New Arrivals 4th to 10th of July 2017

151pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R190
A collection of 11 short stories selected from competition entries on the theme "My World". The winning story is "Men Are Fools" by Obinna Udenwe from Nigeria. The runners-up are Christine Coates and Maphule Mohulatsi from South Africa. The judges were Lineo Segoete, Makhosazana Xaba and Dilman Dila.
THE WARTIME DIARY OF W D TERRY, a 'SAfrican' at Cambridge, with selected letters 1938-1941, edited and introduced by Laurence Wright
236pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R300
William David Terry read English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, during the early years of World War II.

W.D. Terry "wrote exceptionally interesting and observant letters, and a diary which he kept when a student in Cambridge between 1938 and 1940, covering the period immediately preceding and following the outbreak of war in September 1939. Together they provide a vivid picture of Cambridge at the time, conveying the atmosphere of the 'phoney war' and the way his fellow students, the university and the city as a whole grappled with the meaning and realities of war. All of it seen from the perspective of a perceptive white English-speaking South Africa, proud and privileged to be there, feeling both at home and a stranger at the same time. It is full of fascinating vignettes, reflecting his powers of observation and description..." Brian Willan, author of "Sol Plaatje: South African Nationalist"

"Remember him? You bet! I never, ever, heard a student speak of [Terry] with less than total respect. Nobody in my circles knew his name - even now - I know not what the W.D. might be about. Nobody asks God what his name is..." Charles van Onselen, author of "The Seed is Mine"

Laurence Wright is currently a Senior Research Fellow at NorthWest University. He was formerly H.A. Molteno Professor of English and Director of the Institute for the Study of English in Africa at Rhodes University.
175pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R225
A novel about a woman living in a consumerist world where everyone has a stroke around the age of 18. After this, writing and speaking is only possible if you’re wearing LipService patches. Sponsored by corporations, the language of each patch is scripted by copywriters so that every utterance promotes the brand.

This novel won the 2015/16 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award.

Tammy Baikie is a translator qualified to work with French and German as source languages. She lives in Johannesburg.
Bridgland (F.) CUITO CUANAVALE, 12 months of war that transformed a continent
501pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2017. R290
First published in the USA and UK in 2017.

This is a revised and updated edition of "The War for Africa", originally published in 1990.

An account of the battle of Cuito Cuanavale in 1987-88 between the Cuban-backed People's Armed Forces of Liberation of Angola (FAPLA) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) with help of the South African Defence Force (SADF). A crucial event of the Angolan civil war and the South African Border War, the fighting centred around the military airfield and the small town of Cuito Cuanavale, in order to block a large-scale FAPLA attack against UNITA's primary operating bases at Jamba and Mavinga.

British foreign correspondent and author Fred Bridgland covered the Angolan civil war and the Border War for Reuters in the 1970s and then for The Sunday Telegraph and The Scotsman in the 1980s and 1990s.
Cotterell (G.) ed. COOKED, in South Africa
274pp., 4to., colour illus, hardback, (Cape Town), (2017). R500
A collection of recipes from 47 South African chefs, food truckers, market makers and artisan bakers, including Karen Dudley, Reuben Riffel, Kobus van der Merwe, Fritz Schoon, Nirit Saban, Seelan, Sundoo, Canny Sbusiso 'Sbu' Msongelwa, and Natasha Sideris.

"Cooked in South Africa" is an initiative of Wish Upon a Star, a nonprofit fund-raising charity. All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to children living with disabilities.
Cross (G.) DIRTY WAR, Rhodesia and chemical biological warfare, 1975-1980
290pp., illus., maps, paperback, Solihull, 2017. R545
An account of how a small group of policemen from Rhodesia's Special Branch worked alongside the elite counter-guerrilla military unit, the Selous Scouts, to develop and deploy chemical and biological weapons against ZANU and ZAPU soldiers.

Glenn Cross currently works for the US government, supervising biological weapons analysis. Since the 1990's he has worked on biological warfare issues for several government agencies.
340pp., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (2001) 2017. R175
Includes a new introduction by Mandla Langa.

A reprint of Achmat Dangor's novel about an anti-apartheid activist's chance encounter with the policeman who, twenty years previously, had assaulted his wife in revenge for his membership of the African National Congress. This novel was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize.

