In 1969, Winnie Mandela was detained under Section 6 of the Terrorism Act. This was the start of her 491-day period of detention and two trials. Forty-one years after her release, the widow of one of Mandela’s advocates during the trials gave her the journal and notes she had written in detention. This book shares Mandela’s moving and compelling journal, as well as some of the letters written at the time.
Softcover, 264 pages, 198 x 130 mm
Product Code: 112800
ERIC NAKI was born in Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape to a domestic worker mother, Nontanase Naki, and a mining migrant father, Wilton Woko, on 4 April 1963. He grew up on farms in East London, matriculated at Mzomhle High in Mdantsane and studied Communication Science through UNISA. Naki is a journalist by profession, with more than 30 years experience in both broadcast and print media. Presently he works as a senior political reporter for The Citizen newspaper in Johannesburg. This is his first book.
Product Code: A100020
‘Shortly after we took off from the check point I saw an old Opel with young men trying to pass us . . . I remember the cracks of the AK-47 bullets when it came through our windscreen. Our driver drew his pistol and fired back with his right hand while trying to control the speeding vehicle with his left.’Johan Raath and a security team were escorting American engineers to a power plant south of Baghdad when they were ambushed. He had first arrived in Iraq only two weeks before. This was a small taste of what was to come over the next 13 years he worked there as a private military contractor (PMC).His mission Not to wage war but to protect lives. Raath acted as a bodyguard for VIPs and, more often, engineers who were involved in construction projects to rebuild the country after the 2003 war. His physical and mental endurance was tested to the limit in his efforts to safeguard construction sites that were regularly subjected to mortar and suicide attacks. Key to his survival was his training as a Special Forces operator, or Recce. Working in places called the Triangle of Death and driving on the ‘Hell Run’, Raath had numerous hair-raising experiences. As a trained combat medic he also helped to save people’s lives after two suicide bomb attacks on sites he then worked at.
Item Code: BN00050
Many people have lived experiences from which the rest of us could learn, and act upon, but all too often their knowledge dies with them. David Brokensha’s memoir is an important exception. Brokensha, now 84, was a young soldier in WW2, a prisoner of war, a student at three universities, a colonial administrator, a founder of a public-policy oriented HGO, a professor of anthropology, and a South African exile who returned home in 1999.This fascinating memoir not only follows Brokensha’s long and productive life, it also demonstrates, in a lively and highly readable fashion, how anthropological field research can generate benefits in a way that desk-based theories usually do not. As a perhaps-unintended result, it describes, too, how these benefits accrue to the researcher as well as to the ‘subjects’ of his research.David Brokensha and his life-companion Bernard Riley lived and worked together – and apart – in Africa, the USA and the UK for nearly fifty years; the book is also the story of their love.
Item Code: BN00370
Dare Not Linger is the story of Nelson Mandela’s presidency, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to ﬁnish his term as president, but was unable to ﬁnish. Now, the acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task using Mandela’s unﬁnished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding and a wealth of previously unseen archival material.
Hardcover, 384 pages, 234 x 153 mm
Product Code: 112650
Die lang man sonder skaduwee, so het die oumense gepraat as hulle die grondpaaiebeskryf het wat oor die rug van vlaktes loop soos linte wat plase en veeposteen dorpe aan mekaar bind. Dit was ’n raaisel wat hulle vir mekaar gevra het om’n stram geselskap aan die gang te kry.Met dié raaisel begin Antoinette Pienaar, Afrikaanse sangeres, aktrise enradiopersoonlikheid, haar nuwe boek ná die verskyning van Kruidjie roer my,haar boek oor Karookruie wat sy plek as ’n klassieke werk in Afrikaans ingeneemhet. Sy werk reeds vir jare lank in die Karoo saam met oom JohannesWillemse, legendariese Griekwa-medisyneman. Oom Johannes leer haar hoeom Karookruie te gebruik om mense se lywe en siele te genees en van heindeen ver kom besoekers om hier by hulle gesond te kom raak.In Die lang man sonder skaduwee sit Antoinette haar roeping as geneservoort. Vol begrip en deernis word Karookruie ingespan om allerlei kwale tegenees. Maar nou ondersoek sy ook die genesende krag wat in die ou stories,raaisels en rympies van die Griekwa-mense skuil, want dikwels het ’n fisiekeprobleem ’n emosionele oorsprong en is dit stories wat die hart kan genees.Die langman sonder skaduwee is volksbesit: waardevolle inheemse kennisliefdevol opgeteken vir lees en herlees.
