New Arrivals 14th to 20th of November 2015

HAT, handwoordeboek van die Afrikaanse taal, 6de uitgawe
1636pp., hardback, Sixth Edition, Cape Town, 2015. R507
A new comprehensively re-worked and expanded edition of this well-known Afrikaans dictionary.
Bourhill (J.F.) RETURN TO MOROGORO, with the South African Horse through East Africa to France and Flanders, 1914-1918
260pp., illus., maps, paperback, Durban, 2015. R250
James Bourhill tells the story of five members of his family who served in the East Africa campaign and later in Europe during The Great War.
Desai (A.) & Vahed (G.) THE SOUTH AFRICAN GANDHI, stretcher-bearer of Empire
343pp., maps, hardback, d.w., New Delhi, 2016. R250
Published simultaneously in the USA.

In their new book on Gandhi's life and work in South Africa (1893 to 1914) South African academics Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed argue that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was loyal to Empire, expressed disdain for Africans and prejudice towards the Indian indentured.

"This is a big book...a serious challenge to the way we have been taught to think about Gandhi" Arundhati Roy

"The authors...bravely challenge political myth-making on both sides of the Indian Ocean that has sought to canonise Gandhi as a founding father of the struggle for equlity in South Africa" Joseph Lelyveld

"Most arresting perhaps for readers familiar only with the hagiography will be Gandhi's persistent attempts to improve the position of South African Indians by emphasising their superiority to Africans and their reliability as subjects of Empire" Kathryn Tidrick

Ashwin Desai is Professor of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg.
Goolam Vahed is Associate Professor of History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
327pp., paperback, London, 2015. R360
This thriller, set in Zimbabwe in 2011 and based on a real event, is the story of four couples negotiating marital difficulties, political unrest and the mysterious death of an ex-military leader "Rex Nhongo".

"A terrific novel...absolutely compelling and chilling. A wonderfully astute and forensic blend of fact and fiction, lies and truth." William Boyd

Liedtke (R.) & Trankovits (L.) 111 PLACES IN CAPE TOWN THAT YOU MUST NOT MISS,
235pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Cologne, 2015. R410
111 unusual places to visit in Cape Town and the surrounding region, including The African Music Store; Auwal Mosque, the oldest house of Muslim worship; M'hudi, the first black-owned wine farm in South Africa; Langa Cultural Centre; Mzoli's, a restaurant in Guguletu; The Operating Room, where Chris Barbard performed his first heart transplant; Slangkop Point, the tallest cast-iron lighthouse on the Cape; Straight No Chaser, an intimate jazz club; The Boomslang, the tree walkway in Kirstenbosch; and the Zip Zap Circus.
Linford (D.) & Venter (A.) AS THE CROW FLIES, my Bushman experience with 31 Battalion
287pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback, Pretoria, 2015. R275
In 1973 Delville Linford was asked by Brigadier Constand Viljoen to train a group of Bushman soldiers from Angola. They became 31 Battalion and fought as Combat Group Alpha during Operation Savannah.

Preface by General Constand Viljoen.

Colonel Delville Linford (1930-2015) joined the SADF in 1952. A decorated soldier, he received the Southern Cross, Military Merit, Pro Patria with Cunene Clasp and Southern Africa medals. He was also awarded the SADF Good Service medals in Gold, Silver and Bronze and the Permanent Force Good Service medal.
War correspondent, documentary filmmaker and author Al J. Venter worked on Delville Lindford's original manuscript.
Masekela (H.) & Cheers (D.M.) STILL GRAZING, the musical journey of Hugh Masekela
394pp., illus,. paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2004) 2015. R225
Autobiography of South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela.

