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9781868425884

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 260
When Mark Gevisser was a little boy, growing up in a apartheid South Africa, he was obsessed with maps, and with the Holmden's Registry, Johannesburg's Street Guide, in particular. He played a game called 'Dispatcher' with this eccentric guide, transporting himself across the city into places that would otherwise be forbidden him. It was through 'Dispatcher' that he discovered apartheid, by realising that he could not find an access route to the neighbouring township of Alexandra, and later, by realising that Soweto was not mapped at all. This was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with maps and with photographs, and what they tell us about borders and boundaries: how we define ourselves by staying within them, or by transgressing them.

Johannesburg is a place of edges and boundaries; no place for a flaneur: this book is Gevisser's account of getting lost in his home town, and then finding himself, and then getting lost again, as a gay Jewish South African who was raised under apartheid and who became an adult and married a man of a different race as the country moved towards freedom. Using maps and memories, photographs and stories, Lost and Found in Johannesburg presents a new way of understanding race and sexuality, heritage and otherness. If Gevisser transcended boundaries by playing 'Dispatcher' as a boy, his own boundaries were brutally ruptured when he was attacked in a home invasion in January 2012, while completing this book. Lost and Found in Johannesburg is the story of that journey.
Publication date: 2014-03-01
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9781447210986

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 230
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, this is the bestselling story about a rowing team's quest for Olympic gold in Nazi Germany. Cast aside by his family at an early age, abandoned and left to fend for himself in the woods of Washington State, young Joe Rantz turns to rowing as a way of escaping his past. What follows is an extraordinary journey, as Joe and eight other working-class boys exchange the sweat and dust of life in 1930s America for the promise of glory at the heart of Hitler's Berlin. Stroke by stroke, a remarkable young man strives to regain his shattered self-regard, to dare again to trust in others and to find his way back home. Told against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat is narrative non-fiction of the first order; a personal story full of lyricism and unexpected beauty that rises above the grand sweep of history, and captures instead the purest essence of what it means to be alive.
Publication date: 2014-01-26
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9781868425464

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 270
This is the story of Ian Player, internationally recognised environmentalist and conservationist. But Ian is a man of many facets and contradictions, not just a ranger: a man of culture and the arts, a deep thinker and Jungian, an irascible campaigner and a maverick. He is a writer, a lecturer and international diplomat and a deeply committed man to all he believes in.


Born in Johannesburg in 1927 and educated at St John's College, he served with the South African forces in Italy in World War II and returned to South Africa at age 19 in 1946 with no idea of what he wanted to do with his life. When he pioneered the Duzi Canoe Marathon in 1950 he expected to see an abundance of wildlife along the river bank. To his dismay, he saw almost none. And so began an epic journey to fight for nature conservation.


He joined the Natal Parks Board in 1952 and spearheaded two initiatives. With his team they pioneered Operation Rhino, which succeeded in saving the white rhino from extinction and obtained protected status for the Umfolozi and St Lucia Wilderness areas - a first in South Africa and on the African continent. He also founded the Wilderness Leadership School during the troubled days of apartheid, a multi-racial and experiential program, which was to spawn a global network of conservationists committed to saving wilderness and wildlife throughout the world.


His work has been recognised globally and among his numerous accolades he has been awarded Knight of the Order of the Golden Ark and the Decoration for Meritorious Service, the highest civilian decoration in this country. He is also the recipient of two honorary doctorates - Doctor of Philosophy, Honoris Causa from the University of Natal and Doctor of Laws (LLD) (h.c) from Rhodes University. He lives with his wife near Howick in Natal and is the brother of golfing legend Gary Player.
Publication date: 2013-09-01
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9781432202057

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 99
ie Springbok-rugbyheld, Joost van der Westhuizen, leef elke dag met die gedagte dat vandag sy laaste kan wees, nadat motorneuronsiekte by hom gediagnoseer is. In 99 dinge wat ek wil hê my kinders moet weet deel hy 99 lewenswaarhede waarmee sy siekte hom gekonfronteer het. Stap saam met Joost deur sy lewe en leer hoe om jóúne met groter wysheid en waardering te leef.
Publication date: 2013-08-01
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9781770103276

