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Get nostalgic with Penguin Random House and Giving Back Childhood

Giving Back ChildhoodStruik Lifestyle is proud to present Giving Back Childhood: Childhood memories and recipes from 50 well-known and big-hearted South African heroes:

In Giving Back Childhood, celebrities from the world of sport, music, media, academia, business, politics, literature, food and entertainment, as well as unsung heroes at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, share some of their own personal memories of food and childhood, as well as the recipes that are the on-going connection to those memories.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, this book of memories and recipes offers you the opportunity to contribute to the outstanding and life-saving medical treatment that the Hospital provides on a daily basis to the children of Southern Africa and many other countries on the African continent. Without the generosity of donors and the general public, much of this work would simply not be possible. All children need to dream, they need hope for the future – and for that they need good health. By purchasing this book, you can help to give the young patients of this Hospital their childhood back.

Foreword by HRH Prince Henry of Wales

Contributors: Raymond Ackerman, Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, Prof. Andrew Argent, Prof. Dave Beatty, Lynn Bedford Hall, Evita Bezuidenhout, Sr Jane Booth, Zoë Brown, Schalk Burger, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Gareth Cliff, Prof. Alan Davidson, JP Duminy, Max du Preez, Chris Erasmus, Pieter Ferreira, Devi Govender, DJ Fresh, Prof. Adam Habib, Barry Hilton, Abdullah Ibrahim, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Danny K, Amy Kleinhans-Curd, Siya Kolisi, Dylan Lewis, Katlego Maboe, Braam Malherbe, Frans Malherbe, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Jenny Morris, Ryk Neethling, Michael Olivier, Sheryl Ozinsky, Kamini Pather, Gary Player, ProVerb, Reuben Riffel, Prof. Heinz Rode, Analjit Singh, Pippa Schou, Lionel Smit, Wilbur Smith, John van de Ruit, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Wouter van Warmelo, Derek Watts, Prof. Heather Zar, Helen Zille

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Win a Classic South African Cookbook hamper

The Classic South African CookbookDie Klassieke Suid-Afrikaanse Kookboek

The Classic South African Cookbook by Melinda Roodt is exactly that – classic home cooking for South Africans the way they eat now.

In line with the country’s diverse cultures, which often blend more harmoniously in the kitchen than in any other sphere of life, this book is a kaleidoscope of our modern lifestyle with influences from grandma’s kitchen, popular Mediterranean cuisine, as well as both Indian and African culture.

But no matter what your roots may be, this book sets a foundation for good, honest, carefree home cooking, incorporating all the well-loved and familiar favourites. The more than 170 recipes have been refined to guarantee mouth-watering results, no matter your skill level. Only fresh and locally available ingredients are used, while the various techniques are carefully explained – a real boon to those just setting out on their culinary journeys. Best of all, every recipe is accompanied by a full-colour photograph.

Also available in Afrikaans as Die Klassieke Suid-Afrikaanse Kookboek.

Enter competition:

Penguin Random House has got an awesome Classic South African Cookbook hamper up for grabs! The hamper will include a copy of The Classic South African Cookbook, a R500 Exclusive Books voucher, a R500 Woolworths voucher and a selection of South African treats.

Click here to complete the online form to enter our competition!

The cut-off date for entries is 28 October 2016. Only 1 (one) entry per person per prize draw will be allowed. Terms and conditions apply.

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Reclaim your youth the natural way: Anti-Ageing Tissue Salts by Margaret Roberts

Anti-Ageing Tissue SaltsStruik Nature is proud to present Anti-Ageing Tissue Salts by Margaret Roberts:

Reclaim your youth the natural way – 12 essential salts to help you balance deficiencies, heal ailments, retain vitality and defy the effects of ageing.

In this book, Margaret Roberts draws on decades of experience to advise readers on using the 12 key tissue salts to slow the ageing process, promote vitality and enhance health. Each tissue salt is presented in its own chapter, with tips on treating specific ailments; and advice on increasing the intake of the salts through the diet.

The book features:

  • Information on each tissue salt presented in its own chapter.
  • An ailment chart for quick reference.
  • Advice on increasing the intake of the salts through the diet.
  • Recipes for juices, teas, food, herbs, lotions and creams that naturally contain these age-defying salts.

