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9781928257776

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 320
Silence sides with abuse. Every harrowing story needs to be told.

On a hot summer evening in 1967, seven-year-old Claudine Brown watched from the back seat of a car stalled on a railway track in the suburbs of Cape Town, as a fast-moving train hurtled towards them. Her mother sat frozen with fear in the driver's seat.
The events leading up to this moment were unremarkable, giving no clue to their catastrophic timing. The aftermath was brutal and childhood wrecking, leaving Claudine and her younger sister Lisa world-weary before they had even got started.
When her mother, unravelled by post-traumatic shock, abandoned the family, and her father reached for the nearest comfort to ease his pain - a new wife - Claudine had only one defence against the years of exploitation and physical, emotional and sexual abuse that followed: hope.
She remembered what normal life was, and plotted her course back there.

“The best view of your future is often the one looking back.”
Publication date: 2020-02-29
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9781928257929

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 320
A compelling and agonising story.
Durban-based journalist Glynis Horning and her husband Chris woke one Sunday morning almost two years ago to the devastating discovery of their 25-year-old son Spencer dead in his bed. Horning's story chronicles a parent's worst nightmare. Establishing that his death was suicide, Horning embarks on a journey of anguished self-recrimination. Should she not have seen the signs? Could she somehow have prevented it? As she struggles with Spencer's decision to end his life, she has to learn to understand what the depths of depression entail. We feel Horning's pain, and learn to understand and feel Spencer's pain, at a visceral level.
Surrounded by loving family and friends, Horning pieces together the puzzle of Spencer's death, writing with a brutal and heart-searing intensity of grief and loss, but also of the joys of celebrating her son's life. This book will touch anyone who has experienced a mental health journey directly or indirectly or a hearing loss. Her wisdom and insight are extraordinary.
Publication date: 2021-09-13
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9781474610056

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 240
Nobel Peace Prize winner and bestselling author Malala Yousafzai introduces some of the faces behind the statistics and news stories we read or hear every day about the millions of people displaced worldwide.

Malala's experiences visiting refugee camps caused her to reconsider her own displacement - first as an Internally Displaced Person when she was a young child in Pakistan, and then as an international activist who could travel anywhere in the world, except to the home she loved. In We Are Displaced, which is part memoir, part communal storytelling, Malala not only explores her own story of adjusting to a new life while longing for home, but she also shares the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her various journeys - girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they've ever known.

In a time of immigration crises, war and border conflicts, We Are Displaced is an important reminder from one of the world's most prominent young activists that every single one of the 68.5 million currently displaced is a person - often a young person - with hopes and dreams, and that everyone deserves universal human rights and a safe home.
Publication date: 2021-04-30
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9780620604994

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 550
The first South African Special Forces unit was established in 1971 in Oudtshoorn and expanded to four Reconnaissance Regiments by 1982 and a Special Forces Headquarters in Pretoria.
Through the years many South African Soldiers served in Special Forces as Special Forces operators or support personnel.
Over 700 operations were undertaken by Special Forces. Most of the operations were done by the Special Forces themselves and some were in support of other SADF units.
In over 2000 photos in 432 pages, you will get a view into the world of the South African Special Forces.
We Remember. We Fear Naught But God.
Publication date: 2014-06-01
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9780062693990

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 320
Actress, activist, and one half of a power couple, Gabrielle Union is actually a lot like the rest of us. She carried family baggage, suffered the wrong men to find the right one, fought for jobs, and pushed her way past head shakers and naysayers who thought she was less than. She's lost boyfriends and best friends, and lived through divorce. In this engaging, provocative, and funny collection of essays about her life and our modern world, Gabrielle reveals the smart, tough woman she really is. From her younger years as one of the very few African Americans in her California high school to the harrowing story of her rape and its aftermath; her navigation of Hollywood to her role as stepmother to her husband Dwyane Wade's sons.
Publication date: 2018-10-31
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9781770103047

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 281
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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9780099526155

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 240
'Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional'
A compelling mediation on the power of running and a fascinating insight into the life of this internationally bestselling writer.

In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing.

