In September 2011, Kim McCusker was dragged for 780 metres underneath a minibus taxi. Her injuries were horrific and it took many skin grafts and months in hospital to begin the process of healing – which to this day is an ongoing process. She tells the true story of what happened that fateful day and of the aftermath in Scarred But Not For Life. The taxi driver robbed McCusker of more than just her health. He cost her her career and, eventually, her marriage. What he couldn’t rob her of was her fighting spirit. She has built up a beauty business, written her book and has (not surprisingly) become a sought-after motivational speaker. As for the taxi driver … he has disappeared. TMP, R267.
Joost van der Westhuizen, known for years as the golden boy of South African rugby, shocked the world in 2011 when it was announced that he had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) and probably had no more than two years to live. Glory Game – The Joost van der Westhuizen Story by Joost and Odette Schwegler is the inspiring – and heartbreaking – story of Joost’s valiant battle against the incurable disease. In the course of this battle, Joost set up his J9 Foundation designed to assist those with MND and to find a cure for the disease. Set against the backdrop of his illustrious rugby career, it’s the story of a modern day warrior facing his own human frailty – and doing so with enormous courage and humour. He showed that beyond success and fame his true wealth lay in family and friends and despite his ravaged body, his spirit remained invincible. Anyone who feels life has dealt them a rotten hand should read this book and be encouraged to bravely soldier on – just as Joost did until his death on February 6 this year. TMP, R180.