New Arrivals 30th to 5th of November 2016

AMAGAMA ENKULULEKO, words for freedom: writing life under apartheid
255pp., paperback, Cape Town, (2016). R150
An anthology of short fiction, poetry, narrative journalism and extracts from novels and memoirs. These texts are presented as "lenses through which to engage with South Africa's past." from the introduction

With glossaries, questions and writing challenges for students.

Foreword by Zakes Mda.

Includes writings by Oswald Mtshali, Nat Nakasa, Richard Rive, Ronny Kasrils, Sipho Sepamla, Mongane Wally Serote, and many others.
Cruise (A.) KING SOLOMON AND THE SHOWMAN, the search for Africa's lost city
196pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R280
Travel writer Adam Cruise's account of his attempts to find the legendary lost city of southern Africa that inspired Rider Haggard's "King Solomon's Mines" and "Eight Months in the Kalahari" by William Leonard Hunt aka 'the Great Farini'.

"A wild desert adventure with an enirely unexpected conclusion." Don Pinnock, travel writer

Adam Cruise is also the author of "Louis Botha's War" and "In the Pursuit of Solitude". Born and raised in South Africa he currently lives in Nice, France.
Cruywagen (D.) THE SPIRITUAL MANDELA, faith and religion in the life of South Africa's great statesman
224pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R200
Journalist Dennis Cruywagen writes about Nelson Mandela's relationship to Christianity and how he balanced his Christian faith with traditional African beliefs and with his political views.
Fourie (P.) POST MORTEM,
80pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2016. R150
The final play in Pieter Fourie's four-part series. The first three plays are: "Die Koggelaar", "Donderdag se Mense" and "Ek, Anna van Wyk".

Playwright Pieter Fourie has won the Hertzog Prize (2003) and a Fleur du Cap award (2006). In 2011 he was awarded an honrouary doctorate by the University of the Free State and in 2016 he received a kykNET Fiësta for his contribution to Afrikaans literature.
369pp., paperback, London, 2016. R310
A novel set in Cape Town at the beginning of the First World War. Piet Barol, the character from Richard Mason's "History of a Pleasure Seeker," and his wife have posed as French aristocrats, and are now nearly bankrupt. Piet travels to a remote spirit-filled forest in search of a mythical ‘furniture tree’ with which to save their furniture business, guided by two servants whose Xhosa tribe resides deep in the forest.

Richard Mason was born in South Africa in 1978 and raised in Britian. His first novel, "The Drowning People" won Italy's Cavour Prize. His other novels are "Us", "The Lighted Rooms" and "The History of a Pleasure Seeker".
Moseneke (D.) MY OWN LIBERATOR, a memoir
378pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R300
Foreword by Thabo Mbeki.

Dikang Moseneke was active in the Pan-africanist Congress and was imprisoned for ten years on Robben Island. When the organisation was unbanned in 1990 he became its deputy president. He served on the technical committee that drafted the 1993 interim constitution, became deputy chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission in 1994, and in 2001 was appointed to the High Court in Pretoria by Thabo Mbeki. A year later he was appointed as a judge in the Constitutional Court and in 2005 became deputy chief justice. He retired in 2016.
174pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R290
In this collection of essays Kopano Ratele presents ways to understand the contestations around masculinity and gender relations.

"One of the best known voices on African masculinities, in both popular and scholarly circles, Kopano Ratele's new book consolidates and takes further his profound and valuable contributions to re-thinking gender in postcolonial contexts and transnational contexts. 'Liberating Maculinities' is an inspiring, beautifully written collection of essays about the intersectional complexities of being a man in contemporary South Africa, offering theoretical gems, embedded in rich ethnographic narratives, for the global project of feminist and critical masculinities scholarship." Tamara Shefer, Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of the Western Cape

"Wow, what an insightful book about the need to engage men for the liberation of the whole humanity. For me, this book represents hope for the future, especially the last chapter on the value of feminism for men." Malose Langa, Associate Professor, Psychology Department, WIts University

Kopano Ratele is Professor in the Institute for Social and Health Sciences at the University of South Africa (Unisa). He co-edited the books, "From Boys to Men: social constructions of masculinities in contemporary society" and "Inter-group Relations" and co-authored (with Antjie Krog and Mosisi Mpolwneu) "There Was This Goat, investigating the Truth Commission Testimony of Notrose Nobomvu Konile".
216pp., paperback, FIrst SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2016. R385
First published in the UK in 2015.

