New Arrivals 11th to 17th of July 2017

Addison (W.) ed. THE ADDISON DIARIES, Natal Carbineer, gunner, pioneer farmer, the life and times of Frederick Addison (1894-1969)
221pp., illus., paperback, Durban, 2016. R295
Frederick Addison was born at Rorke's Drift in 1894 and grew up in Estcourt, where his father served as a magistrate during and after the Boer War. He joined the Royal Natal Carbineers soon after World War I was declared in 1914 and served through the German South-West African campaign and in France with the First South African Military Brigade. His memoir focuses mainly on his experiences during World War I, but he also describes his school days at Hilton College and his life as a sugar farmer on the Natal North Coast.

Water Addison, Frederick Addison's son, has included his father's "A History of the Addison Family", written for his relatives, as an appendix.
Chiziane (P.) THE FIRST WIFE, a tale of polygamy, translated from the Portuguese by David Brookshaw
494 pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Brooklyn, 2016. R325
First published in Portuguese in 2002 as "Niketche: Uma História de Poligamia". The novel won the José Craveirinha Prize in 2003.

A novel about a woman who, after 20 years of marriage, discovers her husband has been supporting 4 other families for many years.

Pauline Chiziane was born in Manjecaze, Gaza Province, Mozambique, in 1955. She moved to Maputo with her family in early childhood and started writing in her mid-twenties, becoming the first Mozambican woman to publish a novel.
Comaroff (J.) & (J.) THE TRUTH ABOUT CRIME, sovereignty, knowledge, social order
347pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2017. R380
First published in the USA in 2016.

"'The Truth about Crime' is replete with original insights. Reflecting on the disproportionate relationship between fear and actual danger in a number of major countries, Jean and John Comaroff explain why criminality, although far from matching many other potential sources of public peril, elicits much more civic outrage. We learn how changes in the meaning of criminality and the nature of crime-and-policing are associated with the recent shift in the relationship between capital, governance, and the state. We also learn how these developments in both the United States and the Republic of South Africa have resulted in steps taken to discipline or control certain groups defined or viewed as threatening. This is a compelling book, a must-read for scholars and laypersons alike." William Julius Wilson, author of "The Truly Disadvantaged"

"The Comaroffs’ constant articulation of sparkling ethnographic vignettes, rich statistical data, and highly imaginative insights makes for a truly effervescent argumentation, creative and, at the same time, thoroughly documented. With this combination they offer a powerful book that newly addresses a theme that is becoming central all over the world: our increasing obsession with (in)security." Peter Geschiere, author of "Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust"

Jean Comaroff is the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of African and African American Studies and of Anthropology and an Oppenheimer Fellow in African Studies at Harvard University.
John L. Comaroff is the Harold W. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago and a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. Together they have co-authored and co-edited numerous books, including "Of Revelation and Revolution", volumes 1 and 2, "Ethnography and the Historical Imagination", and "Law and Disorder in the Postcolony".
Hambidge (J.) & Betty (M.) eds. UNEARTHED, a selection of the best poems of 2016
64pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R205
Poems selected from English and Afrikaans poetry collections published in South Africa during 2016. The poets are Isobel Dixon, Johann de Lange, Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Juanita Louw, Colleen Crawford Cousins, Hilda Smits, Stephen Symons, Ilse van Staden, Marike Beyers, Martjie Bosman and Helen Moffett.

Joan Hambidge is Professor in Afrikaans and Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town.
Michèle Betty is the poetry editor of New Contrast: the South African literary journal and the founder of Dryad Press.
Horwitz (A.) COLLECTED PLAYS, 2009-2017
233pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R140
This collection includes "The Pump Room", "Comrade Babble", "Boykie & Girlie", "Jerico", and "Book Marks".

Alan Kolski Horwitz grew up in Cape Town. Between 1974 and 1985 he lived in the Middle East, Europe and North America, returning to South Africa in 1985 when he worked in the trade unions as an organiser and educator. He has also published four antologies of poems and is one of the editors of the literary journal, "Botsotso".
Myers (S.) THE CHANGING SHORE, a history of the West Dockyard, Simon's Town 1743-1996
166pp., 4to., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R275
Soon after the British occupation of the Cape in 1795 Simon's Bay and the village of Simon's Town began to develop as a major naval port for the British Navy. This development began in the Simon's Town West Dockyard, where the Dutch VOC had built their first storehouses. The West Dockyard was the main base of the Royal Navy until the completion of the East Dockyard in 1910.
Neocosmos (M.) THINKING FREEDOM IN AFRICA, toward a theory of emancipatory politics
644pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R500
Winner of the 2017 Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Award.

Foreword by Ernest Wanba-dia-Wamba.

