Exclusive Books Recommends and Childrens Month – June 2024

On frosty morning or chilly evenings, books are the perfect companion to see you though the cooler months, and Exclusive Books has dished up some excellent choices in the Recommends selection for June. We showered special attention on the perfect books for dad –all kinds of dads – in honour of Father’s Day on 16th of June.

Men are traditionally devoted readers of non-fiction, and EBR has some winners this month to suit those kinds of dads:

The Everything War Roelia Reads Exclusive BooksAbout our crazy world: The Everything War, from veteran Amazon reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Dana Mattioli, is a searing expose of Amazon’s endless strategic greed, from destroying competition to remaking corporate power, in pursuit of total domination, by any means necessary.

Something a little more tame: Newman’s Birds by Colour is ingenuous – a simple illustrated guide of identifying birds using colour as a starting point, full revised with distribution maps for each species and photographs for each bird entry. With more than 40 000 copies already sold, this book is already a favourite for both veteran or novice twitcher dads.

For real-life inspiration of success against all odds: Now that I Have your Attention – 7 Lessons in Leading in a Life Bigger Than they Expect, offers simple, universal lessons on self-discipline and self-compassion from trailblazing racing driver and international speaker, Nicholas Hamilton.

About our crazy home – How to Fix (Unf*ck) a Country – highlights six things to reboot South Africa by Roy Havemann, lessons learnt from the achievement and mistakes of other countries who are solving their problems, dealing with inequality and upgrading education systems.

History and crime buffs will enjoy Hunting the Seven, How the Gugulethu Seven assassins were exposed, by Beverley Roos-Muller, a pacy, riveting narrative with many colourful characters and revealing a little-known historical mystery of the apartheid era.

The two books below were the bestselling titles from the Kingsmead and Franschhoek Literary Festivals – Prescription Ice-cream – Alistair McAlpine’s engaging memoir about the highs and lows of working as a medical doctor in South Africa, and how, with a little help from metal music and ice cream, he was able to struggle on, find meaning and inspire others. When Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was discovered below the Antarctic ice in March 2022, 106 years after it sank, the world thrilled anew with one of the greatest survival stories of all time. Acclaimed South African writer Darrel Bristow-Bovey revisits the famous story in Finding Endurance, drawing on literature, natural history, personal memoir and the thrilling epics of polar adventure. A celebration of the human spirit.

Plenty dads adore a page-turner, edge-of-your-seat reading that offers escape and adventure. Here are some crackers: International bestseller writer returns to Kingsbridge with an epic tale of revolution and a cast of unforgettable characters in Ken Follet’s The Armour of Light – a special format at a special price of R495 – till stocks last.  Combining the talents of two cracker storytellers – Michael Crichton and James Patterson – here is the engrossing event thriller about a volcanic eruption in Hawaii, and a decade-old military secret that could turn the volcano into something even more terrifying.  From the creator of the hit Netflix series Fool Me Once, comes another unputdownable new Myron Bolitar thriller, Think Twice, by Harlan Coben. How can a man who’s already dead be wanted for murder? Secrets, lies and a murderous conspiracy that stretches back into the past lie at the heart of this new thriller.

Gentler fiction good for ‘puzzling dads’ includes The Fellowship of Puzzle Makers, the gloriously uplifting, nostalgic and wonderfully puzzling novel from Samuel Burr, perfect for fans of The Thursday Murder Club, that tells a charming tale of how finding your place in the world is sometimes the greatest puzzle of all. The Wolf Hunt – Nazi Terror in South African Waters, by Justin Fox is a pacy adventure with star Jack Pembroke, backed by meticulous historical research.

If you want to pair dad’s favourite read with a handy add-on, Exclusive Books presents the Bookaroo range, including notebooks with special slots for a pen, tech-tidy to carry all those loose chords and chargers and things, and other nifty combinations of pouches, spec cases and more.

June is also Children’s Month at Exclusive Books, and the weeks ahead are jam-packed with 85 stupendous children’s events hosted at Exclusive Books branches around the country. Rub shoulders with Peter Rabbit, Spot and Haas Das, get crafty with Dr Seuss, Pokemon and Gabby’s Dollhouse or listen to stories read by the authors themselves. Please see www.exclusivebooks.co.za under the events tab or follow us at @exclusivebooks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more information

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