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Julian Rademeyer's Killing for Profit Tops Amazon UK's Best Sellers Chart for Extinction

Killing for ProfitEarlier this month Julian Rademeyer celebrated his book Killing for Profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade topping Amazon UK’s Best Sellers chart in the extinction category. Killing for Profit is the result of Rademeyer’s two year investigation into the criminal underworld and syndicates running the illegal wildlife trade.

Rademeyer spoke to Jenny Crwys-Williams on Talk Radio 702 about his book topping the best sellers list, saying that he was pleasantly surprised that the book is still attracting interest a year later and that he thinks it’s due to the growing awareness of the criminal links to wildlife crime.

The interview starts at around 30 minutes:

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Book Your Stand at the 2014 South African Book Fair

There are only ten weeks for you to book your stand of choice at the much anticipated 2014 South African Book Fair!

For stand bookings, contact Louise Barry-Taylor at Louise@ThebeReed.co.za or 011 549 8300.

Book Your Stand at the 2014 South African Book Fair

Ron Irwin's Flat Water Tuesday Chosen as the Target Club Pick for May

Flat Water TuesdayRon Irwin’s debut novel, Flat Water Tuesday, has been chosen as American retail company Target’s Club Pick for May.

Each month a book is chosen by the team and named the Club Pick. Next month signed copies of Flat Water Tuesday will be available through Target.

The book follows Rob Carrey, son of a working-class cabinet maker, as he attends a prestigious school on a rowing scholarship. Fifteen years later he attends the reunion, hoping to deal with the horrible tragedy that occurred there.

Only at Target, find the May, 2014, Club Pick “Flat Water Tuesday”. This book will be signed by author Ron Irwin!

A stunning saga of love, sport, and buried secrets.

Rob Carrey is a successful documentary filmmaker who has returned from a shoot to New York City, where he’s prepared to separate from Carolyn, his long-time love. But when he finds an invitation to his boarding school reunion in his pile of mail, Rob begins a painful journey into his past—one that will alter the course of his life forever.

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Luli Callinicos Named the Inaugural Jozi Book Fair Reading Ambassador

Who built Jozi?During last year’s Jozi Book Fair, Luli Callinicos, author of Who built Jozi?, was selected to be the inaugural Jozi Book Fair Reading Ambassador, “to promote reading and writing in urban and rural areas, in all communities and in all languages.”

Callinicos says she was overwhelmed by the honour and spoke about the importance of creating thousands of reading ambassadors: “They would be speaking about books, getting people excited about reading books, recommending books and writing books. I hope we can all work together to create a reading culture because, Reading the word enables us to Read the world.”

During 5th Jozi Book Fair in 2013 we chose the first Jozi Book Fair Reading Ambassador, Luli Callinicos, to promote reading and writing in urban and rural areas, in all communities and in all languages.

This is the first time that the concept, the Reading Ambassador, is used in South Africa. This is consistent with the JBF’s approach to purposefully intervene in the building of a readers movement. This year the first Jozi Book Fair Reading Ambassador in South Africa, Luli Callinicos was elected. Luli Callinicos is an author, historian and an activist.

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Heinz Mödler gesels oor James Bond, Ontbloot: Die naakte waarheid agter Brittanje se beroemdste geheime agent

James Bond, OntblootHeinz Mödler se nuwe boek, James Bond, Ontbloot: Die naakte waarheid agter Brittanje se beroemdste geheime agent, bied ‘n vermaaklike en toeganklike blik op die verbeel­dingryke tegnologie wat in die Bond-films uitgebeeld word en ondersoek die geloofwaardigheid van die dikwels bisarre situasies waarin die held homself bevind.

Mödler het onlangs met Elmari Rautenbach gesels oor hierdie opwindende nuwe boek en verduidelik dat hy eenvoudig nie anders kon as om dit te skryf nie. “Ian Fleming was ’n man met uiteenlopende belangstellings, net soos ek. Die mediese aspekte was die sneller, maar die kombinasie daarvan met wetenskap, kos en drank én ’n romantiese stout ­ondertoon het dit ’n boek gemaak wat ek net móés skryf,” sê Mödler.

Vir navorsing het hy al 24 Bond-flieks gekyk en al Fleming se boeke gelees, maar nie regtig gefokus op die ander Bond-skrywers se werke nie: “Die boeke van die ander verskil baie van syne en is meestal net ’n storie wat min materiaal vir my boek op­gelewer het.”

Rautenbach pols Mödler ook oor sy agtergrond as mediese spesialis, sy bevindinge in die boek en die vermenging van werklikheid en fiksie waar Bond se doen en late ter sprake is.

ER: Hoe word bewys dat Bond “ ’n pierewaaier met klas” is soos jy in ’n stadium na hom verwys?

HM: Bond maak nie net staat op sy voorkoms nie. Hy is profes­sioneel. In Diamond Are Forever (1971) verwys hy na die jaartal van ’n solera-sjerrie. Wanneer M hom teregwys dat sjerries nie ’n jaartal het nie, sê Bond hy het met “’51, I believe” verwys na die oorspronklike oesjaar van die oudste druifsoort in die sjerrie. En dit klop!

ER: Gooi die werklikheid soms ’n interessante draai in die fiksie?

HM: Fleming was oop vir insette wat wys hy het sy eie stories werklik geniet. Soos die brief wat ’n wapendeskundige aan hom geskryf het om sy misnoeë teenoor Bond oor sy keuse van pistole uit te spreek. ’n Baretta is nie die regte kaliber vir die karakter nie, het hy geskryf, en ’n Walther PPK voorgestel. Fleming het geluister en sommer in sy boek MI6 se wapenspesialis na hom genoem: Geoffry Boothroyd. En dís wat die Bond-boeke en flieks so interessant maak. Dit is nie net fiksie nie.

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New Edition of The Official K53 Learner's and Driver's Made Easy

The Official K53 Learner's and Driver's Made EasyDie amptelike K53 slaag jou Leerling- en bestuurderslisensies maklikOut this month from Struik Lifestyle, the new edition of The Official K53 Learner’s and Driver’s Made Easy by Clive Gibson, Gavin Hoole and Bata Passchier:

This best-seller continues to provide novice drivers with a thorough grounding in everything they need to know to prepare for their learner’s licence and K53 driving tests.

The text has been revised and updated to take account of changes in road traffic legislation and the practical requirements for the official K53 Defensive Driving system. There is also a new handy loose insert containing information on computerised testing and requirements.

This well-presented, user-friendly book combines all the elements needed to pass the written tests, yard test and road tests for motor vehicles, motorcycles and heavy motor vehicles, and is the only manual that illustrates every rule of the road.

Taken together, the text, illustrations and self-tests are designed to reinforce the learning process and make it easier to pass the learner’s or driver’s test first time. The book is now packaged in a polybag which will contribute towards keeping the books clean, making them last longer.

Also available in Afrikaans as Die amptelike K53 slaag jou Leerling- en bestuurderslisensies maklik.

About the authors

Clive Gibson is an Economic Sciences graduate with 30 years’ experience in the field of management development and training. He has many years of experience training sales people in the motor industry. He is the co-author of several bestselling learner’s and driver’s licence books and is the author of 53 different titles published by various publishers, including some in the UK. He has also co-authored several books for children, learners and management.

Gavin Hoole is a successful author, an experienced trainer and a management consultant. He is the author and co-author of several books, including the Really, Really Easy series and the best-selling Pass Your Learner’s Easily. He lives in Cape Town.

Bata Passchier is the third member of the team behind ‘Engage Your Brain’, a successful series of learner and driver products.

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