New Arrivals 6th to 12th of November 2016

NIK RABINOWITZ, What the EFF?
69 minutes, DVD, , 2016. R185
South African stand-up comedian Nik Rabinowitz's new show, recorded live at the Baxter Theatre on 14 March 2015
Andrew (S.) TANNIE MARIA & THE SATANIC MECHANIC, a Tannie Maria mystery
348pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R230
The sequel to "Recipes for Love and Murder". Tannie Maria, the agony aunt for the local newspaper and amateur detective, seeks counselling for problems in her own life - before a murder has her working with her boyfriend Detective Henk Kannemeyer.

Writer Sally Andrew lives in a nature reserve in the Klein Karoo.
Bailey (L.) & Thompson (A.) dirs. MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN,
94 minutes, DVD, , 2009. R620
This film documents Michael Campbell's struggle to hold on to his family farm. Michael Campbell is a white, 75-year-old farmer who resists President Robert Mugabe's controversial land reform policy and refuses to hand his property over to government officials. He decides to takes his case to an international court and accuses Mugabe of racism and violation of human rights.
Botha (J.) KOUKONAP, 'N Vaalrivier-storie
397pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R260
An Afrikaans novel about a family who reluctantly move to the small Northern Cape town of Koukonap in the late 1940s.

"Die lewens van gewone mense in die greep van die geskiedenis. 'n Storie met begrip, deernis en humor. Dit gaan my nog baie lank bybly." Deon Meyer, author of "Blood Safari", "Dead at Daybreak" and "Heart of the Hunter"

"Uit die doen and late van 'n fassinerende klomp karakters word 'n tydperk opgeroep wat die leser ervaar as aangrypend bekend - en teselfdetyd onthullend nuut." Dana Snyman, author of "On the Back Roads" and "The Long Way Home"

Johann Botha worked as a journalist, lecturer and marketing head for National Parks. His first novel, "Groot Vyf" (1997), received the Eugène Marais prize.
Chait (M.) dir. WALKING IN MY SHOES,
61 minutes, DVD, , 2016. R255
A documentary that investigates the state of education in rural South Africa. It focuses especially on how the lack of transport impacts the lives of rural children who, on average, walk 15 kilometres to get to school. It also captures the overcrowding, malnutrition, domestic violence, poverty and abandonment so many children experience.
Coppen (N.) TIN BUCKET DRUM,
47pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R150
A play set in a drought-affected village ruled by the Censor, an official who imposes a rule of silence on the inhabitants. Only the Little Drummer Girl can bring the town back to life, but at enormous personal cost.

Foreword by Ismail Mahomed. Includes a conversation between Dylan McGarry and Neil Coppen.

"So cohesive in artistic vision is this piece that it is decidedly difficult to parse out responsibility for its success." The New York Theatre Review

Playwright, director and designer Neil Coppen's plays include "Abnormal Loads", "Tree Boy", "Animal Farm" and NewFoundLand". He won the Standard Bank Young Artists Award for Drama in 2011. He lives between Durban and Johannesburg.
de Jager (S.) dir. FREE STATE,
98 minutes, DVD, , 2016. R340
A feature film about a white law student who falls in love with an Indian man and is charged under the Immorality Act.
Dornford-May (M.) dir. BREATHE - UMPHEFUMLO,
88 minutes, DVD, , 2015. R455
Mark Dornford-May and members of the Isango Ensemble have adapted Puccini’s opera "La Bohème". The action has been transposed from 19th century Paris to present-day Khayelisha, and Puccini's Christmas celebrations have become the June 16 public holiday which commemorates the 1976 Soweto uprising. The film follows a group of struggling artists, writers and actors, with one of them losing the battle against tuberculosis. Khayelitsha has one of the highest rates of tuberculosis in the world.


The theatre company Isango Ensemble is based in Cape Town. The company was formed by director Mark Dornford-May and music director and singer Pauline Malefane in 2000, and draws performers from across the townships surrounding the city. The Isango Enseble also created the films "u-Carmen in Khayelitsha" and "Son of Man".
Dornford-May (M.) dir. SON OF MAN,
91 minutes, DVD, , 2007. R455
A re-telling of the life of Christ, set in contemporary South Africa
Dreyer (T.) THE LONG WAVE,
239pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R220
A novel about a man who's visions send him on a journey across the hinterland of South Africa in search of answers.

