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Keith Millar Reviews Stoked! by Chris Bertish

Stoked!Verdict: critical carrot

Bertish is a motivational speaker and this book may well serve as a useful tool in that field of endeavour as it is filled with motivational quotes and slogans to assist and encourage the reader to believe in their dreams and to succeed against all odds.

Stoked will be enjoyed by surfers and those knowledgeable about the sport. They hopefully will be able to understand the lingo of the sport which is used so liberally throughout the book and which left me somewhat confused at times.

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Phyllis Green resenseer boeke oor reis, insluitend Road Tripping en Things to do in Moer and Gone Places

Road TrippingWild WeekendsWeekend Trails in the Western Cape
Things to do in Moer and Gone PlacesA-Z Place Names Of South Africa

Uitspraak: wortels

Daardie reise per motor, die agterpaaie wat soms nie eens op kaarte aangedui is, dit maak my opgewonde. Ek wonder altyd wat gaan ek ontdek op daai klein plekkie wat ek nog net oor gelees het in boeke. Ja, hoor ek julle mymer, maar wat van die teleurstelling omdat dit nie in die werklike lewe is soos wat jy gedink het dit gaan wees nie. Vir my maak dit nie saak nie. Die ontdekkingstog is die ding wat saak maak. En elke plek het sy eie misterie, hoe vaal dit ook al op die oppervlak mag lyk. Krap net bietjie vir die storie oor die dorp se mees eksentrieke inwoner, of besondere besienswaardigheid. Iemand gaan jou in ’n rigting stuur en jy sal tog iets beleef. As jy nie in jou motor kan spring om te gaan reis nie, reis maar saam op jou sofa wanneer jy deur een van hierdie week se boeke blaai.


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Heinz Schenk resenseer South Africa’s Greatest Batsmen deur Ali Bacher en David Williams

South Africa's Greatest BatsmenUitspraak: houtwortel

Bacher se bekendheid beteken ook hy het regstreekse toegang tot spelers soos De Villiers, Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith en Jacques Kallis. Hul persoonlike insigte is baie interessant.

Maar daar is beslis niks unieks aan dié boek nie, geen insigte of intiemer besonderhede oor wat Suid-Afrika se beste kolwers suksesvol maak nie.

Miskien was dit uit die staanspoor nie die bedoeling nie.

Tog gaan beter ingeligte lesers kreun vir ’n bietjie meer stimulering.


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Jacket Notes: Chris Bertish Discusses His Book Stoked!

Published in the Sunday Times

Chris Bertish (Penguin Random House)

I never believed I could be an author until the day I decided to free my mind of this limiting belief. By then I had achieved many of my lifelong goals and fulfilled my dreams through hard work, sacrifice, resilience and self-belief. Once I had won the Mavericks Invitational big-wave surfing contest and set a couple of world records in other sports, I realised it wasn’t that I couldn’t write a book — I had just imposed that limiting belief and that was the only barrier.

I knew I had a powerful story to tell, as people always told me how cool and exciting my adventures seemed — it was just a case of getting those stories down on paper, then streamlining and structuring them to make the narrative flow. If I could do this, it would hopefully become the inspiring story I envisioned. My mission was to help people overcome obstacles in pursuit of their dreams through the experiences and lessons I had learnt.

Once I changed my mind and my perception, I made a simple choice that I would try – no matter the cost and the time it would take. I put everything into creating this book. I paid for everything, from editor fees to illustrations, transcriptions and the surfing animation that runs on each page. I spent days, nights, weeks, months, years on this book, and invested my heart and soul in the project. It took sacrifice, focus, perseverance, passion, and blood, sweat and tears. I believe these are necessary to achieve anything great in life.

Among the obstacles and challenges were my publishers accepting my first manuscript then retracting their offer three weeks later. And the ghostwriter who started to write the book with me didn’t work out. After he left the project, I wrote the entire manuscript again, from scratch, and just before the last chapter was complete, my computer crashed and I lost everything. I was so distraught I actually threw up.

The next day, after realising the file couldn’t be recovered, I decided I would start from the beginning again. I sketched the visual animations and paid for them to be done professionally. I contacted photographers for permission to use their photos, got the initial cover design done, and had the book edited by a professional. Then I pitched the manuscript to the publishers again.

