New Arrivals 28th to 6th of March 2014

Campbell (C.) MY CHILDREN HAVE FACES,
142 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R170
A novel about the karretjiemense of the Karoo. The karretjiemense (Donkey Cart People), are direct descendants of the San, the earliest inhabitants of the Karoo interior. Itinerant sheep-shearers, this marginalised community roam the Karoo in their donkey carts in search of work, sleeping over on the roadside in make-shift overnight shelters.

"Carol Campbell's vivid story foregrounds the 'invisible' people of the Karoo and brings them into sharp focus." David Kramer, musician

"This is one of the most heart-breaking stories I have read in a long, long time. On top of the sheer humanity of the tale, there is the tension which at times was almost intolerable, and I had to stop myself flicking ahead. The voices took hold of me from the beginning and then never let go. " Mike Nicol, author

Also available in Afrikaans.

Carol Campbell wrote this book while she and her husband were running a petrol station in Prince Albert. She currently lives in Durban.
Davenport (J.) DIGGING DEEP, a history of mining in South Africa,1852-2002
537 pp., map, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2013. R390
A historical overview of the discovery of South Africa's mineral wealth aimed at the general reader. Jade Davenport tracks the development and growth of the mining industry, from the establishment of the first commercial mine in Namaqualand in 1852 to the promulgation of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act in 2002. The narrative focuses on seven of South Africa's major and most historically significant commodities, namely copper, diamonds, gold, coal, iron ore, platinum and uranium, and on the people and the main factors that shaped the industry.

Historian Jade Davenport has worked as a journalist, correspondent and columnist for "Mining Weekly" since 2005.
Mahlangu (S.) PENUMBRA,
212 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2013. R225
A novel about a young black graduate working for a large insurance company in Cape Town and his struggles with mental illness, drugs and charismatic Christianity.

Songeziwe Mahlangu was born in Alice in 1985. He currently lives in East London and works at a large accountancy firm. Penumbra is his first novel.
Mngxitama (A.) & Kaganof (A.) FROM A PLACE OF BLACKNESS, a correspondence between Andile Mngxitama & Aryan Kaganof
189 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. OUT OF PRINT
A collection of letters between South African writer Andile Mngxitama and South African playwright Aryan Kaganof, in which they discuss the question of race, written between June 2009 and June 2011.

"The aspect of it that struck me is how you debunk the myth that there can be an articulation between Blackness and White critical meditations in the form of dialogue, let alone solidarity. This for me is a decisive point, which constitutes, among other things, the insurmountable limitation of 'social movement politics'..." Franco Barchiesi, author of "Precarious Liberation, Workers, the State, and Contested Social Citizenship in Postapartheid South Africa"
Press (K.) SLOWLY, AS IF,
148 pp., paperback, Manchester, 2012. R135
A collection of poems by Karen Press.

"It is largely a poetry of whispers, of hints, of indirect statement, yet with cables as strong as steel for its backbone." South African Sunday Independent

Karen Press has published eight collections of poetry, including "Home" and "The Canary's Songbook". She co-founded the publishing collective Buchu Books. She lives in Cape Town and works as a freelance editor and writer.
Richards (J-A.) THE IMAGINED CHILD,
330 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R220
A psychological mystery about a writer who moves to a small Free State town to start a new life.

"A powerful and perceptive deconstruction of parenthood and culpability. Jo-Anne's trademark twist in the tale is a sudden punch in the gut, and leaves the reader breathless for days afterwards."

"Jo-Anne takes us into small-town South Africa and has us look deep into some complicated souls...This is her fifth novel, and may be her best yet." Anton Harber, Caxton Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand

"This superbly written, searing study of secrets, motherhood and guilt - both personal and historical - will stay with you long after you've finished it." Sarah Lotz, author

Novelist and journalist Jo-Anne Richards is also the author of the novels "The Innocence of Roast Chicken", "Touching the Lighthouse", "Sad at the Edges" and "My Brother's Book". She teaches creative writing and lectures the University of the Witwatersrand.

Simbo (C.) LOVING THE AFRICAN MAN, for women, a must read for men
102 pp., paperback, Wandsbeck, 2013. R130
Lawyer and academic Chiedza Simbo discusses the issues facing African men and women in their relationships. This book is self-published.

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