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Over the past few weeks we’ve managed to sell the majority of our books, even though it initially felt impossible! Clearing out floor-to-ceiling shelves is both a tricky task, as well as quite a sad ordeal parting with them at all. There is a single bookshelf left and they’re all design, art and photography related. Interested?

Basics Photography 1: Composition by David Prakel 60
Basics Photography 2: Lighting by David Prakel 60
Basics Photography 3: Capturing Colour by Phil Malpas 60
Basics Photography 4: Post-Production Black & White by Steve Macleod 60
Basics Photography 5: Post-Production Colour by Steve Macleod 60
Basics Design 1: Format by Ambrose/Harris 60
Basics Design 2: Layout by Ambrose/Harris 60
Basics Design 3: Typography by Ambrose/Harris 60
Basics Design 4: Image by Ambrose/Harris 60
Basics Design 5: Colour by Ambrose/Harris 60
Basics Design 6: Print & Finish by Ambrose/Harris 60
Basics Illustration 1: Thinking Visually by Mark Wigan 60
Basics Product Design 1: Idea Searching by David Bramston 60
Basics Product Design 2: Visual Conversations by David Bramston 60
Basics Illustration 2: Sequencial Images by Mark Wigan 60
Key Concepts in Philosophy: Mind by Eric Matthews 30
Key Concepts in Philosophy: Logic by Goldstein et al 30
Key Concepts in Philosophy: Language by Jose Medina 30
Key Concepts in Philosophy: Epistemology by Christopher Norris 30
Coaching the Artist Within by Eric Maisel 20
The Cartoonist’s Workshop by Steve Marchant 40
Graphic Design Foundation Course by Curtis Tappenden 50
The Designer and the Grid by Lucienne Roberts and Julia Thrift 80
The Digital Printing Handbook by Tim Daly 30
Designers on Design by Terence Conran and Max Fraser 80
The Huge Book of Hell by Matt Groening 60
iMovie HD & iDVD5 for Mac OS x – Visual Quickstart Guide 10
Ideas That Changed the World by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto 80
Art: A New History by Paul Johnson 150
South African Visual Culture by Jeanne van Eeden and Amanda du Preez 60
Visual Research by Ian Noble and Russell Bestley 150
A Decade of South African Design Excellence Volume 1 150
A Concise Guide to the Loerie Awards 2006 150
Rookledge’s Classic International TypeFinder 100
Experimental Layout by Ian Noble and Russell Bestley 150
Launching the Imagination: A Comprehensive Guide to Basic Design by Mary Stewart 60
Type 1: Digital Typeface Design by Nathan Gale 100
Best of European Design and Advertising 2006 150
The Layout Book by Ambrose/Harris 100
Letterhead and Logo Design 7 selected by Sayles Graphic Design 100
Soma Basics: Lighting by Conran and Bond 50
Pictoplasma: Characters in Motion 150
Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design 80
How to Fold 150
What is Graphic Design? Essential Design Handbooks by Quentin Newark 150
The Encyclopedia of Photographic Techniques by Adrian Davies 50
Graphic Designer’s Production Handbook by Norman Sanders 50
Letter by Letter: An Alphabetic Miscellany by Pflughaupt 80
Drawing from Observation by Brian Curtis 80
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Some people are of the opinion that books choose us, and not the other way around. After reading this book I’m starting to wonder whether there is something more to that, if certain books make an appearance at a specific stage of your life. One thing is for sure, after reading through this epic love story you will feel emotionally purged. You will be reminded of the power of reading and appreciate that a book like this doesn’t come along every day.

The characterisation of four friends (JB, Malcolm, Willem and Jude) is done beautifully and each of them stands out as an individual early on. While all four characters are detailed in the book, A Little Life follows the story of Jude St. Francis who hasn’t had an easy life by any means. His life has been riddled by so much hardship and strife that you are only given glimpses at a time in order for it to be more palatable. While you are taking in stories of abuse, violence and neglect that happened during his younger years, the glimmer of hope and main source of happiness is the lasting relationships that are created later on. The bonds that are forged early on are put to the test as life gets in the way, and as time goes by your friendships and other important relationships based on love, bravery and sacrifice have a way of defining you.

This was an emotional read that led to a lot of introspection. Even before finishing it, there was a need to take a step back to gather my thoughts and feelings which were so complicated at times that it felt as though this book was actually getting across the true nature of humanity. A bit of a cliche, but this was an emotional roller coaster which tested your range for feelings from empathy, frustration, sympathy, and anger to the happier, more positive side of the spectrum. Jude is so damaged that even though later in life he is shown so much love, kindness and compassion he can cannot accept that his life is worthwhile.

There is nothing little about A Little Life, it’s an achingly beautiful tale of epic proportions which forces you find meaning in life and appreciate the people in it.

This review has been featured on Women24.

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A few weeks ago a friend remarked on how few books I actually enjoy. It made me think that maybe it’s time that I stop looking for new things – be it authors or genres, and stick to what I know I like so that I can make better choices and ultimately read more books that I’m more likely to enjoy. That being said, even though I enjoyed this book I didn’t find it life changing or life affirming, nor do I ever see myself reading it again.


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A little while ago we saw the latest Pixar movie, Inside Out and unsurprisingly it was an emotional roller coaster and for days (and now even weeks later) I find myself looking up interviews with the writers and still images of the movie. While I was in the wormhole I came across The Pixar Theory by Jon Negroni which explains how all the Pixar movies are connected in the same universe.

This theory includes all the movies the studio has created: Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave and Monsters University. It’s too recent to be included in the video below, so here’s an article explaining how Inside Out fits into this theory. Some of these are very easy to believe, while others are definitely more of a stretch of the imagination. Either way, it’s just a bit of fun that even the Pixar staff enjoy.

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This is an annual update, mostly for myself, where the list of worthwhile shows are whittled down and only the good ones are left standing. It makes is easier when keeping track of what to keep an eye out for when the next season comes around.



I’ve always tried to read more books than watch tv, but the truth is that when it’s colder I just don’t want to let my arms outside the blanket to hold a book. It would be a complete lie if I said there wasn’t comfort in lying wrapped in front of the box being fed a story – the only problem is sifting through the many available options to find the ones that appeal to you most. We all have different tastes, and like music preferences it’s essentially a personal choice. Continue reading »

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