Ahead of Black Friday and Christmas, we’ve marked down a whole heap of exciting new titles so that you can treat your reader friends and loved ones (and yourself) to as many books as you can carry/wrap!
Here are some of the titles onto which we’re cheerfully slapping the Was/Now sticker:
Home Body – Rupi Kaur
Was R279, Now R239. Save R40.
Celebrated Canadian, Indian-born poet Rupi Kaur has topped bestseller lists with both of her previous poetry collections: Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers. Her style is marked by Punjabi influences, simple honesty and intimate explorations of the self.
In this collection, which is augmented with simple illustrations by Kaur herself, the poet urges “conversation with oneself” and explores the need for community and acceptance of change. Home body can be dipped into for doses of both light and dark, for ruminations on nature and for elucidation of all the things that shape us.
For more about Kaur and her social media rise to prominence, check this out:
A Promised Land – Barack Obama
Was R599, Now R389. Save R210.
There has lately been, even more so than usual, great talk of the “awesome power” of the presidency and how that ought to impact the individual holding the office. Here, this is a topic explored thoughtfully, with full awareness of the position’s limits and long reach. Revealingly, Obama reflects on the state of US democracy, its place on the world stage and the unfathomable array of factors, advancements and travesties upon which the White House resident wields an impact.
In A Promised Land “we are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.”
But policy and international diplomacy are not the only areas digested. Obama is also open about the challenges he faced as a black man expected to usher in a new era of “hope and change”, about the crises in self-faith prompted by high-stakes decisions, and about how the White House affected and shaped the lives of his daughters and his wife.
By and large, A Promised Land is an intimate and powerful testament to a particularly Obam-ian assertion: that democracy is a function of empathy and understanding, is not given, and must be worked for and upheld every single day.
Code Name Bananas – David Walliams
Was R249, Now R199. Save R50!
It’s another effortlessly entertaining non-stop adventure from David Walliams, tireless purveyor of laughs! When a quest starts with a little boy and his great big gorilla friend, you know you want in.
Young Eric spends most of his time at London Zoo, because that’s where he’s happiest. The thing is, it’s 1940 and England is at war with Nazi Germany – so Eric needs to be among his animal friends. As the bombs begin to fall over London, Eric knows he needs to help them, particularly his beloved Gertrude the Gorilla. With the help of his zookeeper uncle Sid, Eric and Gertrude escape London and make it to the seaside, where things are a bit calmer… and then they run straight into a secret Nazi plot.
Code Name Bananas is a hilarious, epic adventure that further establishes David Walliams (if this is even possible) as this generation’s master of laugh-out-loud romps.
The Ickabog – J.K. Rowling
Was R450, Now R299. Save R151!
A magical testament to the power of myth and story, The Ickabog is a brilliant, original fairy tale from an author who needs no introdutions. Bravery, hope, the power of friendship, The Ickabog has everything that you’d want from a Rowling tale… plus, this gorgeous hardcover edition is illustrated by the young winners of The Ickabog Competition.
Everyone knows that the Ickabog is just a myth used to frighten children into behaving. Way up in the misty marshland lurks the fearsome monster… but the people of Cornucopia – a happy, wealthy, kingdom full of luxury and opulence – are too sensible to believe in such a myth. Until that “myth” begins to threaten their entire way of life. There are, however, two kids who might know what to do, if they can only make it.
Flavour – Yotam Ottolenghi
Was R599, Now R549. Save R50!
For anyone looking for new ideas in the kitchen, Ottolenghi books are must haves.
Flavour is a book that seeks to reveal secrets… and rest assured, prior to opening up Ottolenghi’s newest, you will likely have had no idea how much flavour is hiding in even the most humble produce.
Flavour has less to do with telling you what to cook than it does with how to cook and how to get the best out of ingredients that are so often overlooked.
A book ideal for those really looking to elevate their cooking to the next level, and to uncover new reservoirs of flavour and sensation, Flavour is divided into three sections, each of which defines and expands upon three essential Ottolenghi precepts: process, pairing and produce.
Bold, surprising, effortlessly stylish and utterly rewarding, Flavour contains more than one hundred recipes covering everything from the simple family dinner to show stopping part dishes.
Brilliant Recipes Featured: Aubergine Dumplings alla Parmigiana, Miso Butter Onions, Spicy Mushroom Lasagne, Cabbage ‘Tacos’ with Celeriac and Date Barbecue Sauce, and Romano Pepper Schnitzels.
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