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The Lockdown Collection (Paperback): Melinda Ferguson The Lockdown Collection (Paperback)
Melinda Ferguson
R280 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R39 (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.

These Are Not Gentle People - A True Story (Paperback): Andrew Harding These Are Not Gentle People - A True Story (Paperback)
Andrew Harding
R200 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R28 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Land. Race. Murder. Betrayal. The true story of a case that broke a South African town - by BBC Africa Correspondent

At dusk, on a warm evening in 2016, a group of forty men gathered in the corner of a dusty field on a farm outside Parys in the Free State. Some were in fury. Others treated the whole thing as a joke - a game. The events of the next two hours would come to haunt them all. They would rip families apart, prompt suicide attempts, breakdowns, divorce, bankruptcy, threats of violent revenge and acts of unforgivable treachery. These Are Not Gentle People is the story of that night, and of what happened next. It's a murder story, a courtroom drama, a profound exploration of collective guilt and individual justice, and a fast-paced literary thriller.

Award-winning foreign correspondent and author Andrew Harding traces the impact of one moment of collective barbarism on a fragile community - exploding lies, cover-ups, political meddling and betrayals, and revealing the inner lives of those involved with extraordinary clarity. The book is also a mesmerising examination of a small town trying to cope with a trauma that threatens to tear it in two - as such, it is as much a journey into the heart of modern South Africa as it is a gripping tale of crime, punishment and redemption.

When a whole community is on trial, who pays the price?

All The Money In The World (Paperback, Film Tie-In Edition): John Pearson All The Money In The World (Paperback, Film Tie-In Edition)
John Pearson 1
R280 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R81 (29%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Inspired by the fortunes and misfortunes of the Getty family, whose most extraordinary and troubled episode - the kidnap and ransom of grandson Paul Getty - is now a major motion picture, directed by Ridley Scott, from a screenplay written by David Scarpa and starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer and Mark Wahlberg.

The Griekwastad Murders - The Crime That Shook South Africa (Afrikaans, Paperback, Film Tie-in Edition): Jacques Steenkamp The Griekwastad Murders - The Crime That Shook South Africa (Afrikaans, Paperback, Film Tie-in Edition)
Jacques Steenkamp
R280 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R56 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

ust after dusk on Good Friday, 6 April 2012, the peace and quiet permeating the small Northern Cape town of Griekwastad was disrupted when a young teenage boy sped into town in his father’s Isuzu bakkie and screeched to a halt in front of the town’s nearly deserted police station. It was shortly before 19h00 when Don Steenkamp jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the station’s charge office, covered in blood, to announce that his parents and sister had been brutally shot and killed on the family farm, Naauwhoek.

Although the killings were initially thought to be just another farm attack, months later Don was arrested for the murders, setting in motion a chain of events that would grip South Africa and divide the people of Griekwastad.

Based on interviews with all the role-players, including the investigating offi cers on the case, the forensic and ballistic experts, and family and friends of the deceased, and concluding with the verdict and the sentencing, this is the riveting account of what really happened on Naauwhoek farm on that fateful day, as told by the reporter who followed the case from day one…

The Camp Whore (Paperback): Francois Smith The Camp Whore (Paperback)
Francois Smith 1
R295 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R41 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It is the First World War and Susan Nell stands before the door of a private ward in a British military hospital. On the door she reads a single name. She knows that name. Sixteen years ago, during the Anglo-Boer War, she encountered that name in a concentration camp in Winburg. She lifts her hand to open the door. Her hand shakes uncontrollably. But she is a psychiatric nurse and this is what she has to do, bring traumatised soldiers back to the light. However, if this soldier is the one who sixteen years ago thrust all light out of you with his hips, it is not that obvious. Susan Nell hesitates before she opens the door, desperately uncertain – teetering on the threshold between life and death.

In The Camp Whore the resilience of the human spirit is weighed up against the equally persistent influence of trauma. It is a psychological thriller that will hold you in its icy grip till the very last page.

