New Arrivals 21st to 27th of August 2016

Brits (E.) EMILY HOBHOUSE, beloved traitor
336pp., b/w & colour illus., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R320
A biography of British pacifist, socialist and feminist Emily Hobhouse. Emily Hobhouse opposed the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War and came to South Africa to help Boer women and children incarcerated in British concentration camps. She died in London in 1926, alone and penniless. Her body was shipped back to South Africa where four months later thousands gathered to pay tribute to her. Today her remains are interred at the Vrouemonument (Women’s Monument) in Bloemfontein.


In the course of her research for the book Cape Town-based journalist and writer Elsabé Brits located one of Hobhouse’s relatives living on Vancouver Island, Canada, who had a trunk full of Emily Hobhouse’s scrapbooks and diaries, and a draft autobiography, unseen until now. Brits quotes extensively from these writings in her book.

"Brits’ book is not only about history but allows us, sometimes through Hobhouse’s own eloquent writings, to see and understand how and what she thought – about the politics of the time, about war, about human suffering and about what is it that is required in the face of injustice. It is packed with photographs and other records – including from Hobhouse’s unseen scrap books...As such Hobhouse emerges now as a moral beacon in a world still in need of these brave humans." Marianne Thamm, Daily Maverick
de Lange (J.) 'N HUNKERING SE GREIN,
119pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R175
A new collection of Afrikaans poems by Johann de Lange, author of "Akwarelle van die Dors" (1983 Ingrid Jonker Prize), "Wordende Naak" (1990 Rapport Prize for Poetry) and "Die Algebra van Nood" (2011 Hertzog Prize for Poetry).
Meyer (D.) KOORS, die memoires van Nicolaas Storm, oor die ondersoek na die moord van sy pa
579pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R310
A post-apocalyptic thriller by Deon Meyer, about the murder of a man who founded and led a community after a fever had wiped out 90% of the world's population.

"Dit is eenvoudig so fassinerend en spannend dat ek in koorsagtige ongeduld met bewende vingers gespook het om die bladsye vinnig genoeg om te blaai. Die leser word pens en pootjies ingetrek, in die gevare wat uit alle windrigtings dreig, die aanpasbaarheid van die mens en die dinamika van menseverhoudings. Die boek is nie net fisiek lywig nie. Die skrywer vat ’n groot hap filosofie, sielkunde, religie, sosiologie, tegnologie, krygskuns, en byt nooit meer af as wat hy kan insluk nie. Hierdie onherbergsame boek is ’n beter vertoonvenster vir sy absolute genialiteit as misdaadfiksie. Dit omhels alles, die hele menslike gesteldheid, die stryd tussen goed en kwaad en al die skakerings tussenin. Die leser kry ’n dwarsklap teen die kop en sy oë gaan oop..." Deborah Steinmair in Rapport


Deon Meyer is also the author of "Spoor", "13 Uur", "7 Dae", "Kobra", "Ikarus" and "Infanta".
Nassali (M.) BEATING THE HUMAN RIGHTS DRUM, applying human rights standards to NGO's governance
260pp., paperback, Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), Pretoria, 2015. R340
Maria Nassali argues that NGOs "have the obligation to empower themselves internally before they can champion the empowerment of others." from the back cover

Maria Nassali teaches in the School of Law at Makerere University in Uganda. She is also employed as Chief Executive Officer of International Governance Alliance.
Schoeman (K.) SWANESANG, die einde van die Kompanjiestyd aan die Kaap, 1771-1795
599pp., hardback, d.w., Pretoria, 2016. R350
The eighth and final part of Karel Schoeman's "Kolonie Aan die Kaap" series in which he describes the decline and fall of the VOC and the consequences this had for the Cape. The other titles in the series are "Patrisiërs & Prinse, die Europese samelewing en die stigting van 'n kolonie aan die Kaap, 1619-1715", "Handelsryk in die Ooste, die wêreld van die VOC, 1619-1688", "Kolonie aan die Kaap, Jan van Riebeeck en die vestiging van die eerste blankes, 1652-1662", "Burgers and Amptenare, die vroeë ontwikkeling van die kolonie aan die Kaap, 1662-1679", "Here & Boere, die kolonie ann die Kaap onder die Van der Stels", 1679-1712", "Twee Kaapse Lewens, Henricus & Aletta Beck en die samelewing van hul tyd, 1702-1755", and "Hoogty, die opbloei van 'n koloniale kultuur aan die Kaap, 1951-1779".

Text in Afrikaans.

Karel Schoeman is a research fellow in the Department of History and the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French at the University of the Free State. He is the author of many works of fiction and non-fiction, both in English and Afrikaans.
Steenkamp (W.) & Heitman (H-R.) MOBILITY CONQUERS, the story of 61 Mechanised Battalion Group 1978-2005
1062pp., illus., maps, hardback, d.w., Solihull, 2016. R1050
The history of 61 Mechanised Battalion Group, a unit of the South African Defence Force that played a major role in the incursions into Angola between 1978 and 1988.

As a military reservist Willem Steenkamp was attached to 61 Mech during Operation Sceptic in the 1980s. He has written several books on South African military history, including "South Africa's Border War, 1966-1989".
Helmoed Römer-Heitman is currently South Africa's correspondent for Jane's Defence Weekly and other defence periodicals. He is also the author of "Surviving the Ride: a pictorial history of South African-manufactured armoured vehicles".
Truesdale (D.) & Young (J.) VICTORIA'S HARVEST, the Irish soldier in the Zulu War of 1879
372pp., illus., maps, hardback, d.w., Solihull, 2016. R715
A collection of stories of Irishmen who volunteered for service in Queen Victoria's Army before, during and after the Zulu War.

David Truesdale has written several books on military history, including "Brotherhood of the Cauldron: Irishmen in the 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem".
John Young is also the author of "They Fell Like Stones: the battles and casualties of the Zulu War, 1879".
van der Leun (J.) WE ARE NOT SUCH THINGS, a murder in a South African township and the search for truth and reconciliation
528pp., paperback, London, 2016. R330
American writer Justine van der Leun spent four years investigating the 1993 murder of American activist Amy Biehl in a township outside Cape Town.

"A fascinating, clear-eyed journey into the disheartening political reality of contemporary South Africa. In her pursuit of the facts behind a decades-old murder, she shatters convenient narratives about the end of apartheid and the nature of justice, and proceeds on a headlong chase for deeper truths, even those that recede the closer she gets to them." Jill Leoby, author of "Ghettoside"

"This is not just fine journalism but astonishing storytelling. Justine van der Leun brings to the page a rare combination of muscular reporting, limitless curiosity, soulful vision, courage and tenderness. Through her gifts, you will feel as if you have travelled deep into a country you only thought you knew." Jeff Hobbs, author of "The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace"

"A troubling, deeply felt piece of work. Van der Leun's excellent reportage reveals that things are not what they seem in South Africa. The book is proof that apartheid has left behind a league of ghosts, Amy Biehl among them, and that the South Africa that Nelson Mandela envisioned remains a distant dream." James McBride, author of "Kill 'Em and Leave"

Justine van der Leun has written about South Africa for Harper's and the Guardian. She lived in Cape Town from 2011 to 2013, and now lives in New York.

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