New Arrivals 11th to 17th of April 2017

Elliott (C.) SIBANDA AND THE DEATH'S HEAD MOTH,
249pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R240
A crime thriller set in Zimbabwe.

C.M. Elliott was born in 1950 in the UK and grew up in Australia. She moved to Zimbabwe in 1977 to work in the safari industry. She is also the author of "Sibanda and the Rainbird" and "Sibanda and the Black Sparrowhawk".
Heyns (M.) I AM PANDARUS,
241pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R250
A modern retelling of the story of Troilus and Criseyde during the tenth year of the Trojan War. Set in London.

"Witty and sophisticated, these ancient lessons in tenderness and betrayal are essential reading for modern lovers." Henrietta Rose-Innes, author of "Green Lion" and "Nineveh"

Michiel Heyns's previous novels include "Lost Ground" (Herman Charles Bosman Award for English Fiction and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize 2012), "Invisible Furies", "A Spiteful Malice" (Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English Fiction 2015) and "Bodies Politic" (Herman Charles Bosman Award for English Fiction 2009). He also won the English Academy's Sol Plaatje Award for Translating (2008) as well as the South African Translators' Institute Award for a Literary Translation for his translation of Marlene van Niekerk's "Agaat". He reviewed regularly for the Sunday Independent, for which he was awarded the English Academy's Pringle Prize for Reviewing for 2006 and again for 2010. He was Professor of English at the University of Stellenbosch.
Khumalo (F.) DANCING THE DEATH DRILL,
342pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R230
A historical novel based on the life of Pitso Motaung, a young South African who volunteered to serve with the Allies in the First World War, and was on board the SS Mendi when the ship sank off the Isle of Wight in 1917, killing 616 South Africans. The majority of those who died were black labour force troops on their way to the front line in France.

Author and journalist Fred Khumalo is also the author of the novels 'Seven Steps to Heaven" AND "Bitches' Brew".
Masilela (N.) A SOUTH AFRICAN LOOKS AT THE AFRICAN DIASPORA, essays and interviews
478pp., paperback, Trenton, 2017. R695
Most of the essays and interviews in this book were written and conducted between 1960 and 1994 while Ntongela Masilela was living in exile in Los Angeles, Nairobi, Lodz, and West Berlin.

South African scholar Ntongela Masilela is Professor Emeritus of English and World Literature and Professor Emeritus of Creative Studies at Pitzer College, California. From 1995 to 2008 he was Adjunct Professor of African American Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of California in Irvine. He now lives in Bangkok, Thailand.
Matthews (S.) ed. NGOS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN SOUTH AFRICA AND BEYOND,
186pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R360
A selection of essays on the role NGOs can play in struggles for social justice.

Contributions include
"Black Liberation and the Notion of 'Social Justice' in South Africa" by Thapelo Tselapedi
"'We Give Off a Lot of Heat But Not a Lot of Light': NGOs and land advocacy in Zimbabwe, 1995-2005" by Kirk Helliker
"Infiltration and Instigation: how white suburban activists act out left politics on black bodies" by Koketso Moeti
"NGOs" brining false hope and empty promises", Gladys Mpepho, in conversation with Thembini Onceya.

"Non-governmental organisations are often seen as important vehicles of the quest for fairer, more just, societies - they are sometimes said to play a role once expected of political parties and governments. But the claim that NGOs are in the vanguard of the fight for social justice is rarely submitted to critical scrutiny. This book helps to fill that gap. It brings together insights from scholars and activists that deepen our understanding of the ways in which NGOs work and the limits of their social roles. It offers a welcome corrective to those who exaggerate NGO's abilities to fight for change and provides challenging ideas on more effective ways of pursuing social justice. This is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand more about a significant social trend, and for those who are looking for new ideas on how to work for a fairer society." Steven Friedman, Director, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Johannesburg

Sally Matthews teaches in the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University.
Meer (F.) MEMORIES OF LOVE AND STRUGGLE,
259pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R280
Foreword by Winnie Mandela. Introduction by Shamim Meer, who helped her mother work on the manuscript of this autobiography after her stroke in 2002, and finalised the manuscript after her death.

Writer, sociologist and activist Fatima Meer (1928-2010) was one of the founding members of the Federation of South African Women. She was banned several times, was detained without trial, and survived an assassination attempt. She was on the staff of the University of Natal from 1956 to 1988, where she founded the Institute for Black Research. She was also a fellow of the London School of Economics, and received two honorary doctorates for her work. Her books include "The Trial of Andrew Zondo" and "Higher Than Hope", a biography of Nelson Mandela.
Shepherd (B.) MEN OF THE MENDI, South Africa's forgotten heroes of World War I
314pp., paperback, Durban, 2017. R250
A historical novel based on the sinking of the SS Mendi in the English Channel in 1917, on the way to France. Six-hundred-and-sixteen South Africans, including six-hundred-and-seven black troops serving in the South African Native Labour Contingent, died - South Africa's biggest single loss of life in World War I. The findings of the inquiry into the incident were kept secret for fifty years.
Ward (N.) TROOPSHIP MENDI, the black Titanic
274pp., illus., paperback, Worthing, 2016. R275
A self-published history of the sinking of the British troopship, SS Mendi, in the English Channel in 1917, on the way to France. Six-hundred-and-sixteen South Africans, including six-hundred-and-seven black troops serving in the South African Native Labour Contingent, died - South Africa's biggest single loss of life in World War I. The findings of the inquiry into the incident were kept secret for fifty years.
Weaver (T.) & Ingram (A.) INTO A RAGING SEA, great South African rescues
234pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R240
A collection of rescues carried out by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), published to mark the 50th anniversary of its founding.

Foreword by Dr Cleeve Robinson, CEO of NSRI.
Winterbach (I.) THE SHALLOWS, translated by Michiel Heyns
267pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R275
This novel, set in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, was first published in Afrikaans in 2015 as "Vlakwater".

Ingrid Winterbach is also the author of "Karolina Ferreira" (M-Net Prize and Old Mutual Literature Prize), "Buller se Plan" (W.A.Hofmeyr Prize), Niggie (Hertzog Prize), "Die Boek van Toeval en Toeverlaat" (M-Net Prize, W.A.Hofmeyr Prize, University of Johannesburg Prize) and "Die Benederyk" (M-Net Prize). She is also a well-known artist.

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