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Marianne Thamm Reviews Holy Cows by Gareth van Onselen

Holy CowsVerdict: stick

The lens through which Van Onselen wants to make sense of the world is “evidence driven”, based on irrefutable facts, data and above all, reason. All else is sloppy thinking. He also finds himself a proud liberal in a world where he has come to believe that the marrow, life and meaning is being sucked out of the political philosophy.

All of these qualities render Van Onselen a controversial, sharp and ruthless writer and commentator, although he does explain that he has attempted to author some chapters with humour and a dollop of melancholy.

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Practical Action to Decolonise the “White Literary System”: The African Flavour Books Case Study

Bridget Impey, MD of Jacana Media, and Fortiscue Helepi, the founder and owner of African Flavour Books

 
Fortiscue Helepi, the founder and owner of African Flavour Books, an independent bookshop in the Vaal, gave a presentation at the Jacana Media offices in Johannesburg last week as the first in the publisher’s series of talks titled “Continuing the Debate – Decolonising South Africa’s Literary Landscape”.

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Bridget Impey, MD of Jacana, opened the discussion with some background, and explained why the publisher wanted to continued the conversation.

“We were in the audience when Thando [Mgqolozana] made that declaration that he was leaving white literary festivals, and it was so goddamn brilliant,” she said. “There was such a good energy, there was such a good connection with all the people that were there. So we thought we had to keep the momentum going. It would be disappointing if we had Franschhoek and then we all went home and forgot about it.

“So we want to look at the practicalities. A lot of what happened at the follow-up event at Wits was people saying, we’ve got a situation – how do we change it?

“There are certain people who think we should go in, Stalin-style, and wipe out Franschhoek in one fell swoop. I’d rather build up new things.”

Forthcoming events include a discussion around the Google Mapping of all the independent booksellers in Johannesburg – including hair salons and street vendors – which is being undertaken by journalist Griffin Shea, and a talk by Mofenyi Malepe – author of the self-published book 283: The Bad Sex Bet, which has now sold almost 5 000 copies. Contact Jacana to find out more.

When asked where he stands on the “literary apartheid” debate, Helepi says the one message he is trying to preach is that black people must not sit back and wait for change.

“There are things that are very important to us, and we cannot sit on the fence and say, ‘people are not doing this for us’, when we don’t invest in it. I took R400 000 of my family’s money, that we saved the last three years, and I invested in this thing. Because it’s very important. I’m very passionate about it. You can’t point if you didn’t try. We need to invest our money. Where are our entrepreneurs?

“We have to ask ourselves what kind of legacy we are going to leave for our kids. We can’t leave that legacy of ‘we are not readers’. That’s not right.”

The story of African Flavour Books

Helepi, a chemical engineer, entrepreneur and author, opened African Flavour Books in February this year, after three years of research.

“It was a very long journey,” he says. “We always wondered why we didn’t have bookshops with African literature. I think most people come to this continent to get to the literature, and they still find American authors and European authors in the front of our bookshops.

“The other thing is that I am staying in the Vaal, and I had to travel every weekend an hour, at least, to come to Joburg, only to get to a bookshop that doesn’t have the books that I want.”

Helepi said he and his wife researched bookshops all over the country, and decided that there were so many authors, such as Zakes Mda, Niq Mhlongo, Zukiswa Wanner, that “this country needs to know about”.

The joys of starting a bookshop

“The nice thing that we found in the Vaal is that everyone wants a bookshop in their mall,” Helepi said. “So we could really negotiate prices. Some people cut their rental by R5 000!”

Helepi said he also wanted the design of his shop to attract any young kids that were walking by: “We wanted them to think it was an ice-cream shop! We wanted beautiful colours. We also have a nice kids’ area to encourage them.”

With the international trend of bookshops closing down, Helepi says a lot of people asked him why he was opening one. “We believe that it’s going to take a long time to get our lesser known authors on Amazon. In South Africa, people are still buying books in bookshops. And everyone is very excited about our bookshop.”

The challenges of starting a bookshop: Authors

Helepi says he always tells authors: “You need to market yourself as if you are self-published.”

He says he believes book events are vital to familiarise people with the work: “Most authors were not particularly excited at first, because our events were not really sponsored by their publisher, so we struggled and we are still trying to get authors to see the value of connecting with people. It’s a very new market and it needs to be encouraged.