Thiven Reddy "demonstrates how conventional approaches to understanding democratization have failed to capture the complexities of South Africa's post-apartheid transition." from the back cover

"Offers a radical, dissenting and original analysis of contemporary South Africa" Colin Bundy, Oxford University (Emeritus)

"With impressive theoretical sophistication, Reddy draws upon ideas from a range of theorists and scholars to create a conceptual toolkit for an empirically grounded analysis of contemporary South African politics. This is a book that South Africqan political studies has been waiting for." Harry Garuba, University of Cape Town

Thiven Reddy is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town. He is also the author of "Hegemony and Resistance: contesting identitues in South Africa".
Remmington (J.), Willan (B.) & Peterson (B.) eds. SOL PLAATJE'S "NATIVE LIFE IN SOUTH AFRICA", past and present, foreword by Njabulo S Ndebele
263pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R380
A collection of essays that reflect on how and why "Native Life" came to be written, and on how it can be read in relation to South Africa's current challenges.

"This superb collection of essays, photos, poems, and stories - some delightfully at odds with one another - focuses on a remarkable individual, but is about so much more than just one man. It opens up conversations about the core issues of our own times - a critical reclaiming of the value of liberalism, the politics of belonging, the meaning of democracy, the possibilities of land reform, control by hereditary elites over communal land, the complexities of gender and nationalism, the decolonisation of the curriculum, and what constitutes 'real' history, citizenship, personal mobility and press freedom." Sandra Swart, Department of History, Stellenbosch University

Includes contributions by Brian Willan, Bhekizizwe Peterson, Peter limb, Janet Remmington, Albert Grundlingh, Jacob Dlamini, Sean O'Toole, and others.

Janet Remmington is a publisher, writer and researcher affiliated to the University of York.
Brian Willan is an honorary research fellow at Rhodes University. He is the author of a biography of Plaatjie, and had edited a collection of Plaatjie's writings and co-edited an edition of "Mafeking Diary".
Bhekizizwe Peterson is Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand. His books include "Monarchs, Missionaries and African Intellectuals" and "Zulu Love Letter: a screenplay".
Steenkamp (W.) THE BLACK BERET, the history of South Africa's armoured forces, volume 1: beginnings to the invasion of Madagascar 1942
366pp., illus., maps, hardback, d.w., Solihull, 2016. R995
Volume 1 of "The Black Beret" begins with the introduction of armour to the battlefield and ends with the invasion of Madagascar by the South African forces during the Second World War.

Willem Steenkamp has written several books on South African military history, including "South Africa's Border War, 1966-1989".
Venter (A.) THE CHOPPER BOYS, helicopter warfare in Africa
294pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Revised Edition, Solihull, ((1994) 2016. R925
Al J. Venter reviews the role played by helicopters in some of Africa's conflicts, including the Rhodesian War, and South Africa's Border War. This new revised and expanded edition has six new chapters.

War correspondent, documentary filmmaker and author Al J.Venter served as an African and Middle East correspondent for various publications in the stable of Britain's Jane's Information Group. His other books include "War in Angola", "Africa at War", "War Stories" and "War Dog".
Zille (H.) NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT, the autobiography
529pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2016. R390
Helen Zille was born in 1951 in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, to German immigrant parents. She worked as a political journalist at the Rand Daily Mail, where she wrote the story exposing Steve Biko's murder. She joined the Democratic Party in the mid-1990s. Under the newly formed Democratic Alliance (DA) she was elected as a member of parliament in 2004 and became mayor of Cape Town in 2006. In 2007 she was elected leader of the DA. When the DA won the Western Cape in the 2009 general election she was appointed premier of the province, a position she still holds, after stepping down as DA leader in 2015.

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