Die Stella-Moorde (Afrikaans, Paperback): Susan Cilliers Die Stella-Moorde (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Susan Cilliers
R295 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R41 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

“Maar, Xander, wat het by die koshuis gebeur? Ons weet jy was by die koshuis. Wat het presies gebeur daar? Vertel vir my. Jy kan maar met my gesels, Xander… Praat met my, ou seun, moenie slaap nie. Wat het gebeur by die koshuis? Ek weet jy wil nie daaroor praat nie, maar jy moet. Wat het gebeur by die koshuis, Xander?”

En toe is dit asof die damwal meegee.

Die moord op twee pragmeisies in hul skoolkoskuis vroeg op ’n wintersoggend in 2018 het die hegte boeregemeenskap van Stella in Noordwes onherroeplik getraumatiseer. Die ysingwekkende feite van die saak het trouens die hele Suid-Afrika geruk. Xander Bylsma (19), ’n aantreklike boerseun van die omgewing, is aangekla van die wrede wurgmoorde op die sprankelende Sharnelle Hough en Marna Engelbrecht, ’n skrander donkerkop.

Watter intriges het tot die moord gelei? En hoe leef die gesinne van drie belowende en geliefde jong mense met die gevolge van ’n grudaad in ’n gemeenskap van vervlegte lewens? Susan Cilliers, skrywer van die topverkoper Huis van Gruwels, skryf indringend oor die vrae wat ná die hofsaak onbeantwoord bly, oor lewens vernietig in hul fleur en oor die moontlikheid van berusting en vergifnis.

Submerged (Paperback): Louis Wiid Submerged (Paperback)
Louis Wiid 1
R397 Discovery Miles 3 970 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Who can stop a maniacal Russian and his private army? Surely not a handful of Cape Town gangsters and an Investment Banker/ex-scuba diving instructor. Submerged is an international thriller traversing the pirate-controlled waters off the Horn of Africa, the lethal world of Russian organized crime, the buzzing financial capital London, the Rhino slaughter fields of South Africa, the decadence concealed below the brittle veneer of the beautiful City of Cape Town with its adjacent Cape Flats ganglands and the icy, shark-infested waters of the Atlantic.

During a high-risk scuba dive at one of the deep dive-sites of the Red Sea, Sophia Popova, a beautiful but troubled Russian heiress, fails in her suicide attempt. A love affair develops between her and her rescuer, dive instructor Leon Jacobs, and she arranges that Leon, also a bright economics graduate, joins a major Investment Bank in London. The Bank is owned by Russian billionaire and Sophia’s father, Bogdan Popov, who made it big from political favouritism, corruption and innovative methods of getting rid of competitors. The love-sick and gullible Leon soon starts drowning in the international syndicated crime world of Popov whose motto is: ‘Deal or Death’.

Meanwhile, Franklin Benjamin, a notorious Cape Town gangster, but now retired, tries to live a sober life as a commercial fisherman in a small village off the West Coast of South Africa. But when Franklin’s and Leon’s paths cross and, after a series of shocking events disrupt the peace and quiet of Franklin’s world, he has to make the impossible decision whether to rise up from his hibernation and mobilise his gang.

Will Leon escape with his life from the global-reaching claws of Popov? And where will Sophia find the courage and strength to slay the inner demons ruling her existence?

Dis Ek, Anna: Die Volle Verhaal - Dis Ek, Anna / Die Staat Teen Anna Bruwer (Afrikaans, Paperback, Filmuitgawe): Anchien... Dis Ek, Anna: Die Volle Verhaal - Dis Ek, Anna / Die Staat Teen Anna Bruwer (Afrikaans, Paperback, Filmuitgawe)
Anchien Troskie as Elbie Lotter 1
R355 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R50 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

’n Omnibus met Dis ek, Anna en Die staat teen Anna Bruwer in om met die film gebaseer op die boeke saam te val. Die omnibus bevat albei boeke.

