New Arrivals 19th to 25th of September 2014
Brodie (N.) ed.
THE JOBURG BOOK,
352 pp., 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback,
A revised edition of this guide to Johannesburg's history, people and places. Includes chapters on Lenasia, Alexandra and the southern suburbs, Soweto, the CBD Hillbrow, the far north and the central suburbs, with a selection of songs and poems, as well as recommended itineraries and places of interest.
"...the best city guide produced on Johannesburg. 'The Joburg Book' is primarily a triumph of picture research and design..." Mail & Guardian
"'The Joburg Book' is a thrilling work about the history of the City of Gold...Before reading the book I was getting tired of Joburg. Now I have fallen in love with the city all over again." Sowetan
Delius (P.), Phillips (L.) & Rankin-Smith (F.) eds.
A LONG WAY HOME,
migrant worker worlds 1800-2014
280 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
A social history of migrant labour in South Africa.
"'Ngezinyawo' - migrant labour" by Fiona Rankin-Smith
"Slavery, Indenture and Migrant Labour: maritime immigration from Mozambique to the Cape, c.1780-1880" by Patrick Harries
"Walking 2 000 Kilometres to Work and Back: 'The Wandering Bassuto' by Carl Richter" by Peter Delius
"A Century of Migrancy in Mpondoland" by William Beinart
"The Art of Those Left Behind: women, beadwork and bodies" by Anitra Nettleton
"'Stray Boys': the Kruger National Park and migrant labour" by Jacob Dlamini
"Verwoerd's Oxen: performing labour migrancy in southern Africa" by David Coplan
"'Give My Regards to Everyone at Home Including Those I No Longer Remember: the journey of Tito Zungu's envelopes" by Julia Charlton
"Bungityala" by Jonny Steinberg.
Also includes over ninety artworks and photographs that reflect the daily life, customs and traditions and migrants and their families, with work by Simon Stone, Ernest Cole, William Kentridge, David Goldblatt, Penny Siopis, Constance Stuart-Larabee, David Coplan, Mary Sibande and Julius Mfethe.
"The build-up to the Marikana massacre has brought the perils of migrancy squarely into contemporary post-apartheid South Africa. This book displays a thoughtful and knowledgeable understanding of the roots of the migrant labour system: it is sorely needed." Luli Callinicos, author of "A People's History of South Africa: gold and workers" and "Who Built Jozi?"
"This rich and visually appealing collection brings together some of the most compelling scholarship on the history of labour migrancy in South Africa and does so across the boundaries of time, space and academic disciplines." Saul Dubow, Professor of African History, Queen Mary, University of London
Peter Delius is Professor of History at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Laura Phillips is a researcher at the Public Affairs Research Institute, affiliated to the University of the Witwatersrand.
Fiona Rankin-Smith is special projects curator at the Wits Art Museum.
SHAYKH ISMAIL HANIF EDWARDS,
his life and works
272 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Reprint of the biography of Shaykh Ismail Hanif Edwards(1906-1958) that examines his literary contribution and the influence he had on the Muslims of Cape Town. He served as an imām at the Nūr al-Islām Masjid in Buitengracht Street and at the Muhammaddiyya Mosque, and published around thirty works on Islāmic jurisprudence, Arabic grammar, Qur’ānic recital and other topics.
a family's journey to the 1976 Soweto riots
360 pp., paperback,
A self-published novel about one white family's experience of apartheid and of the 1976 student uprising.
Don Emby is a retired medical doctor who lives in the Eastern Free State.
STILL AN INCONVENIENT YOUTH,
Julius Malema carries on
218 pp., paperback
A revised and updated edition of Fiona Forde's biography of Julius Malema, "An Inconvenient Youth, Julius Malema and the 'new' ANC". She traces his life, from his early, poverty-stricken years in Limpopo to his joining the student structures of the ANC in the early 1990s, and his rapid rise through the party's ranks to become the president of the ANC Youth League in 2008. In this new edition she also covers his ousting from the ANC in 2012, the beginnings of his political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), and how the party secured its votes in 2014.
Fiona Forde is an Irish journalist based in Johannesburg
THE HUNCHBACK MISSIONARY,
296 pp., paperback,
First published in 1988 in Afrikaans as "Missionaris". Translated by Elsa Joubert and Michael King.
A novel based on figures drawn from the Cape Town Church Archives, about a young Dutch clerk who comes to the Cape of Good Hope as a lay missionary in 1800.
"With piercing clarity and depth, this haunting novel imagines the struggles and surprising moments of grace encountered by a missionary to Africa." Claire Robertson, author of "The Spiral House"
Elsa Joubert is also the author of "The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena" (Hofmeyr Prize), "Ons Wag op die Kaptein" (Eugène Marais Prize), "Bonga" (CNA Prize), "Die Reise van Isobelle" (Hofmeyr Prize and Hertzog Prize), "Missionaris" (Hofmeyr Prize) and "Reisiger" (University of Johannesburg Literary Prize, Recht Malan Prize for non-fiction and Louis Hiemstra Prize for non-fiction).
