The first volume of the autobiography of one of the most celebrated authors in Afrikaans. The book covers the first 25 years of Joubert’s life, from her childhood in Paarl, her student years in Stellenbosch and Cape Town, first teaching posts and introduction to journalism. It is an autobiography that portrays in vivid detail a key era in the history of the country as well as the making of an author. Joubert does not try to avoid controversy, and touches for instance on her involvement with the Ossewabrandwag. The most important image, though, is that of the writer who experienced the lure of words virtually her whole life, and who tried to find her own voice in the tumultuous time after World War II.
Item Code: BA00330
Hierdie hartroerende sage is losweg gebaseer op die die skywer se lewe. Dit volg die boeiende geskiedenis van drie geslagte – van hul lief en leef van voor die Anglo-Boereoorlog tot die einde van die Tweede Wêreldoorlog. Bowenal vertel Annemari Coetser die verhaal van haar ouers, Poppie en Frikkie, en waar sy self vandaan kom.
Softcover, 360 pages, 234 x 152 mm
Product Code: 112040
Die wonderlike, eenvoudige verhaal vertel van Santiago, ’n Andalusiese skaapwagter wat vanaf Spanje na Egipte reis op soek na ’n skat wat by die piramides begrawe is. Dis ’n loﬂ ied aan die mag van drome.
Softcover, 218 pages, 213 x 137 mm
Product Code: 112130
Wanneer Lizzie besef dat sy nie meer haar man, Marthinus, liefhet nie, neem sy haar lewe en hul huwelik van 28 jaar in oënskou. Marthinus voel egter nie dieselfde nie en glo in hul verhouding. Boonop tree Estelle, hul dogter, op die ouderdom van 24 skielik weer soos ’n tiener op en gaan Lizzie Bosveld toe vir ’n baie eiendaardige naweek saam met baie eienaardige mense. Wat nou?
Softcover, 304 pages, 198 x 129 mm
Product Code: 112050
Deborah word al bitterder omdat Karl haar liefde vir Kit versuur. Die lewe is weer onuithoudbaar vir Karl omdat hy nie haar liefde kan terugwen nie. Boonop het Deborah en Kit letsels van hul eie. Op die vooraand van die Eerste Wêreldoorlog raak Kurt Mannheim en Vickey Malloy verlief, maar word vasgevang in Europa wanneer oorlog uitbreek. Wat wag volgende op dié twee gesinne?
Softcover, 520 pages, 234 x 152 mm
Product Code: 112120
Set between 1894 and 1994 and spanning four generations, this engaging and beautifully told saga focuses on the lives of the women of the family, whose literal and metaphorical journeys between the start of the Anglo-Boer War and the birth of democracy in South Africa provide the fabric of the narrative. It explores especially the tensions created by the conflict between loyalty to family and loyalty to one’s own beliefs. The reactions of each family member to both personal experience and the unfolding of cataclysmic historical developments both in South Africa and on the international front retain the ring of psychological truth. Elsa Joubert probes with profound insight and acute observation the influences, cultural and historical, that drove otherwise decent, essentially well-meaning South Africans to the evil of apartheid. She confronts with rare courage and frankness the undeclared civil wars that white South Africans waged among themselves for almost a hundred years, and counts the cost in the disappointments and wasted lives that the conflict produced. Die reise van Isobelle reveals the essential tragedy of what took place in South Africa; it exposes inescapably the guilt and innocence of the Afrikaner nation.
Item Code: BA00360
Drie vroue se lewensverhale word in hierdie saga uitmekaargehaal toe die onweerstaanbare Katryn die skryfkunsprofessor kom sê om roman oor die vernedering van haar voormoeders te skryf. Hoe moes sy weet dat dié opdrag haar lewe só intiem sou raak
Item Code: BA00410
The year is 1901. The sun has set on a scorched landscape and the landscape welcomes the darkness. The barbed wire and rows of tents of the concentration camp are nothing but a black smudge on the plain. And on the edge of this a tent glows like a lantern.Anyone staring at this tent from the darkness would see against the bright tent cloth the silhouette of a man bent over the keyboard of a piano. Those looking from the darkness of the night would also be able to make out the upright form of a woman seated on the camp bed. Those listening from within the camp – those who had not already been fully taken in by the struggle between life and death – would perhaps hear behind the man’s clumsy piano playing the futile yearning, behind the wavering notes the silence that is greater than any sound.Years later Major Philip Brooks bends over a yellowing photograph in a library. And he tries to determine what it is that he sees in that photograph. He tries to remember what happened. It was him in that tent. The woman on the bed was the loveliest woman he had ever seen. The piano came from her house, one of the farmhouses that his soldiers burned down.Now he tries to see through the eyes of Joey Drew, the cross-eyed bungler from Somerset, England, who took the photographs. He looks at a photo of a woman with a baby in her arms. He knows that the father of the child did not know when he saw the photograph that the child was dead. That he was one of the thousands of victims of the concentration camps. He looks at a family photograph of the Van Wyks, and once more, before oblivion descends on all memories, as cold as the grave itself, he tries to piece together the story of the Van Wyks through Joey’s photographs. This novel is certainly the most outstanding example of P.G. de Plessis’s storytelling. Through each of the unforgettable Van Wyks and their subfarmers the Minters, he brings a private, personal tragedy into the broader misery of the war, and in this way the war material becomes an entanglement of extremely intense human dramas, unforgettable descriptions of futile love, shattered dreams and the destruction of humanity. The story of Daantjie and Magrieta van Wyk is central, he a clever Dick and she the most beautiful woman. They survive the war, but then as bearers and representatives of the extremes of human nature that are brought to a head by the war.The English officer Philip Brooks also survives the war, and this bleak history gains a new relevance in his mind. Du Plessis’s novel is truly one of the greatest works about the Boer War, but it is also a piece that asks questions, in a contemporary idiom, about how we remember, what we remember and the implications of forgetting. And certainly the purest answer to these questions is the fact that his book is an unforgettable reading experience.