Sy het haarself Stom Anna genoem. Omdat sy aan niemand kon vertel van dit wat tussen haar en haar stiefpa plaasgevind het nie.

Hierdie is die verhaal oor hoe sy uiteindelik die stilte verbreek het en haar verhaal aan die węreld en ook in die hof gaan vertel het. ​Dis ek, Anna ​is gebaseer op ’n ware verhaal.

Showdown At The Red Lion - The Life And Times Of Jack McLoughlin 1859-1910 (Paperback): Charles Van Onselen Showdown At The Red Lion - The Life And Times Of Jack McLoughlin 1859-1910 (Paperback)
Charles Van Onselen
R295 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R59 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Johannesburg was - and is - the Frontier of Money. Within months of its founding, the mining camp was host to organised crime: the African ‘Regiment of the Hills’ and ‘Irish Brigade’ bandits. Bars, brothels, boarding houses and hotels oozed testosterone and violence, and the use of fists and guns was commonplace.

Beyond the chaos were clear signs of another struggle, one to maintain control, honour and order within the emerging male and mining dominated culture. In the underworld, the dictum of ‘honour among thieves’, as well as a hatred of informers, testified to attempts at self-regulation. A ‘real man’ did not take advantage of an opponent by employing underhand tactics. It had to be a ‘fair fight’ if a man was to be respected.

This was the world that ‘One-armed Jack’ McLoughlin - brigand, soldier, sailor, mercenary, burglar, highwayman and safe-cracker – entered in the early 1890s to become Johannesburg’s most infamous ‘Irish’ anti-hero and social bandit. McLoughlin’s infatuation with George Stevenson prompted him to recruit the young Englishman into his gang of safe-crackers but ‘Stevo’ was a man with a past and primed for personal and professional betrayal. It was a deadly mixture.

Honour could only be retrieved through a Showdown at the Red Lion.

The Prisoner's Wife (Paperback): Maggie Brookes The Prisoner's Wife (Paperback)
Maggie Brookes 1
R320 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R67 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

A debut novel set in 1944 war-torn Czechoslovakia amid the extreme privations of a prisoner of war camp. Based on a true story, passion, heroism and a love that transcends overwhelming odds.

In the dead of night a farm girl and a British soldier creep through abandoned villages. Izabela and prisoner-of-war Bill have secretly married and are on the run, searching for Izabela’s brother and father, who are fighting the Nazis as partisans. They’ve evaded capture in the countryside for a week, but when their luck runs out, they are delivered into the hands of the occupying enemy, the German army.

But they have prepared for this moment. Izabela’s hair has been shorn and, pretending to be unable to speak, she is assumed to be a mute young British soldier. The pair are transported to a POW camp and faced with living conditions far worse than those experienced by any animal on Izabela’s farm. They will need the help of their fellow POWs to maintain their deception, and the gravity of the situation becomes chillingly apparent; if they are discovered, Izabela will have put not just herself and Bill in great danger, but also all the men around them.

The Prisoner’s Wife tells of an incredible risk, and how our deepest bonds are tested in desperate times. Bill and Izabela’s is a story of love, and survival, against the darkest odds.

Based on a true story, and researched extensively by the author on location in Eastern Europe, this is a story that takes the reader deep into a rarely-seen side of the Second World War.

Foxcatcher - A True Story Of Murder, Madness And The Quest For Olympic Gold (Paperback, Ed): Mark Schultz, David Thomas Foxcatcher - A True Story Of Murder, Madness And The Quest For Olympic Gold (Paperback, Ed)
Mark Schultz, David Thomas 1
R337 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This is the gripping true crime story that inspired the major new Oscar-nominated motion picture which stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.

The Foxcatcher estate, Pennsylvania, January 1996. Billionaire John du Pont fatally kills someone. After a two day siege at the ranch, du Pont is finally apprehended. It wasn't supposed to end that way. Du Pont had lured to his ranch America's top wrestlers, the brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, with the dream of building a world-class team. But as he grew paranoid and controlling, the brothers realised they were trapped. No one knows the inside story of Foxcatcher better than Mark Schultz. This book is a searing portrait of the relationship he and his brother had with du Pont, whose catastrophic break from reality led to tragedy.

