Poppy was six years old when she was rescued from her
abusive mother and taken to her grandparents farm to recover.
There, under a wide South African sky, Poppy succumbs to the
magic of their garden. Slowly, her memories fade and her
wounds begin to heal. But as Poppy grows up into a strange, fierce and beautiful young woman, her childhood memories start to surface. And then a love affair with a married carpenter across the valley explodes her world. This is a lush, lyrical novel about a young girls struggle to come to terms with her past.
Item Code: 102850
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
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
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
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
From Ronald H. Balson, author of Once We Were Brothers, Saving Sophie is the powerful story of the lengths a father will go through to protect his daughter and an action-packed thriller that will take you on an unforgettable journey of murder and deception, testing the bonds of family and love.Jack Sommers was just an ordinary accountant from Chicago-that is, until his wife passed away, his young daughter was kidnapped, and he became the main suspect in an $88 million dollar embezzlement case. Now Jack is on the run, hoping to avoid the feds long enough to rescue his daughter, Sophie, from her maternal grandfather, a suspected terrorist in Palestine.With the help of investigative team Liam and Catherine, and a new CIA operative, a secret mission is launched to not only rescue Sophie but also to thwart a major terrorist attack in Hebron. But will being caught in the crossfires of the Palestine-Israeli conflict keep their team from accomplishing the task at hand, or can they overcome the odds and save countless lives, including their own
Item Code: BF00210
Hierdie boek is die voltooiing van Elsa Joubert se outobiografiese drieluik wat ingelei is deur ’n Wonderlike geweld (2005) en Reisiger (2009). Dit fokus hoofsaaklik op die skrywer se latere jare, in die aftreeoord in Kaapstad waar sy nou al geruime tyd woon, maar haar belewenis van die hede en onlangse verlede word onlosmaaklik vervleg met herinneringe aan veel verder terug, alles geteken in besondere detail en met die kenmerkende woordvaardigheid van een van Afrikaans se mees gevierde skrywers.Selde, indien ooit, is daar al só eerlik, met so ’n totale afwesigheid van sentimentaliteit geskryf oor die oudwordproses. Dit is egter allermins ’n swaartillende leeservaring, want deernis en humor bly nooit agterweë nie.Spertyd is ’n boek wat geen leser onaangeraak sal laat nie – dit bied nie alleen helder insig in die skrywer se lewensbeskouing nie, maar nooi ten slotte elke leser uit om diep na te dink oor sy of haar eie bestaan.
Item Code: BA00320
Jana is net drie jaar oud toe haar ma tydens ’n besoek aan Ierland spoorloos verdwyn. Op die Bolandse wynplaas Stormkloof treur KleinStorm oor sy pragtige vrou wat hom met haar fluitmusiek betower het. Jana verlang ook na haar ma. Snags roep die wind haar buitentoe, dieselfde wind wat ’n hele huis kan optel en anderkant die berge kan neersit. Maar Jana is nie bang vir die storm nie. As sy mooi na die wind luister, hoor sy die soet, hoë note van haar ma se fluit. Een so ’n stormnag ontmoet Jana vir !X’uri ’n klein dogtertjie, bruin soos klip, met net ’n velletjie om haar heupe en ’n wit stringetjie krale om haar nek. !X’uri kom uit ’n gat in die grond waar die groot olienhoutboom se wortels eens was. !X’uri het gekom omdat dit tyd is om Jana se ma te soek. Stormkind is ’n betowerende, liriese verhaal oor verlies, vergifnis en die kulturele erfenis van die Boesmans.
Item Code: BA00390
A global phenomenon, The Alchemist has been read and loved by over 62 million readers, topping bestseller lists in 74 countries worldwide. Now this magical fable is beautifully repackaged in an edition that lovers of Paulo Coelho will want to treasure forever.Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. This is such a book – a beautiful parable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life’s path and, above all, follow your dreams.Santiago, a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucia, feels that there is more to life than his humble home and his flock. One day he finds the courage to follow his dreams into distant lands, each step galvanised by the knowledge that he is following the right path: his own. The people he meets along the way, the things he sees and the wisdom he learns are life-changing.With Paulo Coelhos visionary blend of spirituality, magical realism and folklore, The Alchemist is a story with the power to inspire nations and change peoples lives.
