New Arrivals 29th to 4th of June 2016

Bickford-Smith (V.) THE EMERGENCE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN METROPOLIS, cities and identities in the twentieth century
319pp., illus., maps, paperback, Cambridge, 2016. R325
Vivienne Bickford-Smith explores South African urban history from the late nineteenth century onwards, focusing on Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. He examines the metropolitan perceptions and experiences of both black and white South Africans, as well as those of visitors, drawing on city histories, travel writing, novels, films, newspapers, radio and television programmes and oral histories.

"'The Emergence of the South African Metropolis' breaks new ground in writing the cultural history of South Africa's major conurbations. It is especially innovative in discussion of the diverse Anglophone communities that dominated the cities in their early years and Bickford-Smith is equally interesting on African urban culture." William Beinart, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford

"In this elegant study of how South African cities have been imagined, Bickford-Smith reveals a cacophonous urban landscape of conflict, hope, and possibility not yet overwhelmed by racial ordering." James Brennan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Vivienne Bickford-Smth is Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town and Visiting Fellow in the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London.
Breytenbach (B.) DIE NA-DOOD, (die singende hand se oggendboek-herinneringe)
207pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R240
A new collection of poems by Breyten Breytenbach.

Poet, novelist, essayist, activist and visual artist Breyten Breytenbach is involved with the Gorée Institute in Dakar, Senegal and the Columbia University in New York where he teaches creative writing. He won the 1994 Alan Paton Award for "Return to Paradise". In 1999 he was awarded the Hertzog Prize for Poetry for "Papierblom". His poetry collection, "Die Windvanger" won the 2008 Hertzog Prize, the University of Johannesburg Prize and the WA Hofmeyr Prize. He currently divides his time between Europe, Africa and America.
Brown (J.) THE ROAD TO SOWETO, resistance and the uprising of 16 June 1976
204pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2016. R250
First published in the UK and USA.

Julian Brown challenges the understanding that the Soweto Uprising arose out of a period of political quiescence by examining the emergence of new forms of politics, ideology and public protest in the decade before 1976.

"throws new light on the background to the Soweto Uprising, providing insight into white and black student politics, worker protest and broader dissent." William Beinart, University of Oxford

"an extremely important contribution to the historiography on protest in South Africa. It links black and white student protests (too often studied in isolation from one another) to workers' movements by looking at the changing forms of protest during the 1960s and 1970s, and the apartheid government's changing responses." Anne Hefferman, University of the Witwatersrand

Julian Brown is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also the author of "South Africa's Insurgent Citizens: on dissent and the possibility of politics" (2015).
Davie (L.) A JOURNEY THROUGH JOHANNESBURG'S PARKS, CEMETERIES AND ZOO, the history and heritage of the parks, cemeteries and zoo of the City of Johannesburg
208pp., colour illus., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2014) 2015. R150
A guide to the history of Johannesburg's parks, nature reserves and cemeteries.

Lucille Davie writes about Johannesburg's history in a monthly column for the Saturday Star.
Dixon (I.) BEARINGS,
84pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Cape Town, 2016. R150
First published in the UK in 2016.

A fourth collection of poetry by Isobel Dixon, author of "Weather Eye" winner of the Olive Schreiner prize, "A Fold in the Map" and "The Tempest Prognosticator".

"With every airport lounge a new starting point, Isobel DIxon's poetry is truly an international event. Her work is a perpetual transformation, inexhaustible even though everything in it can be said aloud, and indeed demands to be. There is something new under the sun on every page." Clive James

"A poet confident in her mastery of her medium." J.M. Coetzee

Isobel Dixon was born in Mthatha and grew up in Graaff-Reinet. She studied in Edinburgh and lives in London, returning frequently to her family home in the Karoo.
Groenewald (A.) DIE SKAALMODEL,
216pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R240
An Afrikaans novel about an archivist at the Bredasdorp Shipwreck Museum who decides to build a scale model of the town Skipskop, an abandoned fishing village near Arniston. However, she ends up being accused of mismanagement of funds and dereliction of duty and needs to prepare her defence. This novel was the winner in the debut division of the 2015 Groot Afrikaanse Romanwedstryd 2015.

Journalist Anneli Groenwald lives in Johannesburg.
Hartley (R.) THE BIG FIX, how South Africa stole the 2010 World Cup
248pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R240
Ray Hartley reveals how South Africa encouraged Fifa to pay money to a corrupt member of its executive to ensure that South Africa's bid to host the 2010 World Cup succeeded. He also discusses the rigging of construction tenders, match-fixing, and wasted public money.

Ray Hartley is the editor of the online newspaper, the Rand Daily Mail, and former editor of The Times and the Sunday Times of South Africa. He is also the author of "Ragged Glory, the rainbow nation in black and white".
191pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R220
Michelle Hattingh writes about her fight to recover from being robbed, assaulted and raped.

"Compelling, clear and beautiful writing on such a necessary topic. She shatters rape myths on every page." Jen Thorpe, author of "The Peculiars"

"A book that discusses the cross-cutting nature of the pain all women must feel when a man rapes them can only be welcomed." Kathleen Day, Rape Crisis

Michelle Hattingh was born in 1988. She works as senior online content producer at Marie Claire SA. This is her first book.
Louw-Vaudran (L.) SUPERPOWER OR NEOCOLONIALIST?, South Africa in Africa
240pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R210
Journalist Liesl Louw-Vaudran explores accusations that South Africa behaves like a neocolonial power in Africa by examining key events, like Thabo Mbeki's reforms of the African Union and the 2013 peace-keeping mission in the Central African Republic.