Now a major motion picture, the incredible true story of these championship-winning brothers and the wealthiest convicted murderer of all time will be enjoyed by fans of Argo, Captain Phillips and American Hustle.

Don't Give Up, Don't Give In - Life Lessons from an Extraordinary Man (Paperback): Louis Zamperini, David Rensin Don't Give Up, Don't Give In - Life Lessons from an Extraordinary Man (Paperback)
Louis Zamperini, David Rensin 2
R261 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Louis Zamperini lived one of the most amazing lives imaginable. As a young boy he was a troublemaker but his will to succeed drove him on to become an Olympian at the 1936 Games. With the outbreak of war, Louis volunteered for the army and was thrust into the violent combat of the Second World War as a B-24 bombardier. While on a rescue mission Louis's plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, leaving him stranded and drifting 2000 miles in a small raft for 47 days. Against all the odds he survived. His struggle was just beginning...

Captured by the Japanese, Louis courageously endured torture in a series of prisoner-of-war camps for over two years. Not only did he survive this ordeal but he went on to spend the rest of his life helping others. Completed just days before Louis's death at age 97, Don't Give Up, Don't Give In contains a lifetime of wisdom and humour. Louis shares the wonderful lessons he has learned during his life, previously untold stories, and inspirational insights on how he overcame adversity and found the courage to never give up and never give in.

Louis's story has touched millions and will forever be one of the most inspiring examples of the great resilience of the human spirit.

Naked And Marooned - One Man. One Island. (Paperback): Ed Stafford Naked And Marooned - One Man. One Island. (Paperback)
Ed Stafford 1
R333 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R58 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'I stood on the beach truly alone for the first time. I would not see another person for sixty days. I was on an uninhabited tropical island and I had nothing with me to help me survive. No food, no equipment, no knife and not even any clothes. All I had was my camera kit so that I could intimately record my self-inflicted sentence.' What if you were abandoned on a tropical island with no food or water, no basic equipment, not even a knife, and no clothes - could you survive? Extreme adventurer Ed Stafford isn't sure, but he's about to find out as he pushes himself to the limit in this gripping and inspirational test of human survival. For sixty days, with only his explorer's instinct and a video camera to record his experiences, Ed faces the ultimate feat of physical and mental endurance. He confronts blazing heat and brutal loneliness; eats snails to escape starvation and battles illness, dehydration and fatigue in what is his most dangerous, and at times life-threatening, challenge to date. This epic story of survival, full of exhilarating highs and devastating lows, is told with raw emotion and captivating honesty. This book will leave you amazed and exhausted.

Choosing To Live - A Remarkable True Story Of Adventure And Survival In The Amazon Jungle (Paperback): Davey du Plessis Choosing To Live - A Remarkable True Story Of Adventure And Survival In The Amazon Jungle (Paperback)
Davey du Plessis
R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Two months into a planned solo source-to-sea navigation of the Amazon River, adventure Davey du Plessis was ambushed and shot within the isolated jungles of Peru.

The adventure turned into an intense moment-to-moment struggle to survive as he made his way, wounded, through the dense jungle, seeking rescue and safety.

Choosing To Live is Davey's personal account of his Amazon experience. He retells the remarkable story with an endearing openness, while sharing unique insights into the power of compassion and his ability to maintain motivation in his balance between life and death.

Unbroken (Paperback, Film tie-in edition): Laura Hillenbrand Unbroken (Paperback, Film tie-in edition)
Laura Hillenbrand 1
R247 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R32 (13%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, now a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie. THE INTERNATIONAL NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER In 1943 a bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Against all odds, one young lieutenant survives. Louise Zamperini had already transformed himself from child delinquent to prodigious athlete, running in the Berlin Olympics. Now he must embark on one of the Second World War's most extraordinary odysseys. Zamperini faces thousands of miles of open ocean on a failing raft. Beyond like only greater trials, in Japan's prisoner-of-war camps. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini's destiny, whether triumph or tragedy, depends on the strength of his will ... Now a major motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jack O' Connell.