I managed to convince the team at Zebra Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, that it would be an epic and unique read. Finally, after almost three years, my dream has come true. I hope that thousands of people around the world will read my story, so that they may be truly stoked!

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Paul Murray Reviews Papwa: In the Grip of a Champion by Maxine Case

Papwa: In the Grip of a ChampionVerdict: carrot

Case’s story carefully examines a life that was lived “in triumph and in loss”. It should be read alongside the 2005 biography written by Christopher Nicholson and published by Wits University Press: Papwa Sewgolum: From Pariah to Legend; and there is a documentary film about his life: Papwa: The Lost Dream of a South African Golfing Legend. In addition there is a memorial plaque in honour of Sewgolum that was erected at the Durban Country Club in 2005.

But ultimately no memorial, no biography, no written account or account of any other nature will be able to reflect the ignominy, hurt and shame that the crippling racial laws inflicted on the emotions of the majority of South Africans restricted from participating in the broadest possible opportunities – such as to play golf when they wanted to, loved it and were good at it. Case has at least achieved giving one a glimpse of the reality of their triumph and their loss. The story of Papwa is a glowing example.

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Janine Magree Reviews Stoked! by Chris Bertish

Stoked!Verdict: critical carrot

There are heart-warming stories about the kindness of strangers, not to mention generous family members, who assist him on his travels.

There’s also the inevitable all’s-well-that-ends-well (though it could easily have ended gruesomely) shark tale, and a story about an overnight camping session in an idyllic location that goes distinctly pear-shaped.

He isn’t what one might call a wordsmith par excellence – one of my colleagues puts it this way, “he’s not a writer, he’s a jock” – but Bertish certainly has a worthwhile anecdote or two under his belt.

What he does have in abundance, though, is experience of monster waves at places like Dungeons, off the Sentinel on the side of Hout Bay Harbour, and Waimea Bay, Banzai Pipeline and Jaws in Hawaii.

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Peter Martin Reviews Empire, War and Cricket in South Africa by Dean Allen

Empire, War & Cricket in South AfricaVerdict: carrot

In a biography of this magnitude, accurate research of events and quotations is of the utmost importance and this the author, a post-graduate student at Stellenbosch University, has managed extraordinarily well with over 600 references to various books, magazines and newspapers.

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Luke Alfred Reviews Deliberate Concealment by Mtutuzeli Nyoka

Deliberate Concealment: An Insider's Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus SagaVerdict: carrot with criticism

More generalised discussions of the local and world game are unfortunately absent from Deliberate Concealment. This is a pity, because a book with a wider scope would have made for a slightly less suffocating read. At times, fixating as it does on nothing other than Nyoka’s battle with Majola, the book has a hectoring, obsessional feel. It needed some judicious editing, with an editor working out what was really significant in a magnificently epic story and possibly moving away from its chronological structure.

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  • Deliberate Concealment: An Insider’s Account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL Bonus Saga by Mtutuzeli Nyoka
    EAN: 9781770104297
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Bokkie Gerber resenseer South Africa’s Rugby Legends: The Amateur Years deur Chris Schoeman

South Africa's Rugby LegendsUitspraak: houtwortel

Boeke oor legendes is ’n spieëlbeeld van mekaar en die een is soos die ander.

Met hierdie publikasie, soos met ander soortgelykes, verskyn ’n profiel en foto’s by elke legende. Dis die somtotaal van wat opgedis word.

En dit maak van die publikasie eerder ’n blaai-boek as ’n lees-boek. Die boek het min om die lyf en as jy op soek is na iets verrassends, is daar niks. Die foto’s van destyds en die visuele argiefmateriaal, wat kwistig in die boek aangewend is, is egter iets om na te kyk en vul elke profiel en hoofstuk aan.


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Firdose Moonda Reviews South Africa’s Greatest Batsmen by Ali Bacher and David Williams

South Africa's Greatest BatsmenVerdict: carrot

So began the pair’s second innings, which is formatted in the same way as the first to maintain consistency, but delves a little deeper into the art of batting. As someone with experience in the field himself, Bacher was the chief selector and, aided by some rigorous criteria, was tasked with choosing 12 outstanding international batsmen for the book.

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