New Arrivals 7th to 13th of February 2017

Desai (A.) REVERSE SWEEP, a story of South African cricket since apartheid
272pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R240
"A brutal and brilliant analysis of transformation in cricket since the late apartheid years." André Odendaal, co-author of "Cricket & Conquest".

"If you are looking for a scholarly and hard-hitting analysis of South African cricket, its triumphs, its tragedies and its tumultuous path to the new democratic dispensation, you could do no better that to read this book." Chris Nicholson, co-author of "The Level Playing Field: how the Aurora Cricket Club stumped apartheid"

Ashwin Desai is Professor of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. He is also the co-author of "Black in Whites: a century of cricketing struggles in KwaZulu-Natal", the editor of "The Race to Transform: sport in post-apartheid South Africa" and the author of "Reading Revolution, Shakespeare on Robben Island".
351pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R275
An Afrikaans thriller about a woman detective investigating a series of murders in Johannesburg.

Lerina Erasmus was born and grew up in Namibia. She is the author of various plays for radio, including Die Mannheim-sage, which was adapted for television in 1986. She lives in Johannesburg.
Herrmann (L.) [ZOMBIE ZA], living as the undead in South Africa
125pp., illus., paperback, No Place, 2016. R130
A guide to living as a zombie in South Africa, while waiting for the Apocalypse.

Lee Herrmann is also the author of "Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse" and "The South African Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide".
Mbanga (W. & T.) SERETSE & RUTH,
387pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2005) 2016. R250
Reprint of Wilf and Trish Mbanga's account of the marriage between Seretse Khama, heir to the Kingdom of Bamangwato, and Ruth Williams, who worked as a clerk for a firm of underwriters at Lloyd's of London. Their plans to marry caused controversy with the apartheid government of South Africa, the British government, and the tribal elders in Bechuanaland. Seretse Khama became the first President of independent Botswana in 1966 and Ruth Khama was an influential, politically active First Lady during his four consecutive terms as president.

Foreword by Alexander McCall Smith.
Ndandani (M.) LIVING IN A HUT, in 21st century South Africa
142pp., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2015. R230
Monde Ndandani examines the socio-economic, political and cultural life of the inhabitants of rural hut-homesteads and hut-villages in the Eastern Cape and North-West Province, South Africa.

Monde Ndandani grew up in a rural village in Madokisini in the Eastern Cape. He works in the Faculty of Education at the University of the North-West and is currently completing his PhD.
Solomons (A.) A SEASON OF TENDERNESS AND DREAD, a collection of poems, meditations and photographs
74pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R95
Abu Baker Solomons is a retired school principal. He was awarded a fellowship to pursue research in African literature at Northwestern University, USA, in 1992. He lives in Cape Town.
van Heerden (O.) CONSISTENT OR CONFUSED?, the politics of Mbeki's foreign policy, 1995-2007
168pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R280
Foreword by former President Kgalema Motlanthe.

"In a wide-ranging and timely study, Van Heerden carefully hones the frequently abused concepts of middle power, regional hegemony and soft power, using them to dissect South African foreign policy." Charles Jones, University of Cambridge
wa Thiongo (N.) IN THE NAME OF THE MOTHER, reflections on writers & empire
146pp., paperback, Woodbridge, Rochester & Nairobi, 2013. R255
This collection of essays by novelist, dramatist and academic Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o include:
"Nation in the Underground: Alex la Guma's 'In the Fog of the Season's End'"
"Birth of a Nation: narrating the national question in Pepetela's 'Mayombe'"
"Writing a National Agenda: patriarchy as domestic colonialism in Tsitsi Dangarembga's 'Nervous Conditions'"

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.

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