Ware Spookverhale Van Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback): Daniel Lotter Ware Spookverhale Van Suid-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Daniel Lotter
R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 In stock

Dit spook beslis al sedert die oertyd in Suid-Afrika, maar die skrywer begin sy hervertelling van dosyne ware spookverhale met ’n vreemde voorval in November 1653 op ’n seilskippie in Tafelbaai, die eerste opgetekende geval.

Die magdom ware stories is tematies ingedeel volgens die soort verskynsel, van verjaarspoke, saampraatspoke en tydspronge, tot spookmotors, spookdiere, voorbodes en sieners.

Die verteltrant is lig en gemaklik met skeute humor, soos net Daniël Lötter kan.

Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 (Paperback): Mitchell Zuckoff Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 (Paperback)
Mitchell Zuckoff
R330 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R66 (20%) In stock

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'The farewell calls from the planes... the mounting terror of air traffic control... the mothers who knew they were witnessing their loved ones perish... From an author who's spent 5 years reconstructing its horror, never has the story been told with such devastating, human force' Daily Mail This is a 9/11 book like no other. Masterfully weaving together multiple strands of the events in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Fall and Rise is a mesmerising, minute-by-minute account of that terrible day. In the days and months after 9/11, Mitchell Zuckoff, then a reporter for the Boston Globe, wrote about the attacks, the victims, and their families. After further years of meticulous reporting, Zuckoff has filled Fall and Rise with voices of the lost and the saved. The result is an utterly gripping book, filled with intimate stories of people most affected by the events of that sunny Tuesday in September: an out-of-work actor stuck in an elevator in the North Tower of the World Trade Center; the heroes aboard Flight 93 deciding to take action; a veteran trapped in the inferno in the Pentagon; the fire chief among the first on the scene in sleepy Shanksville; a team of firefighters racing to save an injured woman and themselves; and the men, women, and children flying across country to see loved ones or for work who suddenly faced terrorists bent on murder. Fall and Rise will open new avenues of understanding for everyone who thinks they know the story of 9/11, bringing to life - and in some cases, bringing back to life - the extraordinary ordinary people who experienced the worst day in modern American history. Destined to be a classic, Fall and Rise will move, shock, inspire, and fill hearts with love and admiration for the human spirit as it triumphs in the face of horrifying events.

We Still Have Words (Paperback): Georges Salines, Azdyne Amimour We Still Have Words (Paperback)
Georges Salines, Azdyne Amimour
R219 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R42 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'A powerful, inspiring book' Observer Georges Salines lost his daughter Lola in the attack on the Bataclan Theatre in Paris on 13th November 2015. Azdyne Amimour lost his son. Both were aged 28. Lola was one of the 90 victims, Amimour's son one of the attackers. From his meeting with Azdyne Amimour, an unprecedented dialogue emerged. Georges Salines carries the memory of his daughter and many other victims, while Azdyne Amimour seeks to understand how his son was able to commit acts which he condemns without appeal. Driven by mutual curiosity, the two tell their stories and unfold the story of 'their' 13th November. In the course of this conversation, a deep respect was born between these two fathers whom everything should nevertheless have opposed. Their testimony feeds a peaceful reflection on radicalization, education and mourning. Because if there are words left, there is also hope.