“In our area there are a lot of students and they are very interested in the events, and they come. But it’s very difficult to get the authors there. Self-published authors are willing to work with us more, because have invested their own money.

“For us to create demand for the books, authors need to be out their marketing their material. If you don’t do that, your book will just collect dust.”

The challenges of starting a bookshop: Publishers

Helepi says publishers should also do more to market their authors.

“People cannot believe the collection of books that we have,” he says. “But I had to study. It took three years, and I researched on each and every website. Not every customer will have that passion. We need to make information available very, very easily.”

He was also disappointed that publishers always referred him to the distributor instead of handling his queries directly.

“The distributor doesn’t understand my needs; my needs are totally different. I want to see people who are not out there. I’m not trying to look like someone else, I’m not trying to be like Exclusive Books, I want to be totally different. I want someone who published a book in 2001 and it’s sitting there collecting dust – that’s the book I want. I want the material that people don’t know about. People are still trying to sell me Grey. I don’t want Grey. I don’t want it!

“I want to get the point where I have a 100 percent African bookshop. At the moment we are sitting at around 80 percent, to 20 percent international. Because you can’t say ‘no’ to a customer. If a customer says they want Grey, you need to give it to them.”

The challenges of starting a bookshop: Distributors and Booksellers

Helepi says his main frustration was with the distributors, from hard-to-navigate websites with outdated book catalogues, to bad communication, to poor tracking of payments.

“Because I’ve only been operating for four months, I’m working on a cash basis. So if I give you money, I want to get that money back as quickly as possible. When you are an independent bookshop, time is everything. Without cash flow, you will not stay afloat.”

The challenges of starting a bookshop: Readers

“With the market that I’m targeting there is that perception that people do not read,” Helepi said. “But you will find that actually people read.”

However, Helepi says the issue of “book travelling”, where one copy of a book is shared and passed along, is something he is trying to combat – and not chiefly for his own gain.

“What I’m trying to do now, is I’m stressing to everyone that comes into the shop the importance of keeping the copy. Because, yes, you might access it easier now, but in a couple of years later you will not have it. It’s better to make sure you have your own home library and keep all these books so that your kids can access them very easily.

“I want people to understand the value of buying books and keeping them, otherwise publishers don’t think people are reading.”

Helepi says theft is a big problem too, but that he designed to shop to be a big open space, which does help.

A lack of knowledge about local authors is another challenge Helepi faces, and he says he makes a point of taking his customers through the authors, because readers can be intimidated: “sometimes people want to read, but they don’t know where to start”.

He says his mother gave him Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country and a few other volumes, “and from there, I never stopped”.

“Someone needs to introduce you to reading, and we try to do that. We make sure we invest a lot of time in teaching young people about the authors that we have. We recommend books they can relate to, Kopano Matlwa is a good example, and from there they come back for more.

“We don’t want to start everyone on Long Walk to Freedom.

“We try to make sure the budget is in the right place. If you are buying Grey, the money is taken away from buying Kopano Matlwa or someone else.”

Helepi says people are shocked at the books they are able to get at his store, but he always makes sure he has a wide variety to suit all tastes.

“Our customers buy books either because they can relate to them or because they can learn from them. They don’t buy books just for the sake of buying books.”

The bestselling book at African Flavour Books is Steve Biko’s I Write What I Like, with Gayton McKenzie’s A Hustler’s Bible coming in second.

Incredibly, Helepi says fiction is the most popular genre. “I think people find it hard to get. We have everything, and people get excited.”

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Jennifer Malec tweeted from the event:


 

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Short-Changed? South Africa since 1994Steve BikoSouth Africa at War, 1939-1945Umkhonto weSizweGovan MbekiThe Soweto UprisingSan Rock Art

The ANC Women's LeagueSouth Africa's Struggle for Human RightsShakaThe ANC Youth LeaguePlague, Pox and PandemicsThe Idea of the ANCIngrid Jonker

 

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Article by Tim Noakes Pulled from British Journal of Sports Medicine

The Real Meal RevolutionTim Noakes chews the fatChallenging BeliefsLore of Running

 
It seems that wherever Tim Noakes is involved, controversy is sure to follow.

The latest news concerning the main man behind The Real Meal Revolution is that an article in which he argues that “eating carbohydrates, especially refined ones, explained the rise of obesity rather than a lack of exercise” has been removed from the British Journal of Sports Medicine, which stated: “The paper has been temporarily removed following an expression of concern.”

