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Spoil Mum with a Virtual Book Voucher from Red Pepper Books this Mother’s Day!

Posted on 28 April 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

 

 

 

 
Mother’s Day 2010 falls on Sunday the 9th of May. Why not give the special woman in your life the gift of choice by giving her a book voucher this year? 

A book voucher is the perfect gift for that woman who has everything, including the kitchen sink, and gives her the opportunity to buy something that SHE really wants, and probably, unbeknown to you, she has had her eye on for a while now!

Simply purchase a book voucher online and either have the voucher emailed to you, or your mum (or any magnificent woman in your life who deserves to be spoilt on Mother’s Day), or have it posted or delivered at a nominal fee. 

For last minute shoppers in the Gauteng area, please remember that you are more than welcome to collect your book voucher from us in-store between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. 

 We have vouchers in the following denominations:
R150, R200, R300, R400, R500, R600, R700, R800, R900 and R1000.

 We accept payment by credit card, EFT and direct deposit.

As an added bonus, and as our way of thanking YOU for spoiling your mum, we will give you a R25 book voucher to be used against your next online book purchase from Red Pepper Books. Your R25 bonus book voucher will be emailed to you within minutes of you placing your order for a Mother’s Day book voucher.

Click here to order your virtual book voucher from Red Pepper Books today…

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Just published and already an International bestseller! The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma

Posted on 27 April 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

“There are thousands of leadership books, but only one you really need to read. This one.”
– Matthew May, author of In Pursuit of Elegance, a BusinessWeek “Best Innovation” book
  
“From monks selling Ferrari’s to leaders with no titles, Robin Sharma zigs while others zag. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!”
– Kevin Roberts, Worldwide CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi
  
“The Leader Who Had No Title  is a game changing book; read it and get ready for an amazing new life!”
– Marci Shimoff, bestselling author of Happy for No Reason
  
“Read this book and make the leap to extraordinary performance, innovation and influence at work and in life.”
Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of New Eat Alone
  
“If you want to operate at the level of ‘WOW!’, be an exceptional leader and live life ‘full out’–buy this book”
– Darren Hardy, Publisher, SUCCESS magazine

What do many of the world’s richest people and companies like Nike, FedEx, General Electric and Microsoft all have in common? They have quietly discovered a powerful system that the best use to create spectacular results and breakthrough wins.

For over 15 years, Robin Sharma, one of the world’s most widely read authors on leadership and personal success with blockbusters like The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Greatness Guide – has been quietly sharing a proprietary success formula with his clients that has made him one of the most respected leadership advisors and success coaches in the world (he’s currently featured in SUCCESS magazine and in a survey of 22,000 business people was ranked in the Top 5 leadership gurus globally).

Now, for the first time, Robin makes his proprietary process available to you in his wildly anticipated new book The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable On Real Success In Business and In Life (already an international bestseller!).

This game-changing book will help you take your work life and your personal world to a whole new level of wow and show you exactly how to play at your absolute peak.

In The Leader Who Had No Title, you will learn how to create spectacular results, awaken your inner leader and have the professional and personal life you have always wanted.

Specifically, you will discover:

1. How to work and influence people like a superstar, regardless of your position
2. A method to recognize and then seize opportunities in times of deep change
3. What the superrich and wildly successful do in their private moments
4. An instant strategy to build a great team as well as become a “merchant of wow” with your customers
5. Hard-hitting tactics to become mentally strong and physically tough to lead your field
6. Real-world ways to defeat stress, build an unbeatable mindset, unleash energy and balance your personal life
7. Tools to shift from victimhood into leadership

Regardless of what you do within your organization or the current conditions of your life, it is absolutely essential for you to remember that you have the power to show leadership where you are now planted – and shine at brilliance in all that you do. This powerful book shows you how to claim that staggering power.

Buy this book for you, your boss and EVERY person on your team – especially those who are playing victim versus showing leadership. It really is that powerful!

