bernie Madoff, the suicide of the poet Sylvia Plath and the false conviction of Amanda Knox. You will discover that strangers are never simple.

No one shows us who we are like Malcolm Gladwell. Here he sets out to understand why we act the way we do, and how we all might know a little more about those we don't.

Talking To Strangers - What We Should Know About The People We Don't Know (Paperback): Malcolm Gladwell Talking To Strangers - What We Should Know About The People We Don't Know (Paperback)
Malcolm Gladwell 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The #1 New York Times and top ten Sunday Times bestseller

'I love this book . . . reading it will actually change not just how you see strangers, but how you look at yourself, the news - the world. Reading this book changed me' Oprah Winfrey

The highly anticipated new book from Malcolm Gladwell, international bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw and David and Goliath

The routine traffic stop that ends in tragedy. The spy who spends years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon. The false conviction of Amanda Knox. Why do we so often get other people wrong? Why is it so hard to detect a lie, read a face or judge a stranger's motives?

Through a series of encounters and misunderstandings - from history, psychology and infamous legal cases - Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual adventure into the darker side of human nature, where strangers are never simple and misreading them can have disastrous consequences.

No one challenges our shared assumptions like Malcolm Gladwell. Here he uses stories of deceit and fatal errors to cast doubt on our strategies for dealing with the unknown, inviting us to rethink our thinking in these troubled times.

How Star Wars Conquered The Universe - The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise (Paperback): Chris... How Star Wars Conquered The Universe - The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise (Paperback)
Chris Taylor 2
R295 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R54 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Why do most people know what an Ewok is, even if they haven't seen Return of the Jedi? How have Star Wars action figures come to outnumber human beings? How did 'Jedi' become an officially recognised religion? When did the films' merchandising revenue manage to rival the GDP of a small country?

Tracing the birth, death and rebirth of the epic universe built by George Lucas and hundreds of writers, artists, producers, and marketers, Chris Taylor jousts with modern-day Jedi, tinkers with droid builders, and gets inside Boba Fett's helmet, all to find out how Star Wars has attracted and inspired so many fans for so long.

Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now (Hardcover): Jaron Lanier Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now (Hardcover)
Jaron Lanier 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'A blisteringly good, urgent, essential read' ZADIE SMITH Jaron Lanier, the world-famous Silicon Valley scientist-pioneer and 'high-tech genius' (Sunday Times) who first alerted us to the dangers of social media, explains why its toxic effects are at the heart of its design, and explains in ten simple arguments why liberating yourself from its hold will transform your life and the world for the better. Social media is making us sadder, angrier, less empathetic, more fearful, more isolated and more tribal. In recent months it has become horribly clear that social media is not bringing us together - it is tearing us apart. In Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now Jaron Lanier draws on his insider's expertise to explain precisely how social media works - by deploying constant surveillance and subconscious manipulation of its users - and why its cruel and dangerous effects are at the heart of its current business model and design. As well as offering ten simple arguments for liberating yourself from its addictive hold, his witty and urgent manifesto outlines a vision for an alternative that provides all the benefits of social media without the harm. So, if you want a happier life, a more just and peaceful world, or merely the chance to think for yourself without being monitored and influenced by the richest corporations in history, then the best thing you can do, for now, is delete your social media accounts - right now. You will almost certainly become a calmer and possibly a nicer person in the process.

Blink - The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Paperback): Malcolm Gladwell Blink - The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Paperback)
Malcolm Gladwell 6
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) In stock

From the author of The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's international bestseller Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a revolution in the understanding of the mind.

An art expert sees a ten-million-dollar sculpture and instantly spots it's a fake. A marriage analyst knows within minutes whether a couple will stay together. A fire-fighter suddenly senses he has to get out of a blazing building. A speed dater clicks with the right person...

This book is all about those moments when we 'know' something without knowing why. Here Malcolm Gladwell explores the phenomenon of 'blink', showing how a snap judgement can be far more effective than a cautious decision. By trusting your instincts, he reveals, you'll never think about thinking in the same way again.

