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The Great Run: Conquering The Sleeping Dragon Within: Life'S Lessons On The Run

by Braam Malherbe

Everyone said it couldn't be done; even internationally renowned sports scientists such as Dr. Tim Noakes. Certainly no-one had done it before, though many had tried: to run the Great Wall of China, end to...


Kisdadee Girl

by Maggie Harris

Powerful forces surge through British Guiana as it transforms into independent Guyana. Margaret must navigate her own independence. Scottish, Portuguese, African: all and none of these, this teenager of the...


Mary Seacole

by Ron Ramdin

‘This account contains important lessons for those of us who care, and demonstrates why she was voted the greatest black Briton in 2004.’ Sarah Mullaly.’ [Church Times] Mary Seacole was born in Jamaica...


Three Lives

by Oliver Matuschek & Allan Blunden

Drawing on a great wealth of newly available sources, this definitive biography recounts the eventful life of a great writer spoilt by success-a life lived in the shadow of two world wars, and which ended tragically...


The Inner Circle: Reflections On The Last Days Of White Rule

by Jan Heunis

In The Inner Circle, Jan Heunis reflects on the twilight years of white rule in South Africa through incisive portraits of key individuals, such as Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, PW Botha, Hernus Kriel, Kobie Coetsee,...


A Game Ranger Remembers

by Bruce Bryden

Bruce Bryden’s true stories about the life of a bushveld conservationist draws on 27 years in the service of the Kruger National Park. It makes for a gripping read, abounding with encounters with elephant,...


On The Contrary: Leading The Opposition In A Democratic South Africa

by Tony Leon

The memoirs of former Opposition leader Tony Leon provide a unique glimpse into the political life of South Africa in the democratic era. In incisive, finely focused prose, On the Contrary records Leon's thirteen-year...


Opening Men'S Eyes: Peter Brown And The Liberal Struggle For South Africa

by Michael Cardo

Peter Brown, leader of South Africa’s Liberal Party until its demise in 1968, is one of the unsung heroes of South Africa’s struggle against apartheid in pursuit of non-racial democracy. In Opening Men’s...


Assegais, Drums & Dragoons: A Military And Social History Of The Cape

by Willem Steenkamp

What motivated a small multiracial force of Cape-born soldiers – whites, coloureds and Malays – to put up such stiff resistance at the Battle of Blaauwberg in 1806, in spite of odds so overwhelming that even...


The Man With The Black Dog: A True Modern-Day Jock Of The Bushveld

by Mario Cesare

‘They say a man has only dog in his lifetime, only one dog with which he will share that special bond …’ Mario Cesare was twenty-five years old and managing a game reserve in the rugged Tuli Block in Botswana...


Around Madagascar On My Kayak

by Riaan Manser

In the last five years Riaan Manser has re-written the definition of tenacity and become the epitome of determination. Riaan rose to prominence when he became the first person to cycle around the entire perimeter...


Taking The Mickey

by Mickey Arthur & Neil Manthorp

Mickey Arthur was one of SA's longest-serving and most successful coaches. In 2008, along with the national team, he created history when the Proteas beat both England and Australia on their own turf. Beating...


An Arid Eden: A Personal Account Of Conservation In The Kaokoveld

by Garth Owen-Smith

Two remarkable tales woven together - the story of the Kaokoveld, an arid eden in the remote north-west of Namibia, so nearly lost, but regained to become one of Africa's iconic wildlife tourism destinations,...


Around Africa On My Bicycle

by Riaan Manser

In a world first, almost incredibly, Riaan Manser rode a bicycle right around the continent of Africa. It took him two years, two months and fifteen days. He rode 36 500 kilometres through 34 different countries....


Zuma: A Biography

by Jeremy Gordin

The first edition of Zuma, published in late 2008, concluded with Jacob Zuma's future balancing on a knife's edge. National elections loomed, but so did corruption charges and endless court battles. Since then...


Tales I Never Told!

by Michael Winner

Michael Winner’s new book Tales I Never Told! is scurrilous, affectionate and sometimes sensational! Winner’s tales have a cast including Simon Cowell, Sir Michael Caine, Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster, Faye...


To Prussia with Love: Misadventures in Rural East Germany

by Roger Boyes

Farce meets romance in this amusing travel memoir set in East Germany In a desperate attempt to save his relationship with girlfriend Lena and take a break from the world of journalism, Roger Boyes agrees...


Minding My Peas and Cucumbers: Quirky Tales of Allotment Life

by Kay Sexton

Amusing tales about the ups and downs of managing an allotment for the first time

 

When Kay Sexton becomes the proud holder of an allotment, she hopes it will be her first foray towards self-sufficiency for...


Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette: On the Road in the Real Rural France

by John Dummer

I found Serge’s advice mostly useful and it would have been churlish tohave refused his invitation to accompany him on a trip out in the countryto “forage for hidden treasures”. If the truth be known,...


Steve McQueen: A Biography

by Marc Eliot

The most detailed and revealing biography to date of a Hollywood great.

Steve McQueen is that rare Hollywood combination of a classic actor and a style icon in the tradition of James Dean. ‘The King of Cool’,...