New Arrivals 11th to 17th of April 2014

Assubuji (R.), Israel (P.) & Thompson (D.) eds. KRONOS 39, southern African histories, November 2013
336 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R215
Kronos is a journal published annually by the Department of History and the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.

This special issue, "The Liberation Script in Mozambican History", includes the following articles:
"The Political Sublime: reading Kok Nam: Mozambican photographer (1939-2012)" by Rui Assubuji and Patricia Hayes
"'They can kill us but we won't go to the Communal Villages!' Peasants and the policy of 'Socialization of the Countryside' in Zambezia" by Sergio Chichava
"Constructing a History of Independent Mozambique, 1974-1982: a study in photography" by Drew Thompson
"'Lingundumbwe': feminist masquerades and women's liberation, Nangade, Mueda, Muidumbe, 1950-2005" by Paolo Israel
"Muslim Memories of the Liberation War in Cabo Delgado" by Liazzat Bonate.
Bundy (C.) SHORT-CHANGED?, South Africa since apartheid, a Jacana pocket guide
173 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R130
Historian Colin Bundy analyses political, social and economic developments in South Africa since 1994. He looks at the advances that have been made under ANC rule, identifies the limits and contradictions of such progess, and shows how the country's apartheid past complicates and constrains the politics of transition.

Coln Bundy is also the author of "The Rise and Fall of the South African Peasantry" and "Govan Mbeki, a Jacana pocket biography". He recently retired as Principal of Green Templeton College in Oxford.
155 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R195
A novel about a woman from South Africa living in Italy who has lost her memory. Penny Busetto won the 2013 European Union Literary Award with the manuscript of this novel.

“With its hallucinatory narrative told in steady and certain prose, its solemn relationship to the distressed soul, and its turbulent tale of sex and murder, Anna P colonises Europe with the dark mental vision of South Africa” Imraan Coovadia

“This is a strange, intelligent story of vulnerability, consciousness and escape, set in an Italian island. It presents one woman's meditation on memory, loss, pain and identity. A book which could be read anywhere in the modern globalised world as a beautiful piece of literature. It is South African and yet not South African..." Jury Panel, European Union Literary Award 2013

Penny Busetto was born in Durban but grew up in Cape Town. When she was 17 she left South Africa for Italy. She returned to South Africa in 1996 and lives in Cape Town. "The Story of Anna P, as Told By Herself" is her first novel.
410 pp., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2014. R240
A novel about a Muslim family's experience of South Africa's transition to democracy, set in Cape Town in 1993.

"One of the things the novel does best is to trace the impact of historical events on the lives of ordinary people. In "An Imperfect Blessing", a novel that is sharp in its insights, yet warm in feeling, Nadia Davids gives us the tumultuous years between the end of white rule in South Africa and the Mandela presidency as seen through the eyes of a family from a Muslim community that is itself coming under pressure to adapt and evolve." J.M.Coetzee

"A poignant evocation of Cape Town in the last of the apartheid years. With subtlety, compassion, and a brilliant blending of the personal and political, Davids' debut novel traces the lives of a family shaken by the complexities of the struggle." Zoë Wicomb

Nadia Davids is also the author of the award-winning plays "At Her Feet" and "Cissie". She is currently a full-time lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. Her screenplay adaptation of her short story, "The Visit", won Best South African Film Project at the 2012 Durban International Film Festival. "An Imperfect Blessing" is her first novel.
de la Harpe (V.), Disney (S.) & Bristow (D.) POLES APART, with some pointy bits in between
248 pp., colour illus., paperback, MacMillan, Johannesburg. R230
In 2011 South Africans Vaughan de la Harpe and Sean Disney completed the Explorers Grand Slam, reaching the summit of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents - Mount Everest, SE Ridge (Asia), Carstensz Pyramid (Australasia), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Aconcagua (South America), Denali (North America), Elbrus (Russia), and Vinson Massif (Antarctica) - and ski hauling to both the North and South Poles.

Written by David Bristow in an interview style.

Vaughan de la Harpe is the Managing Director of a company based in Johannesburg that specialises in the administration of insurance-related products.
Sean Disney is the Managing Director of Adventure Dynamics International.

Greenberg (L.) DARK WINDOWS,
236 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R190
A thriller set in a Johannesburg radically altered by a wave of New Age belief and an apparent cure for crime.

Louis Greenberg is also the author of "The Beggar's Signwriters". He co-writes urban horror novels with Sarah Lotz as S.L.Grey
Hammond (M.) photo.& Retief (H.) text ORANIA,
207 pp., 4to., map, colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R350
Photographer Michael Hammond and journalist Hanlie Retief visited Orania to interview its inhabitants for this collection of narratives and portrait photographs.

Includes an essay, "Orania in Focus" by sociologist, artist and rock singer Andries Bezuidenhout.

Orania, a town in the Northern Cape, was established as a nation state exclusively for white Afrikaners in 1963.