"This South African novel tells a powerful story of how the toxins of apartheid seep into the life of one small 'Coloured' family...a haunting story of a family disintegrating, wonderfully authentic on its context, gender and generation, its progress like slow dancing." Barbara Trapido, Independent

"'Bitter Fruit' is a subtly layered tale of truth, reconciliation and redemption...Following in the great tradition of Richard Rive and Alex la Guma, he is a writer who gives texture and grace to the present lives and historical legacy of South Africa's 500-year-old multi-ethnic society." Rachel Holmes, Literary Review

"In a series of fine characterisations, the dissonance and unease of South Africa are counterpointed with the inner lives of Silas, Lydia and Mikey. It is a textured piece of writing, redolent with the smells and sounds of close-packed living, and the hint that the violence and fanaticism are not likely to end provides a chilling coda." Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail

Achmat Dangor lives in Johannesburg. He is also the author of the novels "Kafka's Curse", ""Waiting for Leila" and "The Z Town Trilogy", as well as a short-story collection, "Strange Pilgrimages".
Desai (R.) & Mzozo (J.) dir. THE GIANT IS FALLING,
77 minutes, DVD, , 2016. R120
A documentary that examines how South Africans have responded to the African National Congress’ failure to deliver on its promises. The film suggests major political events of recent years, such as the Marikana Massacre, the trade unions' break with the ANC, the #FeesMustFall student movement, and the ANC's losses in the the 2016 local elections, signify the end of an era in South Africa, and explores what could come next.
52pp., paperback, London, 2017. R260
Preface by former political prisoner Sonny Venkatrathnam. Foreword by South African actor, director, playwright John Kani. Introduction by John Battersby.

The 'Robben Island Shakeseapeare' is a copy of the Alexander edition of the Complete Works that belonged to political prisoner Sonny Venkatrathnam and was secretly circulated, annotated and signed by 34 prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, in the 1970s.

In 2008 and 2010 playwright and scholar Matthew Hahn conducted interviews with eight former political prisoners: Sonny Venkatrathnam, Theo Cholo, Saths Cooper, Eddie Daniels, Michael Dingake, Ahmed Kathrada, Kwedi Mkalipi and Andrew Mlangeni. In this verbatim play he combines these men's first-hand accounts with Shakespeare's words.

Matthew Hahn is a lecturer at St Mary's University in London, as well as a theatre director and theatre for development facilitator.
Kongo (J-C.) & Zeilig (L.) THOMAS SANKARA, voices of liberation
227pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R350
Thomas Sankara (1949-1987), a Burkinabé and military captain, became President of Burkina Faso in 1983, when he seized power in a coup and launched an ambitious programmes for social and economic change. He was overthrown and assassinated in a coup d'état led by Blaise Compaoré in 1987.

Jean-Claude Kongo and Leo Zeilig offer a perspective on Sankara in the context of major events in the history of the region and continent, together with a selection of his speeches, broadcasts, and interviews.

Jean-Claude Kongo works as a journalist in Ouagadougou.
Leo Zeilig is a writer and researcher on African history and politics.
Kunene (M.) UNODUMEHLEZI KAMENZI, i-ephiki yesiZulu, lo msebenzi wabhalwa nguMazisi Kunene ngesiZulu kuqala wabe esewuhumushela esiNgisini
361pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R295
Mazisi Kunene's original isiZulu manuscript of his epic poem on the life of King Shaka, widely translated into English as "Emperor Shaka the Great".

Mazisi Kunene was born in a small rural village on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal in 1930. He went into exile in the 1960s for more than 34 years, during which time he established and managed the African National Congress office in London. He later moved to the USA and was Professor in African Literature and Languages at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Professor in African Literature at Stanford University. On his return to South Africa, he was Professor in African Languages at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He died in Durban in 2006. Kunene is also the author of "Anthem of the Decades: a Zulu epic" (Inhlokomo Yeminyaka) and "The Ancestors and the Sacred Mountain: poems", as well as numerous short stories, nursery rhymes and proverbs.
Malau (H.) JOHANNE 14, real South African food
191pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R275
Recipes for traditional meals cooked at home in South Africa's black townships.

Chef Hope Malau is currently the food editor for DRUM magazine and has won the Galliova Food Writer of the Year award twice.
Ndlovu (S.) THE SOWETO UPRISINGS, counter-memories of June 1976
151pp., illus., paperback, Updated Edition, Johannesburg, (1998) 2017. R220
Includes a new introduction and two new chapters that analyse the historiography of the uprisings and reflect on memory and commemoration.

Sifiso Ndlovu was a 14-year-old student at Phefeni Junior Secondary School in Soweto when the June 1976 uprisings took place and was an active participant. Currently he is Professor of History at the University of South Africa. He is also an Executive Director at the South African Democracy Education Trust and Editor-in-Chief of the multi-volume Road to Democracy in South Africa series.
Scerri (M.) ed. THE EMERGENCE OF SYSTEMS OF INNOVATION IN SOUTH(ERN) AFRICA, long histories and contemporary debates
390pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R375
A collection of essays that trace the history of innovations in South Africa from precolonial times to the present and analyse different aspects of the current state of the South African National System of Innovation, a concept introduced into South African public policy discourse through the White Paper on Science and Technology (1996).

"The book is highly original in taking a long historical perspective starting with the Stone Age and ending with current challenges from a globalising economy. The integration of the innovation system concept in a specific political economy discourse is original and offers interesting isights." Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Aalborg University

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