New Arrivals 18th to 24th of April 2017

Ancer (J.) SPY, uncovering Craig Williamson
294pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R360
Craig Williamson (born 1949, Johannesburg) was involved in a series of state-sponsored overseas bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and propaganda during the apartheid era, including the assassination of Ruth First and the deaths of Jeanette Schoon, wife of Marius Schoon, and their six-year-old daughter Katryn. He was exposed as a spy in 1980. He was granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, despite Marius Schoon's strong opposition.
Chela (E.), Kona (B.) & Moffett (H.) eds. MIGRATIONS, new short fiction from Africa, Short Story Day Africa 2016
268pp., paperback, No Place, 2017. R220
Co-published in the UK.

Twenty-one short stories on the theme of migration selected for publication by Short Story Day Africa 2016. The winning entry is "A Door Ajar" by Sibongile Fisher (South Africa). Second place went to TJ Benson (Nigeria) for "Tea" and third place went to Megan Ross (South Africa) for "Farang".
Elliott (C.) SIBANDA AND THE BLACK SPARROWHAWK,
266pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. 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 Death's Head Moth"
Foot (L.) FISHERS OF HOPE TAWARET,
62pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R160
A play set in a small fishing village near Kisumu in Kenya.

Playwright and director Lara Foot is CEO and Artistic Director of the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town. Her plays include "Tshepang", "Karoo Moose", "Solomon and Marion" and "The Inconvenience of Wings".
Gribble (J.) & Scott (G.) WE DIE LIKE BROTHERS, the sinking of the SS Mendi
202pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Swindon, 2017. R265
John Gribble and Graham Scott draw on archaeological research carried out on the wreck of the SS Mendi to shed new light on the sinking of the British troopship in the English Channel in 1917, on the way to France. 616 South Africans, including 607 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.
Hani (L.) & Ferguson (M.) BEING CHRIS HANI'S DAUGHTER,
253pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R225
Lindiwe Hani was 12 years old in 1993 when her father, South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani, was assassinated in his driveway. In this memoir, written with Melinda Ferguson, she discusses how his death affected the family, her years of cocaine and alcohol addiction, and meeting Janusz Walus and Clive Derby-Lewis, her father's killers.
HemelBesem GOD PRAAT AFRIKAANS,
222pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R160
A collection of autobiographical essays by Cape hip-hop artist Simon Witbooi, known by his stage name HemelBesem.

Simon was born in Blackheath, a poor suburb of Cape Town. He is also a poet, columnist, street preacher, motivational speaker, and a regular anchor presenter of the magazine program Pasella. He has a passion for the Afrikaans language and is involved in the ATKV project Words Open Worlds (WOW), which aims to foster a love of reading among school children, and in ATKV's annual Song Workshop, which aims to develop new African songwriting talent.
Hewlett (J.) CAN YOU SMELL THE RAIN?, from communism and war to democracy and peace, from boardroom intrigue to private islands, a memoir of Mozambique
192pp., b/w & colour illus.., map, paperback, Durban, 2016. R295
First published in 2016 in Portuguese in Mozambique as "O Cheiro da Chuva".

An autobiography by John Hewlett. Raised in colonial Kenya John Hewlett moved to Mozambique in 1985 from Zambia where he'd developed a large intensive farming operation. He launched Lonrho’s investments in agriculture, purchased and renovated the Hotel Cardoso, and oversaw the Manica Gold mining activities and the oil pipeline to Zimbabwe. He was involved in bringing about the 1992 ceasefire, and undertook land mine clearance contracts in Mozambique for the United Nations. He resigned as a Director of Lonrho in 1995 and worked as Managing Director for Pepsi Cola in Africa. From 1998 he invested in the creation of cotton promotion and ginning companies in Mozambique. In 2000 he pioneered a private island tourist development in Cabo Delgado, which opened in 2002 as “Quilalea Private Island.”

"Events of history are recalled in a different way by each person who lives them. John Hewlett shares in this book a genuine and original testimony of his memories. He was regarded by me as a true Mozambican." Joaquim Chissano, President of Mozambique 1986-2005
Kane-Berman (J.) BETWEEN TWO FIRES, holding the liberal centre in South African politics
338pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R275
A memoir by John Kane-Berman, Chief Executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations and Editor-in-Chief of the annual South Africa Survey (previously the Survey of Race Relations in South Africa) from 1983 until 2014, when he retired. Kane-Berman served on the Students Representative Council at the University of the Witwatersrand, was a Rhodes Scholar, and worked as an editor at the Financial Mail. He is also the author of "South Africa's Silent Revolution".

"A missing chapter in understanding how South Africa transitioned out of its apartheid past and why the country is in such trouble today, it delivers truth after truth." Frans Cronje, CEO of South African Institute of Race Relations
Krog (A.) LADY ANNE, a chronicle in verse, translated from the Afrikaans and with an afterword by the poet
121pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Cape Town, 2017. R250
First published in Afrikaans in 1989. This English translation was first published in the USA in 2016.

