Archive | August, 2011

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Byleveld: Dossier of a Serial Sleuth

Posted on 13 August 2011 by Phillipa Mitchell

Recently retired, detective Piet Byleveld’s name has become legendary. He is the man who solved some of South Africa’s most famous crime investigations, including the Leigh Matthews kidnapping. He has a 100% success rate with serial murders.

In Byleveld: Dossier of a Serial Sleuth, Rapport journalist Hanlie Retief, who had exclusive access to Byleveld’s dossiers, writes about twenty of the most notorious serial-killer cases and many other murders Byleveld solved. She weaves into it the story of Byleveld’s own life. The book includes full-colour photographs from police records throughout.

Author Hanlie Retief is a journalist for Rapport. She is known for her interviews with well-known people

Also available in Afrikaans – Byleveld: Dossier van ‘n Baasspeurder

Publishing in September 2011, click here to preorder your copy from Red Pepper Books today.

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Solar Electricity Handbook 2011: A Simple Practical Guide to Solar Energy – Designing and Installing Photovoltaic Solar Electric Systems

Posted on 13 August 2011 by Phillipa Mitchell

Now in its 2011 edition, The Solar Electricity Handbook is a practical and straightforward guide to using electric solar panels. Assuming no previous knowledge, The Solar Electricity Handbook explains how solar panels work, how they can be used and explains the steps you need to take to successfully design and install a solar photovoltaic system from scratch.

Accompanying The Solar Electricity Handbook is a solar resource website containing lots of useful information, lists of suppliers and on-line solar energy calculators that will simplify the cost analysis and design processes.

The Solar Electricity Handbook is a simple, practical guide to using electric photovoltaic panels.

  The Solar Electricity Handbook is suitable for enthusiastic novices and professionals.

  Clear examples, diagrams and example projects are provided to demonstrate the true capabilities of these systems.

  The Solar Electricity Handbook is updated yearly, providing an up-to-date reference for anyone planning to use electric
photovoltaic technology.

  The Solar Electricity Handbook is the most comprehensive book on photovoltaic electric systems available today.

  The Solar Electricity Handbook is backed up by the most powerful online calculator tools available, to make your design and
calculations as straightforward as possible.

  With comprehensive detail in The Solar Electricity Handbook for wherever you live in the world, the Handbook provides
you with information that is relevant to you and your project.

Click here to preview the first 4 chapters of this book.

Click here to place your order for this book from Red Pepper Books today.

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The African Philosophy of Self Destruction by Fayiso Liyang Stevens

Posted on 04 August 2011 by Phillipa Mitchell

The African Philosophy of Self-Destruction is indeed an audacious book. Who in all honesty takes full responsibility for their here and now? I think all races should ask themselves that question.

Everyone on this planet is accountable for where we are today.

That which has not worked for us in the past needs to be revised with a sincere, what’s good-for-all approach and pencil point
focus on building legacies that will make our great-great-great-great-grandchildren proud.

In the end, it is with great love for Africa and all her people, love of the whole world and her children that this book steps boldly across the threshold, daring the courageous to drop the blame, to accept responsibility, take action and do things differently for a better outcome.

The African Philosophy of Self-Destruction is a forceful attempt to get to the heart of the matter. It is presented in a fast-paced, stupendously candid and sometimes humorous way. It sets a new benchmark in engaging issues that have stubbornly dogged Black people for years, and have thwarted progress and competitiveness.

“Like the big bang, Africa’s true potential is waiting to explode. Too many of Africa’s intellectuals are silent, while too many of its empty tins make deafening noise.

This book is aimed at motivating competent and aspiring African thinkers and philosophers to start writing as much as they can
to make those people who have ensured that Africa is the world’s dumping ground begin to retract their evil thoughts and actions. ” Fayiso Liyang Stevens

Click here to order this book from Red Pepper Books…

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Books to read before you die: Adult Fiction

Posted on 02 August 2011 by Phillipa Mitchell

Welcome to the first truly South African list of books to read before you die! Hundreds of South African readers have nominated their favourite books and we’re proud to present them to you!

This page is dedicated to favourite books in the category of Adult Fiction.

From Spud, to Wolf Hall to A Thousand Splendid Suns, they’re all here, and more!

If there is a book you have read that you feel deserves to be on this list, please email phillipa@redpepperbooks.co.za and we will definitely consider adding it to our list of favourite books to read before you die!

Click here to see the full list…

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Books to read before you Grow up: Children’s and Teens

Posted on 02 August 2011 by Phillipa Mitchell

Welcome to the first truly South African list of books to read before you grow up! Hundreds of South African readers (adults and children alike) have nominated their favourite books and we’re proud to present them to you!

Red Pepper Books has dedicated a page to South Africa’s favourite books in the category of children’s books and covers books from baby books and beyond! You will never be stuck again in terms of buying books for your children to read; this page is full of fabulous recommendations.

From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and numerous others from Roald Dahl), to Enid Blyton’s The Wishing Chair, to Trompie, they’re all here, and more!

If there is a book you have read that you feel deserves to be on this list, please email phillipa@redpepperbooks.co.za and we will definitely consider adding it to our list of favourite books to read before you die!

Click here to see the books on offer…

 

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An Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema and the ‘new’ ANC publishing on 15 August

Posted on 02 August 2011 by Phillipa Mitchell

 An Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema and the ‘new’ ANC

 More than a ringleader, a rabble-rouser and a rebel who knows no bounds, Julius Malema is a new kind of cadre in South African political life, a radical product of 100 years of struggle politics. Whether you love him or loathe him, he is undeniably one of the most controversial politicians of our time and yet he remains an enigma to most.

An Inconvenient Youth traces Malema’s life, from his early, poverty-stricken years in Limpopo, to his joining the student structures of the ANC in the early 1990s, and his rapid rise through the party’s ranks to become the president of the ANC Youth League in 2008. Forde analyses the sources of Malema’s wealth, exploring his seamless approach to business through politics. She situates Malema within the ANC’s history and shows in unprecedented detail how he has perfected the practices that characterise a new ‘struggle’ in which individuals extend their personal wealth and political power at the expense of the people. 

This researched account explores how a brave child has grown to become a grave inconvenience, not only to the ANC, but also, due to his style of politics, to South Africa’s fledgling democracy. 

“Major political reforms bring important changes in the lives of ordinary people, sometimes for better but other times for worse. This book maps the rags-to-riches road travelled by Julius Malema, ANC Youth League president. It is a must read for those who wish to understand South Africa’s unfolding dramas.” – Moeletsi Mbeki 

“Insightful, thorough and balanced, An Inconvenient Youth is a crucial contribution towards understanding a man who is arguably South Africa’s most-talked-about politician today.” – Redi Thlabi 

About the author

Fiona Forde is an Irish journalist based in Cape Town. For a number of years she has covered politics and current affairs in South Africa and abroad for print and radio media.

Order An Inconvenient Youth from Red Pepper Books today for R135 – click here


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