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
65 Years of Friendship tells the heartrending story of a remarkable friendship between two remarkable men: world-renowned human-rights lawyer George Bizos, and Nelson Mandela. George and Madiba met as students at the University of the Witwatersrand in the 1940s. They would later become legal colleagues, and Mandela would become George Bizos most famous client soon after, for it was Bizos who formed part of his legal defence during the famous Treason Trial, and again during the Rivonia Trial, when Mandela and others faced the death penalty for plotting to overthrow the state. After seeing his friend sentenced to life imprisonment instead, Bizos became Mandelas lifeline, navigating the complicated network of the Struggle. Working tirelessly, be it by secretly meeting Oliver Tambo in exile or arguing for the abolishment of the death penalty in the Constitutional Court years later, Bizos offered his unwavering support to Mandela on his long walk towards a democratic South Africa. In this touching homage to their friendship, George Bizos tells a fascinating tale of two men whose work affected the lives of all South Africans.
Item Code: BN00690
‘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
When South Africa’s golden girl of broadcasting, Tracy Going’s battered face was splashed across the media back in the late 1990s, the nation was shocked. South Africans had become accustomed to seeing Going, glamorous and groomed on television or hearing her resonant voice on Radio Metro and Kaya FM. Sensational headlines of a whirlwind love relationship turned horrendously violent threw the perfect life of the household star into disarray.What had started off as a fairy-tale romance with a man who appeared to be everything that Going was looking for – charming, handsome and successful – had quickly descended into a violent, abusive relationship.As I stood before him all I could see were the lies, the disappearing for days without warning, the screaming, the threats, the terror, the hostage-holding, the keeping me up all night, the dragging me through the house by my hair, the choking, the doors locked around me, the phones disconnected, the isolation, the fear and the uncertainty.The rosy love cloud burst just five months after meeting her Prince Charming when she staggered into the local police station, bruised and battered. A short relationship became a two-and-a-half-year legal ordeal played out in the public eye. In mesmerising detail, Going takes us through the harrowing court process – a system seeped in injustice – her decline into depression, the immediate collapse of her career due to the highly public nature of her assault and the decades-long journey to undo the psychological damages in the search for safety and the reclaiming of self.The roots of violence form the backdrop of the book, tracing Going’s childhood on a plot in Brits, laced with the unpredictable violence of an alcoholic father who regularly terrorised the family with his fists of rage.I was ashamed of my father, the drunk. If he wasn’t throwing back the liquid in the lounge then he’d be finding comfort and consort in his cans at the golf club. With that came the uncertainty as I lay in my bed and waited for him to return. I would lie there holding my curtain tight in my small hand. I would pull the fabric down, almost straight, forming a strained sliver and I would peer into the blackness, unblinking. It seemed I was always watching and waiting. Sometimes I searched for satellites between the twinkles of light, but mostly the fear in my tummy distracted me.Brilliantly penned, this highly skilled debut memoir, is ultimately uplifting in the realisation that healing is a lengthy and often arduous process and that self-forgiveness and acceptance is essential in order to fully embrace life.
Item Code: BN00990
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
Springbok kaptein, predikant,ambassadeur, kabinets minister,wêreldreisiger, filosoof, gesinsman,kunsliefhebber. Dit was en s die wêreldvan dr. Dawie de Villiers, een van Suid-Afrika se ikone wat vir dekades sy landop vele terreine met groot onderskeiding gedien het. Hierdie boeiende lewensverhaal neemlesers op ’n merkwaardige pad deur Suid-Afrika se sport- en politieke geskiedenis.Ten spyte van ’n lewe vol skitterende hoogtepunte en prestasies oor so’n lang tyd, het hy nog altyd die gewildeen beskeie Dawie gebly vir almal wat sy pad gekruis het.