Product Code: BA00290
Toe Jak Stapelberg die pos van algemene bestuurder van die Sonderkloofgoudmyn aangebied word, weet hy dis te goed om waar te wees. Hy is te jonk en boonop beskik hy nie oor die nodige kwalifikasies nie.Sy vermoede word bevestig toe Manfred Steiner sy voorwaarde stel: Jak moet doen wat hy vra, sonder teenspraak.En Jak stem in, want dié kans gaan nie gou weer verbykom nie. As hy net eers die werk het, kan hy Manfred se opdrag mos weier. Nie Jak óf Manfred het rekening gehou met die eintlike magte wat Jak se aanstelling bewerk het nie.Terwyl dié magte planne smee om die grootste goudmyne te vernietig en die ekonomie omver te werp, is Jak se aandag verdeel. Dit blyk dat ’n sindikaat gouderts uit die myn steel. En dan is daar Tess, Manfred se beeldskone maar gefrustreerde vrou, wat ongeoorloofde begeertes in Jak wakker maak . . .Mag, gierigheid, wraak en begeerte vier hoogty op die goudvelde van die 1960’s in dié Afrikaanse vertaling van Wilbur Smith se gewilde Gold Mine.
Product Code: BA00300
Hans loop op 90 nie met n loopring nie. Sy orige kinders maneuvreer hom vanuit hul tuistes oorsee uit sy lekker ou huis en in Huis Madeliefie in, maar Hans skop nog kliphard.
Product Code: A100070
Ex-detective Andee has swapped freelance investigation and a broken marriage for two months in Provence, renovating a beautiful villa with the new man in her life. But her world is about to be shattered. Almost 30 years ago Andee’s sister, 14-year-old Penny, disappeared. It is the missing-child case that has haunted Andee her whole life. And now Penny is back. But the question is: why?
Softcover, 400 pages, 234 x 153 mm
Product Code: 112550
**The captivating new novel from the multi-million-bestselling author of The House of the Spirits and The Japanese Lover**New York Times bestseller Isabel Allende returns with a beautifully crafted, multi-generational novel of struggle, endurance and friendship against the odds. Amid the biggest Brooklyn snowstorm in living memory, an unexpected loveblossoms between two people who thought they were deep in the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster, a lonely university professor in his sixties, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young, undocumented migrant from Guatemala, and what atfirst seems an inconvenience takes an unforeseen and more serious turn when Evelyn comes to his house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz, a fellow academic from Chile, for her advice. These three arebrought together in a mesmerizing story that sweeps from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala to turbulent 1970s Chile and Brazil, and sparks a long-overdue love between Richard and Lucia, who discover within themselves, in the midst ofwinter, an invincible summer. Woven with Isabel Allendes trademark humanity, passion and storytelling verve, In the Midst of Winter is a vivid and unforgettable tale.
Item Code: BF00270
In the tradition of The Nightingale, Sarah’s Key, and Lilac Girls, comes a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to return to Poland and fulfill a promise, from Ronald H. Balson, author of the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers. Lena Woodward, elegant and poised, has lived a comfortable life among Chicago Society since she immigrated to the US and began a new life at the end of World War II. But now something has resurfaced that Lena cannot ignore: an unfulfilled promise she made long ago that can no longer stay buried. Driven to renew the quest that still keeps her awake at night, Lena enlists the help of lawyer Catherine Lockhart and private investigator Liam Taggart. Behind Lena’s stoic facade are memories that will no longer be contained. She begins to recount a tale, harkening back to her harrowing past in Nazi-occupied Poland, of the bond she shared with her childhood friend Karolina. Karolina was vivacious and beautiful, athletic and charismatic, and Lena has cherished the memory of their friendship her whole life. But there is something about the story that is unfinished, questions that must be answered about what is true and what is not, and what Lena is willing to risk to uncover the past. Has the real story been hidden these many years And if so, why Two girls, coming of age in a dangerous time, bearers of secrets that only they could share.Just when you think there could not be anything new to ferret out from World War II comes Karolina’s Twins, a spellbinding new novel by the bestselling author of Once We Were Brothers and Saving Sophie. In this richly woven tale of love, survival and resilience during some of the darkest hours, the unbreakable bond between girlhood friends will have consequences into the future and beyond. Readers who crave more books like Balson’s Once We Were Brothers and Kristin Hannah’s bestselling The Nightingale will be enthralled by Karolina’s Twins. —Booklist (starred review)A heart-wrenching but ultimately triumphant story. —Chicago Tribune
Item Code: BF00190
Vier uiteenlopende karakters se lewens word met ’n ironiese sameloop van omstandighede vervleg. Kort voor lank is hulle in ’n web van liefde, leuens en verraad. In Liewer word daar na die onpeilbare aard van die liefde in sy verskillende vorme gekyk.Tertius Kapp bewys met Liewer opnuut waarom hy ’n Hertzorgpryswenner is.
