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Biography

Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think
Alan Grafen; Mark Ridley et al
Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
Bill Bryson:
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
Abandoned: The True Story of a Little Girl Who Didn't Belong
Anya Peters:
Abandoned: The True Story of a Little Girl Who Didn't Belong
The Sound of Laughter
Peter Kay:
The Sound of Laughter

Comedian's memoir, from Bolton childhood to stage and screen fame

Children


Kindle e-books
Number 1 of 100 on the bestseller list of childrens books with birds!
New e-book (pdf) with your name direct from the author:
Zauberer Zettelwitz vom Tafelberg * Table Mountain Wizard e-book * Die Towenaar van Tafelberg e-boek

Zauberer Zettelwitz - Table Mountain Wizard, in German and English
Die Towenaar van Tafelberg - Table Mountain Wizard, in Afrikaans and English
3 books in one: 1.German; 2. English or Afrikaans and 3. a first bird book introducing some 60 birds of the Western Cape. These are special editions of outstanding quality print. Numbered and signed by the author.

Order the bi-lingual books and e-books pdf here

Jerry Pinkney:
The Lion
The Lion & the Mouse
(children)
Fynbos fairies
Antjie Krog; Fiona Moodie:
Fynbos fairies


Fynbos feetjies

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Children's Edition
J.K. Rowling:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter En Die Skatte Van Die Dood
Harry Potter En Die Skatte Van Die Dood
Spud: The madness continuesJohn van de Ruit,
Spud: The madness continues
The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two GoldfishNeil Gaiman:
The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish
THE FROG WHO WANTED TO SEE THE SEA
Written and illustrated by Guy Billout
National Geographic Kids' Annual

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Cooking

Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life
Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life

General

Love Has No Rules: Poetic Words That Charm Based on Love Stories with Humor
Charmant Kems:
Love Has No Rules: Poetic Words That Charm

Based on Love Stories with Humor


History

New History of South Africa
Herman Giliomee and Bernard Mbenga:
New History of South Africa

Nuwe geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika

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Natural History

The story of earth and life: A Southern African Perspective on a 4.6-Billion-Year Journey
Bruce Rubidge; Terence McCarthy:
The story of earth and life: A Southern African Perspective on a 4.6-Billion-Year Journey

Science and popular Science
Amazon Editors' top ten picks: Science


Invisible Cure: Africa, the West and the Fight Against AIDS
Helen Epstein:
The invisible cure : Africa, the West, and the fight against AIDS
Einstein: His Life and Universe
Walter Isaacson:
Einstein: His Life and Universe
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature
Steven Pinker:
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
Bernd Heinrich:
The Snoring Bird: My Family's Journey Through a Century of Biology
Douglas R. Hofstadter:
I Am a Strange Loop
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
Norman Doidge:
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
Proust Was a Neuroscientist
Jonah Lehrer:
Proust Was a Neuroscientist
The Last Human: A Guide to Twenty-Two Species of Extinct Humans *
The last human : a guide to twenty-two species of extinct humans
by G.J. Sawyer and Viktor Deak ; text by Esteban Sarmiento, G.J. Sawyer, Richard Milner
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
Natalie Angier:
The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
Lynn Margulis:
Luminous Fish: Tales of Science and Love
*  with contributions by Donald C. Johanson, Maeve Leakey and Ian Tattersall
This book tells the story of human evolution, the epic of Homo sapiens and its colorful precursors and relatives. The story begins in Africa, six to seven million years ago, and encompasses twenty-two known human species, of which Homo sapiens is the sole survivor.
The God Delusion
Daniel Dennett; Richard Dawkins:
The God Delusion
Format: Audio CD
The God Delusion
  
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Computers & Internet
Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
Anthony D. Williams; Don Tapscott:
Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
Rule the Web: How to Do Anything and Everything on the Internet--Better, Faster, Easier
Mark Frauenfelder:
Rule the Web: How to Do Anything and Everything on the Internet--Better, Faster, Easier
Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder
David Weinberger:
Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder
Devices of the Soul: Battling for Our Selves in an Age of Machines
Steve Talbott:
Devices of the Soul: Battling for Our Selves in an Age of Machines
Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think
Andy Oram; Greg Wilson:
Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think

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Health, Mind & Body

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
Atul Gawande:
A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
How Doctors Think
Jerome Groopman:
How Doctors Think
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the BrainOliver Sacks:
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
John Elder Robison:
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease
Gary Taubes:
Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease

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The Time's list: Top 10 Novels of the 2000s

At kalahari.net:
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections
Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Edward P. Jones, The Known World
Ian McEwan, Atonement
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Richard Price, Lush Life
Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

The Top 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy Novels That Really Need to Get Made Into Movies by Lev Grossman

1. Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card
ENDER'S GAME
2. Ringworld
Larry Niven
RINGWORLD
3. The Chronicles of Amber:  Nine Princes in Amber ,  The Guns of Avalon ,  Sign of the Unicorn ,  The Hand of Oberon ,  The Courts of Chaos:
Roger Zelazny
NINE PRINCES IN AMBER
4The Forever War
Joe Haldeman
THE FOREVER WAR
5. The White Dragon
Anne McCaffrey, THE WHITE DRAGON
6. Iain Banks:
The Culture Novels
7. Snow Crash: (New Edition)
Neal Stephenson:
SNOW CRASH

(New Edition)
8. The Difference Engine
Bruce Sterling and William Gibson:
THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE
9. Fritz Leiber, The Fafhrd/Grey Mouser novels10. Miracleman

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The Sunday Times Bestsellers 2007 - 10
Stieg Larsson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Audio CD

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The Girl Who Played with Fire
Greg Iles:
The Devil's Punchbowl
The Devil's Punchbowl
Kathryn Stockett:

The Help
Alice Sebold:
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
Michael Lewis:
The Blind Side
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
Michael Pollan:
Food Rules
Food Rules
The Lion
Robert Crumb's Book of Genesis
(graphic book)
Elizabeth Gilbert:
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
Committed: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage


Thrillers and drama

More thrillers and crime
Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell
Book of the Dead
This Year It Will Be Different by Maeve Binchy
This Year it Will be Different: A Christmas Treasury
Faces by Martina Cole
Faces
Danny Cadogan is one of London's biggest criminals, but the only way is down
Making Money by Terry Pratchett
Making Money
Latest Discworld novel follows continuing adventures of Moist Von Lipwig
Crossfire by Andy McNab
Crossfire
The hunter becomes the hunted in Nick Stone's 10th high-octane adventure
Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
Sepulchre
Ancient history and conspiracy collide in the new novel from the author of Labyrinth
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
The Uncommon Reader
The Queen stumbles across a mobile library while walking her corgis
You Been Warned by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
You've Been Warned
New York nanny's dream life becomes a nightmare
Blind Faith by Ben Elton
Blind Faith
Dark comic novel set against a sex-obsessed, post-apocalyptic society
World Without End by Ken Follett
World Without End
Long-awaited sequel to Pillars of the Earth takes us back to medieval Kingsbridge
HRH by Danielle Steel
H.R.H.
Young European princess volunteers as an aid worker in east Africa
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Atonement
Three lives change forever during the hottest day in the summer of 1934
Forgotten Dreams by Kate Flynn
Forgotten Dreams
A young girl struggles with amnesia in Flynn's latest emotional drama
Treasure of Khan by Clive and Dirk Cussler
Treasure of Khan
Dirk Pitt and co battle to stifle ambitions of a Mongolian warlord
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Thirteenth Tale
A biographer tries to unravel a family mystery in this gothic drama
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Two women struggle to survive in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan
Simple GeniusDavid Baldacc: Simple Genius
The FBI, CIA, mathematicians and murderers collide in the lives of Pls King and Maxwell
In the WoodsTana French:
In the Woods

Detective Ryan confronts his terrifying past in this tense, psychological thriller
CrystalKatie Price:
Crystal

Second novel from the glamour model, telling the story of a wannabe singer
More Twisted by Jeffrey Deaver
More Twisted
High-octane short stories from the heavyweight crime author

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Sunday Times
Top 10 paperbacks: non-fiction

The Innocent Man
John Grisham: The Innocent Man

True story of a miscarriage of justice
And Another Thing: The World According to Clarkson: v. 2: The World According to Clarkson Volume Two
And Another Thing: The World According to Clarkson: v. 2: The World According to Clarkson Volume Two

Sequel to The World According to Clarkson from the Sunday Times columnist
Abandoned: The True Story of a Little Girl Who Didn't Belong
Anya Peters:
Abandoned: The True Story of a Little Girl Who Didn't Belong

Memoir of an illegitimate child who ended up living in a car
The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl
Belle de Jour:
The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl

Graduate struggles to find work so turns to lucrative sex trade
How to Fossilise Your Hamster: And 99 Other Experiments to Try at Home
New Scientist:
How to Fossilise Your Hamster: And 99 Other Experiments to Try at Home

Latest collection of science titbits from Does Anything Eat Wasps? team
Do Ants Have Arseholes?: And 101 Other Bloody Ridiculous Questions
John Butler and Bruno Vincent:
Do Ants Have Arseholes?: And 101 Other Bloody Ridiculous Questions

Silly answer to pointless questions; New Scientist spoof
Marley and Me
John Grogan: Marley and Me

American couple's lives are changed when they acquire a neurotic dog
Daddy's Little Girl
Julia Latchem-Smith:
Daddy's Little Girl

Woman who survived years of neglect and suffering tells her tale
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
Bill Bryson:
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Humorist looks back at his 1950s American childhood

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