New Arrivals 28th to 4th of December 2014

Aslett (D.) SKOPPENSBOER, 'n Rex Reynecke-roman
309 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R200
Rex Reynecke infiltrates the world of organised crime in an attempt to find and bring to book an assassin known only as Skoppensboer (The Grim Reaper), and in the process finds himself falling in love with a prostitute.

In Afrikaans.

Duane Aslett is a senior lecturer in forensic accountancy at Northwest University. "Skoppensboer" is his first published novel.
Athiros (G.) & Gribble (J.) comps. & eds. THE CAPE ODYSSEY, 104, wrecked at the Cape, part 1
192 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. OUT OF PRINT
The first in a two-part series of articles about shipwrecks at the Cape of Good Hope. Part 1 includes stories about twenty-five shipwrecks on the Cape's West Coast, from Hondeklip to Mossel Bay, including the Nieu Haerlem (1647), the Nagel (1709), the Middleburg (1799), the Britannia (1826), the Jonquille (1866), the Brutus (1902) and the S.A.Seafarer (1966).
Chetty (N.) & Merrett (C.) THE STRUGGLE FOR THE SOUL OF A SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITY, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, academic freedom, corporatisation and transformation
235 pp., paperback, No Place, 2013. R245
Foreword by Jane Duncan.

Nithaya Chetty and Christopher Merrett describe attempts by the leadership of the University of Kwaulu-Natal during Malegapuru William Makgoba's tenure, to effect "transformation from the top", and outline the attempts by academics, including the authors, to resist this form of transformation.

"This book is an un-put-downabe-read. It tells the sad story of the destruction of a great South African institution by the false equation of racial transformation with neo-conservative capitalism and incompetent, egocentric leadership in an area vital to the country's future." Peter Vale, Chair of Humanities, University of Johannesburg & Nelson Mandela Chair of Politics Emeritus

Nithaya Chetty is Professor of Physics at the University of Pretoria.
Christopher Merrett is a journalist at The Witness in Pietermaritzburg.
Connor (T.) CONSERVED SPACES, ANCESTRAL PLACES, conservation, history and identity among farm labourers in the Sundays River Valley, South Africa
212 pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2014. R265
Teresa Connor investigates three hundred years of social conflict over land in the frontier-like Sundays River Valley, an area of multiple displacements and the location of the extended Addo Elephant Park, to see whether residents have really benefited from models of co-mamagement.

"South Africa is famous for its success in conserving wildlife, much of it in world-renowned national parks. Yet protected areas sometimes have to be carved out from settlements, and local communities often bear the costs. This is an outstanding analysis of these dilemmas, which looks in detail at the communities affected by the extension of Addo. In the process, Connor takes her readers into the social world of farmworkers, amongst the least studied and least understood groups in South Africa. This book is simultaneously a major contribution to debates about conservation and a vivid and eye-opening discussion of rural society." William Beinart, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Teresa Connor is affiliated with the Fort Hare Institute of Social and Economic Research in the Eastern Cape.
du Plessis (H.) INBOEKELING,
203 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R210
An Afrikaans historical novel about a young boy captured by trekkers on a punitive raid against his people and taken back to the "laager" to be reared as a slave.

Hans du Plessis was born in Pretoria in 1945. In 1981 he was appointed Professor of Afrikaans Grammar at Potchefstroom University, and in 1990 he became Director of ATKV School of Writing at Northwest University. He has published poetry, plays, novels, and youth fiction.
Engelbrecht (T.) PAPEGAAISLAAI,
255 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R180
A satirical Afrikaans novel about two friends who decide to search for an Afrikaans singer who has mysteriously disappeared. Their search takes them around the country and in the process they unearth a hornet's nest in the Afrikaans music industry.

Journalist and author Theunis Engelbrecht's other novels include "Boys of Summer" and "Om 'n Laatjie te Maak". He was the leader of the band Die Naaimasjiene.

Karsten (C.) DIE RESPEKTABELE MENEER HARTSLIEF,
396 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R220
A nightclub owner who has the lover of his mistress killed has to deal with the family of the murdered man, the Hartslief clan from Brixton.

