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.
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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…
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This is the story of Phen, aged 11, who lives in Hillbrow in 1967. He loves reading and words the way other boys love racing cars and soccer. He can,almost literally, live in a book as he devours its pages. This is just as well as he stutters badly and has a sick father whose head lives in a library. Phen is forced to live out his own story as he befriends a hobo in the local park called Heb Thirteen Two. This eccentric man offers unorthodox advice as the boy’s life spins deeper and deeper into turmoil. Forced to grow up much faster than other boys his age, Phen’s friendship with Heb will guide him towards adulthood in such a way that one starts to suspect Heb, whose name is short for Hebrews 13:2 (Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares), might bean angel come to live among men.
Softcover, 288 pages, 210 x 134 mm
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Bringing sixteenth-century Languedoc vividly to life, Kate Mosse’s The Burning Chambers is a gripping story of love and betrayal, mysteries and secrets; of war and adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties . . .Carcassonne 1562: Nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: SHE KNOWS THAT YOU LIVE.But before Minou can decipher the mysterious message, a chance encounter with a young Huguenot convert, Piet Reydon, changes her destiny forever. For Piet has a dangerous mission of his own, and he will need Minou’s help if he is to get out of La Cité alive.Toulouse: As the religious divide deepens in the Midi, and old friends become enemies, Minou and Piet both find themselves trapped in Toulouse, facing new dangers as sectarian tensions ignite across the city, the battle-lines are drawn in blood and the conspiracy darkens further.Meanwhile, as a long-hidden document threatens to resurface, the mistress of Puivert is obsessed with uncovering its secret and strengthening her power . . .
Softcover, 608 pages, 234 x 153 mm
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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
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On the side of the road, two boys are walking, holding hands. The smaller,barefoot one does not speak. The words are there in Zuko’s head but they arestuck somewhere between his thoughts and his mouth. He sees patterns, though,all around him – in the clouds, the stones, the arch of the sun. He hums the sun’ssound, his fingers painting pathways in the air. Some say he is cursed, othersbelieve he is magical.To Ash, Zuko is his little brother, all he has left in the world. He has notheard of autism. The older boy is a teenager who has seen more than most hisage. Ash stood beside their mother when she buried their sister. Then, when hismother also succumbed to illness, he dug her grave alone. Now he is leading hisbrother to the city to find their father.As the two traverse the land, they are forced to eat what they find and sleepunder the stars. And Ash keeps wondering: Will their father know them Will hetake them in
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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One September evening in1785, the merchant JonahHancock is told that hisship has been sold for whatappears to be a mermaid.Its arrival spins him out ofhis ordinary existence andthrough the doors of high society. At an opulentparty, he makes the acquaintance of Angelica Neal,the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyeson. This meeting will steer both their lives ontoa dangerous new course, on which they will learnthat priceless things come at the greatest cost.Will they be able to escape the destructivepower mermaids are said to possess.
Softcover, 496 pages, 253 x 158 mm
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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.
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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
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Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist, takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it – from garden seeds to Scripture – is calamitously transformed on African soil… This new edition for 2017 features a cover design by award-winning fashion designer Tina Lobondi.
Softcover, 640 pages, 198 x 129 mm
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Based on the incredible true story of Lale SokolovHeart-breaking – a tale of love and survival amidst the horrors of Auschw itzHuman – the real story behind one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust -the blue numbers tattooed on prisoners armsInspirational – the very best of humanity in the very w orst of circumstancesUnforgettable – a story untold for over seventy years is finally sharedLife-affirming – one mans determination to survive and live a full life w ith thew oman he lovedFully verified – Lale Sokolovs background and story has been fact-checked againstall available documentary evidenceThe StoryThe Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, tw oSlovakian Jew s, w ho survived Auschw itz and eventually made their home inAustralia. In that terrible place, Lale w as given the job of tattooing the prisonersmarked for survival – literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims arms inindelible ink to create w hat w ould become one of the most potent symbols of theHolocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this positionaw arded him to exchange jew els and money taken from murdered Jew s for food tokeep others alive. If he had been caught he w ould have been killed; many ow edhim their survival.There have been many books about the Holocaust – and there w ill be many more.W hat makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolovs incredible zest for life. Heunderstood exactly w hat w as in store for him and his fellow prisoners and he w asdetermined to survive – not just to survive, but to leave the camp w ith his dignityand integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also astory of hope and of courage. It is also – almost unbelievably – a love story. W aitingin line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, w as a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, ajack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it w as love at first sight and he determined notonly to survive himself, but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story – their story – w illmake you w eep, but you w ill also find it uplifting. It show s the very best ofhumanity in the very w orst of circumstances.Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the w ar. Theyeventually made their w ay to Australia, w here they raised a son and had asuccessful life. But w hen Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden oftheir past alone. He chose to tell his story.
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When his uncle dies, Liam Taggart reluctantly returns to his childhood home in Northern Ireland for the funeral—a home he left years ago after a bitter confrontation with his family, never to look back. But when he arrives, Liam learns that not only was his uncle shot to death, but that he’d anticipated his own murder: In an astonishing last will and testament, Uncle Fergus has left his entire estate to a secret trust, directing that no distributions be made to any person until the killer is found. Did Fergus know, but refuse to name, his killer Was this a crime of revenge, a vendetta leftover from Northern Ireland’s bloody sectarian war After all, the Taggarts were deeply involved in the IRA. Or is it possible that the killer is a family member seeking Fergus’s estate Otherwise, why postpone distributions to the heirs Most menacingly, does the killer now have his sights on other family members As his investigation draws Liam farther and farther into the past he has abandoned, he realizes he is forced to reopen doors long ago shut and locked. Now, accepting the appointment as sole trustee of the Fergus Taggart Trust, Liam realizes he has stepped into the center of a firestorm.
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The new novel from the number one bestselling author of Cold Mountain – astunning portrait of the devastation left by the American Civil War, as seenthrough the eyes of a woman who played a part at the heart of it.With her marriage prospects ruined in the wake of her fathers financial decline, teenageVarina Howell decides her best option is to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis,with whom she expects a life of security as a Mississippi landowner. When he insteadpursues a career in politics and is appointed President of the C onfederacy, it puts Varinaat the white-hot centre of one of the darkest moments in American history – culpableregardless of her intentions.As the C onfederacy prepares to surrender and she finds herself friendless and alone,Varina and her children escape Richmond. With her marriage in tatters and the countrydivided, they travel south, now fugitives with bounties on their heads, an entire nation inpursuit.
Softcover, 608 pages, 234 x 153 mm
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In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself – at once both shadowed and luminous – Warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire.It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister,Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents,left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal,and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends.A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn’t know or understand in that time, and it is this journey – through reality, recollection, and imagination – that is told in this magnificent novel.
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Hana and her little sister Emi are part of an island community of haenyeo, women who make their living from diving deep into the sea off the southernmost tip of Korea. One day Hana sees a Japanese soldier heading for where Emi is guarding the days catch on the beach. Her mother has told her again and again never to be caught alone with one. Terrified for her sister, Hana swims as hard as she can for the shore. So begins the story of two sisters suddenly and violently separated by war. Switch-backing between Hana in 1943 and Emi as an old woman today, White Chrysanthemum takes us into a dark and devastating corner of history. But pulling us back into the light are two women whose love for one another is strong enough to triumph over the evils of war.
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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
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