New Arrivals 13th to 19th of March 2016
Abrahams (C.) & Bekker (M.)
a life with food
176pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Cass Abrahams, specialist in Cape Malay culture and cuisine, tells her life story to Marike Bekker and shares many of her favourite recipes.
Also available in Afrikaans.
Campbell (G.) & Elbourne (E.) eds.
SEX, POWER, AND SLAVERY,
A collection of essays that explore the intersections of the histories of slavery and sexuality.
"Hidden Geographies of the Cape, shifting representations of slavery and sexuality in South African art and fiction" by Gabeba Baderoon
"Lure of the Impure, sexuality, gender, and agency of 'slave' girls in contemporary Madagascar" by Sandra Evers
Gwyn Campbell is Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History at McGill University.
Elizabeth Elbourne is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University.
BETWEEN TWO FIRES,
the African saga of Margarete Trappe
182pp., 4to., map, b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w.,
Biography of Margarette Trappe. Born in Austria she settled in German East Africa (later Tanzania) in 1907. She became the first full-time professional woman hunter in Africa and guided European aristocracy on big-game hunting expeditions.
Grendon (P.), Miescher (G.), Rizzo (L.) & Smith (T.) curators
photographs beyond ruins
144pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Published to accompany the travelling exhibition which opened in Usakos, Namibia, in 2015.
The exhibition, a collaboration between the University of Basel and the University of Namibia, is created around three private photographic collections owned by four female residents of Usakos, a small town in central Namibia. It focuses on the early 1960s when the apartheid administration forcefully removed African residents out of what was then called the old location into newly built townships. The photographic collections kept by the four women include studio photographs, images of particular location sites and buildings, photographs of mission congregations and school classes, music bands and football teams, as well as many portraits. The exhibition also includes contemporary photographs of Usakos taken by Paul Grendon.
A collaboration between the University of Basel and the University of Namibia, students from both universities participated in the mounting of the exhibitions and worked together on common oral history projects.
introduction by Njabulo S Ndebele
The story of a senior ANC cadre living in exile in Sweden who is left out of negotiations.
Introduction by Njabulo Ndebele, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town and the author of the novel "Fools and Other Stories" and the collection of essays, "Rediscovery of the Ordinary".
"John Kani's 'Missing' is a powerful post-apartheid paradox....Through this powerful play we are enabled to confront our own stories of personal commitment and political pragmatism, as in that moment when Robert Khalipa says 'We fought for Freedom and we got Democracy.'" Melanie Burke, Common Purpose South Africa
South African actor, director and playwright John Kani co-wrote "Siswe Banzi is Dead" and "The Island" with Athol Fugard and Winston Ntshona, in the 1970s. He also wrote "Nothing but the Truth" in 2002.
Kirsch (B.), Skorge (S.) & Khumalo (N.)
ZOOMING IN ON ZULU,
a phrasebook - and much more
249pp., illus., maps, paperback,
In addition to a collection of useful phrases with a pronunciation guide, this book provides information on the cultural background to Zulu words and phrases and explains the grammatical rules of the language.
ILLUSTRATION OF SELF,
poems from the heart
A self-published collection of poems by Yibanathi Mack. Mack lives in Khayelitsha, a township outside Cape Town.
the life of Bram Fischer
164pp., illus., paperback,
A revised edition of Martin Meredith's biography of Bram Fischer (1908-1975), South African Communist Party member who led the defence team at the Rivonia Trial. In 1966 he was convicted on counts of violating the Suppression of Communism Act and conspiracy to commit sabotage and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Journalist, biographer and historian Martin Meredith has written extensively on Africa. His other books include "Diamonds, Gold and War", "The State of Africa", "Mugabe" and "Mandela: a biography".
Mulgrew (N.) & Szczurek (K.) eds.
new short fiction from Africa, Short Story Day Africa 2015
Twenty-one short stories on the theme of water selected for publication by Short Story Day Africa 2015. The winning entry is "The Worme Bridge" by Cat Hellisen (South Africa). Second place went to Alex Latimer (South Africa) for "A Fierce Symmetry" and third place went to Mark Winkler (South Africa) for "Ink".
DIARY OF CAPTAIN JAMES MAURICE PRIMROSE,
43rd Regiment of Foot, edited and annotated by Dr Caroline Jackson
160pp., maps, colour illus., hardback, d.w.,
This diary was written between September 1851 and March 1853. James Primrose was sent with his regiment to South Africa to reinforce the British campaign against the Xhosa on the Eastern Cape frontier. The diary includes a description of Governor George Cathcart's expedition against Moshoeshoe in November 1852.
Caroline Jackson is a former Research Fellow of St Hugh's College Oxford and was for 25 years Member of the European Parliament for the South West of England.
A play about a young gay man, inspired by three brutal attacks on gay men in the Western and Northern Cape in 2014.
