New Arrivals 11th to 17th of September 2016

Bank (A.) PIONEERS OF THE FIELD, South Africa's women anthropologists
319pp., illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2016. R385
Originally published in the UK in 2016.

Andrew Bank traces the personal and intellectual histories of six women anthropologists: Winifred Tucker Hoernlé, Monica Hunter Wilson, Ellen Hellmann, Audrey Richards, Hilda Beemer Kuper and Eileen Jensen Krige.

"...a major contribution to intellectual history in a volume that recognizes the role played by six women anthropologists who were major contributors to the creation of a distinctive South African voice in anthropology." Elizabeth Colson, University of California, Berkeley

"Andre Bank's insightful scholarship provides a much-needed revision not only to the history of South African anthropology, but also to the history of socio-cultural anthropology in general." Nancy Lutkehaus, University of Southern California

Andrew Bank is Associate Professor and head of the History Department at the University of the Western Cape. He has been commissioning editor of the journal, "Kronos: southern African histories" since 2001.
Branford (J.) & Venter (M.) SAY AGAIN?, the other side of South African English
234pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R260
Jean Branford and Malcolm Venter discuss the many new English words and phrases coined by South African English speakers, as distinguished from the words and phrases borrowed from other languages.
Bundy (C.) POVERTY IN SOUTH AFRICA, past and present, a Jacana pocket history
176pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2016. R165
First published in the USA.

Colin Bundy recently retired as principal of Green Templeton College in Oxford. He is the author of "The Rise and Fall of the South African Peasantry", and the biographies of Govan Mbeki and Nelson Mandela in the Jacana pocket series.
260pp., paperback, London, 2016. R305
The sequel to "The Childhood of Jesus", continuing the story of the boy David and his guardians Simón and Inés, living in an imagined socialist state.

"...So, what are stories for? Are they for grown ups or babies? In spite of its declared suspicion of Platonic idealism, the spirit of Plato, rather than the anarchic Jesus with his boundary-pushing parables, hovers over this book. Plato was famously dismissive of the seductive properties of mimetic literature, which urge us to make an imaginative identification with a fictional world. He would have agreed without hesitation that novels are for babies. Philosophy is for adults. On the evidence of this austere, barely realised mise-en-scène, it is difficult not to feel that Coetzee, like Plato, is no longer much interested in the accidents of our quotidian human world, the shadows on the cave wall. He is after essence alone, the pure, ungraspable fire. In his fidelity to ideas, to telling rather than showing, to instructing rather than seducing us, he does not actually write fiction any more. The Schooldays of Jesus, philosophically dense as it is, is parched, relentlessly adult fare – rather like eating endless bread and bean paste." Elizabeth Lowry, The Guardian

J.M.Coetzee's work includes "Waiting for the Barbarians", "Life & Times of Michael K","Disgrace" and "Diary of a Bad Year." He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.

277pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R260
A novel set in Johannesburg about a married man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality.

Oil field engineer turned banker turned writer Ekon Duker was educated in Ghana, the United Kingdom, the United States and France and now lives and work in Johannesburg. He is also the author of "White Wahala" and "Dying in New York".
Duncan (J.) PROTEST NATION, the right to protest in South Africa
240pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2016. R385
Jane Duncan analyses the extent to which the right to protest is respected in democratic South Africa, and the role municipalities play in enabling or limiting this right.

Jane Duncan is Professor in the Department of Journalism, Film and Television at the University of Johannesburg. She was Executive Director of the Freedom of Expression Institute.
Jordaan (B.) & Stander (U.) EFFECTIVE WORKPLACE SOLUTIONS, employment law from a business perspective
215pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R360
A handbook on the practicalities of labour law, employment relations, and dispute resolution suitable for HR professionals, employee relations specialists, union officials and managers.

"This highly recommended publication, written by recognised experts in the field of employment relations and labour law, provides a comprehensive, integrated and very practical guide to the skills and knowledge required for success in the field." Christoph Garbers, Law Faculty, Stellenbosch University.

"...a useful, accessible and an easy read that will provide its readers with a road map for establishing and maintaining effective workplace solutions to challenging economic times." Gawie Cillié, Department of Industrial Psychology, Stellenbosch University and University of Stellenbosch Business School

Barney Jordaan is currently Professor of Management Practice at Vlerick Business School in Belgium.
Advocate Ulrich Stander practices as an employment law and employment relations lawyer.
Law-Viljoen (B.) THE PRINTMAKER,
267pp., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2016. R250
A novel about a reclusive printmaker and the mystery of his thousands of un-exhibited etchings and drawings.

