When you don’t feel like curling up with a good cook


When you don’t feel like curling up with a good cook

Get yourself into a cosy spot with a takeaway, a toot, and one of August’s bestselling books

Jennifer Platt

The Lost Boys of Bird Island is a collaboration between Mark Minnie, a former cop who was haunted by his experience in the SA police, and journalist Chris Steyn. Just a week after the book was released, Minnie was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head at a farm in Port Elizabeth. The book reveals that high-ranking former National Party officials were allegedly part of a paedophile ring in the late 1980s. Tafelberg, R280
An Elephant in My Kitchen by Francoise Malby-AnthonyThe sequel to The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence. Françoise never expected to find herself living on a South African game reserve but when she fell in love with conservationist Lawrence Anthony her life took an unexpected turn. Lawrence died in 2012 and Françoise was left to run Thula Thula without him. This is the story of how Françoise survived and Thula Thula thrived. Pan Macmillan, R290Steinhoff: Inside SA's Biggest Ever Corporate Crash by James-Brent StyanFinancial journalist Styan investigates how the Steinhoff Group managed to wipe R160bn from its books. He looks at the scaly CEO, Markus Jooste, and how he was involved with the “Stellenbosch mafia”. LAPA Publishers, R280
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark MansonStill on the bestseller list, we reckon this is just one of the reasons that Will Smith is writing a memoir/inspiration type book with this self-help guru blogster. “I’m writing a book! I got years and years of stuff I want to say, and I’m finally going to write a book for y’all,” the star said in an Instagram video with Manson. Ta, Will. Harper, R280Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Cape-Town born director Liesl Tommy is directing the film adaption of the comedian’s coming-of-age story. She has been lauded in theatre circles as being the first woman of colour to be nominated for a Tony Award for Best Theatre Production. Tommy has recently been successful in television as well, directing episodes of Insecure and Queen Sugar. Pan Macmillan, R180
The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry DentonThis is the eighth book in the bestselling series by Griffiths and Denton, with over seven million copies sold already. It follows the wacky adventures of two boys who have an ever-expanding treehouse filled with all sorts of fun levels like a high-security potato chip storage facility, an open-air movie theatre  and a never-ending staircase –but now they are looking for inspiration for new ideas. Macmillan Children’s Books, R130
The Love Letter by Lucinda RileyThis was originally published as Seeing Double in 2000 under Riley’s maiden name, Lucinda Edmonds. It is one of the eight books she wrote before she married – all of them out of print. On her website Riley says: “I had to go into my cellar and bring up the copies I’d stored down there. They were covered in spiderwebs and mouse droppings and I was very nervous about sending them off. However, many of my publishers wanted to release them, so I set to work re-editing them.” Pan Books, R175The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
The two have a hit on their hands. The President is Missing has sold more than a million copies and it’s not even Christmas yet! Century, R290
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah HarariHarari’s new book 21 Lessons for the 21 Century is going to be on shelves soon. Sapiens, his first book, has sold millions, has 155,228 ratings and 13,474 reviews on Goodreads, and was the book to talk about in 2014 – and apparently still is one to get for the coffee table. Vintage, R215The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Based on the true story of Lale Sokolov who was made to tattoo his fellow prisoners in Auschwitz. Morris says in an interview with Publisher’s Weekly: “Lale’s motto in Auschwitz was: ‘If you wake up in the morning, it is a good day.’” Zaffre Publishing, R280

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