THE TEXTURE OF SHADOWS,
370 pp., paperback,
A novel set in South Africa in 1989, about a group of People's Army soldiers who return home after years in Angola, believing the change they have been fighting for is about to become a reality.
"'The Texture of Shadows is an astonishingly brave book. It strips the South African freedom struggle of the usual sentimental pieties and pares it down to bare essentials: love, lies and lost illusions." Christopher Hope
A fascinating insight into the struggle that changed South Africa. Told by an insider, 'The Texture of Shadows' is by turns funny, serious, thought provoking and always engaging." Gillian Slovo, author of "An Honourable Defeat", "Every Secret Thing" and "Red Dust"
"A compassionate, at times shocking revelation. 'The Texture of Shadows' sheds light clearly on where history and literature intersect and overlap, and the diversity of their direct and indirect connections. Follow the individual destinies of Mandla Langa's characters as they move from home to exile and back to understand our fate and what our history dictates." Keorapetse Kgositsile, National Poet Laureate
Mandla Langa's other books include "The Memory of Stones" and "The Lost Colours of the Chameleon".
THE MISSING PIECE,
solving South Africa's economic puzzle
225 pp., paperback,
Economist Kevin Lings examines the South African economy over the past twenty years to see what has worked and what hasn't, and looks into the next twenty years to see what needs to be done.
Kevin Lings has been chief economist at STANLIB for thirteen years.
240 pp., paperback,
A coming-of-age novel set in the Karoo, about a young man struggling to fit in to the small town where his father is the new police colonel and his mother is addicted to pills and wine.
Also available in Afrikaans.
Johan Vlok Louw is also the author of the novel, "Eric the Brave".
344 pp., map, paperback,
Originally published in Afrikaans in 2013 as "Kobra". Translated into English by K.L.Seegers.
A new Benny Griessel thriller about the murder of a British citizen on a Franschoek wine farm.
Deon Meyer is also the author of "Dead Before Dying", "Dead at Daybreak", "Heart of the Hunter", "Devil's Peak", "Blood Safari", "Thirteen Hours", "Trackers" and "7 Days".
INVESTING IN YOUR CHILD MINDER,
psychological considerations and practical skills
169 pp., paperback,
Counselling psychologist Sibusiso Mhlongo offers practical guidance on selecting, training, compensating and appraising the performance of child minders.
THE POACHER'S MOON,
a true story of life, death, love and survival in Africa
141 pp. , colour illus., paperback,
Richard Pierce's account of rhino poaching on three game farms in the Western Cape in 2011.
English conservationist Richard Peirce is Chairman of the Shark Conservation Society and the Shark Trust. He spends six months of the year in South Africa.
DEVILSKEIN & DEARLOVE,
271 pp., paperback,
A fantasy novel for teenagers, about a thirteen-year-old girl living in Long Street, Cape Town, who travels into magical worlds.
Alex Smith is also the author of "Algeria's Way", "Four Drunk Beauties" and "Drinking from the Dragon's Well". She won the Tafelberg-Sanlam Youth Literature competition 2010 for her youth novel "Agency Blue". She lives in Cape Town.
Vally (S.) & Motala (E.) eds.
EDUCATION ECONOMY & SOCIETY,
273 pp., paperback,
A collection of essays on the relationship between education and unemployment, inequality and poverty.
"'No one to Blame but Themselves'; rethinking the relationship between education, skills and employment" by Enver Motala and Salim Vally
"Universities and the 'Knowledge Economy'" by Neville Alexander
"Skills? What Skills? Jobs? What Jobs? An overview of research into education/ labour market relationships" by Sanie Allais and Oliver Nathan
"On the Use and Abuse of Education: reflections on umemployment, the 'skills gap' and 'zombie economics'" by John Treat
"The Youth Wage Subsidy in South Africa: employment, skills and 'churning'" by Niall Reddy.
Salim Vally is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, University of Johannesburg.
Enver Motala is Adjunct Professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and a researcher at the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development, University of Fort Hare, East London.
van Schalkwyk (J.)
THE ALIBI CLUB,
190 pp., hardback, d.w.,
A novel about a young South African working as a bartender at a club in Brooklyn, New York.
Also available in Afrikaans.
Visual artist Jaco van Schalkwyk was born in 1979. This is his first novel.
RAISING THE BAR,
hope and renewal in South Africa
289 pp., paperback,
"One of the most important, clear-eyed, honest and original critiques of South Africa today. This book is heavy with solutions and new ways of seeing and being South African. An outstanding, visionary book that packs a massive punch." Justice Malala
"Zibi elegantly and insightfully joins the dots between the social, political and economic factors holding South Africa back, inviting an urgently needed recalibration of the country's value system while bravely challenging its political class to raise its game." Richard Calland
"A sober, engaging and challenging voice at a time we need it most. Songezo Zibi is a lucid thinker and writes with great authority." Maz du Preez
Songezo Zibi is the editor of Business Day.