New Arrivals 24th to 30th of October 2014
431 pp., paperback,
A historical novel, in Afrikaans, about Coenraad de Buys, a legend on the frontier of the Cape Colony in the late seventeen hundreds. Born in the Langkloof in 1761, he was one of a number of white people who sided with the Xhosa during the frontier wars against the Boers and then the British. A polygamist, a swindler, the bane of government, father to numerous children, he wandered around southern Africa. He died on the banks of the Limpopo in 1821.
"Briljant verbeel en verbeeld. Daar is niks skroomvalligs aan hierdie roman nie. Ek haal my hoed af vir wat Willem Anker hier regkry." Ingrid Winterbach
Willem Anker's first novel, "Siegfried" (20070 won the University of Johannesburg Prize and the Jan Rabie/Rapport Prize. He teaches creative writing and Afrikaans literature at Stellenbosch University.
Augustyn (W.) ed.
SOUTH AFRICAN WINE INDUSTRY DIRECTORY,
520 pp., maps, paperback,
A guide to wine industry organisations and education bodies. Includes an overview of the South African wine industry.
158 pp., paperback,
A novel about a woman left alone to care for her husband who suffers from clinical depression.
"Pitch perfect...held me in its thrall" Sarah Lotz, author of "The Three" and "Tooth and Nailed"
Tish Marie Beautement was born and raised in Oregon, USA. She moved to South Africa in 2008. She co-runs Short Story Day Africa.
Berk (B.) dir.
88 mins, DVD,
A psychological thriller set in a coastal village, based on the novel by Alistair Morgan.
"A tour de force" “André Brink
WE NEED NEW NAMES,
294 pp., paperback,
Reprint of NoViolet Bulawayo's novel about growing up in Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe. This novel is longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
"NoViolet Bulawayo is a powerful, authentic, nihilistic voice - feral, feisty, funny." Peter Godwin, author of "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun"
NoViolet Bulawayo was born in Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe, in 1981. When she was eighteen she moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. In 2011 she won the Caine Prize for African Writing. She is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University in California. This is her first novel.
Cameron (G.) comp.
AUTHENTIC AFRICAN LEADERSHIP,
authentic African leaders defined and the techniques that made them great
255 pp., paperback,
Leadership coach and founder and managing director of the Image Excellence Group has compiled stories written by corporate leaders she has coached over the past twenty five years.
THE SUNBURNT QUEEN,
a true story
375 pp., illus., maps, paperback,
A reprint of Hazel Crampton's retelling of the story of Bessie, a seven-year-old English girl who survived a shipwreck near Lambasi Bay on South Africa's Wild Coast in the late 1730s. She was found and raised by the local people as one of their own and later married one of the most important tribal chiefs in the area. Her dynasty extends to many of today's Xhosa royal families. Hazel Crampton used oral histories and written accounts by early missionaries and traders who met Bessie's grandchildren to trace the story of Bessie and her descendants throughout the turbulent history of the Eastern Cape until the present day.
"'The Sunburnt Queen' is an extremely valuable adjunct to our understanding of South African history, particularly in its presentation of the oral traditions and viewpoints of the Xhosa nation, and in detailing the courage, hardships and vicissitudes of pioneers and castaways alike." Michael Hurry, The Sunday Independent
Hazel Crampton is also the author of "The Side of the Sun at Noon, a quest" and co-editor of "Into the Hitherto Unknown: Ensign Beutler's expedition to the Eastern Cape, 1752". She currently teaches in the Masters in Creative Writing programme at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
the best of Daily Maverick
290 pp., illus., paperback,
A selection of the essays published in the online newspaper, Daily Maverick, since its inception in October 2009.
Foreword by Max du Preez.
"Gupta Nuptials Guest Memo" by Richard Poplack
"Madonsela: it's 'Animal Farm', and the pigs are feeding" by Simon Allison
"Goodbye, Democracy; So Long, Accountability; Hello, Zumocracy" by Ranjeni Munusamy
"Requiem for a Dream: on loving and leaving the ANC" by Sisonke Msimang
"The Cold Murder Fields of Marikana" by Greg Marinovich
"The Beautiful Mind of Jonathan Jansen" by Mandy de Waal
"Mamphela Ramphele, the future for South Africa? Nope" by Vukani Mde
"What Got Lost in the Oscar Pistorius Frenzy" by Rebecca Davis
"Black Anger and White Obliviousness" by Osiame Molefe
"Should South African Black People Get Over Apartheid? Hell, no!" by Sipho Hlongwane.
du Plooy (H.)