Tissue salts are minerals that our bodies need to ensure optimal health. They can be found naturally in the Earth’s rocks and soil, in food that is grown organically in mineral-rich soil and can also be easily taken in tablet or liquid form (found at health stores and chemists). Considered to be the basic constituents of our bones, blood, organs and muscles, they are easily absorbed by the human body, with no side-effects.

About the author

Margaret Roberts is a household name, having made her mark in the world of health and gardening. She pursues her passion for all things natural that can uplift, heal and inspire, by creating gardens, teaching about the wonders of herbs and developing medicinal and nutritional plants at her Herbal Centre. She has published many books and articles on how to ensure good health naturally.

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Don’t miss the launch of The Bedside Ark by David Muirhead at The Book Cottage in Hermanus

Invitation to the launch of The Bedside Ark


The Bedside Ark: A riotous assembly of unrespectable southern African creaturesThe Book Cottage and Penguin Random House invite you to the launch of The Bedside Ark: A riotous assembly of unrespectable southern African creatures by David Muirhead, illustrated by Patricia de Villiers.

Meet the author as he shares some of his stories about the “riotous assembly of unrespectable creatures” – their history, folklore, habitat, diet, interesting facts you may not know and of course all their oddities.

Don’t miss it!

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Field Guide to Birds of the Kruger National Park – featuring over 500 species

Field Guide to Birds of the Kruger National ParkStruik Nature is proud to present Field Guide to Birds of the Kruger National Park by Warwick Tarboton and Peter Ryan:

The Kruger National Park, one of the largest and best-known conservation areas in the world, supports a remarkable diversity of birdlife. This attractive guide presents more than 500 species that have been recorded there. Of these, more than 400 of the most common or likely to be seen species are described and supported by full-colour photographs and unique distribution maps based on actual sightings of the birds.

An informative introduction describes the park’s underlying geology, vegetation types, climate and rainfall, and how these dictate bird distribution within the area.

About the authors

Warwick Tarboton is a well-known bird expert and writer of several well-received books. He is a past president of BirdLife South Africa and has been awarded the Gill Memorial Medal and the Stevenson-Hamilton award for services to ornithology and zoology.

Peter Ryan is Director of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town. He is a keen bird photographer and has travelled widely in pursuit of birds. He is also the author and co-author of several books on birds and on Subantarctic Islands.

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Wildlife of the Okavango by Duncan Butchart – an invaluable guide to this magnificent oasis

Wildlife of the OkavangoStruik Nature is proud to present Wildlife of the Okavango by Duncan Butchart:

A remarkable variety of animals and plants can be found in the wilderness region surrounding the Okavango Delta. This photographic guide covers more than 470 of the area’s most conspicuous and interesting mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, fishes, invertebrates, trees and aquatic plants.

An informative introduction describes the area’s geology, climate, habitats and the key roles played by some animals, such as termites and elephants. The species accounts feature concise text describing the species’ appearance, size, habits, habitat and status, with full-colour photographs to facilitate identification.

About the author

Duncan Butchart is a naturalist, illustrator and photographer. He is the author and editor of numerous articles and books on wildlife, including Wildlife of South Africa (Struik Nature), and has worked in 11 African countries as a specialist in ecotourism communication.

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South Africa – a tribute to the country, its people and cityscapes by Sean Fraser

South AfricaStruik Nature and Penguin Random House South Africa are proud to present South Africa, the new book by Sean Fraser:

When a burning sun dips low enough on the horizon to touch the brown-black earth, that is when South Africa is at its very best – a blazing expanse of broad landscapes of sea and veld, dusty savanna and equally dusty pavements.

It is a vast country, extending from pristine coastal plain to rugged mountain passes across wide stretches of semi desert and forest, hills and valleys. Even travelling South Africans are unprepared for the sheer scale and enormous diversity of this grand landscape.

Every day, everywhere, there are new sights to behold and new experiences to share. It is the sun, the sand, the textures, the colours and the sounds that conjure up the spirit of South Africa. This is the face of the nation – the essence of South Africa.

An excellent souvenir celebrating the diversity of South Africa, this volume is a fine tribute to the country, its people and its land – and cityscapes.

