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A group of women at a specific period in the history of Southern Africa find their family life under the pressures of capitalist modernity and apartheid. These ordinary, intimate stories are anchored to the more powerful public stories of the Penelope of ancient Greek mythology (who waited 18 years while her husband Odyseeus was away), and Winnie Mandela (who waited for 27 years). The life of Winnie Mandela remains one of the great unfolding dramas of our times; a tale of triumphs and tragedies that is only just beginning to be examined.
Set against the backdrop of a current South African black township, Hamba Sugar Daddy unfolds the tortuous journey of Rolivhuwa, an 18-year-old 'born-free' whose financial difficulties are exploited and influenced by her group of chomis into being a sugar baby. Rolivhowa's whole lifestyle changes after meeting Bigvy, the sugar daddy; she no longer eats the same food as other financially challenged students and is now able to afford expensive clothing and wave around the latest costly smartphone. Bigvy has introduced her to a new lifestyle but at what cost? While sugar daddies are not a new phenomenon, their latest incarnation can be seen as a symptom of the 'new' post-1994 South Africa with its rampant consumerism and glittering shopping malls, and for it to be seen as an acceptable subculture. The unstoppable rise of social media and easier internet access has led to the creation of websites that offer a 'hook up' and the engagement in easy transactional sex. Young women can now meet and hook up with various sugar daddies who will provide the lifestyle they desire at a click of a button. South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi recently announced a three-year campaign focusing on young women and the men who are infecting and impregnating them. In a climate of growing poverty there is more temptation for those looking for financial and material support, therefore the campaign will further attempt to increase economic opportunities for young women, thereby keeping them away from the temptations of sugar daddies.
And so began Alison's nightmare journey with the two callous killers who were to rape her, stab her so many times doctors could not count the wounds, slit her throat and leave her for dead in a filthy clearing miles from the city of Port Elizabeth which was her home. But Alison defied death. And more than that, she denied her attackers the satisfaction of destroying her life. I Have Life is the triumphant story of a woman who refused to become a victim. The courage which allowed her to move beyond severe physical and emotional trauma and to turn a devastating experience into something life-affirming and strong, is an inspiration to people everywhere.
South Africa, 1900. The search for his missing son takes Joseph Radcliffe from the streets of Dublin, smouldering with rebellion, to the trackless veld of South Africa and the bloody brutality of the Anglo-Boer War. As a former cavalryman in the US army, Radcliffe is no stranger to war, but 800 miles north of Cape Town, under fire from Boer commandos and distrusted by the British forces, he will find his survival skills tested to the hilt. The Last Horseman is an epic tale of heroism and treachery, love and loyalty, set against the backdrop of a conflict that shook an empire to its core. What people are saying about THE LAST HORSEMAN: 'Meticulous research, fascinating period details, grab-you-by-the-throat action and wonderfully vivid descriptions of South Africa' 'I had high hopes for The Last Horseman: I was, most definitely, not disappointed' 'This book makes you experience every step and emotion along the way' 'I wait impatiently for his next brilliant offering'
This book is an account of Paul O’Sullivan’s role in helping to not only nail South Africa’s most powerful policeman, but also the world’s top cop. It is based on thousands of pages of emails, statements, affidavits, letters, press reports, court records and transcripts as well as interviews with O’Sullivan himself. This version provides a perspective from his point of view as a key player in the saga. While O’Sullivan’s name consistently appears in almost every key breaking story around the Selebi matter, his role, for whatever reason, has been played down. The Jackie Selebi story, and the satellite narratives that orbited it, is a truly remarkable chronicle that requires commitment and stamina to grasp fully. There is so much detail, so much subterfuge, lying, dishonesty and cover-up by Selebi and his cronies that it is extremely challenging and almost impossible to pick out one comprehensive, linear thread. The drama played itself out in different layers and strata of South African society, sometimes simultaneously and often in an apparently unrelated fashion. The characters that populate the saga, apart from Jackie Selebi, include the then president of the country, his political rival, myriad crooked, corrupt businessmen, a gallery of rotten, very senior rogue cops, a phalanx of undercover intelligence operatives, two-bit hired guns, scrap metal dealers, drug and human traffickers, international criminal syndicates and a cast of thousands of common-or-garden-variety petty thugs and criminals. “Sounds like a movie,” say most of those who have asked about this project. Yes, but what is startling and disturbing is that this is no fairytale. Those of us who have become accustomed to the commodification of crime as “entertainment” in popular television series have this need to make sense of it by blurring fiction with chilling reality. Paul O’Sullivan is no suave James Bond in a tuxedo, equipped with special equipment, downing his martini surrounded by a bevy of women. When dealing with criminals he can be abrasive, brusque and uncompromising. But who wouldn’t be in a world that is populated with real thugs and dangerous killers, people who kill, maim and disrupt law and order and destabilise the country? These are sociopaths and psychopaths who do not care how much harm they cause as they go about their “business”. So, what drove or drives O’Sullivan? Revenge? A thirst for justice? It’s simple really. Paul O’Sullivan hates criminals and low-lifes like dogs hate flies. His long career in international law enforcement has equipped him with the intellectual and physical tools to deal with the most canny and violent of criminals. He enjoys hunting them down and, like the radioactive bite that imbues Spiderman with special powers, criminals provide O’Sullivan with an energy and a stamina that seems to grow in proportion to the challenges they present him.
New York Times Bestseller "One of the gutsiest memoirs I've ever read. And the writing--oh my god the writing." --Entertainment Weekly A child of the Rhodesian wars and daughter of two deeply complicated parents, Alexandra Fuller is no stranger to pain. But the disintegration of Fuller’s own marriage leaves her shattered. Looking to pick up the pieces of her life, she finally confronts the tough questions about her past, about the American man she married, and about the family she left behind in Africa. A breathtaking achievement, Leaving Before the Rains Come is a memoir of such grace and intelligence, filled with such wit and courage, that it could only have been written by Alexandra Fuller. Leaving Before the Rains Come begins with the dreadful first years of the American financial crisis when Fuller’s delicate balance—between American pragmatism and African fatalism, the linchpin of her unorthodox marriage—irrevocably fails. Recalling her unusual courtship in Zambia—elephant attacks on the first date, sick with malaria on the wedding day—Fuller struggles to understand her younger self as she overcomes her current misfortunes. Fuller soon realizes what is missing from her life is something that was always there: the brash and uncompromising ways of her father, the man who warned his daughter that "the problem with most people is that they want to be alive for as long as possible without having any idea whatsoever how to live." Fuller’s father—"Tim Fuller of No Fixed Abode" as he first introduced himself to his future wife—was a man who regretted nothing and wanted less, even after fighting harder and losing more than most men could bear. Leaving Before the Rains Come showcases Fuller at the peak of her abilities, threading panoramic vistas with her deepest revelations as a fully grown woman and mother. Fuller reveals how, after spending a lifetime fearfully waiting for someone to show up and save her, she discovered that, in the end, we all simply have to save ourselves. An unforgettable book, Leaving Before the Rains Come is a story of sorrow grounded in the tragic grandeur and rueful joy only to be found in Fuller’s Africa. From the Hardcover edition.

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