New Arrivals 30th to 5th of June 2014

Alfred (M.) comp. TWELVE + ONE, some Jo'burg poets: their artistic lives and poetry
184 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R140
South African poet Mike Alfred interviewed 11 poets living in Johannesburg, including Jane Fox, Gail Dendy, Ahmed Patel, Makhosazana Xaba, Siphiwe ka Ngwenya and Allan Kolski Horwitz. Also includes Allan Kolski Horwitz's interviews with Mandi Poefficent Vundla and Mike Alfred.
Binge (H.) SCORCHED EARTH, Verskroeide Aarde
80 minutes, DVD, , 2000. R75
A documentary on the Anglo-Boer War that focuses on the impact Britain's scorched earth policy and the concentration camps had on the lives of ordinary people. Scholars interviewed speak in English and Afrikaans.
Campher (G.) SOUTH AFRICA'S PEOPLE'S PARLIAMENT, the dream deferred
369 pp., paperback, (Cape Town), 2014. R180
In 2006 Gabriel Camphor, a committee secretary at the South African Parliament, was fired for standing as an independent candidate in the municipal elections.

"This book contains my political thoughts, as well as many letters that I wrote and received in my endeavour to prove the injustice that was committed against me" from the preface


Gabriel Camphor trained as a teacher and taught in the northern Cape Province. In 1994 he was elected chairperson of the ANC in Loeriesfontein and later served on the municipal council as an ANC councillor. In 2006, disillusioned with the ANC, he decided to stand as an independent candidate in his ward.
165 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R220
A crime thriller set in a small town in north-eastern Kentucky, USA.

Laurence Hamilton Cramer was born in 1970 in Kimberley and raised in Johannesburg. He died in a car accident in 2013. He is also the author of "Psychocandy" (2005).
Heyns (M.) A SPORTFUL MALICE, a comedy of revenge
256 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R210
A comic novel about a South African literary scholar, set in Italy.

Writer, translator and academic Michiel Heyns, previously Professor of English at Stellenbosch University, is the author of six previous novels, including "Lost Ground" and "Bodies Politic", for which he was awarded the 2009 Herman Charles Bosman Award for English Fiction. His reviews for The Sunday Independent have won him the English Academy's Pringle Prize for Reviewing for 2006 and again for 2010. He also won the English Academy's Sol Plaatje Award for Translating in 2008 and the South African Translator's Institute Award for a Literary Translation for his translation of Marlene van Niekerk's Afrikaans novel, "Agaat".
416 pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2012. R195
A crime thiller originally published in 2010 in Afrikaans under the title, "Abel se Ontwaking". Translated by Elsa Silke and Chris Karsten.

Book I in the Abel trilogy.

"You cannot put it down. A diseased psychopath, a rotten mind, serial killing with a difference, forensic pathology, detective work and a historical Anglo-Boer War connection combine to make a great story." Dries Brunt, The Citizen

Crime journalist and novelist Chris Karsten won the ATKV Prose Prize for "Frats" in 2008, the ATKV Prize for a Suspense Novel in 2010 for "Seisoen van Sonde", and both the ATKV Prose Prize and Prize for a Suspense Novel in 2011 for "Abel se Ontwaking".
416 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R210
Book II in the Abel trilogy, translated from the Afrikaans by Elsa Silke.

Crime journalist and novelist Chris Karsten won the ATKV Prose Prize for "Frats" in 2008, the ATKV Prize for a Suspense Novel in 2010 for "Seisoen van Sonde", and both the ATKV Prose Prize and Prize for a Suspense Novel in 2011 for "Abel se Ontwaking".
Kasrils (R.) ARMED AND DANGEROUS, from undercover struggle to freedom
355 pp., map, illus., paperback, Revised Edition, Johannesburg, (1993) 2013. R280
A revised edition of Ronnie Kasrils' autobiography, which includes a new introduction and "some additional observations and the provision of the real names of those not previously revealed which it is now possible to do." from pg xiv

South African politician Ronnie Kasrils was Minister of Intelligence Services from 2004 to 2007. He was also a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC from 1987 to 2007 and a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party from 1986-2007. He has written a book about his wife Eleanor's arrest by the Security Police, "The Unlikely Secret Agent".
KIng (J.) et. al. (eds.) PRUFROCK, South Africa, volume 1 issue 4
64 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R40
The fourth issue of a quarterly magazine that features fiction, non-fiction, poetry and photographs from South Africa.