Writing Kit Carson - Fallen Heroes in a Changing West (Hardcover): Susan Lee Johnson Writing Kit Carson - Fallen Heroes in a Changing West (Hardcover)
Susan Lee Johnson
R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this critical biography, Susan Lee Johnson braids together lives over time and space, telling tales of two white women who, in the 1960s, wrote books about the fabled frontiersman Christopher "Kit" Carson: Quantrille McClung, a Denver librarian who compiled the Carson-Bent-Boggs Genealogy, and Kansas-born but Washington, D.C. - and Chicago-based Bernice Blackwelder, a singer on stage and radio, a CIA employee, and the author of Great Westerner: The Story of Kit Carson. In the 1970s, as once-celebrated figures like Carson were falling headlong from grace, these two amateur historians kept weaving stories of western white men, including those who married American Indian and Spanish Mexican women, just as Carson had wed Singing Grass, Making Out Road, and Josefa Jaramillo. Johnson's multilayered biography reveals the nature of relationships between women historians and male historical subjects and between history buffs and professional historians. It explores the practice of history in the context of everyday life, the seductions of gender in the context of racialized power, and the strange contours of twentieth-century relationships predicated on nineteenth-century pasts. On the surface, it tells a story of lives tangled across generation and geography. Underneath run probing questions about how we know about the past and how that knowledge is shaped by the conditions of our knowing.

Friends Guide to Adulting (Paperback): Samantha Mannis Friends Guide to Adulting (Paperback)
Samantha Mannis
R346 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R66 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Transportation and the Culture of Climate Change - Accelerating Ride to Global Crisis (Paperback): Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad Transportation and the Culture of Climate Change - Accelerating Ride to Global Crisis (Paperback)
Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad
R896 Discovery Miles 8 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This interdisciplinary collection of eleven original essays focuses on the environmental impact of transportation, which is, as Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad and Brian C. Black note in their introduction, responsible for 26 percent of global energy use. Approaching mobility not solely as a material, logistical question but as a phenomenon mediated by culture, the book interrogates popular assumptions deeply entangled with energy choices. Rethinking transportation, the contributors argue, necessarily involves fundamental understandings of consumption, freedom, and self. The essays in Transportation and the Culture of Climate Change cover an eclectic range of subject matter, from the association of bicycles with childhood to the songs of Bruce Springsteen, but are united in a central conviction: ""Transport is a considerable part of our culture that is as hard to transform as it is for us to stop using fossil fuels - but we do not have an alternative.

In Search of the True Russia - The Provinces in Contemporary Nationalist Discourse (Paperback): Lyudmila Parts In Search of the True Russia - The Provinces in Contemporary Nationalist Discourse (Paperback)
Lyudmila Parts
R649 Discovery Miles 6 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Russia's provinces have long held a prominent place in the nation's cultural imagination. Popular culture has increasingly turned from the newly prosperous, multiethnic, and westernized Moscow to celebrate the hinterlands as repositories of national traditions and moral strength. Lyudmila Parts argues that this change has directed debate about Russia's identity away from its loss of imperial might and global prestige and toward a hermetic national identity based on the opposition of "us vs. us" rather than "us vs. them." In Search of the True Russia offers an intriguing analysis of the contemporary debate over what it means to be Russian.

Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas Cross-Stitch Kit (Paperback): Tim Burton Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas Cross-Stitch Kit (Paperback)
Tim Burton 1
R230 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R44 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Be Bad, Be Bold, Be Billie - Live Life the Billie Eilish Way (Hardcover): Scarlett Russell Be Bad, Be Bold, Be Billie - Live Life the Billie Eilish Way (Hardcover)
Scarlett Russell
R365 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R65 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Very Merry Dunder Mifflin Christmas - Celebrating the Holidays with The Office (Hardcover): Christine Kopaczewski A Very Merry Dunder Mifflin Christmas - Celebrating the Holidays with The Office (Hardcover)
Christine Kopaczewski
R347 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R66 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Fall in love all over again with the lovable and quirky staff of Dunder Mifflin. For nine seasons, The Office aired on NBC with consistently high ratings and was one of the most popular comedy series on TV. Today, everyone's favorite show continues to air on off-network syndication on Comedy Central, the Paramount Network, and Cozi TV, and streaming on Netflix, where it has picked up more fans of all ages along the way, including younger millennials. There is something so iconic and memorable about the Office Christmas episodes and this hilarious gift book for Office fans features all seven office Christmas episodes, Jim and Pam's Christmas pranks, Michael Scott's holiday cocktails list, the rules of Yankee swap, finding the perfect present for your office crush as told by Andy, how to host Christmas like the Schrutes, and more, alongside memorable quotes and 50 full-color images from the show.

