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This Father’s Day, give the special men in your life a book they won’t be able to put down.  Here are some page-turners he will love.

The Boy Who Never Gave Up

By Dr Emmanuel Taban with Andrew Crofts (Jonathan Ball Publishers, R240)

In 1994, 16-year-old Emmanuel Taban walked out of war-torn Sudan with nothing. He had nowhere to go after he had been tortured at the hands of government forces. They falsely accused him of spying for the rebels. When he finally managed to escape, he took a wrong turn. Instead of being reunited with his family, he ended up in neighbouring Eritrea as a refugee.

Young Emmanuel went on a harrowing journey, often spending weeks on the streets. He faced many dangers. Relying on the generosity of strangers, he made the long journey south to South Africa travelling mostly by bus and on foot.

He managed to complete his schooling in Johannesburg with the help of Catholic missionaries. He entered medical school, qualifying as a doctor specialising in pulmonology.

Emmanuel has risen above poverty, racism and xenophobia to become a South African legend. He never gave up. 


Slow Horses

By Mick Herron (John Murray Press, R215)

*Soon to be a major TV series starring Gary Oldman*

Disgraced spies, known as the ‘slow horses’ are banished to Slough House. 

In this drab and mildewed office these highly trained spies don’t run ops, they push paper. Not one of them joined the Intelligence Service to be a slow horse. The one thing they have in common is they want to be back in the action. 


Bulelani Ngcuka: The Sting In The Tale

By Marion Sparg (Jonathan Ball Publishers, R300) 

Courageous, yet contested, Bulelani Ngcuka has always stood up for what he believes in. 

In this sweeping biography, author Marion Sparg uncovers the roots of his fearless activism.  The book covers his detention, exile, and his homecoming.

Ngcuka played a critical role in establishing the National Prosecuting Authority, the elite crime-busting unit the Scorpions, and other mechanisms to tackle the country’s crime and corruption problems.

The Sting in the Tale is a first-hand account of our most recent legal and political history. 

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Sparring Partners 

by John Grisham (Hodder & Stoughton, R355)

 The Sparring Partners are the Malloy brothers, Kirk and Rusty. When their father went to prison, these two successful lawyers inherited the firm. Kirk and Rusty loathe one another. They speak to each other only when necessary. As the firm disintegrates, the fiasco falls into the lap of Diantha Bradshaw, the only person the partners trust. Can she save the Malloys, or does she take a stand for the first time and try to save herself?