Michael Neocosmos analyses how Africans "have thought emancipation during various historical-political sequences" and demonstrates "how emancipation may be thought today in a manner appropriate to twenty-first century conditions and concerns." from the back cover

"A genuine political treatise: nuanced, erudite, creative, committed...through an extraordinary journey through more than a thousand years of reflection from the Afro-Arab world of Ibn Khaldun to the Haitian revolutionary, Zamba Boukman Dutty and the European ones of Karl Marx and Antonio Gramsci to the anti-colonial struggles, in which Mao Zedong, Frantz Fanon, Amilcar Cabral, and Steven Bantu Biko loom large, to recent reflections from Alain Badiou, Sylvian Lazarus, and Ernest Wamba-dia-Wamba, liberation is a political matter...the theorist's task is clear - to make an emancipatory future thinkable. No less than a classic of political thought is born: a book to be read and re-read." Lewis Gordon, author of "What Fanon Said" and "Existentia Africana"

Professor Michael Neocosmos is Director of the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University.
177pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R225
A novel about a journalism student who is sent to a female prison to cover a story on an inmate, and falls in love. A few months later, when the ex-gang member is out of prison, they move in together.

Chwayita Ngamlana was born in Grahamstown and has an MA in Creative Writing. This is her first novel.
213pp., paperback, No Place, 2017. R200
A satire about an ex-President just released from prison on medical parole and planning a memoir of alternative facts written by a disgraced journalist.

"Nailed it. An evocative, clever, and gripping novel that reveals political disillusionment, awareness, cynicism, and power. It has the authentic ring of South Africa of our time. Compelling, and I love it." Niq Mhlongo, author of "Affluenza"

"A tour de farce set in a South African future in which a jailbird president plots a return to riches and power. Tom Sharpe would be proud." Ray Hartley, editor of the Sunday Times

Paige Nick is also the author of "Death by Carbs" and "Pens Behaving Badly" (columns for the Sunday Times).
261pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R230
A novel about a single mother who's daughter is accused of injuring a rival at her prep school.

Pamela Power is also the author of the novels "Ms Conception" and "Things Unseen". A television scriptwriter and script editor, she lives in Johannesburg.
Pretorius (F.) ed. SCORCHED EARTH,
272pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, d.w., Second Edition, Cape Town, (2001) 2017. R395
A revised edition of this collection of essays on Britain's scorched earth policy during the Anglo-Boer War. Includes recent research on the concentration camps, especially the camps for black prisoners-of-war, and the role of Emily Hobhouse.

Contributions include:
"African Refugee Camps in the Boer Republics" by J.S. Mohlamme
"The Black and Coloured Concentration Camps" by Stowell Kessler
"British Doctors vesus Boer Women: a clash of medical cultures" by Elizabeth van Heyningen
"The Fate of the Boer Women and Children" by Fransjohan Pretorius
"Emily Hobhouse: her feet firmly on the ground" by Andrew McLeod
"The Anglo-Boer War in 20th-Century Afrikaner Consciousness" by Albert Grundlingh

Fransjohan Pretorius is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Pretoria and chairs the History Commission of the South African Academy for Science and Art. His other books include "Life on Commando during the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902", runner-up for the Alan Paton Award.
Sephodi (M.) MISS BEHAVE,
184pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R220
Malebo Sephodi writes about her struggle as a black woman tired of being 'well-behaved' and determined to live her own life.

Malebo Sephodi is the founder of Lady Leader, a platform for black women.
Sitze (A.) THE IMPOSSIBLE MACHINE, a genealogy of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
380pp., paperback, Reprint, Ann Arbor, (2013) 2016. R695
Adam Sitze traces the origins of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission back to two instruments of colonial and imperial governance: the jurisprudence of indemnity and the Commission of Inquiry.

"Beautifully written and engaging to read...the book will be a significant contribution to the corpus of political, legal and philosophical work on transitional justice and postcolonial justice more generally, will have a wide audience and is likely to reshape the field of transitional and postcolonial justice studies." Fiona Ross, University of Cape Town

Adam Sitze is Associate Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, USA.
Taylor (J.) A WHISPER IN THE REEDS, 'The Terrible Ones': South Africa's 32 Battalion at war
197pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Solihull & Warwickshire, 2013. R450
Justin Taylor's account of his National Service year (1979-80) as a Signals Officer with the SADF's 32 Battalion in the Namibian/ Angolan War. He was wounded at the Battle of Savate and awarded the Chief of the SADF Commendation Medal for services of a high order. He now lives in Johannesburg.
van Heerden (E.) DIE WÊRELD VAN CHARLIE OENG, 'n roman
559pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R375
A novel about a man travelling around the world trying to make sense of the murder of his parents.

Etienne van Heerden is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cape Town and the founding editor of LitNet. His other novels include "Toorberg" (WA Hofmeyr Award, ATKV Prize, CNA Literary Award, Hertzog Prize), "Die Swye van Mario Salviati" (M-Net Literary Award), "Casspirs en Campari’s" (Rapport Prize), "In Stede van die Liefde" (WA Hofmeyr Prize, ATKV Prize), and "30 Nagte in Amsterdam" (M-Net Literary Award, WA Hofmeyr Award, UJ Prize, Hertzog Prize).
van Rensburg (R.) KAMIKAZE,
350pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R260
A thriller about a policeman whose plans for a career change are shelved when he comes face to face with a deadly killer whose murderous activities can be traced back to the apartheid era.

Rudie van Rensburg is also the author of "Pirana" and "Judaskus".
216pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R300
Accounts of 17 pivotal sieges from the Cape Frontier, Anglo-Zulu, Basotho and Anglo-Boer Wars.

Nicki von der Heyde is a specialist battlefields tour guide, an honorary life member of the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She is also the author of "Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa".

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