Home Leisure Reviews From game rangers to gardeners ... lovely local books

From game rangers to gardeners … lovely local books

Rearranging her life – leaving behind her son, her dog, her friends, her valuables packed away and a new wardrobe bought – Karin Cronje waves Cape Town goodbye and sets off for Korea, where she plans to teach English … and to work out what to do with the rest of her life. There Goes English Teacher is heartwarming, moving, and brilliantly written memoir … the perfect book to kick off the New Year. Modjaji Books, R280.

- Advertisement -

The Game Ranger, the Knife, the Lion and the Sheep – 20 tales about Curious Characters from Southern Africa is a collection of stores about the lesser-known characters from our country. People like Mevrou Maria Mouton, who prefers to socialise with the slaves on her Swartland farm, and with them conspires to murder him. And Coenraad De Byus, a man who marries many woman, all African, and fathers a small nation. A hugely entertaining read (but we’d buy it for the title alone!). Jacana, R260.

François Levaillant was the first, and greatest, South African birder. He was also an explorer, naturalist, zoological collector and anthropologist of the Cape … his contribution to ornithology in Africa is said to be immeasurable, with some of his specimens still existing in museums in Europe. For more than a quarter of a century, Ian Glenn searched for his notebooks and the fate of his collection, digging into the mysteries of Levaillant’s life and times. The First Safari – Searching for François Levaillant is an exceptional book for lovers of natural history, to researchers, to those interested in the bush or birding. Jacana, R260.

Rose gardens. Wildlife gardens. Romantic gardens. Bush. Naturalistic. Coastal. If you’re looking for ideas, inspiration and guidance, Melanie Walker’s Garden Style – Creating beautiful gardens in South Africa is an excellent buy. Gorg photos by Connall Oosterbroek along with sections on planning and planting, lists of key plants and loads of helpful tips, this book has 19 different gardens to choose from … fabulous! Sunbird, R340.

- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

Half a dozen stocking fillers…

We found these six books, perfect for presents this Christmas  Don’t Bother – A Misguided Mindlessness Journal by Millie O’Neill is great fun … it’s...

5 ways to spruce up your kitchen…

The kitchen is the heart of any home and, as such, speaks volumes about the people living there. Whether you’ve just moved into a...

Inspire your inner chef with the new Herbalife Nutrition Cookbook (plus two recipes to try!)

There’s something so alluring about a cookbook. From the nostalgia of flipping through the pages of tried and tested recipes – knowing you’ll get...

Don’t let Black Friday turn your bank balance red…

With so many great Black Friday deals already available, be safe and money smart with your shopping! ‘After the year we have had, it may...

Healthy treats for the kids…

With an abundance of fresh peaches, plums and nectarines in season over the summer season, this is the perfect opportunity to get the little...