"Even though 'Still Grazing', Hugh Masekela’s biography, carries a subtitle that refers to his musical journey, the book is, in a word, the spiritual journey of black South Africans. Very few people have straddled so many eras, from the early sixties before the teeth of the Group Areas Act started biting, during a period of renaissance in the arts, through the years of exile that spanned almost three decades, to the years in post-apartheid South Africa. While a well-known raconteur and bon vivant, Hugh Masekela's journey is a representation of the invincibility of the human spirit. He has endured everything life could throw at him, from reaching stellar heights in his musical career to trawling the depths of desperation in active addiction. In all these different circumstance, Masekela has conducted himself with singular courage. His story, then, told in an accessible language that connected with all walks of life, is a story of a man who refused to be defined by circumstances that had defeated many of his peers. Anyone who has worked with him will attest to a greatness of spirit of a man who spurs us to excel in all our strivings. To the people in the international arena, Masekela's name is synonymous with the name of the country of his birth, South Africa." Mandla Langa

"He lived to put his native South Africa on the front stage. Not with a gun, but with his trumpet. Singing and playing deep into the heart of apartheid darkness; bringing light and hope. Laughter and rebirth. Touching lives. Giving hope. Helping to rebuild the land of his birth. Sharing his vision for a better world for the children of tomorrow. Hugh Masekela ... A genius of our time ..." Don Mattera

"Music is the soaring theme that carries a rough ride … Hugh Masekela has survived it all, tells it all ardently, ribald and honest, from his admirable perspective of wisdom gained." Nadine Gordimer

"A wild tale as forceful and engaging as a Masekela trumpet solo." Paul Simon

Mokhothu (M.) A SUITCASE FOR LIFELA, poems
64pp., 4to., illus., paperback, East London, 2015. R180
A collection of poems by Mannini Mokhothu, written in a mix of Sesotho and English.

Introduction by Antjie Krog.

Mannini Mokhothu moves between Semonkong, a village in Lesotho, and Cape Town.
184pp., paperback, New York, 2015. R270
Justin Pearce examines the internal politics of the war that divided Angola for more than 25 years after independence.

"This book is exceptional because of the hundreds of interviews Justin Pearce conducted with peasants loyal to both warring parties. Moreover, he is unique because he does not show a scintilla of preference between the MPLA and UNITA. Furthermore, he covers an interesting interregnum between the end of the war in 2002 and today." Gerald Bender, Associate Professor Emeritus of International Relations, University of Southern California

"This is an exceptional book. Not only is this the finest study available on the politics of allegiance during the Angolan civil war, one of Africa's deadliest and longest, and also least understood: it is also a pivotal contribution to the study of conflict, nation building, and identity formation in the post-Cold War period." Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford

Justin Pearce is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and an associate of St John's College.
Tweddell (C.H.) CHARLIE'S FIRST WAR, South Africa, 1899-1900, edited by Carman Miller
246pp., illus., map, hardback, d.w., Montreal, 2014. R650
Charles Tweddell (1869-1921) was one of several thousand Canadians who fought with British forces in the Anglo-Boer War. This is the diary he kept from the time he left Quebec City until his return.

Carman Miller is Professor Emeritus of History at McGill University.

"Miller offers a detailed, rich, and thorough introduction to C.H. Tweddell's diary that embraces and incorporates the leading scholarship on the war, both in Canada and from around the world. Situating the wartime experience within late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Canada, Miller provides new material to understand the war and sheds light on what motivated Canadians to participate." Tim Cook, Director of Research at the Canadian War Museum
102pp., paperback, Darling, 2015. R165
A new play by satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys.

"The setting of this play is Ubuntu, the home of His Excellency Comrade Dr MZ Nkonsi, a South African statesman...The time is the future in democratic South Africa" pg. 7
Whitfield (G.) 50 MUST-SEE GEOLOGICAL SITES, in South Africa
320pp., colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R320
This book features 50 of the most accessible and geologically diverse places around South Africa, including Chapman's Peak, Howick Falls, Sisulu National Botanic Gardens, Mapungubwe, Tswaing Meteorite Crater and Fraserburg Fossil Surface.

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