New Arrivals 26th to 2nd of October 2017

Bisseker (C.) ON THE BRINK, South Africa's political and fiscal cliff-hanger
314pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R280
Foreword by Judge Dennis Davis. Includes a chapter on state capture by Rob Rose.

"South Africa's tale of the great and speedy unravelling of economic hope. Bisseker provides a fine weave of the forces that brought us here and suggests how we might emerge stronger from this deep donga." Trevor Manuel, South Africa's Minister of Finance, 1996-2009

"Bisseker's depth of experience and intimate knowledge of South Africa's economy shines through on these pages. Those interested in a better South Africa should read it, and learn." Greg Mills, Director of the Brenthurst Foundation

Claire Bisseker is economics editor of the Financial Mail. She has won the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year Award twice and the award for the economics category five times.
Dallas (D.) CJ - A REMARKABLE LIFE, the story of Charles James Offord - educationist and school cricket promoter
146pp., illus., paperback, Rosebud West (Australia), 2016. R220
Charles James Offord was born in 1848 in London and arrived in Durban, South Africa, in 1891. He qualified as a teacher, and was later headmaster of schools in Pinetown, Estcourt, Howick and Durban. He was also a keen cricketer and established the Durban Primary Schools Cricket Union. On retirement he set up the Natal Schools Week for high schools, later known as Offord Week. He was also Organising Secretary for Nuffield Week, and became known as the father of Natal schools' cricket.


David Dallas was born in Cape Town and practiced there as a lawyer. He emigrated to Australia in 1977 and now lives in retirement on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
141pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R195
A debut collection of poems by Akrikaans playwright Pieter Fourie.

"Dis lank sedert daar 'n digter met soveel onverdrote ywer met die volkstaal omgegaan het. Ons ken die hardnekkige knapsekêrels wat aan mens se klere of kouse vassit. By Pieter Fourie is dit die taal self wat so hardnekkig bly klou. Gaandeweg ontplooi die digter ook ander betekenisse, ander maniere waarop die titel gelees of verstaan moet word. "Knapsekêrels" is 'n stimulerende, uitdagende teks. Die taalregister wat betrek word is wyd - en so ook die emosionele register." Johann de Lange, author of the poetry collections "Akwarelle van die Dors" and "Wordende Naak".

Pieter Fourie was born on 3 April 1940 in Philipolis. From 1967 until 1987 he was Artistic Director at CAPAB. In 2003 he was awarded the Hertzog Prize for all his published plays up to that date. His plays include "Faan se Trein","Ek, Anna van Wyk," "Mooi Maria", "Die Koggelaar" "Koggelmanderman" and "Die Groot Wit Roos".
261pp., paperback, London, 2017. R295
A novel set in Johannesburg on the day of Nelson Mandela's death.

Fiona Melrose was born in Johannesburg, has lived in the UK for most of her adult life, and is currently spending the majority of her time back in South Africa. She is also the author of the novel, "Midwinter".
Mofolo (T.) CHAKA, die nuwe Afrikaanse vertaling deur Chris Swanepoel
200pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R420
A new Afrikaans translation of Thomas Mofolo's Sesotho novel about the Zulu warrior king Shaka, first published in 1925.

Foreword by Chris van der Merwe. Introduction by Chris Swanepoel. Includes a complete audio-book read by Antjie Krog.
52pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2016. R160
A debut collection of poems by Hilda Smits. This collection won the 2017 Ingrid Jonker Prize.

Hilda Smits was born in Potchefstroom, lived is London for several years, and is currently studying psychology in the USA.
Snyman (D.) OP PAD, 'n reisjoernaal
262pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R250
On his travels around South Africa Dana Snyman visits Orania, ex-Minister of Law and Order Adriaan Vlok and Manji from Nkandla, and meets rugby players Frik du Preez and Joost van der Westhuizen.

"Van die beste skryfwerk deur Dana Snyman nog. 'Op Pad' het me diep ontroer." Kerneels Breytenbach

Dana Snyman writes regularly for Die Burger, Beeld, and other newspapers and magazines. His books include "Uit die Binneland", "Anderkant die Scrap", "Op die Agterpaaie", "Op die Toneel" and "Hiervandaan". "Op die Agterpaaie" has been published in English as "On the Back Roads", and "Hiervandaan" as "The Long Way Home". When he is not travelling Dana Snyman lives in Jacobsbaai.
Stanley (M.) DYING TO LIVE, a Detective Kuku mystery
298pp., paperback, London, 2017. R195
A thriller set in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve featuring Detectives 'Kubu' Bengu and Samatha Khama and involving rhino-horn smugglers. gangsters and drug manufacturers.

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Michael Sears was born in Johannesburg, grew up in Cape Town and Nairobi, and teaches at the University of the Witwatersrand. Stanely Trollip was also born in Johannesburg and before retiring taught at universities in the USA. He divides his times between Knysna, South Africa, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
269pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R230
A novel about the woman who discovers her daughter, now dead, had a child she's never met.

Gerda Taljaard is also the author of the novels "’n Engel in die Hoenderhok" and "Kelder", as well as the collection of short stories, "Maansiek". She lives in Pretoria.
Tlhabi (R.) KHWEZI, the remarkable story of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo
250pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R270
Fezekile Kuzwayo, or 'Khwezi" was President Jacob Zuma’s rape accuser. In May 2006 Jacob Zuma was found not guilty and 'Khwezi' was forced to flee South Africa. She lived in safe houses in the Netherlands and Tanzania before returning to a still hostile South Africa in 2016. She died later the same year, just months before this book was completed.

"Tlhabi is no hagiographer. Khwezi does not glorify Kuzwayo, or make a martyr or hero of her. Tlhabi writes candidly of a woman who could be maddeningly flighty, unsure of what she wanted and prone to squandering opportunities. Kuzwayo comes across as by turns exuberant and troubled; often depressed but capable of easy joy. The Fezekile in Tlhabi’s pages is garrulous and funny; an over-sharer, but hard to pin down; impulsive and a poor planner. “One fool at a time” is her wry catch-phrase. She is complicated, and human.
But Kuzwayo’s life also provides an opportunity for a wider view: about the effects of the Struggle on families and relationships in particular." Rebecca David, Daily Maverick

Redi Tlhabi is a radio talk-show host, broadcast journalist and author. Her book, "Endings and Beginnings" won the 2013 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award.
212pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R275
An Afrikaans novel about a man who seeks out casual sexual encounters as he travels around the world, until he is forced to confront himself and piece together his memories with the help of a psychotherapist.

Eben Venter was raised on a sheep farm in Eastern Cape, South Africa and moved to Australia in 1986. He has been awarded the W.A. Hofmeyr Prize for "Foxtrot van die Vleiseters" (1994), "Ek Stamel, Ek Sterwe" (1996) and "Begeerte" (2003). His 2009 novel, "Santa Gamka", was awarded the W.A. Hofmeyr Prize, the M-Net Prize and the ATKV Prize.

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