Holiday reads and gift guide: inspirational reads

The holiday season is here and what better way to spend it catching up on some reading? Whether you are looking for a book to unwind with or a gift for the book lover in your life, we've curated a list of some of 2021's bestsellers, award-winners and must-read books. 

Every story matters and each of these memoirs are a testament of courage, determination and hope. Heartbreaking and yet hopeful, poignant, uplifting and extraordinary stories perfect for anyone who loves memoirs and autobiographies.  

Lily’s Promise

by Lily Ebert and Dov Forman

Book cover for Lily’s Promise

The Sunday Times top 10 bestseller
With a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
When Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert was liberated in 1945, a Jewish-American soldier gave her a banknote on which he’d written ‘Good luck and happiness’. And when her great-grandson, Dov, decided to use social media to track down the family of the GI, 96-year-old Lily found herself making headlines round the world. Lily had promised herself that if she survived Auschwitz she would tell everyone the truth about the camp. Now was her chance.
This is an incredibly moving and powerful memoir of an Auschwitz survivor who made headlines around the world.

The Happiest Man on Earth

by Eddie Jaku

Book cover for The Happiest Man on Earth

This inspirational memoir shows us how happiness can be found even in the darkest of times. In November 1938, Eddie Jaku was beaten, arrested and taken to a German concentration camp. He endured unimaginable horrors for the next seven years and lost family, friends and his country.  But he survived. And because he survived, he vowed to smile every day. He became the ‘happiest man on earth’. This is his story.
Life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful. It is up to you.

Swan Dive

by Georgina Pazcoguin

Book cover for Swan Dive

Award-winning New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin, aka the Rogue Ballerina, gives readers a backstage tour of the real world of elite ballet – the gritty, hilarious, sometimes shocking truth you don’t see from the orchestra circle. Tying together Pazcoguin’s fight for equality in the ballet with her infectious and deeply moving passion for her craft, Swan Dive is a page-turning, one-of-a-kind account that guarantees you'll never view a ballerina or a ballet the same way again.

In Black and White

by Anant Singh

Book cover for In Black and White

Having produced more than 100 films in over four decades from the mid-1980s to the present, Anant Singh is recognised as South Africa’s pre-eminent film producer. Meet the man behind the camera In Black and White. His extraordinary memoir is a story of professional relationships and of friendships. It is a testament to determination, courage and perseverance to speak up and speak out through the powerful medium of film.

Anant Singh introduces his extraordinary memoir, In Black and White.