Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. Shes still in the marital home – a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse – but not with John. Instead, shes with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudys womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the worlds master storyteller
Product Code: 102860
Pharaoh Tamose is mortally wounded during an attack on the city of Luxor. Taita, ex-slave and now general of Pharaoh Tamose’s armies, successfully defends the city. But on his return to Luxor, Pharaoh Utteric – young, weak and cruel – has seized power. He imprisons Taita and brands him a traitor. Will Ramases, Utteric’s younger and worthier brother, help Taita escape, forsaking his brother, or will he stay silent and condone Utteric’s tyranny
Product Code: 100480
New challenges begin to surface after the gold rush of the 1880s. Kit Malloy has grand plans to implement a controversial process to purify gold. Deborah Mannheim still grapples with her feelings for Kit Malloy and her loyalty towards the Mannheims. Distrust between the Brits and the Boers reaches its climax. And Malloy and Karl Mannheim must choose their allies. Mannheim remains determined to regain his wifes trust.
Softcover, 656 pages, 234 x 152 mm
Product Code: 109720
Een familie, deels van Britse en deels van Boere-afkoms, ontdek dat hul lewens onlosmaaklik verstrengel raak deur die onverbiddelike gang van die geskiedenis. Die Transvaalse politiek en die Britte se arrogante imperialisme sleur hulle mee in die Anglo-Boereoorlog van 1899-1902.
Liefdes- en vriendskapsbande wat in die Trandvaalse bosveld en die sitkamers van Victoriaanse Engeland gesmee is, word op die slagvelde van Suid-Afrika getoets. Wanneer die formele fase van die oorlog oorgaan in die gruwelike beleid van die verskroeide aarde en n guerrillastryd, moet die familielede riskante keuses maak.
Wintersrust is ’n bruisende verhaal vol hartstog en avontuur oor die individu se worsteling met magte buite sy beheer. Sommige, wat deur wanhoop oorweldig word, oorleef nie. Ander moet ten slotte by ’n plek van vrede en vergiffenis uitkom. Ondanks woede en onreg ontdek die familie ’n mag wat sterker as oorlog is.
Product Code: 109740
In this mesmerising allegorical tale, Coetzee deftly grapples with the big questions of growing up, of what it means to be a parent, the constant battle between intellect and emotion, and how we choose to live our lives. An intriguing and wonderful novel from the Nobel and Man Booker Prize-winning author of Disgrace and The Childhood of Jesus, which is the prequel to this novel.
Product Code: 105060
This is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. Over the course of three weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., three sons watch their parents’ marriage falter and their family home fall apart. Meanwhile, a larger catastrophe is engulfing another part of the world: a massive earthquake devastates the Middle East, sparking a Pan-Arab invasion of Israel.
Product Code: 105090
Saffron Courtney’s ambitions take her from her country-estate home in Kenya to England. Gerhard von Meerbach is the idealistic younger brother of Konrad von Meerbach, heir to the Meerbach Motor Works and supporter of Hitler’s racial ideology. As the Second World War looms, Saffron and Gerhard’s worlds collide, but will there be more to unite them than tear them apart
Product Code: 107740
Softcover, 400 pages, 234 x 153 mm
Peri, a Turkish housewife, finds a relic from a past she had tried to forget. It takes her back to university, to her professor, to her two best friends – and to the scandal that tore them all apart.
Product Code: 105070
How to tell a shattered story By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything.
In a city graveyard, a resident unrolls a threadbare Persian carpet between two graves.
On a concrete sidewalk, a baby appears quite suddenly, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter.
In a snowy valley, a father writes to his five-year-old daughter about the number of people that attended her funeral.
And in the Jannat Guest House, two people who’ve known each other all their lives sleep with their arms wrapped around one another as though they have only just met.
Here is a cast of unforgettable characters caught up in the tide of history. Told with a whisper, with a shout, with tears and with laughter, it is a love story and a provocation. Its heroes, present and departed, human and animal, have been broken by the world we live in and then mended by love – and for this reason, they will never surrender.
Product Code: 110990
After 15-year-old Maisy Mitcham and her twin brother, Duncan, lose their mother to an insane asylum, they are sent to their grandmother’s country house. When Duncan disappears, it’s left to Maisy to discover the truth. She starts with Grace Deville, a woman who lives alone in the wood.
Softcover, 544 pages, 234 x 153 mm
Product Code: 110100
Anita Shreve’s career catapulted when Oprah Winfrey recommended Shreve’s 1998 novel, The Pilot’s Wife, to her television book club. I have been a devotee ever since, which is why I was delighted that her latest offering, The Stars are Fire, didn’t disappoint. Set in the late 1940s against the backdrop of the monumentally destructive Maine fires, a young wife is disillusioned with her husband and marriage, and then fire intervenes. While Grace, the protagonist, is left alone with her children, her husband joins the volunteer firefighters, but she proves that adversity is the mother of invention and she is braver and stronger than she ever could have imagined. Shreve has skilfully juxtaposed the destruction of a state with the portrait of a bad marriage. The result is an evocative re-creation of post-war, pre-feminist American society. The Stars are Fire is the perfect weekend indulgence, and it’s the kind of book you won’t easily forget.
Softcover, 256 pages, 234 x 153 mm
Product Code: 110070
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 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
1944, Germany. Ernst Beck’s new job is to annotate plans for new crematoria destined for the concentration camps. Ernst has a terrible choice to make: turning a blind eye will keep him and his wife safe, but that’s little comfort if staying silent amounts to collusion in the deaths of thousands.
Softcover, 400 pages, 221 x 153 mm
Product Code: 107810
The Malabar coast is full of dangers: greedy tradesmen, fearless pirates, and men full of vengeance. But for a Courtney, the greatest danger might just be his own family…
Francis Courtney flees the comfort of his grand country estate, when his stepfathers gambling debts leave him penniless and in grave danger. He travels to South Africa with revenge and fortune on his mind: his uncle Tom Courtney killed his father, and he plans on repaying the debt and making his fortune in the process. However, upon his arrival in Cape Town, he finds his whole world upturned…Christopher Courtney sets out to make his own way in the world, giving up his privileged position as the son of the Governor of Bombay. The perils and betrayals that play out on his journey carve a fierce warrior out of him, but they also harden his soul and lead him to more violence and treachery. As the lives of the Courtney men intertwine, the sins of the fathers will forever change the lives of a younger generation. On the perilous waters of the Arabian Sea, the fates of men will intertwine
Product Code: 111750
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
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
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
Celebrity chef and restauranteur Hartman Swiegers is murdered on the opening night of Tydloos, his new, exclusive restaurant in the heart of Pretoria. His frozen body is found in a walk-in fridge, and the only leads are two rolled-up herrings, placed next to his body. Which of the guests might be the murderer Or could it be one of Hartmans trusty kitchen staff A humorous whodunnit set in the South African restaurant industry.
Softcover, 352 pages, 234 x 152 mm
Product Code: 111040
Hannah Rosenthal and her family leave Nazi Germany aboard a liner that promises Jews safe passage to Cuba. At first the liner feels like luxury, but it soon becomes their prison. Seven decades later in New York, 12-year-old Anna Rosen receives a package from Hannah, the great-aunt she has never met. Anna and her mother travel to Cuba to meet Hannah and hear her story.
Product Code: 105010