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A Patchwork Family

The perfect feel-good comfort read to curl up and get cosy with this winter!



'A book full of warmth and kindness. I loved it' Sarah Morgan

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Gina Moss is single and proud. She's focused on her thriving childminding business, which she runs from her cottage at the edge of The Evergreens: a charming Victorian home to three elderly residents who adore playing with the kids Gina minds. To Gina, they all feel like family.

Then a run-in (literally) with a tall, handsome American stranger gives her the tummy-flutters... Before a tragedy puts her older friends at risk of eviction - and Gina in charge of the battle to save them. The house sale brings her closer to Dexter, one of the owners - and the stranger who set her heart alight.

As the sparks fly between them, Gina carries on fighting for her friends, her home and her business. But can she fight for her chance at love - and win it all, too?

A Patchwork Family was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.

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There is so much love for A Patchwork Family!

'A gorgeously romantic comfort read - my favourite Cathy Bramley book yet!' Rachael Lucas, author of The Telephone Box Library

'Warmth, love, family dynamics and sparky drama - vintage Cathy Bramley!' Sue Moorcroft, bestselling author of One Summer in Italy

'A warm hug of a book' Phillipa Ashley, bestselling author of A Perfect Cornish Christmas

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Praise for Cathy Bramley from some of your other favourite authors:

'Delightful!' Katie Fforde

'A page-turner of a story' Milly Johnson

'Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns' Trisha Ashley

'The perfect romantic tale, to warm your heart and make you smile' Ali McNamara

R 186,95

Always Home

'A beautifully written celebration of food, home, and above all, family' - Jamie Oliver
'So charming and beautiful' - Gwyneth Paltrow

Stories and recipes from growing up as the daughter of revered chef/restaurateur Alice Waters: food, family, and the need for beauty in all aspects of life.


In this extraordinarily intimate portrait of her mother - and herself - Fanny Singer, daughter of food icon and activist Alice Waters, chronicles a unique world of food, wine, and travel; a world filled with colourful characters, mouth-watering traditions, and sumptuous feasts.

Across dozens of vignettes with accompanying recipes, she shares the story of her own culinary coming of age, and reveals a side of her legendary mother that has never been seen before. A charming, smart translation of Alice Waters' ideals and attitudes about food for a new generation, Always Home is a loving, often funny, unsentimental, and exquisitely written look at a life defined in so many ways by food, as well as the bond between mother and daughter.


'Singer's writing reminds me about everything important to me in life, the four f's: friends, food, family and fun' - Claire Ptak, owner of Violet bakery
'Fanny [is] a seductive wordsmith of deliciousness!' - Sally Clarke, owner of Clarke's Restaurant
'Fanny's confident, honest, warm words beautifully read like a foodie fairy tale' - Skye Gyngell, owner of Spring Restaurant
'A true delight to read, full of pearls of homely wisdom.'
- Lily Cole
'A delicious book and deserving of all the praise already heaped on it.' - Bryan Ferry
'Joyful, witty and loving...A book like no other, an instant classic.' - Al Hilton, staff writer at The New Yorker

FEATURED IN VOGUE'S 'The 5 Best Books of 2020 (So Far)'

R 519,88

A Year At The Circus

Welcome to the White House.

At the heart of Washington, there is a circus. It's raucous, noisy and full of clowns. Reporting on it is a daily cacophony. Four major stories can blow up and blow out before breakfast, and political weather systems are moving at warp speed. The one thing absent from the weather forecast is the tranquil eye of the storm. That we never see.

In A Year at the Circus: Inside Trump's White House, BBC North America Editor, Jon Sopel, takes you inside Trump’s West Wing and explores the impact this presidency has had on the most iconic of American institutions. Each chapter starts inside a famous Washington room, uncovering its history and its new resonance in the Trump era.

You are invited to step inside the Oval Office where Trump called for loyalty from FBI Director James Comey, and experience life as a reporter in the Briefing Room, where the tense relationship between the media and the President is played out. Guiding you through these rooms, Jon reveals the inner workings of the Trump White House and details the key moments and conversations that have unfolded within its walls.

From Kim Jong-un and Kavanaugh to Merkel and the Mueller Inquiry - this is your insider guide to the Washington Circus. Roll up, roll up ...

R 167,12

A Claxton Diary

Another beautiful, revelatory country diary from one of the best nature writers in Britain.

