New Arrivals 3rd to 9th of October 2013
THE BEST STORIES AND HUMOUR OF HERMAN CHARLES BOSMAN,
Starlight on the Veld, Recognising Blues
320 pp., paperback,
Cape Town ,
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.
259 pp., paperback,
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.
SERPA PINTO AMONGST BOER AND BRIT,
his travels through the Transvaal and Natal, 1879
174 pp., maps, illus., paperback,
OUT OF PRINT
A reprint of Portuguese explorer, Alexandre Albero da Rocha de Serpa Pinto's (1846-1900) journal documenting his journey from Angola to Natal in 1877-1879. This travelogue was originally published in both Portuguese and English in London in 1881. This edition includes chapters on the life and career of Serpa Pinto by O.J.O Ferreira.
A WORLD OF THEIR OWN,
a history of South African women's education
312 pp., illus., paperback,
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.
ALMOST SLEEPING MY WAY TO TIMBUKTU,
West Africa on a shoestring by public transport with no French
287 pp., map, paperback,
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.
Neethling (T.) & Hudson (H.) eds.
POST-CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA,
concepts, role-players, policy and practice
290 pp., paperback,
A collection of essays that consider the problems around the concept of "post-conflict and the blurring of military and civilian roles."
"The publication of this book by the South African Army coincides with the development of the Draft Defence Review, 2012 (with the title "Defence, Security and Development"), which is intended to replace the Defence Review, 1998 - then titled "Defence in a Democracy"." From the forward by V.R. Masondo, chief of the South African Army.
"Developmental Peace Missions: the South African Conceptual Approach" by Laetitia Olivier
"Campaigns or Contingency? South Africa, Africa, and the 21st-Century Defence Design" by Greg Mills
"Towards 'Defence, Security and Development': Wither South African Defence Thinking on Post-Conflict Missions?" by Theo Neethling
"Building Capacity from Above and Below: Why Gender Matters in the Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Contexts" by Lindy Heinecken
Theo Neethling is Professor and Head of the Department of Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Freestate.
Heidi Hudson is Professor and Director of the Centre for African Studies (CAS) at the University of the Freestate.
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,
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.
jeugherinneringe van Afrikaanse skrywers
304 pp., paperback,
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.
THE HISTORICAL KAROO,
traces of the past in South Africa's arid interior
220pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w.,
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".
SWIMMING WITH COBRAS,
169 pp., illus., paperback,
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.
LIBERATION MOVEMENTS IN POWER,
party & state in southern Africa
384 pp., paperback,
Woodbridge, Rochester & Pietermaritzburg,
Roger Southall analyses the evolution of ZANU-PF in Zimbabwe, SWAPO in Namibia, and the ANC in South Africa, from liberation movements into governing political parties. He reviews their electoral performances, their relations to state and society, their policies regarding economic transformation, and "their evolution into vehicles of class formation and predatory behaviour." from the back cover.
"A sobering and unsparing account of just how limited the gains realised by the extended struggle for liberation in southern Africa have proven to be...and of what might yet be done to redeem that struggle's original promise." John S. Saul, Professor Emeritus, York University, Canada.
Roger Southall is Professor Emeritus in Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, and a Research Associate of the Society, Work and Development Institute.
Walker (C.) & Antrobus (S.)
an artist's journey of wilderness and wanderings
287 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Conservationist Clive Walker's autobiography. In this book he also identifies and records the history of forty baobab trees, or groups of trees.
Clive Walker established the Endangered Wildlife Trust in 1973 and the Waterberg Nature Conservancy in 1989. He was the co-architect of the UNESCO Waterberg Savanna Biosphere Reserve established in 2001 and served on the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group from 1994-2007 and the South African Parks Board from 2000-2006. The Endangered Wildlife Trust turns forty in 2013 and he has devised a Baobab Peace Trail to mark this anniversary.