New Arrivals 1st to 7th of August 2017

Biko (S.) I WRITE WHAT I LIKE, a selection of his writings, 40th anniversary edition
244 pp., paperback, New Edition, Johannesburg, (1978) 2017. R175
This 40th anniversary edition includes a new foreword, "The Envisioned Self" by Njabulo Ndebele, personal reflections on Biko by Mosibudi Mangena, Ames Dhai, Tracey Gore and Silvio Cunha, and the first known published piece by Steve Biko from the yearbook of his matric class at St Francis College in 1965.

Preface by Desmond Tutu (1996). Introduction by Nkosinathi Biko, one of Steve Biko's sons (2004). Also includes "Martyr of Hope, a personal memoir" by Father Aelred Stubbs, priest and confidante of the young Steve Biko.

A collection of Steve Biko's columns entitled "I Write What I Like", published in the journal of the South African Student Organisation under the pseudonym "Frank Talk". It also contains other journal articles, interviews and letters.
Conrad (A.) et al THE FALL,
86pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R265
Collaboratively written by the original cast in response to the 2015 and 2016 South African #RhodesMustFall and subsequent student protests, "The Fall" documents the experiences of seven activists within the movement.

“With all the images of violence in the media, it can be easy to lose sight of what sustains the journey that began with Rhodes. The Fall takes back the narrative and invites the audience to look beyond the headlines and to see the real human stories. It is a powerfully acted play, a profoundly complex and moving portrait of students’ struggle to free themselves from the burden of the historical legacy they have inherited.” Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

“The Fall epitomises the pivotal role that the arts can play in building a society and recording history in the making...There is indeed a new world to be won in South Africa and these young actors are at the forefront of the battle.” Tracey Saunders, Cape Times

“…an insightful must for anyone who wants to understand just what the students are thinking and why things have things have turned violent.” Theresa Smith, Cape Argus
Ditshego (T.) KASI NERD,
62pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R95
A novel a young man from Kagiso, Gauteng, who is bullied and rejected in his community because of his love of books and passion for education.

Tebogo Ditshego is Group CEO of Ditshego Investment Group, CEO of Ditshego Media, and Chairman of the South African Reading Foundation. In 2014 he was listed as one of Forbes Magazine's top 30 African Entrepreneurs under the age of 30 and named as one of the top 200 Young South Afircans by the Mail & Guardian.
Williams (P.) KING KONG - OUR KNOT OF TIME AND MUSIC, a personal memoir of South Africa's legendary musical
324pp., paperback, London, 2017. R220
Pat Williams was the lyricist for South Africa's first musical, King Kong, about heavyweight boxing star Ezekiel Dhlamini. The show, which opened in Johannesburg in February 1959, had an all-black cast and played to 200 000 South Africans of every colour before moving to London's West End.

In her memoir Pat recounts her experience of growing up in apartheid South Africa, her involvement in the musical, and it's lasting impact on both herself and the show's cast, which included Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela.

"An extraordinary memoir of the first ever South African musical, which has since acquired mythical proportions. Essential reading for anyone who loves our country - and, of course, its music." Athol Fugard

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