New Arrivals 6th to 12th of March 2016

Bila (V.) BILAKHULU!, longer poems
95pp., paperback, Grahamstown, 2015. R120
Vonani Bila was born in 1972 in Shirley village in Limpopo Province, South Africa, where he still lives. He is the author of five books of poems in English. He teaches in the Department of English Studies at the University of Limpopo, and in the MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes University. He is founding editor of the Timbila poetry journal and founder of Timbila Writer's Village, a rural retreat centre for writers.
Carver (M.) UNDERSTANDING AFRICAN MUSIC,
134pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback, CD, Grahamstown, 2012. R350
"'Understanding Music' is a splendid volume of musical treasures from cultures and countries of sub-Saharan Africa, one that celebrates the diverse and complex nature of expressive practices found among Hugh Tracey's field recordings. The book successfully accomplishes its aim to orient readers to the vast expanse of music and musicians, to ways of thinking and behaving musically and to the human capacity for cultural-artistic-social expression.
There are critical lessons to be learned about African music and culture through the activities carefully framed by the author in the reading and listening that leads to them. There is nothing like it in the field. It is a textbook, a guide to deep listening, a study of the innovative realization of ILAM's hope to fulfill Hugh Tracey's 1960s vision for repatriating the music he recorded to its communities by creating textbooks designed to teach African music in the schools." Patrici Shehan Campbell, University of Washington, Seattle

Includes a CD of 96 recordings.

Mandy Carver is Director of Music at the Diocesan School for Girls in Grahamstown and a part-time lecturer at Rhodes University in reacher education.
Coltart (D.) THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES, 50 years of tyranny in Zimbabwe
647pp., map, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R380
David Coltart's autobiographical political history covers the last 60 years of Zimbabwe's history. Born in Gwelo in 1957, Coltart practiced as a human rights lawyer in Bulawayo before serving as a member of Parliament for the MDC opposition party in 2000. He served three terms, ending in the Senate as Minister of Eduction in 2013.

"David Coltart has delivered a masterful account of Zimbabwe's unfinished struggle for freedom. If you want to understand in particular the frustrations and setbacks of the last decade under Robert Mugabe you should read this book." Alec Russell, head of news at the Financial Times and author of "After Mandela: battle for the soul of South Africa"

"What emerges from this dramatic journey is a sense of courageous personal conviction and a faith in the inspiring resilience of his countrymen and women." Nicholas 'Fink' Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Afghanistan and former legal advisor to President Nelson Mandela

"This magnificent book is far more than just the autobiography of one of the most significant figures in Zimbabwean history; it is also a history of Zimbabwe, and a moral testament." Peter Osborne, political columnist of the Daily Mail
Evans (J.) THE YEAR OF THE BICYCLE,
52pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R106
A play about children from very different backgrounds who befriend each other over a garden wall, become estranged, and meet again in each other's confused minds ten years later.

Joanna Evans won the 2014 Imbewu SCrIBE competition with her script "Four Small Gods"; was awarded the Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award for excellence for her production of "The Year of the Bicycle" at the 2013 National Arts Festival; the Most Promising Student Director Award at the 2012 National Arts Festival; the 2012 Mavis Taylor Memorial Award for Theatre Making; and the Audience Choice Award for Best International Show for her production "Patchwork" at the 2015 Iran International Theatre Festival for Children and Youth. She is based in Cape Town.
Hammerton (K.) THE WEATHER REPORT,
64pp., paperback, (Cape Town), 2014. R160
A new collection of poems by Kerry Hammerton, author of "These Are the Lies I Told You" (2010). She lives in Cape Town.
Head (V.) THE LAUGHING DOVE AND OTHER POEMS,
70pp., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2015. R180
A collection of poems by Vernon Head, author of "The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World".

Architect Vernon Head was born in 1967 in Cape Town. He is past chairman of Birdlife South Africa and presently serves on the Advisory Board of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town.
Mbeki (G.) LEARNNG FROM ROBBEN ISLAND, the prison writings of Govan Mbeki, compiled by Colin Bundy
336pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (!991) 2015. R160
This book was first published as "Learning from Robben Island: the prison writings of Govan Mbeki". Includes a new afterword by Colin Bundy.

