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Three of the books in Exclusive Books 2020 Homebru promotion
Three of the books in Exclusive Books 2020 Homebru promotion

From Lauren Beukes and Prim Reddy to Unathi Nkayi and Bruce Whitfield, take a look at some of the titles in this year’s Exclusive Books Homebru collection and put yourself in line to win R500  book vouchers. 

FICTION

Afterland

By Lauren Beukes

Umuzi

A pandemic has swept the world, killing off most of the male population. In the aftermath Cole and her son, Miles, are on the run across America, trying to avoid police, ruthless traffickers and a freaky cult of neon nuns who all desperately want to claim the boy. But the biggest risk is posed by Cole’s conniving sister, who’ll stop at nothing to get to Miles. A humdinger of a plot that really resonates in these uncertain times.

Sex, Lies Declassified

By Eva Mazza

NB Publishers

In this sequel to Sex, Lies & Stellenbosch, Mazza continues her tale of the scandalous goings-on among the elite who live in the Western Cape winelands town. Many of her plots are inspired by real life but are written as fiction to protect the identities of the various parties involved – so trying to guess who it might be makes for even more entertaining reading.

Two Months

By Gail Schimmel

Pan Macmillan

Erica wakes up to discover she can’t remember the last two months of her life. But there’s more: she’s also lost her job and all her friends and her husband won’t tell her why. As she joins the dots to try to figure out what happened, she’s in for a nasty surprise. This domestic thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

NON FICTION

The Terrorist Album

By Jacob Dlamini

Harvard University Press

From the 1960s until the early ’90s, the SA security police collected more than 7 000 photographs of apartheid’s enemies. This rogue’s gallery was known as the “terrorist album” and was distributed to police stations nationwide. After apartheid’s collapse, all but three of the albums were destroyed. Award-winning historian and journalist Jacob Dlamini investigates the harrowing stories behind the images in this chilling exposé. 

The Upside of Down

By Bruce Whitfield

Pan Macmillan

In a world of fake news, divisive politicians and social media trolls, it's easy to believe our time is the most challenging in human history. It's just not true, says popular radio presenter Bruce Whitfield – rather, it’s a time of extraordinary opportunity. In this fascinating book, Bruce shares his wealth of financial knowledge and shows how to avoid becoming bogged down in negativity and adopt a can-do mindset.

Temptations

By Prim Reddy & Niranj Pather

Struik

TV and radio personality-turned restaurateur Prim Reddy teams up with fellow foodie Niranj Pather to take South Africans on a mouth-watering culinary journey with this glossy cookbook. They serve up plenty of inspiration in these pages, from Indian cuisine, Italian, Spanish to good old braaivleis. All the dishes are easy to prepare but really sing on the plate – I can’t wait to try the delicious Greek lamb dish which you roast in the oven in foil on a bed or potatoes. The book also includes one of the best chocolate cake recipes I’ve ever made.

MEMOIR

Theatre Road

By Thembi Mtshali-Jones, as told to Sindiwe Magona

Karavan Press

As a girl growing up in small KwaZulu-Natal village of Sabhoza in the 1950s, Thembi Mtshali-Jones would listen in total awe to the voices emerging from her father's gramophone. Never in a million years would she have ever dreamt that decades later it would be her own voice that would be enthralling audiences across the globe.

Not Just A Little Prick

By Peter Desmarais

Reach Publishers

A doctor shares his experiences from an eventful career in medicine – from choosing it as his vocation, his intense training at medical school, the long hours of his hospital residency and then his hilarious experiences in general practice. A witty account that allows patients to see things from the other side of the consulting desk.

I Keep Learning

By Unathi Nkayi

Sifiso Publishers

The much-loved performer and former Idols SA judge revisits the highs and lows of her life – and with refreshing honesty shows how her experiences shaped her and shares the lessons she learnt that helped her rise above the noise.

WIN: BOOK VOUCHERS

We have Exclusive Books vouchers worth R500 each to give away to three lucky readers.

To stand a chance to win, SMS the answer to the question, your name, email address and phone number to 33150* by 5pm on 20 August.

QUESTION: What’s the title of Lauren Beukes’ new novel?

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