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Sielsiek

Sielsiek

Author: Henk Swanepoel & Carla van der Spuy Format: eBook Release Date: 10/06/2017

waarom "e;haak mense se koppe uit"e;? chris mahlangu, wat vir eugene terre'blanche vermoor het, het hom nie net doodgeslaan nie. daar is berig dat terre'blanche se liggaam 28 keer met 'n ysterpyp, 'n afgebreekte stuk staaldiefwering, geslaan en gekap is. vyf gevallestudies oor sa geweldsmisdadigers, vertel deur ervare ware misdaadskrywer carla van der spuy en kliniese sielkundige dr. henk swanepoel.

The Book Nobody Read

The Book Nobody Read

Author: Owen Gingerich Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/2017

1543 saw the publication of one of the most significant scientific works ever written: De revolutionibus (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres), in which Nicolaus Copernicus presented a radically different structure of the cosmos by placing the sun, and not the earth, at the centre of the universe. But did anyone take notice? Harvard astrophysicist Owen Gingerich was intrigued by the bold claim made by Arthur Koestler in his bestselling The Sleepwalkers that sixteenth-century Europe paid little attention to the groundbreaking, but dense, masterpiece. Gingerich embarked on a thirty-year odyssey to examine every extant copy to prove Koestler wrong... Logging thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of miles Gingerich uncovered a treasure trove of material on the life of a book and the evolution of an idea. His quest led him to copies once owned by saints, heretics, and scallywags, by musicians and movie stars; some easily accessible, others almost lost to time, politics and the black market. Part biography of a book and a man, part bibliographic and bibliophilic quest, Gingerich's The Book Nobody Read is an utterly captivating piece of writing, a testament to the power both of books and the love of books.

A Victorian Lady in the Himalayas

A Victorian Lady in the Himalayas

Author: M. C. Bolitho Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

The Last Shepherds

The Last Shepherds

Author: Charles Bowden Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2017

Once, the UK's farmers employed thousands of shepherds, but a slump in sheep farming has cut a swathe through their ranks; nowadays shepherds are virtually a thing of the past, and most flocks are herded by farmers on quad bikes. The Last Shepherds follows hill shepherds Dave Baxter and Stewart and Gwen Wallace through the cycle of hill farming in the Cheviot Hills of Northumberland - lambing in spring, haymaking, shearing in the summer, then autumn lamb sales and winter feeding. This engrossing book is an extraordinary record of a vanishing way of life on Britain's traditional hill farms.

The Last Horsemen

The Last Horsemen

Author: Charles Bowden Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2017

A century ago, power on farms was provided by one and a half million heavy horses, the pride of rural Britain. Today, heavy horses in the countryside are a distant memory, except Sillywrea Farm in Northumberland. It is the last farm in the country where all the jobs requiring the strength and power usually provided by machinery are still done by horses. John Dodd's family have lived at Sillywrea farm for more than 150 years and horses have always been the source of power. The work is hard, but John, his son-in-law David Wise and their five huge Clydesdales run the farm to the rhythms of the seasons, allowing nature to lead the way. The Last Horsemen provides a glimpse of a unique way of life and, in today's world of intensive farming and mass-produced food, is a reminder that we can still learn from the past.

Summary, Analysis & Review of Douglas Preston's The Lost City of the Monkey God by Instaread

Summary, Analysis & Review of Douglas Preston's The Lost City of the Monkey God by Instaread

Author: . Instaread Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2017

Summary, Analysis & Review of Douglas Preston's The Lost City of the Monkey God by InstareadPreview:Douglas Preston's The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story is an account of the organization and findings of a 2015 expedition into the jungle of eastern Honduras. Preston accompanied the expedition and wrote about its discoveries. The expedition was inspired by legends of a lost civilization known as the White City. This city is probably mythical, but the expedition did uncover important archaeological remains of the pre-Columbian Mosquitia people.The legend of the White City inspired numerous expeditions into the Honduran jungles in the early twentieth century. Some explorers claimed to have found it but provided no solid evidence. In 1996, Steve Elkins, a filmmaker, began to try to search for the city but was stymied by political turmoil following Hurricane Mitch in 1998.Elkins resumed the search in 2010 after hearing of a new technology called lidar (light detection and ranging). Lidar uses lasers for mapping...PLEASE NOTE: This is a Summary, Analysis & Review of the book and NOT the original book.Inside this Summary, Analysis & Review of Douglas Preston's The Lost City of the Monkey God by Instaread:* Overview of the Book* Important People* Key Takeaways* Analysis of Key Takeaways About the AuthorWith Instaread, you can get the key takeaways and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience. Visit our website at instaread.co.

