New Arrivals 28th to 3rd of September 2016

167pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R115
A selection of the work presented at the 2015 McGregor Poetry Festival. Includes poems by Diana Ferrus, Dorian Haarhof, Colleen Higgs, Daniel Hugo, Liesl Jobson, Antjie Krog, Helen Moffett, Sindiwe Magona, Don Pinnock, Douglas Reid Skinner, Adam Small, Wendy Woodward, and many others.

In English and Afrikaans
Allfrey (E.) ed. SAFE HOUSE, explorations in creative nonfiction
312pp., illus., paperback, No Place, 2016. R340
A collection that brings together nonfiction writing from across Africa, including travel writing, memoir,reportage and meditative essays.

Contributions from South Africa include "Walking Girly in Nairobi" by Mark Gevisser, "The Life and Death of Rowan du Preez" by Simone Haysom and "Border Crossings' by Sarita Ranchod.

"A promising tradition of creative nonfiction is nascent in Africa. Fresh ways of writing African experiences are afoot. This publication signals the gestation of something enormously exciting and genuinely new." Jonny Steinberg, author of "A Man of Good Hope"

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey is a Zimbabwean-born editor and critic now based in London. A former deputy editor of Granta magazine she is series editor of the Kwani? Manuscript Project, and sits on the boards of Art for Amnesty, the Caine Prize for African Writing and the Writers Centre Norwich.
Bloemhof (F.) DOUBLE ECHO, translated from the Afrikaans by Maya Fowler
255pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R220
A thriller about an ex-cop trying to escape the consequences of a fateful night spent on the wine estate of a wealthy businessman.

Afrikaans writer Francois Bloemhof has written for adults, teenagers and children. He won the 1991 De Kat Prize for his debut novel, "Die Nag Het Net Een Oog". He has received four ATKV Children's Book awards, and won the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature. "Double Echo", his 24th novel for adults, is the first to be published in English.
310pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R240
The biography of South African advocate and judge Jules Browde (1919-2016), a prominent human rights lawyer under apartheid, and a friend of Nelson Mandela. A founder member and chairman of Lawyers For Human Rights, in 2008 he received the Sydney and Felicia Kentridge Award for Service to Law in Southern Africa. Danile Browde is Jules Browde's son.

"Danile Browde's account of Jules Browde's life is rich, engaging, intriguing and delightful. Crammed with human and historical interest, it reveals Jules Browde as a large-hearted, generous man, whose expansive spirit encompassed warfare, politics, family and friendship across critical decades of our democracy's history and prehistory - but whose life, pre-eminently, was committed to elementary justice for all in our country." Edwin Cameron, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

"Browde writes a precise, elegant prose, warmed by an appealing candour and understated lyricism. His book is both a tangential biography and an amusing account of the perils and pleasures of learning to be a writer. In counterpoint, the voices of the 'young storyteller' and his grandfather show how a life is made in interaction and relationship, among family and friends, in the stories we tell one another and ourselves." Ivan Vladislaviç, author of "Portrait with Keys"
de Kok (K.) GOING BACK TO SAY GOODBYE, a boyhood on the mine
138pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R220
In his memoir Kenneth de Kok writes about growing up in the small mining community of Stilfontein in the Western Transvaal in the 1950s.

"A childhood caught in amber - so clear in writing, exquisite in detail and glimmering in delicate beauty, that, peering closely, it helps us fathom today." Antjie Krog

"Just in time, before it vanishes over the horizon forever, Kenneth de Kok gives us the South Africa of the 1950s as it appeared to the fresh and innocent eyes of a child." JM Coetzee

Kenneth de Kok was born in 1949 in Stilfontein. He left South Africa in 1971 to avoid further military service and after living in the UK and Holland he immigrated to Canada in 1978.
Hambidge (J.) INDEKS,
129pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R200
"Elke gedig in hierdie uiters volwasse bundel verken brokkie vir brokkie die aard en semantiek van ’n digkuns: Dit reis op uitgebreide paaie na wat die wese is van die digkuns, ook die digter se eie poësie. In Joan Hambidge se oeuvre is hierdie bundel ’n groot sprong; die hele Indeks werk aan en oor die digkuns met ’n feitlik mistieke bewondering en respek vir die woord. Dit kan beskou word as haar mees “taalkundige” bundel, want die digter is in konstante gesprek met die woord en die moontlikhede wat die woord bied. Haar vermoë om die woord se wisselende buie, in gesprek met ander woorde, raak te sien en te benut, is nog nooit só suksesvol aangewend nie. Met die meer liriese aard, groter toeganklikheid en innige menslikheid sal Indeks as ’n hoogtepunt in Hambidge se digkuns beskou word." Versindaba website

Joan Hambidge was born in 1956 in Aliwal North. Her first volume of poetry, "Hartskrif", was published in 1985. She received the Eugène Marais Prize in 1986 for her second volume, "Bitterlemoene". In 2012 she was awarded the ATKV prize for her 23rd volume of poetry, "Visums by Verstek".

She is Professor in Afrikaans and Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town.
Jaffer (Z.) BEAUTY OF THE HEART, the life and times of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke
180pp., illus., paperback, Bloemfontein, 2016. R360
A biogrpahy of Charlotte Maxele (1874-1939) As a young woman Charlotte was a member of an African choir that toured England (1891-1893) and performed for Queen Victoria. In 1894, during a choir tour of Canada and the United States, she received a scholarship to study at Wilberforce University in Ohio, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1901. On her return to South Africa she and her husband founded the Wilberforce Institute. Active in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, she was elected as President of the Women's Missionary Society. She opposed the pass-laws, helped organize the anti-pass movement in Bloemfontein in 1913 and founded the Bantu Women’s League in 1918. She also participated in the formation of the Industrial and Commercial Worker’s Union (ICU) in 1920.

South African journalist and author Zebeida Jaffer is currently based at the University of the Free State as Writer-in-Residence in the Department of Communication Sciences.

Kabali-Kagwa (P.) FLAME AND SONG, a memoir
190pp., paperback, Cape Town, (2016). R250
A memoir by Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa, about her childhood in Uganda and time spent living in Addis Ababa and Nairobi, before settling in Cape Town.
Khumalo (F.) #ZUPTAS MUST FALL, and other rants
210pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R220
A collection of recent and new writings on South African politics, history and current events by journalist Fred Khumalo. His other books include "Zulu Boy Gone Crazy", and the novels "Bitches Brew", "Seven Steps to Heaven" and "Touch My Blood".
Wilson (S.) ZODIAC,
pp., paperback, London, 2016. R305
A thriller set in a society divided along zodiac lines.

"A brilliant, original and gripping thriller." Sarah Lots, author of "The Three" and "Tooth and Nailed"
"A bold storyteller with an amazing mind" Lauren Beukes, author of "The Shining Girls" and "Broken Monsters"

Sam Wilson was born in London and moved to Zimbabwe as a child before settling in South Africa. He works as a TV director based in Cape Town. "Zodiac" is his first novel.

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