Equal parts travelogue, training log and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and settings ranging from Tokyo's Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston.

By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, this is a must-read for fans of this masterful yet private writer as well as for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.
Publication date: 2012-11-12
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9781471189586

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 260
From Blackstone chairman, CEO and co-founder Stephen A. Schwarzman, a long-awaited book that uses impactful episodes from Schwarzman's life to show readers how to build, transform and lead thriving organisations. Whether you are a student, entrepreneur, philanthropist, executive or simply someone looking for ways to maximise your potential, the same lessons apply. Building Blackstone into the leading global financial institution it is today didn't come easy. Schwarzman focused intensely on culture, hiring great talent and establishing processes that allow the firm to systematically analyse and evaluate risk. Schwarzman's simple mantra 'don't lose money' has helped Blackstone become a leading private equity and real estate investor, and manager of alternative assets for institutional investors globally. Both he and the firm are known for the rigour of their investment process, their innovative approach to deal making, the diversification of their business lines and a conviction to be the best at everything they do.Schwarzman's story is an empowering, entertaining and informative guide for anyone striving for greater personal impact. From deal-making to investing, leadership to entrepreneurship, philanthropy to diplomacy, Schwarzman has lessons for how to think about ambition and scale, risk and opportunities, and how to achieve success through the relentless pursuit of excellence. Schwarzman not only offers readers a thoughtful reflection on all his own experiences, but in doing so provides a practical blueprint for success.
Publication date: 2022-07-15
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9780330448185

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 250
Peter Godwin, an award-winning writer, is on assignment in Zululand when he is summoned by his mother to Zimbabwe, his birthplace. His father is seriously ill; she fears he is dying. Godwin finds his country, once a post-colonial success story, descending into a vortex of violence and racial hatred. His father recovers, but over the next few years Godwin travels regularly between his family life in Manhattan and the increasing chaos of Zimbabwe, with its rampant inflation and land seizures making famine a very real prospect. It is against this backdrop that Godwin discovers a fifty-year-old family secret, one which changes everything he thought he knew about his father, and his own place in the world. Peter Godwin's book combines vivid reportage, moving personal stories and revealing memoir, and traces his family's quest to belong in hostile lands - a quest that spans three continents and half a century.
Publication date: 2014-08-22
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9781770103184

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 280
The ninth of eleven children born to political activists Ebrahim and Fatima Asvat, Amina Cachalia's political activism and championing of women's rights was almost a preordained path with her father's connection with Mahatma Gandhi and a family tradition that started with her father's explanation of racial discrimination. When Hope and History Rhyme explores Amina's remarkable life from her early childhood to the women's march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 9 August 1956, when a heavily pregnant Amina was one of 20 000 women to march against the pass laws for black women, to her banning, in 1963, for 15 years and the trials and tribulations when her husband, Yusuf, was placed under house arrest and banned for a total of 27 years. The book includes details of Amina's close relationship with Nelson Mandela, from their first meeting to their poignant encounters after his release from prison in 1990, and allows the reader to experience the people, places and events that have been a part of Amina's extraordinary life journey.
Publication date: 2013-02-22
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9781250182340

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 320
An intimate look at the love that built the Biden family and the delicate balancing act of the woman at its center. How did you get this number? Those were the first words Jill Biden spoke to U.S. senator Joe Biden when he called her out of the blue to ask her on a date. Growing up, Jill had wanted two things: a marriage like her parents', strong, loving, and full of laughter, and a career. An early heartbreak had left her uncertain about love, until she met Joe. But as they grew closer, Jill faced difficult questions: How would politics shape her family and professional life? And was she ready to become a mother to Joe's two young sons? She soon found herself falling in love with her three boys, learning to balance life as a mother, wife, educator, and political spouse. Through the challenges of public scrutiny, complicated family dynamics, and personal losses, she grew alongside her family, and she extended the family circle at every turn: with her students, military families, friends and staff at the White House, and more. This is the story of how Jill built a family and a life of her own. From the pranks she played to keep everyone laughing to the traditions she formed that would carry them through tragedy, hers is the spirited journey of a woman embracing many roles. Where the Light Enters is a candid, heartwarming glimpse into the creation of a beloved American family, and the life of a woman at its center.
Publication date: 2021-01-26
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9781990973383

