Matriculant? Graduate? Two Books You Need to Read Now!

The month of August saw the release of two titles every matriculant or graduate should read before making their way in the world.

Welcome to the Real World: A Young Person’s Guide to Figuring it All Out is the go-to-guide for anyone leaving Welcome to the Real World: A Young Person's Guide to Figuring It All Outhome for the first time. Whether you’re taking a gap year or living on your own for the first time, this book includes all the advice you need to help you stand on your own two feet. With helpful chapters on travelling, managing your money, looking after your health and the hard facts about drugs, just having a copy handy will make you feel more confident about handling unfamiliar situations with poise and confidence.

Written by Alex Ferguson-Williams and Lisa Kretschmer – two fun-loving girls who have travelled, worked and lived in some extraordinary circumstances. Now they’re sharing the wisdom they’ve gained in an entertaining, easy to read book that’s packed with practical advice.

Another must-have book is Shelagh Foster’s Your First Year of Work: A Survival Guide. Your First Year of Work: A Survival GuideSo many young matriculants and graduates enter the market place poorly prepared to face the challenges of the working world.

Shelagh’s book will guide you through the process from begining to end. From structuring a CV that will make you stand out and tips to get you through the interview, to advice on how to dress and behave appropriately and everything you need to know about decoding office culture.

Shelagh is a communications expert and will show you how to use written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills to shine in your career.

Any young person armed with these two guides is bound to make a successful of their lives (and make their parents proud!).



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Win a Full Set of X-Kit Reference Guides and Ace the Exams

Win a Full Set of X-Kit Reference Guides Valued at R750Preparation is key to acing any exam and X-kits have been helping students achieve top marks for over 10 years!

X-kit Study Guides are like having your own private tutor in a book! Written by subject experts in simple language makes it easy for students to find the information they need in an instant. Exam practice questions at the end of every module, and exam tips help students know what to expect and prepare accordingly.

The Study Guides cover a range of subjects from grades 8 to 12, while the Literature Series cover 16 prescribed titles. The X-kit Essential Reference Series is available for 5 subject areas including Chemistry, Mathematics, Afrikaans, English and Afrikaans for English Speakers. They cover the whole curriculum which means students can use them for their whole high school career.

This brings us to our fabulous competition! Just order any of the X-kit Study Guides, Literature Guides or Essential Reference titles and your name will be entered into a draw to win a complete set of all 5 Essential Reference Guides valued at R750! The competition closes on the 31st of August so don’t delay! The winner will be contacted via email and announced on social media.


Red Pepper Book Company Crazy Book Sale! Get an Extra 50% Off the Sale Price of Selected Titles

Get an Extra 50% Off Selected Titles


Summer is just around the corner here in Pepperland and we’re gearing up for warmer days, shorter sleeves and a whole heap of fabulous new books!

But first we need to clear some space on our shelves. That’s why we’re offering an extra 50% off selected titles.

That’s not half-off the retail price – but 50% off the Sale Price! We’ve got something for everyone on our sale: Children’s Books, English and Afrikaans fiction, Business and Motivational books, books on History, Economics, Politics, Medicine and Nursing, Art, Literature, Computing and loads more!

All you need to do is enter the promotional code: EXTRA50 on the final checkout page to redeem your discount.

Click here to see the full range of titles available!

Start shopping now before stock runs out!

Crazy Book Sale – Save up to 85% – Books from R25







Crazy Book Sale for Crazy People

Red Pepper Books is at it again! We need shelf space, so we’re clearing out our stock and everything must go! If your bookshelves are looking a little empty, why not take advantage of this opportunity to fill them up without breaking the bank?

With titles discounted up to 85% you can’t afford to miss our sale. We’ve got books on loads of subjects, from English and Afrikaans fiction, Sport and Travel, Cookbooks and Parenting, Business and Management, Health and Lifestyle and many more. You’re bound to find something that’s of interest to you.

Click Here to go to our Sale Page and start shopping now! We have limited quantities of each title available so don’t waste any time. We accept payment via Credit Card or EFT and we offer Free Delivery on orders Over R375.


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The Keys to Persuasion – Master the Art of Persuasion Today

Acquire the power to change someone’s mind…Keys to Persuasion

Why is it so important for us to acquire the skill of persuasion? The answer is simple: every day of our lives, we need to persuade someone of something, whether in the workplace or in our personal lives. Whether you are convincing a colleague to buy into a new initiative, pitching an important deal to a client or trying to convince your five-year-old to go to bed, you are persuading someone of something. And although we all persuade in one way or another, very few of us excel at it.

