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Win One of Four Books LIVE/Exclusive Books Christmas Hampers!

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Ho ho ho! Books LIVE and Exclusive Books are giving away some fantastic hampers of books, just in time for Christmas!

The books have all been carefully selected from the Exclusive Books 2014 Christmas catalogue.

We’ve put together a Children’s hamper, a Fiction/Non-fiction hamper, a Business hamper and an Afrikaans hamper – and you’re welcome to enter all four.

See the selections, and enter by filling in the form below. Good luck!

LocomotiveThe Story MachineKicking a BallArchie Greene and the Magician's Secret

Die land van die groot woordfabriekDie kat kom kuierGroen ham en eiersO, die wêreld lê oop vir jou!

Children’s Hamper:

Locomotive by Brian Floca
The Story Machine by Tom McLaughlin
Kicking a Ball by Allan Ahlberg
Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret by DD Everest
Die land van die groot woordfabriek deur Agnes de Lestrade en Valeria Docampo
Die kat kom kuier deur Dr Seuss
Groen ham en eiers deur Dr Seuss
O, die wêreld lê oop vir jou! deur Dr Seuss

Desert GodThousand Autumns Of Jacob De ZoetCloud AtlasBurger's DaughterA Man of Good Hope

Fiction/Non-fiction Hamper:

Desert God by Wilbur Smith
A Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Burgers Daughter by Nadine Gordimer
A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg

The FirmIntel TrinityDiamonds Gold And WarWar

Business Hamper:

The Firm by Duff McDonald
The Intel Trinity by Michael S Malone
Diamonds, Gold and War by Martin Meredith
War: What Is It Good For? by Ian Morris

Wat praat jy!150 StoriesEk is my breinBallade vir ’n enkeling

Afrikaans Hamper:

Wat Praat Jy! deur Johanna de Wet
150 Stories by Nataniël
Ek is my brein: Van baarmoeder tot Alzheimer by Dick Swaab
Ballade vir ’n enkeling by Leon van Nierop

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Terms and conditions
The competition is open only to those who can receive the prize at a South African shipping address that is not a post box. The competition closes on 7 December, 2014.
By entering this competition the participant agrees to the terms and conditions. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
The prize will be delivered to the competition winner via registered post. The prize may not be exchanged for cash.
Winners are chosen by random draw. Winners will be contacted directly by Exclusive Books.
The winner may be required to participate in publicity.
Employees or agencies of Books LIVE and Exclusive Books or their family members, or anyone else connected with the Prize Draw, may not enter the competition.
Books LIVE and Exclusive Books accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Prize Draw or accepting the prize. Books LIVE and Exclusive Books further disclaim liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person relating to or resulting from participation in connection with the Prize Draw.
Books LIVE and Exclusive Books shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control.

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Join SA Partridge, David Grier, Mike Lundy, Casey B Dolan and others at the West Coast Book Fair (26 – 27 September)

The first West Coast Book Fair is happening this weekend at Elkanah House in Sunningdale. The programme offers a feast of great local authors with something for every reader, young and old.

David Grier, co-author of the runaway success Real Meal Revolution; hiking expert Mike Lundy; well-known radio personality, actress and author Casey B Dolan; writing power couple Greg Fried and Lisa Lazarus (writing as Greg Lazarus); award-winning YA novelist SA Partridge; hip foodie Carina Truyts and popular children’s author Elizabeth Wasserman will all be taking part in this weekend’s festivities.

The event is organised in support of Miles for Smiles and the Cape Times “A Library in Every School” project.

Ticket prices vary from R30 to R100 and can be purchased online via Computicket.

Dogtective William in SpaceReal Meal RevolutionYum-moSharp EdgesSisi gaan skool toe en ander storiesShadow Self
ParadiseLove Tastes Like StrawberriesWhen the Bough BreaksVets and Pets: Jamie and the Magic WhistleNew Hope for ADHD in Children and AdultsParadiseEasy Walks in the Cape Peninsula

Elkanah House will be hosting the first `West Coast Book Fair` at their High School campus at the end of September. The initiative will be held in support of “Miles for Smiles” and the Cape Times “A Library in Every School” project.

Forming part of a “Community Weekend”, the West Coast Book Fair hopes to bring visitors from all over the Western Cape together this month to celebrate our local authors, support charity and just have a good time with friends and family while enjoying good food and music.

