New Arrivals 3rd to 9th of October 2014

388 pp., paperback, Ontario, 2013. R180
"'The Last Mentsch' is a rich, poignant and often hilarious celebration of story-telling. It effortlessly combines the historical novel and the picaresque to create a portrait of South Africa's fledgling Jewish community, of the emergent nation and of a range of endearing and infuriating eccentrics." Professor Michael titlestad, University of the Witwatersrand

"A great deal of research has gone into establishing the authenticity of the period, the landscapes as the depiction of the panoply of well-known historical characters such as Bleek, Rhodes and Scotty Smith. The latter two are encrusted in their own mythology, but Bayer manages their entirely plausible cameo appearances. 'The Last Mentsch' is not only persuasive, it is eminently readable, interesting and entertaining." Professor Elsie Cloete, University of the Witwatersrand

Journalist Peter Bayer worked for the Rand Daily Mail and The World. In recent years, he has lectured in journalism and communications. He lives in Johannesburg.
Bonello (J.) & Lombard (H.) COOKED IN THE KAROO,
240 pp., 4to., colour illus., map, hardback, Johannesburg, 2014. R340
Justin Bonello spent two years travelling through the Karoo meeting people and collecting recipes.

South African filmmaker, chef and television personality Justin Bonello has his own cooking and travel show, Cooked.
Dallas (D.) THE FATHER OF WOODSTOCK, the life and times of WE Moore, lawyer, politician, benefactor
218 pp., illus., maps, paperback, Rosebud West, Australia, 2014. R270
David Dallas' biography of his great-grandfather, William Edward Moore (1831-1917), a lawyer who was the driving force behind the development of the hamlet of Papendorp at the Cape into the municipality of Woodstock. He was its first mayor, and involved in the founding of schools, an old-age home and the Woodstock Presbyterian Church.

David Dallas was born in Cape Town and practiced there as a lawyer. He emigrated to Australia in 1977 and now lives in retirement on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
Darries (F.) & (G.) ZANDVLIET, Cape Town's Islamic heritage
79 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R135
A history of Zandvliet, a farm situated fifteen kilometres outside Stellenbosch, between the Hottentot Holland mountains and the Indian Ocean. Today it is made up of three parts: Sandvlei, Kramat and Macassar. In 1694 the Dutch East India Company banished Abadin Tadia Tjoessoep (1626–1699), more commonly known as Sheikh Yusuf of Makassar, an Indonesian Muslim of noble descent, with his family and retinue, to the Cape of Good Hope. They were settled on the farm Zandvliet. A pioneer of Islamic jurisprudence, he began to preach and teach. Although there were already some Muslims at the Cape before Yusuf arrived, he is regarded as the founder of Islamic faith at the Cape. Local Muslims regularly visit his Kramat, near Faure.
Ebrahim (M.) SHAYKH MUHAMMAD SALIE DIEN, a leader of distinction
475 pp., illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2012. R285
A biography of Shaykh Dien, born in Wynberg in 1920. A qualified teacher, he pursued Islamic studies in Cairo from 1947 to 1956. On his return to Cape Town, he lectured in various mosques around Cape Town, and was appointed Imam of Masjid al-Salaam in Belgravia Estate in 1959. He served this community for fifty years. An opponent of the apartheid state, he was interrogated by the security branch on a number of occasions. He was also responsible for establishing the Islamic Welfare Society in 1959. The University of the Western Cape bestowed an Honorary Doctorate on the 90-year-old Shaykh at his bedside in June 2010, shortly before he died.
Gibbon (T.) ed. DRIVING CHANGE, the story of the South African Norway Tertiary Education Development Programme
168 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R185
A collection of essays that examine the South African Norway Tertiary Education Development Programme (SANTED), developed jointly by South Africa's Department of Education and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). The Programme, which lasted for ten years (2000-2010), aimed to develop and broaden higher education in South Africa.

Contributions include:
"The Role of the SANTED Secretariat: riding the development cooperation bicycle, hands on and hands off" by Trish Gibbon
"Promoting South African Reform Objectives through Development Cooperation" by Nasima Badsha
"Supporting and Enhancing the Academic Project: improving student throughput and success within an equity framework" by Colleen Howell
"Challenges Relating to the Establishment of Comprehensive Universities in the South African Higher Education Sector" by Martin Oosthuizen

Trish Gibbon was the Director of SANTED and is currently the Senior Director of Institutional Planning, Evaluation and monitoring at the University of Johannesburg.
Hartley (R.) RAGGED GLORY, the rainbow nation in black and white
297 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R225
Political journalist and newspaper editor Ray Hartley's narrative history of South Africa after 1994, in which he examines the achievements and failures of the last twenty years.

