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Jhb screenings of Akin Omotoso’s documentary, The Colour of Wine: 26, 28, 29, 30 October

The Colour of Wine isn’t just another book about picturesque Cape vineyards. Instead, it tells the remarkable story of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy through the personal journeys of black winemakers. Woven through their stories are interviews with wine producers and politicians, chefs and sommeliers, connoisseurs and teachers, drinkers and tasters.

The documentary, directed by Akin Omotoso, is showing at the The Bioscope in Johannesburg on 26, 28, 29, and 30 October 2018.

Click here for tickets.

Launch: Wild Land by Peter and Beverly Pickford (18 October)

In more than 200 striking images, acclaimed South African photographers Peter and Beverly Pickford have created an epic, unparalleled portrait of some of our planet’s most untouched places: from the heat-beaten country of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast to Alaska and the Yukon’s abundance of water, in ocean, river and lake; from the subantarctic islands’ wind-tossed shores in the south to the Arctic’s immense expanses of cracked pancake ice in the north; and the dazzling juxtaposition of desert and water in Australia’s Kimberley to the remote, frozen peaks of Tibet and Patagonia.

Within these extreme landscapes, Beverly and Peter’s images illuminate and celebrate myriad forms of life: polar bears, rhinoceroses and bharal, as well as the humble lichen, are all evocatively pictured within the landscapes upon which they depend.

This is a wildlife book like no other, its images aching with what words struggle to describe: the resonance of wilderness in our inner being, the power of land to transform our emotion, and our ability to transcend the immediate to become sublime.

Wild Land’s stunning images are accompanied by a fascinating text in which Peter not only vividly describes the photographers’ adventures in pursuit of wild land, but also delivers a timely message that highlights the urgent need for these lands to be preserved for the future of the planet – a future on which humankind’s very survival is dependent.

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Win a copy of Peter and Beverly Pickford’s breathtaking Wild Land!

Four years. Seven continents. An unprecedented quest to document and preserve our last remaining wild lands.

 
In more than 200 striking images, acclaimed South African photographers Peter and Beverly Pickford have created an epic, unparalleled portrait of some of our planet’s most untouched places: from the heat-beaten country of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast to Alaska and the Yukon’s abundance of water, in ocean, river and lake; from the subantarctic islands’ wind-tossed shores in the south to the Arctic’s immense expanses of cracked pancake ice in the north; and the dazzling juxtaposition of desert and water in Australia’s Kimberley to the remote, frozen peaks of Tibet and Patagonia.

Within these extreme landscapes, Beverly and Peter’s images illuminate and celebrate myriad forms of life: polar bears, rhinoceroses and bharal, as well as the humble lichen, are all evocatively pictured within the landscapes upon which they depend.

This is a wildlife book like no other, its images aching with what words struggle to describe: the resonance of wilderness in our inner being, the power of land to transform our emotion, and our ability to transcend the immediate to become sublime.

Wild Land’s stunning images are accompanied by a fascinating text in which Peter not only vividly describes the photographers’ adventures in pursuit of wild land, but also delivers a timely message that highlights the urgent need for these lands to be preserved for the future of the planet – a future on which humankind’s very survival is dependent.

One lucky reader can win a copy of Peter and Beverly Pickford’s awe-inspiring Wild Land, valued at R985! To enter, simply tell us which antelope graces the cover of this remarkable book. Mail you answer to our editor, Mila de Villiers: mila@book.co.za.

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Four years. Seven continents. An unprecedented quest to document and preserve our last remaining wild lands: Peter and Beverly Pickford’s Wild Land is a wildlife book like no other

Four years. Seven continents. An unprecedented quest to document and preserve our last remaining wild lands.

In more than 200 striking images, acclaimed South African photographers Peter and Beverly Pickford have created an epic, unparalleled portrait of some of our planet’s most untouched places: from the heat-beaten country of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast to Alaska and the Yukon’s abundance of water, in ocean, river and lake; from the subantarctic islands’ wind-tossed shores in the south to the Arctic’s immense expanses of cracked pancake ice in the north; and the dazzling juxtaposition of desert and water in Australia’s Kimberley to the remote, frozen peaks of Tibet and Patagonia.

Within these extreme landscapes, Beverly and Peter’s images illuminate and celebrate myriad forms of life: polar bears, rhinoceroses and bharal, as well as the humble lichen, are all evocatively pictured within the landscapes upon which they depend.

This is a wildlife book like no other, its images aching with what words struggle to describe: the resonance of wilderness in our inner being, the power of land to transform our emotion, and our ability to transcend the immediate to become sublime.

Wild Land’s stunning images are accompanied by a fascinating text in which Peter not only vividly describes the photographers’ adventures in pursuit of wild land, but also delivers a timely message that highlights the urgent need for these lands to be preserved for the future of the planet – a future on which humankind’s very survival is dependent.