On 26 September Elkanah House will present a cheese and wine tasting charity evening in their Theatre@Elkanah with guest speakers David Grier (co-author of “The Real Meal Revolution”) and Mike Lundy (Author of “Best Walks in the Cape Peninsula”). Proceeds for this evening will go to the “Miles for Smiles” initiative, in conjunction with Cipla`s “Operation Smile SA”.

Saturday 27 September will be run in conjunction with the Elkanah House Schoolyard Market. Visitors will be able to meet local authors, buy books or browse fresh food, crafts and other stalls while listening to live music performances. For children there will be “Story on a Blanket” spots where they can enjoy stories being read to them, and the PlayYard, where parents can sit back, relax and watch their little ones play and learn. Those attending are encouraged to donate books suitable for children aged 7-18. Bargain Books and Books Galore will donate a percentage of all sales. Proceeds and books donated will go to the Cape Times “A Library in Every School” project.

Tickets can be purchased from Computicket at R100 – this includes entry to the Friday evening charity event as well as the Saturday event. Visitors wishing to visit the Saturday event only can do so at Elkanah House High School, 85 Sunningdale Drive, Sunningdale, Table View. More information about the authors, guest speakers and beneficiaries can be found on

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Tim Noakes at Open Book: “The Low Fat Dogma is Nonsense”

Tim Noakes

Real Meal RevolutionDie kosrevolusieCo-author of The Real Meal Revolution Tim Noakes spoke to Africa Melane about his book at the Open Book Festival on Friday afternoon.

With diabetes being the biggest killer in Cape Town, Noakes says you can either choose to be a part of the pharmaceutical industry’s business plan or you can be in charge of your own healthy future.

According to Noakes, we do not need any carbohydrates at all, just fat and protein. “The body has better systems for nutrition,” he said, adding that if we needed carbohydrates we would have been born dead. He say sugar is a highly addictive and a tool in the hands of food manufacturers and that the “low fat dogma is nonsense”.

Books LIVE’s Erin Devenish covered the gig:

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The Sunday Times Bestseller List for August 2014

The Sunday Times has started a monthly bestseller list, identifying the most popular books in South Africa.

After a dearth of local titles in the top five fiction list last month, it’s good to see two South African novels on the list this month; Deon Meyer’s Cobra takes top spot, and Lauren Beukes’ Broken Monsters sneaks in at number five. John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, meanwhile, slips from top spot to number two.

The non-fiction list is again dominated by local books, however, with Zelda la Grange’s Good Morning, Mr Mandela keeping top spot, followed by The Real Meal Revolution, which recently won the Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award.

Behind Palace Walls: Life in the Service of a Saudi Princess, by Cay Garcia, moves up two places, from fifth to third, while Mzilikazi Wa Afrika’s tell-all memoir Nothing Left to Steal enters the top five in fourth.

The information for the list comes from SAPnet/Nielsen, bookseller data and publisher data.

View the list:

Sunday Times Bestseller List July

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CobraCobra by Deon Meyer
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The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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InvisibleInvisible by James Patterson
EAN: 9781780892849
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TwistedTwisted by Lynda la Plante
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Broken MonstersBroken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
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Good Morning, Mr MandelaGood Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange
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Real Meal RevolutionReal Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier, Jonno Proudfoot, Tudor Caradoc-Davies
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EAN: 9780992206277
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Behind Palace WallsBehind Palace Walls: Life in the Service of a Saudi Princess by Cay Garcia
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Nothing Left to StealNothing Left to Steal by Mzilikazi Wa Afrika
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Lean InLean In by Sheryl Sandberg
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Tim Noakes’ Real Meal Revolution Takes the 2014 Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award

Tim Noakes

Real Meal RevolutionAlert! Real Meal Revolution has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award at the annual Sefika Awards dinner in Durban tonight.

The Sefika Awards are the annual gathering of the South African Booksellers Association (SABA) and the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA).

The R20 000 prize is awarded to the title that SABA members select as the one they most enjoyed reading, promoting and selling in 2013. Last year’s award went to Frank Chikane for Eight Days in September.

Real Meal Revolution, by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier and Jonno Proudfoot, has taken the country by storm and, as the press release suggests, has “helped many a bookseller’s bottom line”. It beat off competition from a strong shortlist, including Deon Meyer, for Kobra, Lauren BeukesThe Shining Girls, Kokkedoor by Errieda du Toit, Nicki von der Heyde’s popular Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa and Vusi Pikoli and Mandy Wiener’s My Second Initiation.

Books LIVE member Penguin Books (SA) won Trade Publisher of the Year 2014, while The Book Lounge was awarded Trade Booksellers of the Year 2014 (Independent Stores).