Philip Rademeyer was born in Johannesburg and lives in Cape Town. He c-founded the Cape Towm-based theatre collective, Rust Co-Operartive, with Penelope Youngleson in 2012. He is also the author of the play "The View", which won the Oscar Wilde Award for Best New Writing and Doric Wilson Intercultural Dialogue Award at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in 2013, and "Siembamba", which won a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the 2014 National Arts Festival. "Ashes" won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2015 National Arts Festival.
TRANSFORMATION FROM BELOW?,
white suburbia in the transformation of apartheid South Africa to democracy
158pp., illus., paperback,
This study examines social dynamics in two formerly white neighbourhoods in Johannesburg.
"A significant contribution to our understanding of how different 'communities' at local level have reconfigured their relationships and social, political and economic interests in South Africa since 1994...Focusing on civil society institutions, schools and religious institutions, the author is able to access the potential for the development of new forms of social capital, and shows just how difficult this is in the context of the legacies of apartheid racialised spatial and social arrangements. She shows how race continues to trump class and that organisations tend to reflect 'old order' arragements of exclusion, but these are highly contested." Sheila Meintjies, University of the Witwaterarand
Ursula Scheidegger is a researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand and a consultant to different non-governmental organisations.
Scheltema (C.) & Haupt (N.)
'n kultuurhistoriese oorsig van Nuwekloof tot Kruisrivier
183pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
A guide to the Baviaanskloof, and area that encompasses the World Heritage Site and Wilderness area of the Baviaanskloof, the Karoo towns of Rietbron, Willowmore and Steytlerville and the Grootrivier Valley, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.
UMKHONTO WE SISWE,
the ANC's armed struggle
591pp., illus., hardback, d.w.,
A history of the armed struggle waged by the African National Congress' armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), from the 1950s to the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as South African President in 1994.
Thula Simpson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria and an editor of the South African Historical Journal.
adapted from Can Themba's short story "Mob Passion"
This play about prejudice and 'mob justice' received the awards for Best Writer and Best Director at the 2012 National Arts Festival Student Theatre Programme and the award for Best Fringe Production at the 2013 Musho! International Theatre Festival.
Kline Smith was born in Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal. He runs the Stories for Change theatre project with homeless youths in Pietermaritzburg.
THE NEW BLACK MIDDLE CLASS IN SOUTH AFRICA,
This book has now been published by James Currey.
Roger Southall recounts the history of the black middle class prior to 1994, explores the role of the ANC and education in promoting black upward social mobility, and reviews the challenges faced by the black middle class at work and in society.
"An extraordinary wide-ranging and comprehensive analysis of the process of class formation in South Africa...informed by a complex range of insights from sociology, history, geography and political science." Professor Deborah James, London School of Economics
"This is an important and promising study. The history, sociology and politics of the black middle class in contemporary South Africa is a significant topic; it is scantily addressed in existing scholarship; and the author tackles it head on. The treatment is based upon wide reading and an impressive command of the literature; a huge amount of information is marshalled and assessed; the arguments and findings are judicious and persuasive. It clearly merits publication – and will enhance existing analysis of contemporary South African political economy." Colin Bundy, former Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford
Roger Southall is Professor Emeritus in Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand. His books include "Imperialism or Solidarity? International Labour and South African Trade Unions" and "Liberation Movements in Power: party and state in southern Africa" (2013).
THE SWORD AND THE PEN,
six decades on the political frontier
608pp., illus., paperback ,
Journalist Allister Sparks's autobiography, in which he also discusses how he has observed, participated in and recorded South Africa's struggle, from the birth of apartheid through the first democractic elections, to the present moment.
Allister Sparks was born in 1933 at Cathcart in the Eastern Cape. He started working as a reporter in 1951 and became editor of the Rand Daily Mail in 1977. In 1962-63 he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University. He has been South Africa correspondent for The Washington Post, The Observer, NRC Handelsblad and The Economist. In 1992 he founded the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ). He is the author of "The Mind of South Africa", "Tomorrow is Another Country", "Beyond the Miracle" and "Tutu: the authorised biography" with Mpho Tutu. He lives in Johannesburg.
STORIES FROM THE TOUCHLINE,
203pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Springbok rugby player Theuns Stofberg writes about his personal life and his rugby career.The 36th captain of the Springboks, he is also the only player in the history of South African rugby to win the Currie Cup for three different provinces: Orange Free State, Northern Transvaal and Western Province.
Till (C.) & Potenza (E.) curators
from prisoner to president, an exhibition celebrating the life and times of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
129pp, oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Published to accompany the travelling exhibition, "Mandela - leader, comrade, negotiator, prisoner, statesman" which opened at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg in 2008. This exhibition formed part of the celebration of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday.
HOLD AT ALL COSTS!,
the epic battle of Delville Wood 1916
215pp., illus., maps, hardback, d.w.,
Ian Uys chronicles the battle of Delville Wood on the Somme. The South African Infantry Brigade under Major-General H.T. Lukin entered the wood on 15th July 1916. When they were relieved on 20th July after six days and five nights of fighting only 750 soldiers of the Brigade's 3 433 soldiers remained, the others either killed or wounded. Black South Africans were also involved in this battle as unarmed combatants and non-military personnel. Includes many first-hand accounts.