Item Code: BN00010
Fifty years ago, Sir Richard Branson started his first business. In his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, the Virgin Founder shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the worlds ultimate entrepreneur. In Finding My Virginity , Sir Richard Branson shares the secrets that have seen his family business grow from a student magazine into a global brand, his dreams of private citizens flying to space develop from a childhood fantasy to the brink of reality, and his focus shift from battling bigger rivals to changing business for good. Following on from where bestselling Losing My Virginity left off at the dawn of the new millennium, Finding My Virginity takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride with the enigmatic entrepreneur. Learn how Branson created 12 different billion dollar businesses and hundreds more companies across dozens of sectors, going from a houseboat to his own private island. But this book goes far beyond the numbers – it is a journey into the heart and mind of Britains best-loved businessman. Join Sir Richard as he juggles working life with raising his children Holly and Sam, building a marriage with his wife Joan and creating a unique company culture. Discover how he created a new life on Necker Island, while continuing to grow the Virgin brand into all corners of the world. Get the real story behind adventures and run-ins with everyone from Bill Gates and Kate Moss to Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. Go behind the scenes as Sir Richard Branson creates the worlds first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic, and handles the biggest crisis he has ever faced. Get under the skin of world record attempts on land, sea and air, and see how the original business hippy adapted to becoming a doting grand-dude to his four grandchildren, Eva-Deia, Etta, Artie and Bluey. This is the true account of how the Virgin Founder reinvented himself and his brand for the 21st C entury, while continuing to push boundaries, break rules and reach for the stars in more ways than one. This is the story of the man behind the beard, the business, the bravado and the brand. Find out how the ultimate entrepreneur did it for the first time – all over again.
Product Code: A100050
Vir die vroue wat hy met sy rolprentsterglimlag betower het, was Chris Barnard ’n hartebreker. Vir sy pasiënte ’n harteheler.Dié nuwe biografie oor Suid-Afrika se beroemdste hartsjirurg vertel nie net van Barnard se kinderjare in Beaufort-Wes, sy prominente huwelike (en egskeidings) en flambojante lewe nie. James Styan ondersoek ook die impak van die historiese eerste hartoorplanting op Barnard se persoonlik lewe en op die Suid-Afrikaanse gemeenskap in die algemeen, waar apartheidswetgewing dikwels die probleme van geneeskunde nog ingewikkelder gemaak het. Die rol van swart mediese personeel soos Hamilton Naki word bespreek, sowel as die intense wedywering wat tussen ander beroemde hartsjirurge en Barnard ontstaan het.Hoe het Barnard dit reggekry om hulle almal in dié resies om lewe en dood te wen Hoeveel het sy welbekende sjarme daarmee te doen gehad En wat is Barnard se nalatenskap vandag, in die lig van sy latere suksesse en aansienlike mislukkings Styan dek dit alles in dié fassinerende nuwe blik op Chris Barnard.
Product Code: BN00040
In this new biography of Chris Barnard we not only learn about the life of South Africa’s most famous surgeon, from his Beaufort West childhood through his studies locally and abroad to his prominent marriages – and divorces – but James Styan also examines the impact of the historic heart transplant on Barnard’s personal life and South African society at large, where apartheid legislation often made the difficulties of medicine even more convoluted. The role of black medical staff like Hamilton Naki is explored, as is the intense rivalry that arose between other famous heart surgeons and Barnard. How did Barnard manage to beat them all in this race of life and death How much did his famous charisma have to do with it all And in the light of his later years, his subsequent successes and considerable failures, what is Barnard’s legacy today Styan covers it all in this fascinating new account of a real heartbreaker.
