New Arrivals 14th to 20th of November 2017

175pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R200
A selection of the work presented at the 2016 McGregor Poetry Festival. Includes poems by Diana Ferrus, Dorian Haarhof, Helen Moffett, Kobus Moolman, Nick Mulgrew, Athol Williams, Wendy Woodward, Dan Wylie, and many others.

In English and Afrikaans.
Dangor (A.) DIKELEDI, child of tears, no more, a novel
329pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R260
A novel about a young African woman born and bred in Haarlem in New York.

"A complex family tale told with beautiful simplicity, searing honesty and unexpected humour. Dangor reveals the vulnerable humanity of people living in inhumane times." Mohale Mashigo, author of "The Yearning"

Achmat Dangor is also the author of "Waiting for Leila", "The Z Town trilogy", "Kafka's Curse" and "Bitter Fruit". He lives in Johannesburg.
Garman (A.) & Wasserman (H.) eds. MEDIA AND CITIZENSHIP, between marginalisation and participation
241pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R250
A collection of essays on the relationship between the media and democracy in highly unequal societies like South Africa.

Contributions include:
"Citizens and Journalists: the possibilities of co-creating the democracy we want" by Anthea Garman and Herman Wasserman
"Listening: a normative approach to transform media and democracy" by Tanja Dreher
"Speaking Power's Truth: South African media in service of the suburbs" by Steven Friedman
"A Better Life for All? Consumption snd citizenship in post-apartheid media culture" by Mehita Iqani
"'Don't Raise Your Voice. Improve Your Argument': Reason, emotion and affect in the post-apartheid public sphere" by Steven Robbins
"'Non-Poor Only': Culture jamming and the limits of free speech in South Africa" by Adam Haupt
"We Are Not 'Born-Frees': the real political and civic lives of eight young South Africans" by Vanessa Malila.

Anthea Garman is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University.
Herman Wasserman is Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town.
Klaaren (J.) FROM PROHIBITED IMMIGRANTS TO CITIZENS, the origins of citizenship and nationality in South Africa
244pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R320
An account of early conceptions of South African citizenship.

"While historical attention to the pre-apartheid era migration concentrates on Africans, especially miners, this book offers a compelling reminder of the interconnections between Asian and African mobility." Audie Klotz, Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University

Jonathan Klaaren is Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, appointed in the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management and in the Faculty of Humanities. He works in the School of Law and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Reearch (WiSER).
244pp., illus., paperback, Edinburgh, 2017. R300
An memoir by author Sheila Kohler about growing up in 1950s South Africa and her sister's suspicious death in a car accident.

"Beautiful and disturbing...It is a tragic tale, with echoes of cultural sexism and misogyny, yet a triumphant story of a young woman's liberation from this culture and her emergence as a writer." Joyce Carol Oates

"A rich and poignant memoir." J.M. Coetzee

Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg. She is the also the author of the novels "Dreaming for Freud", "Becoming Jane Eyre" and "Cracks". She teaches at Princeton University and lives in New York City.
279pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R260
"An entertaining joyride that illuminates the intricacies of the socio-economic realities of the 'blesser' phenomenon. There is a multi-dimensional richness and authentic texture to Bontle and her 'blessers', who will be immediately recognisable to readers in South Africa." Ndumiso Ngcobo, author of "Some of My Best Friends are White", "Is It Coz I'm Black?" and "Eat, Drink and Blame the Ancestors"

"Makholwa's writing crackles with wit and energy. 'The Blessed Girl' is a deliciously barbed satire of contemporary South Africa." Rebecca Davis, author of "Best White and ..."

Angela Makholwa is also the author of "Red Ink", "The 30th Candle" and "Black Widow Society". She lives in Johannesburg.
Perlman (H.) comp. & ed. & Lewis (M.) photo. VAYA, untold stories of Johannesburg, the people and stories that inspired the award-winning film
136pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R300
The script for the film "Vaya" was crafted in story workshops held over a period of 6 years at the Homeless Writers Project in Johannesburg by Tshabalira Lebakeng, Anthony Mafela, David Majoka and Madoda Ntuli. This book presents their stories.

Includes a brief history of Johannesburg by Peter Delius and insights into contemporary homelessness by Sarah Charlton.
Schadeberg (J.) THE WAY I SEE IT, a memoir
469pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R310
Photographer Jürgen Schadeberg was born in Berlin in 1931. In 1950 he emigrated to South Africa and became chief photographer, picture editor and art director at "Drum" magazine. In 1964 he left South Africa and worked in London, the USA and Europe before returning to South Africa in 1985 for 22 years. Currently he lives in Spain.

"Dapper man Jürgen Schadeberg, originally from Germany, is one of the few masters in journalism who welcomed me and kicked my ass to do better when I arrived in Sin City. This memoir is a broadcast of his journey South and through continental Europe - it is a reflection of Schadeberg's striking, interventionist, visual journalism: considerate, questioning, empathetic and ultimately beautifying." Bongani Madondo, author of "Sigh, the Beloved Country"
Schoeman (K.) SKEPELINGE, aanloop tot 'n roman
573pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R350
A impressionistic account of the early colonial period in South African history, based on Karel Schoeman's knowledge of the VOC-period. Schoeman described it as a product of the creative imagination rather than historical research.

In his lifetime Karel Schoeman write 19 novels as well as many historical and autobiographical works. He died in 2017.
Steenkamp (W.) THE BLACK BERET, the history of South Africa's armoured forces, volume 2, the Italian Campaign 1943-45 and post-war South Africa 1946-1961
366pp., illus., maps, hardback, d.w., Solihull, 2017. R695
Volume 2 of "The Black Beret" begins with the formation of the 6th South African Armoured Division and its subsequent campaign in Italy and ends with the events of 1945-61, including the introduction of the Centurion tank.

Volume 1, which begins with the introduction of armour to the battlefield and ends with the invasion of Madagascar by the South African forces during the Second World War, is still available.

Willem Steenkamp has written several books on South African military history, including "South Africa's Border War, 1966-1989".
Walker (M.) ON THE ROCKS, memorable south peninsula shipwrecks, 1853-1968
128pp., b/w & colour illus., maps. paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R220
First published in 2006 as "Shipwrecks of the Far South". This new edition includes new chapters, new illustrations and further research.
Walther (K.) comp. ELECTORAL SYSTEMS AND ACCOUNTABILITY, challenges and considerations for South Africa
213pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R250
Foreword by Roger Southall.

Analyses electoral systems in Germany, Ghana, Kenya, India, the UK, the USA and Zimbabwe, to determine which system is most appropriate for holding elected officials accountable.

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