New Arrivals 6th to 12th of June 2017

Betty (M.) METAPHYSICAL BALM, poems
75pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R230
"'Owl', the mythical figure that commands centre stage of Metaphysical Balm, is a refractory poetic device through which, in a wide range of narratives and contexts, Michèle Betty examines and contends with religion, inherited ideas, earlier poets and 'the tradition'. She astutely anchors the poems in concrete imagery so as to ensure that a considered balance between the actual and the imagined prevails. You don't often encounter a resonant voice in a first book, but that is precisely what distinguishes this collection." Douglas Reid Skinner

"This is an accomplished work of heart. The 'reverberations of the heart' in this volume resonate with other poets and philosophers. Highly commendable." Joan Hambidge

"Michèle Betty's collection with its protagonist Owl, breaks open the doors that keep life's mysteries hidden from view. Mystical and yet deeply grounded in the human(e), these are the sorts of poems which flood heart and brain with a brilliant, bloody light." Meg Vandermerwe

Michèle Betty is the poetry editor of New Contrast: the South African literary journal.
Dentlinger (U.) WHERE ARE YOU FROM?, 'playing white' under apartheid
140pp., illus., paperback, Basel, 2016. R175
Ulla Dentlinger was born in poor, rural Rehoboth, Namibia, in the early 1950s. Her family, classified 'coloured' by the apartheid system, changed their 'racial' classification to 'white'. In this book she writes about her and her family's experiences and understanding of race, 'colour' and identity.

Ulla Dentlinger was educated in South Africa, raised a family in Portland, USA, and settled in Germany.
du Pisani (K.) et al (eds.) JAN SMUTS, van boerseun tot wȇreldverhoog, 'n herwaardering
575pp., illus., map, hardback, Pretoria, 2017. R395
A collection of essays that re-evaluate the role Jan Smuts played as an intellectual, a military commander, a politician and cabinet minister, and a statesman.
Grobler (J.) OOR BERGE EN DALE, op reis met 'n monumentjagter
286pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R230
Historian Jackie Grobler travels around South Africa visiting monuments and memorials, including Anglo-Boer War battlefields, Eugene Marais' grave, the San and Khoi Genocide Memorial, Steve Biko's House in Ginsberg, King William's Town, Nongqawuse's grave, Olive Schreiner's house in Hanover, the Old Fort in Johannesburg, and many more.
Huntley (B.) WILDLIFE AT WAR IN ANGLOA, the rise and fall of an African Eden
432pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R350
"With his long connection to Angola and expertise in conservation science and environmental politics, Brian Huntley is uniquely qualified to reflect on this fascinating and turbulent African country and its wildlife management over many decades. Thoughtful, balanced and unsparing, this book provides fresh insights into the wildlife dilemmas of our continent." Jane Carruthers, Emeritus Professor, UNISA, and author of "The Kruger National Park: a social and political history"

"An extremely well-written and riveting account of the history of conservation in Angola, as well as Huntley's own experiences in that wonderful country. Without doubt the most important book published in the last fifty years on the wildlife of Angola." Nicol Stassen, author of "The Boers in Angola, 1928-1975" and "The Thirstland Trek, 1874-1881"

Brain Huntley was ecologist for Angola's fiver major national parks from 1971 to 1975. He was CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute and now works as an independent consultant. He is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Invasion Biology at Stellenbosch University and an Emeritus Professor at The University of Cape Town.
Moropa (C.) & Tyatyeka (D.) KUSADLIWA NGENDEB' ENDALA, (When people lived according to their traditional customs and traditions)
67pp., paperback, Reprint, Pietermaitzburg, (1990) 2016. R95
Xhosa folklore
PuzzleMonkey THE HOWLING BEAST ON THE BORDERLINE, poems from a culture of fear and exclusion
98pp., illus., paperback, (Cape Town), 2017. R185
A collection of poems inspired by photographs.

PuzzleMonkey is a filmmaker, photographer and poet from Cape Town.

Self-published.
Schutte (T.) GUERRILLASTRYD, minder bekende skermutselinge tydens die guerrillafase van die Anglo-Boereoorlog
219pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, No Place, 2016. R765
Tian Schuute provides information on less well-known clashes and battles fought in the Transvaal during the guerilla phase of the Anglo-Boer War, such as Vlakfontein, Rooikraal, Elandspruit and Leliesdal.
Simon (F.) THUNGACHI, poems
65pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R150
Francine Simon was born in Durban in 1990. Currently she is a PhD student in the English Department at Stellenbosch University.

"An ambitious and sophisticated collection that blends formal invention with deeply felt experience." Kobus Moolman, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of the Western Cape
Willis (R.), van Dyk (A.) & de Villiers (J.) YEOMEN OF THE KAROO, the story of the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital at Deelfontein
350pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, Bloemfontein, 2016. R720
The story of the establishment of the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital at Deelfontein in the Great Karoo during the Anglo-Boer War.

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