A Killer By Design - Murderers, Mindhunters, and My Quest to Decipher the Criminal Mind (Hardcover): Ann Wolbert Burgess,... A Killer By Design - Murderers, Mindhunters, and My Quest to Decipher the Criminal Mind (Hardcover)
Ann Wolbert Burgess, Steven Matthew Constantine
R453 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R74 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the FBI's Behavioural Science Unit, written by the pioneering forensic nurse who transformed the way the FBI studies, profiles, and catches serial killers. Directly beneath the progressive activism and sex positivity of the 1970s, a dark undercurrent of violence rippled across the American landscape, resulting in the alarming rise of sexual assault and homicide cases nationwide. Under a shroud of secrecy, the FBI created a specialized, top-secret team to track down the country's most dangerous and violent criminals and bring them to justice. But narrowing down a seemingly infinite list of potential suspects seemed impossible until Dr. Ann Burgess stepped on the scene. As the brilliant mind behind criminal profiling, she helped the FBI identify, trace, and interview hundreds of terrifying serial killers and notoriously violent criminals. Combining a riveting personal narrative of fearless feminism and ambition, bone-chilling encounters with real-life monsters, and a revealing portrait of our ever-evolving criminal justice system, A Killer By Design will inspire, terrify, and enlighten you in equal measure - and begs the question, 'What drives someone to kill, and how can they be stopped?'

Blood On Her Hands - South Africa's Most Notorious Female Killers (Paperback): Tanya Farber Blood On Her Hands - South Africa's Most Notorious Female Killers (Paperback)
Tanya Farber
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Meet Daisy De Melker, who 'lovingly' prepared a flask of strychnine-laced coffee for her son. She is very different from Najwa Petersen, who carefully planned a 'house robbery' to eliminate her musician husband. Chané van Heerden placed her victim's facial skin in the freezer for preservation, yet Phoenix Racing Cloud Theron wished to dispose of her mother's body before it was even cold. And Dina Rodrigues? She 'wouldn't harm a fly' - but then went and organised a hit on a baby.

Women are not paragons of virtue who cannot commit murder. Nor are they always insane when they do deliberately cause death. And the women with 'blood on their hands' are not homogeneous.

In Blood on Her Hands, award-winning journalist Tanya Farber investigates the lives, minds and motivations of some of South Africa's most notorious female murders, from the poisonous nurse Daisy de Melker, to the privileged but deeply disturbed Najwa Petersen, to the mysterious Joey Haarhoff, who died before revealing the fate of her victims. Written in a style lighter than the subject matter might suggest, Blood on Her Hands will keep you reading until late at night.

The Dublin Railway Murder - The sensational true story of a Victorian murder mystery (Hardcover): Thomas Morris The Dublin Railway Murder - The sensational true story of a Victorian murder mystery (Hardcover)
Thomas Morris
R464 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R73 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

A thrilling and perplexing investigation of a true Victorian crime at Dublin railway station. Dublin, November 1856: George Little, the chief cashier of the Broadstone railway terminus, is found dead, lying in a pool of blood beneath his desk. He has been savagely beaten, his head almost severed; there is no sign of a murder weapon, and the office door is locked, apparently from the inside. Thousands of pounds in gold and silver are left untouched at the scene of the crime. Augustus Guy, Ireland's most experienced detective, teams up with Dublin's leading lawyer to investigate the murder. But the mystery defies all explanation, and two celebrated sleuths sent by Scotland Yard soon return to London, baffled. Five suspects are arrested then released, with every step of the salacious case followed by the press, clamouring for answers. But then a local woman comes forward, claiming to know the murderer...

GIRL - On Black Womanhood and Belonging (Paperback): Kenya Hunt GIRL - On Black Womanhood and Belonging (Paperback)
Kenya Hunt
R231 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R27 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'Powerful, intelligent and vital - one of the year's must-reads' Hannah Nathanson, Features Director, ELLE Featuring contributions from Candice Carty-Williams, Jessica Horn, Ebele Okobi, Funmi Fetto and Freddie Harrel. In the vein of Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist, but wholly its own, Girl is a provocative, heartbreaking and frequently hilarious collection of original essays on what it means to be black, a woman, a mother and a global citizen in today's ever-changing world. Black women have never been more visible or more publicly celebrated. But for every new milestone, every magazine cover, every box office record smashed, the reality of everyday life remains a complex, nuanced, contradiction-laden experience. Award-winning journalist and American in London Kenya Hunt threads razor sharp cultural observation through evocative and relatable stories, both illuminating our current cultural moment and transcending it.