Item Code: BN00060
In 2006 Jacob Zuma was on trial for the rape of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, better known as Khwezi. After Zuma’s acquittal, the president’s supporters vilified Khwezi, forcing her to take refuge outside South Africa. Ten years later, she passed away … but not before she had slipped back into South Africa and started work on a book about her life. Journalist Redi Tlhabi breathes life into a woman for so long forced to live in the shadows.
Product Code: 112680
In 2016 local film audiences were mesmerised by the film Noem My Skollie, which was written by – and based on the life of – John W. Fredericks. In this book Fredericks tells the full story on which the film was based. Skollie is a gripping memoir of prison and gangs, and of one man’s struggle to survive all this by telling stories.
Softcover, 264 pages, 234 x 153 mm
Product Code: 112690
Dié aangrypende ware verhaal van ’n vrou wat haar hele gesin in ’n terreuraanval verloor, is die storie van ’n gelowige wat in gehoorsaamheid leef – tot die mat geheel en al onder haar voete uitgepluk word. Dit sal lesers aanmoedig om die ware koste van ons geloof te bereken, na te dink oor die karakter van God en ons identiteit as Sy kinders. Hannelie se verhaal is ’n merkwaardige getuienis van ’n lewe in geloof en die krag van vergifnis. Haar geloof en vermoë om te vergewe is ’n enorme bron van inspirasie.
Softcover, 288 pages, 198 x 130 mm
Product Code: 112600
This story tells it all, from poverty to fame, from love to divorce. A fatherless father trying to make sense of parenthood and a man who never had money trying to make sense of an abundance of wealth and the evils it brings, all the while maintaining his status as the greatest South African footballer of the modern era.
Product Code: BN00250
‘Miskien issit omdat poverty my define en nie die racial politics vannie land ie.’ Wit issie ’n colour nie is ’n versameling verhale oor grootword en die lewe in die buitewyke van die Kaapse Vlakte. Dit dek identiteit, rassepolitiek, sosioekonomiese kwessies en bruin kultuur, en bevraagteken die Suid-Afrika waarin ons ons bevind. Dit is gevul met galgehumor, rou eerlikheid en hartverskeurende vertellings van pogings om die lewe op die Vlakte te navigeer. Hierdie versameling is diep persoonlik en ’n ontstellend waar weergawe van die lewe aan die ander kant van die spoor, geskryf in Kaapse Afrikaans.
Item Code: BN00020
Can drugs, jealousy and money drive a normal 20-year-old to pick up an axe and wipe out most of his family This is the question on everyone’s lips after the brutal Van Breda murders. While Henri tries to prove his innocence in court, the whole country is speculating about whether the Van Breda couple’s own child was the one responsible. With insider access to the family, investigative journalist Julian Jansen – one of the first journalists on the scene – writes about the murders that shook the country.
Due to the court case being postponed this title will only be available end November.
Softcover, 220 pages, 198 x 130 mm
Product Code: 110200
Hitmen for Hire takes the reader on a journey like no other, navigating a world of hammermen (hitmen), informers, rogue policemen, taxi bosses, gang leaders and crooked
businessmen. The book examines a system in which contract killings have become the norm, looking at who arranges hits, where to find a hitman and even what it is like to be a hitman – or hitwoman.
Softcover, 340 pages, 233 x 152 mm
Product Code: 110230
Karina Szczurek’s memoirs of her life before, with and after her marriage to André P. Brink detail a year of widowhood and a love to last a lifetime. The book combines enough salacious detail and moving description of dealing with the death of a loved one to satisfy fans of her and her husband, both old and new.
Softcover, 304 pages, 233 x 152 mm
Product Code: 110260
This is the singer’s long-awaited autobiography. (See page 3 of our Entertainment section for his new CD, The Singles.)
Product Code: 102950
Product Code: 109100
Dwelms, jaloesie en geld. Kan dit iemand daartoe dryf om sy gesin uit te moor Die bekroonde joernalis Julian Jansen was van die eerstes op die toneel van die “bylmoorde” en sy boeiende boek lees soos ’n misdaadroman.
Softcover, 220 pages, 198 x 130 mm
Product Code: 110190