New Arrivals 8th to 14th of August 2014

Ackermann (D.) SURPRISED BY THE MAN ON THE BORROWED DONKEY, ordinary blessings
319 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R290
A collection of essays by theologian Denise Ackermann.

"This is vintage Denise Ackermann. As always her writing is fresh and lively, her theology perceptive and challenging, and her spirituality profound and caring. The reader could not ask for more. But there is more. Denise brings to her reflections a creative freedom and conviction that is only possible for someone who has lived what she now writes, and is able to write what she has embodied and taught with courage and compassion." John de Gruchy, a Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge and chair at Robert Taylor Chair of Christian Studies

"The scholar can often be abrasive and intimidating. In this book, Denise Ackermann is erudite and yet alluring and gentle. The reader imagines a gentle smile playing round her lips while she exposes the absurdities of the many facets of male chauvinism and the injustice in the treatment of those who are not heterosexual. She is a formidable and yes (sic) a charming adversary." Desmond Tutu

Denise Ackermann is Extraordinary Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Stellenbosch. He other books include "After the Locusts" and "Claiming Our Footprints".
Adhikari (M.) ed. GENOCIDE ON SETTLER SOCIETIES, when hunter-gatherers and commercial stock-farmers clash
356 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R405
A collection of essays on the history of settler genocide in Africa, Australia and North America.

"The book is on the cutting edge of scholarship on settler genocide. The focus on the conflict between hunter-gatherers and commercial stock farmers advances our understanding of these murderous conflicts. The book adds very important dimensions to the historiography on genocide and settler genocide in particular." Professor Norman Naimark, Stanford University

Contributions include:
"'We are Determined to Exterminate Them': the genocidal impetus behind commercial stock farmer invasions of hunter-gatherer territories" and "'The Bushman is a Wild Animal to be Shot at Sight': annihilation of the Cape Colony's foraging societies by stock-farming settlers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries" by Mohamed Adhikari
"'Like a Wild Beast, He Can be Got for the Catching'" child forced labour and the 'taming' of the San along the Cape's north-eastern frontier" by Jared McDonald
"'We Exterminated Them, and Dr. Philip Gave the Country': the Griqua people and the elimination of San from South Africa's Transorangia region" by Edward Cavanagh
"'Vogelfrei' and "Besitzlos', with no Concept of Property: divergent settler responses to Bushmen and Damara in German South West Africa" by Robert Gordon
"Why Racial Paternalism and not Genocide? The case of the Ghanzi Bushmen of Bechuanaland" by Mathias Guenther
"The Destruction of Hunter-Gatherer Societies on the Pastoralist Frontier: the Cape and Australia compared" by Nigel Penn.

Mohamed Adhikari is an Associate Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town.
Beukes (L.) BROKEN MONSTERS,
441 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R200
A new thriller set in Detroit, by Lauren Beukes.

Beukes "genuinely conjures up horror in its purest, most sincere form. There is real grief when characters we have come to identify with are subjected to all the banality and monstrosity of evil, and a goose-flesh sensation as we realise how similar the evil's values are to our own beliefs in art, in opportunity, in wanting the world to be a better place. Never exploitative, never superficial, never uncomplicated: Beukes shows how horror can be the best way to explain our unbelievable reality. She uses the mode like the knife that opens the oyster." Stuart Kelly, The Guardian

Lauren Beukes is also the author of "The Shining Girls", "Zoo City"(winner of the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award), and "Moxyland". She lives in Cape Town.
Breytenbach (B.) VYF-EN-VEERTING SKEMERAANDSANGE UIT DIE EENBEENDANSER SE WERKRUIMTE,
98 pp., paperback, , Cape Town, 2014. R180
A new collection of poems in Afrikaans by Breyten Breytenbach.
Dipio (D.) GENDER TERRAINS IN AFRICAN CINEMA,
227 pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R347
Dominica Dipio analyses gender relations around three categories of female characters in African films: the girl child, the young woman and the elderly woman.

Dominica Dipio is an associate professor of literature and film based in Makerere University, Kampala.

Elliott (C.) SIBANDA AND THE RAINBIRD,
249 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R240
A crime novel set in Zimbabwe.