Crime journalist and novelist Chris Karsten, author of the Abel trilogy, won the ATKV Prose Prize for "Frats" in 2008, the ATKV Prize for a Suspense Novel in 2010 for "Seisoen van Sonde", and both the ATKV Prose Prize and Prize for a Suspense Novel in 2011 for "Abel se Ontwaking". The Abel trilogy has been translated into English.
Kotze (E.) DIEPSEE, 'n keur uit die verhale van E.Kotze, compiled by Suzette Kotzé-Myburgh
224 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R185
A selection of E.Kotz'e short stories from the collections "Halfkrone vir die Nagmaal", "Silt van die Aarde", "Halwe Hemel", "Waterwyfie en Ander Woestynverhale" and "Die WInd Staan Oos".

Kotze is also the author of "Toring se Baai" and "Hoogty".
Krog (A.) SYNAPSE,
117 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R215
A collection of poems by Antjie Krog, translated into English by Karen Press. Also available in Afrikaans as "Mede-wete".

Antjie Krog is the author of fourteen other collections of poetry and "'Country of My Skull", a book about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She is Extraordinary Professor of Literature and Philosophy at the University of the Western Cape.
Lombard (J.) comp. DIE DING IN DIE RIETE,
196 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R220
A collection of Afrikaans short stories about snakes. Authors include Eugène Marais, Petra Müller, Minnie Postma, A.C.Jordan, Thomas Mofolo, Abraham de Vries, George Weideman, Pieter Grobbelaar, and Thomas Deacon.

Introduction by Antjie Krog.
Lunderstedt (S.) "NATIVE" EYES, Sol Plaatje versus the Natives' Land Act of 1913
126 pp., 4to, illus., map, paperack, Kimberley, 2014. R412
Steve Lunderstedt examines the role Sol Plaatje's journalism played in the resistance to the Land Act of 1913.
Mõdler (H.) JAMES BOND, ONTBLOOT, die naakte waarheid agter Brittanje se beroemdste geheime agent
284 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R206
Heinz Mõdler's factually correct and humorous exploration of the technology portrayed in the James Bond films and the plausibility of the often bizarre situations in which the hero finds himself.

"'n Subteks tot die befaamde James Bond-films, geskryf deur Heinz Mõdler: wȇrelds en boonop 'n deurdagte mediese kenner. En byna altyd tong-in-die-kies. Staan of val die James Bond-span se navorsing as dit kom by tarantulas, Japannese 'sake' en die Hapsburg-neus? Dit gaan onmoontlik wees om hiedie boek neer to sit" Eben Venter

Heinz Mõdler is an anaesthetist. He also writes columns and book reviews for Die Burger and Rapport, and is the author of a collection of essays, "Sexy Medicine" (2011).
Nasson (B.) WWI, and the people of South Africa
224 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R200
Historian Bill Nasson's account of how the people of the Union of South Africa understood, experienced, and participated in the First World War.

Bill Nasson is Professor of History at the University of Stellenbosch.
Rhoda (E.) et al THE STRAND MUSLIM COMMUNITY, 1822-1966, a historical overview
261 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R275
A history of the Muslim community based in the Strand, a town on the False Bay coast outside Cape Town.

Ebrahim Rhoda grew up in the Strand. He was a founder member of the Strand Moslem Council, the Macassar Moslem Council and the Cape Family Research Forum.
Steenkamp (J.) & Edworthy (S.) REEVA, a mother's story
280 pp., colour illus., paperback, London, 2014. R285
Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June Steenkamp, gives her account of her daughter Reeva's life and death, and of the Oscar Pistorius trial.
van den Dool (Y.) FROM KITCHEN TO COCKPIT,
424 pp., illus., paperback, Durban, 2013. R230
An autobiography by Yvonne van den Dool, the first South African woman to hold a Senior Commercial Pilot's Licence. Born in 1930, Yvonne went on to fly Tiger Moths whilst spraying Tsetse flies at Kariba Dam, establish altitude records, represent South Africa in Washington DC as their first Governor of the Ninety-Nines, and navigate the Basutoland Mountains. She also includes a general history of women aviators from the 1950's to the 1980s. She lives in Hermanus.
Venter (I.) SONDEBOK,
384 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R200
An Afrikaans thriller in which two journalists investigate an attack on a woman, and in the process uncover a clue to the disappearance of a talented teenage girl six years previously.

Irma Venter is also the author of "Skoenlapper" (Winner of the 2013 ATKV Prize) and "Skrapnel".

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