It was claimed that Noakes did not declare a conflict of interest – something that is expected in medical research.

Rand Daily Mail reported on the matter:

It appears the controversy is because Noakes did not declare a conflict of interest [his diet book] — a common practice in medical research.

Noakes has sold 150000 copies of his book Real Meal Revolution, promoting a low-carb lifestyle. But he has also published three other books, and one promotes exercise.

Noakes said on twitter that in 42 years of publishing he has never needed to declare his books.

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Robin Malan Awarded The English Academy of Southern Africa’s Highest Honour

Robin MalanRobin Malan was recently awarded a gold medal by the English Academy of Southern Africa.

Malan was honoured by the academy for his service in education, theatre and publishing. A gold medal is the highest honour the academy bestows, and it is one that Malan richly deserves.

Read the announcement from the academy about the award:

“Robin has published widely – close to 60 titles – both as author and editor, using predominantly southern African publishers to do so. He has written nine novels, an award-winning play, and edited more than 20 poetry anthologies, short stories and plays for adults and children.

“Despite his own literary achievements, Robin’s most significant contribution to English is his life-long, unwavering encouragement of young people to appreciate and to produce English literature in southern Africa.”

 
 
 

New InscapesLeaves to a TreeWorldscapesSA Gay Plays 1The Young Gay Guys Guide to Safer Gay SexBurning a Hole in the PageYes, I Am!

In his acceptance speech, Malan speaks about his long and varied career and some of the young wordsmiths who have inspired him along the way.

Read Malan’s acceptance speech:

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What I really like about this award of the Academy’s Gold Medal is that I see it as an acknowledgement by the Academy of work done for young people.

I’m not an academic, in the usual sense in which the English Academy uses the word. I spent five years at university, equipping myself to be a good English and History teacher and to make theatre with and for young people. And, after that BA (Honours) degree and the BEd degree and the Class Medal for Drama, I knew I didn’t want any further degrees because I couldn’t wait to get into the classroom and teach, and also get into the school hall to direct plays with the students! Of course, I did both of those. Often. And for over 50 years.

Over my long teaching and theatre career, I held a teaching post at only two schools: Cape Town High School and Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa in Swaziland. In between, I was the Artistic Director of two theatre-in-education companies, in Cape Town and in what was then the Transvaal. With Janice Honeyman as my Associate Director, we did great work with young actors interacting with students in the many schools we visited each year. In addition, at different times, I taught Shakespeare, English, and Drama-in-Education in the Drama Department at the University of Stellenbosch, and tutored in a bridging programme in the English Department at the University of Cape Town. Both excellent encounters with slightly older students.

In the school context, I loved teaching very talented senior students (Charles Rom comes to mind immediately, as do Dan Pillay and Naphtali Mlipha, Andy Foose, Khulile Nxumalo, Robert van der Valk). Every bit as much, I enjoyed taking the ‘non-academic stream’ of Standard 6s (Grade 8s): I got them to write masses of poems, the most interesting of which (never called ‘the best’) were then typed and pinned on the classroom notice-boards for all the other teachers to read. Here’s one of those poems, from Michael:

My home that would never exist

This place is a quiet place,
With gardens and valleys,
And woods of pine trees,
But it’s far from home.

There’s no killing or fighting,
But just peace and quiet,
And the people are happy,
But it’s far from home.

But when I think of this place at night,
How I wish it could exist,
So that there would be peace and quiet,
But this place would be far from home.

In my first few years of teaching, I was one of the founding editors of English Alive in 1967, and that brought me into contact with such extraordinarily talented young writers as David Lan and Nigel Fogg and Peter Terry; and I’m still in contact with all three of them, 49 years later. The association with English Alive has continued until tonight (and will, beyond tonight).

My work as a volunteer for Triangle Project, the health and human rights organisation for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people has been very important to me. For instance, it brought me into touch with young people in my capacity as facilitator of the young men’s support group. That also produced a poem, discovered on the white board after a session. I don’t know who wrote it: the author signed himself only as ‘An inspired youngsta’:

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I was a boy, I was a girl
I was someone in this world,
Yet nobody knew …

I laughed, I choked, I screamed …
I died. And still I was unheard.
‘An abandoned one, I suppose,’ someone said …

I was not one … I was a majority
But now I’m gone.

