New Arrivals 3rd to 9th of October 2015

Alter (C.) NO SUBSTITUTE,
351pp., illus., paperback, (Johannesburg), 2015. R250
Self-published biography by Cindy Alter, a South African musician and lead singer in the all-female South African rock group, Clout (1977-1981), best known for their hit single, "Substitute".
Crampton (H.) DAGGA, a short history (then, now & just now)
99pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R155
An overview of dagga (marijuana) in South Africa, its origins, background as a legal drug, and its criminalisation.

"In a world stalked by biltong, Hazel Crompton's latest literary cultivation is an enthralling and educative reminder of another enduring South African staple. Her pioneering short exploration of dagga displays a fine eye for telling detail, covers a lot of ground at an enjoyably brisk pace, and satisfies the reader's inquisitiveness in all kinds of knowledgeable as well as unexpected ways. This gem of a book is enough to make you flap your wings." Bill Nasson, Department of History, Stellenbosch University

Hazel Crampton is the author of "The Sunburnt Queen" and "The Side of the Sun at Noon". She is an artist and lives in Grahamstown.
de Gruchy (J.) I HAVE COME A LONG WAY,
299pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R270
Foreword by Desmond Tutu.

The autobiography of theologian John de Gruchy, in which he recounts his involvement in the struggle for liberation and justice in South Africa, his involvement with the faith community of Volmoed outside Hermanus, and his meetings with Albert Luthuli, Jaap Durand, P.W. Botha, Constand Viljoen and close friend Desmond Tutu.

John W. de Gruchy was born in Pretoria in 1939. A leader during the anti-apartheid struggle, he is former Robert Selby Taylor Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Cape Town, an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, and an alumnus of Chicago Theological Seminary. In 2000 he was awarded the Karl Barth Prize by the Evangelical Church of the Union in Germany. Retired, he is now a resident member of the Volmoed Community for Reconciliation and Healing near Hermanus. His books include "Reconciliation: restoring justice", "Christianity, Art and Transformation: theological aesthetics in the struggle for justice" and, most recently, "A Theological Odyssey" and "Sawdust and Soul", written with William Everett.
Driver (C.J.) THE MAN WITH THE SUITCASE, the life, execution and rehabilitation of John Harris, liberal terrorist
89pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R
John Harris (4 July 1937–1 April 1965) was detained and banned for his activities as Chairman of SANROC (the South African Non Racial Olympic Committee), which included petitioning the International Olympic Committee in 1964 to have South Africa excluded from the Olympics for fielding a white-only team. He was a member of the anti-apartheid African Resistance Movement (ARM). On 24 July 1964, he informed the Johannesburg Railway Police that a bomb had been planted on a whites-only platform of Johannesburg Park Station. The bomb later exploded, killing a woman and injuring 23 others. Harris, a school teacher, was convicted of murder and hanged in Pretoria Central Prison, aged 27.

Jonty Driver was born in Cape Town in 1939. As a student he served as President of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) and spent time in solitary confinement. Forced into exile in 1964 he worked as a teacher and headmaster in England and Hong Kong. Now retired and a full-time writer, he lives in East Sussex. He is the author of five novels, six volumes of poetry and a biography of Patrick Duncan.
Fakir (E.) & Lodge (T.) eds. POLITICAL PARTIES IN AFRICA,
212pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R230
Contributions include:
"Party Systems and their Effects on Political Parties: tales of one-party dominance and multi-party competition" by Clemens Spiess
"Party Institutionalisation in Mozambique: 'The Party of the State' vs the opposition" by Adriano Nuvunga and Eduardo Sitoe
"Alternation and Leadership Succession in African Democracies" by Tom Lodge
"Contemporary Issues in Political Party Funding and Sustainability" by Anthony Butler
"Party Political Finance and Multi-Party Democracy in South Africa's 2014 Election" by Ivor Sarakinsky.

Ebrahim Fakir is Manager, Political Parties and Parliamentary Programme at EISA, the Ruth First Fellow 2014, at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Tom Lodge is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick, Ireland.
Fugard (A.) TSOTSI, a novel
164pp., paperback, Reprint, Johannesubrg, (1980) 2015. R140
Reprint of acclaimed South African playwright Athol Fugard's only novel, set in Sophiatown in the 1950s. The novel traces six days in the life of a ruthless gang leader who begins to rediscover his humanity.
Greeff (R.) DIE NAAIMASJIEN EN ANDER STORIES,
158pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R225
A collection of short stories in Afrikaans by Rachelle Greeff, author of "Alles Behalwe die Geheim van my Whiskies, versamelde rubrieke" and "Palazzo van die Laaste Dans".
Khadiagala (G.), Naidoo (P.), Pillay (D.) & Southall (R.) eds. NEW SOUTH AFRICAN REVIEW 5, beyond Marikana
308pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R350
The "New South African Review", published annually, examines and analyses a broad spectrum of the issues affecting South Africa.

