New Arrivals 15th to 21st of August 2015
30 NIGHTS IN A SHACK,
a politician's journey
172pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Jack Bloom, member of the Gauteng Legislature since 1994 and Leader of the Democratic Alliance in the Legislature from 2011 to May 2014, visited shack settlements around Gauteng once a month for two-and-a-half years, spending a total of 30 nights living with some of the inhabitants.
a story of St Helena
463pp., colour illus., map, paperback,
Lindsay Gratton Cooper lived on the island of St Helena for ten years.
a South African spy breaks her silence
331pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Olivia Forsyth was recruited as a Security Branch officer in 1981 and sent to Rhodes University to infiltrate pro-ANC structures. Deeply involved in student politics, she led various campaigns opposing the apartheid regime. In 1985 she approached the ANC in Zimbabwe and offered to be a double agent, but was interred in Quatro prison camp in Angola. Chris Hani and Ronnie Kasrils intervened and had her transferred to a safe house in Luanda, hoping to exchange her for ANC prisoners on Death Row in South Africa. Forsyth managed to escape the ANC and sought refuge at the British embassy. When she returned to South Africa she claimed that her defection to the ANC had been a successful ploy by the Security Branch to infiltrate the ANC, but has since maintained that this claim had been a misinformation campaign. Forsyth currently lives in Italy.
"Described by her publishers as “South Africa’s most notorious apartheid spy”, Forsyth manages to recall the music she danced to and what she served at parties, but not details of police raids by her Security Branch colleagues on the leftist publications with which she worked. She can offer a comprehensive list of what she read in an ANC prison but can’t describe exactly how she betrayed her student comrades. The highlights of her spy career appear to have been stealing a set of car keys so duplicates could be made and mistakenly moving a bright red flowerpot from one window to another. For those who are still puzzled by Forsyth many years later, this is most unsatisfactory." Phillip de Wet, Mail & Guardian
BRITISH CAMPAIGNS IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC,
1805-1807, operations in the Cape and the River Plate and their consequences
277pp., maps, hardback, d.w. ,
Historian John Grainger's account of the expeditions that the British mounted in the South Atlantic in 1806-1807 in an attempt to weaken Napoleon's Spanish and Dutch allies. One of their targets was the Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope, which potentially threatened British shipping routes to India. He focuses especially on the use of Scottish troops at the Cape, and explores how this encouraged the revival of Calvinist Christianity which in turn helped the development of the ideology of apartheid.
Higginbotham (D.) & Collis-Buthelezi (V.) eds.
sexuality, gender, and the law in Africa
A collection of essays that focus on the ways that sexuality, gender and the law interact in southern African countries, primarily Uganda and South Africa.
Foreword by Max Price, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town.
"The Limits of the Law: human rights and the emancipation of sexual minorities on the African continent" by Pierre de Vos
"On Miniskirts and Hegemonic Masculinity: the ideology of deviant feminine sexuality in anti-homosexulaity and decency laws" by Barbara Boswell
"Sexing the Law and Legislating Gendered Sexualities" by Stella Nyanzi
TRUE BLUE SUPERGLUE,
A novel about a marriage, set in South Africa and England, from the 1960s to the 1990s.
Jenny Hobbs' other novels include "Thoughts in a Makeshift Mortuary", "Kitchen Boy", "The Miracle of Crocodile Flats" and "Napoleon Bones".
MEMOIRS OF RELENTLESS PURSUIT,
119pp., illus., paperback,
Memoir by Dr Jongi Joseph Klass. Born in Stutterheim in the rural Eastern Cape, he was awarded a Fullbright and then a Mandela Magdealene Scholarship and went on to obtain a Doctorate of Philosophy in Sociology from the University of Cambridge.
Kruss (G.) & Gastrow (M.)
