New Arrivals 23rd to 29th of May 2017

Amschwand (N.) 1847, dispossession and migration, population movement in the northern Cape during the 19th century
175pp., illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R230
Nigel Amschwand discusses how Sir Harry Smith's second annexation of 1847 affected those living in Bushmanland and the Kareebergen mountains above Williston and Carnarvon - particularly the Basters, Xhosa, Korannas and the San - who unwittingly became British subjects.

Berger ((L.) & Hawks (J.) ALMOST HUMAN, the astonishing tale of "Homo Naledi"
239pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2017. R295
First published in the USA in 2017.

Paleoanthropologists Lee Berger and John Hawks on the discovery of "Australopithecus sediba" and "Homo naledi" in the Rising Star Cave system, part of the Cradle of Humankind, the UNESCO World Heritage Site outside Johannesburg.

Lee Berger is presently the Research Professor in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is also an Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society. He organised the Rising Star Expedition that excavated the fossils.
John Hawks worked with Lee Berger on the Rising Star Expedition. He is the Vilas-Borghesi Distinguished Achievement Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Gqubule (T.) NO LONGER WHISPERING TO POWER, the story of Thuli Madonsela
254pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R250
A biography on South African advocate Thuli Madonsela by journalist Thandeka Gqubule. The book recounts her family and childhood, her involvement in student politics, her time in detention, her involvement in drafting the South African Constitution, and her tenure as Public Protector from 2009 to 2016, during which she compiled the "Secure in Comfort" report on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence and the "State of Capture" report.
Jansen (J.) & (N.) SONG FOR SARAH, lessons from my mother
139pp., illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2017. R240
In this memoir Jonathan Jansen remembers his mother and all mothers who raise families and build communities in trying circumstances. Naomi Jansen, Jonathan's sister, offers her own insights and memories.

Jonathan Jansen is the former Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State. His other books include "Letters to My Children", "We Need to Talk", "We Need to Act", and "How to Fix South Africa's Schools".

Naomi Jansen was born on the Cape Flats and has worked as a teacher, missionary, and travel consultant.
Lefko-Everett (K.), Govender (R.) & Foster (D.) eds. RETHINKING RECONCILIATION, evidence from South Africa
374pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R350
A collection of essays that examine the reconciliatory project in South Africa, using 10 years of public-opinion data collected by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) through the South African Reconciliation Barometer survey.

Contributions include:
"Truth, Redress and Reconciliation: evaluating transitional justice from below" by Hugo van der Merwe and Kathleen Sensabaugh
"Contact and Reconciliation" by Don Foster and Kim Wale
"The Social Consequences of Class Formation Among Black South Africans in the 2000s: evidence from SARB" by Jeremy Seekings
"Why Postapartheid South Africans Rebel" social protest, public participation and trust in institutions" by Zwelethu Jolobe
"The Surprising Growth in Minority Support for the 'Rainbow Nation'" by Robert Mattes
"The South African Error: restorative justice sans social recompense" by Zimitri Erasmus and Harry Garuba.
Medalie (D.) comp. RECOGNITION, an anthology of South African short stories
295pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R280
A collection of 22 short stories by South African authors. Chronologically the collection ranges from the 1920s to the twenty-first century.

Introduction by David Medalie, Professor in the Department of English at the University of Pretoria.

"This anthology of short stories is a welcome volume that presents the state of the South African literary field with generosity and imagination." Imraan Coovadia, author of "Tales of the Metric System" and Director of the Creative Writing Programme at the University of Cape Town

Writers include H.I.E. Dhlomo, Can Themba, Alex la Guma, Njabulo Ndebele, Zoë Wicomb, Damon Galgut, Makhosazana Xaba, Nadia Davids and Kobus Moolman.
97pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R160
Kobus Moolman is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Western Cape. He has published six collections of poetry as well as several plays. He won the 2015 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry for his collection "A Book of Rooms".
Mouton (F.) IRON IN THE SOUL, the leaders of the official parliamentary opposition in South Africa, 1910-1993
224pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R275
F.A.Mouton is Professor of History at the University of South Africa (UNISA). His other books include "Prophet Without Honour - F.S. Malan: Afrikaner, South African and Cape Liberal".
Sadr (K.), Esterhuysen (A.) & Sievers (C.) eds. AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGY WITHOUT FRONTIERS, papers from the 2014 PanAfrican Archaeological Association Congress
190pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R380
Contributions include:
"Imagining an African Archaeology Without Frontiers, keynote address 1" by Chapurukha Kusimba
"A Continental Vision for African Archaeology, keynote address 2" by Akinwumi Ogundiran
"Learning from Glass Trade Beads at Thabadimasego, Botswana" by Adrianne Daggett, Marilee Wood and Laure Dussubieux
"Blurring Boundaries: forager-farmer interactions in the Middle Limpopo Valley" by Tim Forssman
"Heritage Management and the World Wide Web: South African challenges" by Katie Smuts and Nic Wiltshire.

Karim Sadr, Amanda Esterhuyse and Chrissie Sievers are all based at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Tracey (T.) NO WAY BACK!, Johannesburg to London in an Imp
250pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, (Johannesburg), 2016. R320
Foreword by Rosemary Smith.