Available as a book (for R153) and an audio book (for R299.70) from Red Pepper Books today – Click here!

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Freshly published Business and Self-Development Books for April 2010

Posted on 19 April 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

If it's out there, we'll find it! (2)
Today’s Red Pepper Book News: Freshly Business and Self-Development Books
Quick links to our new books
Reinventing Management
Getting Naked
The Intelligent Company
The Death of Modern Management
The Management Mythbuster
Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace
The Leader Who Had No Title
Get Rid of the Performance Review!
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
The Most Successful Small Business in The World
 
Welcome to this month’s highlights in Business and Self-Development!
 
This month’s selection has a particularly good assortment of titles for readers who aspire to being successful, inspirational human beings!

The Intelligent Company will equip you with a set of powerful skills that are vital for successful managers now and in the future, and The Death of Modern Managementis a practical guide which offers advice on how to survive and to thrive amidst the new uncertainties of contemporary business. In
 
Reinventing Management, Julian Birkinshaw draws on various international examples to develop a comprehensive framework for clarifying the choices that make up a firm’s management model, advising mid-level and top-level executives how to take the initiative to effect change in their organization.
 
Similarly, in The Leader Who Had No Title renowned leadership and personal development expert Robin Sharma teaches readers about the power of effective leadership, regardless of what you do within your organization and the current circumstances of your life.
 
If you want to ensure job security in your current position you should definitely read Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? in which Seth Godin shares the secret to becoming indispensable in an organization, regardless of title. Or if you’re thinking of going it alone, first read The Most Successful Small Business in The World.

The Management Mythbuster is a humorous review of current management practices and issues, and Get Rid of the Performance Review! provides advice on motivating and inspiring people.  

Happy Reading!
The Red Pepper Team  

 
 Reinventing Management
Reinventing Management: Smarter Choices for Getting Work Done
Author: Julian Birkinshaw
 
The recent economic crisis was not just caused by a failure of regulation or economic policy; it was a story of the failure of management in a fundamental sense-a deeply flawed approach to management that encouraged bankers to pursue opportunities without regard for their long-term consequences, and to put their own interests ahead of those of their employers and their shareholders. And looking more widely, there is a creeping disenchantment with management as a profession: surveys show that managers generate less respect than lawyers and bankers in the eyes of the general public, and there are few if any positive role models for management.
 
There is no one best management model. Rather, the best model for any particular company depends on their competitive and circumstantial factors. Drawing on case examples from a range of global companies, Julian Birkinshaw develops a comprehensive framework for clarifying the choices that make up a firm’s management model. Moreover, it shows mid-level as well as top-level executives how to take the initiative to effect change in their organization.
 
Red Pepper Price: R 316.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 4 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780470750117 (ISBN-10: 0470750111)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 314pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 05 Mar 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658
 
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 Getting Naked
Written in the same dynamic style as his previous bestsellers including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Lencioni illustrates the principles of inspiring client loyalty through a fascinating business fable. He explains the theory of vulnerability in depth and presents concrete steps for putting it to work in any organization. The story follows a small consulting firm, Lighthouse Partners, which often beats out big-name competitors for top clients. One such competitor buys out Lighthouse and learns important lessons about what it means to provide value to its clients.
 
- Offers a key resource for gaining competitive advantage in tough times
- Shows why the quality of vulnerability is so important in business
- Includes ideas for inspiring customer and client loyalty
- Written by the highly successful consultant and business writer Patrick Lencioni

This new book in the popular Lencioni series shows what it takes to gain a real and lasting competitive edge. 

