New Arrivals 16th to 22nd of May 2017

187pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R250
A collection of short stories.

"Exhilarating, even at times sublime...a first-rate collection of stories." Michiel Heyns

Ken Barris has won various literary awards, including the M-Net Book Prize, the Ingrid Jonker Prize, the Thomas Pringle Award and the Vita Award. He won the 2013 UJ Prize for his novel, "Life Underwater". He lives in Cape Town and works at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Basson (B.) et al HOMEGROWN,
223pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R330
Bertus Basson owns four restaurants, including Overture in Stellenbosch. He is also the judge on the reality TV cooking show, The Ultimate Braai Master
222pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R350
A selection of essays that critically discuss anthropology's engagement with decolonisation and postcolonialism.

Contributions include:
"Men, Women, Temporality and Critical Ethnography in Africa - the imperative for a transdisciplinary conversation" by Elaine Salo
"Humanising the Congolese 'Other': love, research and reflexivity in Muizenberg, South Africa" by Joy Owen
"Mapping Journeys Through Landscape: phenomenological explorations of environment amongst rural AIDS orphans" by Patricia Henderson
"Research, Knowledge and Power: a case study of interaction between an anthropologist and a 'community' over three decades" by Chris de Wet.
207pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R260
Scenario planner Frans Cronje analyses the latest trends in South Africa and presents four scenarios for the country's future.

"Cronje is a promising recent addition to our arsenal of public intellectuals." Max du Preez
de Lange (J.) GULP, Kaapse paragrawe
256pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R250
A collection of diary entries in Afrikaans that describe gay life and sex. Please note that this book contains adult material.

"Die boek dwing bewondering af vir die ongebreidelde beskrywing van seks en die eerlike aanbod van alles." Joan Hambidge

Johann de Lange was born in 1959 in Pretoria. He received the 1983 Ingrid Jonker Prize for his first collection of poetry, "Akwarelle van die Dors". His fourth collection, "Wordende Naak", was awarded the Rapport Prize for Poetry in 1990. The collection, "Die Algebra van Nood", Was awarded the Hertzog Prize in 2011.
de Prada-Samper (J.) comp & ed THE MAN WHO CURSED THE WIND/ DIE MAN WAT DIE WIND VERVLOEK HET, and other stories from the Karoo/ en ander stories van die Karoo
352pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R475
Translations by Jaline de Villiers, Philip John, Sanet Lombard, Izak Meyer and Willemien van der Walt.

A selection of tales gathered in Afrikaans from present-day Karoo storytellers, presented here in English. Such tales were first documented among /Xam hunter-gatherers in the 1870s by Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd.

"A real milestone. A terrific achievement." John Parkington, author of "Shorelines, Strandlopers and Shell Middens" and co-author of "First People, ancestors of the San"

"This is a treasure of tales thought long-forgotten, but found to be alive and well among Karoo storytellers." Don Pinnock

"A revelation, with far-reaching implications for the way the literature, culture and history of the region are understood." Michael Anthony Wessels, University of the Western Cape and author of "Bushman Letters"

José Manuel de Prada-Samper is a Spanish folkorist and translator. Currently he is a research associate in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town. He lives in Barcelona.
Gangat (R.) BENDING THE RULES, from de Klerk to Mandela: stories of a pioneering diplomat
189pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R260
A collection of anecdotes by Rafique Gangat, who worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs under the National Party and then under the ANC. Before entering the diplomatic service he worked in the music business in Johannesburg and as an announcer and producer for an Indian Radio Station in Durban. Gangat now lives in Israel.

"Rafique's narrative takes you on a heart-warming yet poignant journey through South Africa's new-era diplomacy and beyond." Tim Cohen, editor of Business Day
Houston (G.) et al THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM, stories of hope and loss in the South African liberation struggle 1950-1994
281pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R350
A compilation of personal accounts by 26 activists and leaders who participated in the struggle for a democratic South Africa. Contributors include James Matthews, Lumko Huna, Elizabeth van den Heyden, Father Dick O'Riordan, Waters 'Bishop' Toboti, Reverend Michael Weeder, Misile Stemela, and Caleb Magubane. Also includes a brief history of the liberation struggle, 1950-1994.
Mabandu (P.) YAKHAL'INKOMO, portrait of a jazz classic
119pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2016. R200
Yakhal’Inkomo is a jazz composition recorded in the winter of 1968 by Cape Town born saxophonist and composer, Winston Mankunku Ngozi. This monograph studies the song and its composer.

