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New Faye Kellerman as gripping and chilling as expected

The gripping new crime novel in the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman.

On a crisp September morning, Rina Decker stumbles upon human remains once buried deep beneath the forest grounds. She calls her husband, Peter, a former detective lieutenant with the LAPD. Within hours, a beautiful woodland is transformed into a frenetic crime scene.

As Decker and his partner, Tyler McAdams, further investigate, they realise that they’re most likely dealing with a missing student from the Five Colleges of Upstate – a well-respected institution where Rina works.

And when more human remains are found in the same area, Decker and McAdams know this isn’t just a one-off murder case. Winding their way through a dangerous labyrinth of suspects, they race to protect their community from a psychopathic killer still in the area – and on the hunt for a fresh victim.

Born in St. Louis, Faye Kellerman is one of the most highly considered US crime authors. Her first novel, The Ritual Bath (1986) introduced Sgt. Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. It also won the 1987 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. Kellerman currently lives in Beverly Hills with her husband and four children.

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Chris Carter’s terrifying new thriller in the class of Jeffery Deaver

The terrifying new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of I Am Death.

After a tough week, Tanya Kaitlin is looking forward to a relaxing night in, but as she steps out of her shower, she hears her phone ring. The video call request comes from her best friend, Karen Ward. Tanya takes the call and the nightmare begins.

Karen is gagged and bound to a chair in her own living room. If Tanya disconnects from the call, if she looks away from the camera, he will come after her next, the deep, raspy, demonic voice at the other end of the line promises her.

As Hunter and Garcia investigate the threats, they are thrown into a rollercoaster of evil, chasing a predator who scouts the streets and social media networks for victims, taunting them with secret messages and feeding on their fear.

The Author
Born in Brazil of Italian origin, Chris Carter studied psychology and criminal behaviour at the University of Michigan. As a member of the Michigan State District Attorney’s Criminal Psychology team, he interviewed and studied many criminals, including serial and multiple homicide offenders with life imprisonment convictions. He now lives in London. Visit his website

‘This is a chilling, compulsive portrait of a psychopath, and proves that Carter is now in the Jeffery Deaver class’- Daily Mail

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Wm. Paul Young’s latest book to be released this month

From the author of the 20-million copy bestselling novel The Shack and the New York Times bestsellers Cross Roads and Eve comes a compelling exploration of the wrong-headed ideas we sometimes have and share about God.

Wm. Paul Young has previously faced charges of heresy for the ways he vividly portray’s God through his novels. Here he shares 33 commonly uttered things we say about God, revealing how they keep us from having a full, loving relationship with God.

Using personal anecdotes and drawing on the touching comments from his readers of The Shack, Wm. Paul Young encourages readers to think anew about important issues, including sin, religion, hell, politics, identity, creation and human rights. In the process, he helps us discover God’s deep and abiding love.

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Deon Meyer’s Fever lauded by Stephen King

The masterful Stephen King recently tweeted that Fever, the English translation of Deon Meyer’s Koors is – simply put – “great stuff.”

And who are we to disagree?

A stunning standalone from a master of suspense, a compelling story of survival and betrayal set in a world after ‘The Fever’.

Nico Storm and his father Willem drive a truck filled with essential supplies through a desolate land. They are among the few in South Africa – and the world, as far as they know – to have survived a devastating virus which has swept through the country. Their world turned upside down, Nico realises that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father’s protector, even though he is still only a boy.

But Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is both a thinker and a leader, a wise and compassionate man with a vision for a new community that survivors will rebuild from the ruins. And so Amanzi is founded, drawing Storm’s ‘homeless and tempest-tost’ – starting with Melinda Swanevelder, who they rescued from brutal thugs, Hennie Flaai, with his vital Cessna plane, Beryl Fortuin with her ragtag group of orphans and Domingo, the man with the tattooed hand. And then there is Sofia Bergman, the most beautiful girl that Nico has ever seen, who changes everything. So the community grows – and with each step forward, as resources increase, so do the challenges they must face – not just from the attacks of biker brigands, but also from within…

Nico will find experience hardship and heartbreak and have his loyalty tested to its limits as he undergoes an extraordinary rite of passage in this new world. Looking back as he writes in memoirs later in life, he recounts the events that led to the greatest rupture of all – the murder of his father.

Internationally bestselling crime writer Deon Meyer has delivered a gripping epic like nothing else he has written before, yet still with that consummate skill to make you care about his characters, and to keep the pages turning, breathless with anticipation – and surprise at its twists.


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“Racism is supposedly something of which only whites can be guilty,” writes John Kane-Berman

John Kane-Berman, the former Executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations and author of Between Two Fires: Holding the Liberal Centre in South African Politics recently published an opinion piece on PolitcsWeb commenting on the vilification of white South Africans.

An extract from Derek Hanekoms’s pseudo-anti-racism can be read here:

Racism and racial hypocrisy
Along with Helen Zille, Dianne Kohler Barnard, and Chris Hart, I will no doubt be accused of thought-crime for saying so, but the recent decision of the Constitutional Court in the social grant case is something of a victory for the “white monopoly capitalism” the African National Congress (ANC) likes denouncing.

Even if Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) does not profit as handsomely as planned from its invalid contract with the South African Social Security Agency to distribute social grants, the fact that the court extended the contract for another year shows how dependent the ANC government is on “white monopoly capitalists”.

Speaking on Human Rights Day last week, President Jacob Zuma said that the payment of grants was a “huge achievement in fighting poverty”. Indeed, but everybody knows it would not have happened had distribution been left to his government. This, of course, did not stop Mr Zuma from chalking up another denunciation of the “white monopoly control” on which he relies so heavily.

