Although there’s not much we love more than a beach read, the holiday’s also a great time to catch up on all the non-fiction titles we’ve been wanting to read but haven’t seemed to find the time. No excuses now!
Here are our top nine new non-fiction books:
Kicking off with something light, Farts Aren’t Invisible. Great fun from Mick O’Hare, who gives mind-blowing facts from science, history, sport and the universe. Bedford Square
Blood Has A Voice is a collection of stories from the autopsy table from SA forensic pathologist Hestelle van Staden, who has conducted more than 7000 autopsies and gives voice to murder victims who can no longer speak for themselves. Nine of her most compelling cases are told … from the case of musician Lucky Dube, who was shot and killed, to baby Letitia Meyer, who’s mother alleged she fell from her pram. Not for sensitive readers. Tafelberg
Catherine Hodgson’s The Mentoring Roadmap boasts being the ultimate guide for mentors and mentees … full of practical tips, shared stories, skills required as well as exercises, worksheets and sample agendas. Staging Post
Bush Brothers by Steve De Witt is a first-hand account of life and death across the border … an intimate look at the daily life of ordinary soldiers in the Angolan Border War, and the bonds they formed under fire. Tafelberg
He was fired by his mother. Sold Nelson Mandela’s house. Was harassed by the mafia. Played golf alongside Rafael Nadal. And navigates the fallout of a murder at his company’s annual convention. Lew Geffen has certainly led an extraordinary life, and Soul Mandate is the story of this property maverick. Melinda Ferguson Books
From diplomacy to Ouzo. In My Big Fat Greek Taverna, Coast Ayiotis, former lawyer and United Nations diplomat, tells how he threw caution to the wind, quitting the Joburg rat race, buying a run-down pub in Hout Bay and turning it into a Lemonia Greek Taverna. An hilarious manic rollercoaster ride … dedicated to all those yearning to escape from it all. Melinda Ferguson Books
In Lessons from Past Heroes, Phumlani M Majozi traces black people’s success and political activity back to the early 1900s, people who excelled in the face of an oppressive government system, people who’s stories should inspire South Africans today. Tracey McDonald Publishers
Self-mastery is the reset button that puts you back in control of your life and helps you make healthy choices in you personal and business life. In Servings Of Self-Mastery, Alistair Mokoena gives bite-sized pep talks to unlock greatness. Tracey McDonald Publishers
Wins. Losses. Lessons and laughs. Ben Shaw and Lorne Hallendorff take readers on a journey through the chaos of building a tech start-up. With stories of fun and failure told honestly in equal measure, The First Kudu – Building a Tech Start-Up in Africa is a book of stories and lessons from HouseME. Tracey McDonald Publishers
All available from Exclusive Books.