New Arrivals 3rd to 9th of October 2013

Bosman (H.C.) THE BEST STORIES AND HUMOUR OF HERMAN CHARLES BOSMAN, Starlight on the Veld, Recognising Blues
320 pp., paperback, Second Edition, Cape Town , (2001) 2013. R220
The first edition of this title was published as a set of two books, "Starlight on the Veld" and "Recognising Blues", with the overall title "Best of Bosman" in 2001.
Now available in one volume, the first part of this compendium is a selection of Bosman's short stories chosen by Craig MacKenzie. The second part includes the best of Bosman's humorous writings, selected by Stephen Gray, with many pieces not previously published in the Anniversary Edition of his complete works.

Also available in Afrikaans, translated from the English by Johann de Lange.
Cole (T.) OPEN CITY,
259 pp., paperback, London, 2011. R190
A debut novel about a young mixed-raced Nigerian psychologist who wanders the streets of Manhattan.

"'Open City' is not a loud novel, nor a thriller, nor a nail-biter. What it is, is a gorgeous, crystalline, and cumulative investigation of memory, identity, and erasure." Anthony Doerr, author of "The Shell Collector".

"In this ambitious debut, [New York] is reinvented yet again, as a modern, elusive, seemingly borderless metropolis, still dominated by the memory of 9\11, but built from many more stories of conflict, brought across the seas by New York's ever-changing migrant population." Clare Allfree, Metro.

"[Cole] opens up for the reader new vistas on love, race, identity, friendship, memory, dislocation and Manhattan bird life... A modern meditation that is both complex and utterly simple." The Economist.

Writer and photographer Teju Cole was born and raised in Nigeria and moved to the United States in 1992. He lives in New York City.
Healy-Clancy (M.) A WORLD OF THEIR OWN, a history of South African women's education
312 pp., illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2013. R310
A social history of Inanda Seminary, the oldest extant high school for southern African girls, operating outside of Durban since 1869.

"Megan Healy-Clancy's main characters - missionaries, teachers, head mistresses, pupils, alumni - somehow survive and often thrive in the protected world of Inanda Seminary over a sweeping period of nearly 150 years. She weaves their stories into a commanding portrayal of the imperatives of colonial power, chiefly patriarchy and segregationist supremacy. The highly educated women who emerge from the single Christian girls' school have exerted a disproportionately significant influence on our society, playing their parts as nurses and teachers in earlier years, and as doctors, politicians and other professionals today. While missionary schools all over the country were summarily closed under apartheid in one of the most shocking precursor events to our dire education situation today, Inanda survived to make it's mark on the development and stability of an African middle class. A fascinating piece of work." Belinda Bozzoli, University of the Witwatersrand.

Social historian, Megan Healy-Clancy teaches history, literature and social studies at Harvard University.
Khumalo (S.) ALMOST SLEEPING MY WAY TO TIMBUKTU, West Africa on a shoestring by public transport with no French
287 pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R220
Sihle Khumalo travelled from Dakar in Senegal to Cape Coast in Ghana via Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin with the aim of visiting five World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO.

Sihle Khumalo is also the author of "Dark Continent, My Black Arse" and "Heart of Africa". He lives in Johannesburg.

Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Commemoration Project A PRISONER IN THE GARDEN, opening Nelson Mandela's prison archive
209 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, New Edition, Johannesburg, (2005) 2013. R190
Forward by Nelson Mandela.

Introduction by John Samuel.

Nelson Mandela launched the "Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Commemoration Project" in 2004 with the aim of opening his prison archive, systematically releasing their contents into the public domain. The project was launched with an exhibition titled "466/64: A Prisoner Working in the Garden", a collaboration with the National Archive that displayed a selection of documents from the official archive, along with elements of the Prison Archive from other sources. This book builds on that exhibition.

"Anyone who has explored the world of archives will know that it is a treasure house, one that is full of surprises, crossing paths, dead ends, painful reminders and unanswered questions. Very often, the memories contained in archives diverge from the memories people carry with them. That is it's challenge. And it's fascination. Engagement with archives offers both joy and pain." Nelson Mandela, from his introduction.
Scheepers (R.) & Kleyn (L.) comp. SPOORVAT, jeugherinneringe van Afrikaanse skrywers
304 pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2013. R190
Riana Scheepers and Leti Kleyn invited well-known Afrikaans authors to record memories from their childhoods and youth.

Includes contributions by Andries Bezuidenhout, P.G. du Plessis, Jeanette Ferreira, Rachelle Greeff, Joan Hambidge, Louis Jansen van Vuuren, Marita van der Vyver, and Ingrid Winterbach.
Schoeman (C.) THE HISTORICAL KAROO, traces of the past in South Africa's arid interior
220pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2013. R270
A collection of short histories of the towns of the Karoo, a sparsely populated semi-desert area of South Africa. This book is ordered according to three main routes that people drive through the area and explores the architecture and history of the region.

Chris Schoeman is also the author of "Boer Boy, Memoirs of an Anglo-Boer War Youth", "Churchill's South Africa", "Brother's in Arms: Hollanders in the Anglo-Boer War" and "Angels of Mercy: Foreign Women in the Anglo-Boer War".

Smith (R.) SWIMMING WITH COBRAS,
169 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, (2011). R205
A memoir by Rosemary Smith, who moved from England to Grahamstown in the mid-1960s. As a member of the Black Sash she was involved in the struggle for democracy.

"In providing a vivid, and highly personalised account of the activities of a few extraordinary, white, middle class women, in the small towns of apartheid South Africa, this book provides a new understanding of the anti-apartheid struggle." Jacklyn Cock, Professor Emeritus, University of the Witwatersrand.

"The Eastern Cape, for all it's rugged landscape and cruel apartheid divisions, worked it's way into the heart and head of a young English social worker. Facing it's challenges, she nurtured her family, threw herself into working for justice and peace, and found herself dealing with forced removals, detentions of political activists, and the viciousness of the state security system." Mary Burton, National President of the Black Sash, 1985-1990, and TRC commissioner.

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