"Ray Hartley provides a clear-eyed, richly detailed account of the story so far. The result is a lucid and satisfying overview that will either be new to you or remind you how much you've forgotten. South Africa has a penchant for self-criticism that can border on the melodramatic, so this moderate voice of reason is welcome." David Smith, The Guardian

"Ray Hartley's spritely chronicle provides an indispensable guide for those unfamiliar with arguably the most important era and contains surprising new anecdotes and insights for anyone who followed this unfolding drama." Tim Cohen, Financial Mail

Ray Hartley is the former editor of The Times and the Sunday Times of South Africa. He is editor at large for the Times Media Group.
Horowitz (D.) COURAGE TO LEAD, leadership lessons from Kilimanjaro
243 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R180
Actuary and leadership coach Daphna Horowitz climbed Kilimanjaro in 2012, and experienced the journey as a metaphor for leadership. It prompted her to write this book, a practical guide to leadership development, outlined in a collection of twenty-four simple principles that can be applied relatively easily by anyone, anywhere.
224 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R175
Based on Christian Lander's book, "Stuff White People Like", published in the USA, this book offers humorous short essays on what white South Africans like, such as coffee, film festivals, Madiba, NGOs, Rodriquez, marathons, brunch, renovations, sushi, the Western Cape Provincial Government, threatening to emigrate, "Ubuntu", The Public Protector, talk radio, Tim Noakes, Carrol Boyes, and more.

Hagen Engler, former editor of FHM magazine, is also the author of "Marrying Black Girls for Guys who aren't Black". He lives in Johannesburg.
164 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R200
A collection of Eric Miyeni's newspaper columns published in Afropolitan magazine and The Sowetan, on subjects ranging from Julius Malema and Brenda Fassie to the true cost of crime, corruption, and the need for excellence in South Africa.

Actor, writer and filmmaker Eric Miyeni is also the author of "The Only Black at a Dinner Party" and the novel, "The Release". He lives in Johannesburg.
Okai (A.) MANDELA THE SPEAR, and other poems
131 pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, (2008) 2013. R188
This book was first published in Ghana in 2008.

A collection of poems by Ghanaian poet, Atukwei Okai.

Atukwei Okai was born in Accra in 1941. He is the Secretary- General of the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA). He taught Russian literature at the University of Ghana and from 1984 to 2001 was Senior Research Fellow in African Literature at the Institute of African Studies. Currently he is Head of the GaDangme Education Department at the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. His poems have been translated into many languages.
165 pp., paperback, Penguin, 2014. R195
An analysis of Reeva Steenkamp's death and the Oscar Pistorius trial by journalist Ilse Salzwedel.

Text in Afrikaans.
van der Merwe (K.) text & de Villiers (J.) photo. STRANDVELDFOOD, a West Coast odyssey
247 pp., 4to., map, colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2014. OUT OF PRINT
A collection of recipes by chef Kobus van der Merwe, who runs a small restaurant, Ope ve Koep, in Paternoster on the Cape West Coast. He gathers the main ingredients for his dishes from the veld and the beach. Richly illustrated with photographs by Jac de Villiers.
van der Walt (J.) JOHANNES STRYDSMAN, legendariese Boere verkenner en Kaapse rebel, Anglo-Boereoorlog 1899-1902
257 pp., 4to., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Durban, 2012 . R450
An account of Hendrik Stephanus Johannes van der Walt's (alias Johannes Strydsman) experiences as a scout in Commandant P.H.Kritzinger's commando during the invasion of the Cape Colony between January and June 1901.

Text in Afrikaans.
Wessels (A.) THE ANGLO-BOER WAR 1899-1902, white man's war, black man's war, traumatic war
213 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Bloemfontein, 2011. R350
A brief history of the Anglo-Boer War, with special reference to the role played by black people, coloured people, and people of Asian origin.

André Wessels is Senior Professor of History and Chairperson of the Department of History at the University of the Free State.

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