Percy Mabandu is a columnist and feature writer. His work has appeared in various newspapers and magazines including City Press, Blaque Magazine, the Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Chimurenga Chronic. He is a regular television and radio commentator on art and culture issues. Mabandu lives in Ga-Rankuwa, a township outside Pretoria.
Mashaba (H.) & Morris (I.) BLACK LIKE YOU, an autobiography
237 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2012) 2017. R270
Herman Mashaba was born in 1959 in the rural village of GaRamotse, thirty kilometers north of Pretoria. In 1985 he started the first black-owned haircare company in South Africa and went on to become one of the country's wealthiest entrepreneurs. Currently he is Mayor of Johannesburg.

"I appeal to the government to save taxpayers money and stop writing more reports and instead study Herman Mashaba's autobiography." Moeletsi Mbeki

"A better role model, truer patriot and son of the soil I can hardly imagine. At a time when somewhat limited and even rapacious young business leaders descend on the trough of public tenders, our youth would do well to read 'Black Like Me'." Justice Dikgang Moseneke
Mills (G.), Obasanjo (O.), Herbst (J.) & Davis (D.) MAKING AFRICA WORK, a handbook for economic success
317pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R280
A handbook on how to ensure economic growth beyond commodities, and to create jobs.

"A last, a book on 'How' rather than 'What' to do to improve the fortunes of Africa's people" Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance

"I wish I had this handbook when I was president of Malawi. It not only offers convincing arguments on what to do, but practical examples and steps to how to get things done." Joyce Banda

"This is a timely and important book. Africa's GDP per capita is now falling, and so the region is once again diverging from the rest of mankind. Africa's leaders face the choice between managing economic change, or being overwhelmed by political change. For those wise enough to choose the former, this handbook is a valuable guide."Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University

Greg Mills is Director of the Brenthurst Foundation in Johannesburg and the author of "Why Africa is Poor - and What Africans Can Do About It".
Jeffrey Herbst is President and CEO of the Newseum in Washington DC. His books include "States and Power in Africa: comparative lessons in authority and control".
Olusegun Obasanjo is a former president of Nigeria.
Dickie David is Special Adviser at the Brenthurst Foundation and Managing Director of Nant Enterprises Ltd.
134pp., paperback, Second Edition, Johannesburg, (1989) 2017. R100
New Edition of Alfred Temba Qabula's memoir includes a new introduction by the original translator, B.E. Nzimande, and a new foreword by Karin Pampallis and Eddie Webster from the Hidden Voices Project. "A Working Life, Cruel Beyond Belief" is the first book to be published in this series.

Qabula was born in 1942 in Pondoland. While working in a factory in Durban he joined the Metal and Allied Workers Union (MAWU). In 1984 he started performing "Izibongo zika Fosatu", a praise poem he had composed, at union meetings. His performances initiated a revival of "imbongi" poetry amongst workers throughout South Africa, who transformed this tradition into an expression of their struggles. After his poetry was published in the 1986 anthology, "Black Mamba Rising", he started working for the Culture and Working Life Project at the University of Natal. He died in 2002.
Stiff (P.) WARFARE BY OTHER MEANS, South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s
600pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2001) 2017. R395
A reprint of the second book of Peter Stiff's South Africa's Secret Warfare trilogy. This volume covers the last years of the apartheid era, including Operation Anvil, Project Barnacle, Operation Marion, the Civil Cooperation Bureau, Security Police Death Squads, MK's Operation Vula, the Afrikaner Volksfront and the Afrikaner Weerstands Beweging. The other volumes in the series are "The Silent War, Recce operations" and "The Covert War, Koevoet Operations".
Wardle (B.) ODYSSEY OF A WOMAN, Coloured diaries, experiences of an Eastern Cape 'mixed-breed'
163pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R130
Prologue by Max du Preez. Foreword by Russell Ally. Editorial preface by Fezile Domino Mji. Postscript by Tony Harding.

In this essay on racism legal analyst Brenda Wardle draws on her experience of growing up in a racially diverse family in Parkridge, and East London suburb designated a Coloured residential area by the apartheid government.


"In this highly personal memoir, Ms Brenda Wardle grapples with these complex and compelling issues of identity and politics and the role they play in shaping consciousness and being...As the offspring herself of that particularly South African creation, the 'mixed-breed', Ms Wardle explores what it means to grow up in a world of warped and inverted identities, where the oppressed often do the work of the oppressor, by establishing their own divisions among themselves. Hers is a story of exclusion, alienation and 'othering', but ultimately, a story of transcendence and acceptance...Our 'born-frees' will derive invaluable insights into that 'other country' which still continues to shape their own identities." Russell Ally

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