New Arrivals 10th to 16th of July 2016

Beukes (L.) & Brodie (N.) MAVERICK, extraordinary women from South Africa's past
271pp., illus., paperback, Revised Edition, Cape Town, (2005) 2015. R220
A collection of biographies of South African women who broke with convention: Daisy de Melker, Helen Martins, Dr James Barry, Ingrid Jonker, Ruth First, Dolly Radebe, Black Sophie, Sarah Raal, Irma Stern, Nongqawuse, Helen Joseph and Lilian Ngoyi, Elizabeth Klarer, Olive Schreiner, Bessie Head, Brensa Fassie, and Glenda Kemp.
This new edition includes additional information on Sara Baartman and Krotoa-Eva and three new chapters, on Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, Cissie Gool and Eudy Simelane.

Lauren Beukes is also the author of "Zoo City", "Moxyland", "The Shining Girls" and "Broken Monsters".
Nechama Brodie is the editor and co-auhot of "The Jo-Burg Book" and author of "The Cape Town Book".
Binckes (R.) WHAT A BOYKIE, the John Berks story
256pp., b/w & illus., paperback, Durban, 2016. R295
The biography of radio presenter John Berks, born in 1941 in Krugersdorp. His radio career spanned forty years and included working for LM Radio, SABC, Springbok Radio, Radio 5, Capitol Radio, Swazi Music Radio and 702. Now retired, he lives in Johannesburg.

Robin Binckes is also the author of the novel "Canvas Under the Sky", and the non-fiction works "The Great Trek" and "Tuckers Deadline".
Blake (A.) BROEDERTWIS, bittereinder en joiner: Christiaan en Piet de Wet
366pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R240
Albert Blake attempts to understand the two brothers, Christiaan and Piet de Wet, and how they came to make the choices they did during the Anglo-Boer War: Christiaan fighting until the bitter end while his brother Piet took up arms against his fellow Afrikaners.

Albert Blake is also the author of "Boereverraaier", which was made into the film, "Verraaiers". In 2014 he was awarded the Louis Hiemstra Prize for non-fiction for "Boerekryger: 'n seun se hoogster offer".
Couto (M.) CONFESSION OF THE LIONESS,
192pp., hardback, d.w., London, 2015. R385
First published in Portuguese as "A Confissão da Leoa" in 2012. Translated into English by David Brookshaw.

A novel set in a village in Mozambique where local authorities summon a hunter from the city to kill a marauding lion that has just killed a young woman. Based on a true story.

"Ever present in Mia Couto’s work is the burden of Mozambique’s recent past, the weight of memory that three decades of civil war impose on a population. With storylines and a lyrical style that crisscross between the material and spiritual worlds, his novels offer a subtle examination of the aftermath of political turmoil...Memories of a violent past colour the “real time” experience of the lion’s ongoing attacks. The dead are never far from the living, and while you can assume that the action is set in recent years, the villagers’ adherence to tradition and their constant awareness of the presence of their ancestors blur what borders there may be between the world we can see and that which exists in the shadows...'I don’t know what they’re looking for in the bush,' says Dona Naftalinda, wife of the district administrator, 'the lion is right here in the village.'” Ellah Allfrey, The Guardian

Mia Couto was born in Mozambique in 1955. He works as a biologist and lives in Maputo. His other books in English include "Voices Made Night" and "Sleepwalking Land".
Cowen (S.) FROM WHISKEY TO WATER,
201pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R240
Radio talk-show host Sam Cowen's memoir about her struggle with alcoholism. She has been sober since 2002.

"A brilliant book that deeply touches the heart and gives an important voice to the disease of addiction. Thank you, Sam." Karen Thompson, author of "Sugar Free"
Engler (H.) IN THE MAID'S ROOM, a novel
213pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R220
A satirical novel set in Port Elizabeth about a white hipster struggling to find his way in the new South Africa.

Hagen Engler is also the author of "Marrying Black Girls for Guys Who Aren't Black". He lives in Johannesburg.
Higginson (C.) THREE PLAYS, Dream of the Dog, The Girl in the Yellow Dress, The Imagined Land
205pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2016. R250
Originally published in the UK in 2016.

Foreword by Jeremy Herrin. Introduction by Michael titlestad, University of the Witwatersrand.

Playwright and novelist Craig Higginson was born in Zimbabwe in 1971 and grew up in Johannesburg. He has lived in London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Paris, and currently lives in Johannesburg. He has won the Sony Gold Award for Best Radio Drama in the UK, the UJ Award for South African Literature in English for his novel, "The Landscape Painter", and a Naledi Award for Best South African Play, for "The Imagined Land".
Inglese (J.) illus. & text NANDI SINGS, a South African story
35pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R80
A book for young children about a little girl who could sing before she could speak and was encouraged by her grandmother to keep singing even when others told her to be quiet.
Jansen (V.) HY KOM MET DIE SKOENLAPPERS,
182pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R200
A novel about a woman who falls in love while travelling in Germany and, years later, back in South Africa, grieves over the choices she made.

"Dié roman is 'n bewys daarvan dat 'n mens nooit weet wat in 'n letterkunde kan opduik nie. Soos 'n loerie voor jou oë verby - die ene glans en groenigheid." Petra Müller

Valda Jansen lives in Cape Town. She has worked as a school teacher, a journalist, a writer and an editor. This is her first novel.
My Home Theatre Productions NDENDILE, (I am married)
49pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R110
This play was jointly devised and created by the actors of My Home Theatre Productions. The original idea was conceived by Sinoxolo Cezula, who also directed the play. The script was written by Bongani Pontsana.

This play, which explores homosexuality in African culture, won several awards at the 2015 Zabalaza Theatre Festival.

The company, My Home Theatre Productions, founded in 2014 in Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, works with community artists to tell people true stories about themselves and their lives.
Symons (S.) QUESTIONS FOR THE SEA, poems
81pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R220
A debut collection of poems by Stephen Symons.

Stephen Symons was born in 1966 in Cape Town, where he lives and works as a lecturer and graphic designer.
van Staden (I.) WAAR DIE OOG VAN STIL WORD,
57pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2016. R150
A new collection of poems by Ilse van Staden.

Ilse van Staden was born in 1972 in Pretoria. Her first collection of poems, "Watervlerk" (2003) won both the Eugène Marais and the Ingrid Jonker Prizes. Her second collection, "Fluisterklip", was published in 2008.
Waghid (Y.) DANCING WITH DOCTORAL ENCOUNTERS, democratic education in motion
158pp., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2015. R315
Yusef Waghid, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy of Education in the Department of Education Policy at Stellenbosch University, reflects on his supervision of doctoral candidates, focusing on the idea of a democratic encounter and highlighting aspects of democratic educational theories that have inspired the encounters.

Yusef Waghid's other books include "African Philosophy of Education Reconsidered: on being human" (2014) and "Pedagogy Out of Bounds: untamed variations of democratric education" (2014).

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