"Law-Viljoen writes with a delicate touch about the paradoxes at the heart of image-making, the sorrows of lost love, and the dubious consolations of friendship. Her subtle, layered portrait of a reclusive printmaker reveals how art can both save the artist from the world and ruin it for him. The book is a joy to read." Ivan Vladislaviç

"Debut novels with the subtlety and confidence of "The Printmaker" are a great rarity. In this captivating book about art and artists, which is equally a story of mothers and sons, lost love, missed love, migration, and the inequalities of contemporary South African life, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen reveals herself as a writer of exceptional precision, psychological insight, and mesmerizing style." Patrick Flanery, author and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Reading

Bronwyn Law-Viljoen is a senior lecturer and Head of Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also the editor and co-founder of Fourthwall Books, and a former editor of Art South Africa magazine. She taught writing and literature at New York University. "The Printmaker" is her first novel.
McNally (P.) THE STREET, exposing a world of cops, bribes and drug dealers
323pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R285
Through the lives of a shop owner, a police-officer, a police reservist and a powerful drug dealer couple, Paul McNally chronciles lawlessness on a street in Sophiatown.

"This is an important piece of journalism that gives rare insight into Joburg's rotten underbelly and the criminals, cops and citizens who co-exist there." Anton Harber, former Caxton Professor of Journalism and Editor-in-Chief of South African broadcaster ENCA

Journalist Paul Mcally is Founding Director of The Citizen Justice Network, a media initiative the develops journalism in local languages in under-reported areas. He also produces articles and documentaries for Wits Journalism on criminal justice, health and science. He is a 2016 Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Motadinyane (I.) COMPLETE POEMS,
58pp., paperback, New Edition, Grahamstown, 2016. R95
Originally published as "Bella" in 2007. Lesego Rampolokeng made new translations of the six Sesotho poems and Sesotho phrases in the other poems.

Isabella Motadinyane was born in 1963 in Soweto and died in 2003 in Orange Farm. She wrote in English, Isicamtho and Sesotho. She was a member of the Botsotso Jesters poetry performance group
389pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. OUT OF PRINT
A new thriller about child trafficking by Mike Nicol, author of "Of Cops & Robbers", "Power Play" and "Payback".
Pretorius (M.) THE MONSTER'S DAUGHTER, a novel
455pp., hardback, d.w., New York & London, 2016. R360
A thriller about a young police constable in a small South African town who's attempts to solve a murder lead her into South Africa' violent past, a past that includes her father, a police official under the apartheid regime.

Michelle Pretorius was born in Bloemfontein. She is currently a PhD student at Ohio University, "The Monster's Daughter" is her first novel.
Sinwell (L.) & Mbatha (S.) THE SPIRIT OF MARIKANA, the rise of insurgent trade unionism in South Africa
208pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2016. R385
First published in the USA in 2016.

A study of the struggle led by union leaders at three South African platinum mining companies that preceded what has become known as the Marikana massacre.

"Profoundly important. A fascinating and unique account." Professor Dunbar Moodie, University of the Witwatersrand

"A detailed and sympathetic history, from within the ranks of the unions and in the words of the miners themselves." Leo Zeilig, author of "Class Struggle and Resistance in Africa"

Luke Sinwell is a senior researcher at the University of Johannesburg.
Siphiwe Mbatha is an assistant researcher at the University of Johannesburg.
van der Merwe (J.) & van Reenen (D.) TRANSFORMATION AND LEGITIMATION IN POST-APARTHEID UNIVERSITIES, reading discourses from 'Reitz'
309pp., paperback, Bloemfontein, 2016. R535
JC van der Merwe and Dionne van Reenen revisit the 2008 'Reitz incident', when white male students from the Reitz residence at the University of the Free State made a video of black workers kneeling to eat food that had been urinated on. They analyse the broader structures, positions, discourses and practices that made such an incident possible. They also examine the student and worker protests of 2016 and the resultant legitimation crisis facing South African universities, and ways that institutional legitimacy and reputation could be restored.

JC van der Merwe is Deputy Director of The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State.
Dionne van Reenen is a researcher at The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice.
Willan (B.) ed. SOL PLAATJE, selected writings
483pp., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (1996) 2016. R355
A selection of Sol Plaatje's writings, including newspaper articles and editorials, pamphlets, political speeches, evidence to government commissions of inquiry, autobiographical writings and letters. Journalist and writer Sol Plaatje (1876-1932) was one of the founders of the ANC, a leading spokesperson for black opinion, and the author of "Mafeking Diary", "Native Life in South Africa" and "Mhudi".

Brian Willan is an honorary research fellow at Rhodes University. He edited and introduced an edition of Sol Plaatje's "Native Life in South Africa" (1982), co-edited "Sol Plaatje's Native Life in South Africa" (2016), and is working on an updated edition of "Sol Plaatje: a biography" (1984).
Zinn (A.) ed. §, the life and times of Neville Alexander
164pp., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2016. R345
A collection of keynote addresses and responses that were made at a conference in Neville Alexander's honour held at the Centre for Non-Racialism and Democracy, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2013. Neville Alexander died in 2012.

Introduction, afterword and addendum by Crain Soudien. Includes contributions by Pallo Jordan, KA Porteus, Brian Ramadiro, Eugene and Lydia Cairncross, and Slaim Vally.

Also includes a DVD-ROM of the conference.

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