New Arrivals 29th to 4th of September 2014
202 pp., paperback,
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.
THE MORAL STATUS AND RIGHTS OF ANIMALS,
365 pp., paperback,
Philosopher Kai Horsthemke argues for the moral equality of animals.
"The issue of 'animal rights' has very often taken a back seat to the issue of 'human rights'. Particularly in South Africa, a debate is needed around the question of whether 'rights' are in fact divisible or not and whether one can, from a moral/ethical and philosophical perspective argue that while humans must enjoy a set of rights, other sentient beings do not or cannot enjoy the same rights. Kai Horsthemke brings this question into sharp relief in the book which deserves wide coverage. South Africa is a contested political space in which the struggle against colonialism and then apartheid and racism has long roots. While freedom and human rights were seen as triumphant with the emergence of democracy, the underbelly of this rights-based liberation movement is a politics of culture in which the issue of animal rights is at best truncated and at worst completely ignored." Thomas Koelble, Graduate School of Business, Univerity of Cape Town
Kai Horsthemke teaches philosophy of education in the Wits School of Education.
Kenvyn (D.) ed.
freedom fighter and humanist
209 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Johannesburg & Manchester,
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.
"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,
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".
a blueprint for human prosperity
350 pp., paperback,
Michael Tellinger's self-published book in which he "exposes the previously misunderstood origins of money and the rise of the royal banking elite, that have controlled the world for millennia, and who continue to do so today through the modern banking families [and] describes how the ancient African philosophy of UBUNTU will allow us to seamlessly move from a divided, money-driven society, to united communities driven by people, their passion for life and their God-given talents." from the back cover
Michael Tellinger is the founder of the UBUNTU Liberation Movement and the UBUNTU Party in South Africa.