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PANGOLINS

SCALES OF INJUSTICE

Richard Peirce | Penguin Random House

An urgent call to re-examine our collective responsibility towards the natural world, this compelling and informative book follows the harrowing journey of Zambezi - a trafficked pangolin. While his tale will certainly move you, he is merely a symbol of a much larger problem. These peaceful and shy mammals are on the verge of extinction. Having been captured, caged, and crushed into powder for Asian remedies, their numbers have been largely depleted in Asia and now, Africa. In a dramatic conclusion to a sobering account, Peirce traces the possible origin of the Covid-19 virus back to an Asian pangolin caged in a wildlife market in central China, and what this would mean for the future of the most trafficked mammal in the world. 

WALKING SAFARIS OF SOUTH AFRICA

GUIDED WALKS AND TRAILS IN NATIONAL PARKS AND GAME RESERVES 

Hlengiwe Magagula & Denis Costello | Penguin Random House

Immerse yourself in the world of the wild with this useful guide to experiencing the best of South Africa’s natural spaces on foot. For centuries our ancestors wandered between the beasts of the untamed African bushveld, and this call to connect intimately with nature still beckons us today. Using passionate first-hand accounts of adventure coupled with practical counsel on the dos and don’ts of a walking safari, this guide highlights 59 walking experiences led by expert rangers across 18 parks and reserves in South Africa (as well as two in eSwatini and one in Botswana). It’s not a matter of whether you should experience a walking safari… It’s a matter of which one you’d like to do first! In this informative read, you will be provided with all the information you need to decide where to start. 

LEARNING LESSONS

Jonathan Jansen | Bookstorm

Each of our journeys towards self-discovery and achievement is unique, but we can certainly learn from the successes and mistakes of those who blaze the trail ahead of us. Glean wisdom from one of South Africa’s leading figures in academia, and track his history of unique challenges and triumphs. While Jansen wields an impressive arsenal of degrees and awards, he exercises them for the upliftment of those communities living with the heritage of apartheid. Inspired by gratitude for all who guided and invested in him, he shares 10 simple lessons to encourage readers to realise and pursue their own paths. 

TO THE EDGES OF THE EARTH

A JOURNEY INTO WILD LAND

Peter Pickford | Bookstorm

From the Subantarctic Islands to the High Andes and the Chilean Archipelago, this insatiable explorer’s account of his travels across seven continents over four years will ignite a hunger for adventure and a renewed gratitude for nature. A dream to photograph the last remaining wild land on earth spurred Peter and Beverly Pickford’s travels, but it was the desire to create awareness about the dwindling ecosystems they visited that fuelled the couple’s overland travel. Allow them to take you on a journey through the earth's untamed landscapes to meet extraordinary people, unusual wildlife, and unique places, and live according to those famous words of Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” 

A RECIPE FOR MIRACLES 

Jeanne Danielle Brooks 

You just have to read the first page of this one to know that you’re in for a humorous rollercoaster of quirky twists and turns. In a young woman’s colloquial and candid account of her journey to ‘finding herself’, Brooks invites readers to traverse the universal human experience with her. With perseverance and determination she negotiates the uncertain plains of her personal life, and the peaks and valleys of entrepreneurship in the food industry in Durban. Join her on a powerful journey of self-discovery, and you’ll be left believing in the power of miracles...and the difference a fresh donut can make!

HOW I ACCIDENTALLY BECAME A GLOBAL STOCK PHOTO 

AND OTHER STRANGE AND WONDERFUL STORIES

Shubnum Khan | Pan Macmillan

In a strange and wonderful collection of stories, this local author and artist sweeps you across the full spectrum of emotions with memories of adventure that inspire and delight. Drawing from her uniquely South African perspective, Khan takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery as she shares her own brave moves to shake the weight of expectations and the crippling self-doubt society has a way of instilling in us all. With refreshing wit and honest introspection, Khan reaches to the heart of the human experience and challenges readers to take a risk and believe in themselves enough to step outside of their comfort zones and into the wide world of adventure...

AVIAN ARCHITECTS 

QUICK ID GUIDE TO NESTS AND EGGS OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN BIRDS

Chris & Mathilde Stuart | Penguin Random House

In a wonderfully compact and practical package, Chris and Mathilde Stuart have assembled the ultimate bird enthusiast’s companion to the wonder of South African birds’ nests and eggs. Highly regarded authors of several books and field guides, the couple spends much of their time travelling and promoting the conservation of the environment and wildlife through the material they write. Delve into the fascinating and varied architecture of various birds' natural homes, and enjoy the striking colours and patterns of the eggs they produce. Complete with drawings, photographs, detailed text and measurements, this illustrated booklet should live in the front pocket of every avian admirer’s adventure gear.  

GROWTH IQ

MASTER THE 10 PATHS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS

Tiffani Bova | Pan Macmillan

Business veteran Tiffani Bova guides us through the tumultuous landscape of professional growth. Amidst stiff competition and a shifting world of business, she outlines the path to success with 10 relatable and accessible principles. Using more than 30 applicable stories, she shares her expertise and hard-learnt lessons to empower readers to grow their companies - small and large - towards sustainable and replicable development. While many organisations fixate on a flare of short-term success that leads to exhaustion and plummeting morale, Bova unpacks complicated opportunities and dangers to illuminate a clear and sustainable path forward. Drop the stagnant ideas of the past and reinvigorate your business with new paths to growth.

CHATTER

THE VOICE IN OUR HEAD AND HOW TO HARNESS IT

Ethan Kross | Penguin Random House 

Through masterful storytelling and groundbreaking science, award-winning psychologist Ethan Kross expertly expounds on the shifting shoreline of our inner worlds. Acting as either a powerful weapon in our psychological arsenal or an agent for self-destruction, the conversations we have in our minds manifest in our physical world - to our advantage or detriment. Here to share his wisdom and research, Kross guides and compels us to change the narrative in our heads so that we can ultimately win back control over our rampant thoughts, and in doing so gain power over our emotions. Through a fresh outlook, we can then optimise our work environment, re-energise our relationships, and cultivate a healthier lifestyle. Combining practical advice with simple truths, this riveting read has the power to change the trajectory of your life.

SURFACING

PEOPLE COPING WITH DEPRESSION AND MENTAL ILLNESS

Marion Scher | Bookstorm

In an inspiring collection of stories that will move you to tears and - surprisingly - laughter, Scher shares the journeys of 11 unique individuals navigating the uncertain tundra of mental illness. A thread of hope weaves its way through the narrative as these brave humans break the silence that enshrouds mental illness and share their journeys to living healthy, fulfilled lives. At the close of each story, the author shares a toolkit of helpful insights and tips on how to negotiate the particular mental illness highlighted in that chapter. By the end, you will feel inspired and equipped to reach out to the people around you who are struggling, and offer them the help and encouragement they need to speak up and fight on. 

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