New Arrivals 9th to 15th of May 2015

Allen (D.) EMPIRE, WAR & CRICKET, in South Africa, Logan of Matjiesfontein
334pp., b/w & colour illus., map, hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2015. R350
A biography of Scotsman James Douglas Logan, who founded and developed the Karoo town of Matjiesfontein into a renowned health resort. The book is also a sports history: Logan, who immigrated to South Africa in 1877, developed the game of cricket in South Africa.

Foreword by André Odendaal, CEO of Western Province Cricket Association and Honorary Professor in History and Heritage Studies at the University of the Western Cape.

"Dean Allen's book is an example of original biographical history at its best. He has used extensive archival material from South Africa and the UK - some of which he accessed for the very first time - in order to explore the important themes of sport, politics, and power during a key period of South African and British Imperial history. He cleverly relates James Logan's love of cricket and his personal career to the wider processes of colonialism." Jennifer Hargreaves, Consultant and Visiting Professor of Sports Sociology, University of Brighton

"It is more than just a sports history and also more than just a political history. Its strength is in the way it melds the two to provide new perspective on a turbulent South African past." Albert Grundlingh, Chair of History Department, Stellenbosch University



Barnard (N.) & Wiese (T.) SECRET REVOLUTION, memoirs of a spy boss
304pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R290
Foreword by Hermann Giliomee.

In the late 1980s Niël Barnard, then Head of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), was instructed by Prime Minister PW Botha to start top-secret talks with Nelson Mandela in prison. In this book he discusses how this came about and gives an account of the conversations he and the government team had with Mandela.
Blake (A.) ONTSNAP!, Boerekrygsgevangenes se strewe na vryheid
394pp., illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R250
Albert Blake relates the stories of Boer soldiers who escaped from the British prisoner-of-war camps in South Africa, India, Bermuda, St. Helena and Ceylon during the Anglo-Boer War.

Albert Blake is also the author of "Boereverraaier: terugstellings tydens die Anglo-Boereoorlog" and "Boerekryger: 'n seun se hoogste offer".
Bossenbroek (M.) THE BOER WAR,
446pp., illus., map, paperback, First English Language Edition, Johannesburg, 2015. R350
This history of the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 was first published in 2012 in Dutch. Bossenbroek explores the war primarily through the experiences of three men: Willem Leyds, the Dutch lawyer who became South African Republic state secretary, Winston Churchill, then a British war reporter, and Deneys Reitz, the young Boer commando. The Dutch edition won the Libris/ Nasionale Nederlandse Geskiedenis Prys. Translated into English by Yvette Rosenberg.

"Shifts the genre of non-fiction into the realm of high literature" The AKO Literature Prize 2013

Martin Bossenbroek is Associate Professor in History at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands.
Dala (Z.) WHAT ABOUT MEERA,
256pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R190
A novel about an Indian woman from KwaZulu-Natal who moves to Dublin to escape her failing marriage.

This is ZP Dala's first published novel. She lives in Durban, where she is a psychologist at a school for autistic children.
Davie (G.) POVERTY KNOWLEDGE IN SOUTH AFRICA, a social history of human science, 1855-2005
334pp., paperback, New York, 2015. R290
"Rather than advocating one particular policy solution, this book argues that poverty knowledge – including knowledge of the tension between quantitative and qualitative observations – teaches us about the dynamics of historical change, the power of racial thinking in white settler societies, and the role of ordinary people in shaping state policy. Readers will gain new perspectives on today's debates about social welfare, redistribution, and human rights and will ultimately find reasons to rethink conventional approaches to advocacy." from the back cover

Grace Davie is Associate Professor of History at Queen's College, CUNY.
Dowling (F.) THE FETCH,
309pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R220
A novel set on a coastal suburb in Cape Town.

Poet and writer Finuala Dowling's other novels are "What Poets Need" and "Homemaking for the Down at Heart". She is currently senior lecturer at the at the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, University of Cape Town.
Fuller (A.) LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME,
258pp., paperback, London, 2015. R285
In this memoir, sequel to "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight", Alexander Fuller writes about her twenty year marriage to Charlie Ross.