LINKING UNIVERSITIES AND MARGINALISED COMMUNITIES,
South African case studies of innovation focused on livelihoods in informal settings
Cape Town & Ottowa,
Glenda Kruss and Michael Gastrow examine "how South African universities engage with the informal sector in marginalised communities to improve livelihoods through inclusive innovation". from the back cover
Glenda Kruss is a director in the Education and Skills Development programme at the Human Sciences Research Council.
Michael Gastrow is a senior research specialist in the Education and Skills Development programme at the Human Sciences Research Council.
TALES OF THE OLD EAST COAST FROM ZULULAND TO THE COAST,
271pp., illus., map, paperback,
A self-published history of the east coast of South Africa.
Morison (T.) & Macleod (C.)
MEN'S PATHWAYS TO PARENTHOOD,
silence and heterosexual gendered norms
Explores the social and interpersonal processes involved in a white Afrikaans-speaking South African man's decision to become a parent.
Tracy Morison works as a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council and is a research associate of the Rhodes University Psychology Department and Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction research programme.
Catriona Macleod is Professor of Psychology and SARChI chair of the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction research programme at Rhodes University.
A PLACE TO LIVE,
Red Location and its history from 1903 to 2013
329pp., illus., paperback,
Red Location, or Ilali Ebomvu, is one of the oldest residential areas in South Africa, and is situated in New Brighton, a black township in Port Elizabeth.
Vuyisile Msila was born in New Brighton. He is currently Head of the Institute for African Renaissance Studies at the University of South Africa. He is also the author of "The Black Train Rising: the life and times of Welcome Duru".
AL DIE LIEFLIKE DADE,
A new collection of poetry by Charl-Pierre Naudé, author of "Die nomadiese oomblik" (1995)and "In die geheim van die dag"(2004).
"'Al die lieflike dade' daag opnuut die Afrikaanse poësieleser uit met sy omvang, kompleksiteit, beeldkrag en unieke poëtiese segging. Dit vra om ’n toegewyde lees, maar diegene wat volhard sal in alle opsigte beloon word." Louise Viljoen
HOW CAN MAN DIE BETTER,
the life of Robert Sobukwe
425 pp., illus., paperback,
Robert Sobukwe, leader of the Pan-Africanist Congress, and journalist Benjamin Pogrund, former Deputy Editor of the Rand Daily Mail, were personal friends and this biography of Sobukwe is also the story of their relationship. This new edition contains a number of previously unpublished photographs and an updated epilogue.
Price (A.) & Bishop (M.) eds.
A TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE,
essays in honour of Pius Langa, first published as Acta Juridica 2015
Pius Langa (1939–2013) was Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Appointed to the bench in 1994 by Nelson Mandela, he became Deputy Chief Justice in 2001 and was elevated as Chief Justice in 2005 by Thabo Mbeki. He retired in October 2009.
"Tribute to Pius Langa" by Albie Sachs
"Working with Pious Langa on Press Freedom" by Anshal Bodasing
"Legal Transformation and Legal Education: congruence or conflict?" by Dennis Davis
"The Langa Court" its distinctive character and legacy" by Theunis Roux
"On the Reciprocal Relationship Between the Rule of Law and Civil Society" by Stu Woolman
"On the Limits of Cultural Accomodation: KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education vs Pillay" by Okyerebea Ampofo-Anti and Michael Bishop.
van der Waag (I.)
A MILITARY HISTORY OF MODERN SOUTH AFRICA,
388pp., illus., maps, paperback,
An overview of South African military history from 1899 to 2000. The book also discusses evolving military policy and the development of the South African military as an institution.
Ian van der Waag is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Military History in the Faculty of Military Sciences, Stellenbosch University.
how the billionare CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our future
392pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
A biography of South African-born Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity.
"Elon Musk is a man after my own heart: a risk taker undaunted by setbacks and ever driven to ensure a bright future for humanity. Ashlee Vance's stellar biography captures Musk's remarkable life story and irrepressible spirit" Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group