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Vaya will be available on Netflix in November!

Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotoso’s Vaya is set to make its Netflix debut on November first!

Released to universal acclaim, the film – based on true events – chronicles the experience of four young, rural men’s journey to the so-called City of Gold.

A tie-in book, Vaya: Untold Stories of Johannesburg (published by Bookstorm in 2017), offers a rare lens into life in Johannesburg and amplifies the voices of people who live on the city’s margins.

Let the countdown begin…

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Now available in South Africa! The follow-up to What the Fat?, What the Fast! is the ultimate guide to intermittent fasting

“Our mission in writing this book is to help you. We want to change the world. Join us in helping the world live longer and healthier.”

Want to drop a few kilos, stay sharp and get your health on track? By simply not eating breakfast and lunch on Mondays and Tuesdays and supercharging your dinner meals, you will become a super-faster.

Super-fasting allows for super wellbeing, from effortless weight loss to enhanced immune and brain function. Become a super-faster and unlock the biology of super ageing to live a long, healthy life. The low-carb, healthy-fat Monday–Tuesday fasting plan, from the bestselling authors of What the Fat?

The follow-up to the bestseller What the Fat?, What the Fast! is the ultimate guide to how Monday and Tuesday will change your life. What the Fat? has become the bestselling low-carb, healthy-fat bible with over 30,000 copies sold to date in New Zealand and with editions in the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa, China and Taiwan.

About What the Fat?

Heard the one about the Fat Professor, the Whole-Food Dietitian and the Michelin-trained Chef who want to change the world? Nope, this is not a silly joke. Far from it. In fact, we hope this book provides some serious answers. We hope it is the beginning of a life-changing journey for many who have experienced inexplicable weight gain, the heartbreak of constant deprivation and yo-yo dieting, or worse, physical illness through poor nutrition.

For decades, the brightest minds in the nutrition and science field have had fat pegged as the bad guy. As a result, many of us have been enslaved by an outdated food pyramid which has pushed us to eat carb-laden and processed food. As the evidence mounts against sugar and processed carbohydrates, it’s time to flip the pyramid and break free of the fat phobia.

In this practical guide, we present inspiring success stories, compelling evidence, and simple ways to “eat upside-down”. Forget everything you were taught at school, flip the food pyramid on its head and start nourishing your body the way it was designed to be nourished.

What the Fast!

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What the Fast! by Grant Schofield, Caryn Zinn, Craig Rodger
EAN: 9781928257509
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What the Fat?

What the Fat? by Craig Rodger, Grant Schofield, Caryn Zinn
EAN: 978-1-928257-49-3
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A School Where I Belong reflects on transformation and belonging in South African schools

Over the past few years, it has become clear that the path of transformation in schools since 1994 has not led South Africa’s education system to where we had hoped it could be.

Through tweets, posts and recent protests in schools, it has become apparent that in former Model-C and private schools, children of colour and those who are ‘different’ don’t feel they belong.

Following the astonishing success of How to Fix South Africa’s Schools, the authors sat down with young people who attended former Model-C and private schools, as well as principals and teachers, to reflect on transformation and belonging in South African schools. These filmed reflections, included on DVD in this book, are honest and insightful.

Drawing on the authors’ experiences in supporting schools over the last twenty years, and the insight of those interviewed, A School Where I Belong outlines six areas where true transformation in South African classrooms and schools can begin.

THE AUTHORS
Dylan Wray is co-founder and director of Shikaya – a non-profit that supports teachers and school leaders to ensure young people leave school thinking critically, and being compassionate, engaged, democratic citizens. Wray has worked globally as a teacher, facilitator, materials developer and author, and is co-founder of FutureProof Schools.

Roy Hellenberg has served on senior management teams of two top traditional boys’ schools in South Africa. Hellenberg has special interest and expertise in education in post-conflict societies, and has worked with Shikaya and FHAO over the past 11 years in equipping teachers to develop inclusive classrooms that encourage critical thinking and democratic practice. Hellenberg is also a co-founder of FutureProof Schools.

Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch, and served for many years as Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State. Jansen has a formidable reputation for transformation and for a deep commitment to reconciliation in communities living with the heritage of apartheid. He holds an impressive collection of degrees and awards including the Education Africa Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Win a copy of Stuart Doran’s Kingdom, Power, Glory

The early years of Zimbabwe’s independence were blighted by conflict and bloodshed, culminating in the Gukurahundi massacres of 1983 and 1984. Historian Stuart Doran explores these events in unprecedented detail, drawing on thousands of previously unpublished documents, including classified records from Mugabe’s Central Intelligence Organisation, apartheid South Africa, the UK, USA, Australia and Canada.

