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Detonating IEDs, the war on poaching, messy relationships - Tony Park's new thriller has it all...

Afghanistan veteran Sean Bourke’s world explodes when an IED detonates in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

On a routine anti-poaching patrol, Sean and his tracker dog Benny watch in horror as over-eager rookie Tumi Mabasa is almost killed and her dog gravely injured in the explosion.

Along with Tumi and best mate Craig Hoddy, Sean is determined to hunt down the elusive bomb-maker who has introduced this destructive weapon to the war on poaching.

But Sean is his own worst enemy. Haunted by nightmares of the war and racked with guilt from driving away his ex-wife, Christine, he soon discovers she and Craig are in the midst of an intense affair.

And there’s another enemy at play . . . As bombs target Sean’s team, can he get himself back on track and win the fight for Africa’s wildlife – and Christine – before it’s too late?

‘Gripping action thrillers . . . never disappoints as a storyteller’ – Daily Telegraph

TONY PARK was born in 1964 and grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a press secretary, a PR consultant and a freelance writer. He also served 34 years in the Australian Army Reserve, including six months as a public affairs officer in Afghanistan in 2002. He and his wife, Nicola, divide their time equally between Australia and southern Africa. He is the author of fifteen other African novels.

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Giveaway! Win a copy of the magical and original Mzansi fairy tale, The Blacksmith and the Dragonfly

A magical and original fairy tale – perfect for bedtime reading. With the hype around movies like Black Panther and the call for inclusive storytelling, this book is perfect for the current market. It features lovely illustrations and the strong female protagonist will delight and inspire young readers.

About the book

Ndiliswa dreams of becoming a warrior and the commander of the king’s army. But she is the daughter of a poor blacksmith, who makes spears just to get by. Prince Siyabulela has never been a soldier like his younger brother and his father fears that he won’t be a good king. When Siyabulela is transformed into a dragonfly by a wicked spell, it is up to Ndiliswa to defeat their enemies to save the prince.

Riana Louw was born and raised in Bellville. She is currently living and working in Germany as a Software Engineer. She is passionate about equality in gender roles and racial representation in stories and toys for children. She enjoys managing the illustration projects for her short stories in her free time.

Charles Siboto studied at the University of Johannesburg. He worked as an editor for children’s and youth literature for four years. He recently relocated to Germany with his wife, where he is teaching English and working as a freelance editor, proofreader and writer.

Christelle Lambrechts is a background artist and creature designer for a mobile gaming company. She studied at Prestige Academy and got her diploma in 3D Design and Digital Animation. She worked at Exclusive Books in Tygervalley for five years and loved being surrounded by books. In her spare time, she enjoys working on illustrations for children’s books.

NB Publishers are giving away THREE copies of this magical book! To enter, simply tell us the name of the female protagonist in The Blacksmith and the Dragonfly. Email your answer to our editor, Mila de Villiers: before Tuesday, 13 November.

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Michelle Obama, DJ Sbu and Jamie Oliver headline the 2018 Exclusive Books Festive Catalogue

Via Exclusive Books

Exclusive Books has made gifting easy for South Africans this year, with more than 100 titles to pick from in its annual festive catalogue – including Becoming, Michelle Obama’s personal account of her upbringing, her life in the White House and what it’s like to raise two daughters under the media’s glare.

The catalogue is available free from Exclusive Books stores from 1 November.

“There’s a book for every age and taste,” said Ben Williams, GM: Marketing at Exclusive Books, “and plenty of local flavour mixed in with the international blockbusters.”

Alongside Becoming, other such blockbusters will include Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century and Out of the Maze: A Story About the Power of Belief, the final book by Dr. Spencer Johnson, of Who Moved My Cheese? fame.

DJ Sbu’s The Art of Hustling: Sell or Surrender headlines the business category with Johnson. “It’s the book that will launch a thousand SA entrepreneurs,” said Williams.

For cookery enthusiasts, Jamie Oliver’s Jamie Cooks Italy will transport home chefs to the Bel Paese, while Simply Zola by Zola Nene serves up a South African taste sensation.

John Grisham’s Reckoning stands tall in the fiction section, along with George RR Martin’s Fire and Blood and Deon Meyer’s Prooi. “Take them all to the beach!” said Williams.

For younger readers, the Harry Potter Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts is set to provide hours of fun, and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid box set – all twelve books in one place, at a special price – is a sure-fire future heirloom for every reading family.

On the sports scene, Shane Warne’s autobiography, No Spin, has already set tongues wagging – with sledging to follow, no doubt.

