New Arrivals 21st to 27th of February 2015

Fincham (G.), Hawthorn (J.) & Lothe (J.) eds. OUTPOSTS OF PROGRESS, Joseph Conrad, modernism and post-colonialism
226pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R250
This collection of revised versions of papers given at a 2011 conference held at the University of Cape Town and at the Goedgedacht Trust Olive Farm in the Western Cape consider Joseph Conrad's approach to Africa, and the relationship between Joseph Conrad's works and the work of various African writers.

Contributions include:
"At the Dying of Two Centuries: 'Heart of Darkness' and 'Disgrace'" by David Medalie
"'Positioning' the reader in Conrad's Marlow narratives and in Ngugi wa Thiong'o's "A Grain of Wheat'" by Gail Fincham.

Gail Fincham is Emerita Professor in the Department of English at the University of Cape Town.
Jeremy Hawthorn is Emeritus Professor of Modern British Literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Jakob Lothe is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oslo.
Ismail (S.) THE VICTORIA MXENGE HOUSING PROJECT, women building communities through social activism and informal learning
166pp., illus., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R250
A history of the Victoria Mxenge Housing Project, founded in 1994 by a group of twelve women living in shacks outside Cape Town. This development organisation evolved into a social movement and then a service provider. The desolate piece of land these women occupied is now a sustainable community of more than five thousand houses.

Salma Ismail is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town where she teaches Adult Education.
Philip (M.) BOOKS THAT MATTER, David Philip Publishers during the apartheid years, a memoir
154pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R185
Marie Philip's anecdotal account of the publishing company, David Philip Publishers, which she founded together with her husband David in 1971. They both retired in 1999. David Philip died in 2009.

"David and Marie Philip started an independent publishing firm in South Africa during some of the darkest days of censorship. Their unintimidated aim was to publish good books. In spite of all odds, they have come of age as among not only the bravest but also the most highly regarded of our publishers. I am happy to be on their list." Nadine Gordimer, 1992

"In you, David and Marie, all the ingredients for a successful joint venture are to be found in appropriate mix. Otherwise David Philip Publishers would not have been the happy meeting place for all of us who are presently associated with it." Govan Mbeki, 1992
Pooley (S.) BURNING TABLE MOUNTAIN, an environmental history of fire on the Cape Peninsula
315pp., illus., maps, paperback, First SA Edition, Cape Town, 2015. R320
First published in the UK in 2014.

Simon Pooley outlines the interactions of human and wildfire on Table Mountain and the Cape Pensinsula, from the practices of Khoikhoi herders to 2000.

"'Burning Table Mountain' is essential reading for anyone interested in the complex wildland-urban interface where inappropriate fire-management practices have important repercussions for both people and the environment." Professor Tim Hoffman, University of Cape Town

Simon Pooley is a Junior Research Fellow in Conservation Science at Imperial College London.
Renwick (R.) MISSION TO SOUTH AFRICA, diary of a revolution
184pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. OUT OF PRINT
Robin Renwick's account of his years a British ambassador to South Africa, from 1987 to 1991, and his personal friendships with Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk and Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
van Onselen (C.) SHOWDOWN AT THE RED LION, the life and times of Jack McLoughlin, 1859-1910
515pp., illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R295
A biography of "One-armed Jack" McLoughlin, brigand, soldier, sailor, mercenary, burglar, highwayman, safe-cracker, and Johannesburg's most infamous "Irish" anti-hero and social bandit.

"This enthralling saga of crime, passion, and betrayal is a compelling portrait of one of empire's great, unsung anti-heroes" Jean Comaroff, Harvard University

Charles van Onselen is the author of "The Small Matter of a Horse", "The Fox and the Flies", "Masked Raiders" and "The Seed is Mine", which won the Alan Paton and Herskovits prizes. He is currently Research Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria.

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