Alexander Fuller was born in England in 1969. In 1972 she moved with her family to a farm in Zambia. In 1994 she moved to Wyoming. She has three children.
Nicol (M.) POWER PLAY,
392pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R210
A thriller about the gang war that breaks out when two Chinese businessmen try to take over the lucrative abalone poaching business in Cape Town.

Mike Nicol is the author of The Revenge Trilogy and "Of Cops and Robbers". He lives in Cape Town.
Robbe (K.) CONVERSATIONS ABOUT MOTHERHOOD, South African women's writing across traditions
317pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2015. R325
Ksenia Robbe explores the theme of motherhood in texts by South African women authors written in English and Afrikaans from the 1970s to 2010. She compares works by Elsa Joubert and Wilma Stockenström, Sindiwe Magona and Marlene van Niekerk, Zoë Wicomb and Pamphilia Hlapa and Antjie Krog and Ellen Kuzwayo.

"A great pleasure to read. This book adopts a stimulating and productive way of addressing the existing literature and will be welcomed by those who wish to read a fresh and informative study of South African women's writing set within the fields of gender and African studies." Professor Eva Hunter, University of the Western Cape

Ksenia Robbe is Assistant Professor at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.
Rossouw (R.) WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY?,
331pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R245
A novel about a family living in Hanover Park, a Coloured township on the Cape Flats, in the late 1980s.

Rehana Roussouw grew up in Cape Town. Currently she lives in Johannesburg, where she works as a journalist.
Swartz (S.) HOMELESS WANDERERS, movement and mental illness in the Cape Colony in the nineteenth century
224pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R245
Sally Swartz's study of the insane and their treatment in the Cape Colony between 1890 and 1910, focusing on the movement of the insane in search of care and on the various restrictions on their movement.

Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist Sally Schwartz is Associate Professor in the Psychology Department, University of Cape Town.
Tabensky (P.) & Matthews (S.) eds. BEING AT HOME, race, institutional culture and transformation at South African higher education institutions
322pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2015. R320
A collection of essays that examine some of the most pressing challenges facing higher education institutions in contemporary South Africa.

"This is arguably one of the three most important books on higher education transformation in South Africa to have emerged in the last decade. The richly textured stories might come from one institution, Rhodes University, but they are hung onto compelling theories of institutional culture and change, giving the book meaning and relevance to universities "at home" and abroad. A long-time sceptic of hastily edited books in South Africa's subsidy-obsessed universities, I have to admit that I gulped down this fascinating collection on one sitting. Highly recommended." Jonathan Jansen, Visiting Scholar, Stanford University

Contributions include:
"'Feeling at Home': institutional culture and the idea of a university" by Samantha Vice
"Making Room for the Unexpected: the university and the ethical imperative of unconditional hospitality" by Minesh Dass
"Race and Justice in Higher Education: some global challenges, with attention to the South African context" by Lewis Gordon
"Thinking Outside the Ivory Tower: towards a radical humanities in South Africa" by Nigel Gibson
"Africanising Institutional Culture: what is possible and plausible" by Thaddeus Metz.




van Tonder (A.) THIS ONE TIME, a novel
391pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R260
A thriller about a reality TV show host from New York who flees to an isolated hunting lodge in Alaska to finish a book he's trying to write.

"Alex van Tonder has a straight razor on the pulse of pop culture. Scathing, witty and incisive." Lauren Beukes, author of "Broken Monsters" and "The Shining Girls"

Alex van Tonder lives and works in Cape Town. This is her debut novel.
Vladislavić (I.) 101 DETECTIVES, stories
208pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R220
A new collection of short stories by novelist, essayist and editor Ivan Vladislavić.

Ivan Vladislavić's other books include "The Folly", "The Restless Supermarket", "Portrait with Keys" and "Double Negative". He lives in Johannesburg where he is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand. His work has won several prizes, including the University of Johannesburg Prize, the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. in 2015 he was awarded Yale University's Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction.

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