Accused: British Witches Throughout History

Accused: British Witches Throughout History

Author: Willow Winsham Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2016

The image of the witch - crook-nosed, unpleasant of disposition and with a penchant for harming her neighbours - is well established in the popular imagination. For hundreds of years the accusation of witchcraft has been levelled against women throughout the British Isles: such women were feared, persecuted, revered and reviled, with many ending their journeys at the stake or noose. Far from a mass of pitiable, faceless victims however, each case tells its own story, with a distinct woman at its heart, spanning the centuries down to the present. What did it really mean to be accused as a witch? Why, and by whom, were such accusations made? Was it possible to survive, and what awaited those who did? Prepare to delve into the captivating history of witchcraft with an in-depth exploration of some of the most fascinating and notorious women accused of being witches from across the British Isles. On a journey from 14th century Ireland to 20th century Hampshire, Accused examines the why, the how, and, most importantly, the who of these tantalising and evocative cases.Using trial documents, contemporary pamphlets, church and census records and a wealth of other sources, eleven accused women are brought to life in a biographical approach that will take the reader back in time. Meticulously researched and skilfully and painstakingly woven, this book will be indispensable to anyone with an interest in the popular topic of the history of witchcraft and a love of fascinating and diverse individuals. Setting each of the accused in their social and historical context, Willow Winsham delivers a fresh and revealing look at her subjects, bringing her unique style and passion for detail to this captivating read.

Shanghai Grand

Shanghai Grand

Author: Taras Grescoe Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2016

On the eve of WWII, the foreign controlled port of Shanghai was the rendezvous for the twentieth century's most outlandish adventurers, all under the watchful eye of the illustrious Sir Victor Sassoon. Emily Hahn was a legendary New Yorker writer who would cover China for nearly fifty years, playing an integral part in opening Asia up to the West. But at the height of the Depression, Emily Mickey Hahn, who had just arrived in Shanghai nursing a broken heart after a disappointing affair with an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter, was convinced she would never love again. When she enters Sassoon's glamorous Cathay Hotel, Hahn is immediately absorbed into the social swirl of the glamorous expats who inhabit it, including Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, and a colourful gangster named Morris Two Gun Cohen. But when she meets Sinmay Zau, a Chinese poet from an illustrious family, she finds the real Shanghai through his eyes: the city of rich colonials, gangsters, opium- smokers, displaced Chinese peasants, and increasingly desperate White Russian and Jewish refugees. However, in this place that her innate curiosity will lead her to discover firsthand, danger lurks on the horizon. Mickey barely makes it out alive as the brutal Japanese occupation destroys the seductive world of pre-war Shanghai and Mac Tse-tung's communists prepare to take over China.

The Hitler Trophy Golf and the Olympic Games

The Hitler Trophy Golf and the Olympic Games

Author: Alan Fraser Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2016

Golf was chosen to return to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016 for the first time since St Louis 1904. Actually, it did make another little-known appearance - around the notorious Berlin Games of 1936. A tournament was sanctioned by Adolf Hitler himself, to take place in the German spa town of Baden-Baden, with the Fuhrer's imprint even going on the trophy. What happened next, as two plucky Englishmen sought to bring home that distinctive trophy, became an intriguing tale that would bring embarrassment amid the rise of Nazism and then World War Two. Brilliantly researched and beautifully written by seasoned golf writer Alan Fraser, The Hitler Trophy tells also of the sport's history - and future - at the Olympics.

Twelve Days of Terror Inside the Shocking 1916 New Jersey Shark Attacks

Twelve Days of Terror Inside the Shocking 1916 New Jersey Shark Attacks

Author: Richard G. Fernicola Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2016

Upon the 100th anniversary of the most terrifying stretch of shark attacks in American history--a wave said to have been the inspiration for Jaws--comes a reissue of the classic account and investigation. In July 1916, a time when World War I loomed over America and New York City was in the midst of a deadly polio epidemic, the tri-state area sought relief at the Jersey shore. The Atlantic's refreshing waters proved to be utterly inhospitable, however. In just twelve days, four swimmers were violently and fatally mauled in separate shark attacks, and a fifth swimmer escaped an attack within inches of his life. In this thoroughly researched account, Dr. Richard Fernicola, the leading expert on the attacks, presents a riveting portrait, investigation, and scientific analysis of the terrifying days against the colorful backdrop of America in 1916 in Twelve Days of Terror.

Chernobyl the Zone

Chernobyl the Zone

Author: Francisco Sanchez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2016

Going Back for Our Future II Carrying Forward the Spirit of Pioneers of Science Education

Going Back for Our Future II Carrying Forward the Spirit of Pioneers of Science Education

Author: Jon E. Pedersen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2015

Who were the pioneers in science education, and what motivated them to do what they did? This book is the second volume of an attempt to capture and record some of the answers to these questions-either from the pioneers themselves or from those persons who worked most closely with them. As with the first volume, we have attempted to include as many pioneers as possible, but we know that there are still many that are not included in this or the previous volume. As we have posed questions, rummaged through files and oft?neglected books, and probed the memories of many individuals, we have come to realize our list of true pioneers is ever growing. As we consider our list of pioneers, we know that there are names on the list that most of us readily recognize. We also fully realize that there are names of whom few of us have heard-yet who were significant in their roles as mentors or idea development and teaching. We continue to be impressed with our science education family tree ever branching out to more individuals and connections. The stories in this volume continue to demonstrate how vital this network was in supporting the individual pioneers during their journey in difficult times and continues to be for those of us today in our own enterprise.