New Arrivals 4th to 10th of July 2015

281pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R250
A novel about a Mozambican domestic worker living in Johannesburg whose young daughter dies whilst under the care of her South African employers.

Photographer, filmmaker and writer Brett Michael Innes is also the author of the novel, "The Story of Racheltjie de Beer".
Ballinger (T.) A WALK AGAINST THE STREAM , a Rhodesian national service officer's story of the Bush War
364pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Solihull, 2015. R475
Tony Ballinger relates his personal experiences in the Rhodesian Army. While doing his compulsory national service he was selected for a trainee officer course at the School of Infantry in Gwelo. Commissioned, he initially commanded 4th Platoon 4 Independent Company RR. He went on to serve in 1 Independent Company RR, Support Company RR, and finally became weapons and tactics instructor in PATU (the Police Anti-Terrorist Unit) based at Morris Depot, Salisbury (Harare). He now lives in Salisbury in the UK.
Horn (K.) IN ENEMY HANDS, South Africa's POWs in World War II
308pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R240
Between 2010 and 2012 Karen Horn tracked down and interviewed several South Africans who were prisoners of war during World War II.

"Drawing on vivid oral reminiscences as well as documentary sources, 'In Enemy Hands' is impressively lucid, deeply humane, and packed with shrewd insights. Dr Horn's major study is a superb achievement in bringing a trapped and chafing part of South Africa's Second World War generation out of the shadows." Bill Nasson, author of "South War at War", "Springboks on the Somme" and "WWI, and the people of South Africa"

Historian Karen Horn is a lecturer at Stellenbosch University.
Law (B.) BUILDING THE MOTHER CITY, Cape Town 1880-1930, in the steps of A.B.Reid, master builder and city councillor
187pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, Cape Town, 2015. R350
A social and cultural history of Cape Town, covering the period in which it developed from a small town into a city. Beatrice Hall explores this transformation by tracing the various activities of Andrew Reid in his life in Cape Town. A builder and a public servant, Reid became Mayor of Mowbray in 1904 and of Cape Town in 1907.
84pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2015. R150
A new collection of poems by Kobus Lombrad. His previous collections include "Vlerke vir my houteend" (2010).

Kobus Lombard was born in South Africa but grew up in Namibia. Now retired, he lives in Windhoek.
Pringle (I.) GREEN LEADER, Operation Gatling: the Rhodesian military's response to the Viscount tragedy
242pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, Solihull, 2015. R595
On 3 September 1978 an Air Rhodesia Viscount civilian airliner was shot down shortly after take off from Kariba in the Zambezi Valley. 10 of the 18 survivors were killed by guerillas loyal to Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU). Ian Pringle discusses the Viscount tragedy and the military response, a three-phased revenge attack on Nkomo's guerilla bases and infrastructure in Zambia, named Operation Gatling.

Ian Pringle is also the author of "Dingo Firestorm".
Schoombie (S.) BOOMKASTELE,
318pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R220
An Afrikaans novel about a retired researcher who swears revenge when his neighbour cuts down two giant trees, and a Johannesburg detective on the trail of a graffiti artist who paints Da Vinci's Vitruvian man on city walls.

This is playwright Schalk Schoombie's first novel.
Strydom (F.) THE RAFT,
424pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R250
A novel about the collapse of civilisation when humankind collectively loses its memory.

Fred Strydom currently works as a television writer and producer in Johannesburg.
142pp., colour illus., map, paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R195
Kim van Kets undertook to run, cycle and kayak the perimeter of South Africa, covering 6 772 km in under five months, to demonstrate to her daughter that "mothers are heroes too".
Verwoerd (M.) & Ngcowa (S.) 21 AT 21, the coming of age of a nation
199pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R220
Twenty-one years after the first democratic elections in South Africa, Melanie Verwoerd and Sonwabiso Ngcowa travelled around the country interviewing people born in 1994. These interviews are recorded in this book.

Sonwabiso Ngcowa is a writer and poet based in Cape Town. His first novel, "In Search of Happiness", was published in 2014.
Writer, political commentator Melanie Verwoerd is also the author of the memoir, "The Verwoerd Who Toyi-Toyied" and a book on Nelson Mandela entitled Our Madiba". She was a Member of Parliament for the ANC between 1994 and 2001.
Walters (D.) BRIDGING THE EASTERN CAPE, the life and work of Joseph Newey
136pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, d.w., East London, 2014. R425
Between 1872 and 1905 Joseph Newey (1846-1907) served the Public Works Department of the Cape Colony as a civil engineer, a district inspector and finally as the Chief Inspector of Public Works. He built numerous stone arch bridges and iron lattice girder bridges throughout the Eastern Cape and Transkei, as well several light houses.
Wiese (T.) CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN SOUTH AFRICA, with international comparisons
238pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R408
Wiese addresses the changes in corporate governance in South Africa brought about by the Companies Act 71 of 2008 and the King Report on Governance for South Africa (King III).

Tobie Wiese, an attorney, notary and conveyancer, worked as a corporate legal adviser and in a company secretarial capacity for a multi-national retail company.

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