Item Code: BF00630
When you are accustomed to the finer things in life – designer shoes, champagne, VIP lounges, exotic holidays abroad, a luxury penthouse, expensive wheels – what independent young woman in her right mind would want to let them go Certainly not the beautiful, ambitious and super-streetsmart Bontle Tau, the girl who has used her good looks and winning charm all her life to get exactly what she wants. The lifestyle doesnt come cheap, though, nor does maintaining the body that allows it (just ask Dr Heinz at the beauty clinic). Luckily, Bontle has a degree in MENcology, and there is no shortage of blessers at her penthouse door, eager to give her all the love and (financial) support she needs. Papa Jeff might be overweight and getting on a bit, and receiving some unwanted attention from the Hawks; and Teddy might not have fully come through for her on that messed-up tender business; but Mr Emmanuel, the Nigerian businessman with deep pockets and the possibility of conferring second wife status … could that be love Keeping all her boyfriends happy and living a fabulous life is not without its challenges. With so many people clamouring for Bontles attention – from her shebeen queen mother Gladys in Mamelodi, who is taking strain bringing up her teenaged brother, Golokile, on her own; to her girlfriends, Iris and Tsholo; not to mention her soon-to-be ex-husband, the ever-patient, ever-loving Ntokozo, Bontle barely has time to post on Instagram these days. Sooner or later somethings got to give…
Item Code: BF00640
By turns savvy, witty and achingly sad, this is a novelist at the top of his game. Mail on Sunday Forced to flee the scandal brewing in her hometown, Catherine Goggin finds herselfpregnant and alone, in search of a new life at just sixteen. She knows she has no choice but to believe that the nun she entrusts her child to will find him a better life. Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or so his parents are constantly reminding him. Adoptedas a baby, he’s never quite felt at home with the family that treats him more as a curious pet than a son. But it is all he has ever known. And so begins one man’s desperate search to find his place in the world. Unspooling and unseeing, Cyril is a misguided, heart-breaking, heartbroken fool. Buffeted by the harsh winds of circumstance towards the one thing that might save him from himself, but when opportunity knocks, will he have the courage, finally, take it
Item Code: BF00310
THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd was selected as an Oprah Book Club 2.0 pick on December 10, 2013. From the celebrated author of the international bestseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women.Sarah Grimk is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah’s eleventh birthday, Hetty ‘Handful’ Grimk is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift. Sarah knows what she does next will unleash a world of trouble. She also knows that she cannot accept. And so, indeed, the trouble begins …A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, THE INVENTION OF WINGS evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognise; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.
Item Code: BF00240
Rosanna Menici and Roberto Rossini’s destinies are bound together by their talents as opera singers and by their enduring but obsessive love for each other. An unforgettable tale of love and betrayal.
Softcover, 608 pages, 198 x 131 mm
Product Code: 112480
After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres fi nds a notebook of poems that leads her in search of Sophia, whose love aff air changed the course of her family history.
Product Code: 112470
After the death of his father, who presided over the island nation of Bangula, Abioseh Gondo reluctantly assumes the mantle of leadership. He finds
himself surrounded by those who seek to sway his judgment.
Softcover, 336 pages, 234 x 153 mm
Product Code: 112670
The only storyWould you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less That is, I think, finally, the only real question.First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn’t know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he’s proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of socialconvention. As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen. Tender and profound, The Only Story is an achingly beautiful novel by one of fiction’s greatest mappers of the human heart.
Item Code: BF00300
Following the death of her father, CeCe D’Aplièse decides to ﬂ ee England and discover her past. This book is the fourth in the ever-popular Seven Sisters series.
Softcover, 704 pages, 234 x 153 mm
Product Code: 112460