The Waddle's Top 10 Stories of the Year So Far

This entry was posted on 11 August 2021.

The Waddle is where penguins and people babble about books, and with the range of features – advice, inspiration, recipes, columns and extracts galore – there’s something for every book lover. Here are the most popular features so far this year, as chosen by you!



1. The 21 Must-read Books of 2021 So Far

From edge-of-the-seat thrillers such as The President’s Daughter  by Bill Clinton and James Patterson and riveting non-fiction, like Gérard Labuschagne’s The Profiler Diaries, to Booker Prize longlist-nominated, The Promise  by Damon Galgut and a brand new cookbook from Cariema Isaacs.




2 & 3. Jamie Oliver Recipes

In second and third place are Jamie Oliver's recipes for Chicken Noodle Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce and Tenderstem Broccoli  taken from 5 Ingredients and Jamie's back with new achievable, exciting and tasty recipesfeaturing his recipes for Crispy Salmon Tacos, Easy Peri Peri Chicken and Sunshine Egg Salad from 7 Ways. You can’t go wrong with a Jamie dish!



4. Moving through uncertainty with determination and confidence

In Future-Proof Yourself, human-potential and parenting expert Nikki Bush provides simple but effective lessons and frameworks to help you future-proof yourself to win at both work and life. In this article, she shares her answers to some of the most common questions around dealing with disruption.




5. Advice, inspiration and attitudes on life from Tebogo ProVerb Thekisho

Radio personality, Idols SA host, music producer, entrepreneur, ex-hip hop artist and now author, Tebogo ProVerb Thekisho shares his advice, inspiration and attitudes on life in this article, which features extracts from his memoir, The Book of ProVerb, a hustle manifesto, and a wholesome guide to life.




6. Extract: Unbecoming by Joanne Fedler

Unbecoming  is a funny, heartbreaking and provocative homage to the midlife unravelling as women on the brink of elderhood speak honestly about their lives and wonder what the hell to do with vaginas that are not ready to be put out to pasture just yet.




7. Rebuilding the African Penguin Population

With the very first National Marine Protected Areas Day that happened on the 1st of August, #EveryPenguinCounts, writes Trudi Malan, conservation manager of the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary. The APSS is a project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust in Western Cape’s Gansbaai.




8. A Thought-Provoking Novel that Revels in the Power of Words

A letter from Pip Williams, author of the empowering debut, The Dictionary of Lost Words. This unforgettable novel is a celebration of the English language and the inception of the Oxford English Dictionary, guaranteed to excite anyone who loves books about books and language.




9. Extract: Suspects by Lesley Pearse

Suspects is the enthralling new novel from the 10-million-copy, No. 1 bestselling author. When Nina and Conrad move into their new home in Willow Close a body is discovered. They had thought they'd found their dream neighbourhood. But have they moved into a nightmare?




10. Turn the Page on Climate Change

Knowledge is power. Here are eight ways you can prepare for the future and help save the planet, with books from environmental thought-leaders such as David Attenborough, Bill Gates, Naomi Klein and Greta Thunberg.




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