Over my 15 years as a Counsellor on the Gay & Lesbian Helpline I came to write many case reports, none more difficult and intense than my report on the many calls I fielded while on duty in the week of the dreadful Sizzlers massacre, in which nine young male sex workers were bound, gagged, shot execution-style in the back of the head and then their throats slit. It was a harrowing experience. In happier situations, I have had wonderful interaction with young gay men through my work with Triangle Project, culminating perhaps in my being invited, earlier this year, to André-and-Fabian’s wedding, having known Fabian since he was a schoolboy 14 years ago and having published a piece he wrote in one of my collections.

A different kind of writing resulted from my having looked after the Young Gay Guys column in the gay newspaper Exit for 11 years. In 2011 in response to an appeal from a reader I ended up producing a small book called The Young Gay Guys Guide to Safer Gay Sex. Because of their belief in the value of the book, the Aids Foundation of South Africa and Triangle Project saw to it that 14 000 free copies of the book were spread around in outreach programmes in the Western Cape and in KwaZulu-Natal. As it had to be, in order to be of any use, that writing was explicit, and so I won’t read you anything from the text, but I will tell you about the last page of the book, which took the form of a pledge: a pledge always to be safe when having sex. Readers could either sign-and-send that page to me, or they could SMS me their name and the words ‘I pledge’. Even now, four, five years later, every now and then my phone beeps and I see someone’s name and the words ‘I pledge’. I like it when that happens.

Back to the mainstream. Over the years I have compiled a large number of anthologies, starting with Inscapes, which went on to New Inscapes and then Worldscapes and then Poemscapes, all of those for Oxford University Press. I have met any number of middle-aged people who tell me that Inscapes or Worldscapes was the only book they chose to steal from school because they wanted to keep it.

Over the years of my happy association with the publishers David Philip and Marie Philip, more anthologies emerged, as did Rawbone Malong’s 1972 Guard to Sow Theffricun Innglish, titled Ah Big Yaws? In its heyday, I got used to coming across that book in people’s loos. It was also, perhaps more edifyingly, kept as a handbook in the library of the BBC’s Drama Department to help non-South African actors who had to do a South African accent; and, even more edifyingly still, there’s an article on it in David Crystal’s Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (page 357!).

In 2007 Jacana Media re-issued the book, with some updates that I culled from the Internet, in one of which the writer recalled that: ‘There was once a magic little book called Ah Big Yaws? written by the late Robin Malan …’

I have had many happy encounters with children and young people in the work I have done – and still do – for IBBY SA, the South African national section of the International Board on Books for Young People. I was Chairperson of the organisation from 2007 to 2012. Tomorrow evening, to mark World Book Day, I am facilitating an IBBY SA panel discussion about teen fiction with some young writers.

I have written four teen novels and a book for children. As the Series Editor of the Siyagruva Series of novels for South African teens, I wrote some of the books myself. But, more importantly, I interacted with new young writers.

And, from 2007 onwards, I have been publishing new South African plays as Junkets Publisher. These plays are generally written by new emerging young writers, and I love all the interaction I have with them, right the way through to the young writers of the plays in this year’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival just a week or so ago. I hope to publish some of those plays.

I sit on the Boards or Councils of the Arts & Culture Trust, the Cape 300 Foundation and the Caine Prize for African Writing. Their beneficiaries and grant recipients are generally young writers and young theatremakers. And so I am pleased to be doing that work, too.

That was a whizz-through of a life’s work!

I’m sure you will have noticed how often I have used the word ‘interaction’. That’s been deliberate, because that’s what has, I think, brought me to this Award, to this Gold Medal: it’s been interaction with young writers and young readers that has made me do the work I’ve done over the years. And it’s been my experience that, nine times out of ten, young people are good people; and … I don’t know, maybe seven times out of ten, young people are sensible people, even wise people. For all of that interaction over the years, I am deeply grateful to all those young people; as I am grateful, also, now, for this recognition of that work by the English Academy of Southern Africa.

My thanks.

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Heather de Bruin Reviews The Brain Surgeon’s Diet by Adriaan Liebenberg

The Brain Surgeon's DietVerdict: carrot

This is the first time that I have read a diet book and been unable to put it down, usually I land up wanting to purge my brain after reading ‘how bad I am’, ‘how I’ve got no one to blame but myself’ etc. etc. etc … but not this time.
Dr Liebenberg doesn’t preach , reprimand or slaughter any food groups … he rather chats to you about the choices you make … sharing his own journey and experience along the way in a brotherly manner.