This groundbreaking book charts the development of an intense rivalry between two nationalist parties – Mugabe’s Zanu and Nkomo’s Zapu – and reveals how Zanu’s victory in the 1980 elections was followed by a carefully orchestrated five-year plan, driven by Mugabe, which sought to smash all forms of political opposition and impose a one-party state. Doran shows not only what happened during Zimbabwe’s darkest chapter, but also why this cataclysm occurred. In an expansive narrative saturated with new findings, he documents a culture of political intolerance in which domination and subjugation became the only options, and traces the rise of key proponents of this supremacist ideology.

Kingdom, Power, Glory is the most comprehensive history of Zimbabwe’s formative years and is essential reading for anyone hoping to understand the Mugabe regime, then and now.

Click here for the entry details and stand a chance to win this singular book, shortlisted for the 2018 Alan Paton Award for non-fiction.

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Watch Elif Shafak’s 200 Women interview

“You can’t empower women without listening to their stories” – Gloria Steinem

 
200 Women200 women from a variety of backgrounds are asked the same five questions. Their answers are inspiring human stories of success and courage, love and pain, redemption and generosity. From well-known activists, artists, and innovators to everyday women whose lives are no less exceptional for that, each woman shares her unique replies to questions like “What really matters to you?” and “What would you change in the world if you could?”

Interviewees include US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor and human rights activist Alfre Woodard, and Nobel laureate Jodi Williams, along with those who are making a difference behind the scenes around the world, such as Marion Wright Edelman, head of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image – and global in its scope and resonance. This landmark book is published to coincide with an immersive travelling exhibition and an interactive website, building on this remarkable, ever-evolving project. With responses ranging from uplifting to heartbreaking, these women offer gifts of empowerment and strength inviting us to bring positive change at a time when so many are fighting for basic freedom and equality.

Local interviewees include Graça Machel, Caster Semenya, Zelda la Grange, Mpho Tutu van Furth, Hlubi Mboya, Sahm Venter, Joanne Fedler, Ingrid le Roux, Gillian Slovo and Zoleka Mandela, among others.

A minimum of 10% of the project’s revenue will be distributed to organisations devoted to protecting and advancing the rights of women. Each interviewee can nominate an organisation (or themselves if they are in financial need) to receive their portion of the charitable pool or they can select the principal charitable partner, the Graça Machel Trust.

Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France. She studied International Relations and Gender Studies. Shafak has written fifteen books, including bestsellers The Bastard of Istanbul and The Forty Rules of Love. Her works have been translated into many languages ​​and were on the shortlist of numerous literary awards. Shafak also works as a journalist.

Watch Elif discuss the significance of stories, the importance of equality and collective amnesia:

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Dig a compost pit, build a green urinal and six other tips on waterproofing your home and garden à la Helen Moffett’s 101 Water Wise Ways

Three provinces in South Africa have been declared national disaster zones because of drought.

The way we think about water needs to change, and fast. This is especially true for those of us who have running water and flush sanitation piped into our homes. For millions of South Africans, water is already a precious resource that costs toil to collect and fuel to heat.

Our middle-class expectations that water will gush steaming from our dozens of indoor taps 24/7 are going to look as bizarre to future generations as the spectacle of Cleopatra bathing in asses’ milk. Our Roman-orgy relationship with water is over. This book will hopefully help to alleviate water panic and distress.

A “can-do” compendium, it’s meant to be a guide, not prescriptive – not all solutions or tips are one-size-fits-all. Think of it as an ally in your fight to save water and part of your survival kit, along with the firstaid box; Valium for water-worriers.
 
Helen Moffett is a poet, editor, feminist activist and academic, her publications include university textbooks, an anthology of landscape writings, a cricket book (with the late Bob Woolmer and Tim Noakes), an animal charity anthology (Stray, with Diane Awerbuck) and the Girl Walks In erotica series (with Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick under the nom de plume Helena S. Paige). She has also published two poetry collections – Strange Fruit (Modjaji Books) and Prunings (uHlanga Press), which won the 2017 SALA prize. Recent projects include the Short Story Day Africa anthology, Migrations, and a memoir of Rape Crisis. She lives in Noordhoek, Cape Town.

WATERPROOFING YOUR HOME & GARDEN

If you have a garden, consider yourself lucky. This is going to be a great ally in your water-wise mission. Any kind of outdoor space will help, especially if it has a washing line and place to store containers.

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Dig a compost pit. It may sound off-track, but this will save you water. There are many composting systems, some involving earthworms, special containers (these are good for tiny gardens with little accessible soil), rotating drums and more. I simply dig a hole about a metre deep and a metre across, and dump everything biodegradable in it. Why? There are a thousand excellent reasons to keep garbage out of landfills and to feed organic matter back into the soil, but for now: it will save washing up. If you are shaken by the notion of licking your plate, or getting the family dog to do so (see Tip 64), then scraping your plate into the kitchen compost bucket after meals is the next best thing.

