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» Tips for positive meal times
March 07, 2016

Monique le Roux Forslund, author of Healthy Food for a Healthy Baby, gives seven tips for positive meal times. Include baby in family meal times, let baby sit with at the table and also taste foods and find out about the world ‘out there’. Make sure there is something to occupy your...
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» In the kitchen with Sarah Graham
January 26, 2016

1. My first food memory is… There are a lot, but one is my mother collecting waterblommetjies from a pond in her gumboots near Hermanus where we were living at the time. Another is my Gran's shortbread, I've still never tasted anything like it.  2. My top tips for home coo...
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» Die storie van Die Naaimasjiene, deel 1
Theunis Engelbrecht
February 16, 2015

Nadat Papegaaislaai in Oktober verlede jaar by Umuzi verskyn het, het mense wat agterop die boek gesien het ek was in Die Naaimasjiene my allerhande lastige vrae begin vra daaroor. Toe dink ek ek kan dit maar net sowel op hierdie blog beantwoord, dan is dit afgehandel. Dit het alles begin toe ek op ...
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» The devil's chasing us
Kobus Galloway
July 09, 2014

This competition is now closed. Watch this blog for another one soon!   Ons is al halfpad deur 2014 en die Junie/Julie skoolvakansie is ook amper weer verby! Terwyl ons probeer om soveel as moontlik in die laaste helfte van die jaar in te pas (asof die ‘duiwel’ ons jaag!), brin...
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» The Thunder That Roars - Imran Garda
June 24, 2014

The Thunder That Roars - Imran Garda (Umuzi - Random House Struik, 2014) Let the world become a brotherhood before it becomes a neighborhood," is a 20th century expression that implores us to improve the quality of our relationships before technology increases their number and complexity. The bad ne...
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» The Quick by Lauren Owen
May 28, 2014

Reviewed by Desere The year is 1892, James Norbury is a shy would be poet, coming down from Oxford he seeks somewhere to call home and ends up living with a young aristocrat.  This seems like any other newly acquired friendship as they build a relationship bonding ...
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» Sister Moon
May 28, 2014

Reviewed by Desere  Catherine has it all, she's a successful film maker, has the prefect family, a loving supportive husband and a very bright ten year old daughter. The only snag in her happiness is that her beloved father is busy deteriorating, he slips further away every day and sa...
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» The Murder Bag by Toni Parsons - REVIEW
May 23, 2014

Reviewed by Desere - Psycho Thriller Review Blog The read tells of seven school friends, just like everyone they bonded with each other because they had no choice due to the school not being your everyday run of the mill school. This school takes "worthless" kids and turns them into men of...
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» Winter Warmer - Kobus Galloway Cartoon
Kobus Galloway
April 24, 2014

This competition is now closed. Watch this blog for another one soon!  Winter is upon us and what better way to keep warm than to throw ourself into work. This month's cartoon depicts a recently published book from Zebra Press imprint. Clue: Business book to bring in more income Browse the...
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» Splinternuwe Kompetisie
Kobus Galloway
March 04, 2014

Die kompetisie is nou gesluit. Die wenners sal binnekort bekend gemaak word. Somer is verby en ons kan almal doen met ‘n paar voorstelle om winter te oorleef. So kom ons begin met ‘n nuwe Kobus Galloway tekenprent en ‘n splinternuwe kompetisie! Hierdie maand se tekenprent beeld &ls...
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» The Murder Bag Blog by Tony Parsons
March 03, 2014

CRIME BLOG ANSWERS by TONY PARSONS   1.     My favourite scary word is… My favourite scary word is eviscerate – to remove the entrails of something living. You just know that’s going to hurt in the morning.  2.     If you could hav...
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» Sarah Graham's Easiest-ever Red Velvet Cake
February 07, 2014

We’re super excited that food blogger (and newly famous TV chef) Sarah Graham has graced us with a new cookbook, aptly titled smitten. in the month of love! We drooled over bitten. when it first came out, trying as many recipes as possible and bringing in all sorts of yummy goodies t...
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» Nick Norman's road trip | Third week's highlights
November 27, 2013

Nick Norman is in his third week of traveling the routes covered in his book, Geology off the Beaten Track, and you can follow him on his road trip. Visit www.randomstruik.co.za/geology to see the route map and click on your area to RSVP to one of the events. We mentioned last week th...
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» Nick Norman's road trip | Second week's highlights
November 15, 2013

Nick Norman, author of Geology off the Beaten Track, is currently traveling the routes covered in his book and you can follow him on his road trip. Visit www.randomstruik.co.za/geology to see the route map and click on your area to RSVP to one of the events. We mentioned in our last post that Nick i...
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» Follow Nick Norman on his Geology off the Beaten Track roadtrip
November 14, 2013