Red Pepper Price: R 287.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 5 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780787976392 (ISBN-10: 0787976393)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 240pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 02 May 2008
Country of publication: United States
Dewey Code: 658.46
 
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 The Intelligent Company
Today’s most successful companies are Intelligent Companies that use the best available data to inform their decision making. This is called Evidence-Based Management and is one of the fastest growing business trends of our times. Intelligent Companies bring together tools such as Business Intelligence, Analytics, Key Performance Indicators, Balanced Scorecards, Management Reporting and Strategic Decision Making to generate real competitive advantages.
As information and data volumes grow at explosive rates, the challenges of managing this information is turning into a losing battle for most companies and they end up drowning in data while thirsting for insights. This is made worse by the severe skills shortage in analytics, data presentation and communication.
This latest book by best-selling management expert Bernard Marr, will equip you with a set of powerful skills that are vital for successful managers now and in the future. Increase your market value by gaining essential skills that are in high demand but in short supply. Loaded with practical step-by-step guidance, simple tools and real life examples of how leading organizations such as Google, CocaCola, Capital One, Saatchi & Saatchi, Tesco, Yahoo, as well as Government Departments and Agencies have put the principles into practice.
 
Red Pepper Price: R 398.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 4 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780470685952 (ISBN-10: 0470685956)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 252pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 26 Feb 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658.403
 
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 The Death of Modern Management
The Death of Modern Management: How to Lead in the New World Disorder
Author: Jo Owen
 
The current financial crisis has highlighted problems not only in the economic system, but also in the way that many companies are governed and managed. The Death of Modern Management provides a powerful argument about the collapse of modern management due to the weight of its own contradictions, focusing on the trends in contemporary management. This practical guide offers advice on how to survive and to thrive amidst the new uncertainties of contemporary business and the new working world. Bestselling author Jo Owen provides this entertaining and instructive how-to guide for surviving and thriving amidst the new uncertainties of contemporary business.
 
Red Pepper Price: R 316.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 4 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780470682852 (ISBN-10: 047068285X)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 288pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 20 Nov 2009
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658.4
 
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 The Management Mythbuster
The Management Mythbuster
Author: David A.J. Axson
Become a better manager by challenging the myths of commonly accepted management wisdom. A humorous review of current management practice with a very serious message, The Management Mythbuster makes an entertaining case for questioning much of the conventional wisdom that pervades the corporate world today.
Through contrarian and provocative points of view, real world examples and deep analysis, author and management thought leader David Axson offers over a dozen short, pithy commentaries on the important issues in management today:
 
- Short chapters on popular management practices, theories, tools and behaviors
- A humorous review of current management practice, with an underlying serious message
- The fallacies of conventional management wisdom revealed and refuted
- Exposes the fallacies of standard management thinking

If you are brave enough, this concise, easily read book is for you, returning a sense of common-sense perspective to the practice of management. 

Red Pepper Price: R 330.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 4 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780470463628 (ISBN-10: 0470463627)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 368pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 10 Mar 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658
 
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 Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace
Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace
Author: ISPI, Kenneth H. Silber, Wellesley R. Foshay
 
The Handbook stands alone as a rigorous, evidence-based Body of Knowledge under the banner of the International Society for Performance Improvement’s “performance landscape,” and for the first time provides a unified and authoritative compendium of standard principles and best practices for improving productivity and performance in the workplace. Featuring best-in-field researchers, thinkers, and practitioners across several disciplines and geographic boundaries, each volume provides a current review of all information presently available for the three core areas of improving performance in the workplace: Instructional Design and Training Delivery; Intervention Selection and Implementation; and Measurement and Evaluation.
 
Red Pepper Price: R 2,998.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 4 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780470525432 (ISBN-10: 0470525436)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 1492pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 12 Jan 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658.314
 
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 The Leader Who Had No Title
The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life
Author: Robin S. Sharma
 
