New Arrivals 18th to 24th of July 2013
Filatova (I.) & Davidson (A.)
THE HIDDEN THREAD,
Russia and South Africa in the Soviet Era
553 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
A history of South Africa's relationship with Russia during the Soviet era.
Irina Filatova is Professor of the Higher School of Economics at Russia's National Research University and Professor Emeritus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Apollon Davidson is Professor of the National Research University Higher School of Economics and head of the Centre for African History at the Institute of General History, Russian Academy of Sciences.
"The Russians and the Anglo-Boer War" and "South Africa and the Communist International: a documentary history" are among their previous joint publications.
A RENEGADE CALLED SIMPHIWE,
157 pp., paperback,
A collection of eight essays in which Pumla Dineo Gqola explores the public lives of South African singer Simphiwe Dana.
"Near every sentence in this book is a piece of soul music. I was left impressed, envious, and excited. While it claims to be about thinking of Simphiwe Dana out loud, the book is really a beat for millions of gifted, young, uncontainable Simphiwes who dare reimagine our society. I know of very few scholars who can make feminism sound so clear, enjoyable, hip, right and black, all at once." Kopano Ratele
"Pumla Gqola's mind exhilarates. The tone of this book is as conversational as it is probing and insightful. Doors of insight open up page after page with daring freshness. Here is a literary presence that makes thinking a pleasure." Njabulo Ndebele
Pumla Dineo Gqola is Associate Professor of African Literary and Gender Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also the author of "What is Slavery to Me? Postcolonial/slave memory in post-apartheid South Africa" (2010).
CROSSING THE LINE,
when cops become criminals
280 pp., paperback,
A study on police criminality in the South African Police Service.
Criminologist Liza Grobler currently performs risk assessments on selected potential parolees for parole boards and consults with offenders on parole.
Hendricks (F.), Ntsebeza (L.) & Helliker (K.) eds.
THE PROMISE OF LAND,
undoing a century of dispossession in South Africa
365 pp., paperback,
A collection of essays that examine the many dimensions of the land crisis in South Africa, argue for a fundamental change in approach, and demonstrate that social movements have a critical role to play.
"The greatest achievement of this important volume is to disentangle the three key strands - urban land, communal land and commercial farmland - which most analysts jumble together under the single rubric of 'the land question'. 'The Promise of Land' shows these to be analytically distinct but instrinsically interconnected." Jeffrey Peires
"Rhetoric and Reality in Restitution and Redistribution: ongoing land and agrarian questions in South Africa" by Fred Hendricks
"The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same: rural land tenure and democracy in the former Bantustans" by Lungisile Ntsebeza
"Urban Land Questions in Contemporary South Africa: the case of Cape Town" by Fred Hendricks and Richard Pithouse
"Prospects for Smallholder Agriculture in Southern Africa" by Tendai Murisa
"Zimbabwe's Fast Track Land Reform: implications for South Africa" by Sam Moyo.
YOUNG MAN WITH A RED TIE,
a memoir of Mandela and the failed revolution, 1960-1963
199 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
A memoir by Bob Hepple, who acted as a lawyer for Nelson Mandela and other leaders of the underground struggle against apartheid. Arrested with five others at Lilliesleaf Farm, Rivonia, in 1963 he was detained without trial and charged with sabotage before it was announced that all charges against him had been withdrawn and he would instead be appearing as a state witness. He escaped to England, where he established himself as a human rights and labour lawyer and legal academic. He was a banned person in South Africa until 1990.
Bob Hepple was born in South Africa in 1934. He is Emeritus Master of Clare College, Emeritus Professor of Law in the University of Cambridge, a Queen's Counsel, and Fellow of the British Academy. He was knighted in 2004.
THE VOICE OF REASON,
92 pp., paperback,
A collection of poetry by popular poet and "mbaqanga" singer Mzwakhe Mbuli.
Mzwakhe Mbuli was born in Sophiatown in 1958. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he played a prominent role in the cultural activities of the United Democratic Front. In 1999 he was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for armed robbery and possession of a hand grenade - crimes he has consistently denied committing. He was released in 2003.
ANECDOTES OF THE ANGLO-BOER WAR,
tales from the "Last of the Gentlemen's Wars"
192 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Dainfern & Solihull,
A revised edition of Rob Milne's selection of stories from the Anglo-Boer War.