In 2013 Terence Tracey and his co-driver Geoff Biermann drove 14000 km from Johannesburg to Coventry, England, for the 50th birthday celebrations for the iconic Hillman Imp.

van Vuuren (H.) APARTHEID, GUNS AND MONEY, a tale of profit
611pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R280
Research by Michael Marchant, with Anine Kriegler and Murray Hunter.

“This important book seeks to uncover one of the key secrets of the last decades of the apartheid era, how the National Party government sought to defeat the international arms embargo. It serves as a timely reminder that the founding values of our new Constitution, that government be accountable, responsive and open, were a rejection of the clandestine and authoritarian apartheid government, and are key to building a democracy that serves the people.” Justice Kate O’Regan, former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

“By the time you get to the last page of Hennie van Vuuren's excellent new book, you will hopefully understand why South Africans have such little appetite for the past. For, as van Vuuren shows in this passionate and meticulously researched book, ours is an indigested and perhaps indigestible history; that is, we have yet to tuck into the history of endemic corruption and economic crimes at the heart of apartheid and its nonracial successor...In 'Apartheid Guns and Money', van Vuuren and his team of researchers have written a book that, in typical South African fashion, will make for both depressing and hopeful reading: depressing because of the brilliant ways in which the book lays bare the scope and scale of the economic crimes at the heart of apartheid (which van Vuuren rightly describes as a criminal economy); hopeful because, as van Vuuren shows so well, the struggle against corruption is indeed a human rights struggle and that, as we know from South Africa’s own history, can be won. But it must be fought for.” Jacob Dlamini, author of "Askari" and Asociate Professor of History, Princeton University

“In this brilliant, revelatory book van Vuuren forensically reveals the systemic corruption of apartheid and the collusion between the state, local and foreign businesses and government at its core. This dark chapter in our history is essential to understand and progress beyond the current spiral of corruption, collusion and state capture that bedevils our young democracy. It lays bare the roots of the criminality at the heart of our politics and business, explaining how events ranging from the arms deal, Marikana and the Gupta phenomenon are possible, perhaps even inevitable. It illustrates that corruption and deceit know no racial, ideological or national boundaries. It argues compellingly that in our fraught country, and world, democracy demands daily struggle. This is a crucial book at a vital time in our history. It is a must read!” Andrew Feinstein, former ANC MP and author of "The Shadow World"

"When secretive evil deeds are covered in darkness they prosper. From apartheid-era asset stripping they have probably mutated and continue to influence our democratic dispensation. This work shines a light, revealing many uncomfortable truths. It provides important lessons on unfinished business and the need for us now more than ever to find pathways to integrity. These are essential elements for achieving social justice. " Thuli Madonsela, former Public Protector

Hennie van Vuuren is an activist, writer and Director of Open Secrets, focusing on accountability for economic crimes and human rights violations.
Wilson (F.) DINOSAURS, DIAMONDS AND DEMOCRACY, a short, short history of South Africa
139 pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Third Edition, Cape Town, (2009) 2017. R180
An updated edition of Francis Wilson's basic history of South Africa.

"This brief history of South Africa is a miracle of compression, an accessible and compulsively readable account which spans billions of years of pre-history before taking up the story to the present day." Cape Argus

Francis Wilson is an emeritus professor at the University of Cape Town, where he taught in the School of Economics for forty years.
Witz (L.) et al (eds.) KRONOS 42, southern African histories, November 2016, special edition, Red Assembly: the work remains
256pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R275
Kronos is a journal published annually by the Department of History and the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.

This edition publishes the work that emerged in response to "Red", an art installation by Simon Gush and his collaborators, in the workshop "Red Assembly", held in East London in August 2015.

Contributions include:
"Photo Essay, 'Red'" by Simon Gush
"Screwing the Assembly Line: queerness, art-making, and automobility at rest" by Elliot James
"'The Voices of the People Involved': 'Red', representation and histories of labour" by Leslie Witz
"The Production of 'Red': aesthetics, work and time" by Patricia Hayes
"A 'Labour of Love' in South Africa: Nelson Mandela's red Mercedes Benz, auto-biography, autobiography and regimes of value" by Ciraj Rasool
"Johnny Fingo: war as work on the Eastern Cape frontier" by Hlonipha Mokoena.
Xinfeng (L.) CHINA IN AFRICA, in Zheng He's footsteps, translated by Shelly Bryant
354pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2017. R320
Originally published in China.

Li Xinfeng attempts to retrace the African travels of the Chinese navigator Zheng He who, between 1405 and 1433, undertook seven westward expeditions, four of which reached the coast of East Africa. On one voyage one of the ships was wrecked off the Kenyan coast. The sailors settled on Pate Island, where they married local women. The local people named the place where the sailors first lived the China Village and called their descendants Chinese.

Chinese journalist Li Xinfeng lived in South Africa from 1998 to 2005 when he worked as chief correspondent of the People's Daily and as the accredited journalist of the Global Times. Currently he is a research fellow at the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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