New Arrivals 7th to 13th of August 2016

Alberts (C.) CHOPPER DOWN!, the story of a mercenary pilot in Africa
352pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Durban, 2016. R295
Carl Alberts was a helicopter gunship pilot with the South African Defence Force and served in South West Africa and Angola during the Border War. In 1984 he was awarded the Honoris Crux for his actions at Cuvelai in southern Angola. In 1993 he joined Executive Outcomes and fought in Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast. In 2004 he was fined for engaging in foreign mercenary activities.
Brown (A.) GOOD COP, BAD COP, confessions of a reluctant policeman
194pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R230
Advocate, author and reservist sergeant Andrew Brown's personal acount of the dangerous work of a South African Police Service officer on patrol in Cape Town.

Andrew Brown is also the author of "Street Blues", an earlier account of his experiences as a police reservist, and the novels, "Inyenzi", "Coldsleep Lullaby" (winner of the 2006 Sunday Times Fiction Prize), "Refuge" and "Solace".
Louw (J.) IN DIE GROT VAN DIE SIBILLE,
92pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R175
A first collection of poems in Afrikaans by Juanita Louw.

"Ek is beindruk deur die wye verwysingsraamwerk van die bundel, die afwisseling in style en die ryk woordeskat. Die digter het 'n fyn aanvoeling vir klank en ritme. Wat wil 'n leser meer hé! O ja, natuurlike lewenservaring en gelouterde emosie. En dit is ook hier." Daniel Hugo, poet
Maharaj (I.) NAMASTE LIFE, a novel
196pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R220
A novel about twin sisters from Durban attending university together in the Eastern Cape.

Ishara Maharaj grew up in Durban. She now lives in Cape Town, where she works with young people. "Namaste Life" is her first novel.
Moolla (F.) ed. NATURES OF AFRICA, ecocriticism and animal studies in contemporary cultural forms
334pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R390
A collection of essays that explores different understandings of the connections between humans, animals and the environment; and suggests alternative ways of addressing the challenges facing the African continent, such as global warming, desertification, floods, animal extinctions and environmental destruction.

Contributions include:
"The Environment as Significant Other: the green nature of Shona indigenous religion" by Jacob Mapara
"Towards an Ecocriticism in Africa: literary aesthetics in African environmental literature" by Chengyi Coral Wu
"Navigating Gariep Country: writing nature-culture in 'Borderline' by William Dicey" by Mathilda Slabbert
"Animals, Nostalgia and Zimbabwe's Rural Landscape in the Poetry of Chenjerai Hove and Musaemura Zimunya" by Syned Mthatiwa.

Fiona Moolla teaches African literature at the University of the Western Cape. She is the author of "Reading Nuruddin Farah: the individual, the novel and the idea of home".
Owen (F.) SOUTH,
407pp., paperback, London, 2016. R310
A novel about survivors in a USA decimated by an endless stream of deadly wind-borne viruses.

"'South' is an absolute blinder of a book. WIth its cracking pace, unforgettable characters, deliciously gruesome premise and you-won't-see-them-coming twists, if this doesn't make 'book of the year' shortlists, I will eat my Stetson. 'The Sisters Brothers' meets 'The Stand', its a post-apocalyptic game changer." Sarah Lotz, author of "The Three"

Frank Owen is the pseudonym for two South African authors - Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer. Diane Awerbuck's debut novel, "Gardening at Midnight", won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers Prize. Alex Latimer is also the author of the novel, "The Space Race".
Siegfried (R.) LEVAILLANT'S LEGACY, a history of South African ornithology
118pp., 4to. b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R385
Roy Siegfried documents the chronology, geographical locations, people, events and institutions that have promoted or retarded the development of South African ornithology.

W. Roy Siegfried in Professor Emeritus and a fellow at the University of Cape Town, and formerly Professor Extraordinary at the University of Stellenbosch and visiting professor at the University of Minnesota. He is also a former director of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology.
Sleigh (D.) 1795,
509pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R320
A historical novel, in Afrikaans, set during the last months of Dutch rule at the Cape. This novel won NB's Groot Romanwedstryd in 2015, under the title "Die Laaste Goeie Man".

Dan Sleigh is also the author of "Eilande" (2002), "Afstande" (2010) and "Wals met Matilda" (2011).
Stewart (C.) dir. WHILE YOU WEREN'T LOOKING,
104 minutes, DVD, , 2015. R420
A feature film that explores the lives and relationships of gays and lesbians from different levels of privilege in South Africa’s queer community. Set in Cape Town twenty years into the country's democracy.

The film won the Pink Apple Audience Award in Zurich in 2015. Director Catherine Stewart was also honoured with California’s QFilms Jury Award.

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