C.M. Elliott was born in 1950 in the UK. After spending time in Australia, she moved to Zimbabwe in 1977 to work in the safari industry. This is her first novel.
Hamilton (L.) ARE SOUTH AFRICANS FREE?,
155 pp., paperback, London, 2014. R255
"Hamilton argues that post-apartheid freedom implies more than liberation from political oppression: it requires effective power. He argues his case with analytical acuity, imagination and rare precision." Saul Dubow, Queen Mary University of London

"Hamilton advances a bold vision of a free South Africa based on more than a liberal constitution and individual rights, and yet also wary of the oppressive hegemony of 'people's power'. His vision is a street-wise, twenty-first century republicanism: tempering the reality that freedom is indivisible and that political community must be defended with the recognition that people are different and that power must be constrained." Laurence Piper, University of the Western Cape

Lawrence Hamilton is Professor of Politics at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and Affiliated Lecturer in Political Theory, Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), Cambridge University.
Hodes (R.) BROADCASTING THE PANDEMIC, a history of HIV on South African television
216 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R280
'Broadcasting the Pandemic' traces the evolution of a television programme, 'Siyayinqoba/ Beat It!', "from a small-scale production to one of the largest HIV interventions in history". pg.4 of the introduction

"Rebecca Hodes has written a path-breaking book on HIV/AIDS and the visual media in South Africa. By combining these two fields, and analysing a successful TV series, she opens up new ways of thinking about the disease, its impact and the Treatment Action Campaign. It will be of great interest to academics and students in Medicine, Media Studies, History and the Social Sciences. It also deserves an audience amongst practitioners and the public." William Beinart, Professor in the African Studies Centre, Oxford University

"This is a powerful and important contribution to our understanding of the struggle for antiretroviral treatment in South Africa. Rebecca Hodes delivers unique insights into how a television series created by activists contributed to HIV awareness and the broader fight for evidence-based medicine, and uses this skilfully to provide a lens on the history of AIDS policy in South Africa," Nicoli Nattrass, Director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit, University of Cape Town

Rebecca Hodes is a medical historian based at the University of Cape Town.
Jobson (L.) comp. THE SOL PLAATJE EUROPEAN UNION POETRY ANTHOLOGY, volume III
230 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R120
A selection of poems entered for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award competition. The competition was won by Kobus Moolman for his poem, "Daily Duty". Second prize went to Vonani Bila for his poem, "Memory". Nedine Moonsamy was awarded third prize for her poem, "me=mycelium=me".
le Roux (J.) DIE ENGEL EN DIE BONT BEES,
489 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R240
An Afrikaans historical novel about illegal diamond mining, the Koranna, and Ntatisi, a Matabele chief who wore a diamond on her forehead and fearlessly led her soldiers into battle.

"Uit die metafore van ’n gesuurde brood en ’n rivier wat die oewers oorstyg, groei hier ’n wonderlik verbeeldingryke roman. Só word feite die klein begin van groot mites wat eweseer oortuig, diep verweef in Ou Afrika en die vele tonge van Afrikaans. Uitsoek-Le Roux." Jeanette Ferreira

Johnita le Roux's other novels include "Die Dagstêrwals", which won the ATKV Prize, and "Een vir die Wolfskof".
LeMaitre (A.) ed. ON ROUTE IN SOUTH AFRICA, explore South Africa region by region
400 pp., 4to., maps, colour illus., paperback, Third Edition, Johannesburg, (1995) 2014. OUT OF PRINT
A travel guide that includes regional maps, up-to-date place names and information about the villages, towns and cities in each region.
Marks (S.) DISCORDANT VILLAGE VOICES, a Zambian community-based wildlife programme
325 pp., map, illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R288
In this long-term case study, begun in the 1960s, Stuart Marks examines how the Munyamadzi rural communities living in Zambia's Luangwa Valley have been affected by colonial and later government initiatives to conserve wildlife. He seeks to demonstrate that local employments and assistance must create sustainable alternatives to customary livelihoods if environmental and biodiversity conservation efforts are to succeed.
Mills (G.) WHY STATES RECOVER, changing walking societies unto winning nations - from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe
689 pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R299
Greg Mills assesses why and how states fail, assesses interventions, and identifies instances of recovery. Based on research in over forty countries, the book includes chapters on Zimbabwe, Angola and South Africa.

