After months of being continually on the go, the year’s finally winding down – time to reward yourself for your hard work. Rest and relaxation are an integral part of well-being, allowing your body and mind to restore themselves and gain the strength to tackle the new year like a boss. So chill a little with these great reads and podcasts


As former American First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis said: “There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all.” Here are some literary gems to expand your mind…

The Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World, R232)

This award-winning novelist’s latest work relates the story of Hiram Walker, a gifted boy born into a life of bondage in America’s Deep South. Following a near drowning experience, when he’s rescued by a mysterious force, Walker undertakes a personal journey to join the fight against slavery. His mission takes him from the cotton plantations of Virginia to the wilderness as a rebel and finally to freedom in the Northern states. Feeling compelled to liberate those he left behind as well, begins mastering his mysterious gift. A tale of adventure and self-discovery.

Baked in Pain

by Amanda Dambuza (self-published, R185, available from:

You’ve seen and admired this issue’s cover girl – now understand the story of businesswoman extraordinaire, Amanda Dambuza.

At a time when abuse of women is rampant, it’s heartening to read about a triumphant outcome and the many wonderful things that can spark. Dambuza’s memoir provides profound inspiration to readers to use their traumatic experiences as fuel to thrust themselves forward and live a life beyond their wildest expectations.

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