Contributions include:
"Catfishing in the Liesbeeck", a non-fiction piece by Kimon de Greef
"Dancing in the Royal Hotel", a poem by Chris Mann
"Narnia and I" by Rosa Lyster
"Thomas", a short story by Jumani CLarke

Knott-Craig (A.) REALLY, DON'T PANIC!, positive messages by South Africans, for South Africans
111 pp, paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R99
A collection of contributions to Alan Knott-Craig's website and the Don't Panic facebook page. Also include some material from his book, "Don't Panic", published in 2008.

Alan Knott-Craig is currently CEO of Prject Isizwe, which brings free Wi-Fi networks to South Africa.
115 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R130
Chester Missing is a puppet operated by South African comedian and satirist Conrad Kock. Chester appears regularly on South African radio and television and has interviewed Zwelinzima Vavi, Blade Nzimande, Baleka Mbete. Gwede Mantashe, Helen Zille, Terror Lekota, Trevor Manuel and Bantu Holomisa. amongst others.

Includes cartoons by Zapiro.
Krebs (S.) DRAGONS & BUTTERFLIES, sentenced to die, choosing to live
654 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R260
Shani Krebs was caught in Thailand trafficking heroin and sentenced to 100 years in prison. He was freed after serving 18 years in Bangkwang Central Prison.
299 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R190
A crime thriller about the search for a missing school principal, set in the Eastern Cape. The journalist who goes in search of her is of Xhosa and German parentage, and raised in a privileged household. Ignorant of the impact of the education crisis on people's lives, she is unwittingly drawn into a sinister world of corruption, manipulation and violence, as well as revelations about her family.

"This is a crime story as well as a tale of love lost and found - for family, and for ourselves." Diane Awerbuck, author of "Cabin Fever" and "Home Remedies"

Penny Lorimer grew up in Johannesburg and lives in Cape Town. This is her first adult novel.
Madondo (B.) ed. I'M NOT YOUR WEEKEND SPECIAL, portraits on the life+style&politics; of Brenda Fassie
255 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R240
A collection of reminiscences, criticism, essays and appreciation by family, friends, ex-lovers, academics, critics and fellow musicians.

Foreword by Hugh Masekela.

Contributors include Njabulo Ndebele, Charl Blignaut, Themba Fassie, Sam Mathe, Melvyn Matthews, Janet Smith, Tholang Tseka and Oscar Bathandwa Tyumre.

Singer Brenda Fassie (1964-2004) released several solo albums, including "Now Is the Time", "Memeza", and "Nomakanjani". Most of her albums became multi-platinum sellers in South Africa and "Memeza" was the best-selling album in South Africa in 1998. Referred to as MaBrrr by her fans, she was dubbed "Madonna of the Townships" by Time magazine in 2001.

Bongani Madondo is a senior writer at Rolling Stone magazine. He co-wrote the musical review, "MaBrrr: the musical".
176 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R180
A novel about four women living in Soweto.

Kholofelo Maenetsha was born in 1986 in Limpopo Province. Currently she lives in Pretoria. She has also published three romance novels under the pseudonym Kholo Matsha.
Miller (K.) SISTER MOON,
214 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R190
A novel about a woman's relationship with her aging father who suffers from dementia, and the guilty secret they share.

Kirsten Miller is also the author of a novel, "All Is Fish", a work of non-fiction, "Children on the Bridge", and a book for children, "A Time for Faeries".
Newman (K.S.) & De Lannoy (A.) AFTER FREEDOM, the rise of the post-apartheid generation in democratic South Africa
279 pp., illus., paperback, Boston, 2014. OUT OF PRINT
Through the lives of seven young South Africans living in and around Cape Town who came of age after the end of apartheid, Katherine Newman and Ariane De Lannoy explore how far South Africa has come in building a non-racial democracy.