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Vanessa Kriek Reviews The Brain Surgeon’s Diet by Adriaan Liebenberg

The Brain Surgeon's DietVerdict: carrot

In a nutshell the book describes the mechanisms of hunger and metabolism. Liebenberg addresses the psychology of being fat and underscores the power of the mind in anyone’s journey to weight-loss.

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14 Reads for Valentine’s Day, No Matter Your Relationship Status

Maybe you’ll be spending the 14th of February blissful in love, maybe you won’t … but whether or not you’ve found that one person, there is a book out there that is perfect for you. And you’ll find it on this list:

AfrikamasutraAfrikamasutratjieFirst up is Afrikamasutra by Ilse de Korte, illustrated by Hardus Koekemoer, Marna Schoeman and Diek Grobler (also available in a pocket-sized version: Afrikamasutratjie).

Afrikamasutra is an Afrikaans version of the Kama Sutra by Vatsayayana, with quirky and creative illustrations. It captures the essence of the sensual classic, but with a fun, local flavour.
 
 
Dr Eve's Sex Book for Young PeopleAgeing and SexualityDr Eve has lovelife advice for the young and old.

Ageing and Sexuality is a guide to a healthy and fulfilling sex life for older people, while at the other end of the spectrum, Dr Eve’s Sex Book for Young People offers guidance about the risks, rewards and responsibilities of sex.
 
 
 
 
Desert GodWilbur Smith is known for books filled with riveting adventure, shocking violence and thrilling sex. His latest book Desert God is no exception.

In an interview last year, Smith frankly told the interviewer: “I enjoy sex. I enjoy writing about it and I enjoy thinking about it.”

A word of warning, however: Desert God was shortlisted for the 2014 Bad Sex Award, although it was beaten by the Ben Okri novel, below.
 
 

The Age Of MagicBen Okri won the 22nd annual Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award last year for his 10th novel, The Age Of Magic.

Okri has also won a number of awards regarded as somewhat more prestigious in the literary world, including the Man Booker Prize, and upon winning the dreaded award, he said: “A writer writes what they write and that’s all there is to it.” This might be just the ticket to lighten the mood.
 

 
A Girl Walks into a Blind DateA Girl Walks In is a choose-your-own-erotic-destiny series created by Helena S Paige – the pseudonym of three friends, Helen Moffett, Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick.

The books are entertaining and empowering, and have something for everyone. A Girl Walks into a Blind Date is the latest book in the series, it follows the titillating A Girl Walks into a Bar and A Girl Walks into a Wedding.
 
 
 
Jy is my engelDrome word waarLiefde agter sluiersHaar troumanFor the more traditionally romantic, perhaps, Romanza issues four new Afrikaans romance titles each month. The four most recent are Jy is my engel by Mari Roberts, Drome word waar by Tosca de Villiers, Liefde agter sluiers by Rika du Plessis, and Haar trouman by Frieda van der Westhuizen.

These are tender stories of emotion, deferred desire and mature sensual romance.
 
 
Adults OnlySwinging back to the more adventurous side, Adults Only: Stories of Love, Lust, Sex and Sensuality, edited by Joanne Hichens, is a collection of South African short stories. The book is the result of the second annual Short.Sharp.Stories. competition, and includes original stories from established writers as well as by new talent. Stories run the gamut from dark and dramatic to irreverent and humourous.

Authors include Alex Smith, Ken Barris, Donvé Lee, Nick Mulgrew, Efemia Chela, Chantelle Gray van Heerden, Bobby Jordan, Aryan Kaganof and Tiffany Kagure Mugo.
 
 
SwitchFollyBreathlessSwitch and Folly by Jassy Mackenzie are South Africa’s answer to 50 Shades of Gray … but if that’s not up your alley, Mackenzie’s most recent novel is Breathless, the story of newly married New Yorker, Erin Mitchell, who is saved from drowning after a bridge collapses during a lowveld flood by Nicholas de Lanoy.

Erin is stuck on his game farm while the bridge is repaired, and she must keep her stay a secret from her possessive husband. Nicholas is a handsome libertine with more to him than initially meets the eye, and Erin finds herself falling hard.
 
 
Bad SexLeon de Kock says Bad Sex was his attempt to write a “sustained and concentrated” book about sex in South Africa and, love it or hate it, the critical consensus is that he has. What more is there to say?
 
 
 
 
 
Love Your WineLove Your Wine by Cathy Marston is a guide to drinking wine and loving it, and is a wonderful guide for both seasoned connoisseurs and newbies.

