New Arrivals 10th to 16th of October 2015

Andrew (S.) RECIPES FOR LOVE AND MURDER, a Tannie Maria mystery
395pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R220
Tannie Maria, the agony aunt for the local newspaper, is also an amateur detective. Set in a small town in the Karoo, this novel includes a several recipes.

"If you want a vivid, amusing and immensely enjoyable read about detection (and cooking) in an intriguing part of southern Africa, then this is the book for you. A triumph." Alexander McCall Smith

"Miscreants, moskonfyt and murder are all on the menu...'Recipes for Love and Murder; is a delightful debut" Christopher Hope

Social and environmentalist activist and writer Sally Andrew lives in a nature reserve in the Klein Karoo. This is her first novel.
Benit-Gbaffou (C.) ed. POPULAR POLITICS IN SOUTH AFRICAN CITIES, unpacking community participation
298pp., illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R270
A collection of essays that explore the role of community meetings. The book is the result of a four-year-long research programme entitled "Voices of the Poor in Urban Governance: participation, mobilisation and politics in South African cities", conducted as a partnership between the University of Nanterre Paris and the University of the Witwatersrand.

Contributions include:
"From Party-State to Party-Society in South Africa: SANCO and the informal politics of community representation in Imizamo Yethu, Cape Ton" by Laurence Piper
"Against Ourselves - local activists and the management of contradictory political loyalties: the case of Phiri, Johannesburg" by Boitumelo Matala and Claire Bénit-Gbaffou
"Social Movements, Mobilisation and Political Parties: a case study of the Landless People's Movement, South Africa" by Luke Sinwell
"Uncooperative Masses as a Problem for Substantive and Participatory Theories of Democracy: the cases of 'people's power' (1984-6) and the 'xenophobia' (2008) in South Africa" by Daryl Glaser
"'Bringing Government Closer to the People'? The daily experience of subcouncils in Cape Town" by Chloé Buire
"Contesting the Participatory Sphere: encountering the state in Johannesburg and Cape Town" by Alex Wafer and Sophie Oldfield.

Claire Benit-Gbaffou is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand.
Breytenbach (B.) PAROOL/ PAROLE, versamelde toesprake/ collected speeches
212pp., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2015. R300
A collection of Breyten Breytenbach's speeches, delivered at various events around the world between 1968 and 2015. Many are published here for the first time.

Text in Afrikaans and English.
Buchanan (S.) BURCHELL'S TRAVELS, the life, art and journeys of William John Burchell, 1781-1863
240pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2015. R290
A biography of English naturalist William John Burchill, who arrived in Cape Town in November 1810 and the following year embarked on a four-year-long journey through the Cape Colony, mainly through unexplored terrain. He collected over 50 000 plant and animal specimens and built up a vast collection of sketches and paintings. He returned to England in 1815 and left again for Brazil in 1825. He is the author of "Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa". The book is illustrated with over 100 of Burchill's paintings and sketches.
Francis (S.) & Rico SHED HAPPENS, Madam & Eve
136pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R160
The 2011 collection of Madam & Eve cartoon strips, published in various South African newspapers.
Lange (M.) ed. WATER STORIES/ WATERSTORIES, original !Garib narrations about the Water Snake/ oorspronklike !Garib-vertellinge van die Waterslang
54 pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R350
A collection of stories based on the responses of a group of Upington women of mixed cultural descent who shared their beliefs surrounding the Water Snake with Mary Lange. The women are: Johanna (Nana) de Wee, Martha van Rooi, Maria (Mokkie) Malo, Noxolo (Girlie) Prescilla Saaiman and Elizabeth (Bessa) Sixaxa. The original regional Afrikaans narrations have been supplemented with an English translation. The text is illustrated by regional artist Betta Steyn.

Mary Lange chairs ARROWSA: Art, Culture & Heritage for Peace and is an affiliate of The Centre for Communication, Media & Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Moffett (H.) & Awerbuck (D.) STRAY, an anthology of animal stories and poems
223 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R200
Authors include Gabeba Baderoon, Robert Berold, Mike Cope, Gail Dendy, Isobel Dixon, Finuala Dowling, Justin Fox, Damon Galgut, Michiel Heyns, Jenny Hobbs, Rustum Kozain, Sarah Lotz, Sindiwe Magona, Niq Mhlongo, Ivan Vladislaviḉ, Zukiswa Wanner and Makhosazana Xaba.
Sauvage (S.) CAPE FUSION,
209pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R375
New fusion recipes from chef Shane Sauvage, owner of 'La Pentola' restaurant in Hermanus.
Tabane (O.) LET'S TALK FRANKLY, letters to influential South Africans about the state of our nation
249pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R250
A collection of satirical letters written to 22 prominent South Africans by Onkgopotse Tabane, calling upon them to use their influence to improve the situation in South Africa. Letters are addressed to Gwede Mantashe, Helen Zille, Julius Malema, Mosiuoa Terror Lekota, Mamphela Ramphele, Zwelinzima Vavi, Patrice Motsepe, Peter Bruce, Pallo Jordan, Blade Nzimande, Aaron Motsoaledi, Nathi Nhleko, Angie Motshekga, Signal Jammer, Thuli Madonsela, Ray McCauley, Steve Hofmeyr, Naleka Mbete, Nicky Oppenheimer, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Mmusi Maimane, and Jacob Zuma.

"Through these letters, corruption, internal democracy, racism and other important issues facing our nation are explored in a politically incorrect manner. This book is not a history or reference book but only my ‘arrogant opinion’ (to steal from Khaya Dlanga). I don’t seek so much to be right as to be true to my own belief system, guided by my upbringing. Where I got anything wrong I am happy to receive feedback. My conclusions, expressed strongly in these letters, were arrived at through observing South African politics over the last three decades." from the introduction

Onkgopotse Tabane is currently Executive Director of Oresego Communications and chief executive of EnviroWorld Productions. He is a director of Pholosang Resolution Services and a founder and host of Frank Dialogue. He is a regular columnist for The Daily Maverick and the Sunday Independent.
Thema (K.) & Moroane-Kgomo (U.) A CULINARY JOURNEY OF SOUTH AFRICAN INDIGENOUS FOODS, promoting and commercialising South African indigenous foods
164pp., colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2015. R350
A collection of recipes of indigenous foods

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