“We’re promoting several books at very special prices,” said Williams, “including Jeffrey Archer’s Heads You Win, an epic tale of fame and fortune that begins in Leningrad, Russia, and will be sure to please his legions of fans. We understand that customers are under ever more pressure and have worked hard to ensure they can find something for every family member at the right price.”

Fanatics members will earn double points on all the books featured in the catalogue.

Spread the magic – give a book this season, with Exclusive Books.

Max Velthuijs' exceptional children's book, Frog and the birdsong, is now available in five local languages

One autumn day Frog discovers a blackbird lying motionless in the grass. Worried, he askes his friends what can be the matter. Very gently and simply the animals begin to understand the meaning of death and the beauty of life.


Max Velthuijs (1923–2005) was a Dutch painter, illustrator and writer, one of the most famous children’s illustrators in the Netherlands. In 2004 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his “lasting contribution to children’s literature”. Velthuijs is known best for the Frog picture books (Dutch Wikipedia lists 21 titles). The first was Frog in Love, published by Andersen Press in 1989, which gained global recognition.

In his acceptance speech Velthuijs observed: “Drawing a frog is not so difficult. But how do you draw a frog in love? Or a frightened frog? And when I hear from parents and children how much they love Frog and his friends, I am overcome with joy and a feeling of accomplishment. And when you ask me how I did it, I have to answer that question with a simple ‘I do not know’.”

Jury president Jeffrey Garrett credited him with fables of human nobility, rather than Aesop’s “foolishness, vanity, and meanness”.

“The stories of Frog and his diverse group of friends are miniature morality plays for our age, demonstrating in framed vignettes, as if on a stage, that life can be hard but is in the end good, that there will be comfort: do not give up, do not lose faith, for you are stronger than you think, and you are not alone.”

This title is also available in:
Afrikaans (Padda en die voëlsang)
Xhosa (Isele nengoma yentaka)
Zulu (Uxoxo nengoma yenyoni)
Sesotho (Senqanoane le Nonyana e Binang)

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Die eerste boek in die Lord of the Rings-trilogie kan nou in Afrikaans geniet word!

Drie Ringe vir die Elf-konings onder die hemelwerf,
sewe vir die Dwerg-here in klipsale gekroon,
nege vir Mense, gedoem om te sterf,
een vir die Donker Heer op sy donker troon
in die Land van Mordor waar die Skaduwees draal.
Een Ring om oor almal te heers, Een Ring om hulle te vind,
een Ring wat almal bring en in die duisternis saambind.
In die Land van Mordor waar die Skaduwees draal.

Wanneer Frodo Baalens sy oom Bilbo se towerring tydens dié se een-en-elftigste verjaarsdagpartytjie erf, is dit die begin van onvoorsiene avonture.

Eers verdwyn Bilbo spoorloos en dan daag die towenaar Ghandalf op met die nuus dat Frodo in lewensgevaar verkeer: wie ook al in besit is van die Ring, vertel Ghandalf, sal uiteindelik deur die korrupterende mag daarvan verwoes word.

Daar is net een uitweg: om die Skeure van Verdoemenis in die dieptes van die Vuurberg te vind, die Ring daarin te gooi en dit só vir ewig buite die bereik van die Vyand te plaas. Saam met sy kamerade Sam, Mannetjies en Pippin val Frodo in die pad met die hoop om die donker mag van Sauron vir altyd te verslaan.

Oor die outeur en vertaler

Hoewel J.R.R. Tolkien se ikoniese Die heerser van die ringe geen bekendstelling nodig het nie, is die Afrikaanse vertaling daarvan ’n geweldig opwindende eerste.

Tolkien self was baie krities oor die vertaling van sy werk (“That this is an ‘imaginary’ world does not give [the translator] any right to remodel it according to his fancy, even if he could in a few months create a new coherent structure which it took me years to work out,” skryf Tolkien in ’n brief aan sy uitgewer met betrekking tot die Nederlandse vertaling van die teks), en Janie Oosthuysen se vindingryke dog uiters sensitiewe benadering tot die wêreld van Middel-aarde skep ’n verbeelde werklikheid wat tegelykertyd bekend én splinternuut is.


Listen: Rebecca Davis discusses Self-Helpless with Eusebius McKaiser

Hypnotherapy. Magic mushrooms. Sangomas. Even *shudder* the gym – when Rebecca Davis quit drinking she attempted to retain her sanity via various, ahem, holistic methods. Here she discusses the written account of her 12 month ~journey~ with Eusebius McKaiser. Feast your ears, nourish your mind, take a deep breath, hold it for three, exhale, aaaaaaaaand listen:


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Self-helpless by Rebecca Davis
EAN: 9781770106024
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