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9781431430659

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 240
Anne Biccard has worked as an emergency doctor in Johannesburg for more than 30 years. It is a job that is both terrifying and thrilling, where death can be outwitted by skill and quick thinking, and the pressure eased by dark humour. The coronavirus, however, has added another dimension of fear. In this heartwarming and at times hilarious memoir she recounts some of the cases that have burst in through her doors, such as the woman who mistook her Dettol for beer and the man who tried to run down his cardiologist. There is sadness, too, as she remembers the patients who didn't make it. Above all, she writes of the camaraderie and dogged determination of health workers holding fast in the face of the Covid-19 nightmare as they battle, every day, to save a stranger's life.
Publication date: 2020-11-15
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9780751535662

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 260
In SCAR TISSUE Anthony Kiedis, charismatic and highly articulate frontman of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, recounts his remarkable life story, and the history of the band itself. Raised in the Midwest, he moved to LA aged eleven to live with his father Blackie, purveyor of pills, pot, and cocaine to the Hollywood elite. After a brief child-acting career, Kiedis dropped out of U.C.L.A. and plunged headfirst into the demimonde of the L.A. underground music scene. He formed the band with three schoolfriends - and found his life's purpose. Crisscrossing the country, the Chili Peppers were musical innovators and influenced a whole generation of musicians.;But there's a price to pay for both success and excess and in SCAR TISSUE, Kiedis writes candidly of the overdose death of his soul mate and band mate, Hillel Slovak, and his own ongoing struggle with an addiction to drugs.;SCAR TISSUE far transcends the typical rock biography, because Anthony Kiedis is anything but a typical rock star. It is instead a compelling story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption.
Publication date: 2005-11-03
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9781797202396

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 315
Sarah Edmondson's compelling memoir of her recruitment into the NXIVM cult, the twelve years she spent within the organization (during which she enrolled over 2000 members), her breaking point, and her harrowing fight to get out, to help others and to heal. This is also a story about abuses of power, the role female friendships play in cults, and how sometimes the search to be 'better' can override everything else.
Publication date: 2019-12-31
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9781770107588

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 360
For 14-year-old Johnny Clegg, hearing Zulu street music as plucked on the strings of a guitar by Charlie Mzila one evening outside a corner café in Bellevue, Johannesburg, was such a 'magical' moment.

The success story of Juluka and later Savuka, and the cross-cultural celebration of music, language, story, dance and song that stirred the hearts of millions across the world, is well documented. Their music was the soundtrack to many South Africans' lives during the turbulent 70s and 80s as the country moved from legislated oppression to democratic freedom. It crossed borders, boundaries and generations, resonating around the world and back again.

Less known is the story of how it all began and developed.

Scatterling of Africa is that origin story, as Johnny Clegg wrote it and wanted it told. It is the story of how the son of an unconventional mother, grandson of Jewish immigrants, came to realise that identity can be a choice, and home is a place you leave and return to as surely as the seasons change.

This memoir of the early days is filled with extraordinary stories of the determination with which Johnny pursued his quest to play the music he wanted, to the people who wanted to hear it. Written with passion and humour, it is also a record of the absurdity and tragedy of the times.
Publication date: 2021-09-27
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9781928215233

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 190
In hierdie memorie vertel sy van die sleutel oomblikke in haar lewe wat haar daartoe gedryf het om kulturele en etniese grense oor te steek om sodoende uit te vind wie sy werklik is. Haar besluite neem haar vanaf die Vrystaat na Distrik Ses en Venda, na Nederland en die Verenigde Koninkryk, na Heideveld en Hanover Park en uiteindelik na McGregor.

Haar nederige storie vertel van die geestelike isolasie van alle 'vlugtelinge' wat die onversoenbare waardes van hulle 'tuiste' (hetsy fisies of ideologies) verlaat en nuwe maniere moet vind om 'n lewe te skep. Dit vertel ook van die wonder om 'n metgesel langs die pad te vind.
Publication date: 2017-09-01
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9780624091264

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 330
In 1932, Afrikaans literary icon CJ Langenhoven died suddenly. He surprised the Afrikaner establishment by naming a young Jewish woman, the fiery redhead Sarah Eva Goldblatt, executrix of his literary legacy. Since childhood, Dominique Malherbe had been intrigued by the mystery surrounding her great-aunt and Langenhoven. She finally set out to discover Sarah's story, reclaim her for posterity, and find Sarah's son. In this biography-cum-memoir she uncovers a fascinating literary love story.
Publication date: 2021-04-16
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9781928248149

