South Africa

Front cover of Roads Less Travelled by Justin Bonello
Roads Less Travelled - Justin Bonello

Roads Less Travelled by Justin Bonello written by Helena Lombard is the ultimate book for every guy or girl that's ever lit a fire - whether you're still battling to get your mates to give you the tongs, or have already got yours . . . gold-plated. We're talking about the braai and it happens all across South Africa, no matter what the weather, because our social get-togethers just wouldn't be the same without it: it's that build up before the big match or the aftermath of a great party.

R95.00
Front cover of Saving Nelson Mandela by Kenneth S Broun
Saving Nelson Mandela - Kenneth S Broun

Saving Nelson Mandela by Kenneth S Broun, a South African law expert, recreates the trial-called the "Rivonia" Trial after the Johannesburg suburb where police seized Mandela. Based upon interviews with many of the case's primary figures and portions of the trial transcript, Broun situates readers inside the courtroom at the imposing Palace of Justice in Pretoria. Here, the trial unfolds through a dramatic narrative that captures the courage of the accused and their defence team, as well as the personal prejudices that coloured the entire trial.

R130.00
Front Cover of Playing the Enemy by John Carlin
Playing the Enemy - John Carlin

Playing the Enemy by John Carlin is the true story of how the most inspiring charm offensive in history brought South Africa together.

R80.00
Front Cover of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa by Audrey R. Chapman & Hugo van der Merwe
Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa - Audrey R. Chapman & Hugo van der Merwe

Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Did the TRC Deliver? by  Audrey R. Chapman & Hugo Van Der Merwe provides a comprehensive evaluation of the TRC process and its impact on South African society. Based on a six-year study, the volume draws on an analysis of the victim hearings, amnesty hearings, institutional hearings, public opinion survey data, and extensive interviews with a range of TRC staff, people who worked with the commission, and members of different communities affected by the TRC.

R120.00
Front cover of Anni Dewani by Vinod Hindocha
Anni Dewani - Vinod Hindocha

Anni Dewani by Vinod Hindocha is a full, frank and ultimately heartbreaking account of Anni's life from childhood through to the conclusion of the trial of her husband Shrien in Cape Town, four years after her murder. On November 13, 2010 while on honeymoon in South Africa, newly-weds Shrien and Anni Dewani, from Bristol, were kidnapped at gunpoint in Gugulethu, a township near Cape Town. Shrien was released unharmed by his kidnappers, but only a few hours later Anni's brutally murdered body was found in the back seat of the taxi she had been travelling in.

R90.00
Front cover of The State vs. Nelson Mandela by Joel Joffe
The State vs. Nelson Mandela - Joel Joffe

The State vs. Nelson Mandela by Joel Joffe is the only account of this seminal trial, written by Nelson Mandela's defence lawyer. On 11 July 1963, a seemingly harmless dry cleaning van drew up outside a rural farm near Johannesburg, South Africa. Within seconds, heavily armed police had burst out and arrested the entire high command of the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). Together with the already imprisoned Nelson Mandela, they were put on trial and charged with conspiring to overthrow the apartheid government by violent revolution.

R110.00
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The Rise of the Phoenix - Peter Joyce

The Rise of the Phoenix by Peter Joyce is a fascinating account of South Africa's post-isolation sporting experiences. The author offsets the triumphs that brought the nation glory when the country was finally reintegrated and welcomed back into the international sporting arena against events that set it apart in the dark days of apartheid. Covering the feats of our golfing greats, swimming sensations, rugby heroes and cricketing giants, this book also reveals the successes South Africans have achieved in lesser-known sporting codes, such as mountaineering and motocross.

R95.00
Front Cover of Deciphering Ancient Minds by D. Lewis-Williams & S. Challis
Deciphering Ancient Minds - D. Lewis-Williams & S. Challis

Deciphering Ancient Minds: The Mystery of San Bushman Rock Art by D. Lewis-Williams & S. Challis looks at how ancient peoples think and whether their thinking patterns were fundamentally different from ours today. Along with the Aborigines of Australia, the indigenous San people of Southern Africa were viewed as either irrational fantasists or childlike, highly spiritual conservationists.

