New Arrivals 24th to 30th of October 2017

Bloomberg (D.) THE LION AND THE THESPIAN, the true story of Prime Minister JG Strydom's marriage to actess Marda Vanne
334pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R300
A work of biographical fiction based on the brief marriage of South African National Party politician Hans Strydom to the actress Marda Vanne in 1924. Divorced within a year, Marda Vanne moved to London, where she formed a professional and personal partnership with actress Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies that lasted until her death in 1970. Hans Strydom was Prime Minister of South Africa from 1954 to 1958.
Coetzee (J.M.) LATE ESSAYS,
297pp., hardback, London, 2017. R410
A collection of J.M. Coetzee's literary essays written between 2006 and 2017.
du Plessis (C.) WOMAN IN THE WINGS, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and the race for the Presidency
181pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R200
Freelance journalist Carien du Plessis investigates Dlamini Zuma's life and career, considers her feminism and political philosophy, tracks her presidential ambitions and campaigning, and explores how her relationship with her ex-husband and backer President Jacob Zuma has influenced her.
Erasmus (Z.) RACE OTHERWISE, forging a new humanism for South Africa
195pp., illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R385
"'Race Otherwise' brings together the full amplitude of Zimitri Erasmus’s thinking about how race works. It tunes into registers both personal and social. It is not without indignation, and not...insensitive to emotion and...the anger inside South Africa. It is a book that is not afraid of questions of affect. Eros and love, Erasmus urges, are not separable from the hard work of thinking. "Crain Soudien, CEO of the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa

"Zimitri Erasmus questions the notion that one can know race with one's eyes, with racial categories and with genetic ancestry tests. She moves between the intimate probing of racial identities as we experience them individually, and analysis of the global historical forces that have created these identities and woven them into our thinking about what it means to be ‘human’...[She] argues for a new way of ‘coming to know otherwise’, of seeing the boundaries between racial identities as thresholds to be crossed, through politically charged acts of imagination and love" from the back cover

Zimitri Erasmus is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is the editor of "Coloured by History, Shaped by Place: New Perspectives on Coloured Identities in Cape Town" (2001).
Harris (P.) BARE GROUND, a novel
293pp., aperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R260
A novel set in Johannesburg about the intrigue and espionage surrounding a mining company's empowerment deal.

"'Bare Ground' is about the transient nature of dreams, but it is also an unyielding and engrossing critique of our new society, which grapples with the scourges of corruption and greed. The novel will lead to society's continuing appraisal of the policies of government in the face of rapacity reminiscent of the 1886 gold rush." Mandla Langa

Peter Harris is also the author of "Birth, the conspiracy to stop the '94 elections" and "In a Different Time, the inside story of the Delmas four", winner of the Alan Paton Non-Fiction Award. He practices as a lawyer in Johannesburg.
80pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Oxford, 2017. R335
Discusses both sides' experiences of the various battles of the Boer Wars of 1880-81 and 1899-1902.

Ian Knight's other books include "Voices from the Zulu War", "Brave Men's Blood", "Marching to the Drums" and "The Anatomy of the Zulu Army".
Leatt (D.) THE STATE OF SECULARISM, religion, tradition and democracy in South Africa
232pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R380
Dhammamegha Leatt examines the roles played by religion and traditional authority in apartheid South Africa and the position of religion in the post-apartheid state. She also analyses the negotiations relating to religion in the constitution-making process, and argues that while South Africa is secular in its Constitution and judicial foundations it is increasingly non-secular in its embrace of traditional authorities and customary law.

"The author deftly guides the reader through various committees, negotiation forums, interest groups, political parties and legal wrangles to uncover the often-surprising developments, alliances and political about-turns in the process of Constitution-making. This is not just politics as the search for power, or the politics of big men … but a thoroughly human affair with its attendant messiness, idealism, complexities and ambiguities." Ilana van Wyk, author of "A Church of Strangers: The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in South Africa"

Dhammamegha Annie Leatt is a research associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER).
Makgoba (T.) FAITH & COURAGE, praying with Mandela
223pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R280
Foreword by Graça Machel.

Thabo Makgoba's autobiography. He grew up in Alexandra township and studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and St Pauls College in Grahamstown. He became Archbishop of Cape Town on 31 December 2007, the youngest person ever to be elected to this position, and ministered to Nelson Mandela in the last few years of his life.

"A riveting account of one young black South African who beat the odds to become head of the Anglican church and courageously holds the government's feet in the fire." Desmond Tutu

"A moving tribute to Madiba whom Archbishop Makgoba celebrates as an exemplar and courage." Thabo Mbeki
295pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R250
Labour lawyer Frans Rautenbach argues that the free market and decentralisation of government can effectively address South Africa's problems.

Frans Rautenbach is also the author of "Set the Workers Free" and "Liberating South African Labour from the Law". He practices as an advocate and labour lawyer in Cape Town.
Roland (C.) WOLF TRAP,
347pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R260
The second novel in the Limbo trilogy.

Consuelo Roland is also the author of "The Good Cemetery Guide" and "Lady Limbo".
Vos (K.) SALUTE THE EAGLE, my experiences as a parabat in Angola
219pp., illus., paperback, Durban, 2017. R205
A fictionalised account of Kevin Vos' experiences in the South African Defence Force in 1975, culminating in his involvement in Operation Savannah.
Yeowart (W.) ed. THE DIARIES OF SAPPER ROBERT POOLE, 2343 Royal Engineers Telegraphist with the South African Field Force, Methuen's Division Field Force South Africa and Lord Roberts' Headquarters and Latterly Corporal Robert Poole, 2343 1st Telegraph Division, Royal Engineers Belfast (Transvaal), 20 October 1899 - 1 November 1900
184pp., illus., paperback, Durban, 2017. R265
Englishman Robert Poole arrived in South Africa in October 1899 to fight with the British troops against the Boers, witnessed various battles including those at Magersfontein, Colenso, Spionkop, Paardeberg and Driefontein, as well as the occupation of Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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