For more than fifteen years, Robin Sharma has been quietly sharing with Fortune 500 companies and many of the super-rich a success formula that has made him one of the most sought-after leadership advisers in the world. Now, for the first time, Sharma makes his proprietary process available to you, so that you can get to your absolute best while helping your organization break through to a dramatically new level of winning in these wildly uncertain times.
In The Leader Who Had No Title, you will learn:
· How to work with and influence people like a superstar, regardless of your position
· A method to recognize and then seize opportunities in times of deep change
· The real secrets of intense innovation
· An instant strategy to build a great team and become a “merchant of wow” with your customers
· Hard-hitting tactics to become mentally strong and physically tough enough to lead your field
· Real-world ways to defeat stress, build an unbeatable mind-set, unleash energy, and balance your personal life
Regardless of what you do within your organization and the current circumstances of your life, the single most important fact is that you have the power to show leadership. Wherever you are in your career or life, you should always play to your peak abilities. This book shows you how to claim that staggering power, as well as transform your life-and the world around you-in the process.
Red Pepper Price: R 170.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 4 weeks
ISBN-13: 9781847378774 (ISBN-10: 1847378773)
Format: Paperback
No of Pages: 224pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658.409
 
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 Get Rid of the Performance Review!
Get Rid of the Performance Review!
Author: A. Culbert, Samuel Lawrenc, E. Rout
The performance review. It is one of the most insidious, most damaging, and yet most ubiquitous of corporate activities. We all hate it. And yet nobody does anything about it. Until now… Straight-talking Sam Culbert, management guru and UCLA professor, minces no words as he puts managers on notice that — with the performance review as their weapon of choice — they have built a corporate culture based on intimidation and fear. Teaming up with Wall Street Journal Senior Editor Lawrence Rout, he shows us why performance reviews are bogus and how they undermine both creativity and productivity. And he puts a good deal of the blame squarely on human resources professionals, who perpetuate the very practice that they should be trying to eliminate.
But Culbert does more than merely tear down. He also offers a substitute — the performance preview — that will actually accomplish the tasks that performance reviews were supposed to, but never will: holding people accountable for their actions and their results, and giving managers and their employees the kind of feedback they need for improving their skills and to give the company more of what it needs. With passion, humor, and a rare insight into what motivates all of us to do our best, Culbert offers all of us a chance to be better managers, better employees and, indeed, better people. Culbert has long said his goal is to make the world of work fit for human consumption. “Get Rid of the Performance Review!” shows us how to do just that.
Red Pepper Price: R 287.00
Delivery Time: 3 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780446556057 (ISBN-10: 044655605X)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 256pp
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication Date: 29 Apr 2010
Country of publication: United States
Dewey Code: 658.3125
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 Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? How to Drive Your Career and Create a Remarkable Future
Author: Seth Godin
 
Why are some people easily outsourced, downsized, or freelanced into obscurity, while others have their pick of opportunities? In his most powerful book yet, Seth Godin argues that it’s more essential than ever to become indispensable – to become a linchpin. Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations: they invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They love their work and pour their best selves into it and turn each day into a kind of art – and, in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Godin shows that the key to being indispensable is overcoming the fears that hold most of us back. If you have you ever found a shortcut that others missed, seen a new way to resolve a conflict, or made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach, then you have what it takes to become indispensable. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map.
Red Pepper Price: R 205.00
Availability: Ships within 4-5 days
ISBN-13: 9780749953355 (ISBN-10: 0749953357)
Format: Paperback
No of Pages: 256pp
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Publication Date: 04 Feb 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 650.1
 
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 The Most Successful Small Business in The World
The Most Successful Small Business in The World: The Ten Principles
Author: Michael Gerber
 
As statistics tell us, most of the entrepreneurs who go out on their own to start a business will fail. This title gives you the author’s unique approach to thinking about the meaning of your company by applying his ten critical steps; a process you must go through long before you ever open your door.
Red Pepper Price: R 297.00
Availability: Ships within 3 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780470503621 (ISBN-10: 0470503629)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 192pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 13 Jan 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658.022
 
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A Trip of a Lifetime on the Rovos Rail with Absa Rewards

Posted on 18 April 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

Taking a trip on the Rovos Rail has always been a dream of mine. When the price of a ticket on this steam locomotive could be traded for a small car for your teenage son, you can well imagine that taking a trip on this luxury 5-star train comes along but once in a lifetime, unless of course you frequent large banking institutions dressed in balaclavas and boasting pointy devices in ones pocket on a regular basis.

