Memoirs & Bios

Memoirs are stories told by one of the characters involved. They are meant to be ‘true’ in that they relate to an actual person’s experience. Biographies are similar, except that they are written by a third party, the biographer. South Africa is big on memoirs at the moment, perhaps largely because for so long people have felt ‘bottled up’ but are now much more able to see value in their experiences and to express them. This is an exciting time in local literature.

Memoirs & Bios

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Absorbing too much of the...

What do you do when your son tries to strangle your husband? Only the author of this remarkable book has a ready answer for that. She takes the reader along for a frequently shocking life - affirming ride. It describes a wife and mother's journey into her son's mental illness. Her story allows us to see that recovery is not a neat, linear path, but instead a convoluted and complicated daily journey. 'In sharing her adversities and how she coped,' comments Kendal Brown, 'maybe we can draw some lessons from this brave lady to be better prepared for the lemons life all to often hands us.'

Price R217.39

Africa in my Heart - A...

I am greeted by the petrifying sight of thirty or sixty or seventy buffalo looming large at a distance, each of them staring at me. Just staring would be okay; I could handle that. But these are also coming at me.

I just stand there turned to stone, waiting for something to happen – something other, that is, than having a herd of cape buffalo running toward me. If it weren't for Peter, they surely would have trampled me to death. Fortunately, he recollects himself just in time to yell at me to get my ass behind the tree.

The tree. Hmm . . . What tree?

Price R521.74

ALMOST A PREACHER -...

This beautifully written memoir tells the almost unbelievable story of a South African boy who got as far as Grade 8 in his township primary school, and then hit a glass ceiling. Only through the intervention of a caring Catholic Father was he able to continue with his education. This same township boy recently retired from the University of South Africa as a professor emeritus in Systematic Theology and Theological Ethics. Between these two important events lies a life of extraordinary academic achievement in the United States and deep thinking about his native country. He has written four books, the most influential being The theory and Practice of Black Resistance to Apartheid: A Social-Ethical Analysis. which was later republished in America as Challenge to Apartheid.

Price R278.26

An Unbreakable Woman - Your...

'NOW THAT I KNOW THAT I WAS NEVER A MISTAKE; I WAS MEANT TO BE BORN! I KNOW THAT I HAD TO GO THROUGH WHAT I WENT THROUGH. IT WAS TO BECOME WHO I AM TODAY.'

A life filled with 1 challenge after another often seems like good enough reason to quit. But that wasn't the case for Natasha - a woman who literally turned around at death's door & defied all the odds to become a pillar of strength & beacon of hope to many. An Unbreakable Woman is an inspirational memoir filled with emotion, vulnerability, grit & determination. It is a journey of hope & reflection which will leave you believing that better days are ahead, even when you have reached the end of the road. As you experience Natasha's journey you will be inspired to keep faith as you trust God to bring his plan for your fulfilment. 

Price R156.52

BRAIN PLASTICITY

What if I had told you that the mechanism of your brain is like plasticine and could be moulded to your own unique set of beliefs and hence abilities? Could you afford not to even try to step into a new reality? Would you dare?

Price R191.30

DIARY OF A CANCER SURVIVOR...

B.O.S.S. = Brave, Optimistic, Sickness Survivor.

My book tells my unique story where I relate the trials and triumphs from parts of my journey of fighting prostate cancer, its related complications of acute renal failure and the complications of the late side-effects of cancer treatments. In my book I acknowledge and highlight the value of maintaining good relationships.

Price R121.74

Dissecting Wobbles This is...

Dissecting Wobbles is Andrew talking to himself, and to you, at the same time. It’s him remembering other times when he ran and jumped and landed on his face. It’s about how his Mom searched for answers, and eventually found the big bad diagnosis.

`A lesson in life. Better than the very best motivational speaker’s efforts I have come across`

- Fanie De Villiers.

Price R208.70

Finding the Stranger - In...

In everyone of us is a stranger yearning to be found.

A child grows up in a small town on the Black Sea, which soon becomes her imaginary prison. Afraid of being suffocated by a society in which sexism and masochism are the norms, she dreams of flying to her freedom.

She dreads the life of an obedient Muslim woman, and particularly of losing her identity before she can find her freedom.

Price R113.04

Historical Background of...

“Our people have been oppressed enough. It’s time somebody comes forward and speaks about police brutality. There are hundreds of policemen like me who see their credibility in the communities they serve undermined by the actions of riot police. But they are scared to talk because regulations bind them. I’m not willing for the regulation to bind me any further. I’m defying them,” - Lieutenant Gregory Rockman, speaking to Gaye Davis of the Weekly Mail, September 1989.

 

The story of POPCRU (the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union) is embedded in the story of South Africa’s bloody journey to democracy.
Price R173.04

I never saw her eyes

I Never Saw Her Eyes is for anyone who has had to say an earthly goodbye to a loved one and the people supporting anyone going through loss. Anyone who has suffered loss can gain from the insights about grief and healing. It also gives a fresh perspective on how discovering one’s true identity and purposeful living can enhance one’s quality of life. This book includes a chapter Keletso wrote from her husband’s perspective on their daughter’s loss, highlighting the importance of allowing men to grieve and giving them a voice regarding child loss and fertility challenges.

Keletso “Sister K” Yende is an Author, Mentor, Speaker and Pastor who helps people discover their true identity and purpose in order to live their best lives. 

Price R182.61

In Search of Something by...

The extraordinary true story of a woman travelling the globe in search of something…

In Search of Something is an amazing collection of travel stories about a woman travelling around the world. This is a (true) story of God's faithfulness and protection and guidance over many years.

This book is for everyone who seeks inspiration for divine guidance. The author was encouraged and guided by the Holy Spirit to tell her story. She wrote her story, so that her reader may find the same divine guidance and inspiration to be at peace with themselves.

Price R113.04

It shouldn’t happen to a...

‘Okay....the decision has been made’ I advise Kim, my wife of 25 years. ‘I am now going to buy a farm, leave my law firm and pursue the country life. ‘This decision’, I continue, ‘is now final and irrevocable. I have considered the issue, weighed up the pros and cons and am now confident that this warrants no more consideration.’

‘Good’ says Kim unconvincingly, not even bothering to look up from the book she is reading.

And so it began.

Price R147.83