New Arrivals 24th to 30th of October 2019

Alagiah (G.) THE BURNING LAND,
259pp., paperback, Edinburgh, 2019. R290
A political thriller set in contemporary South Africa. Shady deals by powerful people mean large tracts of land are being sold to foreign investors, leaving those who farm it without jobs or homes. Activist Lesedi Motlantshe, son of a prominent anti-apartheid campaigner who is now part of a corrupt elite, is murdered. Childhood friends Lindi Seaton, who works in conflict resolution, and Kagiso Rapabane, activist son of the Seatons’ former housekeeper, form an alliance in order to discover the truth.

British news journalist George Alagiah presents the BBC News at Six and is the main presenter of GMT on BBC World News. As a foreign correspondent for the BBC he covered the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.
Botes (A.) KAMMALAND,
224pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R280
Annelie Botes and her husband spent three months on a canal boat in England reflecting on 44 years of marriage and on the years that lie ahead.

Annelie Botes was born in 1957 in Uniondale in the Karoo and lives in Port ELizabeth. Her other books include Thula Thula, Lugkasteel and Kainsmerk.
Chipanta (M.) FIVE NIGHTS BEFORE THE SUMMIT,
194pp., paperback, Harare, 2019. R225
A novel set in Zambia in 1979, about the investigation into the murder of a white British couple five days before the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit to be held in Africa.

Mukuka Chipanta was born in Zambia and grew up on the Zambian Copperbelt. An Aerospace Engineer and Programme Manager he currently lives and works in Washington DC. He is the author of A Casualty of Power.
Coetzee (C.) & Westby-Nunn (T.) FORTS OF THE EASTERN CAPE, securing a frontier, 1799-1878
682pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Third Edition, Cape Town, (1995) 2020. R1910
Limited to 50 numbered copies.

The history, structure, and eventual demolition of the forts used by the British forces during their occupation of the Eastern Cape in the period of the Frontier Wars.

In this new edition the text and photographs are unchanged. Coloured maps, additional paintings and images have been included.
Cole (B.) THE ELITE, the story of the Rhodesian Special Air Service
511pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Reprint, Durban, (1984) 2019. R495
The Rhodesian Special Air Service or Rhodesian SAS was a Rhodesian special forces unit used in external counter-insurgency operations, mostly in Zambia and Mozambique, during the Rhodesian Bush War.

Journalist Barbara Cole was a High Court reporter on the Rhodesia Herald at the start of the Bush War. Later, she worked for the publication department of the Ministry of Information. She moved to South Africa at the end of the war.
Davis (J.) TIYO SOGA, a literary history
393pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2018. R488
A study of Tiyo Soga’s literary significance and his lasting relevance to African intellectualism, diaspora, and theological studies. Previously lost writings including speeches, letters and grammatical treatises are included in the book.

The Reverend Tiyo ‘Zisani’ Soga (1831-1871) was a prominent 19th century African intellectual. He was born in 1831 in free Xhosa lands, the son of a counsellor to the Xhosa chief Ngqika, He studied at the Andersonian Institute in Glasgow and was ordained as a minister in the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland in 1857. He then returned to the Eastern Cape with his Scots bride, Janet and worked as a minister, writer and translator.

South African literary theorist Dr Joanne Davis is a research associate at the Centre of World Christianity, SOAS, University of London.
Forrest (K.) BONDS OF JUSTICE, the struggle for Oukasie
167pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R100
Kally Forrest records the achievements of the inhabitants of Oukasie, a township in the Madibeng Municipality in North West Province, who successfully fought against forced removals and appalling living conditions in the 1980s and 1990s. He goes on to describe the problems faced by the community post-1994.

"In this timely work, Kally Forrest expertly sheds light on apartheid South Africa's last major forced urban removal. Her detailed research dissects the resistance to the removal, how the Oukasie community was torn apart by the machinations of the apartheid local and national state and the challenges of rebuilding post-apartheid." Alan Morris, Professor of Sociology, University of Technology, Sydney

Kally Forrest is currently a senior researcher at the Society, Work & Politics Institute (SWOP), University of the Witwatersrand, where she is working on a Coal Mining and Water project. Prior to this research she was editor of the South African Labour Bulletin.
ka Plaatjie (T.) SOBUKWE, the making of a Pan Africanist leader, volume 1
290pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R300
Volume 1 of Thami ka Plaatjie's study of the life and work of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, founder of the Pan Africanist Congress.

