New Arrivals 6th to 12th of June 2014

Botha (M.) COACH, how South African sports leaders cultivate excellence
304 pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R220
Marco Botha interviewed some of South Africa's foremost sports leaders to record their perspectives on sport and leadership: Heyneke Meyer, Brendan Venter, Sherylie Calder, Paul Trey, Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton.

"'Coach' is a fascinating insight into the minds and personalities of South Africa's top coaches. It highlights key aspects of leadership. A tremendous read." Nick Mallett

Marco Botha is a reporter at Die Burger newspaper.
266 pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R200
A political thriller that moves between Bristol University, the M16 building in London, Juba and the refugee camps of south Sudan.

Advocate Andrew Brown is also the author of the novels "Inyenzi", "Coldsleep Lullaby" (winner of 2006 Sunday Times Fiction Award), "Refuge" and "Solace". He also wrote "Street Blues", about his experiences as a police reservist.
Chapman (M.) ed. THE DRUM DECADE, stories from the 1950s
241 pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, Pietermaritzburg, (1989) 2012. R130
A reprint of the anthology of short stories from Drum magazine, published in the 1950s. Writers include Richard Rive, Henry Nxumalo, Can Themba, James Matthews, Ezekiel Mphahlele, Alex la Guma, Nat Nakasa, Peter Clarke and Casey Motsisi.

Introduction by John Matshikiza.
Ferguson (G.) HOLDING BACK, new & selected poems
91 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R150
"With a few magical strokes of the pen - in both his poetry and cartoons - Gus Ferguson gives us a unique vision of the world. His whimsical musings on aspects of living and loving, on growing old and enlightenment, and the lot of spouses, poets and publishers, combine wit and wisdom, playfulness and also profundity. His is a truly original and universal voice, a vital contribution to South African poetry." Marcia Levenson

"Every so often someone comes along who significantly adds more to the lifeblood of the tradition by giving to it so much more than they take from it. Gus Ferguson's contribution through his poetry magazines and imprints has made an enormous difference to other writers." Douglas Reid Skinner

Poet and cartoonist Gus Ferguson was born in Scotland in 1940, and moved to South Africa with his parents aged 9. He has published eight collections of poems, two books of cartoons and two books for children. Until 2011 he ran Snailpress and edits the poetry journal, "Carapace".
206 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R200
A novel about a South African journalist living in New York who returns home to find a missing family friend.

Journalist and news anchor Imran Garda joined Al Jazeera in 2006. He was born in 1982 in Johannesburg and currently lives in San Francisco.
Gillett (L.) & (L.) LIFE ON A CAPE FARM, country cooking at its best
191 pp., colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2013. R260
Lesley Gillett in the manager of Bartholomeus Klip, a luxury farmhouse situated on Elandsberg Farms in the Western Cape. Her twin sister, Louise Gillett, is the head chef.
Gobodo-Madikizela (P.) A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT, a story of forgiveness
193 pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2003) 2013. R220
Over a three month period in 1998 clinical psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela interviewed Eugene de Kock, formerly a commanding officer of apartheid death squads, in an attempt to understand his actions. Colonel de Kock is currently serving 212 years in prison for crimes against humanity. In this book Gobodo-Madikizela reflects of these interviews and explores how an apparently ordinary person became a killer.

Foreword by Albie Sachs.

"Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela has every reason to loathe renowned apartheid death squad chief Eugene de Kock. But in this searching look at him, she gives evidence of an even greater human mystery: the capacity for understanding and compassion." Adam Hochschild, author of "King Leopold's Ghost"

"...a disturbing voyage into the heart of a professional killer and a coolly intelligent analysis of how conscience gets to be numbed; but also an exploration of the workings of forgiveness..." JM Coetzee

This book won the 2004 Alan Paton Award.

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is Senior Research Professor on trauma, forgiveness and reconciliation at the University of the Free State, and former Professor of Psychology at the University of Cape Town. She served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
Healy-Clancy (M.) & Hickel (J.) eds. EKHAYA, the politics of home in KwaZulu-Natal
278 pp., illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2014. R330
A collection of essays that examine how the home has changed through time in direct relation to broader economic and political transformations in KwaZulu-Natal.