This book reveals the most effective keys – and the one golden key – that can turn you into a master persuader who can influence and change the minds of others. It explores the psychological bases and reasons why the keys work and contains many fun and effective examples of how to use them.

Based on well-documented research, The Keys to Persuasion is a fascinating and highly practical book that makes a difficult task and a complex subject concrete, accessible, lively and amusing.

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The Shining Girls – The Chilling, Thrilling New Novel from Lauren Beukes

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Chicago, 1931. A strange house gives serial-killer
Harper the power to travel through time; to hunt and kill his ‘shining girls’.

They’re bright young women full of spark – until he cuts it out of them, leaving
clues from different times behind to taunt fate. Kirby, the 90s girl, survives
his attack and turns the hunt around. Tracing Harper’s bloody trail of victims –
from a glowing dancer in the 30s to a tough welder in the 40s and a bombshell
architect in the 50s – Kirby is running out of time trying to solve an
impossible mystery. And Harper is heading towards her once again.

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About the Author

Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes is an author, scriptwriter and comics writer, named the literary queen of Cape Town by the Sunday Times. Her novel Zoo City (2010) won the 2010 Arthur C Clarke Award and the Kitschies Red Tentacle. She is also the author of Moxyland, a dystopian consumertopia thriller, and a work of non-fiction, Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past.
As a screenwriter, she is currently adapting Zoo City for the screen. She’s previously worked on the satirical political puppet show Z News and the travelogue of Archbishop Desmond Tutu: The South African Story. She’s written on kids’ shows for Disney UK and helped create South Africa’s first full length animated TV series, URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika.


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If you think sheep don’t know about Innovation, you haven’t met Stella!

Inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm and the international bestseller Our Iceberg is Melting, How Stella Saved the Farm is a simple parable about embracing change and managing innovation in difficult times.Stella Saves

Bankruptcy, or the grim prospect of being acquired by a hostile human competitor, threatens Windsor Farm. But when a young sheep called Stella comes up with a bold idea, will the other animals be able to respond to her ambitious call to action?

Grounded in over a decade of academic research, How Stella Saved the Farm will resonate for organizations of all types, from global corporations to small companies looking to embrace change. With eight simple lessons to guide new initiatives to success, it prepares readers to avoid some of innovation’s most toxic myths, how to build the right kind of team, and how to take their business to the next level in a fast-changing world.

Order your copy today for R216 – Save R24

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About the Authors

Vijay Govindarajan & Chris Trimble

Vijay Govindarajan & Chris Trimble

Vijay Govindarajan is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business and founding director of the Tuck School’s Centre for Global Leadership. He was the first professor in residence and chief innovation consultant at General Electric. He has worked with many Fortune 500 corporations and is a regular keynote speaker in CEO forums and major conferences around the world. Chris Trimble has been an advisor for dozens of top corporations on their innovation challenges and has travelled the world speaking about innovation. He is a faculty member at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Govindarajan and Trimble have co-authored two other business books together: the international bestseller Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators and The Other Side of Innovation.

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Red Pepper Books is profiled on Summit TV’s The Big Small Business Show

Red Pepper Books has been profiled by Summit TV on their “Big Small Business Show” – click here to check the show out…


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THE BIG SMALL BUSINESS SHOW – Broadcast: 18 December 2012Click here for previous episodes

In episode 48 of the Big Small Business Show today, the following will be featured:

  1. Phillipa Mitchell, owner of Red Pepper Books, unpacks the world of a specialist online bookshop
  2. Nikki Viljoen from Viljoen Consulting gives advice on how to overcome fear
  3. Pam Hill from Hillside Beverages gives an update on how her business has grown since she appeared on the show
  4. Tebogo Skwambane from Monitor Group gives feedback on research done amongst SME owners
  5. Catch the funny moments from our recordings throughout the year

That’s The Big Small Business Show this week.

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Sponsored by MTN and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, The Big Small Business Show aims to give viewers practical and down-to-earth small business advice whether they already have a successful business, one they’d like to grow or start from the ground up. Summit TV Senior Anchor, Candy Guvi hosts the show, and well-known small business guru Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp will interview studio guests extensively about how to improve and grow their current businesses.

Tips and advice from established entrepreneurs will be featured, as well as information on how to start “popular” businesses, such as guest houses, food franchises, or for those with a nose, maybe even a wine farm. Current trends, such as the latest gadgets that help business owners work more efficiently and consumer spending habits will be spotlighted. And for simple no-nonsense know-how, expert guests will offer advice on make or break aspects of running a small business such as how to hire and fire, marketing and increasing sales.

Watch this show on Mondays at 21:10, with repeats on Tuesdays at 09:10, Wednesdays at 16:30 and Fridays at 18:10.

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