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 270
Robert Schapiro always wanted to fly. Challenging anti-Semitic bullying, mockery and fierce rivalry, he realised his dream by earning his wings in the South African Air Force and going on to command C-47 Dakotas in the Border War.
He joined South African Airways (SAA) in 1979, soon learning it was a time when SAA crews were dominated by the 'Royal Family' - captains who thought themselves above the rules and who spent time overseas on drinking binges or coaxing air hostesses to be their 'airline wives'.
When sanctions forced SAA to cut back on its routes, he was seconded to Japan's Nippon Cargo Airlines, routinely flying between New York and Tokyo, and grappling with often-hilarious cultural misunderstandings as he adapted to a Japanese style of operations.
Schapiro is disarmingly frank about life as an international pilot. He divulges near misses, emergency landings, navigation errors, passenger shenanigans (seat sex, anyone?), how pilots control rowdy travellers and absorbing detail about the technique of flying different aircraft types. Uplifting and humorous, his memoir offers a rare slice of aviation history.
Publication date: 2021-06-11
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9781529111552

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 265
I'm not a portrait painter. If I'm anything, I have always been an autobiographer. In Self-Portrait, Celia Paul reveals a life truly lived through art. She moves effortlessly through time, in words and images, from her arrival at the Slade School of Fine Art at sixteen, through a profound and intense affair with the older and better-known artist Lucian Freud, to the practices of her present-day studio. This intimate memoir is, at its heart, about a young woman navigating the path to artistic freedom, with all the sacrifices and complications that entails.
Publication date: 2022-06-30
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9780241472040

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 350
Dr Richard Shepherd, Britain's top forensic pathologist, has spent a lifetime close to the dead. As a medical detective, each autopsy he carries out is its own unique investigation, uncovering the secrets not only of how a person died, but also of how, through every stage of life, the risks to each of us ebb and flow. Through twenty-four of his most intriguing, enlightening and never-before-told cases, Dr Shepherd shares autopsies that span the seven ages of human existence, and have taught him as much about the marvels of life as the inevitability of death. From old to young, from murder to misadventure, and from illness to accidental death, each of these bodies has something to reveal: about human development, about mortality, about its owner's life story, about justice and even about Shepherd himself. From the bestselling author of Unnatural Causes comes a powerful, moving and above all reassuring book about death as it touches our own lives - how to understand it, how best to postpone it, and, when our time comes (as it must), how to embrace it as the last great adventure.
Publication date: 2021-09-28
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9780751580709

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 240
One woman's secret journal completely changes her marriage in this hilarious and biting memoir - the inspiration for the Netflix Original Series. School psychologists aren't supposed to write books about sex. Doing so would be considered 'unethical' and 'a fireable offense'. Lucky for you, ethics was never my strong suit.
Sex/Life: 44 Chapters About 4 Men is a laugh-out-loud funny and brutally honest look at female sexuality, as told through the razor-sharp lens of domesticated bad girl BB Easton. No one and nothing is off limits as BB revisits the ex-boyfriends - a sadistic tattoo artist, a punk rock parolee, and a heavy metal bass player - that led her to finally find true love with a straight-laced, drop-dead-gorgeous accountant. After settling down and starting a family with her perfectly vanilla 'husbot', Ken, BB finds herself longing for the reckless passion she had in her youth. She begins to write about these escapades in a secret journal, just for fun, but when Ken starts to act out the words on the pages, BB realizes that she might have stumbled upon the holy grail of behaviour modification techniques. The psychological dance that ensues is nothing short of hilarious as BB wields her journal like a blowtorch, trying to light a fire under her cold, distant partner. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but in the end, BB learns that the man she was trying so hard to change was perfect for her all along.
Publication date: 2021-07-15
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9780241356722

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 350
Pre-order the enthralling new biography of Ernest Shackleton by the world's greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes. To write about Hell, it helps if you have been there. In 1915, Sir Ernest Shackleton's attempt to traverse the Antarctic was cut short when his ship, Endurance, became trapped in ice. The disaster left Shackleton and his men alone at the frozen South Pole, fighting for their lives. Their survival and escape is the most famous adventure in history. Shackleton is an engaging new account of the adventurer, his life and his incredible leadership under the most extreme of circumstances. Written by polar adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes who followed in Shackleton's footsteps, he brings his own unique insights to bear on these infamous expeditions. Shackleton is both re-appraisal and a valediction, separating the man from the myth he has become. Praise for Sir Ranulph Fiennes: 'The World's Greatest Living Explorer' - Guinness Book of Records 'Full of awe-inspiring details of hardship, resolve and weather that defies belief, told by someone of unique authority. No one is more tailor-made to tell [this] story than Sir Ranulph Fiennes' - Newsday 'Fiennes' own experiences certainly allow him to write vividly and with empathy of the hell that the men went through' - The
Publication date: 2021-09-30
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9780796320391

