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Hidden Figures

Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program.

 

Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as ‘Human Computers’, calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements.

 

Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts, these ‘coloured computers’ used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

 

Moving from World War II through NASA’s golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women’s rights movement, ‘Hidden Figures’ interweaves a rich history of mankind’s greatest adventure with the intimate stories of five courageous women whose work forever changed the world.

 

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Jan Smuts Afrikaner sonder grenseJan Christian Smuts was soldier, statesman and intellectual, and one of South Africa’s greatest leaders. Yet little is said about him today even as we appear to live in a leadership vacuum.

 

Afrikaner Sonder Grense is a re-examination of the life and thought of Jan Smuts. It is intended to remind a contemporary readership of the remarkable achievements of this impressive soldier-statesman.

 

The author argues that there is a need to bring Smuts back into the present, that Smuts’ legacy still has much to instruct. He draws several parallels between Smuts and President Thabo Mbeki, both intellectuals much lionised abroad and yet often distrusted at home.

 

This book is a highly readable account of Smuts’ life. It also examines a number of overarching themes: his relationships with women, spiritual life, intellectual life and his role as advisor to world leaders. Politics and international affairs receive the lion’s share, but Smuts’ unique contributions to other fields – for example, botany – are not neglected.

 

Afrikaner Sonder Grense does not shy away from the contradictions of its subject.

Smuts was one of the architects of the United Nations, and a great champion of human rights, yet he could not see the need to reform the condition of the African majority in his own country.

 

 

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Caraval

Welcome to C araval, where nothing is quite what it seems.

 

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

 

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

 

When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show's mastermind organiser, Legend.

 

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

 

 

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Almost Human

Did an equally advanced species inhabit Earth with us, or before us?

Did these ancestors of ours bury their dead?

 

If so, they must have had an awareness of death, a level of self-knowledge: the very characteristic we used to define ourselves as human.

 

In 2013 Lee Berger put together a team of adventurous researchers brave enough to squeeze through 8-inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave 40 feet underground, not very far from Johannesburg.

 

With this team of ‘underground astronauts’, Berger made the discovery of a lifetime and found a very rare of all the species discovered so far: Homo naledi.

 

In his own personal tell-it-all book, Almost Human, the charismatic and visionary palaeontologist, Lee Berger narrates science, exploration, and what it means to be human.

 

Almost Human will be available from bookstores end March 2017.

 

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War Cry HBWilbur Smith is back!

 

"That time is upon us. I can feel it coming. That evil barbarian will not be satisfied until he has engulfed the whole world in war and death. I fear for us all."

 

The worldwide number one bestseller Wilbur Smith introduces us to the bravest new member of the famed family, Saffron Courtney, in a new action packed historical novel War Cry.

 

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War Cry will be available from bookstores from 02 March 2017.

 

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