Also available in Afrikaans as "Dorado".

Tom Dreyer, author of the novels "Erdvarkfontein", "Stinkaafrikaners" and "Equatoria", was awarded the Eugéne Marais Prize in 2001. He lives and works in Stellenbosch and is a fellow of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program.
du Preez (M.) & Dronfield (J.) DR JAMES BARRY, a woman ahead of her time
479pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., London, 2016. R365
A biography of Dr James Barry (c. 1789-1799 – 25 July 1865, born Margaret Ann Bulkley), an Irish military surgeon in the British Army. Although Barry lived his adult life as a man, he was assigned female at birth. He chose to live as a man so that he might study at university and pursue a career as a surgeon. His sex was only discovered by the public and his colleagues after his death. James Barry arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1816. He became Medical Inspector for the Colony and Lord Charles Somerset's personal physician and close friend. He left the Cape in 1828.

This is an extraordinary and remarkable story of the transformation of Margaret Bulkley, a red-haired Irish girl from Cork, into Dr James Barry, physician, medical reformer, friend of the rich, friend of the poor, and fearless and irascible scourge of the stupidity, complacency, ineptitude and greed of Britain's Colonial establishment...Meticulously researched and written with great verve, this biography is about as good as it gets." Neil McKenna, author of "Fanny & Stella: the young men who shocked Victorian England"

Before he retired Michael du Preez, a medical specialist, was a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. He lives in Cape Town.
Jeremy Dronfield is a biographer and novelist. He lives in Cambridgeshire.
Engle (D.) & Suvanjieff (I.) dir. CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT, Desmond Tutu's South African story
92 minutes, DVD, , 2014. R185
A documentary on the life of Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Archbishop of the Church of the Province of South Africa.
Frederikse (J.) THE UNBREAKABLE THREAD, non-racialism in South Africa
196pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Revised Edition, Johannesburg, (1990) 2015. R275
This book traces the origins, development and resilience of the ideological tradition of non-racialism in South Africa, and is based on more than 100 interviews conducted in the late 1980s with struggle veterans such as Billy Nair, Dorothy Myembe and Joe Slovo, and new leaders like Cheryl Carolus, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa. This 25th anniversary commemorative edition has been curated by the South African History Archive (SAHA), in consultation with Julie Frederikse, and includes additional visual and textual sources, and a new introduction by the author.
Innes (B.) dir. SINK,
111 minutes, DVD, , 2016. R320
A feature filma about a domestic worker from Mozambique whos daughter drowns while under the care of her South African employer.
Kaganof (A.) dir. FROM ASSIMILATION TO OCCUPATION, opening Stellenbosch
101 minutes, DVD, , (2015). R365
This film documents the debates and decision-making processes behind the formation of the Open Stellenbosch student collective at Stellenbosch University. The collective insists that the university publicly acknowledge the central role that it played in the conceptualisation, implementation and maintenance of apartheid and is active in the student uprising on campus.
Kotze (E.) SOETLOOP,
369pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R285
A novel set on South Africa’s West Coast in the early 20th century, about a young woman who grows up in poverty and works as a nanny before making a hasty marriage.

E.Kotze is also the author of "Hoogty"
Kruger (J.) ON TOP OF TABLE MOUNTAIN, remarkable visitors over 500 years
297pp., illus., paperback, Paternoster, 2016. R320
A collection of 27 descriptions of climbing to the top of Table Mountain, by John Jourdain, Nicolaus de Graaff, Anders Sparrman, Carl Peter Thunberg, François Le Vaillant, Lady Anne Barnard, William Burchell, Lady Jane Franklin, Jan Smuts, Edwin Cameron, and others.