The book includes information about how different types of wine are made and how best to enjoy them.

Whether it’s classy champagne for two, or a large bottle for one, this book has what you need this Valentine’s Day.
 
 
Die mooiste Afrikaanse liefdesgedigteDie mooiste Afrikaanse liefdesgedigte is a retrospective overview of the most beautiful poems written in Afrikaans on the topic of love.

Featuring work by passionate poets such as Breyten Breytenbach, Ingrid Jonker and Elisabeth Eybers, this book is the ultimate elixir of love – provided you understand Afrikaans, of course.
 
 
 
Heart of Africa!There is no need to justify buying an anthology of poems for your loved one. Ignite the passion, or fuel the fire of loneliness, with Heart of Africa! Poems of Love, Loss and Longing selected by Patricia Schonstein.

This collection contains the words of respected, illustrated and much-loved African poets and expresses the many guises of love – from anguish and betrayal to erotic pursuit and passion.
 
 
 
ComfortWhy fall in love when you could fall in chocolate? Or cream? Or any one of the delicious dishes in Comfort by Tina Bester.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Don't Film Yourself Having SexDon’t Film Yourself Having Sex is Emma Sadleir and Tamsyn de Beer’s invaluable guide on how to avoid infamy on social media.

If you are lucky enough to score a hot date this Valentine’s Day, make sure you give this book a quick read before you head out!

 
 
 
 
 
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Fi Fitzpatrick Reviews The Brain Surgeon’s Diet by Adriaan Liebenberg

The Brain Surgeon's DietVerdict: carrot

Unlocking the science that fad diets hide, the book easily elaborates in an easy to read and understand manner you learn about the energy values of food and meal planning that makes losing weight enjoyable and easy to incorporate into your life. I think it should rather be called The Brain Surgeon’s Lifestyle, not diet as if you incorporate this method of thinking – you will never have to diet again.

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Maggie Marx resenseer Ek en jy verskil hemelsbreed deur Louise van Coller

Ek en jy verskil hemelsbreedUitspraak: wortel met kritiek

Om ’n selfhelpboek te resenseer is ’n perd van ’n ander kleur, want al werk die boek dalk nie vir jou nie, is dit moontlik presies wat iemand anders nodig het om daadwerklik ’n positiewe verandering in sy/haar huwelik te maak.

Ek kan insien dat Ek en jy verskil hemelsbreed wel ’n goeie begin is om ’n huwelik te red of te verbeter.

Die boek is egter ’n besonderse uitdaging vir ’n paartjie wat moontlik reeds stry: Albei persone in die verhouding moet gewillig wees om die boek met aandag saam deur te lees en die aktiwiteite en oefeninge wat Van Coller voorstel met ywer aan te pak.

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The Books LIVE Top 10 Non-fiction Books of 2014

Books LIVE brings you the 10 top non-fiction books of 2014, according to our BOOK Finder:

 
Readers of non-fiction were treated well in 2014, with a good range of books that are serious, political, informative, adventurous and funny. The following are the 10 non-fiction books that sparked the most interest, gauged by the number of clicks on BOOK Finder (a Books LIVE tool that enables reader to find the best price online).

Dominating the list in a big way this year was The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier, Jonno Proudfoot and Tudor Caradoc-Davies. This Quivertree publication rocked the boat all year long, forever changing people’s perceptions about healthy eating.

Second and third place belong to books covering the Oscar Pistorius murder trial – Oscar: An Accident Waiting to Happen by Melinda Ferguson and Patricia Taylor and Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story by Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman.

Have a look at the rich and colourful list of the top non-fiction of 2014:

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The Real Meal Revolution

  • The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier, Jonno Proudfoot and Tudor Caradoc-Davies
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    Oscar: An Accident Waiting to Happen

  • Oscar: An Accident Waiting to Happen by Melinda Ferguson and Patricia Taylor
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    Behind the Door

  • Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story by Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman
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    Memoirs of a Born Free

  • Memoirs of a Born Free: Reflections on the Rainbow Nation by Malaika Wa Azania
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    A Man of Good Hope

  • A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg
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    DemoCrazy

  • DemoCrazy: SA’s Twenty-Year Trip by Zapiro
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    To Catch A Cop

  • To Catch A Cop: The Paul O’Sullivan Story by Marianne Thamm
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    Good Morning, Mr Mandela

  • Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange
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    The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World

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