New Arrivals 5th to 11th of September 2014

Jennings (K.) ed. FEAST, FAMINE & POTLUCK, Short Story Day Africa
259 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R200
A collection of nineteen stories longlisted for the 2013 Short Story Day Africa competition. The winning story is "My Father's Head" by Okwiri Oduor from Kenya. This story also won the 2014 Caine Prize. Second prize went to South African Jane Bauling for her story, "Choke".
Metcalfe (D.) BLUE DAHLIA, BLACK GOLD, a journey into Angola
354 pp., map, illus., paperback, Reprint, London, (2013) 2014. R210
British author and journalist Daniel Metcalfe spent three months travelling across Angola by road and talking to tribal elders, oil workers, mine clearers and street children.

"Metcalfe explore[s] Angola by road to get under the skin of a nation in which corruption and nepotism are rife... Along the way, [he] cleverly weaves in Angola's colonial history, including Portugal's shocking slave-trading past, civil war and rapid rise of the nouveau riche... Angola's extraordinary cocktail of corruption, oil wealth, destitution and post-colonial blues adds an altogether grittier dimension." Tom Chesshyre, The Times

"A startling, wonderfully written portrait." Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller

"An invigorating, eye-opening and fascinating study of a booming but dysfunctional country that embodies the new Africa." Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times

Otter (C.) BALTHASAR'S GIFT, a Maggie Cloete mystery
274 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R220
Crime reporter Maggie Cloete investigates the death of an AIDS activist.

South African Charlotte Otter lives in Heidelberg, Germany. This is her first novel.
Radmann (C.) THE CRACK,
329 pp., paperback, London, 2014. R265
A novel about a white police interrogater and his family, set in South Africa in 1976.

"A taut and imaginative novel about apartheid-era South Africa, full of niggling symbolism, imperfectly concealed secrets and fractured lives." D.J.Taylor

Christopher Radmann grew up in South Africa and lives in Hampshire, England, where he teaches at a boarding school. He is also the author of the novel, "Held Up".
Rush (N.) MORTALS, a novel
715 pp., maps, paperback, First UK Edition, London, (2003) 2014. R280
Originally published in the USA in 2003.

"Mortals" competes the trilogy that began with "Whites" and "Mating".

"A story of spies in a hot climate that turns into a meditation upon morality...Rush is masterful at unfolding the tender, laconic truths of love, lust and guilt." Christopher Hope, The Guardian

"While the vignettes of Botswana life are well done, and the action sequences accomplished, it is the portrait of a 17-year-old marriage running out of steam that makes Mortals linger in the memory. Rush has captured the texture of a 7-out-of-10 marriage in exquisite and, because the marriage is doomed, painful detail." Julia Flynn The Telegraph

"A magnificent novel, bursting with ideas and splendid digressions; a novel to sink into and think about" Alexander McCall Smith

American novelist Norman Rush is also the author of "Subtle Bodies".
Taljaard (M.) THE TRANSKEI RUN, and the times of high strangeness
139 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R200
A darkly humorous novel about two young men from a small South African town who go in search of adventure in the rural Transkei and get into trouble with a local taxi gang.

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