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20 MONTHS IN HOSTAGE HELL

20 Months in Hostage Hell


A thrilling account of how Debbie Calitz and her friend Bruno Pelizzari were captured and held for ransom by Somali pirates.

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Foot Soldier for Freedom


Struggle stalwart Rica Hodgson talks about her life in the anti-apartheid movement and the travails of her marriage to old Communist and MK bomb maker Jack Hodgson

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FOOT SOLDIER FOR FREEDOM
CROSSBONES

Crossbones


In this book, the last of a trilogy, Nuruddin Farah continues his lament over the pillaging pirates in his native Somalia.

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Dancing To The Beat Of The Drum


The highly credible autobiography of actress Pamela Nomvete, detailing her rise and fall - and rising again to learn from her experience.

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DANCING TO THE BEAT OF THE DRUM
THE VIOLENT GESTURES OF LIFE

The Violent Gestures of Life


Given Mukwevho takes us back to the days of the Reformatory School when juvenile delinquency was almost an ubiquitous aspect of the rites of passage of the black African child.

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The Kelly Khumalo story


Kelly Khumalo's story is your typical from-rags-to-riches tale. With a voice of honey, the spirited and talented Kelly was determined to succeed but if she did, it was at a cost to herself and for those closest to her. As Melinda Ferguson succinctly captures in her epic book on her famously infamous friend - our own Amy Winehouse, this is a fascinating journey filled with drama, drugs and a poor choice of men.

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THE KELLY KHUMALO STORY
DELIBERATE CONCEALMENT

Deliberate Concealment


This is the first book of non-fiction by the author of two previous works. As the title suggests, Dr Mtutuzeli Nyoka gives an insider's account of the IPL cricket bonus saga, at the height of which is his childhood friend Gerald Majola.

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I Ran For My Life


Co-written with Nechama Brodie, this is the biography of kwaito superstar Kabelo Mabalane. It tells of his upbringing and a whirlwind descent into a world of drugs and debauchery until he found God - and running the Comrades Marathon.

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I RAN FOR MY LIFE
491 DAYS PRISONER NUMBER 1323/69

491 Days Prisoner number 1323/69


This is a compelling journal of the prison letters between Nelson Mandela - who had already been in jail for 10 years, and his then wife Winnie Nomzamo Mandela. It is a love story penned under the glare of Apartheid.

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Conversations with My Sons and Daughters


In the conversations, Mamphela Ramphele responds to the growing despair among young South Africans about the cracks that are appearing in our system of governance and threatening the idealism of the country that reinvented itself with the dawn of democracy in 1994.

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CONVERSATIONS WITH MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS
CAPITALIST CRUSADER

Capitalist Crusader


Businessman and - at the time of writing, DA Mayoral candidate for Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, nails his capitalist colours to the mast in this honest account.

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Maverick


In this thrilling anthology, the authors retell the stories of a select eccentric South African women, to good effect.

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MAVERICK
SWEET PARADISE

Sweet Paradise


Paradise Place Clinic was supposed to be a sane refuge for addicts, not the slaughterhouse it turns out to be. The mayhem in this mad house makes for gripping reading.

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Umkhonto we Sizwe, Fighting for a divided people


The unvarnished story of MK camp life in Tanzania and the gallantry of the Luthuli Detachment is told in this rare insider's account.

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UMKHONTO WE SIZWE, FIGHTING FOR A DIVIDED PEOPLE
FORDSBURG FIGHTER, THE JOURNEY OF AN MK VOLUNTEER

Fordsburg Fighter, the journey of an MK volunteer


The dirty linen of the ANC camps is hung out in this account of a young man whose dream of joining the liberation movement is shattered by the horrors of what confronts cadres in the 'bush'.

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UMKHONTO WE SIZWE, THE ANC'S ARMED STRUGGLE


Historian Thula Simpson does better than his predecessors in telling the story of MK, the ANC's military wing and the flesh and bones behind the names and the non de guerres.

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UMKHONTO WE SIZWE, THE ANC'S ARMED STRUGGLE
THE THABO MBEKI I KNOW

THE THABO MBEKI I KNOW


In their own words, ex President Thabo Mbeki's inner circle of family friends, cadres and comrades, advisers, academics and Cabinet colleagues write homilies to the kind of man - intellectual, dancer, whiskey drinker, Internet junkie and statesman they knew before the day in September 2008 when he was recalled from office,

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BROKE & BROKEN, THE SHAMEFUL LEGACY OF GOLD MINING IN SOUTH AFRICA


The narrative of mining in South Africa has always been etched in the exploitation of the cheap labour and the greed of the faceless owners. This book adds to the canon of literature on this blight of men reduced to mere shells of their former selves from silicosis while the rich get richer.

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BROKE & BROKEN, THE SHAMEFUL LEGACY OF GOLD MINING IN SOUTH AFRICA
WHEN ZUMA GOES

WHEN ZUMA GOES


Political analyst Ralph Mathekga introduces a subject more topical in our body politic than anything else on the national agenda - what happens when President Jacob Zuma leaves office.

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Conversations with a Gentle Soul


This is Ahmed Kathrada at his grandfatherly best - witty, chatty and with a dose of forgetfulness that Sahm Venter pokes back to life to chisel into a biography worthy of a space on the bedside table.

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CONVERSATIONS WITH A GENTLE SOUL
BEING CHRIS HANI'S DAUGHTER

Being Chris Hani's Daughter


The Hani legacy weighed heavily on Lindiwe Hani, who finds that through her own fallibility, she is unable to live up to the colossus that was her father, ANC/SACP and MK leader Chris Hani. This is her account of that albatross around her neck.

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SPY, Uncovering Craig Williamson


Jonathan Ancer has knuckled down to deliver a meticulous offering that shines the light into the dark murky corners of the decorated Apartheid super-spy behind the gruesome killings of many Struggle activists, among others, Ruth First.

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SPY, UNCOVERING CRAIG WILLIAMSON
IT'S ME, MARAH

It's Me, Marah


Veteran entertainer Marah Louw has lived a full and eventful life and she takes no prisoners as she writes about the men who shared it, and how they broke her heart. But it is a book primarily about a talent that did not go to waste.

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Song for Sarah, LESSONS FROM MY MOTHER


In this ode to their mother, Sarah, Professor Jonathan Jansen and his sister, Naomi, dispel the myth of a crude foul-mouthed Cape Flats mother. The book goes out to prove this picture does not hold true of Sarah, and many other mothers.

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SONG FOR SARAH, LESSONS FROM MY MOTHER
THE SOWETO UPRISINGS, COUNTER-MEMORIES OF JUNE 1976

The Soweto Uprisings, Counter-Memories of June 1976


Historian Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu, who was 14 at the time of the riots, gives his eyewitness account of what led to the watershed moment in the fight against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in black schools.

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