Flesh and Blood
Mightier than the Sword
Abandoned in Hell
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Now I See You
Armed robbery is nothing new in South Africa. But when a pair of clever and squeaky-sounding criminals go on a looting spree that rocks several small towns in the Eastern Cape, Detective Inspector Thabisa Tswane from The Eagles, the Special Violent Crimes Unit is called to work the case. There’s only one problem, one of the most important witnesses in the case is her estranged grandfather, Chief Solenkosi, who ordered her violent expulsion from the village over 10 years ago.
In another world of lunches at the Michelangelo, private game lodges and platinum cards, the rich and slick Ollis Sando smoothes his way through cocktail parties and networking meetings. He is rumoured to be in line for the presidency in the upcoming elections. But he has a dirty past, something to hide and a hostage to hide it for him.
In Now I See You Thabisa’s traditional and professional skills will be pushed to the limit. She will have to learn the difference between looking and seeing. And in stirring twists of fates, we’ll see that past and present blur, everything is interconnected and nothing can be assumed.
Swimming with Cobras
Rosemary Smith could never have imagined the trajectory her life would take the day she met her husband. She would find herself in Grahamstown, at a crucial point in South Africa’s struggle. Joining the Black Sash, the white, women-led anti-apartheid organisation, of which she would one day become a national vice president, gave her the opportunity to engage with a country in, often violent, transition.
Tiah Marie Beautement
Loss has left Ella Spinner alone to care for her husband, Bart, who suffers from clinical depression. Their days now echo the tides: any progress made, rolls back. Yet Ella keeps pushing against the monotony. Set in Mossel Bay, Ella’s day begins like any other. But on this day the minutes begin to crack allowing change to filter through. As we cheer on her tenacity, we’re left asking ourselves what motivates anyone to try again.
An inspiring story about courage, determination and the power of dreams.
Nothing is impossible, unless you believe it to be.
Chris rides waves the size of four-story buildings for fun.
He won the Mavericks Big Wave International surfing event in the biggest waves ever recorded in the history of the sport.
He holds the South African Open Ocean SUP 24-hour Distance World Record.
Now he’s set his sights on paddling across the Atlantic Ocean, alone, on a custom built SUP. If he’s set his sights on it, you can bet he’s going to do it.
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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Submitted by Sandra Hardie – Monday 3rd August
My best book for 2014 was The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. It is about a boy born into a working class family who beats the odds by putting himself through Washington University where he discovers his aptitude for rowing. He becomes part of the gold medal award winning rowing team at the Berlin Olympics. The book provides fascinating insight into the complexities of rowing and is a truly inspirational story.
A film has now been made of this book which I greatly look forward to seeing.
On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his ‘last gamble’ in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCO’s were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe.
The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the back of the Wehrmacht. In January 1945, when the Red Army launched its onslaught towards Berlin, the once-feared German war machine was revealed to be broken beyond repair.
Operation Lock and the War on Rhino Poaching
Operation Lock and the War on Rhino Poaching
by John Hanks
Operation Lock was born in 1987 when Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, met with British biologist and conservationist Dr John Hanks, to discuss what could be done to stop the aggressive illegal trade in rhino horn. John Hanks tells the story of these explosive events from 25 years ago. The book discusses and gives criticism of some of the current, controversial policies to curb poaching.