New Arrivals 1st to 7th of August 2013

Barker (J.) ZIMBABWE, paradise plundered
291 pp., map, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R250
This book was privately published by the author in 2007 under the title "Paradise Plundered".

Foreword by Peter Stiff.

Jim Barker relates the story of his life in Zimbabwe. A tobacco farmer, he volunteered for the Police Anti-Terrorist Unit (PATU) when the Bush War started. After buying his own light aircraft he was accepted into the Police Reserve Air Wing (PRAW), where he remained until the end of the war. After the 1980 elections he returned to farming. When an "Acquisition of Land Order" was served on him he successfully fought the confiscation of his farm through the courts several times but in 2002 he was forced off the farm without compensation.
Higgs (C.) comp. & ed. SMALL PUBLISHERS' CATALOGUE, 2013
144 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R150
A list of small publishers in Africa. The book also includes a collection of articles on writing, reading and publishing books.
Human (C.) APOCALYPSE NOW NOW,
283 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R190
Speculative fiction about a sixteen-year-old boy who is plunged into Cape Town's supernatural underworld when his girlfriend is kidnapped.

"Billed as a mash-up between Neil Gaiman and Quinton Tarantino, this debut novel by Charlie Human draws on his South African background and pours on a crazy, twisted narrative that is brilliantly entertaining." The British Science Fiction Association

“It’s mad, dark, irreverent and wonderfully twisted in all the right ways.” Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls

"He has a great literary voice, strong and intelligent and very, very funny. He's written a book set firmly in SA, using our cultural references..."Apocalyspe Now Now" is fantastical and cynical, the SA love child of Douglas Adams and Bill Hicks. Bravo." Rachel Zadok, author of Sister-Sister

Charlie Human lives in Cape Town and works in online media. This is his first novel.
Makholwa (A.) BLACK WIDOW SOCIETY,
278 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R220
A thriller about three Johannesburg businesswomen who run the Black Widow Society, a secret organisation which helps women trapped in abusive relationships eliminate the men responsible.

"This is crime fiction at its most inventive...It's fast, brutal, surprising. I couldn't put it down." Mike Nicol

Angela Makholwa lives and works in Johannesburg. She is the author of "Red Ink" (2007) and "The 30th Candle".
Meersman (B.) FIVE LIVES AT NOON,
328 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R190
A political novel set in South Africa from the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990 to the first democratic elections in 1994.

South African writer Brent Meersman is also the author of the novels "Primary Coloured" and "Reports Before Daybreak" and the poetry collection, "Ophelia and the Poet". He writes regularly for the Mail & Guardian newspaper.
Pieterse (E.) & Sinome (A.) eds. ROGUE URBANISM, emergent African cities
495 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Johannesburg, 2013. R650
This book is the outcome of a research exploration by the African Centre for Cities (ACC) at the University of Cape Town. The volume "is best regarded as an ensemble of diverse perspectives and modalities of thought on the various ways in which a thick analytical account of African cityness can be advanced...considering the inevitable diversity and arguments across these essays...it is partial and necessarily incomplete." Edgar Pieterse, from his introduction

Contributions include:
"Grasping the Unknowable: coming to grips with African urbanisms" by Edgar Pieterse
"Reconceptualising Urbanism Ecology and Networked Infrastructure" by Mark Swilling
"Palimpset African Urbanity: connecting pre-colonial and post-apartheid urban narratives in Durban" by Orli Bass
"Seeking Logic in the Chaos Precinct: the spatial and property dynamics of trading space in Jeppe" by Tanya Zack
"The City from its Margins: rethinking urban governance through the everyday lives of migrant women in Johannesburg" by Caroline Wanjiku Kihato
"Outcharming Crime in (D)urban Space" by Christine Hentschel
"Shifting Spaces, Tilting Time" by Jay Pather
"Abracadabra" by Kim Gurney.

Edgar Pieterse holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy. He directs the African Centre for Cities and is Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, both at the University of Cape Town.
AbdouMaliq Simone is an urbanist and Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Honorary Professor at the African Centre for Cities, Research Associate with the Rujak Center for Urban Studies in Jakarta, and Research Fellow at the University of Tarumanagara.


Romain (T.) text & illus. RANDOM KAK, I remember about growing up in South Africa
156 pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R180
A collection of drawings and commentary about growing up in white, middle class South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s.

"Vividly evocative of the sights and sounds of the old South Africa, with a hint of the madness underpinning it all." Zapiro

"For anyone who thought they had forgotten their youth, 'Random Kak' will remind them of how much they actually remember. I just loved every page!" PJ Powers

Trevor Romain, an author and illustrator of children's books, was born and grew up in Johannesburg. He now lives in Texas.
Smith (A.M.) THE LIMPOPO ACADEMY OF PRIVATE DETECTION,
261 pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2012) 2013. R120
A new No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel, number thirteen in the series.

Alexander McCall Smith was for many years Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. In 1999 he achieved global recognition for his series The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and since then has devoted his time to the writing of fiction. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He lives in Edinburgh.
Zaffron (M.) THE CURE,
388 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R199
A medical thriller about a woman doctor working for a global pharmaceutical company dispensing a cure for a lethal virus who discovers patients are vanishing or dying.

"This is a fast-paced action thriller, full of intrigue, plot twists and characters you will root for. I loved it!" Mike Nicol

Morad Zaffron grew up in an apartheid-era township outside Durban. He worked as a doctor in private practice for several years before reading for a MA in Creative Writing at UCT. This is his first novel.

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