New Arrivals 19th to 25th of June 2016
A NEWSPAPER HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA,
192pp., 4to., illus., paperback,
Fifth Revised Edition,
John Cameron-Dow presents 52 events that have captured headines in South African newspapers during the past 128 years. This new edition includes the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Polokwane, Marikana, Guptagate, Nkandla, Nelson Mandela's death and the trial of Oscar Pistorius.
A teenage novel about twins from Manenberg on the Cape Flats who dream of a life outside of poverty.
"In lyrical prose, award-winning author and master storyteller Dianne Case takes us from the unforgiving streets of Manenberg to the tranquility of the most beautiful garden in Goodwood, as we follow the twins Adam and Jasmine on their quest for identity and truth. Like 'Love, David', 'The Rules' is set to become a South African classic. This is a compelling read, memorable way beyond the last pages. Does it leave you with hope for our country? You decide." Jean Williams, Executive Director Biblionef South Africa
Diane Case is also the author of "92 Queen's Road" and "Albatross Winter". The novel "Love, David" won the Young Africa Award.
Geldenhuys (O.) dir.
THE SHORE BREAK,
90 minutes, DVD,
A documentary about the struggle over mining rights in the Amadiba area on South Africa's Wild Coast, where the Pondo people have lived for centuries. Nonhle, a young local eco-tour guide, opposes a titanium-mining proposal and the government's controversial plan to build a tolled highway and fights to protect the environment on which her people's livelihood and culture depend while Madiba, her cousin, supports both the proposal and the highway, believing development will bring jobs, schools and hospitals.
This film won Audience Choice Awards at the 2015 Encounters International Documentary Film Festival and the 2015 Durban International Film Festival and Best Feature Length Dcoumentary at the 2015 Festival du Film d'Environnement in France.
Hartmann (W.) text & Rankin (J.) illus.
THE AFRICAN ORCHESTRA,
28pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback,
A book for children that celebrates the sounds of the African bush.
"Wendy Hartmann has a musician’s ear for words and Joan Rankin’s pictures sing with colour and expression." Niki Daly, author and illustrator
Also available in Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu.
Wendy Hartmann's other books for children include "In a House In a House", "Nina and Little Duck", "Theo the Library Cat" and "All the Magic in the World". She lives in Cape Town.
Joan Rankin has illustrated over thirty books for children. She has received the South African HAUM Daan Retief Prize for children’s book illustration (1986) and the Katrine Harries Award for Children’s Book Illustration (1991, and recently won the MER Prize for best illustrated children’s book for "Just Sisi", written by Wendy Hartmann.
architect of apartheid
In this book Henry Kennedy examines Hendrik Verwoerd's ideas in the context of his times and explores the rationale behind the policy of apartheid.
This edition contains a 37pp. new introduction by David Welsh, Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Stellenbosch.
THE ANATOMY OF THE ZULU ARMY,
from Shaka to Cetshwayo, 1818-1879
284pp., illus., maps, paperback,
"'Anatomy of the Zulu Army' is by far the most comprehensive and accessible account I know of the Zulu military system from its early nineteenth-century origins to its contemporary legacy. In it Ian Knight expertly explores the Zulu army's recruitment, organization, dress, weaponry, tactics and rituals, supported by effective illustrations. It is a work that really should remain available, and I welcome its re-issue in paperback." John Laband, author of "Zulu Warriors: the battle for the South African frontier"
Ian Knight's other books include "Voices from the Zulu War", "Brave Men's Blood" and "Marching to the Drums".
ZULU PLANT NAMES,
324pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback,
Adrian Koopman details the complex relationship between plants, the Zulu language and Zulu culture.
Adrian Koopman is Emeritus Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is also the author of "Zulu Names" (2002) and editor of "Nomina Africana", the journal of the Names Society of Southern Africa.
THE DREAM DELIVERED,
the imagined journey of transforming South Africa
An inspirational guide told from an imaginary future in which the dream of a united, safe, caring and prosperous South Africa has been realised.
Mandla Letlape is a strategy, leadership alignment, change management and corporate governance consultant.
Lock (R.) & Quantrill (P.)
the epic of Isandlwana and the cover-up
336pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback,
"The authors superbly weave the excitement of the battle, the British mistakes, the brilliant Zulu tactics and the shameful cover up, into a dramatic, tragic tale...it's an exhilaratingly well informed introduction for the novice." Colonial Warfare
the star child
The story of an albino girl who is thrown into the Umfolozi River at birth but survives, to eventually become a sangoma.
Unathi Magubeni is a writer, sangoma and trainee herbalist based in the Eastern Cape. He has also published a collection of poetry, "Food for Thought" (2003). "Nwelezelanga: star child" is his first novel.
Mandela (N.) & Castro (F.)
HOW FAR WE SLAVES HAVE COME,
preface by Mary Alice Waters
First SA Edition,
First published in the USA in 1991.
This book contains the speeches made by Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro when they met for the first time in Cuba in 1991 and spoke together at a rally.
Moorcraft (P.) & McLaughlin (P.)
THE RHODESIAN WAR,
fifty years on
208pp., illus., maps, paperback,
This classic account of the Rhodesian War is based on the authors' direct experience of operations against guerrillas by security forces. Originally published in South Africa in 1982 as "Chimurenga".