Fortunately we were not required to rob a bank, as the bank, Absa Bank that is, came to us with the trip on silver platter, quite literally. As part of the Absa Rewards Program, Red Pepper Books (represented by myself, Phillipa Mitchell and my partner, Ceri James) were one of 72 fortunate guests at this once in a lifetime event.

We were so excited that we could hardly contain ourselves. Arriving at Rovos Rail’s headquarters, Capital Park Station in Pretoria, we were ushered into a beautiful colonial-style lounge where we were treated to tall glasses of sparkling champagne, while the beautiful sounds of a cello and a violin dancing in musical harmony with each other filled the air.

After we had all been welcomed on to the Rovos Rail and the details of our trip, as well as the required “rail etiquette” had been explained to us, we were invited to board the train.

The sight of exquisite Edwardian furniture surrounded by rich, dark wood panelling greeted us as we boarded, and we were invited to take a seat in one of the coaches. After exploring each carriage we finally settled at the pub which was situated adjacent to the Observation Deck at the back of the train. Travelling at a slow pace by today’s standards at a mere 40km per hour, the train had departed and slowly chugged and snaked its way through the outskirts of Pretoria and towards Warmbaths.

Sipping on a cup of tea (at the bar, have you ever!) we joined in the conversation with our new found friends, Tim and Amanda and laughter filled the air.

At 12pm we were invited to join our fellow 70 guests in the dining car where we were treated to a sumptuous 5-course lunch. We quaffed some of the best South African Chardonnays and Chenin Blancs as we were served mouth-watering plates of Ostrich carpaccio, butternut soup, salmon, and desserts that would make any heart-surgeon cringe. Lunch was rounded off with delicious platters of cheese and biscuits, finished off with Cognac and filter coffee. I must admit that lunch felt like something of a blur after I was unable to count how many glasses of wine I had consumed, but the food and the company of our fellow travellers, especially Rani (Absa Rewards) and her husband Ruben Pillay at whose table we dined, made the afternoon incredibly memorable.

At about 2pm we arrived in Naboomspruit and disembarked the train. Some of us had to hold on to the railings to stabilise ourselves, but I will not digress and go into too much detail on that front. It was with much sadness that we were informed that the remainder of the trip would take place by bus, and we sadly bade farewell to the steam locomotive that had brought us safely to our destination. Boarding the bus, we settled in while some of the passengers having lost their stage fright ambled their way to the front and competed with each other on the joke front as if we were at Jo Parker’s comedy club. Ceri and I even went as far as using my Blackberry to look up the words to the Rocky Horror Picture Show song that ended with the words “und I did” and proceeded to sing it to our unfortunate fellow travellers at the top of our lungs. The effects of that last glass of Cognac had clearly not worn off…

After about 45 minutes we arrived at Legends Golf and Safari Resort where we were greeted by awaiting game viewing vehicles which took us on one of the most special game drives that I have ever experienced in this country. With Michael as our chauffeur we were taken into the beautiful Entabeni Safari Conservancy and private game reserve (Entabeni meaning “Place of the Mountain”) at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains. Zebra, Kudu, Blesbok, Warthog and Impala roamed the planes and stopped in their tracks as we crept past them, looking on in curiosity, some snorting at our impoliteness at interrupting the otherwise peacefulness of their afternoon. Michael picked off branches from nearby trees and invited us to taste their leaves, explaining how they were used for their medicinal properties. At that point I wondered whether there were sponges growing on any nearby trees that could assist in mopping up the copious amounts of Chardonnay that I had consumed…

We were fortunate enough to see a mother white rhino and her baby within about 10 metres of the open 4×4 from where we sat and it was fascinating to watch how she protected her baby from us, the strangers who had trespassed into their area.