'If you’ve never read Mark Cocker, then you must. His style is sharp, selfless, and wonderfully evocative, his knowledge deep and wide-ranging but lightly borne, his curiosity joyful and infectious.' Mail On Sunday, Books of the Year

For seventeen years, as part of his daily writerly routine, the author and naturalist Mark Cocker has taken a two-mile walk down to the river from his cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads National Park. Over the course of those 10,000 daily paces he has learnt the art of patience to observe a butterfly, a bird, flower, bee, deer, otter or fly and to take pleasure in all the other inhabitants of his parish, no matter how seemingly insignificant.

In turn these encounters have then been converted into literary epiphanies that are now a widely celebrated part of his work. In A Claxton Diary he has gathered some of the finest short essays that he has ever written on wildlife. They range over almost everything he can see, touch or smell, from the minute to the cosmic, from a strange micromoth called yellow-barred longhorn to that fiercest of winter storms the so-called ‘Beast from the East’.

From the marvellous to the macabre, Cocker tries to capture nature without flinching and in its entirety. In so doing he provides us with a vision of an English country parish that for intimacy and precise detail is comparable with Gilbert White’s diary on Selbourne. Above all he reminds us that we are all just members of one miraculous family, fashioned from sunlight and the dust from old stars.

R 167,12

A Christmas Angel at the Ragdoll Orphanage

An unforgettable true story . . .

A heartwarming tale about the true meaning of Christmas, set in a remarkable orphanage in the middle of the last century.

When Suzanne was left, two weeks old, at the door of an orphanage, it was Nancy the nanny who fought for the right to adopt Suzanne. Now, 60 years later, Suzanne is sharing the untold story of all the many orphans that her mother Nancy saved throughout the 1940s and 50s.

As a teenager, Nancy accompanied the orphans to the other side of the country when they were evacuated during the war years. When they finally returned, 6 long years later, she vowed to dedicate her life to the children.

A Christmas Angel at the Ragdoll Orphanage tells the story of a remarkable woman, who worked tirelessly to give society's most vulnerable children a chance of home and happiness. Full of touching, tear-jerking and unforgettable stories, this is a wondrously festive book all about the real meaning of motherhood.

R 59,98

A Surgeon, A Midwife, A Family

The first novel in Gill Sanderson's heartwarming Good, Bad and Ugly series, perfect for fans of Mia Faye, Laura Scott, Helen Scott Taylor, Grey's Anatomy and ER.



Readers ADORE Gill's gripping medical romances!

'The story was exciting, romantic and I l
oved every part of it... I had a hard time putting it down' 5* reader review

'I find all of Gill Sanderson's books very readable and enjoy the escapism they give me' 5* author review

'Remarkable writer!!' 5* author review

'A
truly wonderful writer' 5* author review


It wasn't a good start when the hospital's newest midwife began work by knocking instruments onto the operating theatre floor. Miranda Gale expected the neonatal surgeon, Jack Sinclair, to take her to task. Instead he suggested ways in which she could further her career. But he was so aloof! Vivacious Miranda would have preferred him to shout at her.

Working together led to unexpected intimacy. Jack asked Miranda to marry him, to have the children he felt they both wanted. But Miranda had kept something from him and only the most desperate of remedies could put things right.

Don't miss Gill Sanderson's enthralling medical romances, including the A Lakeland Practice and The Wilde Twins series.

R 41,38

A Doctor to Come Home to

Another dreamy medical romance from best-selling author Gill Sanderson! Perfect for fans of Mia Faye, Laura Scott, Helen Scott Taylor, Grey's Anatomy and ER.



Readers LOVE Gill's gripping medical romances!

'Remarkable writer!!' 5* author review


'Brilliant book filled with romance, love, adventure and wonderment!' 5* reader review


'This is a very heartwarming book which I struggled to put down. Worthwhile read' 5* reader review


Could this be just a holiday romance...



District Nurse Amy Harrison didn't want a man in her life. She had a husband and it wasn't a happy experience. Now content with her family and career, a holiday in Majorca turns things on its head when she meets Doctor Adam Ross and his daughter. There is something different about Adam. Somehow he has managed to open her heart and left her yearning for his love. But is this the real deal, or just a brief love affair?

Don't miss Gill Sanderson's enthralling medical romances, including the A Lakeland Practice and the Good, Bad and Ugly series.