Human Rights Day marked the culmination of “anti-racism week 2017″, whose cheerleader is Derek Hanekom, minister of tourism. Writing as chairman of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Mr Hanekom called on everyone to “take on racism”, which, he claimed, was “deeply entrenched” in our society.

So it may be. The question is where it is so deeply entrenched.

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Between Two Fires

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Martin Meredith’s Afrikaner Odyssey delves into the extraordinary life of Deneys Reitz

Afrikaner Odyssey

In the first half of the nineteenth century, southern Africa was a jumble of British colonies, Boer republics and African chiefdoms, a troublesome region of little interest to the outside world. Into this frontier world came the Reitz family, Afrikaner gentry from the Cape, who settled in Bloemfontein and played a key role in the building of the Orange Free State. Frank Reitz, successively chief justice and modernising president of the young republic, went on to serve as State Secretary of the Transvaal Republic. In 1899, he stood shoulder to shoulder with President Paul Kruger to resist Britain’s war of conquest in southern Africa. At the heart of this tale is the extraordinary life of Deneys Reitz, third son of Frank Reitz and Bianca Thesen.

Afrikaner Odyssey is also available as an eBook.

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Subscribe to the new Mills & Boon South Africa Bookclub!

Etched in the hearts and minds of romance readers across the world, Mills & Boon is the world’s leader in romance fiction. Now, Mills & Boon South Africa has turned over a new page with their online Bookclub, offering online subscriptions, new books each month and amazing discounts!

The newly created Mills & Boon Bookclub,, offers 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions, is save to use via EFT or credit card and books are delivered to your door. With beautiful new covers and seven different series to choose from, Mills & Boon is any romance lover’s escape from reality.

Not sure which Mills & Boon is right for you? Have a look at the series:

Unwrapping His Convenient FiancéeModern
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The Earl's Snow-Kissed Proposal and Callie's Christmas WishCherish
Dare to dream… these sparkling romances will make you laugh, cry and fall in love – again and again.
Hostage Negotiation and Suspicious ActivitiesIntrigue
Experience the thrill of life on the edge and set your adrenaline pumping! These gripping stories see heroic characters fight for survival and find love in the face of danger.
Stolen Encounters with the Duchess

Indulge your fantasies of delicious Regency Rakes, fierce Viking warriors and rugged Highlanders.
His Secretary's Little Secret and Back in the Enemy's BedDesire
Be swept away by passion… with intense drama and compelling plots, these emotionally powerful reads will keep you captivated from beginning to end.
The Nurses Christmas Gift and The Midwife's Pregnancy MiracleMedical
Enter into the world of high-flying doctors as they navigate the pressures of modern medicine and find escape, passion, comfort and love – in each other’s arms!
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Die Burger 100: Sy mense en hul stories 1915-2015 word op 29 Maart in Stellenbosch bekendgestel

Die Burger 100: Sy mense en hul stories 1915-2015Kom woon die bekendstelling van dié huldeblyk aan ‘n koerant wat 30 000 uitgawes binne ‘n eeu kon druk en van die mees merkwaardige stories in Suid-Afrika se geskiedenis geplaas het op Woensdag 29 Maart by.


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Wilbur Smith’s War Cry tops SA Nielsen BookScan charts

War Cry, the fourteenth installment in Wilbur Smith’s perennial fan-favourite Courtney-series, has topped the South African Nielsen BookScan chart.

Smith’s historical novel reached the number one position in South Africa, selling more copies than Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime (#2) and the Dalai Lama’s The Book of Joy (#3).

Besides reaching number one in overall book-sales (including international titles), War Cry has also dominated the local fiction scene, securing first place in local fiction sales, as per The Bookseller.

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The eBook can been purchased here.

Sisonke Msimang’s memoir to be released in October 2017!

Jonathan Ball Publishers has won a fierce bidding battle for Sisonke Msimang’s memoir and first book, acquiring Southern African rights from agent Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann, London. Jonathan Ball will publish the memoir, Always Another Country, in October 2017. Msimang is one of the most assured voices commenting on the South African present – often humorously; sometimes deeply movingly.

Jonathan Ball Publisher Ester Levinrad is confident that Msimang’s memoirs will find a broad and highly receptive audience: “Once in a while you are fortunate enough to work with a writer who crystallises what makes publishing in South Africa so exciting, telling a personal story that could only have a local genesis, yet with a potential which defies borders. That is Always Another Country, to me –Sisonke’s writing helps me to make sense not only of the country but the world in which we live.”

Msimang writes about her exile childhood in Zambia and Kenya, young adulthood and college years in North America, and return to South Africa in the euphoric 1990s. She reflects candidly on her discontent and disappointment with present-day South Africa but also on her experiences of family, romance, and motherhood, with the novelist’s talent for character and pathos. Her bitter-sweet memoir is at heart a chronicle of a coming-of-age. As Isobel Dixon said, “while well-known [South African] political figures appear in these pages, it is an intimate story, a testament to family bonds and sisterhood”.

Sisonke Msimang currently lives in Perth, Australia, where she is Programme Director for the Centre for Stories.  She is regularly in Johannesburg where she continues to speak and comment on current affairs. Sisonke has degrees from Macalester College, Minnesota and the University of Cape Town, is a Yale World Fellow, an Aspen New Voices Fellow, and was a Ruth First Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand. She regularly contributes to The Guardian, The Daily Maverick and The New York Times and has given a popular TED Talk which touches on events which appear in her upcoming memoir.Msimang started writing Always Another Country in 2013 as political events in South Africa worsened in the aftermath of the Marikana massacre.  She will be in South Africa to launch the book later in the year.