We headed back onto the main dirt road and up to the white lion conservancy. This, to me, was the real highlight of the trip as we were treated to a visit to two young white lion cubs as well as an adult male and female, one of whom had been found on a dirt road – almost dead as a tiny cub but had been rescued and hand reared and was now an oversized, friendly, hairy feline. One of the guests, Trish, had at one point bent down to take her camera out of her bag, only to be greeted by a huge paw with claws extended as it groped through a hole in the fence. The one side of her bag was ripped open and we all jumped backwards as we realised that this seemingly cute and cuddly lion was very much a wild animal and deserved some serious respect.

With our tails between our legs we left the lion enclosure and Michael took us on a short game drive around the giant cheetah enclosure as the sun set behind the Waterberg Mountains. I watched in awe as two of these regal creatures emerged from the bush and watched us from the distance. We were incredibly lucky to see a lioness with her three three-and-a-half-week old cubs. This was a particularly special moment as we watched through holes in the fence as the cubs clambered over their mother and played with their siblings. Complete with fat tummies and short legs, these were the most precious little things I had seen all day.

Feeling completely at peace with the world, dusk settled around us and we were taken down to the local Pedi village where we were welcomed with the sound of drums and traditional dance and song of the colourfully dressed Pedi villagers. A feast of culinary delights awaited us and we all tucked in with relish, wishing that we could turn back the clock and start the day all over again.

Alas we could not, and at about 18:00 we were whisked back to our awaiting busses. The lights were dimmed, conversation hummed quietly in the background, and weary heads rested on heavy shoulders as the bus began its two hour journey back to Pretoria. I closed my eyes, smiled, thanked the Universe for the beautiful gift we had been given that day, and revelled in how fortunate we are to be part of this beautiful country we call South Africa.

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Penguin Books Announces the Launch of “The Adolescent Storm: A Handbook for Parents”

Posted on 16 April 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

“I don’t recognise my child. Yesterday he was a sweet, polite boy who smiled a lot. Today he mumbles in monosyllables, shouts at his sister, and never comes out of his room except to raid the fridge.”

Think of a storm. Think how it builds – brooding slowly, dark with ominous clouds and flashes of lightning and rumbles of rolling thunder that may erupt at any minute. Then a torrent of rain, perhaps a few hailstones and finally, the sun comes out – as if the storm had never been.

Adolescence can be just like that: a powerfully disruptive, often chaotic and yet a wonderfully vivid and energetic time.

As parents, we can do a lot to manage the impact of this sometimes confusing and challenging time in a young person’s life. Standing firm and holding on to one’s values in the face of bombardment from adolescents, who in turn are facing their own pressures of identity and self doubt, requires a clear head, encouragement . . . and a handbook. The Adolescent Storm is that handbook.

Click here to preorder your copy today from Red Pepper Books for only R198.00

The Adolescent Storm: A Handbook for ParentsPenguin Books takes pleasure in inviting you to the launch of The Adolescent Storm: A Handbook for Parents by Meg Fargher and Helen Dooley.

Meet the authors and get great advice at the launch – see you there!

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(50 Stemme) Vyftig Stemme: Die Grootste Name in Afrikaanse Musiek

Posted on 13 April 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

South African musician and actor Steve Hofmeyr...
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50 stemme•Hoekom wou Kurt Darren sy hare blou kleur?
•Wat het Steve Hofmeyr in Gobabis vir Juanita du Plessis gesê?
•Waar was Theuns Jordaan toe hy die eerste keer “Loslappie” gehoor het?
•Wat is die ooreenkoms tussen “Ou ryperd” en ABBA?
•Hoekom moes Carike Keuzenkamp klere by haar buurvrou leen? •Waar het Bles Bridges die eerste keer rose by sy konserte uitgedeel?
•Waar was David Kramer toe hy “Stoksielalleen” geskryf het?
•Hoekom is liedjies van Cora Marie en Groep Twee deur die SAUK verbied?
•Wat dink Koos Kombuis is sy grootste bydrae tot Afrikaanse musiek?
•Waar is die een plek waar Mimi Coertse nooit die kans gekry hetom op te tree nie?
•By wie het Rina Hugo klere geleen vir ’n internasionale sangkompetisie?
•Wat is die storie agter Amanda Strydom se “Ek loop die pad” en Chris •Chameleon se “Sterredank”?
•Wat het ’n selfoon-luitoon met Nicholis Louw se treffer “Rock daailyfie” te doen?

