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Killing Karoline

What happens when the baby they buried comes back?

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From A to B

Bonang Matheba has built up her brand, making her face the most recognisable one in South Africa.

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The Affair

The Affair is a unique self-help book that examines the psyche of both perpetrators and victims of affairs and anyone who struggles with monogamy and...

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Holding My Breath Review

Holding My Breath is an apt title as Ace Moloi is always awaiting the next calamity. This memoir is presented as a letter to his deceased mother who...

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River of Gold

River of Gold, the story of the ‘great, grey, green, greasy Limpopo all set about with fever trees ’

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Exit!

Sometimes you have to step-up and become the hero to your own story

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The Struggle Continues

“A must read for anyone who is intrigued by Zimbabwean politics and history, but also those interested in the power of our common humanity and the...

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The Pavement Bookworm

This memoir of 24-year-old Philani Dladla will be one of the most inspiring, young South African stories you’re ever likely to encounter.

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Crashed

To celebrate her 14-year clean and sober birthday, Ferguson organises to take a R3.2 million Ferrari California out on a test drive for the day....

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Still Grazing

A story of a man who refused to be defined by circumstances that had defeated many of his peers

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When Loving Him Hurts

When Loving Him Hurts – a unique guide book that takes you through the complex web of domestic abuse, avoiding victim-based myths and showing women...

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The Refined Player: Sex, Lies and Dates

International model and actor, Stevel Marc, delves into and dissects the uncomfortable truths about honesty and fears in relationships

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The Black Sash

This is the story of a remarkable organisation of white South African women who carved out a unique role for themselves in opposing the injustices of...

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J.M. Coetzee & the Life of Writing

J.M. Coetzee & the Life of Writing is a ‘critical biography whose purpose is to read the life and work of its subject’. It is not a biography in the...

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When I was a Fish

This fast-paced, highly readable book not only recounts the extraordinary life of Mike Bruton, one of the leading fish biologists in Africa, but also...

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Birthmark

When Stephen Clingman was two, he underwent an operation to remove a birthmark under his right eye. The operation failed, and the birthmark returned,...

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In Love & Intimate

In Love and Intimate is a book borne out of love. In June 1980 Jerry got married to his wife Claudine and they have been together since. This book is...

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Everyday Matters

This important book brings together the previously unpublished letters of three women, Lilian Ngoyi, Bessie Head and Dora Taylor. While Ngoyi, Head...

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Rough Diamond

When despondent 4th-year medical student Tshidi Gule dialled ace businesswoman and celebrated beauty queen, Basetsana Kumalo’s number back in 2004,...

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Love in the Time of Contempt

In Love in the Time of Contempt Joanne Fedler won’t tell you how to be the ‘perfect’ parent. She’s not a psychologist or an academic. But she is the...

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Jani Confidential

If this were a book quiz and you were to ask me what film is most like Jani Confidential I would answer unhesitatingly, Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen’s...

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Reporting from the Frontline

So much has been said about Marikana since the tragedy of 16 August 2012 where 34 miners were gunned down and police were killed. The news and the...

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Nobody's Business

In 2003, Thabo Jijana’s father was gunned down in a scrap between rival taxi associations who had been forced to operate from a single rank. A decade...

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Askari

A story of collaboration and betrayal in the anti-apartheid struggle

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Bollywood Blonde

The inside story of the world’s biggest movie industry

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Surviving Flight 295: Life after the Helderberg

It has been 27 years since the worst air disaster in the history of South African aviation, and it’s been 27 years since Dominique Luck lost her...

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The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World

This book is more than a Boy’s Own adventure in search of the rarest bird in the world. It is a meditation on nature, on ways of seeing, on the...

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Oscar: An Accident Waiting to Happen

Oscar: An Accident Waiting to Happen is the all-exclusive inside story of ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor’s tumultuous romantic relationship with the...

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Love. Loss. Life.

More bizarre than any fiction imagined, this is a true story of huge and passionate love counteracted with achingly hell-deep loss and everything in...

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Declassified

Declassified: imagine a world beyond the boundaries created by race, one in which we can live together imaginatively and open to the diversity each...

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Coolie Woman

In 1903 a Brahmin woman sailed from India to Guiana as a ‘coolie’, the name the British gave to the million indentured labourers they recruited for...

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Sam and Me & the Hard Pear Tree

Jami Yeats-Kastner’s story is both a personal account of a mother’s ultimate loss and a universal message of growth and hope. It is centred on the...

