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150 Stories (Afrikaans, Paperback): Nataniel 150 Stories (Afrikaans, Paperback)
R350 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R49 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Hierdie omvangryke versameling van die bekende en gewilde Nataniel se verhoogverhale is die ideale Kersgeskenk! Nataniel is een van Suid-Afrika se meester-storievertellers op die verhoog. Sy unieke stem en styl, sy spitsvondige en skerpsinnige humor, sy deernis vir die verskoppelinge en verstotelinge, dit alles maak hom n belangrike stem in ons kultuur en samelewing. Die versameling sluit in byna al sy verhale (Afrikaans en Engels) uit ouer bundels wat reeds deur die jare uit druk geraak het (Oopmond, Rubber, Maria Maria, Tuesday, Kaalkop 2, When I was), sowel as 10 nuwe stories.

Willer Blouwillestories (Afrikaans, Paperback): Willem Theron Willer Blouwillestories (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Willem Theron
R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Blouwillem is vir heelwat koerantlesers sinoniem met Maandagoggend. Hierdie hoogs vermaaklike bundel is 'n tweede versameling van Blouwillem se tong-in-die-kies wyshede. Blouwillem neem in Willer Blouwillestories onder andere seerowers onder die loep, hy besin oor Charlize se lewensverhaal, munt die Groot Vier en identifiseer Daai Kyk. Origens bied hierdie bundel waardevolle wenke vir diegene wat n leerlingbestuurderslisensie moet bekom en nee, n pedofiel is nie n onderwyskwalifikasie nie....

All Aunt Hagar's Children - Stories (Paperback): Edward P Jones All Aunt Hagar's Children - Stories (Paperback)
Edward P Jones
R337 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R53 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Three years after the publication of his much-heralded, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Known World," Edward P. Jones returned with an elegiac, luminous masterpiece, "All Aunt Hagar's Children." In these fourteen sweeping and sublime stories, Jones resurrects the minor characters in his first award-winning story collection, "Lost in the City." The result is vintage Jones: powerful, magisterial tales that showcase his ability to probe the complexities and tenaciousness of the human spirit.

"All Aunt Hagar's Children" is filled with people who call Washington, D.C., home. Yet it is the city's ordinary citizens, not its power brokers, who most concern Jones. Here, everyday people who thought the values of the South would sustain them in the North find "that the cohesion born and nurtured in the south would be but memory in less than two generations."

Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2 (Paperback, None ed.): Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequiera, Bryce Stevens Cthulhu Deep Down Under Volume 2 (Paperback, None ed.)
Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequiera, Bryce Stevens; Introduction by Peter Rawlik
R355 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R53 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Charles Dickens' Christmas Stories - A Classic Collection for Yuletide (Hardcover): Charles Dickens Charles Dickens' Christmas Stories - A Classic Collection for Yuletide (Hardcover)
Charles Dickens
R304 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R46 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We cannot go through the Christmas season without hearing exclamations of Scrooge's 'Bah Humbug!' or Tiny Tim's more good-natured 'God bless us, every one'. Charles Dickens' Christmas tales have defined the festive period and will endure for years to come. This beautifully designed treasury collates his well-known A Christmas Carol with other lesser known Christmas stories, including: * The Chimes * The Cricket on the Hearth * The Battle of Life * The Haunted Man Dickens was a tireless campaigner for social justice and his empathy with the deserving poor shines through in these stories, which often culminate in the change of heart of a misanthrope. Join Tiny Tim, the Cratchit family, Ebenezer Scrooge and a menagerie of wonderfully realised characters on this festive journey and remind yourself of the true meaning of Christmas.

Karma and Other Stories (Paperback): Rishi Reddi Karma and Other Stories (Paperback)
Rishi Reddi
R359 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R63 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this sparkling collection, award-winning writer Rishi Reddi weaves a multigenerational tapestry of interconnected lives, depicting members of an Indian American community struggling to balance the demands of tradition with the allure of Western life.

