New Arrivals 29th to 4th of September 2014

202 pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2013) 2014. R220
A novel about a bother and sister sent to boarding schools in Natal when their parents' leftist politics makes life difficult for them in the Free State farming community where they live. The novel is based on true events.

"Bravery is not a literary attribute. But this bildungsroman is an eloquent testimony to courage, grace, elegance even. And beauty. Rooted in the soil, steeped in the complex ways of survival of her people. And the dying of loved ones. The novel paints in textured language a land of fidelity and falseness, of posturing and purity and pride - where treacherous rivers run as deep as the power of memory. Dominique Botha worthily takes her place among the living and the dead writing the stories that make us." Breyten Bteytenbach

Dominique Botha grew up on a farm in the Free State. She now lives in Johannesburg. This novel, her first, won the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize.
Kenvyn (D.) ed. DENIS GOLDBERG, freedom fighter and humanist
209 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg & Manchester, 2014. R140
This collection of essays in honour of Denis Goldberg was originally published in 2013 in German as "Denis Goldberg: freiheitskämpfer und humanist". Translated into English by Pat Turnbull.

Contributions include:
"Denis Goldberg" by Zwelidinga Pallo Jordan
"The War of Position in Small Things" by Jeremy Cronin
"Denis our Leader" by Guy Berger
"Denis Goldberg in the Nordic Countries: 'build solidarity that was my task'" by Madi Gray
"A Mensch" by Ruth Weiss
"Early Solidarity with South Africa - Edelgard Nkobi Goldberg and friends" by Elizabeth Quart
"Books, Bands and Paintings - intercultural vision" by Tina Jerman
"'Because it's always so friendly': Denis Goldberg and the Peace City Osnabruck" by Reinhard Stolle.

Denis Goldberg was one of the eight Rivonia trialists sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964. Released in 1985 he went into exile and was ANC spokesperson in Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, and the USA. He also represented the ANC on the Anti-Apartheid Committee of the United Nations. In 1995 he founded the development organisation Community H.E.A.R.T. in London to help to improve the living standards of black South Africans. With the support of German friends he established Community H.E.A.R.T. e.V. in Essen in Germany in 1996. He returned to South Africa in 2002 and was appointed Special Adviser to Ronnie Kasrils, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry until 2004. He lives in Cape Town.
Powers (P.J.) & Thamm (M.) HERE I AM,
164 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R240
A memoir by South African musician P.J. Powers.

PJ Powers was lead singer for the rock and roll band, Hotline, formed in Johannesburg in 1980. Hotline was the first all-white band to find a receptive audience amongst black South Africans, who gave her the nickname Thandeka (the loved one). After Hotline disbanded in 1987 PJ Powers pursued a solo career. One of her biggest hits with Hotline was "Jabulani", written by bass guitarist, George van Dyk. In 1995, she recorded the Rugby World Cup official song, "World in Union", with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Editor, journalist, columnist and author Marianne Thamm is also the author of "I Have Life: Alison's journey".

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