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The Class of 79

When did this story begin?... It began when three Rhodes University students realised that what was happening in South Africa’s so-called ‘separate...

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My Mzansi Heart

My Mzansi Heart sweeps the reader along two equally entertaining narrative strands, one set in the present day, the other in the past, which together...

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Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation

On 19 October 1991, Malaika Lesego Samora Mahlatsi was born at the Meadowlands Community Clinic, one year and eight months after Mandela’s release...

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Catastrophe: Oy Vey, my Child is Gay (and an Addict)

Catastrophe is the story of a Jewish mother who discovers, much to her shock and horror, that not only is her once well-grounded, beautiful,...

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Blood Money: The Cyril Karabus Story

“Murderer, murderer! You are under arrest.”

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Liberation Diaries: Reflections on 20 Years of Democracy

Liberation Diaries is a compilation of 38 essays written by South Africans reflecting on the journey of 20 years of democracy, against...

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With my Head above the Parapet: An insider account of the ANC in power

‘There is no room for sentimentality in politics and I am no mood to put a rosy gloss on where we are now.’ – Ben Turok

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To Catch A Cop: The Paul O'Sullivan Story

This book is an account of Paul O’Sullivan’s role in helping to not only nail South Africa’s most powerful policeman, but also the world’s top cop....

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Doing Time

Doing Time is more than just a book. It’s an invitation from one of South Africa’s most revered pioneers and businessmen. It is an invitation to...

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When Hope Whispers

This is a story about a woman; a story about her struggle. As the survivor of great tragedy; this is a story about triumph.

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Love is War: The Modimolle Monster

Young mother Surinda du Preez stood transfixed, barely able to breathe. A single thought went through her head: I’m looking at the devil. She was...

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Pilot in the Wild

John Bassi has dedicated most of his life to the plight of wildlife in Africa. Raised in north eastern Zimbabwe, he was inspired by a life of living...

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Choosing to be Free

Rick Turner was one of South Africa’s most original and powerful thinkers and is remembered today as a remarkable teacher and activist. For almost...

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A Native of Nowhere

On a warm July morning in 1965, South African writer Nat Nakasa stood facing the window of a friend’s seventh floor apartment in Central Park West....

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Baobab Trails

Clive Walker has changed the face of conservation in South Africa and devoted his life to the preservation of our wildlife and natural heritage....

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The Other Side

Gypsies. Mick Jagger. Drugs. Knitwear empire. Ralph Lauren. A few of the elements comprising the life of Hillary Rohde, once an ordinary girl from...

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Armed and Dangerous

First published in 1993, Armed and Dangerous was one of the earliest struggle memoirs to deal from a personal perspective with the formation and...

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Dystopia

From highflying Playboy editor to pathetic homeless alcoholic addict, Dystopia charts James Siddall’s Icarian fall from grace.

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Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid

Ruth First and Joe Slovo, husband and wife, were leaders of the war to end apartheid in South Africa. Communists, scholars, parents, and...

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A Renegade called Simphiwe

Catapulted into national prominence with the release of her multiple-award-winning debut album, Zandisile, in 2005, Simphiwe Dana has since carved a...

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The Young Man with the Red Tie

It is November 1963. The white police state has captured almost all the underground leaders of the struggle against apartheid, including Nelson...

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Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary

In 1964 Bram Fischer led the defence of Nelson Mandela in the Rivonia Trial. In 1966 Fischer was himself sentenced to life imprisonment in South...

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Dwelm Slagoffer

Die 21-jarige Vanessa Goosen, ʼn finalis in die Mej. S.A.-kompetisie en op die drumpel van ʼn groot deurbraak in haar model-loopbaan, word vasgevang in...

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Drug Muled

On the verge of a big break in modelling, Miss SA finalist, 21-year-old Vanessa Goosen is caught up in every traveller’s nightmare. Duped into...

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Boy

It’s as though by repeating the words they will somehow become real. The words will solidify, and the full and truly horrific reality of this tragedy...

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Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa is one of South Africa’s most celebrated political leaders. He first came to prominence in the 1980’s as general secretary of the...

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The Last Right

How would you like to die? This is the question Craig Schonegevel’s brave life and death challenge us to ask of ourselves and the society we live in....

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Sanctuary

Sanctuary is based based on how the Central Methodist Church in downtown Johannesburg and its controversial Bishop Paul Verryn came to offer refuge...