R 41,38

Advances in Computer Chess

Advances in Computer Chess 3 focuses on the mechanics involved in playing chess on computer. This book features an extensive discussion of the game wherein it is played in a different setting.
The selection, which is composed of 13 chapters, features the extensive contributions of researchers who continuously search for ways to improve playing chess on computer. This book starts with the discussion of the basic principles and concepts that can impose changes on how the game is played. A discussion is devoted to the Belle chess hardware. What is clearly pointed out in this section is the speed of the program relative to responses made while playing. A comparison is made between the performance of human and computer in playing chess. The complexity of various computer moves are then elaborated by highlighting how these moves can alter the pace as well as the result of the game. The development of a program that is aimed at solving problems on how chess is played is also noted.
This book is a sure hit for those who are fond of playing chess in any playing field.
R 470,33

A Short History of the Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses (c. 1455-1487) are renowned as an infamously savage and tangled slice of English history. A bloody thirty-year struggle between the dynastic houses of Lancaster and York, they embraced localised vendetta (such as the bitter northern feud between the Percies and Nevilles) as well as the formal clash of royalist and rebel armies at St Albans, Ludford Bridge, Mortimer's Cross, Towton, Tewkesbury and finally Bosworth, when the usurping Yorkist king, Richard III, was crushed by Henry Tudor. Powerful personalities dominate the period: the charismatic and enigmatic Richard III, immortalized by Shakespeare; the slippery Warwick, the Kingmaker', who finally over-reached ambition to be cut down at the Battle of Barnet; and guileful women like Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret of Anjou, who for a time ruled the kingdom in her husband's stead. David Grummitt places the violent events of this complex time in the wider context of fifteenth-century kingship and the development of English political culture.Never losing sight of the traumatic impact of war on the lives of those who either fought in or were touched by battle, this captivating new history will make compelling reading for students of the late medieval period and Tudor England, as well as for general readers.
R 261,16

Advances in Biological and Medical Physics

Advances in Biological and Medical Physics, Volume 13 covers articles on the advances in biological and medical physics. The book presents papers on the solid-state physics of electron and ion transport in biology; on microelectrophoretic studies on the surface chemistry of erythrocytes; and on a specific common chromosomal pathway for the origin of human malignancy, including an evaluation of long-term human hazards of potential environmental carcinogens. The text then discusses the instantaneous radiation levels at different altitudes and latitudes; the accumulated radiation exposures to crew members and passengers; and the resulting radiation burden to the entire population.
The theory and practical application of the selective destruction of cell organelles by laser beam, as well as some aspects of radiation effects on cell membranes are also considered. The book further tackles the effects of radiation on artificial lipid membranes; the role of bacterial membranes in radiosensitization; and the effects of ionizing radiation on lysosomes and other intracellular membranes. The text also describes the high oxygen effect for the release of enzymes from isolated mammalian lysosomes after treatment with ionizing radiation; as well as the effects of ultraviolet and visible light on nerve fibers and changes in optical properties during nervous activity. The effects of ultraviolet radiation on isolated nerve fibers are also looked into. Biological and medical physicists and students taking these courses will find the book invaluable.
R 1 073,87

All in Good Time

All in Good Time is the remarkable story of George Daniels, the master mechanic, who was born into poverty but raised himself to become the greatest watchmaker of the twentieth century. Daniels stood alone in modern times as the inventor of the revolutionary co-axial escapement, the first substantial advance in portable mechanical timekeeping over the lever escapement, which had dominated ever since its invention in 1759. Daniels's love of mechanics embraced not only the minute, however - he was also a passionate collector and driver of historic motorcars. This revised and updated autobiography allows the reader to witness the triumph of intelligence, ingenuity, matchless skill and singularity of purpose over the most unpromising of beginnings
R 589,25

142 Strand

142 Strand was the home of the brilliant, unconventional young publisher John Chapman. All the daring and avant-garde writers and thinkers of Victorian London gathered here, among them Carlyle, Dickens, Thackeray; Americans like Emerson and refugees from revolutionary Europe like Mazzini. In 1851 Chapman brought Marian Evans - the future George Eliot - to London where her arrival caused rows in the household, which included Chapman's wife and also his mistress.

The Strand was packed with booksellers, magazine publishers, theatres, clubs, and quack doctors. Only a short distance away were Westminster, the Houses of Parliament and the disreputable pornographers of Holywell street. Chapman's circle touched all these worlds, and the vivid story of these unconventional lives and unorthodox views - marvellously told by Rosemary Ashton - takes us to the heart of Victorian culture, uncovering its surprising energy, its doubts and arguments, and, above all, its passionate reforming spirit.

R 187,22