Contributions include:
"Reconstituting and Re-imagining the Left After Marikana" by Noor Nieftagodien
"Half Full or Half Empty? The Numsa moments and the prospects of left revitalisation" by Devan Pillay
"Between a Rock and a Hard Place: state-business relations in the mining sector" by Ross Harvey
"When Gold Mining Ends: an environmental catastrophe for Johannesburg?" by Anthony Turton
"People's Parliament: do citizens influence South Africa's legislature?" by Samantha Waterhouse
"Corruption" by Ivor Sarakinsky
"South Africa, BRICS and human rights: in bad company?" by Karen Smith.
Koch (J.) A HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICAN LITERATURE, Afrikaans literature, part one: from the 17th to the 19th century, translated from the Polish by Dominika Ferens
359pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Pretoria, 2015. R435
First published in Poland.

This history is divided into three historical periods: the Dutch colonial period (1652-1795), the British colonial period (first part of the 19th century) and the time of the language movements (latter half of the 9th century).

"A superb work of scholarship: it is thorough, detailed, careful and very readable". Professor Craig MacKenzie, University of Johannesburg

Jerzy Koch is Professor in the Department of Dutch and South African Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, and Research Fellow at the Free State University, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Penn (N.) MURDERERS, MISCREANTS AND MUTINEERS, early colonial Cape lives
286pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R250
The sequel to historian Nigel Penn's book "Rogues, Rebels and Runaways". In this new volume he writes about the lives of some extraordinary characters from the Cape Colony in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Nigel Penn is also the author of "The Forgotten Frontier: Colonist and Khoisan on the Cape’s Northern Frontier in the Eighteenth Century". He is Professor of History at the University of Cape Town.
Pitt (B.) NOTES FROM THE LOST PROPERTY DEPARTMENT,
324 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R220
A novel about a woman looking after her mother who suffers from dementia.

"The struggle to forget, or not; courage in small things - Bridget Pitt's new novel has found a voice for wounded memory. It's a searching voice, evoking from jumbled discards something that perhaps we've all lost...but which might still be found." Jeremy Cronin

Bridget Pitt was born in Zimbabwe in 1958. She grew up in Johannesburg and now lives in Cape Town. She is also the author of the novel, "The Unseen Leopard".
Robertson (C.) THE MAGISTRATE OF GOWER,
328pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2015) 2016. R230
A novel, set in the town of Gower in Union of South Africa in 1938, about a magistrate and a case of arson that threatens to unravel the life he has created for himself.

Claire Robertson's first novel, "The Spiral House" winner of the 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize. She lives in Cape Town.
Rowe (M.) HOUR OF DARKNESS,
342pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R230
A new Percy Jonas crime novel set in Cape Town, by Michéle Rowe, author of "What Hidden Lies", which won the CWA Debut Dagger Award in 2011.

Michéle Rowe is a scriptwriter and script editor living in Cape Town.
Stanley (M.) A DEATH IN THE FAMILY, a Detective Kubu mystery
324pp., paperback, London, 2015. R275
A new Detective Kubu thriller set in Botswana, in which Kubu's father is murdered.

"Kubu returns with a vengeance - but what is prowling in the darkness of Botswana is more dangerous that the four-legged predators. Then there are the Chinese who just may be the most dangerous of all...I love it!" Charles Todd, author of the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford mysteries

"Under the African sun, Michael Stanley's Detective Kubu investigates crimes as dark as the darkest of Nordic Noir. Call it Sunshine Noir, if you will - a must read." Yrsa Sigurdardattir, author of "I Remember You"

Michael Stanley is the team of Micheal Sears and Stanley Trollip, both born in South Africa. Their other books include "Carrion Death", "Death of the Mantis" and "Deadly Harvest".

Strydom (C.B.) & Segerman (S. 'Sugar') SUGAR MAN, the life, death and resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez
285pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R435
Stephen "Sugar" Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, tell the story of their efforts to find out what really happened to Sixto Rodriguez, a Mexican-American musician whose music, although almost unknown in the USA, had been extremely popular in South Africa in the 1970s. Although rumoured to have committed suicide in 1998 they finally tracked him down, alive and well, living in Detroit and working as a labourer, and brought him to South Africa for a series of concerts. The books discusses Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul's determination to make the documentary, "Searching for Sugarman", that won the 2013 BAFTA Award for Best Documentary and the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Also ncludes information on Rodriguez's background, political activities, and the recognition that he received after the film's success.

Craig Bartholomew Strydom is a freelance writer.
Stephne 'Sugar' Segerman is a music writer and co-owner of the record store, Macu Vinyl, in Cape Town.

van der Merwe (C.) DONKER STROOM, Eugène Marais en die Anglo-Boereoorlog
531pp., map, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R375
Carel van de Merwe's revealing research on the five years Eugène Marais spent in Europe just before, during and after the Anglo-Boer War.

"Deur nongesette historiese speurwerk en 'n heldere sfryfstyl baan die skrywer 'n boeiende weg deur voorheen versluierde fasette van Eugène Marais se lewe." Albert Grundlingh

Carel van der Merwe has written three novels, including "Geldwolf" (2009), which won the Eugène Marais Prize. This is his first work of non-fiction. He lives in Stellenbosch.
Venter (I.) SKARLAKEN,
382pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R230
An Afrikaans thriller. A week before her wedding a successful artist and businesswoman is found dead. Retired policeman Jaap Reyneke asks a hacker to help solve the case.