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Ingrid Jonker

Dubbed the South African Sylvia Plath due to the intensity of her work and the tragic course of her turbulent life, Ingrid Jonker is one of the most...

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Freedom Rider

Freedom Rider is not only an adventure story about an epic bike ride in extreme conditions but a foray into the histories and cultures that have made...

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Endings & Beginnings

When Redi Tlhabi is eleven years old, two years after her father’s death, she meets the handsome, charming and smooth, Mabegzo. A rumoured gangster,...

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Back in From the Anger

Roger Lucey’s life journey was changed radically by events that he only found out about a decade and a half after they had happened. By that time...

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The Kebble Collusion

This is the story of the world’s biggest unprosecuted fraud. A fraud that in today’s terms amounts to R26 billion.

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Kgalema Motlanthe

Ebrahim Harvey presents a superb account of a man characterised by his reticence. Harvey provides a rare and thorough insight into this most private...

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The Kelly Khumalo Story

Kelly Khumalo is an award-winning kwaito star who rose to national fame at the age of 21: the shining star who after a string of bad decisions and...

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Eyebags & Dimples

In this beautifully written work, Bonnie makes a remarkable transition from actress to author with ease and flair.

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Dear Edward

This book is a personal journey into the family archives of photographer Paul Weinberg. The book explores his past as he retraces his family...

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The Travelling Rabbi

Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, widely known as ‘The Travelling Rabbi’, is the spiritual leader of the Country Communities Department of the South African...

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From Me to Me

From Me To Me: Letters to my 16½-year-old-self is a collection of letters written by some of South Africa’s best-loved and ordinary personalities to...

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Songs and Secrets

Songs and Secrets is a personal exploration of the ANC from liberation movement to government. It follows the author into the ANC’s military camps in...

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Battle for the President's Elephants

Searching for something more than her high-flying IT-executive life was offering her, Sharon Pincott traded her privileged First World existence to...

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Lolly Jackson

The Lolly Jackson murder case – a mix of elements that has grabbed the public’s imagination. Fast cars, fast money, murder, revenge, missing millions...

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Up in Arms

This is an insider’s story of political drama and intrigue during the Mbeki era when the arms deal controversy erupted and pitted Parliament against...

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Kader Asmal (Paperback)

Kader Asmal was one of the most respected senior statesmen in South Africa. He lived a rich and varied life, in all the twists and turns of which he...

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Kader Asmal (Hardcover)

Kader Asmal was one of the most respected senior statesmen in South Africa.He lived a rich and varied life, in all the twists and turns of which he...

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Rivonia's Children

Rivonia’s Children is the harrowing and inspiring account of a number of white Jewish activists who risked their lives to battle apartheid when South...

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My Father, My Monster

Former TV journalist and now police spokesman McIntosh Polela has been on the television screens for many years. Bright, articulate and charismatic,...

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Africa Trek 2

Three years, eleven countries, 1,200 families, 14,000 kilometers of adventures while walking in the footsteps of mankind through the Cradle of Life.

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The First President

John Dube is a revered and important figure in the history of South Africa. He was a leading member of the educated African elite in the late 19th...

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Recovery RSA

South Africa has one of the highest rising rates of addicts in the world. Recovery RSA is the go-to guide for recovering addicts, families,...

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The Au Pair

The Au Pair is a tantalising true story of a British wife and mother of three whose life is turned upside down when she meets and falls in love with...

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In the Dark with My Dress on Fire

In the Dark with My Dress on Fire is the remarkable life story of Blanche La Guma, a South African woman who dedicated her life to ending apartheid...

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When Hungry, Eat

Reminiscent of Eat, Pray, Love, When Hungry, Eat is a humorous yet poignant celebration of unexpected spiritual wisdom, small portions and the gifts...

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Africa Trek

Relentless sun, wild animal attacks, crossing countries in crisis... Three years, eleven countries, 1200 families, 14 000 kilometers of...

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Three

In her humorous collection of columns, award-winning writer Giselle Willcox offers readers a wonderful collation of the chronology of three years of...

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Clicko

Clicko (Franz Taibosh) was a star performer of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the 1920s and 1930s. When he died in 1940, an...

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The Woman Who Lived in a Tree

There really is a woman who lived in a tree – for sixteen years. A leopard occasionally shared it with her, lions stalked underneath and there were...

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