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At the annual Sefika Awards dinner held on Tuesday 26th of August, outstanding service to the publishing and bookselling industry was celebrated in style, with this year’s theme: “Black and white”.

Publishers, booksellers and authors congregated at the Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel and Convention Centre in KwaZulu-Natal to applaud and be applauded for the roles they play in promoting literacy and a culture of reading by writing, producing and selling quality books in South Africa.

The Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award, now in its 14th year, is a very special award, bestowed upon an author for a book he or she has written that booksellers most enjoyed selling throughout the year. This year’s award went to Tim Noakes for Real Meal Revolution, a book that has changed the fortunes of Quivertree Publications and helped many a bookseller’s bottom line as it flew off the shelves this year.

Professor Noakes won over authors Nicki von der Heyde, Deon Meyer, Errieda Du Toit, Vusi Pikoli and Mandy Wiener, and Lauren Beukes.

Publishers Awarded:

Trade Publisher of the Year 2014: Penguin Books (SA)
Academic Publisher of the Year 2014: Oxford University Press Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
Education Publisher of the Year 2014 (Large): Pearson Education SA
Education Publisher of the Year 2014 (Small): Berlut Books cc

Booksellers Awarded:

Academic Bookseller of the Year 2014: Van Schaik Bookstore (Pty) Ltd
Education Bookseller of the Year 2014: Boeke 24/7
Trade Bookseller of the Year 2014 (Chain Stores): Bargain Books
Trade Booksellers of the Year 2014 (Independent Stores): Book Lounge
Library Supplier of the Year 2014: Hargraves Library Services

The teams that won these awards are the leaders in literacy development in South Africa and it is important that the publishers are recognised for their dedication to producing works of perfection and that the booksellers are thanked for taking these works and getting them into the hands of readers country wide.

Sponsored by Paarl Media, Nielsen, SAPnet, Creda Communications, Premier Freight, Geodis Wilson and On the Dot, the entire evening and all of the honour it bestows upon the recipients of the awards, is an annual highlight, celebrating South Africans that are advocates of literacy.


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Announcing the First Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards

Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards 2014

The first-ever Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook awards have been announced, with prize money of R20 000 and Pick n Pay vouchers up for grabs.

To be eligible cookbooks must have been published – in print – in South Africa between 1 September, 2013, and 31 December, 2014.

South Africa has a strong cookbook publishing industry, and a number of recipe books have been published in the eligible time period, including:

RetreatWinter Food in ProvenceBo-Kaap KitchenFireworks

For Good TimesReal Meal RevolutionTraditional South African CookingSmittenCakes to Celebrate Love and Life

Bake with JoshTaste the World with Jenny MorrisCook from the HeartLazy Days

The award categories are: Best Cookbook of the Year, with two Runners-Up and two Highly Commended, as well as Best Newcomer, awarded for a first-time cookbook author.

Entries close on Monday, 8 September, 2014.

Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook awards entry form:

Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards 2014 by Books LIVE

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Link Love: The Deadly Seducer, Cindy Pivacic’s Devastating Story of How She Was Infected with HIV

Cindy Pivacic’s book The Deadly Seducer, describes her journey of being infected with HIV, contracting it from her live-in boyfriend, and living with HIV/Aids.

Charlotte Kemp says of the book:

A bold and honest account, Cindy Pivacic shares her story about how she came to contract HIV & Aids and how she responded to it. Not only is she living healthy years later, but her vibrant and energetic character has been poured into helping others who are experiencing the same situation.

Cindy presents talks and workshops on living positively with HIV & Aids and those, with this book and her online presence, gives her the opportunity to create awareness, give testimony concerning the HIV & Aids issue, and to assist in de-stigmatising this secret killer.

Times LIVE recently shared three short excerpts from Pivacic’s book. Read about the encounter that changed it all – when a condom broke – and her diagnosis. She writes, “Many people do not show any symptoms of HIV infection for years, but will more than likely have the initial rash that indicates the body has been infected with the virus. In my case the onset of the acquired diseases was practically immediate.”

Excerpt: Life’s a beach

Brad (not his real name) and I were in a relationship for a total of three years and I had insisted on using protection during intercourse. During an evening of (how can I put this delicately without offending the faint-hearted?) exuberant sex – the condom broke!

Had I known better, I would have continued using a condom further into the relationship, but I thought, “Oh well the damage is done”, not realising that there was a chance that that one encounter may not have infected me. During the initial part of our relationship, I used protection thinking I would be safe. But when the unfortunate incident occurred, lack of knowledge prevailed and I discontinued using protection.