Star Wars: The Complete Marvel Comics Covers Mini Book, Vol. 2 (Hardcover): Insight Editions Star Wars: The Complete Marvel Comics Covers Mini Book, Vol. 2 (Hardcover)
Insight Editions
R281 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R53 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Overstated - A Coast-To-Coast Roast of the 50 States (Hardcover): Colin Quinn Overstated - A Coast-To-Coast Roast of the 50 States (Hardcover)
Colin Quinn
R651 R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Save R137 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
I Tweet What I Like - So Sue Me (Paperback): Jackie Phamotse I Tweet What I Like - So Sue Me (Paperback)
Jackie Phamotse 2
R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 In stock

Jackie Phamotse digs deep into the climate of law and policy in the social media landscape.

After a David and Goliath social media legal battle that saw many take note tweeting about her, the result is a brace, thought-provoking and remarkably detailed social media guide and personal narrative. A first-hand approach on beating public humiliation and cyber victimization, Phamotse combines personal anecdotes, hard data and compelling research to cut through an unjust system governed by the rich and famous. The author directly addresses the question of power and obsession related to social media influencers.

Written with equal doses of humor, compassion and wisdom, I Tweet What I Like is an inspiring call to action, celebrating diversity and human potential. I Tweet What I Like will inspire you!

The Little Book of Sloth Philosophy (Hardcover): Jennifer McCartney The Little Book of Sloth Philosophy (Hardcover)
Jennifer McCartney 1
R224 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R75 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Relax, unwind and soak up the wisdom of the sloth with the slowest page turner you'll ever read. From tidying and Hygge, to living Lagom, the endless pressure to be happier, live better, sleep soundly, and eat mindfully can be exhausting. But this year's lifestyle trend finally delivers the perfect antidote - welcome to the year of the sloth. Sloths are mindfulness in action. Contemplative, deliberate, relaxed, and focused. They resist the rat race, the incessant pressures from society to be more productive, and they don't care how many steps they've logged on their fitness tracker. Long-limbed, a little bit shaggy, and a lot wide-eyed, they're wonderful creatures, not to mention completely adorable. Here you can enjoy take-it-slow wisdom inspired by sloths; including advice on sleep (more restorative than a 6am run), eating and 'exercise' (sloths are the original pioneers of slow food and yoga after all), work (did you know that lazy people have higher IQs?), family life, and love. Dispelling over-complicated myths about productivity, this brilliant book confirms that it really is OK to be a sloth.

The Rise of Real-Life Superheroes (Paperback): Peter Nowak The Rise of Real-Life Superheroes (Paperback)
Peter Nowak
R474 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Miracle Bud - Test How High You Really Are (Book): Cider Mill Press Miracle Bud - Test How High You Really Are (Book)
Cider Mill Press
R140 R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Save R9 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Monster Hunter Illustrations 3 (Hardcover): Capcom Monster Hunter Illustrations 3 (Hardcover)
Capcom; Artworks by Capcom
R1,393 R1,064 Discovery Miles 10 640 Save R329 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Beloved by fans the world over, the Monster Hunter series takes players on an epic quest to hunt the most dangerous and fantastic creatures imaginable. Monster Hunter Illustrations is back with this new, leviathan-sized, artwork collection! Monster Hunter Illustrations 3 covers all the fourth generation Monster Hunter game Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Featured are creature designs, character designs, armor, weapons, tons of rough sketches, and more!

Spiroglyphics: Music Icons (Paperback): Thomas Pavitte Spiroglyphics: Music Icons (Paperback)
Thomas Pavitte
R365 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R64 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
White Negroes - When Cornrows Were in Vogue ... and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation (Paperback): Lauren Michele Jackson White Negroes - When Cornrows Were in Vogue ... and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation (Paperback)
Lauren Michele Jackson
R396 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R68 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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