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 270
Raised during the Rhodesian bush war and immigrating to SA at the age of 11, Terry is shaped by a white culture that is racist, unstable and deeply divided. Her childhood is bizarre as adults around her insist on living their version of normality while the world falls apart. White Trash is a remarkable memoir told with savage honesty as the narrator unravels what it means to be a white African. It's also a story about finding a shard of light amidst the depravity in a quest to reinvent the self.
Publication date: 2021-09-15
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9781869191627

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 200
Wilhelmina: Kampkind op Java, is die merkwaardige ware verhaal van Will van Halewijn, haar moeder en twee jonger sussies tydens en net na die Tweede Wêreldoorlog.
Weens die resessie in Nederland word Will se vader gedwing om as skeepsbouer in Roemenië te gaan werk. Toe die oorlog uitbreek, moet die gesin vlug en so beland hulle in Soerabaja op die eiland Java in Indonesië. Aanvanklik is hulle betreklik veilig, maar nadat Japan die eiland beset het, word die vrouens in konsentrasiekampe opgeneem. Hier beleef hulle bykans ondraaglike ellende, maar hier bewys die Nederlandse vroue ook van watter stoffasie hulle gemaak is.

Die Van Halewijns oorleef die kampe en ook die Indonesiese burgeroorlog wat net na die oorlog uitbreek. Aanpassing na die oorlog is egter baie moeilik en die gesin emigreer uiteindelik na Suid-Afrika, waar Will haar ervarings aan die skryfster toevertrou het. En Mariël le Roux het daarvan 'n meesleurende verhaal gemaak: Die uiters moeilike omstandighede, die hartseer en ook die ligter oomblikke word in genoeg besonderhede geskets sodat 'n mens jou daarin kan inleef.
Publication date: 2007-10-01
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9781529124163

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

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 350
One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had.

Will Smith's transformation from a fearful child in a tense West Philadelphia home to one of the biggest rap stars of his era and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, with a string of box office successes that will likely never be broken, is an epic tale of inner transformation and outer triumph, and Will tells it astonishingly well. But it's only half the story.

Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life: not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn't see it that way: they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn't signed up for. It turned out Will Smith's education wasn't nearly over.

This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind. Written with the help of Mark Manson, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Will is the story of how one exceptional man mastered his own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone else do the same. Few of us will know the pressure of performing on the world's biggest stages for the highest of stakes, but we can all understand that the fuel that works for one stage of our journey might have to be changed if we want to make it all the way home. The combination of genuine wisdom of universal value and a life story that is preposterously entertaining, even astonishing, puts Will the book, like its author, in a category by itself.
Publication date: 2021-11-15
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9781770105560

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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Biography & Autobiography / Biografie & Outobiografie
R 325
Winging It
Jonathan Kaplan's journey from World-Class Ref to Rookie Solo Dad

Jonathan Kaplan, celebrated international rugby referee and former world record-holder for most Test caps, had his fair share of challenging moments on the field. He was known for his commitment to fair play, ability to defuse tense situations, and courage in making difficult, and sometimes controversial, decisions. All this would stand JK in good stead and come back into play when, at the age of 47, he made two life-changing decisions.

The first was to blow his whistle for the last time and end his career as a professional rugby ref. The second was to become a parent - and a solo parent at that. This is the story of JK's decision to have a baby by surrogate, the two-year fertility process that followed, and the subsequent birth of his son Kaleb.Winging It draws on the insights of key role-players in JK's journey, including the extraordinary experience of the surrogate mother herself. Exchanging rucks for reflux, mauls for milk bottles, scrums for storks (and other stories about Kaleb's conception), this account of how JK navigates the choppy waters of parenthood is disarmingly frank and scrupulously honest. At times poignant and tender, and at others downright funny, this is a thoroughly contemporary take on what constitutes a family and how we dare to build one.
Publication date: 2018-05-31

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