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 170
Nelson Mandela: By Himself is the definitive book of quotations from one of the great leaders of our time. This collection - gathered from privileged authorised access to Mandela's vast personal archive of private papers, speeches, correspondence and audio recordings - features nearly 2000 quotations spanning over 60 years, many previously unpublished.
Publication date: 2013-07-01
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9781919825427

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 260
Aan die hand van eietydse dokumentasie het Karel Schoeman in hierdie boek die lewe herkonstrueer van sy Suid Afrikaanse stamvader, die Duitser Hendrik Schoeman uit Sleeswyk Holstein, wat in 1724 as matroos in diens van die VOC die Kaap bereik het, 'n prekere bestaan gemaak het as veeboer in die binneland van Suid Afrika, en in 1765 in armoede in die huidige Klein Karoo oorlede is. Soos Schoeman opmerk, is hierdie man in verskeie opsigte geskik om as tipiese stamvader uit die Kompanjiestyd beskou te word.
Publication date: 2013-07-01
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9781770103047

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 240
You see, Mama, I told the truth. And so did my grandpa. It's the last time before I die that I can show my descendants the truth about what happened here. Now I can rest.' - Dawid Kruiper to Patricia Glyn



Dawid Kruiper was an old Bushman with a secret that had been kept in his family for over a century, and which he wanted to hand on to his sons before he died. But he didn't have the means to take his children back to the place where his grandfather had witnessed the horror that silenced him.

So Dawid asked Patricia Glyn to help him mount the great - and final - odyssey of his life. For two months in 2011, three generations of the Kruiper family, Patricia and her expedition crew travelled through the Kalahari, visiting and documenting places where Dawid and his forebears had roamed when they were 'wild' and free in the decades before the outsiders arrived in their homeland. And their journey culminated in Dawid releasing his secret to the world.

This is the story of how Patricia's assumptions about and relationships with the Kruiper family were tested to the limit before they trusted her with their knowledge and stories. Patricia slowly gains an understanding of the depth of the Kruipers' pain after centuries of genocide, prejudice and dispossession. The result is a candid but compassionate account of how this historical trauma manifests in the everyday lives of a contemporary Bushman family.

Patricia describes what she learned from the family about humankind's original relationship with wilderness and the natural world. She recounts the Kruipers' extraordinary veld knowledge and intuition, their inbuilt GPS and prescience.

This is an eco-adventure with a difference. What Dawid Knew explores the personal history and heritage of a remarkable family and what the Bushmen have to teach us about respect for, and responsible management of, our natural resources.
Publication date: 2013-06-01
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9780620519359

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 280
A true story to inspire and encourage. Dave is an inspiration with raw guts; a young man who has travelled the world, and attained many of the goals he has set himself in terms of his career at an incredibly young age. He not only flew for a living, but lived to fly! After a serious air crash, Dave had to face the sudden and devasting reality that all those dreams, and the career that he had worked so hard to build, might be ended by the debilitating injuries he had suffered.
Publication date: 2013-05-01
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9780624057383

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 245
Melanie Verwoerd shares the gripping story of her political awakening and international career. When she openly supported the ANC, the Verwoerds disowned her and her family, even once she serves in parliament under Mandela. Melanie becomes SA ambassador to Ireland and eventually heads UNICEF Ireland - until the love of her life, Irish celebrity broadcaster Gerry Ryan, dies unexpectedly. The controversy surrounding his death leads to her dismissal...
This is the inspirational love story of a modern woman who made her own choices and lived by her own truth. It also goes to the heart of media, politics and power in the modern world.

'Beautifully written .... extraordinary and brave' -- Roger Moore

'A lyrical love story' -- Desmond Tutu

'Will find readers among South Africans of all political persuasions ... a winning combination of intrigue, tragedy and humour' -- Jean Els (bestselling SA author)
Publication date: 2013-05-01
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9781920601201

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 225
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 carrying books with 1.7 kilograms of heroin hidden in them, Goosen is arrested and tried on drug trafficking charges.
Deaf to her pleas of innocence, the Thai courts sentence Goosen to death. On appeal her sentence is commuted to life, to be served in Bangkok's notorious Lard Yao prison.