Product Code: BA00380
Dié nuwe kragtoer deur een van die gewildste Afrikaanse skrywers van historiese ﬁ ksie speel af teen die Tweede Wêreldoorlog met al sy hebsug en barbaarsheid. Mentje de Vries, ’n Nederlandse oorlogswesie, is tien jaar oud toe sy saam met Joodse vlugtelinge in ’n geheime kamp in die woud beland en daar skuil. Toe dit begin blyk dat die Duitsers die kamp enige dag gaan ontdek, vlug sy na haar familie in Arnhem, maar ook daar is sy nie welkom nie en moet sy veg om te oorleef tydens die Slag van Arnhem en die Honger Winter van 1944. In dieselfde tyd sluit Tinus van Jaarsveld in Suid-Afrika by die Britse Leër aan as valskermsoldaat – nie weens oordrewe lojaliteit aan die Britse Ryk nie, maar vir die vergoeding, want hy wil die familieplaas met alle mag en geweld terugkoop. Toe hy by Arnhem gewond word, red Mentje hom ondanks die gevaar wat dit vir haar inhou. Hy laat haar ná die oorlog na Suid-Afrika kom, waar sy moet aanpas en inpas by drie geslagte van die verskeurde Van Jaarsvelds. Só betree sy en Thinus saam ’n lewensreis vol verlies en versoening, mensliewendheid en vergifnis.
Softcover, 544 pages, 198 x 129 mm
Product Code: 112060
A brilliant and immersive, allconsuming read about one fourteenyearold girls heartstopping fight for her own soul.‘You think you’re invincible. You think you won’t ever miss. We need to put the fear on you. You need to surrender yourself to death before you ever begin, and accept your lifeas a state of grace, and then and only then will you be good enough.’ At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall; That chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it; That her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her with him. She doesn’t know why she feels so different from the other girls at school; Why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see; Why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done. And what her daddy will do when he finds out Sometimes strength is not the same as courage. Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape. Sometimes surviving isnt enough.
Item Code: BF00280
Everyones favourite octogenarian is back and – together with the Old-But-Not-Dead Club – is more determined than ever to wreak havoc.After a year mourning the death of his beloved friend Eefje, Hendrik picks up his pen once again to chronicle the goings on both inside his care home and in the increasingly confusing world outside. He may be older and a little more wobbly but his appetite for mischief hasnt diminished. When fears arise that the home is set for demolition its up to Hendrik and the Old-But-Not-Dead Club to intervene.Both heart-breaking and hilarious, we see Hendrik make new friends whilst losing old ones and embarking on new adventures while confronting the realities of old age. Written with his characteristic charm and candour Hendrik is determined to enjoy his autumnal years and turn a twinkly eye on the brighter side of life.
Product Code: BF00290
The gripping tale about two boys, once as close as brothers, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust.A novel of survival, justice and redemption…riveting. Chicago Tribune, on Once We Were BrothersElliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice. Solomon persuades attorney Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that the true Piatek was abandoned as a child and raised by Solomons own family only to betray them during the Nazi occupation. But has Solomon accused the right manOnce We Were Brothers is Ronald H. Balsons compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland, and a young love that struggles to endure the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a moving and powerful tale of love, survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.
Item Code: BF00200
Young Pip Tyler doesn’t know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she’s saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she’s squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother – her only family – is hazardous. But she doesn’t have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she’ll ever have a normal life. Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with the Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world – including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons shedoesn’t understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong. Jonathan Franzen’s Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has imagined a world of vividly original characters – Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents,journalists and leakers – and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Purity is the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time
Item Code: BF00230
n Verhaal wat die kruis van outisme genadeloos oopvlek. Sentraal in hierdie aangrypende gegewe staan twee onvergeetlike vrouekarakters: Ingrid Dorfling, ma van Alexander, wat die grense van wanhoop oorskry in haar verbete stryd om die kind wat hulle hele gesinslewe ontwrig mens te laat word. En in die proses omtrent alles wat kosbaar is, verloor. Parallel met Ingrid staan Miriam – oppasma – wat met haar kinderlike godsvertroue en aardse wysheid die enigste is wat totBoetatjie kan deurdring. Wat, as niks meer help nie, met hom onder die olienhoutboom gaan sit en sussende hallelujaliedere sing. En dan is daar Alexander. Vreemdelingkind op sy eie eiland. Gillende, skoppende seuntjie wat kantelkop sit en luister wanneer die kerkklokke beier
Product Code: BA00400