R175.00
Front cover of Stories that Float from Afar by J. D. Lewis-Williams
Stories that Float from Afar - J. D. Lewis-Williams

Stories that Float from Afar: Ancestral Folklore of the San of Southern Africa by J. D. Lewis-Williams presents a unique and enthralling collection of folk stories from the voices of long-dead 'Bushmen', or San people, of southern Africa, which speak of their lives and beliefs.

R95.00
Front cover of Dear Bullet by Sixolile Mbalo
Dear Bullet - Sixolile Mbalo

Dear Bullet by Sixolile Mbalo is the story of a brave and resourceful young person who has confronted the scourge of sexual violence, and who literally carries its effects with her to this day. Set in one of the most beautiful parts of rural South Africa: soft flowing hills along which footpaths curl, cattle peacefully graze and children’s playful voices are heard. It is also the area where Nelson Mandela grew up and which he described in his autobiography with much fondness: the exhilarating freedom of childhood and the youthful friendships.

R65.00
Front cover of Mandela by Martin Meredith
Mandela - Martin Meredith

Mandela by Martin Meredith details the life of Nelson Mandela, one of the most admired political figures of the twentieth century. It was his leadership and moral courage above all that helped to deliver a peaceful end to apartheid in South Africa after years of racial division and violence and to establish a fledgling democracy there.

R155.00
Front cover of Bitter Dawn by Dan Newling
Bitter Dawn - Dan Newling

Bitter Dawn by Dan Newling is a journalistic investigation into a crime that ignited firestorms of outrage across the world. At first the story seems simple enough: Shrien Dewani, a young British businessman on honeymoon in Cape Town, arranges the murder of his newlywed bride in a clumsy hijacking. But a closer examination of the crime reveals some uncomfortable truths.

R90.00
Front cover of Mission to South Africa by Robin Renwick
Mission to South Africa - Robin Renwick

Mission to South Africa by Robin Renwick is an extraordinary insider's account. Renwick draws on his diaries of the time, as well as previously unpublished material from the Foreign Office and Downing Street files. On 2 February 1990, FW de Klerk made a speech that changed the history of South Africa. Nine days later, the world watched as Nelson Mandela walked free from the Victor Verster prison.

R80.00
Front cover of Helen Suzman by Robin Renwick
Helen Suzman - Robin Renwick

Helen Suzman by Robin Renwick is a short but concise volume on the veteran anti-apartheid campaigner and parliamentarian. Suzman devoted, in Lord Renwick’s words, ‘her political career to the pursuit of high principles’, never lacking in energy, resourcefulness, intellectual rigour, and sharp-tongued humour in her decades of campaigning against apartheid and its manifestations, grand, petty and brutal, from forced removals to her support for Winnie Mandela during her banishment to Brandfort and over the inquest into the murder of Steve Biko.

R90.00
Front cover of The Poisoned Chalice by Gavin Rich
The Poisoned Chalice - Gavin Rich

The Poisoned Chalice by Gavin Rich takes an in-depth look at each of the coaches in the post-apartheid years, and at the same time examines how the role has evolved over the past two decades. The Springboks have had several post-isolation coaches, and if they agree on nothing else, they will concur that everyone in the job suffers enormous pressure. Unlike coaches from other rugby-playing countries, they also face many obstacles outside of the game, such as South Africa’s complicated politics and the often unrealistic expectations of both the public and the media.

R90.00
Front cover of Water, Stone and Legend by Renee Rust and Jan van der Poll
Water, Stone and Legend - Renee Rust & Jan van der Poll

Water, Stone and Legend by Renee Rust and Jan van der Poll uses words and images to explore the fascinating relationship of San rock art to shamanistic rituals and to stories that are still told in the Klein Karoo to this day.

R60.00
Front cover of Striking Inside Angola with 32 Battalion by Marius Scheepers
Striking Inside Angola with 32 Battalion - Marius Scheepers

Striking Inside Angola with 32 Battalion by Marius Scheepers presents an eyewitness account by a South African Defense Force (SADF) Signals Officer, who served in arguably the most formidable battle unit that ever existed in the history of the South African Defence Force: 32 Battalion. It describes how members lived and fought in the bush during 1983 under the most difficult conditions.