I compost fish bones and skin – tomato plants love these – and also chicken bones, but I can get away with this because it’s a rare occurrence. Generally, meat bones should be kept out of compost heaps unless you want visits from neighbouring dogs; bread might likewise attract rats. Consider thrifty ways to use leftovers – chicken carcasses for stock, and so on (see Tip 61) – or resort to the dustbin.

A compost pit is also a suitably earthy place to dispose of blood (from a mooncup, for instance, or biodegradable sanitary pads) or vomit. Sprinkle a good layer of soil or mulch over afterwards. Note that urine is good for compost heaps, but for reasons too complicated to go into here, this is not a safe place to dump your dump.

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Dig a small, deep fire pit in which to burn certain kinds of refuse: food-soiled paper and cardboard (napkins, pizza and cake boxes), “pee” paper, used wet wipes and so on. Don’t burn any form of plastic or polystyrene. Obviously, proceed with extreme caution when lighting any fires: you don’t want to burn down your house or the neighbourhood.

TIP 27
Construct a home-made grey/black water filter if you have a veggie garden or plants you want to keep alive: Google will give instructions, but I made a small brick enclosure in my garden and layered stones, broken bricks and chunks of wood into it, then topped it with gravel, sand and mulch. This can receive your black water (see Tip 15). Note that some plants will thrive on this, others will hate it; this kept my spinach and chard going right through the drought, but the tomatoes turned up their toes.

TIP 28
Build a green urinal in your garden if you have the space. This is a tip from the National Trust in Britain, which has millions of visitors to its properties, and came up with this plan to stop half of them from flushing. All that’s needed is a bale of straw and a modesty screen. Set the straw down in a sheltered part of the garden away from any water sources. Ask feed stores or nurseries if they have any straw spoiled by mould or weeds – they may give it to you for free – or make your own bale. I compacted dead grass into a rectangle about one foot high and three feet long. Set up a waist-high screen of sticks around the straw – you can construct your own (I used discarded bamboo) or buy from a garden centre. The straw or grass deodorises the urine, the urine helps decompose the straw, and after several months, you can use it as mulch in the garden, and start again with a fresh bale.

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You might already own equipment that could help in the quest to save and harvest water. Check your garage, attic or storage space for useful camping and gardening gear: camping showers, stoves and washers, garden sprayers, jerrycans, foot pumps, trailers, wheelbarrows or trolleys for moving containers of water around – all these are gold. You might have dustbins, tarpaulins, canvas tents, wheeled suitcases, cooler boxes, funnels and much more that could come in handy. And you can’t have too many buckets. There should be one in every shower and next to every toilet.

Bonus tip: visit camping stores to get ideas, and draw up a wish list (see p. 102) of equipment, along with a price list, so you can plan your water budget to fit your needs and pocket. Be aware that some “dream machines” are not as ideal as they sound: air-to-water machines, for instance, are expensive, noisy, gobble up electricity and need high levels of humidity to be effective.

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If you have a pool, turn it from a liability into an asset: it can become a valuable water-storing facility. Set up a system that enables as much rainwater as possible to flow into it, cover it, and use this as back-up for flushing.

Bonus tip for the future: consult an expert about turning your pool into an eco-pond that requires no chemicals to maintain. This could become a beautiful garden feature with aquatic plants and friendly frogs to catch flies and mosquitoes. Keep an area clear so the family can dip in and cool off or do a spot of water aerobics. If you want to swim lengths, plan on doing so at the gym or public pool.

WARNING! All the usual warnings about pool safety apply even more in drought conditions: thirsty animals and curious children will be more than usually attracted to water. Be 100% vigilant and make sure that your safety features are in apple-pie order.

TIP 31
Get inventive. Tie a funnel to the “elbow” of your satellite dish and run a pipe down from it into a container. Harvest the water from your office air-conditioner. Set up your planters to act as mini water tanks. Save catering-size containers and paint-tins.

TIP 32
Stock up on the following toiletries: antiperspirant (Mitchum is the one exception to my no-brandrecommendation – worth every penny), dry shampoo, leave-in hair conditioner, disinfectant, hand sanitiser, hand lotion, talc (not just for Grandma: good for no-shower days), wet wipes.

Bonus tip: on the topic of wet wipes, remember that you shouldn’t flush these – NOT EVEN WHEN IT SAYS YOU CAN ON THE PACKET. Try to get biodegradable ones and put these in the compost, or make your own (there’s a great recipe under Resources). Note that “biodegradable” and “compostable” do NOT mean flushable.

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