Hierdie is maar net ’n paar van die interessante vrae wat in 50 Stemme: Die grootste name in Afrikaanse musiek beantwoord word.

Die boek bestaan uit50 hoofstukke – van Amanda tot Valiant, van Die Briels tot Fokofpolisiekar.Daar is onderhoude met van die grootste rolspelers in Afrikaanse musiekasook kostelike staaltjies en pragfoto’s van toeka tot nou. 50 Stemme: Die grootste name in Afrikaanse musiek is ’n boek enig in sy soort en een waarvoor musiekliefhebbers van alle ouderdomme al lank wag.

“Bravo aan Ilza vir haar vernuftigheid om met noukeurige navorsing ’n fyn balans tussen die verskeie genres te bring en met styl die waarheid ágter die waarheid en die skerms in te kloof.” Tinus Esterhuizen, musiekregisseur: RSG

The artists include: •Amanda Strydom •André Schwartz •Anneli van Rooyen •Anton Goosen •Bles Bridges •Bok van Blerk •Brasse vannie Kaap •Carike Keuzenkamp •Chris Chameleon •Coenie de Villiers •Cora-Marie •Cutt Glas •Danie Niehaus •David Kramer •Die Briels •Dozi •Eden •Elzabé Zietsman •Fokofpolisiekar •Gé Korsten •Gert Vlok Nel •Gian Groen •Groep Twee •Jan Blohm •Jannie du Toit •Johannes Kerkorrel •Juanita du Plessis •Karen Zoid •Kobus •Koos du Plessis •Koos Kombuis •Kurt Darren •Lance James •Laurika Rauch •Leon Schuster •Lize Beekman •Lucas Maree •Mimi Coertse •Min Shaw •Mynie Grové •Nicholis Louw •Patricia Lewis •Piet Botha •Rina Hugo •Robbie Wessels •Ronéll Erasmus •Sonja Herholdt •Steve Hofmeyr •Theuns Jordaan •Valiant Swart

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Sink your teeth into a brand new novella from Stephenie Meyer…coming in June 2010

Posted on 13 April 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

“The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner”

IN HER FIRST BOOK FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS, STEPHENIE MEYER RETURNS TO THE WORLD OF ECLIPSE…

Fans of the Twilight Saga will be enthralled by the riveting story of Bree Tanner, a newborn vampire introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery and romance, the novella chronicles the newborn vampire army’s journey as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

The novella was originally conceived as a short story for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide. “I’m as surprised as anyone about this novella,” said Stephenie Meyer. “It was simply an exercise to help me examine the other side of Eclipse. I thought the Guide would be a good fit for my Bree story. However, the story grew longer than I anticipated.”

The character Bree not only features prominently in the book Eclipse, but in the upcoming movie The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which will be released in South Africa on 30 June 2010. Director David Slade, who read a draft of the novella in preparation for filming, said, “I think fans are going to love the fascinating details involved in the loves, fears and actions of an emerging vampire.”

The book will also be available to be read for free on a dedicated website from June to July 5 2010

To pre-order this book from Red Pepper Books today for only R162 please click here

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Tell us what you’re reading at the moment!

Posted on 09 April 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

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What books have you heard rave reviews about?

Regular contributors will receive tokens of appreciation in the form of book vouchers from the team at Red Pepper Books, so review away!