Item Code: BN00400
Ek is Liza vertel die verhaal van ’n moedige vrou wat nieteruggestaan het vir die duwweltjies en skaapdorings op haarlewenspad nie. Sy is die toonbeeld van hoop na die storms, en bewys dat Liefde alles kan oorkom al het ons nie al die antwoordenie.
Item Code: BN00800
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.
Item 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
On 22 November 1977, 40 years ago, Robert Smit and his wifeJean were brutally murdered in their Springs home. They wereshot and stabbed several times. The words RAU TEM were spraypaintedin red on the walls. A high-ranking member of theNational Party, Robert Smit was involved in probable sanctionsbustingactivities through a front company, SANTAM International.Told by Liza Smit, daughter of Robert and Jean, who was 13 yearsold at the time of the murders, this is a book of two stories, thestory of the life-long and destructive impact the murders had onthe lives of those left behind, and particularly and very poignantlyon that of Liza’s own life.It also tries to unravel the mystery of the murders. We follow Lizaas she gathers evidence to present to the Truth and ReconciliationCommission and meets with a wide array of those who mighthelp solve the crime, from ministers to shady conmen. DespiteLiza’s efforts and the huge public interest in the murders, despitethe numerous conjectures on who might have murdered this highrankingpolitician and his wife, despite the complicated reasonsput forward as to who might have given the orders to have themkilled, 40 years later we are no closer to a conviction and trial.
Item Code: BN00810
Ingrid Jonker, begaafde jong digter, loop op 19Julie 1965 die see in by Drieankerbaai en verdrink.Sy laat haar familie en vriende agter met meervrae as antwoorde. Gedurende die afgelope 50jaar het sy ’n ikoon van die Afrikaanse en Suid-Afrikaanse letterkunde geword. In so ’n mate,dat haar lewe en veral haar dood soms haarwerk en die belangrike bydrae wat sy tot dieliterêre beweging van die Sestigers gemaak het,oorskadu.Haar politieke sieninge, soos uitgedruk in haarpoësie en haar passie en die droefheid van haaronstuimige liefdesverhoudings met onder andereJack Cope en André P. Brink het al tot baiebesprekings gelei. Sy het weer onder die publiekeoog gekom toe oudpresident Nelson Mandelain sy inhuldigingsrede in 1994 in die Parlementeen van haar gedigte aangehaal het. Hy het haargedig: Die Kind voorgelees en gesê: Sy wasbeide ’n digter en ’n Suid-Afrikaner.Sedert haar dood is daar vele bespiegelingsoor haar lewe en tragiese einde. Van dié vraeword beantwoord in hierdie eerste omvattendebiografie. Petrovna Metelerkamp doen al jarenavorsing oor Jonker. Sy neem die leser saamdeur Ingrid se grootwordjare, digterslewe,liefdesverhoudings en die laaste paar jaar vanhaar lewe.Metelerkamp bring nuwe inligting aan die ligwat sy neem uit onbekende nuwe briewe endagboekinskrywings, o.m. uit die dagboeke vanJack Cope. Talle nuwe onderhoude met mensewat Jonker geken het, word in die biografieopgeneem. Sy weerlê ook die beeld van Jonkeras ’n ongebalanseerde kunstenaar wat haarhouvas op die werklikheid verloor het in hierdietoeganklike biografie oor een van Suid-Afrika seaangrypendste kunstenaars.
Item Code: BN00390
Van laaitie tot politieke kryger, bandiet tot polisiehoof, spioentot presidensiële lyfwag. Van sy kleintyd in Elsies met dieooms wat domino speel en die lyke op die veld het JeremyVearey se lewe talle onvoorspelbare wendings geneem. In ’nvars, eiesoortige Afrikaans skryf hy oor geheime politiekeleeskringe, die kerkjeug en die (Afrikaanse) KommunistieseManifes, ondergrondse aksies vir MK, en sy tyd opRobbeneiland.
