Wednesday, 20 June 2012

RAINBOW'S END by Jake van der Wilden


468 pages
Publication date: July 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9870346-0-1
Recommended retail price: R190

This novel is about the journey of an ordinary South African caught up in the collapse of modern South Africa. Sitting on a hillside above a ruined Johannesburg, he is forced to make a choice – to go back to the pioneer spirit of the past, or to end his life alone amid the wreckage. He chooses the former, knowing that to survive he would, quite literally, have to start again from scratch; ‘going back’ to where South Africa was some 350 years ago.

He builds a primitive cart and embarks on a journey, not only to try to reach Durban where friends may have survived, but also to apply his mind, within the limits of his knowledge, education and background, to the circumstances that had brought him – and his country – unwittingly into this catastrophe.

Although the book is fiction, there is no guarantee that what is described cannot happen.

About the Author:

Jake van der Wilden, was born in 1941. His parents were Dutch immigrants, who initially settled in Pretoria. He was educated in the Western Cape, and has lived in many South African towns and cities. He has been married to his wife Pat for 41 years.

His career has wandered through the legal field, wholesale and retail selling, HR, training and development, owned a petrol station, and currently a small maintenance business. He loves to read, is fluent in English and Afrikaans and is a keen golfer.

He has visited five continents, and believes that South Africa is one of the best countries in the world when all concerned work to keep it that way.

Monday, 11 June 2012

LIVE AND LEAD: By Coen Bester

Available Soon:
LIVE AND LEAD by Coen Bester

‘Coen started his first company at a young age and through applying the principles described in this book mentored and nurtured his staff to build a successful company. His approach is practical, implementable and logical. It is all about being positive, doing the right things, living your values and working on your strengths. This book confirms that there is a bright future for anyone who is prepared to learn and be guided.’
Allen Swiegers, Chief Operating Officer, Deloitte Southern Africa

Short Description:

Please don’t put this book down if you think that it may not be for you because you don’t think of yourself as a leader. The one thing that keeps people from becoming better at leadership is this exact belief. You may simply have not bought into or accepted this idea yet. For some undiscovered reason, we so easily accept the leadership of others, but don’t really buy into our own. Hang on to the book; I will convince you otherwise.

On the other hand, if you do see yourself as leader, I humbly invite you to consider an approach to leadership that could be of value in assisting you to develop your own personal philosophy of leadership. Unless your leadership is grounded in your own authentic leadership beliefs, you will remain vulnerable to the curved balls that the world throws at leaders. We cannot afford to lose one more leader to the challenges posed by uncertainty, hopelessness, greed, power and sex.

An investment in leadership is an investment in yourself. So whatever you decide you are, read this for your own sake. Life is short; we should not allow a single day to go by without having had, or having brought joy.

About the Author:

Coen Bester spends most of his life in fast-growing business; either as angel investor, mentor or non-executive. He has successfully founded, grown and exited his own business along the way. His passion is the mentoring of next-generation leaders and he has spent the last ten years researching and consulting in this field. His academic career includes two engineering degrees and one business degree.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Second Edition of Grief’s Bounty Launched

On the temperate evening of May the 31st, the air at LoveBooks in Melville was thick with the anticipation of Sandy Goulding’s second edition of her novel, Grief’s Bounty.

The who’s who of the media world, fellow authors and avid readers attended to listen to Sandy in conversation with clinical psychologist and Associate at AllAboutWriting Pierre Brouard.

For Sandy, the process of writing the novel helped her deal with the emotions and grief surrounding the loss of her father and her brother in a very short space of time. What ensued was a journey of growth and healing as well as the realization that often an end is the start of a new beginning, a new horizon, so to speak.

The audience was captivated by the discussion as Sandy explained to Pierre the catalyst for writing the novel, the process of writing as well as the journey experienced through the written word.

Porcupine Press are proud to represent Sandy and wish her every success.

For those who would like to buy a copy of Grief’s Bounty, please visit

Above: Grief’s Bounty