R115.00
Front cover of Churchill's South Africa by Chris Schoeman
Churchill's South Africa - Chris Schoeman

Churchill's South Africa by Chris Schoeman covers the future statesmans travels across the Great Karoo and through the green hills of Natal, his capture by the Boers, his escape to Delagoa Bay and his triumphant return to the Natal front as an officer in the SA Light Horse. It recreates the drama of the Battle of Spioen Kop and the Relief of Ladysmith, and describes Churchill s experiences during the British advance through the Free State and the Transvaal, before returning to England as a Boer War hero.

R110.00
Front cover of Die Griekwastad Moorde - Jacques Steenkamp
Die Griekwastad Moorde - Jacques Steenkamp

Die Griekwastad Moorde deur Jacques Steenkamp is die aangrypende vertelling van wat werklik op die plaas Naauwhoek op daardie noodlottige dag gebeur het, soos vertel deur die verslaggewer wat eerste daaroor berig het. Die vrede en stilte wat die Noord-Kaapse dorpie Griekwastad omvou het, is kort ná skemer op Goeie Vrydag, 6 April 2012, versteur toe ’n jong tienerseun in sy pa se Isuzu-bakkie die dorp ingejaag gekom het en met skreeuende remme voor die plaaslike en byna verlate polisiestasie tot stilstand gekom het.

R85.00
Front cover of The Griekwastad Murders by Jacques Steenkamp
The Griekwastad Murders - Jacques Steenkamp

The Griekwastad Murders by Jacques Steenkamp is the riveting account of what really happened on Naauwhoek farm on that fateful day, as told by the reporter who first broke the story. Just after dusk on Good Friday, 6 April 2012, the peace and quiet permeating the small Northern Cape hamlet of Griekwastad was disrupted when a young teenage boy sped into town in his father’s Isuzu bakkie and screeched to a halt in front of the nearly deserted police station.

R85.00
Front cover of Reeva by June Steenkamp
Reeva - June Steenkamp

Reeva by June Steenkamp is a painfully honest and unflinching account of Reeva's life. June talks about what really went on in her mind as she sat in the packed Pretoria court room day after day and how she is coping in the aftermath of the verdict. In the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, shooting her multiple times while she cowered behind the locked door of their bathroom. His trial has attracted more international media attention and public scrutiny than any since that of OJ Simpson.

R135.00
Front cover of Caliban's Shore by Stephen Taylor
Caliban's Shore - Stephen Taylor

Caliban's Shore by Stephen Taylor tells the true story of the Grosvenor which was one of the finest East Indiamen of her day. She ran aground on the treacherous coast of south-east Africa. An astonishing number of her crew and passengers, including women and children, reached the shore safely, but the castaways found themselves hundreds of miles from the nearest European outpost - and utterly ignorant of their surroundings and the people among whom they found themselves.

R98.00
Front cover of Up From Slavery by R. E. van der Ross
Up From Slavery - R. E. van der Ross

Up From Slavery: Slaves at the Cape: Their Origins, Treatment and Contribution by R. E. van der Ross shows that our history was intricately bound in with slavery and its patterns of subordination, but also that slavery fostered cultural interchange and syncretism, which were profound influences.

R80.00
Front cover of Diving and Spearfishing in SA by Piet van Rooyen
Diving and Spearfishing in South Africa - Piet van Rooyen

Diving and Spearfishing in South Africa by Piet van Rooyen provides an extensive overview of all there is to learn about diving and spearfishing. Knowing when to dive, what equipment to use, which spearfishing and deep-diving techniques are most effective, and how to avoid the hazards of the sport – from shark attacks to diving and boating accidents – is essential knowledge for any underwater adventurer. Fitness training, prolonged breath-holding, boat handling and safety guidelines are also discussed.

R90.00
Front Cover of The Farmerfield Mission by Fiona Vernal
The Farmerfield Mission - Fiona Vernal

The Farmerfield Mission: A Christian Community in South Africa, 1838-2008 by Fiona Vernal recounts the history of an African Christian community on South Africa's troubled Eastern Cape frontier. As a farm, an African residential site amid a white community, and a Christian mission on a violent frontier, Farmerfield was at once a space, a place, and an idea that Africans, missionaries, whites, and colonial authorities competed to mold according to their own visions.

R125.00