New Arrivals 14th to 20th of November 2013
THE GARDEN OF BURNING SAND,
423 pp., paperback,
A thriller set in Zambia. Human rights lawyer Zoe Fleming and police investigator Joseph Kabuta work together to seek justice on behalf of an adolescent girl who has been brutally assaulted and cannot speak.
American attorney Corban Addison was born in 1979. His first novel, "A Walk Across the Sun", was published in 2012. He lives in Virginia.
de Wet (D.) & Kersandt (U.)
die storie van 'n plaas en sy mense/ the story of a farm and its people
453 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., hardback,
The story of the farm Boontjieskraal near Caledon in the Overberg, and the de Wet family, from the arrival of the progenitor, Jacobus de Wet, in 1695, to date.
Text in English and Afrikaans.
the history of a dissident sexuality in southern Africa
317 pp., map, illus., paperback,
Marc Epprecht "explores the diverse ways African cultures traditionally explained same-sex sexuality and follows the development of new forms of gender identity and sexuality that evolved with the introduction of capitalism, colonial rule and Christian education. Using oral testimony, memoirs, literature, criminal court records, and early government enquiries from the eighteenth century to the present, he traces the complex origins of homophobia." from the back cover
Homosexuality is known as "hungochani" in Zimbabwe.
This second edition has a new preface with some additional references; otherwise the text in unchanged. This book won the 2008 Joel Gregory Prize.
Marc Epprecht is a professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen's University.
THE NEW GIRL,
292 pp., paperback,
A horror novel set in an exclusive private school in Johannesburg.
S.L.Grey is the pseudonym for Louis Greenberg and Sarah Lotz. Sarah Lotz writes crime novels and thrillers under her own name and as Lily Herne she and her daughter Savannah Lotz write the "Deadlands" series of zombie novels for young adults. Sarah is the author of "Tooth and Nailed" and "Exhibit". Louis Greenberg is a Johannesburg-based fiction writer. He edited the collection, "Home Away, 24 hours, 24 writers, 24 cities".
GANDHI BEFORE INDIA ,
673 pp., illus., hardback, d.w.,
A biography of Mohandas Gandhi which focuses on his formative years in England and South Africa, before his return to India in 1915. Guha argues that it was Gandhi's experiences in Natal and the Transvaal, where he mobilized a popular movement pledged to cultural pluralism and non-violence, that fundamentally shaped his ideas and techniques.
Historian Ramachandra Guha lives in Bangalore. He has held visiting professorships at Stanford, Yale and The London School of Economics.
THE 30TH CANDLE,
304 pp., paperback,
A reprint of Angela Makholwa's novel about the escapades and sexual misadventures of a group of young women in the new South Africa.
Angela Makholwa is also the author of the crime novels, "Red Ink" and "Black Widow Society." She lives and works in Johannesburg.
A PASSION FOR FREEDOM,
352 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Mamphela Ramphele's autobiography.
Mamphela Ramphele is a South African anti-apartheid activist, medical doctor and academic. She was born in a rural village in Limpopo Province in 1947. One of the founders of the Black Consciousness Movement along with Steve Biko, she was banished by the apartheid government to the town of Tzaneen from 1977 t0 1984. She is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town and one-time Managing Director of the World Bank. She founded a new political party, Agang (Sotho for "Build"), in 2013.
THE MINOR ADJUSTMENT BEAUTY SALON,
248 pp., paperback,
A new No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency novel, number fourteen 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.