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 265
Shéri Brynard has reached many remarkable milestones, although she was born with Down Syndrome. She talks about how love and acceptance from her family and friends formed her. She tells of her adventures, her pain and the harsh realities she has to face as an adult with Down Syndrome. Her mother tells the tale of living in Shéri's shadow, speaking without holding back about her crisis of faith when she heard that her daughter had Down Syndrome. A touching tale.
Publication date: 2017-08-01
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9781474603249

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 240
Shortlisted for the 2017 Cross Sports Book Awards Best Biography of the Year Bryant is one of basketball's greatest-ever players, a fascinating and complicated character who says he knew when he was a boy that he would be better than Michael Jordan. Aloof and uncompromising, Bryant is the grand enigma of American professional basketball, easily the most driven player in the history of the sport, the absolute master of study and preparation. But his career has also been one of almost constant conflict: with his teammate Shaquille O'Neal; with Phil Jackson, coach of the championship-winning Lakers team that Kobe led; with the law; with his wife Vanessa; and with so many of his contemporaries, opponents and teammates. Comprehensive and unflinching, Showboat unravels the conundrum that is Kobe Bryant.
Publication date: 2019-12-15
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 200
Nuwe, hersiene en uitgebreide uitgawe.
Nicolaas van Rensburg herbevestig hom nie net as godsman en profeet nie, maar hy gee as 't ware ook vir ons 'n ooggetuie verslag van die onmiddellike en toekomstige gebeure wat besig is om in Suid-Afrika en in die res van die wêreld af te speel:
• Verdeeldheid en skeuring in die ANC.
• Swart op swart geweld.
• Wêreldwye chaos en opstande, gevolg deur 'n depressie.
• Begin van die 3de Wêreldoorlog, en
• Ons laaste vryheidstryd.
Vir Siener se nasate (die 'getroue Afrikaners') is daar egter ook goeie nuus. Die einde van hulle onderlinge twis en verdeeldheid is in sig, en die begin van die Derde Republiek lê om die draai. Die boek verstrek ook antwoorde op vrae soos, waarom is daar so 'n noue verbintenis tussen die Duitse volk en die Boere? Gaan die Kaapse skiereiland afskeur en onder die see verdwyn? Wat gaan die impak wees as daar iets drasties by Koeberg skeefloop? En, wanneer gaan klaas weer baas word?
Siener - Blaas die Basuin, sal u soms aangryp, soms ontroer, soms verbyster, maar aan die einde met vreugde en blydskap laat — 'n boek wat gelees móét word.
Publication date: 2008-12-01
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 459
Die publikasie van Boodskapper van God 20 jaar gelede was nie net die eerste volledige biografie van die bekende Boereprofeet (Siener van Rensburg) nie, maar ook 'n versameling van al sy beskikbare gesigte in een band. Sedertdien het die visioene van Siener van Rensburg sy volksgenote geroep, gelei en gedra deur 'n baie moeilike tyd in ons geskiedenis. Maar nou staan hulle daar waar hy gesê het 'dit sal so donker wees dat ek nie my hand voor my oë kan sien nie.'

Gebeure wat hy in sy visioene gesien het, word nou eers bewaarheid, soos die instroming van swartes uit Afrika hierheen en na Europa; 'n konflik wat al 'n jaar lank in Rusland woed en in 'n burgeroorlog kan ontwikkel; die verslegting van die wêreldekonomiese toestand; aanhoudende kragonderbrekings in Suid-Afrika; munisipaliteite wat al byna almal bankrot is; droogtes en hongersnood wat voorlê; onteiening van grond; die media wat ons in die duister hou oor belangrike plaaslike en wêreldgebeure; stakings; Siener se woorde 'kyk na die parlement, want daar gaan ons dinge begin,' en laastens sy profesie dat "niks in die kerk meer reg sal wees nie."

Sy visioene staan in die lig van die volle waarheid, dis 'n openbaring van verborge skakeringe van volkslyding, smart, vernedering, verraad, sonde, maar uiteindelik 'n godsvreugde van genade en vryheid wanneer 'n grootse wonderwerk gebeur.

Charles Fryer, skryf in Insig van Junie 1993: "Dis die onvergeetlike verhaal van een van die merkwaardigste persoonlikhede in ons geskiedenis. 'n Boek wat die Boereprofeet teruggee aan sy volk."
Publication date: 2015-08-01

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