DIE STILTE OPGESKORT,
82 pp., paperback,
A new collection of Afrikaans poems by Heilna du Plooy.
Heilna du Plooy has published two other collections of poems: "Die donker is nooit leeg nie" (1997) and "In die landskap ingelyf" (2003). She is Professor of Afrikaans and Dutch literature at Northwest University.
Gabriel (I.) dir.
114 mins, DVD,
A feature film about a reformed prison gang general, a policeman, and gang leader, a surgeon back from London and thirteen year old boy, all caught in the Number Gang Wars of the 26s and the 28s in the Cape Flats of Cape Town.
"Ground-breaking, gutsy, provocative. A South African reality never seen on film before." Leon van Nierop
CALL THE STATIONMASTER,
if he can hear you
782 pp.., paperback,
Self-published autobiography of Neville Herrignton. A radio journalist, playwright, and director of Tekweni Television Productions, Herrington taught in the Department of Speech and Drama at the University of Natal in Durban. He was a Durban City Councillor in the 1980s and served on the boards of the Natal Performing Arts Council and the Durban Arts Association.
helping or hurting?
507 pp., paperback,
A review of black economic empowerment (BEE) policies since 1994.
"Transformation should have been the subject of an urgent national conversation for years already. Thanks to this book, the great debate might at last be poised to start." Rian Malan, from his foreword
Political analyst Anthea Jeffery's other books include "Chasing the Rainbow: South Africa's move from Mandela to Zuma", "New Light on the Struggle for South Africa", and "Business and Affirmative Action".
92 pp., paperback,
A collection of poems by Khulile Nxumalo.
"Khulile Nxumalo is one of the few people in South Africa using longer experimental forms. He has found a creative way of breaking up the English language and fusing it with other languages. He is also capable of intense lyrical expression." Robert Berold, poet
Khulile Nxumalo was born in Soweto in 1971. He has twice won the DALRO Award for poetry. Hie first volume of poems, "then flapping elbows, mama", was published in 2004.
TWEE KAAPSE LEWENS,
Henricus & Aletta Beck en die samelewing van hul tyd, 1702-1755
588 pp., hardback, d.w.,
The fifth part in Karel Schoeman's series, "Kolonie aan die Kaap". The other four titles in the series are "Patrisiërs and Prinse, die Europese samelewing en die stigting van 'n kolonie aan die Kaap, 1619-1715", "Handelsryk in die Ooste, die wêreld van die VOC, 1619-1688", "Kolonie aan die Kaap, Jan van Riebeeck en die vestiging van die eerste blankes, 1652-1662" and "Burgers and Amptenare, die vroeë ontwikkeling van die kolonie aan die Kaap, 1662-1679".
Text in Afrikaans.
Karel Schoeman is a research fellow in the Department of History and the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French at the University of the Free State. He is the author of many works of fiction and non-fiction, both in English and Afrikaans.
VERMIS OP ALLESVERLOREN,
292 pp., paperback,
An Afrikaans novel about a woman herb doctor who goes missing, set in a small rural community.
Anchien Troskie was born in 1968 in the Free State. Her other books include "Die Staat teen Anna Bruwer" (2012), "Die besoeker"(2010) and "Nooit is ’n lang, lang tyd"(2008).
A PATH THROUGH HARD GRASS,
a journalist's memories of exile and apartheid
276 pp., illus., paperback,
Foreword by Nadine Gordimer.
The autobiography of journalist Ruth Weiss. Born in 1924 in Germany, she moved with her parents to South Africa in 1936 to escape Nazi persecution. Her journalistic career began in Johannesburg in the 1950s. Very critical of apartheid and racism, she was forced to flee South Africa and then Rhodesia. She began reporting from Lusaka, London and Cologne and interviewed many African leaders including Kenneth Kaunda, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Robert Mugabe. She now lives in Germany.
[Boulle (L.), Laryea (E.) & Sucker (F.) eds.]
INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW AND AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT,
226 pp., paperback,
A collection of reworked and updated papers presented at the African International Economic Law Netword (AfIELN) COnference, held in 2013 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. The contributors discuss "international perspectives on African law and economic development in the light of broader globalisation impertatives." from the back cover
Laurence Boulle is Professor of Law at the Thomas More Law School, ACU, Sydney, and Adjunct Professor at Bond University, Queensland, Australia, and at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Emmanuel Laryea is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia, and Fellow of the Tim Fischer Centre for Global Trade and FInance, Bond University, Australia.
Franziska Sucker is a senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law.