"Truly encyclopaedic...showing that success is up to us - an exciting prospect in an enthralling read" Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank

"Greg Mills meets Andy McNab and Paul Collier...though Mills speaks with his own voice and from his own experiences, offering reason to be more optimistic about the future. Read this book." Professor Christopher Coker, London School of Economics

"Crisply written and wide-ranging, incorporating his personal on-the-ground research as well as an excellent mix of data and historical sensitivity, Greg Mills clears a new path through the debate on 'fragile' and 'failed' states. He provides a road map for both donor 'outsiders' and indigenous 'insiders' in a critical aspect of our shared future." Johnny Clegg

From 1996 to 2005 Greg Mills was National Director of the South African Institute of International Affairs. In 2013 he was appointed a member of the African Development Bank's High-Level Panel on Fragile States, and in 2014 a Visiting Senior Fellow at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. He is on the visiting faculty of the NATO Defence College, the Royal College of Defence Studies, and the South African National Defence College.
Potgieter (D.W.) BLACK WIDOW WHITE WIDOW, is Al-Qaeda operating in South Africa?
205 pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R240
Investigative reporter De Wet Potgieter reveals how Al-Qaeda factions take advantage of corrupt state machinery in South Africa to launch attacks in other African countries. He also discloses details of the paramilitary and urban warfare training that is taking place on a secluded family farm outside Pretoria, and of the support they receive from various local extremist groups.
Scheepers (M.) ROUND THE NGUNI FIRES,
198 pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2013. R150
Foreword by King Goodwill Zwelithini Zulu.

A collection of Zulu folk tales, as they were told to Myra Scheepers by Zulu speakers in and around Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal.
Siebert (M.) GARDEN OF DREAMS,
243 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R240
A coming-of-age novel about a boy from Cape Town who goes to India with his mother, is kidnapped, and ends up in a brothel at the mercy of a child trafficker.

American-born journalist Melissa Siebert has been based in Cape Town for many years, co-running Ubuntu Productions, a documentary company, and working for the Media Peace Centre. She has taught journalism at the University of Cape Town. This is her first novel.
Tobias (P.) INTO THE PAST, a memoir, memorial edition
314 pp., illus., paperback, Revised Edition, Johannesburg, (2005) 2013. R230
Philip Tobias was well-known for his pioneering work at South African fossil hominid sites, such as Sterkfontein, and for his partnership with Louis and Mary Leakey, studying fossils from Tanzania and Kenya. He died in 2012. This memorial edition, originally published in 2005, contains material from an unfinished second volume of his memoirs, which describes his collaboration with the Leakeys on the fossil remains of Olduvai Gorge.
van Dyk (R.) BUNDU FOOD, for the African bush
160 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R190
A collection of recipes that can be prepared either over an open fire or on a gas stove, with ingredients that can be packed into a 4x4 vehicle.

Rita van Wyk is also the author of "The 4x4 Cookbook" and "The 4x4 Super Cookbook".
Vladislaviç (I.) THE FOLLY,
158 pp., paperback, Cape Town, (1993) 2014. R190
Reprint of Ivan Vladislaviç's first novel.

Novelist, essayist and editor Ivan Vladislaviç's other books include "The Restless Supermarket", "Portrait with Keys", "Double Negative", "Flashback Hotel" and "The Loss Library". He has won many prizes, including the University of Johannesburg Prize, the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction.
Warman (J.) THE CLASS OF '79, the story of three fellow students who risked their lives to destroy apartheid
159 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R225
Janice Warman studied journalism at Rhodes University with Marion Sparg and Zubeida Jaffer and was taught by Guy Berger. In this book she discusses each of their contributions to the struggle for freedom, and the price they paid. Marion Sparg joined Umkhonto we Sizwe, trained in exile in Angola, was arrested, admitted to blowing up two police stations and in 1986 was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison. In 1980 Zubeida Jaffer was detained her after exposing police killings. During her detention, she was held in solitary confinement, tortured and beaten. In 1986, after editing community and trade union papers, she was detained again, while she was several months pregnant. Released at the time of her baby's birth, she was re-arrested nine weeks later and jailed again with her infant. Guy Berger was betrayed by the spy Craig Williamson, arrested for possession of banned books and sentenced to four years in prison.
Zeilig (L.) comp. PATRICE LUMUMBA, voices of liberation
200 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R210
Biography of Patrice Lumumba, founder and leader of the Mouvement National Congolais and the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo. He was assassinated by the Belgians in 1961.

Includes a selection of Lumumba's speeches and writings as well as previously unpublished interviews.

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