Literary Lines – Books – The ideal gift.


A gift of a well chosen book is always welcome, it can be enjoyed straight away or much later, it can be share with friends and family and read more than once. If you are not sure what book to buy, here are a couple that will please most people.

THE BEDSIDE ARK by David Muirhead. Sub-titled ‘A riotous assembly of unrespectable creatures’ this book is an amusing collection of 42 short tales of a variety of animals, birds and other fauna. Will lots of interesting facts, all told in a light-hearted way, and pointing out some of their idiosyncrasies the reader is constantly entertained. The charming and comical illustrations are by Cape-Town based Patricia de Villiers. The Bedside Ark would make a wonderful gift for anyone interested in the world around them – treat yourself to one too!

Dr Jack’s Third Illustrated SOUTH AFRICAN BYRD BOOK. Another mutant guide to South African byrds. Following the popular publication of two similar books, award winning Dr Jack has done it again! It is amazing that somebody can not only draw so well, but can satirize in such an amusing way even the most common of birds. A great gift book for birders, non-birders, young and old, there will be any smiles and chuckles when browsing through this delightful book
At least once a year somebody looks at the sky and wonders ‘what is that star?” Inspire a greater interest with the superb 2017 SKY GUIDE AFRICA SOUTH. With monthly charts, dates of what to expect, photographs and easy to read text, there is even a competition to win an iOptron Astroboy with a selection of Struik Nature Books.
Many youngsters will be excited to see the latest DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, DOUBLE DOWN. Loved the world over, the eleventh of Jeff Kinney’s will not disappoint those who eagerly await the newest ‘diary’ published at the end of each year.

Need to baffle the brains? HOW TO MAKE A SPACESHIP by Julian Guthrie, Foreword by Richard Branson and Afterword by Stephen Hawking, this book is how a historic race gave birth to private space flight. Entrepreneur Peter Diamandis decided if the (US) government wouldn’t send him to space, he would create a private space industry himself. A fascinating read with some remarkable photographs.
Don’t forget the very young, they love to be read to and why not treat yourself to a book too; there are so many waiting to be read! All the above are newly available from Penguin Random House.