In "Lord Krishna," a teenager is offended when his evangelical history teacher likens the Hindu deity to Satan, but ultimately forgives the teacher against his father's wishes. In the title story, "Karma," an unemployed professor rescues birds in downtown Boston after his wealthy brother kicks him out of his home. In "Justice Shiva Ram Murthy," which appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2005, an irascible retired judge reconnects with a childhood friend while adjusting to a new life with his daughter and her American husband. In "Devadasi," a beautiful young woman raised in the United States travels back to India and challenges the sexual confines of her culture. And in "Bangles," a widow decides to return to her native village to flee her son's off-putting American ways.

Set mostly in the Boston area, with side trips to an isolated immigrant community in Wichita, Kansas, and the characters' hometown of Hyderabad, India, Karma and Other Stories introduces a luminous new voice.

The Grass is Singing (Paperback, Epub Edition): Doris Lessing The Grass is Singing (Paperback, Epub Edition)
Doris Lessing 1
R233 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R54 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Nobel Prize-winner Doris Lessing's first novel is a taut and tragic portrayal of a crumbling marriage, set in South Africa during the years of Arpartheid. Set in Rhodesia, 'The Grass is Singing' tells the story of Dick Turner, a failed white farmer and his wife, Mary, a town girl who hates the bush and viciously abuses the black South Africans who work on their farm. But after many years, trapped by poverty, sapped by the heat of their tiny house, the lonely and frightened Mary turns to Moses, the black cook, for kindness and understanding. A masterpiece of realism, 'The Grass is Singing' is a superb evocation of Africa's majestic beauty, an intense psychological portrait of lives in confusion and, most of all, a fearless exploration of the ideology of white supremacy.

Madame Zero - 9 Stories (Paperback): Sarah Hall Madame Zero - 9 Stories (Paperback)
Sarah Hall
R331 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R20 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Lucky Girls - Stories (Paperback): Nell Freudenberger Lucky Girls - Stories (Paperback)
Nell Freudenberger
R303 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R16 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

These five stories follow young women living far from home, coping with new and often unfamiliar rules, as they confront the compelling circumstances of adult love. The rich, unforgettable tales in this collection, set in Southeast Asia and on the Indian subcontinent, showcase a writer of exceptional talent, one of today's most gifted and exciting young voices.

Lick of the Lizard (Paperback): Geraldine Mills Lick of the Lizard (Paperback)
Geraldine Mills
R305 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R57 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The journey of Geraldine Mills into the world of the short story has earned her many plaudits, and it is clear from this collection, why. She shines a high definition light into the varied landscapes of her different characters, so that even her minor actors are presented to us in a very visual way and leave very strong imprints. This is no surprise, for readers more familiar with Geraldine's work as a poet. She brings lyricism to her prose, along with a keen sense of how the surreal crops up in everyday life. Here we meet Aunt Lillis who lets the birds peck food from her teeth, the good doctor who helps women "keep their hearts in one place," or Stella who has a penchant for young boys. Her heroes fight constant battles with jealousy, marital disappointment, infidelity and death. Though the themes are dark, they are not without humour. Some battles are won, others lost, all wholly engrossing. Taking the title from her Hennessy award-winning story "Lick of the Lizard," the prose in these nine highly-wrought stories sings, and the collection is a welcome addition to the Irish literary pantheon.

Chill Tidings - Dark Tales of the Christmas Season (Paperback): Chill Tidings - Dark Tales of the Christmas Season (Paperback)
R244 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R39 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The gifts are unwrapped, the feast has been consumed and the fire is well fed - but the ghosts are still hungry. The ghosts are at the door. Welcome to the second new collection of dark Christmas stories in the Tales of the Weird series, ushering in a fresh host of nightmarish phantoms and otherworldly intruders bent on joining or ruining the most wonderful time of the year. Featuring classic tales from Algernon Blackwood, Rosemary Timperley, Sheridan Le Fanu and Elinor Glyn alongside rare pieces from the sleeping periodicals and literary magazines of the Library collection, it's time to open the door and let the real festivities begin.