Thami ka Plaatjie is a research fellow at the University of Johannesburg. From 2014-2017 he headed ANC research at Luthuli House. He has worked as as advisor and speech writer to Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, served as Secretariat for the International Relations Policy Review Committee, and was Deputy Chair of the SABC Board.
Manson (A.), Mbenga (B.) & Lissoni (A.) KHONGOLOSE, a short history of the ANC in the North-West Province from 1909
159pp., illus., map, paperback, Pretoria, 2016. R435
A history of the ANC's activities and strategies in the areas that now comprise North-West Province, from 1909 to 2013

Andrew Manson is a research fellow in the Department of History at the University of South Africa. Prior to his retirement in 2014, he was Professor and later Research Professor at the North-West University.
Bernard Mbenga is Professor of History at the North-West University, Mafikeng campus.
Arianna Lissoni is a researcher in the History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Olver (C.) A HOUSE DIVIDED, the feud that took Cape Town to the brink
307pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R275
Against the backdrop of the 2018 water crisis in Cape Town author and academic Crispian Olver investigates how the city is run and uncovers back-stabbing, feuds and back-room deals. He examines the relationship between local politicians and property developers and dubious developments in the agriculturally sensitive area of Philippi, on the West Coast and along the Atlantic seaboard. He also looks into the in-fighting within the Democratic Alliance and the resignation of mayor Patricia De Lille.

Medical doctor Crispian Olver joined Nelson Mandela’s office in 1994 as Head of Planning for the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) and later served as Director-General of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. In 2015 he led an intervention into corruption in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro. His previous book, How to Steal a City, grew out of this epxerience.
Richards (J-A.) THE INNOCENCE OF ROAST CHICKEN, a novel
254pp., paperback, New Edition, Johannesburg, (1996) 2019. R190
Reprint of a novel about family life on a farm in the Eastern Cape, seen through the eyes of the young girl, Kate. Scenes from Kate’s early life on the farm in the 1960s are juxtaposed with 1989 Johannesburg, Kate, now married and a human rights lawyer, unhappy with her marriage and the national situation, revisits a brutal incident one Christmas day when she was forced into an awareness of what lay beneath her blissful childhood.

"On its debut, The Innocence of Roast Chicken was the perfect herald of South Africa's transition. It remains an enduringly lyrical and evocative landmark novel, both coolly rational and achingly nostalgic in its depiction of the beloved country." Finuala Dowling, author of Homemaking for the Down-at-heart and I, Flying

"The Innocence of Roast Chicken" broke the paradigm. It helped to define the time, giving insight into where some of us had come from, and it pointed the way to what we could become. That's what great writing should accomplish." Ronnie Kasrils, author of A Simple Man, Kasrils And the Zuma enigma and former Minister of Intelligence Services

Jo-Anne Richards lives in Cape Town and teaches creative writing through All About Writing. Her other novels include Sad at the Edges, My Brother's Book and The Imagined Child.
Sitas (A.) THE VESPA DIARIES,
181pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R195
A collection of poems by South African sociologist, writer, poet, dramatist and civic activist Ari Sitas.

Ari Sitas was born in 1952 in Cyprus. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1984. He is Chairperson of the South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT) and serves as the South African representative on the BRICS Think Tanks Council. Emeritus Professor of the University of Cape Town’s Re-Centring AfroAsia Project, he recently received the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver from President Cyril Ramaphosa. He was one of the founder members of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company. In 1978 he received the Olive Schreiner Award for his play Randlords and Rotgut. His poetry collections include Tropical Scars, Slave Trades, RDP Poems and Rough Music. His recent publications include The Ethic of Reconciliation , The Mandela Decade - labour. culture and society in post-pApartheid South Africa and The Flight of the Gwala-Gwala Bird, a collection of essays.
Steyn (J.) FATHER MICHAEL'S LOTTERY, a novel
380pp., paperback, Revised Edition, Johannesburg, (2005) 2019. R190
Reprint of a novel about a doctor battling against the Aids pandemic in a small hospital in an African town.

"Father Michael's Lottery is in a class of its own. In a series of tragi-comic poignant vignettes, it explores the life of a community in rural Africa struggling with twin plagues of poverty and disease. Johan Steyn's achievement is to handle his subject with a light touch, in prose that makes the precarious spaces of death-in-life. and life-in-death, strangely human and inhabitable." Professor David Attwell, English Language and Literature, University of York

"Moving, bleakly funny, a dispatch from the front line." Justin Cartwright, In Every Face I Meet and Up Against the Night

"Father Michael's Lottery is a great-spirited novel that tells its tale - about a committed doctor's search for more 'happy endings' in all-too-unpromising circumstances - with heart and passion and hope." Edwin Cameron, author of Witness to Aids and Justice

Johan Steyn is a medical doctor who has worked and travelled extensively in Afrioa.
Wotshela (L.) CAPRICIOUS PATRONAGE AND CAPTIVE LAND, a socio-political history of resettlement and change in South Africa's Eastern Cape, 1960 to 2005
409pp., illus., maps, paperback, Pretoria, 2018. R615
A critical examination of the apartheid government’s resettlement policy in the Eastern Cape. Wotshela also discusses the role of tribal authorities who dispensed land and linked basic services to loyalists of homeland political parties; how civil movements contested the homeland policy; and how, post-apartheid, the politics of remobilising communities expanded social boundaries in the region.

Luvuyo Wotshela is Professor and Head of the National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre at the University of Fort Hare.

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