Rob Milne is the chief financial officer for a group of companies in the timber industry. He lives in Johannesburg.
Piegl (P.) & Newman (S.)
219 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
A biography of Glenn Agliotti, convicted drug-dealer and close personal friend of disgraced former South African Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi. In 2006 Agliotti was arrested in connection with the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble. He was acquitted in 2010 when the court ruled that the state had not made a prima facie case against him.
"...the book...is appalling, an egregious act of publishing...It is not just that it is a badly researched, written and constructed book riddled with factual errors - there are lots of books like that, which I ignore. What I wonder about is the ethics of attempting to profit through a second-rate white wash of a known despicable scoundrel...Don't buy the Agliotti book. Your money is better spent on the Lotto, where at least someone might benefit." Anton Harber, Caxton Professor of Journalism at Wits University, in Business Day, August 2013.
Peter Piegl is a former editor of Playboy magazine and a contributing writer for Forbes magazine.
Sean Newman worked as marketing manager and spokesperson for controversial Teazers strip club boss Lolly Jackson, murdered in 2010.
CALL IT DOG,
337 pp., paperback,
A novel about a woman who returns to South Africa after ten years abroad and is asked by her father to help prove his innocence in the murder of a black man decades earlier.
"Marli Roode takes a roller-coaster ride through the new South Africa, where the old demons don't retire, they merely reload, and nothing is quite what it seems. 'Call It Dog' calls it like it is - a blistering debut." Christopher Hope
"A gripping journey into the deceptions of family and nation, Roode's nightmare vision of a father's complicity in past crimes is a sharp and chilling debut from a writer with a clear eye and bracing voice." Patrick Flanery
Marli Roode was born in South Africa in 1984 and moved to the UK when she was seventeen. She lives in London.
176 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback,
A revised and updated edition of Charlene Smith's social and political history of Robben Island.
Charlene Smith is a South-African born journalist and writer. Her other books include "Mandela: in celebration of a great life". She lives in the USA.
158 pp., hardback, d.w.,
A novel about a young Zimbabwean woman, an albino, set in Cape Town on the eve of the Soccer World Cup.
"A chilling must-read that wakes us up from a habit that allows for so many to suffer only because they are different." Sindiwe Magona
Meg Vandermerwe was born in South Africa in 1978 and raised in Switzerland and the United Kingdom. "Zebra Crossing" was written as part of her PhD at the University of Lancaster. She returned to Cape Town in 2008 and teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of the Western Cape. She is also the author of the collection of short stories, "This Place I Call Home" (2010).
THE VERWOERD WHO TOYI-TOYIED,
a memoir of politics and love
334 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Melanie Verwoerd née Fourie married Wilhelm Verwoerd, grandson of the architect of apartheid and former prime minister Hendrik Verwoerd. They both joined the African National Congress (ANC) a few years before the first democratic elections and Melanie served as a Member of Parliament for the ANC under Mandela. In 2001 Thabo Mbeki sent her as ambassador to Ireland. When her term ended she was appointed as director of UNICEF Ireland. Divorced from Wilhelm, she fell in love with the Irish broadcaster Gerry Ryan, who died suddenly in 2010. The inquest into his death triggered a huge scandal because minute traces of cocaine were found in his blood. She wrote this book in three months, largely to counter many of the stories that appeared in the media after Gerry Ryan's death.
RUTH FIRST AND JOE SLOVO IN THE WAR AGAINST APARTHEID,
390 pp., illus., paperback,
Also published in the USA.
Foreword by Nadine Gordimer.
"Demonized by apartheid, Joe and Ruth were revolutionary heroes for black South Africans. They were formidable opponents in word and deed. This absorbing account does them justice and illuminates the complexity and richness of their often stormy relationship and extraordinary times." Ronnie Kasrils
"Wieder's book enlarges and enriches our understanding of the lives of First and Slovo, their intense and turbulent relationship, their personalities and impact on others, and their various roles as lawyer journalist, underground operative, researcher, teacher, author, political and military leader, negotiator and cabinet minister." Colin Bundy, former Principal of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford
Oral historian Alan Wieder is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. He has also taught at the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University.