“Written with verve and in an often lyrical style this book takes you into the depths of the everyday life of seven post-apartheid young South Africans. Set in the extraordinary urban experiment of contemporary Cape Town, Katherine Newman and Ariane de Lannoy succeed in bringing to vivid life the complexity of young South Africans seeking to make a life for themselves. Without being judgmental they surface and contextualize the intense experiences of personal failure and success through which young people in South Africa are going. This book will help you understand what it means to live in one of the world’s major social laboratories.” Professor Crain Soudien, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at University of Cape Town

Katherine Newman is the James Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Sociology at John Hopkins University.
Ariane De Lannoy is a senior researcher at the Children's Institute and lecturer in the Sociology Department of the University of Cape Town.
131 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, No Place, 2014. R165
Connie Manse Ngcaba's autobiography. Connie Ngcaba grew up in the Eastern Cape, where she became a nurse and community leader. In 1986 she was detained for a year without trail at the age of 57.

"As accounts of South Africa's long, difficult 20th century proliferate, far too little space has been accorded to the women whose lives were lived at the intersection of the political, the domestic, and the personal. Connie Ngcaba helps us to correct that record in fine-grained detail, reminding us how important it is to listen to your grandmother." Nic Dawes, former editor, Mail& Guardian
219 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R230
Karen Paololli was born in the UK. As an adult she moved to Africa and eventually settled in the Save the Valley Conservancy in the south-east Lowveld of Zimbabwe. There she developed a relationship with thirteen hippos in their natural habitat, the Turgwe River. After saving their lives during the 1991/92 drought she founded the Turgwe Hippo Trust, dedicated to the conservation and protection of the hippos living in the valley.
Pretorius (F.) ed. A HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA, from the distant past to the present day
704 pp., maps, hardback, Pretoria, 2014. R285
This history is an initiative of the History Commission of the Afrikaans Academy for the Arts and Sciences. Contributors include Robert Shell, Cornelius Thomas, Goolam Vahed, Jan Visagie, Jan-Jan Joubert, Hermann Giliomee, Jackie Grobler, and Grietjie Verhoef.

Fransjohan Pretorius is Professor of History at the University of Pretoria. He has written several books on the Anglo-Boer War, including "Life on Commando during the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902".
267 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R220
A novel about a conscript who finds himself thrust into a notorious military camp where men judged unfit to wear the South African Defence Force uniform are "brutally rehabilitated". This novel is based on the real apartheid-era camp, Greefswald".

Former South African Broadcasting Company (SABC) journalist, mission school teacher, advertising copywriter and Global Creative Director of JWT, Gordon Torr is also the author of "Managing Creative People". He now lives in the UK.
van Onselen (G.) CLEVER BLACKS, JESUS AND NKANDLA, the real Jacob Zuma in his own words
184 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. OUT OF PRINT
Political journalist Gareth van Onselen's collection of President Jacob Zuma's most controversial public statements.

"If you are not loyal to the ANC, you can't be loyal to anything else, even the Constitution. If the ANC gets weak, there will be no South Africa...How can a person live, if not for the ANC?"

"Even some Africans, who become too clever, take a position, they become the most eloquent in criticising themselves about their own traditions and everything."

"Believe in two things: God and the ANC."

"[Same-sex marriages] are a disgrace to the nation and to God."

"We're probably the first government in the world to have taken corruption so seriously."

"If I were a journalist, I would write and say, 'The ANC is a wonderful organisation. It produces wonderful leaders.'"

"You have fewer rights because you are a minority."

"When I was in Venda recently I was so impressed to see how people there express respect for other people. A woman would clap her hands and even lie down to show respect. I was so impressed. If I was not already married to my wives I would go to Venda to look for a woman."

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