New Arrivals 23rd to 29th of May 2015

Allan (J.) JANI CONFIDENTIAL, a memoir
285pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R225
A memoir by Jani Allan, a controversial columnist with the Sunday Times between 1980 and 1989. In 1992, she filed an unsuccessful libel suit against the UK broadcaster Channel 4 for airing a documentary by Nick Broomfield, "The Leader, His Driver and the Driver's Wife", which suggested that she had an affair with Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Eugene Terre'Blanche, allegations she has always strongly denied. She now lives in the USA.
Clingman (S.) BIRTHMARK,
248pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R240
A memoir by Stephen Clingman. As a young child, Stephen underwent an operation to remove a birthmark under his right eye. The operation failed, and the birthmark returned. The operation also affected his vision.

"'Birthmark' is a profound reflection on vision and identity. From the minutely observed details of a Johannesburg childhood, through the dark comedy of military service, to the challenges of making a new life as an immigrant scholar, Clingman examines his own perspectives and their origins. How did I come to see this way? How does this way of seeing shape the person I am? Can it be changed? To answer such difficult questions, he must go beneath the shimmering surface to find deeper patterns in his mind and body, and reveal the 'underlying grammar of things'. The result is a thoughtful, unconventional memoir that will change the reader's perspective too." Ivan Vladislaviç

Stephen Clingman grew up in Johannesburg, After graduating from Wits University, he won a scholarship to Oxford. He now lives in the USA, where he is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of a biography of Braam Fischer and work on Nadine Gordimer.
Gqoba (W.W.) ISIZWE ESINEMBALI, Xhosa histories and poetry (1873-1888), edited and translated by Jeff Opland, Wandile Kuse and Pamela Maseko
550pp., paperback, Publications of the Opland Collection of Xhosa Literature, Volume 1, Pietermaritzburg, 2015. R300
A collection of all of William Wellington Gqoba's writings, in Xhosa and English translation.

Wagonmaker, preacher, teacher, historian, poet, and folklorist William Wellington Gqoba (1840-88) served on mission stations as a catechist and ended his career as editor of the Lovedale newspaper "Isigidimisama-Xosa". He was the author of letters, anecdotes, expositions of proverbs, histories and poetry.

Jeff Opland is the author of "Xhosa Oral Poetry" (1983) and "Xhosa Poets and Poetry" (1998). He has also edited and translated Xhosa works by Nontsizi Mgqwetho and S.E.K.Mqhayi. An account of his long association with Yali-Manisi, "The Dassie and the Hunter", was published in 2005.
Pamela Maseko teaches Sociolinguistics and Applied Language Studies, with a focus on Translation Studies, at Rhodes University. She has translated and adapted various literary fictional and non-fictional texts into isiXhosa.
Hartley (R.) ed. HOW TO FIX SOUTH AFRICA, the country's leading thinkers on what must be done to create jobs
130pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R175
A collection of essays focused on finding solutions to the problem of youth unemployment in South Africa. These responses first appeared in the Sunday Times' "Each One Hire One" series in 2012. Contributors: Ann Bernstein, Neil Bierbaum, Scott Burnett, Mark Cutifani, Brian Dames, Brett Dawson, Bobby Godsell, Pravin Gordhan, Adrian Gore, Roger Jardine, Muzi Kuzwayo, Lincoln Mali, Herman Mashaba, Lindiwe Mazibuko, Moeletsi Mbeki, Brian Molefe, Joel Netshitenzhe, Sipho Nkosi, Cyril Ramaphosa, Bheki Sibiya, Michael Spicer, Yvonne Themba, Zwelinzima Vavi, and Helen Zille.

Ray Hartley is the former editor of The Times and the Sunday Times of South Africa. He is currently editor at large for the Times Media Group. He is also the author of "Ragged Glory, the rainbow nation in black and white".
Hindocha (V.) & Bhatia (S.) ANNI, a father's story
303pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R220
Vinod Hindocha's account of his daughter Anni's life and death, and the family's struggles to see justice done. Anni Dewani (née Hindocha) was murdered in a township hijacking in November 2010, while on honeymoon in South Africa. Anni's husband, Shrien Dewani, was charged with arranging the murder, and found not guilty due to insufficient evidence.
Legassick (M.) & Rassool (C.) SKELETONS IN THE CUPBOARD, South African museums and the trade in human remains 1907-1917
114pp., illus., paperback, Second Updated Edition, Cape Town, (2000) 2015. R410
"This volume documents in historical detail the specific circumstances in which human remains were acquired by museums, and raises the emotive issue of what should be done to redress past wrongs." Patricia Davison, foreword to 2000 edition

Includes a new foreword by Lalou Meltzer. A new postscript by Ciraj Rassool and Martin Legassick discusses possible future approaches to the still unresolved challenges of repatriation and restitution.
Meyer (D.) IKARUS,
408pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R300
A new Benny Griessel thriller about the death of an internet entrepreneur. In Afrikaans.

Deon Meyer is also the author of "Spoor", "13 Uur", "7 Dae" and "Kobra".
Whittington-Jones (B.) AFRICAN WILD DOGS, on the front line
253pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R240
Conservationist Brendan Whittington-Jones writes about his seven years studying wild dogs in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. It is estimated that there are only 450 free-ranging wild dogs left in South Africa.
[Opland (J.) & Maseko (P.) eds.& trans.] DLP YALI-MANISI, iimbali Zamanyange: historical poems
289pp., paperback, Publications of the Opland Collection of Xhosa Literature, Volume 2, Pietermaritzburg, 2015. R150
David Livingstone Phakamile Yali-Manisi (1926-1999) was a Thembu 'imbongi', or praise poet. This volume presents eight of his narrative poems in isiXhosa and in English translation.

Jeff Opland is the author of "Xhosa Oral Poetry" (1983) and "Xhosa Poets and Poetry" (1998). He has also edited and translated Xhosa works by Nontsizi Mgqwetho and S.E.K.Mqhayi. An account of his long association with Yali-Manisi, "The Dassie and the Hunter", was published in 2005.
Pamela Maseko teaches Sociolinguistics and Applied Language Studies, with a focus on Translation Studies, at Rhodes University. She has translated and adapted various literary fictional and non-fictional texts into isiXhosa.

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