About the author

Sean Fraser is a graduate of Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University and the author of a number of coffee-table, reference, travel and guide books on the people and places of southern Africa. His titles to date include Seven Days in Cape Town and Picturesque South Africa, published by Random House Struik, as well as Scenic South Africa, Scenic Cape Town and the National Geographic African Adventure Atlas. He is also an established editor and publishing consultant.

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Find out more about 44 of Africa’s most spectacular geological sites

Africa's Top Geological SitesAfrica’s Top Geological Sites by Richard Viljoen, Morris Viljoen and Carl Anhaeusser:

Africa comprises some of the oldest and most extraordinary geology on planet Earth, which is discussed in this detailed and colourful book.

Some 44 of the continent’s most spectacular and interesting “geosites” are included, from Table Mountain in the south to the eroded necks and plugs of the Hoggar region in Algeria; and from the volcanic islands of the Atlantic Ocean to the continental fragments off the African east coast. Each site is authored by a geologist (or specialist in a related field) with in-depth knowledge about the particular feature or landform: how it formed and developed, its current geological status, ecological impact, and its archaeological and cultural interest.

Supported with many photographs, maps, satellite images and explanatory illustrations, the text is accessible to geologists and lay enthusiasts alike, unpacking the how’s and whys of Africa’s most intriguing landforms, sites and geological features.

About the authors

Richard Viljoen, Morris Viljoen and Carl Anhaeusser are all Honorary Professors of Geology at Wits University. They have overseen and edited submissions from more than 40 contributors to this volume, ensuring quality, accuracy and readability throughout.

About the International Geological Congress

Africa’s Top Geological Sites is being published as a legacy project to coincide with the 35th International Geological Congress (IGC), which will be taking place in Cape Town from 29 August to 2 September. Over 4 000 delegates from all over the world will be attending presentations in the many geoscientific themes, with over 600 delegates also taking part in numerous pre- and post-Congress excursions. All of the above will be highlighting and promoting South African and African geology to a world-wide audience.

The Great Mineral Fields of Africa, describing a selection of the world-class mineral deposits on the African continent, will also be published, as a special volume of the IUGS journal, Episodes.

In addition, a special edition of 10 South African stamps and two First-day covers, commemorating the top 10 geological superlatives of South Africa, will also be launched.

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Spring botanical art exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum to mark the 50th anniversary of her death

Botanical art exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum to mark the 50th anniversary of her death
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The UCT Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town will celebrate the arrival of spring with a botanical art exhibition, bringing together artwork from established artists of Cape flora with new artwork that has been commissioned for the exhibition.

The Western Cape floral kingdom, with its unrivalled diversity of plant species, has attracted explorers, artists and botanists for hundreds of years.

An exhibition titled “Flora Old and New” will be held at the Irma Stern Museum in September as part of the special public programme to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the internationally renowned South African artist, Irma Stern.

The exhibition will run from 3 September to 1 October, with opening hours of 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday to Friday, and 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday.

The director of the Irma Stern Museum will be giving a special walkabout on 20 September at 10 AM.

Please RSVP by 15 September.

Enter the lucky draw at the exhibition to win a hamper of Struik Nature books. The winner will be notified at the close of the exhibition.

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The Bedside Ark: A riotous assembly of unrespectable southern African creatures by David Muirhead

The Bedside ArkStruik Nature is proud to present The Bedside Ark: A riotous assembly of unrespectable southern African creatures by David Muirhead:

This riotous assembly of unrespectable creatures comprises 42 short accounts of southern Africa’s vibrant collection of wild animals.

From the one-of-its-kind aardvark to the wilfully ignorant ostrich; the Houdini-like honey badger to the precariously specialised klipspringer; and from the curvaceous, sports-model springbok to the recklessly insensitive hyena, this book airs the dirty laundry (and shares the trade secrets) of some of our wackiest, most eccentric fauna. Many of the stories are illustrated with delightful line drawings.

Basing his accounts on accurate, true-to-life detail, but always looking on the light side, author David Muirhead captures the weird and wonderful lives of his subjects, investigating their often exaggerated reputations, their habits, weaknesses, armouries and modi operandi.

At once informative and hugely entertaining, this riotous assembly will appeal to anyone with the slightest interest in wildlife and – for its excellent entertainment value – will make a particularly wonderful gift.

Long-time English writer and journalist Muirhead has already published several books, including a collection of satirical short stories that drew acclaim from the British press.

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