Pregnant, terrified and desperately alone, Goosen begins a harrowing 16-year journey behind bars. Forced to part with her beloved daughter three years later, Goosen's story traces the joy and hurt of motherhood behind bars, the depression that comes with long-term incarceration and separation, and her return to a hugely changed South Africa in 2010.
Publication date: 2013-04-30
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9781920601249

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 225
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 enige reisiger se ergste nagmerrie. Sy word mislei om boeke waarin 1.7 kilogram heroïen versteek is, vir iemand uit Thailand saam te bring, maar word gearresteer vir dwelmhandel.
Die Thaise owerhede steur hulle min aan haar pleidooie van onskuld, en lê haar die doodsvonnis op. Na appèl word dit verminder na lewenslange tronkstraf in Bangkok se berugte Lard Yao.

Swanger, vreesbevange, desperaat en alleen begin Goosen se reis van sestien jaar agter tralies. Drie jaar later word sy gedwing om afskeid te neem van haar geliefde dogtertjie. Goosen se verhaal vertel van die vreugde en verlies van moederskap in aanhouding, depressie weens langtermyn-aanhouding en die gedwonge skeiding van geliefdes, en haar terugkeer in 2010 na 'n Suid-Afrika wat sy byna nie herken nie.
Publication date: 2013-04-25
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9780795704741

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 225
"'I have done some really brave things in my life. I, too, have done some really stupid ones. The line between these is precariously thin and I have far too often crossed it . . .'

Casey B. Dolan - actress, television presenter, entertainer, DJ, entrepreneur and singer - is perhaps best known for being voted FHM South Africa's sexiest woman in 2000. In this no-holds-barred biography she unveils just what it is like to be that woman, the one on every magazine cover. A quirky, honest appraisal of life on the other side of the lens and why being the woman every man wants doesn't necessarily get you what you want, especially when it comes to relationships.

A surprising, funny, heartfelt story of bad relationships, broken dreams and one woman's determination to succeed against all the odds. The best kind of biography - Casey B. Dolan will make you laugh out loud; she will make you cry your heart out."
Publication date: 2013-04-01
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9781920601164

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 225
Boy is the searing and beautifully written memoir by a mother, Kate Shand, whose son took his own life one afternoon when no one was looking.

John Peter, known to most as Boy, was only 14 years old when he made the tragic decision to hang himself. He left behind a devastated family grappling to not only cope with the overwhelming loss of a beloved son and brother, but to come to terms with the incomprehensible and unbearable choice he made that afternoon on 31 March 2011.

In this memoir, Kate Shand shares the horror, rage, grief and desolation of her own personal tsunami - but she also shares a story of transformation, healing and love. Ultimately it is a story of a boy - just a boy like any other - and of a mother's survival in the aftermath of the suicide of her child.

'Can you bear to know what happens to a mother and her family when her 14-year-old son commits suicide? Are you brave enough to witness a 'deep scream from the heart'? From the first word to the last, Boy clamps itself in your guts. Relentless in her search for answers, Shand strips herself down to the bone, taking us with her to the edge of what is bearable. A work of savage courage and honesty. I dare you to try and put it down.'
- Best-selling author, Joanne Fedler
Publication date: 2013-04-01
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9781869198268

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Translator: Kristèl de Weerd
Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 200
Drie hoera's vir die HELDE wat ons wêreld gemaak het wat dit vandag is. 100 Mense wat die wêreld verander het is propvol ware lewensverhale. Toer deur die wêreldgeskiedenis saam met beroemdes soos Aristoteles, Marie Curie en Mark Zuckerberg en vier die mense wat hulle stempel op die wêreld afgedruk het.

Ontmoet die grootste uitvinders, ontdekkingsreisigers, wetenskaplikes, invloedryke politieke leiers, denkers en skrywers en nog vele meer - lees hier wie het die wêreld verander en hoe hulle dit gedoen het.
Publication date: 2013-03-01
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9780624063056

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 355
In Justice, Cameron explains and defends the role of the law in South Africa's continuing transition. He draws on his own life experience - of poverty, of a youth spent in a children's home, of his differentness and of stigma - to illustrate the power and the limitations of the law. Cameron argues his case that the Constitution offers South Africans our best chance for a just society.
Publication date: 2013-03-01

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