Fearsome Journeys (Paperback): Jonathan Strahan Fearsome Journeys (Paperback)
Jonathan Strahan; Kate Eliot, Trudi Canavan, Daniel Abraham, Saladin Ahmed, … 1
R214 R153 Discovery Miles 1 530 Save R61 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How do you encompass all the worlds of the imagination? Within fantasy's scope lies every possible impossibility, from dragons to spirits, from magic to gods, and from the unliving to the undying. In Fearsome Journeys, master anthologist Jonathan Strahan sets out on a quest to find the very limits of the unlimited, collecting twelve brand new stories by some of the most popular and exciting names in epic fantasy from around the world. With original fiction from Scott Lynch, Saladin Ahmed, Trudi Canavan, K J Parker, Kate Elliott, Jeffrey Ford, Robert V S Redick, Ellen Klages, Glen Cook, Elizabeth Bear, Ellen Kushner, Ysabeau S. Wilce and Daniel Abraham, Fearsome Journeys explores the whole range of the fantastic.

Property - A Collection (Paperback): Lionel Shriver Property - A Collection (Paperback)
Lionel Shriver 1
R275 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R85 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather - Stories (Paperback, Perennial ed.): Gao Xingjian Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather - Stories (Paperback, Perennial ed.)
Gao Xingjian
R286 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R53 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

These six stories by Nobel Prize winner Gao Xingjian transport the reader to moments where the fragility of love and life, and the haunting power of memory, are beautifully unveiled. In "The Temple," the narrator's acute and mysterious anxiety overshadows the delirious happiness of an outing with his new wife on their honeymoon. In "The Cramp," a man narrowly escapes drowning in the sea, only to find that no one even noticed his absence. In the title story, the narrator attempts to relieve his homesickness only to find that he is lost in a labyrinth of childhood memories.

Everywhere in this collection are powerful psychological portraits of characters whose unarticulated hopes and fears betray the never-ending presence of the past in their present lives.

Dangerous Women Part 1 (Paperback): George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois Dangerous Women Part 1 (Paperback)
George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois 2
R236 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R53 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Commissioned by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, these tales of dangerous women by the most stellar names in fiction are available for the first time in three-volume paperback. George R.R. Martin is the bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO's hit series Game of Thrones. This first volume features an original 35,000 word novella by George R.R. Martin. 'The Princess and the Queen' reveals the origins of the civil war in Westeros (before the events in A Game of Thrones), which is known as the Dance of the Dragons, pitting Targaryen against Targaryen and dragon against dragon. Other authors in this volume of warriors, bad girls and dragonriders include worldwide bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson, Lawrence Block and Nancy Kress. DANGEROUS WOMEN 1 Gardner Dozois's introduction George R. R. Martin, 'The Princess and the Queen' Carrie Vaughn, 'Raisa Stepanova' Nancy Kress,'"Second Arabesque, Very Slowly' Lawrence Block, 'I Know How to Pick 'Em' Megan Abbott, 'My Heart Is Either Broken' Joe R. Lansdale, 'Wrestling Jesus' Brandon Sanderson, 'Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell'

The Secret Goldfish (Paperback, 1st Harper Perennial ed): David Means The Secret Goldfish (Paperback, 1st Harper Perennial ed)
David Means
R318 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R18 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Readers familiar with David Means' electrifying work in the Los Angeles Times Book Prize -- winning Assorted Fire Eventswill recognize his extraordinary vision in The Secret Goldfish. A trio of erotically charged kids goes on a crime spree in Michigan; a goldfish bears witness to the demise of a Connecticut marriage; and an extremely unlucky man is stalked by lightning. This dazzling new collection reveals Means' rare talent for the short story and establishes his place among the American masters.