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Beatrice and Virgil – The New Book from the Author of “Life of Pi”publishing this June

Posted on 06 April 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

Henry’s second novel, written, like his first, under a pen name, had done well…
 
Yann Martel’s astonishing new novel begins with a successful writer attempting to publish his latest book, made up of a novel and an essay. Henry plans for it to be a “flip book” that the reader can start at either end, reading the novel or the essay first, because both pieces are equally concerned with representations of the Holocaust. His aim is to give the most horrifying of tragedies “a new choice of stories,” in order that it be remembered anew and in more than one way.
 
But no one is sympathetic to his provocative idea. What is your book about? his editor repeatedly asks. Should it be placed in the fiction section of a bookstore or with the non-fiction books? a bookseller asks. And where will the barcode go? To them, Henry’s book is an unpublishable disaster. Faced with severe and categorical rejection, Henry gives up hope. He abandons writing, moves with his wife to a foreign city, joins a community theatre, becomes a waiter in a chocolatería. But then he receives a package containing a scene from a play, photocopies from a short story by Flaubert – about a man who hunts animals down relentlessly – and a short note: “I need your help.”
 
Intrigued, Henry tracks down his correspondent, and finds himself in a strange part of the city, walking past a stuffed okapi into a taxidermist’s workshop. The taxidermist – also named Henry – says he has been working on his play, A 20th-Century Shirt, for most of his life, but now he needs Henry’s help to describe his characters: the play’s protagonists are a stuffed donkey and a howler monkey named Beatrice and Virgil, respectively, and Henry’s successful book was in part about animals. He wants help to finish his play and, we may suspect, free himself from it. And though his new acquaintance is austere, abrupt and almost unearthly, Henry the writer is drawn more and more deeply into Henry the taxidermist’s uncompromising world.
 
The same goes for the reader. The more we read of the play within the novel, the more we find out about the lives of Beatrice and Virgil – in a series of initially funny, and then increasingly harrowing dialogues – the more troubling their story becomes. As we are drawn deeper into their disturbing moral fable, the relationship between the two faltering writers named Henry becomes more and more complex until it can only be resolved in an explosive, unexpected catastrophe.
 
Though Beatrice & Virgil is initially as wry and engaging as anything Yann Martel has written, this book gradually grows into something more, a shattering and ultimately transfixing work that asks searching questions about the nature of our understanding of history, the meaning of suffering and the value of art. Together it is a pioneeringly original and profoundly moving accomplishment, one that meets Kafka’s description of what a book should be: the axe for the frozen sea within us.

Pre-order your copy for only R171 from Red Pepper Books today by clicking here…

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Trinity Luhabe is back in the long-awaited sequel to Trinity Rising: “Trinity on Air”

Posted on 02 April 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

Following the popular success and critical acclaim of her first novel, Fiona Snyckers is back with the second book in the beguiling Trinity Luhabe series.  The much-anticipated sequel to Trinity Rising picks up the story four years on, when Trinity is 23 and living in Johannesburg.

Trinity On Air is packed with all the charm and humour readers have come to expect from Fiona Snyckers – with just an added pinch of danger.

With her university days behind her, life couldn’t be better for Trinity Luhabe.  She’s got everything a Sandton girl needs –

The Perfect Boyfriend: Ethan brings her (fat-free) breakfast in bed and takes her to craft markets on weekends.

The Perfect Job: Working at Talk Radio 702 is a dream come true for Trinity.  She’s still only on the traffic desk, but one day she’ll be reading the news … just as soon as she can convince her boss that “15 Hot Hairstyles For Summer” is a serious news story.

The Neighbour: Ajala is six foot five inches of mysterious Nigerian.  Trinity thinks he’s a pussycat.  Her best friend Steph thinks he’s a man-eating tiger.  Looking into his business dealings could be Trinity’s ticket off the traffic desk and onto hard news.

The Ex: An old flame from university days is back … and hotter than ever.  He’s threatening to turn Trinity’s comfortable life upside down.

Join Trinity Luhabe for the ride of her life as all the elements in her perfect world collide. Order online from Red Pepper Books today for only R130.50 – click here…

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