“'Lady Anne' is far from being a collection narrowly fixed in two particular historical moments - eighteenth century colonial life and 1980s resistance to apartheid. Like all great poems its reach is wide and deep. In this masterly English translation it speaks to new circumstances, in particular renewed attacks by young South Africans on what they register as a still repressive colonial legacy and to conditions of power in many other places where issues of belonging, identity, speech and silence are alive and active. Alert to the dangers of complicity and despite her view that it is impossible 'to hone truth with the pen/ to live an honourable life within so much privilege', Antjie Krog engages these difficult subjects with originality and power, in poetic language of great beauty, passion and complexity.” Ingrid de Kok, author of "Familiar Ground". "Terrestrial Things" and "Other Signs"

“Throughout 'Lady Anne' there is a rugged, gripping quality to Krog’s language, digging deep into the nature of South African life and her own self-challenging relationship to it...There is substance here, a regard, a responsibility, a creative response which is in keeping with the original nature of the volume when it was first published during the turmoil of the last decade in South Africa in the 1980s...This is an extraordinary opportunity to present a writer of tremendous significance to a wholly new realm of readers.” Stephen Clingman, author of "Birthmark"

Antjie Krog is the author of thirteen other collections of poetry and 'Country of My Skull', a book about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that won the Olive Schreiner Prize and the Alan Paton Prize in 1998. She was awarded the 1989 Hertzog Prize for "Lady Anne".
Lee (D.) SYD KITCHEN, scars that shine
281pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R260
A biography of Sydney Kitchen, South African guitarist, singer-songwriter and poet. Kitchen was born in 1951 in Durban. He released nine albums, including "Africa's Not for Sissies" and "Across", and performed at "Splashy Fen" each year from 1990–2010. He also published a book of poetry and prose entitled "Scars that Shine". He died in 2011.

Donvé Lee is also the author of the autobiographical novel "An Intimate War".
Mbatha (K.) UNMASKED, why the ANC failed to govern
250pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R265
Foreword by Ahmed Kathrada.

Khulu Mbatha examines the motives of the African National Congress (ANC), reflects on the party's failure to honour the principles of the Freedom Charter, asserts that it has failed to adapt, and explores strategies and plans that can contribute to building a just and equal society.

Khulu Mbatha has been an ANC member for over 40 years and has held various positions within its structures. He was Special Advisor to former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. During the CODESA negotiations he was co-ordinator of the ANC's National Executive Committee. He also served as Minister Counsellor to South Africa's Permanent Mission to the United Nations, as Consul-General in Munich, and as Deputy Director-General of Home Affairs.
Meyer (D.) JAGVELD, en ander draaiboeke
455pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R295
A collection of four of Deon Meyer's film scripts: "Jakkaldans", "Die Laaste Tango", "Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee" and "Jagveld".

Deon Meyer is the author of the novels "Spoor", "13 Uur", "7 Dae", "Kobra", "Ikarus" and "Infanta".
Mottiar (S.) & Ngcoya (M.) eds. PHILANTHROPY IN SOUTH AFRICA, horizontality, ubuntu and social justice
194pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R250
Contributions include:
"Exploring philanthropic motivations in HIV and AIDS care: implications for unbuntu and altruism in KwaNgcolosi, KwaZulu-Natal" by Annette Kasimbazi, Yvonne Sliep and Christopher John
"Narrating the gift: scripting cycles of reciprocity in Gauteng" by Carolyn Stauffer
"Changing Direction: adapting foreign philanthropy to endogenous understanding and practices" by Alan Fowler.

Shauna Mottiar and Mvuselelo Ngcoya are both senior lecturers in Development Studies at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Ramphele (M.) DREAMS, BETRAYAL AND HOPE,
196pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R220
Mamphela Ramphele discusses her foray into party politics, analyses the current situation in South Africa, and discusses possible solutions to the country's problems.

Medical doctor, activist, academic, businesswoman and politician Mamphela Ramphele was Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town and a managing director of the World Bank. In 2013 she formed the political platform AgangSA. He other books include "A Passion for Freedom" and "Conversations with My Sons and Daughters".
Salafranca (A.) BEYOND TOUCH, poems
79pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R160
"Arja Salafranca proves here that the most effective poetry is always direct, concrete and singular. And, above all, frank. Even if it makes us flinch in recognition. Even if it leaves us slightly devastated. Certainly different." Kobus Moolman, author of "A Book of Rooms"

Arja Salafranca is the arts and lifestyle editor at The Sunday Independent. She lives in Pretoria. She is the author of two previous collections of poems and the collection of short stories, "The Thin Line".
Williams (A.) BUMPER CARS,
86pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R140
Athol Williams grew up in Mitchell's Plain in Cape Town. He is the founder of Read to Rise, a youth literary NGO. He has published two other collections of poetry under the pseudonym AE Ballakisten, an autobiography, "Pushing Boulders", and the "Oaky" series of children's books. He won the 2015 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award for his poem "Teatime".
Xaba (M,) THESE HANDS,
58pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2005) 2017. R160
"Finally, and essentially, back in print, Makhosazana Xaba's debut collection contains powerful societal critique alongside moving meditations on love and intimacy. Writing in incisive, unadorned language, Xaba confronts racism and misogyny to devastating effect. She then turns her hand to the intimacies that exist between women, within family, and between the poet and her own writing." Jenny du Preez, Department of Language and Literature, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Makhosazana Xaba is also the author of the poetry collection "Tongues of Their Mothers" and the collection of short stories, "Running and other stories", which won the 2014 SALA Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award. "Running", the short story, won the Deon Hofmeyr Prize for Creative Writing in 2005. She is the editor of "Like the Untouchable Wind: an anthology of poems" and co-edited "Proudly Malawian: life stories from lesbian and gender-nonconforming individuals" and "Queer Africa: new and collection fiction", which won the 26th Lambda Literary Award for the fiction anthology category.

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