To order The Deadly Seducer contact the author by sending her an email at

About the book

It is all about you if you can live with yourself, stuff everyone else! I understand fully that it is a serious, terminal disease but it is manageable, so try to keep your sense of humour and “Deal With It”, sounds simple, but for some it will not be, that is why I would like to share the more positive side of my experience. It is not some, feel-sorry-for-me memoir or a sad biography – I usually pick up a biography, read the back, say “oh hell no” and put it right back on the shelf.

This is just telling it how it is and how I had to deal with “IT”. I have had the most excitinglife possible, no regrets. No one is untouchable, although some people I have met have the strangest ideas about “IT”. This can affect anyone, directly or indirectly, and eventually someone else’s situation will affect you.

Forty six year old, Caucasian woman, so much for Gay and Black stereotype, HIV and Aids is my disease!

A brief look at a ‘normal’ youth spent in Namibia then going to a boarding school as there were no high schools in Oranjemund to my fathers transfer to Kimberley and the teen years of growing up and testing the waters of what teenagers get up to along with their peers. I come from a very healthy well balanced background which goes to show everyone is vulnerable no matter your standard of living.

My first and second marriages were disasters for very different reasons; the first fortunately brought me two wonderful hard earned children but due to the lack of affection from my husband they had to be meticulously planned. The second husband was a violent individual and totally opposite of my first husband the physical side was passionate entwined with both violent abuse and sexual ardour.

Deciding to move from the Free State to KwaZulu Natal seemed like the best thing at the time in order to remove myself from my second husbands family and then in time from him, unknowingly setting myself up for an even worse situation. Being the trusting person I am totally misled into a relationship with someone fourteen years my junior resulting in a lifelong deadly disease.

Living with the HI virus and acquired diseases related to HIV & Aids since 2004, the lengthy detailed treatments are shared in the hope that it will create awareness to the public at large and show that acquiring the virus does not have to mean a death sentence. We are all going to die, eventually; it is just up to each one of us how you are going to live in-between, disease or no disease!

With support, yes, from family and friends believe it or not it has helped somewhat in removing the stigma and discrimination attached to the disease and with proper assistance and support the stigma can be overcome. By pointing people in the right direction and advising what to do, where to go, when and how to do it will hopefully prolong their life by managing their disease.

The treatment takes the reader through the various stages of acquired diseases that affected me and by doing this give people hope that acquiring diseases such as Strokes, Pneumonia, Shingles, TB Meningitis and Cancer (Angioimmunoblasticlymphadenopathy) will show them that living a healthy lifestyle can and does work. Going onto ARVs need not be a nightmare if taken correctly; they will enhance your life.

The lack of support within the suburbs is frightening and is addressed with contact details to counselling, testing and support group facilities. Add to this some tried and tested, easy, healthy recipes, the first thing that always gets asked is ‘So, what do you eat?’ necessitated this inclusion.

The thirty-six FAQ are easy to understand and an integral part of creating awareness and giving information to the still unacquainted people of South Africa in a manner that encourages them to want to read and find out more about this disease.

It boils down to ADAPT or DIE, I chose to adapt!

About the author

Cindy Pivacic is a speaker, living positively with HIV and Aids since November 2004, having lived through numerous challenges, would like to share her journey. She is living proof that a healthy lifestyle can prolong your life.

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Vaar uit na die boekwinkels en vier Koop-’n-Afrikaanse-boek-dag

Die Vriende van Afrikaans (VVA) is ‘n groep mense wat werk vir Afrikaans. Hulle is nie polities, seksisties, rassisties of godsdiensvoorskriftelik nie en verwelkom almal wat wil saamwerk. Sedert 2005 reël dié organisasie ‘n Koop-’n-Afrikaanse-boekdag waar hulle Afrikaanssprekendes aanmoedig om skrywers, boekwinkels en uitgewers te ondersteun deur ‘n boek in Afrikaans aan te skaf.

Hierdie dag val vanjaar weer oudergewoonte op 14 Augustus, vandag, en daarom word boekliefhebbers en woordmense genooi om in die kar te spring en na hul naaste boekwinkel te haas.


In ‘n onderhoud met Maroela Media verduidelik Amanda de Stadler, uitvoerende beampte, dat hierdie idee ontstaan het omdat een van hul spitsraadlede moeg geraak het om te luister na mense wat sê hulle wil graag Afrikaans lees, maar daar is nie Afrikaanse boeke beskikbaar nie. “Dit is gewoon nie waar nie,” sê De Stadler en verduidelik hoe die projek geloods is, wat hul daarmee wil bereik en waarom dit ‘n inklusiewe inisiatief is.