Good Trouble (Paperback): Joseph O'Neill Good Trouble (Paperback)
Joseph O'Neill 1
R265 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R86 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Back at dinner, somebody said that the goose thinks it's a dog. No, it doesn't. It doesn't think it's a dog. The goose doesn't think. The goose just is. And what the goose is is goose. But goose is not goose, Robert thinks. Even the goose isn't goose. In Good Trouble, the first story collection from Joseph O'Neill, author of Netherland, characters are forced to discover exactly who they are, and who they can never quite be. There's Rob, who swears he is a dependable member of society, but can't scrape together a character reference to prove that's the case. And Jayne, who has no choice but to investigate a strange noise downstairs while her husband lies glued to the bed with fear. A mother tries to find where she fits into her son's new life of semi-soft rind-washed cheeses, and a poet tries to fathom what makes a poet. Do you even have to write poetry? Packed with O'Neill's trademark acerbic humour, Good Trouble explores the maddening and secretly political space between thoughts and deeds, between men and women, between goose and not-goose.

You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (Hardcover): Alice Walker You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (Hardcover)
Alice Walker
R634 R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Anatural evolution from the earlier, much-acclaimed collection In Love
& Trouble, these fourteen provocative and often humorous stories show
women oppressed but not defeated.These are hopeful stories about love,
lust, fame, and cultural thievery, the delight of new lovers, and the
rediscovery of old friends, affirmed even across self-imposed color lines.

Always the Bridesmaid (Paperback): Sarah Webb Always the Bridesmaid (Paperback)
Sarah Webb
R328 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R17 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It's bad enough when your love life is going nowhere fast -- it's worse when everyone else's is soaring

That's the personal tragedy that appears to have befallen Amy O'Sullivan, asshe careens toward the "Big Three-O" with what she laughingly refers to as a "career" at a dead end. Amy's little sister has come home with her "Golden Delicious" Australian fiance in tow. Amy's girlfriend Beth is also planning on tying the knot with her own Mr. Right in the near future. And another "friend" has just slept with the man Amy figured she herself might end up marrying So what's a perennial bridesmaid to do . . . after she's spent more than enough time and energy lying in bed, wallowing in self-pity?Why, move on, of course She's needed (sort of) at the bookstore where, as"Story Princess," she's expected to enliven young lives, even as her own sinks deeper in the mire.

Then again, perhaps there are actual Prince Charmings out there in the real world. And a pitiful princess never knows what -- or who -- is going to come walking in the door holding the hand of an eager little girl . . .

The Nanny (Paperback): Melissa Nathan The Nanny (Paperback)
Melissa Nathan
R328 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R17 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Twenty-three-year-old Jo Green knows that if she has to spend one more night in ultra-provincial Niblet-Upon-Avon she'll go completely bonkers! So she answers an ad in the paper, bids her devoted boyfriend Shaun adieu, and heads off to the big city. With a new job that offers excitement; a cool car; and her own suite with a TV, DVD player, and a cell phone, how can she go wrong?

Then she meets . . . the Fitzgeralds -- Dick and Vanessa and their unruly brood of rugrats who have suddenly been entrusted into Jo's care. There's eight-year-old "psycho-babe" Cassandra; bloodthirsty Zak, the six-year-old Terminator; and timid little Tallulah.

So what else could go wrong? How about the arrival of Dick's children from his first marriage: teenage Toby and (gulp!) all-grown-up-and-very-nicely-at-that Josh the accountant? And now that she has to temporarily share her room with Josh, Jo's head is really in a spin -- because with her hometown beau still in the picture and a sexy possibility sleeping just a foot away, life has suddenly gotten very complicated indeed!

The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Reader (Paperback): Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Charlotte Perkins Gilman Reader (Paperback)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Volume editing by Ann Lane
R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An anthology of fiction by one of America's important feminist writers, the author of the Yellow Wallpaper, in which a woman is driven mad by chauvinist psychiatry. Collected here, by Lane, are 18 stories and fragments, including a selection from Herland, Gilman's feminist Utopia.