Item Code: BN00670
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
With tears in my eyes I took a last glimpse at No. 22 Cross Street as we turnedinto Stuckeris Street. ‘Sala kahle, District Six,’ I whispered.Nomvuyo Ngcelwane grew up in the heart of District Six. In beautiful detail, shetells of life in a bustling community, of their interesting social lives and the vibrantatmosphere one has come to associate with District Six.Twenty years since original publication, Ngcelwane’s story is still relevanttoday and paints a captivating history of black people living in District Six beforeforced removals took place. She writes with great honesty, warmth, humor andheart. More than fifty years since forced goodbyes, Ngcelwane’s memoirreiterates the need for social justice and casts a light on the memories forgottenby some.Sala Kahle, District Six is free of posturing. It has great documentary value. Thefact that it is the memoir of a Black woman adds to its already considerableinterest. Vincent Kolbe
Item Code: BN00540
Harald Pakendorf se herinneringstog deur’n onstuimige tydperk in Suid-Afrika se geskiedenis. Die grootkoppe van apartheid kon hierdie liberale redakteur van Oggendblad (1972–1979) en Die Vaderland (1980–1986) met moeite voor hulle oë verdra. Pakendorf moes John Vorsteren PW Botha se woedebuie telkemale trotseer. Vandag sal lesers hul koppe in ongeloof skud oor die scenario’s wat tydens apartheid se hoogbloei in die voorkamers van politieke mag afgespeel het. Maar vir die politieke base van destyds was Harald Pakendorf sy tyd ver vooruit. Só ver dat hulle hom sonder meer uit sy redakteurstoel verwyder het.’n Fassinerende, persoonlike terugblik wat lesers sal boei.
Item Code: BN00490
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
Once, chef Brett Ladds was given a cigar by Fidel Castro, he talked weightlifting with Swazi king Mswati III and his cooking made Quincy Jones sing. For many years he also served Nelson Mandela many cups of rooibos tea and made him his favourite meals.Ladds was the executive chef of the SA government and manager of the presidential guesthouse at Bryntirion Estate in Pretoria from 1994-1999 where he served both Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. It was a naive and star-struck 21-year-old Ladds who started working at the guesthouse in the months before the first democratic election. During this time he was always in the background when struggle stalwarts like Steve Tshwete, Joe Modise and Dullah Omar met Mandela to discuss the future of the country.This heart-warming book tells of a young man’s coming of age at a turning point in our history. His stories about meeting kings and queens, presidents, rock stars and even the pope are laced with his unique, self-deprecating sense of humour. Of Queen Elizabeth he says it felt like speaking to his gran. I asked myself, how does all that power fit into this lovely, caring lady Of Robert Mugabe: He never moaned about a thing.Then there are the Russian diplomats and their drinking habits and the Saudi-Arabian sheik who had 8 television sets installed in his room and bought 20 blankets at R5000 each for his stay.It’s a book to make you laugh and cry. And Madiba’s favourite champagne Pêche Royale . . .
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Jonathan Kaplan, celebrated international rugby referee and former world record-holder for most Test caps, had his fair share of challenging moments on the field. He was known for his commitment to fair play, ability to defuse tense situations, and courage in making difficult, and sometimes controversial, decisions. All this would stand JK in good stead and come back into play when, at the age of 47, he made two life-changing decisions. The first was to blow his whistle for the last time and end his career as a professional rugby ref. The second was to become a parent – and a solo parent at that. This is the story of JK’s decision to have a baby by surrogate, the two-year fertility process that followed, and the subsequent birth of his son Kaleb.Winging It draws on the insights of key role-players in JK’s journey, including the extraordinary experience of the surrogate mother herself. Exchanging rucks for reflux, mauls for milk bottles, scrums for storks (and other stories about Kaleb’s conception), this account of how JK navigates the choppy waters of parenthood is disarmingly frank and scrupulously honest. At times poignant and tender, and at others downright funny, this is a thoroughly contemporary
Item Code: BN00860
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