“Verlede jaar het ons begin agterkom dit word eintlik nasionale besit, dis nie meer net die dag wat óns reël nie, mense doen dit sommer vanself ook,” sê De Stadler en moedig Afrikaanssprekendes aan om Afrikaanse boeke te gaan koop “vir jou eie beswil”.

Luister na die potgooi:

Die Vriende van Afrikaans het ‘n lys van boekhandelaars wat deelneem aan hierdie dag op hul Facebook-bladsy gedeel en moedig mense aan om ‘n foto van hul kopie met die VVA te deel:

Watter boekwinkels neem deel aan die Koop-’n-Afrikaanse-boekdag op 14 Augustus 2014?

Goeie nuus aan alle boekliefhebbers en woordmense! Die volgende boekwinkels het tot dusver laat weet dat hulle aan die jaarlikse Koop-’n-Afrikaanse-boekdag gaan deelneem:

• Chantall Sayers van Kalahari laat weet dat hulle 30% afslag gee op 14 Augustus op ‘n seleksie van hulle Afrikaanse boeke, fisiese of digitale formaat.

• Lourens Potgieter van CNA sê hulle promosie duur van 14 tot 28 Augustus en hulle het heelwat hase in hulle hoed! “Ons gaan ‘n hengse klomp ekstra Thank U punte toestaan aan almal wat Afrikaanse boeke koop, en aan die ATKV-lede stuur ons ‘n e-pos met ‘n kortingkoepon vir 15% af op alle Afrikaanse boeke-aankope van R200 en meer. Daar gaan plakkate in ons winkels wees, en ons gaan adverteer. Buiten die Thank U punte en ATKV-korting is daar groot besparings op ‘n hele paar vooraanstaande titels, soos Leon van Nierop se Ballade vir ‘n enkeling, Kokkedoor 2 en Ladybird- en Phambili-kinderboekies.”

• CUM-boeke se bemarkingspan laat weet dat hulle 15% afslag aanbied op Afrikaanse boeke op 14 Augustus en sê: “Boeke kan jou inpireer, bemagtig en aanmoedig. Jy kan deur die wêreld reis sonder om ‘n tree te stap. Koop ‘n boek vir jouself of bederf iemand wat nog nooit ‘n boek van hulle eie besit het nie.”

• Riëtte van der Merwe van PNA in die Strand/PNA Colours/PNA Somerset-Wes/PNA Eikestad Mall gee op 14 Augustus 25% afslag op Afrikaanse boeke.

• Exclusive Books: Alma Struwig laat weet Mimosa Mall in Bloemfontein neem deel; Tertia Koegelenberg sê hulle tak in Centurion en die Kolonnade gee ook afslag. Karin Shaul se tak, Woodlands Boulevard gee 10% afslag. Anzel van die Loch Logan-tak in Bloemfontein laat weet hulle gee ook 10% af., ‘n eBoekwinkel gebaseer in Rotterdam gaan 20% afslag gee op 14 Augustus, laat weet André Beukes.

• Protea Boekwinkel landwyd bied 10% afslag op Afrikaanse boeke op 14 Augustus.

Baie dankie aan al hierdie vrygewige boekmense. Ons hoop hulle verkope styg flink op 14 Augustus!

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Izak de Vries resenseer Real Meal Revolution deur Tim Noakes en span

Real Meal RevolutionUitspraak: wortel

Ná ses maande waartydens ek die leefstyl van The real meal revolution gevolg het, vermoed ek dat ek dit vir die res van my lewe gaan probeer doen.

Ek is ook nou een van daardie irriterende mense wat in Noakes se leefstyl glo.


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The Sunday Times Bestseller List for July 2014

The Sunday Times has started a monthly bestseller list, identifying the most popular books in South Africa.

There are a gratifying number of South African books on the non-fiction list, which is topped by Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange, followed, some would say inevitably, by The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier and Jonno Proudfoot.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg head up the fiction list, with the only local link being the lead character in The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, Nombeko, who was born in Soweto.

The information for the list comes from SAPnet/Nielsen, bookseller data and publisher data.

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The Fault in Our Stars

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden


I am Pilgrim

Good Morning, Mr Mandela

Real Meal Revolution

Call It Like It Is


Behind Palace Walls

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