Contributions include:
"Colonial Transformations and the Home" by Jeff Guy
"Familial Authority, Political Authority and the Life of a Female Chief in Colonial Natal" by Eva Jackson
"Engineering the Township Home: domestic transformations and urban revolutionary consciousness" by Jason Hickel
"'House' and 'Home': changing meanings and practices in a post-apartheid township" by Judith Singleton
"Beneath the 'Zunami': Jacob Zuma and the gendered politics of social reproduction in South Africa" by Mark Hunter

Social historian Megan Healy-Clancy teaches in History and Literature and in Social Studies at Harvard University. She is also the author of "A World of Their Own".
Anthropologist Jason Hickel teaches at the London School of Economics.
Jowell (J.) THE CRAZY LIFE OF LARRY JOE, a journey on the streets and stage
330 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R230
A biography of Larry Joe, an ex-gangster, ex-convict and ex-drug addict who turned his life around and is now a successful singer, songwriter, performer and motivational speaker.

"Sometimes a book comes along the opens an invisible world that exists alongside our own. This is such a book. It fascinates, horrifies, saddens, uplifts. It tells us about ourselves. We all need to read it." Mike Nicol

Joanne Jowell's previous books include "On the Other Side of Shame: an extraordinary account of adoption and reunion" and "Finding Sarah: a true story of living with bulimia".
Laband (J.) ZULU WARRIORS, the battle for the South African frontier
345 pp., maps, illus., paperback, New Haven & London, 2014. R400
John Laband examines both the African and European perspectives on the Anglo-Zulu War (1877-1879).

"This is an important and gripping book - a must-read for anyone interested to learn how far the shadow of Isandlwana falls." Ian Knight, author of "Zulu Rising: the epic battles of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift"

"John Laband's thoroughly engaging new book is an elegant, thought-provoking, and admirably measured examination of clashing military cultures in southern Africa colonial warfare in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. I can think of no one I would rather read on the subject of these sinewy warriors and their worlds." Bill Nasson, author of "The War in South Africa: the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902"

John Laban is Professor of History at Wilfred Laurier University, a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Honorary Professor of History at Stellenbosch University. He has written many books on warfare and military culture in Africa, including "The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation" (1997).
Skinner (D.R.) HEAVEN, new & selected poems
96 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R150
"A life's work comes together here, brick slotted to brick, all cohering. From early to late this is poetry that has the courage, artistic as well as moral, to see things exactly as they are." JM Coetzee

Douglas Reid Skinner was born in Upington. He has published five poetry collections: "Reassembling World", "The House in Pella District", "The Unspoken", "The Middle Years", and "Blue Rivers", as well as a collection of translations. He directed the Carrefour Press from 1988 to 1992, and was editor of New Contrast from 1990 to 1992
Spillman (R.) ed. GODS AND SOLDIERS, the Penguin anthology of contemporary African writing
344 pp., maps, paperback, New York, etc, 2009. R200
A collection of fiction and non-fiction by African writers, some of whom have never been published. Southern African writers included are J.M.Coetzee, Yvonne Vera, Niq Mhlongo, Nadine Gardimer, Marlene van Niekerk, Zakes Mda and Ivan Vladislaviç.

Rob Spillman is editor of the literary magazine, Tin House.
Sullivan (H.) ed. PRUFROCK, South Africa, volume 1 issue 3
62 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R40
The fourth issue of a quarterly magazine that features fiction, non-fiction, poetry and photographs from South Africa.

Contributions include poetry by Singeziwe Mahlangu and an article, "Hoe om Afrikaans te wees" by Evita Bezuidenhout (Pieter Dirk Uys).
Wright (G.) VELD TO FORK, slow food from the heart of the Karoo
160 pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R270
Gordon Wright and his wife, Rose, run the internationally renowned Andries Stockenström Guesthouse & Gordon's Restaurant in Graaff-Reinett. Gordon is a member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society and chef’s guild, as well as the Ordre Mondial Des Gourmets Dégustateurs. He is also the founding member of the Karoo Convivium of the International Slow Food movement.

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