The Texan Takes A Wife - The Texan Takes a Wife (Texas Cattleman's Club: Blackmail, Book 11) / Expecting a Lone Star Heir... The Texan Takes A Wife - The Texan Takes a Wife (Texas Cattleman's Club: Blackmail, Book 11) / Expecting a Lone Star Heir (Texas Promises, Book 1) (Paperback)
Charlene Sands, Sara Orwig
R160 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R11 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Texan Takes a Wife by Charlene Sands Erin Sinclair's one-night stand with sexy Daniel Hunt is just what she needs. But when she offers to help out a friend and ends up working with someone very familiar, she'll soon learn just how determined a cowboy can be! Expecting a Lone Star Heir by Sara Orwig To fulfill a promise, Mike Moretti goes home to Texas to work on the Warner ranch. His attraction to the owner - his friend's widow - is a temptation he can't resist, and then she announces a little surprise...

Twelve Nights Of Temptation - Twelve Nights of Temptation (Whiskey Bay Brides, Book 2) / Wrangling the Rich Rancher (Sons of... Twelve Nights Of Temptation - Twelve Nights of Temptation (Whiskey Bay Brides, Book 2) / Wrangling the Rich Rancher (Sons of Country, Book 1) (Paperback)
Barbara Dunlop, Sheri Whitefeather
R161 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R11 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Twelve Nights of Temptation by Barbara Dunlop Tom boy mechanic Tasha Lowell is CEO Matt Emerson's type at all. She's supposed to be repairing his yacht, not getting under his skin. But when a charity-ball makeover reveals the sensuous woman underneath the baggy clothes, Matt knows he must have her... Wrangling the Rich Rancher by Sheri WhiteFeather When reclusive rancher Matt Clark, the troubled son of a famous country singer, confronts the spunky Libby Penn about her biography of his estranged father, anger and distrust might be replaced with something a whole lot more dangerous to his heart...

England and Other Stories (Paperback): Graham Swift England and Other Stories (Paperback)
Graham Swift 1
R271 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R103 (38%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A collection of new stories from the Booker-prize winning author of Last Orders, and of the Sunday Times bestseller Mothering Sunday. Meet Dr Shah, who has never been to India, and Mrs Kaminski, on her way to Poland via A&E. Meet Holly and Polly, who have come to their own Anglo-Irish understanding; Charlie and Don, who have seen the docks turn into Docklands; Daisy Baker, terrified of Yorkshire; and Johnny Dewhurst, stranded on Exmoor. Binding these stories together is Graham Swift's affectionate but unflinching instinct for the story of us all: an evocation of that mysterious body that is a nation, deepened by the palpable sense of our individual bodies finding or losing their way in the nationless territory of birth, ageing, sex and death. Praise for Mothering Sunday: 'Bathed in light; and even when tragedy strikes, it blazes irresistibly... Swift's small fiction feels like a masterpiece' Guardian 'Alive with sensuousness and sensuality ... wonderfully accomplished, it is an achievement' Sunday Times 'From start to finish Swift's is a novel of stylish brilliance and quiet narrative verve. The archly modulated, precise prose (a hybrid of Henry Green and Kazuo Ishiguro) is a glory to read. Now 66, Swift is a writer at the very top of his game' Evening Standard 'Mothering Sunday is a powerful, philosophical and exquisitely observed novel about the lives we lead, and the parallel lives - the parallel stories - we can never know ... It may just be Swift's best novel yet' Observer

The Gonjon Pin and other stories - The Caine Prize for African writing 2014 (Paperback): The Gonjon Pin and other stories - The Caine Prize for African writing 2014 (Paperback)
R220 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R38 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A last swim in a condemned pool leads a troubled teenager and her grandmother to common ground... A young woman finds it so hard to make her way in the city that she takes a drastic decision... A couple receive relationship counselling from a strange family grouping... A boy meets two exiles from Rwanda - one of them a gorilla - with remarkable results... A woman summons her father back from the dead... The authors shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize are: Diane Awerbuck (South Africa) for Phosphorescence; Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia) for Chicken; Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe) for The Intervention; Billy Kahora (Kenya) for The Gorilla's Apprentice; Okwiri Oduor (Kenya) for My Father's Head. In addition, 12 writers took part in the Caine Prize Writers' Workshop, held this year in Zimbabwe, where each produced a special story for this volume. These 17 stories - insightful, arresting and entertaining - reflect the richness and range of current writing on the African continent.

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