The Last Survivor (Hardcover): Frank Krake The Last Survivor (Hardcover)
Frank Krake
R476 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R86 (18%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'This is an extraordinary biography. A gripping narrative that opens as derring-do wartime escape drama rapidly turns into a horror story about man's inhumanity to man...Important and unforgettable' Jonathan Dimbleby, bestselling author Perfect for readers of Last Stop Auschwitz, The Volunteer and The Tattooist of Auschwitz. ---- The awe-inspiring and gripping true story of the young man who survived not one, but three concentration camps, only - in the final days of the war - to be bombed while aboard a Nazi prison boat. Stowed away on top of a train, twenty-year-old Wim Aloserij escapes the obligatory work camps in Nazi-ruled Germany in 1943. The young man from Amsterdam then goes into hiding on a farm - sleeping for months in a wooden chest hidden underground. But it's not to last. In the cover of night, Wim is captured during a raid and transported to the infamous Gestapo prison in Amsterdam. There, his life changes forever as he is thrown into the nightmare of the Holocaust and transported to Camp Amersfoort - the first of three concentration camps he must endure. Drawing on the lessons he learned as a child as the victim of an alcoholic and abusive father, Wim is forced to adapt quickly and urgently to his hellish surroundings. However, it is with the end of the war in sight, that Wim must draw on every last strength he has when he finds himself caught in the very centre of Allied-Nazi crossfire. At the age of 94, Wim finally felt ready to tell his incredible story, which he kept secret for most of his life. A true story of bravery, courage and resilience, The Last Survivor is a compelling, life-affirming read that will make you gasp but also leave you amazed by one young man's determination - against the odds - to survive.

17 Maal Moord (Afrikaans, Paperback): Daniel Lotter 17 Maal Moord (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Daniel Lotter
R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Ships in 4 - 8 working days

’n Grieselrige reis na die plekke waar van Suid-Afrika se bekendste moorde gepleeg is asook ’n hele aantal minder bekendes.

Maak kennis met die moordenaars en die doodgewone gemeenskappe waar slagoffers van die vroegste tye tot die onlangse verlede wreed aan hul einde gekom het.

The Dominici Affair - Murder and Mystery in Provence (Hardcover): Martin Kitchen The Dominici Affair - Murder and Mystery in Provence (Hardcover)
Martin Kitchen
R733 R602 Discovery Miles 6 020 Save R131 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In August 1952, the distinguished British scientist Sir Jack Drummond, alongside his wife, Lady Ann, and their ten-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, was brutally murdered on a roadside in rural France. Sir Jack, a well-known nutritionist who modernized the classification of vitamins and helped devise UK rationing in World War II, was on holiday with his family in the French Riviera when they stopped to make camp just off the road near a farm called La Grand'Terre in Provence. The family was found murdered the following morning. Gaston Dominici, the illiterate, seventy-five-year-old patriarch of the nearby La Grand'Terre was accused, convicted, and condemned to death by guillotine soon after. When Dominici was first convicted there was general agreement that the ignorant, pitiless, and depraved old peasant had gotten what he deserved. At the time, Dominici stood for everything backwards and brutish about a peasantry left behind in the wake of France's post-war transformation and burgeoning prosperity. But with time perspectives changed. Subsequent enquiries coupled with widespread doubts and misgivings prompted President de Gaulle to order his release from prison in 1960, and by the 1980s many in France came to believe--against all evidence--that Gaston Dominici was innocent. He had become a romanticized symbol of a simpler, genuine, and somehow more honest life from a bygone era. Reconstructing the facts of the case and setting it against broader social, economic, and historical currents in post-war France, The Dominici Affair sheds light on one of the most puzzling and notorious crimes of 20th Century France, illuminating an entire Rorschach of social dynamics in the country.

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