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South African Library for the Blind Book Reviews for December

Author: Adekeye Adebajo

Title: Thabo Mbeki: Africa’s philosopher

Format: Coming soon in Braille

Summary: In Thabo Mbeki: Africa’s Philosopher-King, Adekeye Adebajo reflects on the intellectual and lived experiences that shaped Thabo Mbeki’s pan-Africanism and African Renaissance vision. As this book explains, Mbeki’s sense of belonging to the wider African continent and his later vision of an African Renaissance were inspired by his upbringing and education, as well as by the two decades he spent in exile in Swaziland, Botswana, Nigeria and Zambia between 1971 and 1990. Adebajo asserts that Mbeki is the most important African political figure of his generation.


Author: John Pearson

Title: The profession of violence: the rise and fall of the Kray Twins

Format: Coming soon in Braille

Summary: Reggie and Ronald Kray ruled London’s gangland during the 1960s with a ruthlessness and viciousness that shocks even now. This book has been expanded to include further material on such matters as Lord Boothby’s close relationship with the killer twins.


Author: Richard Poplak

Title: Until Julius Comes… Adventures in the Political Jungle

Format: Coming soon in Braille.

Summary: Until Julius Comes is a rollicking, unprecedented journey through the wilds of South African politics in an election year. With his sharp wit and perceptive observations, Richard Poplak exposes the tricks of the political trade and the skullduggery that comes with it. Writing under the byline Hannibal Elector, he spares no one: Julius Malema looks like a ‘Teletubbie in his EFF onesie’; Jacob Zuma is a tasteless home renovator with ‘no access to a Woolworths lifestyle magazine’ and Helen Zille sends out ‘Braveheart vibes’ as she guides her troops into battle. In vignettes that switch between the hilarious, the tragic and the terrifying, Poplak rips back the curtain and exposes the country for what it is: a bustling, contested and divided circus trying to find its way to wholeness.


Author: Kate Havelin and Philippa Garson

Title: Sexual abuse and incest: why am I afraid to tell?

Format: Braille B7182

Summary: Describes sexual abuse, its possible causes, its effects, and what can be done to stop it.
Author: Scott, Susan

Title: All our sisters

Format: Braille B2583

Summary: Though they account for a small portion of the formal homeless statistics, there are many women living on insufficient funds, with violent partners, or in unacceptable dwellings that are often overlooked. Scott interviewed more than 60 women facing homelessness across Canada. She recounts their stories while highlighting the many underlying problems they face, including abuse, addiction, a paucity of affordable housing, and a lack of social services sensitive to women’s needs.


Author: Elbie Lötter

Title: It’s me Anna

Format: Daisy DA641

Format: She called herself Silent Anna because she couldn’t tell anyone what happened between her and her stepfather. Now, many years later, she breaks the silence to reveal the sexual abuse she suffered, its impact on her life and how she has finally managed to overcome it. It’s me, Anna is based on a true story. This book is a must read. Not only because it tells the story of a young girl’s determination to survive and to overcome her traumatic childhood, but also because the story is told with such sincerity and honesty.


Author: Jeffrey Acher

Title: And thereby hangs a tale

Format: Daisy DA9013

Summary: Fifteen short pieces are set in various world regions and include “Members Only,” in which a young man’s life is transformed by a Christmas cracker.


Author: Adam Makos

Title: A higher call

Format: Coming soon in Daisy

Summary: A Higher Call tells the complete story of Charlie and Franz’s WWII experiences, their gritty tales of aerial combat over the African desert, the seas of Sicily, the fog of England, and the ultimate battleground—the frozen skies of Germany.


Author: Brené Brown

Title: Rising strong

Format: coming soon in Daisy

Summary: The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brené Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage, and rising strong our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom, and hope.

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