Text in English and Afrikaans.
Hassim (S.) THE ANC WOMEN'S LEAGUE, sex, gender and politics, a Jacana pocket history
159 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R130
A short history of the ANC Women's League, the early 20th century.

Shireen Hassim is Professor in Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is co-editor of "No Shortcuts to Power: Women and Policymaking in Africa" (2003), "Gender and Social Policy in a Global Context" (2006) and "Go Home or Die Here: Xenophobia, Violence and the Reinvention of Difference in South Africa". She is the author of "Women’s Organizations and Democracy in South Africa: Contesting Authority" (2006), which won the 2007 American Political Science Association’s Victoria Shuck Award for best book on women and politics.
Jansen (J.) & Blank (M.) HOW TO FIX SOUTH AFRICA'S SCHOOLS, lessons from schools that work
200 pp., illus., paperback, 2 DVDs, Johannesburg, 2014. R280
Jonathan Jansen and Molly Blank observed schools around South Africa that work, in spite of adverse conditions, and in this manual present the practical strategies that make them successful. Includes a DVD of films made in these schools, as well as templates that can be used for running school improvement workshops.

"This is not a book, it is a manual that principals, teachers, parents or other community members can use to turn around a dysfunctional and ineffective school. The manual draws on research, the 'wisdom of practice', and a good dose of common sense." Jonathan Jansen and Molly Blank, from the introduction

Jonathan Jansen is Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State. He is also the author of "Knowledge in the Blood, confronting race and the apartheid past", "We Need to Talk", "We Need to Act" and "Great South African Teachers".
Molly Blank is a documentary filmmaker. Her films include "Testing Hope: grade 12 in the new South Africa" and "Where DO I Stand?"
Massie (K.), Collier (D.) & Crotty (A.) EXECUTIVE SALARIES IN SOUTH AFRICA, who should have a say on pay?
322 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R265
Foreword by Pravin Gordham.

The authors of this book examine levels of pay and income inequality in South Africa. They explore "possible inefficiencies and growth-limiting aspects of excessive executive pay and the extent of the gap between the pay of the wealthy executive and that of the working poor". Where effective ethical business leadership on the question of remuneration is absent they "support regulatory intervention that provides multiple stakeholders with a say on pay at all levels of a company". from pg. xvii of the introduction

Canadian barrister and solicitor Kaylan Massie moved to South Africa in 2011. She graduated with a Master's degree in Labour Law in 2012.
Debbie Collier is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Commercial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, and is an associate of the Institute of Development and Labour Law.
Financial writer Ann Crotty received her MPhil in Company Law from the University of Cape Town in 2010. She was named journalist of the year in 2005, along with her colleague, Renée Bonorchis, for their work on executive pay published in Business Report. In 2006 she was named Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year, and in 2013 she won the Economy and Industry Section of the Sanlam Award.
Mutambara (A.) THE REBEL IN ME, a ZANLA guerrilla commander in the Rhodesian Bush War, 1975-1980
272 pp., map, illus., paperback, Solihull & Pinetown, 2914. R250
Agrippah Mutambara's account of his years as a fighter in the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA), the military wing of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) led by Robert Mugabe. He led several armed guerrilla incursions into Rhodesia, was promoted to the General Staff and appointed an instructor, and eventually served as ZANU's Chief Representative to Ethiopia.

Agrippah Mutambara was born in 1951 in Shurugwi in the Midlands province of Zimbabwe. After independence he joined the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA). On retirement from the army he was tasked with starting a national service programme before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is currently Zimbabwe's ambassador to Mozambique and Swaziland.
Ndletyana (M.), Makhalemele (P.M.) & Mathekga (R.) PATRONAGE POLITICS DIVIDES US, a study of poverty, patronage and inequality in South Africa
142 pp., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R180
The authors explore the relationship between patronage, poverty and inequality and its impact on the conduct of local politics, and whether public institutions can become legitimate arbiters between contending interest groups. This book is the culmination of a research project undertaken by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) in Johannesburg.
Nieftagodien (N.) THE SOWETO UPRISING, a Jacana pocket history
165 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R165
A short history of the 1976 Soweto uprising.

Noor Nieftagodien holds the NRF Chair on "Local Histories, Present Realities" at the University of the Witwatersrand and is head of the History Workshop. His recent books include histories of Alexandra (with P.Bonner), Ekurhuleni (with P.Bonner and S.Mathabatha) and Orlando West, Soweto (with S.Gaule).
Whyle (J.) WALK,
146 pp., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R180
A novel based on the coastal walk from Lambasi in northern Pondoland to the Cape undertaken by William Hubberly and other survivors of the wreck of the Grosvenor in August 1782. The novel expands on the journal written by Hubberly a few years after the wreck.

James Whyle is also the author of "The Book of War", which won the 2013 M-Net Literary Award for a debut novel. He lives in Johannesburg.

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