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by Colleen Searle was
published in October 2007. To order a copy at R75 including postage, email
in the Sand
by Bernard Nieuwoudt was published in September 2006. Email
Bernard to order a copy.
Edgar Smit, published in October 2008.
Charmaine Muir, a collection of short stories, published in October 2008. More >>.
Spin - Escaping the Volcano
by Diana R. Bain
Parents and young readers alike will fall in love with the compelling narrative of life in the ancient Roman Empire at the time when the city of Pompeii was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. The moving and convincing novel, titled “Spin – Escaping the Volcano” by Diana R. Bain was published in 2012. The author succeeds in dramatizing life in provincial Roman society in AD 79, entrancing the reader with a story immersed in intrigue, social disparity, friendship, and courage. A glance at the chapter titles offers a clue of how the adventure unfolds; the story opens with “The Magpie's Treasure”, halfway through “The Dangerous Banquet” and in closing “Voyage to Freedom”, taking the reader on a captivating journey across the threshold of time. The author teases the reader by creating anticipation that appeals to our primitive fight-or-flight response as well as our rational need to solve problems. The purpose of the book, I believe, is to teach modern day children (and their elders) that history imparts personal identity and improves our capacity for determination and judgment. “Spin – Escaping the Volcano” shows us models of good and responsible citizenship, helps us identify with change and societal development and provides a context from which to understand ourselves and others. The book title meshes well with the mysterious way in which two modern day children cross the threshold of time and the relationships forged with people from a vastly different era. The reader is provoked to play a part in the unfolding plot, but is also enthralled as they recognize challenges and solutions that relate to the present. The reader is given a lesson in the value of human kindness bestowed on those who suffer adversity; by comparison, in times of crisis most people today focus purely on their own welfare and survival. Diana R. Bain's writing is eloquent yet understandable. She brings the story to an open-ended close with a thought-provoking issue that raises a succession of theories for the reader – something to look forward to in the sequel. This novel in essence explores the complexity of escaping tyranny and embracing liberty. The author succeeds in providing an in-depth and dramatic narrative in a style that is clear, precise and rich with meaning and connotations. Review by Theresa Lutge-Smith (February 2013)
To order copies of the book email the author or check your local book stores. More information about the author and book on Brymble Books.
social contract with business as the basis for a postmodern MBA in a world of
inclusive globalisation – a critical metasynthesis (2009) by
Dr Jopie Coetzee. More >>
of starting a micro or small business in 2012 but don't know how to go about
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Impossible is Nothing by Peggy Mahlaba (published in 2012) shows the reader that dreams and aspirations can become a reality, that it is possible to cultivate one's self-worth - even in the face of adversity - through passionate determination, unfailing courage and a powerful belief that impossible is nothing. This book will delight readers of all ages who aspire to enhance their personal vision. To order a copy contact the author. Email
A chance encounter with a hawk on Exmoor sends two children on an adventure across the threshold of time. Caught up in the intrigue of desperate slaves, the children find themselves pitched in conflict against a pompous Roman official who is both evil and deadly. He discovers the slaves' secret and there is a thrilling battle, under the shadow of the volcano, to escape not only from his clutches but also from one of the most devastating natural disasters of the ancient world.
A Pubescent Loaf of Bread
by Christopher James Gordon (published in 2013). The mostly energetic, sometimes tumultuous journey of a gawky adolescent boy's encounters on the road to maturity, is both humorous and emotionally endearing. Through Chris Gordon's eyes we learn that while family and friends mold our moral fiber, they also elicit our yearning to be accepted and acknowledged. Time spent as an alien in England and Israel depicts wonderfully funny moments, equally so living in suburban South Africa. Boys are expected to act foolishly yet they soon discover life is not between the moments of their birth and death, it's between now and their next breath. Chris experienced his formative years to the fullest, taking time to love, laugh, cry, learn, forgive – and even trip out mentally for a while – and above all, value the people he loves. Buy a copy from Kalahari.com