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    The The scent of bliss

    R39,00 R210,00
    The scent of bliss hints at a childhood memoir, as much as it is a love tale that explores human anguish and survival, of absurdities that define the human condition. Manic depressive narrator Q is orphaned at a tender age of thirteen - grows to teach literature, and in the process courts an older woman.

    The book of happenstance

    R39,00 R325,00
    Two of the novel's most important themes are loss and concealment: A woman goes to Durban to assist in an Afrikaans language preservation project. Then her cottage is burgled and her beautiful collection of shells is missing.

    Dutch courage

    R185,00 R220,00
    Grace has led a pretty sheltered life. So when her sister begs her to take her place as a Rihanna impersonator at a club in Amsterdam, no alarm bells go off à until she finds herself onstage in the cityÆs famous red-light district with only a pole for support and her knickers in a knot.

    Back to Villa Park

    R49,00 R160,00
    The story takes place on the day of DirkÆs eighteenth birthday, when he has applied for a position in a youth training programme at Kagiso Holdings. At seventeen, and without finishing school, he had hitchhiked back to Johannesburg, where he lived with his parents until he was twelve years old.

    Shark's Egg

    R30,00 R214,00
    A dark coming-of-age story set in Cape Town, Shark's Egg tells the story of Anna's schoolgirl friendship with the magnetic, destructive Leah, and their ambiguous adult relationship. Alan, Anna's first lover, becomes the focus of a moral and sexual struggle between them as adults - played out against the menacing backdrop of the sea.

    The elusive moth

    R49,00 R290,00
    Karolina Ferreira, an entomologist, goes to a small Free State town to do research on the survival strategies of a rare moth species.

    King

    R79,00 R240,00
    Elijah Rolene is a lost man. Following the death of his wife, he quits his job as a police pilot and turns to prescription painkillers for comfort. Not content to watch him destroy his life, his veterinarian sister convinces him to help out at her animal shelter.

    Taung wells

    R39,00 R210,00
    When Rampoipone Mathe arrives in Molelema with his followerss and his herd of 'beautiful monster' Brahman cattle, eager to build a church, he steps into a complictaed web of local politics. He is faced with the nevy of a rival cattle-owner, a king whose pride is easily stung, and a series of mysterious personal disasters. But the preacher's faith remains strong. When drought devastates the land of the Bathlaping, it is Ramoipone who saves the day with his revolutionary ideas of digging a well. Aided by an immensly strong 'Zulu-man' and distracted by a beautiful, scantily cald stranger, Ramionpone's diggers embark on an epic battle against the rock-hard ground - stirring up a hornet's nest of jealousies, rivalries and passions.

    Other lives

    R49,00 R210,00
    Two new novellas, Mirror and Appassionata, are collected here with a third, The Blue Door (Umuzi, 2006), into one volume and thematically form a novel about the question: what other lives may we be living, and what if they connect?

    Spud û Learning to fly

    R149,00 R170,00
    As Spud Milton continues his diabolical stagger through adolescence, he learns one of life's most important lessons: when dealing with women and cretins, nothing is ever quite as it seems. 'I'm practically a man in most areas,' writes Spud confidently on his sixteenth birthday.

    Bundu

    R49,00 R190,00
    In a place near Mozambique where no one knows the boundary, drought is changing everything. Tens, then hundreds of people seek refuge in a forgotten outpost where a clinic is run by lonely souls of uncertain training, nuns staunchly determined to serve.

    The sculptors of Mapungubwe

    R79,00 R245,00
    The Sculptors of Mapungubwe, Mdas first novel since 2009s bestselling Black Diamond, will be published in October 2013. The narrative centres on the timeless kingdom of Mapungubwe where the royal sculptor has two heirs, Chata and Rendani.

    Pompidou Posse

    R89,00 R160,00
    It's the late eighties and British teenagers Vicki and Sage go on the run in Paris after burning down their art school pottery shed. Penniless, homeless, and worst of all, out of cigarettes, it isn't long before they find themselves living on the streets.

    Entertaining angels

    R39,00 R295,00
    Griet's life is on a downward spiral. She's lost her baby, her husband has thrown her out and her suicide attempt is thwarted by a cockroach û yet her sense of humour remains intact.

    The unlikely genius of Dr Cuthbert Kambazuma

    R29,00 R200,00
    The price of a bag of mangoes has just hit twenty thousand dollars in Zimbabwe. Incensed, hospital bus-driver Teddington Chiwafambira has become a man capable of anything.

    October

    R59,00 R240,00
    A letter from her brother Jake calls Mercia back to Kliprand, the parched dorp she left for a life in Scotland years ago. Had she not been abandoned by her partner of twenty-four years, Mercia might never have returned to Namaqualand and its reminders of Meester û her stern and unforgiving father.