The Woman in the Wood by Lesley Pearse
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Equal but Different
Author: Judy Dlamini
About the book: Equal But Different is based on life story interviews from fourteen women from diverse backgrounds, all of whom have risen to top leadership positions. These include Phuti Mahanyele (exec chairman Sigma Capital), Coco Cachalia (CEO Grounded Media), Cora Fernandez (Head of Sanlam Investment Management), and Siza Mzimela (first black woman to lead a commercial airline company). It does an excellent job of illuminating the similarities as well as the differences in the women’s experiences in their struggle to the top.
Price: WAS R299
From A to B
Author: Vejay Ramlakan
About the book: Bonang’s career started out in youth and entertainment shows at the age of 15, but she really entered the lives of many South Africans with an electric on-screen presence on SABC 1’s music show Live in the early 2000s, and has been climbing ever since. Today she is the one who reigns supreme, having cemented herself as the queen of South African media, specialising as a media maven, MC, philanthropist, TV & radio presenter, fashionista and TV producer.
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness
Author: Arundhati Roy
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey across the Indian subcontinent – from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi and the glittering malls of the burgeoning new metropolis to the snowy mountains and valleys of Kashmir, where war is peace and peace is war, and from time to time ‘normalcy’ is declared. Anjum unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home. We encounter the incorrigible Saddam Hussain, the unforgettable Tilo and the three men who loved her – including Musa whose fate as tightly entwined with hers as their arms always used to be. Tilo’s landlord, another former suitor, is now an Intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then there are the two Miss Jebeens: the first born in Srinagar and buried, aged four, in its overcrowded Martyrs’ Graveyard; the second found at midnight, in a crib of litter, on the concrete pavement of New Delhi.
Price: WAS R295
No Longer Whispering To Power - The Story Of Thuli Madonsela
Author: Henni van Vuuren
About the book: Advocate Thuli Madonsela has achieved in her seven years as Public Protector what few accomplish in a lifetime; her legacy and contribution cannot be over-stated. In her final days in office she compiled the explosive State Capture report and, before that, the report on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence. Praised and vilified in equal measures, Madonsela has frequently found herself at centre stage in the increasingly fractious South African political scene.
No Longer Whispering To Power is about Thuli Madonsela’s tenure as Public Protector, during which the whisper grew into a cry. It is the story of the South African people’s attempt to hold power to account through the Office of the Public Protector. More significantly, this important book stands as a record of the crucial work Madonsela has done, always acting without fear or favour.
Apartheid, Guns And Money - A Tale Of Profit
Author: Hennie van Vuuren
About the book: The apartheid state was at war. It was a conflict intended to stifle demands for freedom, subjugate Southern Africa and benefit the grip on power by the ruling elite. It was a fight for survival, which was to intensify in the two decades before South Africa’s liberation in 1994. While internal resistance grew, the United Nations imposed mandatory sanctions prohibiting the sale of strategic goods such as arms and oil to South Africa. The regime was confronted with an existential threat – isolation. A covert network of over 50 countries, including big powers and sworn enemies, was constructed to counter sanctions to illegally supply guns to Pretoria. Under the cloak of secrecy, allies in corporations, banks, governments and intelligence agencies sprung into action.
What's your Moonshot
Author: John Sanei
About the book: In What’s Your Moonshot? trend and innovation strategist John Sanei invites you to prepare for this brave new world by understanding the digital, networked age we have entered and learning how to future-proof your business. The first step is to get your internal strategy right: are you seeing yourself as a victim of the future, or an architect of it? The second step is to decipher which business strategies, trends and innovations are relevant to you as you create your moonshot ideas. Strap in and get ready to become the new type of “billionaire”: one who possesses the courage to think bigger, aim higher and make a positive impact on billions of people.
Kook & Geniet (Afrikaans, Hardcover, 2de Hersiende Uitgawe)
Author: S. J. A. de Villiers
About the book: Kook en geniet het in 1951 vir die eerste keer verskyn. Met meer as ‘n halfmiljoen eksemplare in druk is dit ongetwyfeld die klassieke Suid-Afrikaanse kookboek. Generasies is grootgemaak en het self leer kook aan die hand van die boek. Kook en geniet dek alles wat jy ooit oor kook kan wil weet – van hoe om bestanddele te meet, oonde optimaal te gebruik, groente voor te berei en vleis gaar te maak tot hoe om kos perfek te vries – naas die meer as 700 ekonomiese, beproefde en geliefde resepte. Dink aan Japie se gunsteling, waterblommetjies of souskluitjies.
Author: Danielle Steel
About the book: Angelique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. At eighteen she is her father’s closest, most trusted child, schooled in managing their grand estate. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence. Angelique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources-and one bold stroke of fortune. Unable to secure employment without references or connections, Angelique desperately makes her way to Paris, where she rescues a young woman fleeing an abusive madam-and suddenly sees a possibility: Open an elegant house of pleasure that will protect its women and serve only the best clients.
Price: WAS R285
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: 11 Book Set
Author: Pieter-Louis Myburgh
About the book: The Guptas, arguably South Africa’s most infamous family, have dominated news headlines for many years. But the landing of a commercial airliner packed with wedding guests at Air Force Base Waterkloof in 2013 sparked the most severe onslaught of public outrage the politically connected family had endured up to that fateful day. Since then, they have become embroiled in allegations of state capture, of dishing out cabinet posts to officials who would do their bidding, and of benefiting from lucrative state contracts and dubious loans.
The Woman In The Wood
Author: Lesley Pearse
About the book: Fifteen-year-old Maisy Mitcham and her twin brother Duncan lose their mother to an asylum one night in 1960 and soon after, the twins are sent to their grandmother’s country house, Nightingales. Cold and distant, she leaves them to their own devices, to explore and to grow. That is until the day Duncan doesn’t come home from the woods.