New Arrivals 20th to 26th of March 2020

Maisela (L.) SPERM DONOR, a novel
424pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R285
A novel set in Soweto in 1994 about a young couple struggling to conceive their first child.

Letepe Maisela is the author of The Empowered Native.
Meersman (B.) A CHILDHOOD MADE UP, living with my mother's madness
237pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R290
Brett Meerman's memoir about growing up in Cape Town in the 1970s and 1980s with his mother, a horse-loving artist struggling with schizophrenia, and his father, who battled alcoholism and depression.

"Infinitely poignant, acutely written, often witty . . . Through pain and grief, larded with comic flashes, Meersman skilfully guides us to an unexpected and deeply moving redemption." Justice Edwin Cameron

"Cathartic, insightful, funny and most of all, courageous." Zapiro

Brent Meersman is a journalist and writer based in Cape Town. His books include Primary Coloured, Reports before Daybreak, Five Lives at Noon, 80 Gays Around the World and Sunset Claws.
Mfazwe (E.) NDINETHEMBA, my hope, my strength, my progress
50pp., paperback, No Place, 2018. R185
A collection of poems by Eyethu Mfazwe, a spoken word artist and writer from East London.
228pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R240
A novel about a young man who leaves Bulawayo in Zimbabwe hoping for a better life in Johannesburg.

Co-winner of the 2008 Oxfam Novib/ PEN Award for Freedom of Expression for theatre.

Zimbabwean novelist, playwright and poet Christopher Mlalazi is the author of the novels Many Rivers, Running with Mother and They are Coming and the short story collection Tales from the Township.
Myburgh (P.) 52, fifty-two, poems/ twee-en-vyftig, gedigte
53pp., paperback, Edinburgh, 2020. R165
A debut collection of poems in English and Afrikaans by Philip Myburgh.

"Words you can taste in your mouth, courageous and searing in honesty." Andrew Brown, author of Coldsleep Lullaby and Devil's Harvest
Saul (Z.) & Botha (R.) PHONEMES, GRAPHEMES AND DEMOCRACY, the significance of accuracy in the orthographical development of isiXhosa
177pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2020. R225
Provides guidelines on important aspects of isiXhosa orthography such as word division, spelling and capitalisation.

Zandisile Saul in Senior Lecturer in African Languages at the University of Fort Hare.
Rudolph Botha is Adjunct Professor in African Languages at the University of Fort Hare. He serves as the Deputy Chairperson of the Eastern Cape Provincial Committee.
Shakong (S.) I WANT TO SEE THE SUN RISE, a South African story of exile and fatherhood
208pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R200
In his autobiography Sam Shakong relates his experience of growing up in rural South Africa, his initiation into politics in Alexandra township, exile in New York, his time in Botswana and Zambia, and his eventual return to a democratic South Africa. He also writes about his special relationship with his daughter.

"An amazing journey, an insight into the worlds that make up exile life." Niq Mhlongo, author of Way Back Home
Watson (G.) A MONEY LENDER'S TALE, one man's journey to change the world of wealth distribution
262pp., paperback, No Place, 2018. R250
Lawyer and businessman George Watson examines the history and nature of money lending.


George Watson was born in Malawi and educated in the UK. He started a business providing finance to small owner-managed start-up and early stage businesses in London. In 1998 he moved to Cape Town where he established the same business, which was eventually sold to a government agency.
Watson (R.) PEACOCKS & PICATHARTES, reflections on Africa's birdlife
216pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R220
Naturalist Rupert Watson on a variety of birds found in Africa. He draws on precolonial and current day avian accounts as well as his own observations.

Rupert Watson was born in England and has lived in Kenya for over 40 years where he practices as a lawyer, mediator, naturalist and writer. His books include The African Baobab and Culture Clash.

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