Struik Nature have recently published Nick Norman's new book, Geology off the Beaten Track. It follows on the success of Nick's earlier Geological Journeys (co-authored with Gavin Whitfield), which has sold more than 20 000 copies in the last 6 years. This new book helps rea...
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» Die Eerste Kobus Galloway Strokiesprente
Kobus Galloway
July 17, 2013

Hier gaan ons… Ons het gister vir julle vertel dat die talentvolle Kobus Galloway – komediant, illustreerder, grafiese ontwerper – eksklusief vir ons Random Reads blog tekenprente gaan verskaf. So hier is die eerste een! Dit beeld ‘n boek uit, wat deur Umuzi gepubliseer is&h...
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» Welkom by Random Reads, Kobus!
July 16, 2013

Ons is baie opgewonde om vir Kobus Galloway van Idees Vol Vrees faam op ons Random Reads blog te verwelkom! Kobus is ‘n illustreerder en ontwerper vir Media24 se weeklikse publikasies, en in sy vrye tyd is hy ‘n komediant en doen hy vryskut ontwerp. Hy is die eienaar van Komedia Media CC...
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» Become Your Own Financial Advisor
Warren Ingram
July 03, 2013

Over the last couple of months Warren Ingram - award-winning financial planner and regular guest on Talk Radio 702 and Cape Talk - has been guest blogging for us, dispensing practical advice on all things financial and sharing the REAL secrets to becoming financially independent. In his first p...
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» Welcome to the Blog, Warren
April 29, 2013

There's no better way to start a Monday morning than with good news! Yes, Wednesday is a public holiday and we're really excited about the mid-week break but the good news we are chuffed about is that award-winning financial planner and regular guest on Talk Radio 702 Radio and Cape T...
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» Video: Ghostman by Roger Hobbs (releasing March 2013)
February 18, 2013

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs. Oceans Eleven meets Catch Me if You Can meets Lee Child in this pulse-pounding extraordinary debut thriller. There are maybe thirty people who know Jack Delton exists. Not all of them believe he is still alive. And only one of them knows his real name. "F...
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» Coining new words a sorry tale
Darrel Bristow-Bovey
February 08, 2013

Coining new words – a sorry tale For some time now, I’ve been trying to invent a new word. Well, that’s not quite true – I’ve invented plenty of new words, mostly late at night while enjoying a glass of liquid late-supper in the slightly furtive company of RuPaul’...
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» Ivo Vegter talks to Times Live
October 05, 2012

"Extreme Environment's concerns are broader than dealing with the claims of the "anti-fracking movement" - most are exaggerations or patently untrue, he claimed - and examine a trend among environmentalists of using fear "to promote a perversely conservative and oppressive form of government". ...
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» Brothers in Arms by Chris Schoeman
October 03, 2012

Brothers in Arms tells the story of Dutch expatriates who joined the Boers and fought alongside them in the war. Schoeman starts out by providing a general historical background to the links between the Dutch and the Boers before the war. Click here to read the full extract posted by BooksLIVE ...
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» Mike Lundy's Best Walks in the Cape Peninsula
October 01, 2012

A bestseller for 21 years, Mike Lundy’s Best Walks in the Cape Peninsula remains one of the most popular books on hiking in Cape Town. Click here to read an extract on BooksLIVE, taken from the 7th Edition. About Mike Lundy’s Best Walks in the Cape Peninsula: Each of the 3...
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» Andre Brink and Antjie Krog discuss Philida
September 28, 2012

"Ann Donald welcomed a throng of fans to Kalk Bay Books last week for the launch of Philida, saying what a delight it was to celebrate a new novel by the renowned author, André Brink. “Philida is a woman who is unforgettable, who will never be forgotten thanks to this book. What a beaut...
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» Josh Thirion (author of Cook with Josh) talks to KFM
September 28, 2012

"Nine-year-old Josh Thirion, author of Cook with Josh, was interviewed by Ryan O’Connor on KFM earlier this month. Thirion, South Africa’s youngest published author, said that Masterchef Australia inspired him to write a cookbook and that the first thing he ever made ...
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» Ben Freeth (author of Mugabe and the White African) go-kart's through Zimbabwe to raise funds for farm workers
September 14, 2012

Last month, Ben Freeth (author of Mugabe and the White African) and his sons Joshua and Stephen Freeth, undertook an adventure with the aim of raising funds to provide training, medical assistance and educational support to farm workers effected by the political violence in Zimbabwe. The e...
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