"Louw-Vaudran reveals what other African countries really think about us. It's fascinating - and rather disturbing." Peter Fabricius, journalist

Liesl Louw-Vaudran works as a consultant for the Institute for Security Studies and freelances for various newspapers, including the Mail & Guardian. She has reported on Africa for twenty years, travelling with South African heads of state and business leaders.
Mashigo (M.) THE YEARNING,
187pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R260
A novel about a young woman torn between her life as a marketing executive at a Cape wine farm and her childhood in Soweto. Torn between the pain of the past and her hopes for the future, she embarks on a journey similar to the one that her dead father took when he heeded an ancestral calling to become a traditional healer.

“A bewitching addition to the current South African literary boom. Mohale Mashigo tells her story with charming lucidity, disarming characterisation, subversive wisdom and subtle humour.” Zakes Mda

Mohale Mashigo was born in Soweto in 1983. She is a storyteller and singer/songwriter known as Black Porcelain. "The Yearning" is her first novel.
Mbeki (M.) & Mbeki (N.) A MANIFESTO FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, how to save South Africa
131pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R160
This book is the third in a trilogy of titles by Moeletsi Mbeki that investigate South Africa's, and Africa's, developmental challenges. The previous titles in the series are "Architects of Poverty: why African capitalism needs changing" (2009) and "Advocates for Change: how to overcome Africa's challenges"(2011). In "Manifesto for Social Change", together with Nobantu Mbeki, he investigates the phenomenon of the "gridlocked nature" of South African society and what lies at the root of the current crisis.

Moeletsi Mbeki is a journalist, entrepreneur and political commentator.
Nobantu Mbeki teaches economics at the University of the Witwaterrand.
Mohlele (N.) PLEASURE,
182pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R260
A novel about a man who writes about pleasure as it is both experienced and imagined. Set in wartime Europe and Cape Town, South Africa.

Nthikeng Mohlele was raised in Limpopo and Tembisa township. He is also the author of the novels "The Scent of Bliss", "Small Things" and "Rusty Bell". He lives in Johannesburg.
511pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, First English Language Edition, Pretoria, 2016. R395
First published in Afrikaans in 2015 under the title "Enduit vir 'n onafhanklike Namibié". Translated into English by Amy Schoeman.

Dirk Mudge's autobiography. Retired Namibian farmer and politician Dirk Mudge (born 1928) served in the South African administration of South-West Africa, was chairman of the 1975–1977 Turnhalle Constitutional Conference, and co-founded the Republican Party and the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance. At Namibian independence he was a member of the Constituent Assembly and the first National Assembly until he retired in 1993. He is also the founder of Namibia's Afrikaans daily newspaper, Die Republikein.
Otter (C.) KARKLOOF BLUE, a Maggie Cloete mystery
236pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2016. R220
FIrst published in German in 2015.

"Karkloof Blue" is the sequel to "Balthasar’s Gift"

This new Maggie Cloete thriller revolves around attempts by a local paper company to cut down the last remaining pristine forest around Pietermaritzburg, home to a rare butterfly species, and the struggles by environmentalists to prevent this.

Charlotte Otter is a South African now living in Heidelberg, Germany.
Takada (A.) NARRATIVES OF SAN ETHNICITY, the cultural and ecological foundations of lifeworld among the !Xun of north-central Namibia
198pp., illus., maps, paperback, Reprint, Kyoto & Melbourne, (2015) 2016. R450
In this study Akira Takada adopts a 'life story' approach to understand the histories of the !Xun of north-central Namibia. He also explores their relationships with neighbouring groups, particularly the Owambo and ǂAkhoe, examines kinship and naming terminologies, the historical transition of !Xun ethnicity, the interplay between ethnicity and familial/kin relationships, and how changes in the natural and social environment affected child socialization.

Akira Takada is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies at Kyoto University, Japan.
Tomson (A.) ALWAYS ANASTACIA, a transgender life in South Africa
206pp., paperback, Johnnesburg, 2016. R240
A memoir by Johannesbug doctor Anastacia Tomson about transitioning and being transgender.
Wallace (M.) & Kinahan (J.) A HISTORY OF NAMIBIA, from the beginning to 1990
451 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2011) 2016. R380
FIrst published in the UK in 2011.

"Perceptive, multi-layered and judicious, Marion Wallace's comprehensive 'History of Namibia' is a veritable 'tour de force'. Based on a deep knowledge of the exisiting historiography but also of the most recent research in Namibia itself, over two-thirds of the volume deals with the history of the region and its people since 1870 and ends with a deft summary of the period since independence. Yet Wallace - and the archaeologist, John Kinahan, who contributes the first chapter - are also to be congratulated on their decision to root this account in the far deeper history of south-west Africa. The volume will surely prove indispensable to anyone with an interest in Namibian, southern African and, indeed, African history more widely." Shula Marks, Emeritus Professor and Hon.Fellow, School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London

"A comprehensive history of Namibia which will be essential reading for anyone interested in moving beyond the shallow histories contained in tourist guides. This well-crafted, fair, insightful and sensitive volume will appeal not only to the general reader but will be compulsory reading for scholars as well. Wallace's book is destined to become an instant classic." Robert Gordon, Professor of Anthropology and African Studies, University of Vermont

"Marion Wallace achieves nothing less than the first modern general history of Namibia. Her erudite treatment of the various aspects of Namibian history, from the German colonial racial state and the first genocide of the twentieth century to the 'de facto' annexation by South Africa and the very late independence, will hugely benefit sholars and students of Namibia and southern African more generally." Jürgen Zimmerer, Professor of African History, University of Hamburg

Marion Wallace is African curator at the British Library and a historian of Namibia.
John Kinahan is an archaeologist based in Namibia.

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