A reflection on the intersection of food and life through a gastronomic journey, hope for the future of our planet and a story of a little hippo on a journey to help her feathered friend whilst learning about the world around her featured in the best new reads this season.

Pumpkin Finds Her Kindness
Bianca Flanders
“Pumpkin Pie was grumpy. Her day had been the worst she could remember. She thought she’d win a prize at school, but Megan had come first. Her anger started rumbling, it SIZZLED, SNAKED and GREW Into a big green monster that she couldn’t quite undo; however she remembered Ouma’s words. She had to do her best. Use Operation Find Her Kindness. and put it to the test.
Paperback | R195 | Lapa

Helpful Hannah Hippo
Dino J Martins
“Does anyone know who this little chick belongs to?” Hannah sets out to help a friend who is lost and, on the way, learns about the world around her. She meets lots of different creatures while on a journey to the hippo pools.
Softcover | R150 | Penguin

Taking Selfies with a Sheep
Jaco Jacobs
This absorbing book includes a troublemaker about to get kicked out of school, an eccentric grandmother with a canary yellow Land Rover and a camera. A girl who loves books, a sheep that turns into an internet sensation overnight, a long road and an unforgettable journey that will keep the reader spellbound.
Softcover | R195 | Penguin

The Book of Hope
Jane Goodall & Douglas Abrams
The world-renowned naturalist and conservationist Jane Goodall has spent more than a half-century warning humans of our impact on our planet. From her famous encounters with chimpanzees in the forests of Gombe as a young woman to her tireless campaigning for the environment in her late eighties, Jane has become the godmother to a new generation of climate activists. In The Book of Hope, Jane draws on the wisdom of a lifetime dedicated to nature to teach us how to find strength in the face of the climate crisis, and explains why she still has hope for the natural world and for humanity.
Hardback | R405 | Atlantic Books

Get Untamed – The Journal
Glennon Doyle
With Untamed, Glennon Doyle – writer, activist, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) – ignited a movement. Untamed has been described as “a wake-up call” (Tracee Ellis Ross) and a book that “will shake your brain and make your soul scream” (Adele). Glennon now offers a new way of journalling, one that reveals how we can stop striving to meet others’ expectations – because when we finally learn that satisfying the world is impossible, we quit pleasing and start living. This journal leads us to rediscover, and begin to trust, our inner voice.
Hardback | R350 | Random House

Taste
Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the table. Taste is an intimate reflection on the bond between food and life, filled with anecdotes about growing up in Westchester, NY, preparing for and filming the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia, falling in love over dinner, and teaming up with his wife to create conversation-starting meals for their children. Each morsel of this gastronomic journey through good times and bad, five-star meals and burnt dishes, is as heartfelt and delicious as the last.
Hardcover | R475 | Random House