A collection of essays, written by Govan Mbeki (1910-2001) while in prison on Robben Island. They were written for his fellow prisoners and their aim was to educate politically.

Govan Mbeki (1910-2001) was a leader of the African National Congress (ANC) and of the South African Communist Party (SACP). In 1964, after the Rivonia Trial, he was imprisoned on charges of terrorism and treason, together with Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Raymond Mhlaba, Ahmed Kathrada and other ANC leaders. He was released in 1987, and served in South Africa's post-apartheid Senate from 1994 to 1997 as Deputy President of the Senate. He then served in the Senate's successor, the National Council of Provinces, from 1997 to 1999.
McCracken (D.) et al THE DURBAN FOREST,
298pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Durban, 2015. R350
Explores Durban's history and the possibilities for a sustainable relationship between urban development and the natural environment.
McLennan (D.) & Schoeman (C.) et al RUGBY AT NEWLANDS, a history of 50 test matches, 1891-2015
208pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2015. R390
A history of Newlands Rugby Stadium through accounts of the fifty tests that have been played there since 1891.

David McLennan is a bookdealer. His shop, Select Books, is located in Long Street just up from Clarke's. He has been an avid rugby fan and Newlands attendee since childhood.

Chris Schoeman has written several rugby books, including "Legends of the Ball" and "South Africa's Rugby Legends". He is a former editor of "SA Rugby" magazine.
Rudner (I.) TEN PACES BEHIND, a family saga
361pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R300
A memoir by Ione Rudner, about her 53 years of marriage to Jalmar Rudner. Jalmar was a Swede and an architect and town planner with the Cape Town Municipality and Iona was a research assistant and editor at the South African Museum. They were also amateur archaeologists and undertook numerous archaeological expeditions in southern Africa. Together they translated nine books by early Scandinavian travellers to the region. They both wrote "The Hunter and his Art, a survey of rock art in southern Africa" (1974). Jalmar died in 2003.
Schonstein (P.) SING, AFRICA!, poems and songs for children
134pp., oblong 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R355
This new edition merges two now out-of-print publications, "Sing, Africa! poems and songs for children" (1990 and 1993) and "We Call the Whales, ecological poems and songs for children" (1993).

Suitable for children aged three to ten and as a pre-school and lower primary resource book.
van Wyk (A.) DIE ROEM EN DIE ROU, stories agter Honoris Crux
309pp., maps, illus., paperback, Reprint, Pretoria, (2008) 2015. R388
These accounts were first published in At van Wyk's two books "Honorus Crux, ons dapperes" and "Honorus Crux II". The first edition of "Die Roem en die Rou", a selection of these accounts, was first published in 2008.
Verster (F.) OMEGA, OOR EN UIT, die storie van 'n opstandige troep
207pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R215
François Verster's account of completing his basic training in the South African Defence Force in the 1980s, and then being posted to Omega, a military base in the Caprivi strip in Namibia, where he taught Bushmen schoolchildren. He also discusses his present job as an archivist in Cape Town.
Weintroub (J.) DOROTHEA BLEEK, a life of scholarship
250pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R320
A biography of Dorothea Bleek (1873 to 1948), who devoted her life to completing the "bushman researches" that her father, Wilhelm Bleek, and aunt, Lucy Lloyd, had begun in the late nineteenth century. Jill Weintroub examines Dorothea Bleek’s life and family legacy, her rock art research and her fieldwork in southern Africa, and evaluates her scholarship and contribution to the history of ideas in South Africa. She is the author of "The Naron, a Bushman tribe of the Central Kalahari" (1928) and "Comparative Vocabularies of Bushman Languages" (1929.

“A magnificent contribution to the broader understanding of the Bleek and Lloyd archive, both in so far as Dorothea’s own work is a part of it, and as she shepherded her father and her aunt’s work into the future in which it has become so valued.” Pippa Skotnes, artist, curator and author of "Claim to the Country: the archive of Lucy Lloyd and Wilhelm Bleek" and "Miscast: negotiating the presence of the Bushmen"

Jill Weintroub is Research Fellow at the Rock Art Research Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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