"A truly original book with adventurous stories of how Table Mountain has had an impact on the lives of fascinating characters. Compelling storytelling, anecdotal yet historically accurate, easy to read, and unputdownable. My favourite book about my favourite mountain." Scott Ramsay, author of "South Africa's Wildest Places"
MIller (J.) AN AFRICAN VOLK, the apartheid regime and its search for survival
439pp., illus., hardback, d.w., New York, 2016. R725
"This finely realized study of apartheid statecraft considerably deepens our understanding of the regional dynamics of South African power in the 1970s. Miller's astute analysis of Pretoria's realpolitik shows the ambitions and limits of political reforms in the era prior to the revival of mass resistance in the 1980s." Saul Dubow, author of "Apartheid, 1948-1994"

"This book is an exceptionally lucid, bold, and incisive study of the foreign policy of John Vorster. It shows vividly how after some enterprising attempts to engage African leaders, Vorster intervened in Angola in 1975, seeking to secure Afrikaner survival in terms that made the attainment of that goal impossible, and leaving him a tragic figure." Hermann Giliomee, author of "The Last Afrikaner Leaders: a supreme test of power"

"A long overdue look at the perceptions, ideology, and foreign policy of South Africa's apartheid regime during the 1970s, Miller's account is a challenge to conventional wisdom about the Cold War in Southern Africa and a significant contribution to the history of South Africa during a critical decade." Odd Arne Westad, Harvard University

"Miller's patient and careful reading of declassified South African documents tells us something new about apartheid and its relations to the countries north of the Limpopo. In the twenty years before 1994, the apartheid regime struggled, sometimes by encouraging considerable violence and sometimes at odds with the South African military, to locate and legitimate white-ruled South Africa in an anti-imperialist world of new nations." Luise White, author of "Unpopular Sovereignty, Rhodesian independence and African decolonization"

"Millers book offers fascinating insights into the internal struggles of the apartheid regime as it tried to project its legitimacy and ensure its survival in the post-colonial, Cold War world. In this meticulously researched account, the author reveals the ways in which apartheid's ideologues appropriated language used against apartheid in an attempt to strengthen it, emphasizing the Africanness of the volk in an era of nationalism and decolonization, the nation-building claims of separate development, and the anti-communist consensus that bound White South Africa to the West." `Elizabeth Schmidt, Loyola University, Maryland

Jamie Miller is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh.
Norman (K.) INTO THE LAAGER, Afrikaners living on the edge
228pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2016. R240
First published in Sweden in 2015 as "Bron över Blood River: Afrikanderna i det nya Sydafrika".

Kajsa Norman is a Swedish investigative journalist based in London. She lived in South Africa between 2011 and 2012, interviewed white Afrikaners and visited Orania, a town in the Northern Cape established as a nation state exclusively for white Afrikaners.

"Thick-skinned and fearless, Norman searches for the only thing worth seeking: that which in the clearest and most unambiguous way describes a society in transition." Henning Mankell, author of the Inspector Kurt Wallander series of crime thrillers.
Roodt (D.) dir. DIE BALLADE VAN ROBBIE DE WEE,
107 minutes, DVD, , 2014. R185
Script by Deon Meyer.

A thriller about a music manager trying to protect a rising young rock star from the media and the authorities after a body is found in his room when he's on tour.
Taylor (S.) DEFIANCE, the life and choices of Lady Anne Barnard
388pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., London, 2016. R420
A biography of Lady Anne Barnard (1750-1825). Stephen Taylor was given access to Lady Anne Barnard's private papers, including six volumes of unpublished memoirs.

Born in Scotland, she married Andrew Barnard and in 1797 accompanied him when he was appointed colonial secretary at the Cape of Good Hope, which was then under British military occupation. Lady Anne remained at the Cape until January 1802. Her letters and her diaries of travels into the interior became an important source of information about the people, events and social life of the time.Stephen Taylor is a former foreign correspondent for The Times. He is also the author of "The Mighty Nimrod, a life of Frederick Courteney Selous" and "The Caliban Shore, the fate of the Grosvenor castaways". He lives in Berkshire.
The Caine Prize for African Writing 2016 THE DAILY ASSORTMENT OF ASTONISHING THINGS, and other stories
293pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2016. R180
Also published in the Europe, North America and Australasia in 2016.

A collection of the stories shortlisted for the 2016 Caine Prize. The 2016 prize was won by Lidudumalingani Mqombothi from South Africa for her story, "Memories We Lost".

Also includes stories by twelve other authors, including FT Kola and Masande Ntshanga (South Africa) and NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), produced at the CDC Caine Prize Writers' Workshop, held in Zambia.

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