Journalist Paul Moorcraft lived in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe from 1976 to 1981 and covered the war for Time magazine. He served in the A Reserve of the British South Africa Police/ZRP for 18 months. He is currently Director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis in London, and Visiting Professor at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
Peter McLaughlin lived in Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia and Zimbabwe from 1956 to 1983. During the Rhodesian War, he served in operational areas as a field reservist in the British South African Police. From 1999 to 2005 he was Principal of The British International School in Cairo.
THE FIRES BENEATH,
the life of Monica Wilson, South African anthropologist
443pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, d.w.,
The biography of Monica Wilson née Hunter (1908-1982). Born to missionary parents in Lovedale in the Eastern Cape, she gained a doctorate in anthropology from Cambridge in 1934. She married Godfrey Wilson in 1935, and they undertook fieldwork with the Nyakyusa in Tanzania between 1935 and 1938. Godfrey Wilson committed suicide in 1944. Monica taught at the University College of Fort Hare from 1944 to 1946 and at Rhodes University from 1947 to 1951. She was Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town from 1952 until she retired in 1973.
"This book is a treasure - an intimate, illuminating portrait of two extraordinary human beings, written with grace, with respectfulness and with sympathetic curiosity. Monica and Godfrey's marriage illuminates with unusual clarity the relationship between the intellectual and the erotic life and speaks vividly to the connections between thinking, loving and being alive." Jonny Steinberg, author of "The Number", "Midlands" and "Three-Letter Plague"
"This is a rich and illuminating intellectual biography of one of Southern Africa's most important twentieth-century social anthropologists, but it is much more besides. Morrow's meticulous research and sensitive account reveals the wider political tensions inherent in apartheid-era social science research, and the personal consequences of intellectual positions." Professor Megan Vaughan
Seán Morrow is Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Fort Hare and a professional editor.
a new Africa breaks free
431pp., colour illus., map, paperback,
Journalist Alex Perry has travelled throughout Africa for more than a decade. In this book he argues that Africa has long been misunderstood and abused by outsiders, and that the continent is now asserting itself in ways that will force the world to perceive it differently. Includes chapters on Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Alex Perry was Time magazine's bureau chief in Africa until 2013. He writes for various publications, including Newsweek. He is also the author of "Falling Off the Edge: globalisation, world peace and other lies" and "Lifeblood: how to change the world, one dead mosquito at a time".
IS IT JUST ME OR IS EVERYTHING KAK?,
the Zuma years
A humourous A-Z guide to contemporary South Africa.
Tim Richman is also the author of "Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak?", "50 Flippen Brilliant South Africans" and "Ja Well No Fine".
Saunders (R.) & Nyamunda (T.) eds.
FACETS OF POWER,
politics, profits and people in the making of Zimbabwe's blood diamonds
215pp., illus., maps, paperback,
Johannesburg & Harare,
A collection of essays that examine the meaning and impact of the diamond fields of Chiadzwa in the Marange District, discovered in 2006.
"A shocking account of the Marange diamond tragedy which, instead of uplifting the lives of the poverty-stricken local people living in one of the most arid regions of Zimbabwe, dashed their hopes and exposed the ruthless and inhuman nature of a corrupt, selfish and shameless regime. This well-researched book is a must-read, not only for this our present generation but for posterity - with a view to saying 'never again'". S.Bakare, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Harare
"Not only does this very necessary book examine Zimbabwe's new and unsavoury political-economic networks of accumulation and power in ever widening circles around its diamonds, but it illuminates with great clarity and sophistication the complexities of local and global responses to this elite predation, state repression - and ruling party attempts to regain slipping hegemony. As such 'Facets of Power' raises important questions about the possibilities of forging 'post-nationalist' political forms in the Zimbabwean state-society complex and further afield. Even better, this book introduces some very sharp new minds to Zimbabwe's critical mass of public intellectuals and young academics: a huge bonus in itself." David Moore, Professor of Development Studies, University of Johannesburg
"London and Antwerp are famous for major diamond robberies. These are nothing compared with what happened in Zimbabwe. 'Facets of Power' is an insider's look at one of the greatest and most disgraceful diamond heists of all time. It will help to ensure that Marange crimes and the criminals who committed them are not forgotten." Ian Smille, author of "Blood on the Stone: greed, corruption and the war in the global diamond trade"
Richard Saunders is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University, Canada.
Tinashe Nyamunda is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of the Free State, South Africa.
GOLD NEVER RUSTS,
A historical novel about an American adventurer and prospector on the Barberton gold fields.
Paul-Constant Smit was born in Pretoria and currently lives in Johannesburg, where he runs his own business.
Stewart (D.) text & Pulles (E.) illus.
28pp., colour illus., paperback,
A children's book about what happens to the first basket young Dudu made, and then sold on a market.
Also available in Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu.
Dianne Stewart's other books for children include "Guineafowl's Spots, and other African tales", "The Zebra's Stripes, and other African animal tales" and "Folktales from Africa".
Illustrator Elizabeth Pulles has won the ATKV Prize, the Vivian Wilkes Prize, the M.E.R. Prize and most recently the IBBY/Exclusive Books Prize for "Siyolo's Jersey".