We all know the Christmas Shopping madness. Every year you promise yourself that you’ll get it done early, that you’re gifts will be neatly and timeously prepared, safely stacked somewhere secure until the family and friends arrive. Then you glance at the calendar and realise that you have just a few days left. This year there’s an extra special reason to get it all done right now. This October Bargain Books is offering super pre-Christmas discounts to the early birds so that you can save time and guard your pennies.

Here are some of the season’s choicest bargains. Get them while you can.

Adult Fiction


The Giver of Stars – Jojo Moyes – Was R279, Now R249. Save R30.

Classic romance and magic from Jojo Moyes. In a journey that sweeps through mountainous Kentucky, five extraordinary women embark on an unusual new life that leads them into unknown territory and tests the limits of loyalty and passion. Based on the real history of the Appalachian “Horseback Librarians”.

Nothing Ventured – Jeffrey Archer – Was R349, Now R299. Save R50.

You’ve finished the Clifton Chronicles. Now you can dive straight into a new series with all of the author’s trademark depth, drama and polish. Nothing Ventured explores the origins of detective William Warwick and the art theft case that gives him his first big break.

Blue Moon – Lee Child – Was R299, Now R269. Save R30.

Prompted by a chance encounter with a frightened old man on a bus, Jack Reacher finds himself embroiled in the battles of two rival gangs, struggling to know whether he can actually redeem the brutal situation. Action-packed, hard-hitting thrills from bestselling Child.

Cilka’s Journey – Heather Morris – Was R299, Now R269. Save R30.

Last year, Heather Morris electrified readers with The Tatooist of Auschwitz – an uplifting and hope-filled true-tale of love and loyalty in the face of gross inhumanity – and now she returns with a sequel that once again lets light into the darkest places and champions the indomitable spirit of survivors everywhere.

 Non Fiction


 The Body – Bill Bryson – Was R379, Now R349. Save R30.

Popular science really doesn’t get much better than Bill Bryson. Pretty much no writer is better equipped to entertain, amuse and inform simultaneously. Here Bryson marvels at our mortal complexities and fleshly mysteries, compiling a compendium of facts and stories, life-advice and vivid science.

Black Tax – Niq Mhlongo – Was R269, Now R239. Save R30.

Mhlongo and 25 other gifted writers have united to paint an essential portrait of the daily lives of black South African families. It’s a revealing socioeconomic snapshot of sorrows and frustrations felt across the country that succeeds as a major examination of a complex issue, as well as a terrific compendium of writing talent.

Me – Elton John – Was R399, Now R349. Save R50

John’s first officially autobiography tells the honest, unpretentious and always uproarious tale of his extraordinary and decidedly up-and-down life. Laced with juicy anecdotes, loaded with gleeful self-deprecation and charged with guilty pleasure, this is as entertaining as a memoir gets.

Look at Me: Recollections of a Childhood – Nataniël – Was R299, Now R269. Save R30.

Nataniël’s first full-length memoir tells the story of a kid in search of the extraordinary, of a handful of small towns and suburbs, of a dread of all things mundane…  the unique voice of a unique icon journeys into its own origins.

Also available in Afrikaans (Kyk Na My).



 Veg – Jamie Oliver – Was R439, Now R399. Save R40.

A host of exciting and versatile vegetarian dishes, celebrating every season of fresh produce and proving that dishes don’t have to be meaty to be vibrant, fun and delicious. Perfectly suited to every skill level and accessible to everyone – try some new flavour combinations right away.

Foodies of South Africa Top 100 – Was R399, Now R349. Save R50. 

100 awesome favourites packed into one convenient volume, this is the essential handbook for anyone looking to spice things up in the kitchen, get some new ideas and revel in the enthusiastic foodie community. All profits from this book go to Breadline Africa.

Chef Nti – Nti Ramaboa – Was R359, Now R299. Save R60.

Chef Nti is on a mission to celebrate the food that South Africans grew up on, and to revitalise these famous flavours in a creative new way, drawing inspiration and paying tribute in equal generous measure. It’s a gorgeous book full of gorgeous local zing.

Celebrate with Lorna Maseko – Was R369, Now R349. Save R20.

The celebrity chef and MasterChef participant shares her diverse food favourites and culinary loves, ranging from Asian to Mexican as she reveals her top meal discoveries and teaches you how to make them for yourself.

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