"'Skarlaken' bewys net weer: Irma Venter is wêreldklas." Deon Meyer

Irma Venter is a journalist living in Johannesburg. Her other novels incude "Skrapnel", "Sondebok" and "Skoenlapper" (ATKV Prize).


Watson (S.) A WRITER'S DIARY,
203pp., paperback, New Edition, Cape Town, (1997) 2015. R150
New edition of the late poet and essayist Stephen Watson's "diary", written over twelve months, 14 December 1995 and 29 December 1996.

"To savour the diary as a vehicle for the expression of a unique and extraordinarily imaginative sensibility, go back a couple of decades and discover - or renew an unforgettable encounter - with the late Stephen Watson's "A Writer's Diary"...Stehpen Watson's insights into language, culture, landscape, ideologies, writers, painters, politics, society, and the baffling nature of the human condition nail his colours to the mast. In this, his small volume is also a manifesto. As an approach to life as an intellectually serious business, it presents a rich and engaging range of beliefs which fan out from a primary impulse. That impulse is to grasp at the heart of the matter, with unsparing candour." Bill Nasson, Professor of History, Stellenbosch University, from his new foreword

Steven Watson (b.1954) is the author of "The Music in the Ice" and the poetry volumes, "In This City", "Cape Town Days", "Presence of the Earth: new poems" and "The Light Echo and Other Poems". He was Professor in English, Director of the Writing Centre, and one of the founders of the Creative Writing Programme at the University of Cape Town. He died in 2011.
WIld (S.) INNOVATION, shaping South Africa through science
194pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R250
Sarah Wild discusses inventions developed in South Africa by South Africans that address issues relating to the environment, energy, health, industry and education, such as ocean gliders, land satellites, biofuels, digital lasers, and much more.

"'Innovation' is a celebration of ideas and, more importantly, its a celebration of action. Each chapter highlights the depth of thinking taking place across all spheres of our economy, and reinforces the fact that not only is innovation alive and well in South Africa, it is finding traction in a global world and applying global innovations and dynamic thinkinbg to local problem solving." Nicola Kleyn, dean of GIBS

Sarah Wild is a science journalist and the science editor of Mail & Guardian. She is also the author of "Searching African Skies: the Square Kilometre Array and South Africa's quest to hear the song of the stars".
WInterbach (I.) VLAKWATER,
318pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R250
An Afrikaans novel set in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

"'Vlakwater' bevat – soos dikwels die geval is in Winterbach se romans – twee verhaallyne wat mekaar afwissel, maar nie kruis nie. Hoewel die hoofkarakters in hierdie verhaallyne in die loop van die roman meermale in dieselfde ruimtes beweeg, ontmoet hulle mekaar nooit. Ten spyte daarvan dat hulle regstreeks en onregstreeks getuie is van dramatiese uiterlike gebeure (moord, verkragting, gerugte van dwelms, satanistiese rituele, motorongelukke, ensovoorts) bly die fokus van die roman gerig op die innerlike belewing van krisis en verlies...'Vlakwater" is die produk van ’n romanskrywer wat volkome in beheer is van haar vak. Die leser word ingetrek en betower deur die fassinerende detail waarmee karakters binne hul kontekste geteken word en die verskillende lae van betekenis opgebou word, in so ’n mate dat dit herinner aan wat die antropoloog Clifford Geertz ’n “thick description” genoem het." Louise Viljoen, Netwerk24

Ingrid Winterbach is also the author of "Karolina Ferreira" (M-Net Prize and Old Mutual Literature Prize), "Buller se Plan" (W.A.Hofmeyr Prize), Niggie (Hertzog Prize), "Die Boek van Toeval en Toeverlaat" (M-Net Prize, W.A.Hofmeyr Prize, University of Johannesburg Prize) and "Die Benederyk" (M-Net Prize). She lives in Stellenbosch and is also a well-known artist.
Wyngaard (H.) A HOME FOR ZEPHANY, the story of a Cape Town girl kidnapped at birth and discovered 17 years later by her own sister
114pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R125
Zephany was kidnapped from Groote Schuur hospital three days after she was born - and discovered and reunited with her biological family 17 years later.

Introduction by Jonathan Jansen.
Xenopoulos (R.) TRIBE,
309pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R230
A novel about a reunion between six friends at a luxury game lodge in South Africa, twelve years after meeting at a rave party in Ibiza.

"The 'Less Than Zero' of 2015" Chad Smith, author of "Red Hot Chilli Peppers"

"Composed of musical dialogue and discordant truths, 'Tribe' is a startling, witty ballad on the difference between privilege and freedom." Diane Awerbuck, author of "Gardening at Night" and "Home Remedies"

Rahla Xenopoulos is the author of "A Memoir of Love and Madness" and the novel "Bubbles". She lives in Cape Town.

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