New Arrivals 6th to 12th of June 2013

Adichie (C.N.) AMERICANAH,
477 pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2013) 2017. R205
A novel about teenage sweethearts who go their separate ways when one goes to study in the USA and the other seeks a new life in London, and who meet again in Nigeria many years later.

This novel won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction.

"There are some novels that tell a great story and others that change the way you look at the world. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah' is a book that manages to do both...A deeply felt book, written with equal parts lyricism and erudition. More than that, it is an important book - and yet one that never lets its importance weigh down the need to tell a truly gripping human story." Elizabeth Day, The Observer

"Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an extraordinarily self-aware thinker and writer, possessing the ability to lambaste society without sneering or patronising or polemicizing. For her, it seems no great feat to balance high-literary intentions with broad social critique. 'Americanah' examines blackness in America, Nigeria and Britian, but it is also a steady-handed dissection of the universal human experience - a platitude made fresh by Adichie's observations...'Americanah' is witheringly trenchant and hugely empathetic, both worldy and geographically precise, a novel that holds the discomforting realities of our times fearlessly before us. It never feels false." Mike Peed, The New York Times

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in 1977 and grew up in Nigeria. She is the author of the novels Half of a Yellow Sun (Orange Prize) and Purple Hibiscus (Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award)and the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.
Bekker (S.) & Fourchard (L.) eds. GOVERNING CITIES IN AFRICA, politics and policies
205 pp., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R200
"'Governing Cities in Africa: politics and policies' brings a unique set of comparative and collaboratively-generated insights to bear on some key themes of urbanism in sub-Saharan Africa. The book brings to the fore themes that are often neglected in urban studies generally - such as the role of political parties - and interrogates and proposes alternatives to some terms - such as informality - which are perhaps overused in exploring Africa. It has a very dynamic approach to building genuinely new analyses, working across a few to several cities at once, exploring both astonishing similarities and surprising differences, and bringing clarity of thinking to some of the top scholars working on these issues in the region and beyond. This is a rare kind of book, based on deep empirical knowledge and complex theoretical reflection, drawing insight from different language communities and from a very wide array of different cities - it is genuinely comparative, and a model for how to build conceptual insights about urban processes" Jennifer Robinson, Professor of Geography, University College, London

Contributions include:
"Changing Minority Identities in Urban Africa: Cotonou, Kano, Lomé and Maputo" by Jeanne Vivet, Denise Brégand, Rasheed Olaniyi and Amandine Spire
"Breaking Down the Binary: meanings of informal settlement in southern African cities" by Liela Groenewald, Marie Huchzermeyer, Kristen Kornienko, Marius Tredoux, Margot Rubin and Isabel Raposo
"Informality, Public Space and Urban Governance: an approach through street trading (Abidjan, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lomé and Nairobi) by Jean-Fabien Steck, Sophie Didier, Marianne Morange and Margot Rubin
"Contested Social Orders: negotiating urban security in Nigeria and South Africa" by Julie Berg, Rufus Akinyele, Laurent Fourchard, Kees van der Waal and Michellene Williams.

Simon Bekker is a sociologist at the University of Stellenbosch.
Laurent Fourchard is a historian at the University of Bordeaux, France.
Bentley (K.), Nathan (L.) & Calland (R.) eds. FALLS THE SHADOW, between the promise and the reality of the South African Constitution
214 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R360
A collection of essays that explore the causes, meaning and implications of the gap between the promise of the South African Constitution and the reality of life for most South Africans.

Contributions include:
"You Can't Eat the Constitution: is democracy for the poor?" by Tseliso Thipanyane
"Security and the Constitution: Xenophobia. Whose rights? Whose safety?" by Judith Cohen
"Custom and Constitutional Rights: an impossible dialogue?" by Mazibuko Jara
"Bending the Rules: constitutional subversion by the intelligence services" by Laurie Nathan
"Judicial Selection: what qualities do we expect in a South African judge?" by Susannah Cowen
"'Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold" by Richard Calland.

Kristina Bentley is a Senior Research Associate with the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town.
Richard Calland is Associate Professor in the Department of Public Law and the Director of the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town.
Laurie Nathan is Extraordinary Professor and Director of the Centre for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria.
O'Toole (S.) & Tavengwa (T.) eds. CITYSCAPES, re-thinking urban things, issue 3, summer 2012, the smart city
140 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R150
Cityscapes, a magazine published twice a year, focuses on the emergent cities of the global south.

Contributions include:
"Things We Don't Or Can't Notice", Sean O'Toole talks to novelist Imraan Coovadia about the appropriateness of South African's minibus taxi industry as a subject for fiction
"The Scopic Regimes of Urban Neglect", urbanist Ash Amin discusses the contemporary neglect of the urban poor and their infrastructural rights with Matthew Gandy
"Technocity, the smart city report", by Julie Ruvolo, Steve Song, Jay Bhalla, P.Christopher Zegras and John Urry.
348 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R
A crime thriller about a detective and a retired criminal psychologist, both women, working together to solve the murder of a suspected sex offender.

This novel won the 2011 Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award for the best as-yet-unpublished crime manuscript.

Michéle Rowe is a scriptwriter and script editor living in Cape Town. This is her first novel.
Schoeman (C.) CHURCHILL'S SOUTH AFRICA, travels during the Anglo-Boer War
232 pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2013. R250
In October 1899 Winston Churchill arrived in South Africa as war correspondent for the Morning Post to report on the Anglo-Boer War. This book documents his time in the country: his travels across the Great Karoo and Natal, his capture by the Boers, his escape, his return to the Natal front as an officer in the South African Light Horse, the Battle of Spioen Kop, the relief of Ladysmith, his experiences during the British advance through the Free State and the Transvaal, and his return to England.

Chris Schoeman is also the author of "Boer Boy", "Brothers in Arms" and "Angels of Mercy".
Zapiro (illus.) & Wills (C.) text VUVUZELA NATION, Zapiro on SA sport 1995-2013
147 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R175
A collection of Zapiro's (Jonathan Shapiro) cartoons about sport in the new South Africa. with brief comments by Clive Wills.

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