New Arrivals 11th to 17th of April 2018

Bank (L,) & Qebeyi (M.) IMONTI MODERN, picturing the life & times of a South African location
238pp., illus., maps. paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R200
A social history of East London's Coloured and African townships from the early 1950s until these communities were destroyed in the early 1960s by apartheid-era forced removals.

"Surfacing histories preserved in sources from images to poetry and earlier scholarly texts, this volume offers a highly unusual engagement with a sometimes neglected city. Accessible, entertaining, yet deeply researched, the authors take the reader on a journey through extraordinary experiences as East London grew from a small city to a major centre of social and economic life in the Eastern Cape. The book brings East London and its citizens, once more, into place alongside the largest South African metropolitan areas and others with deep histories of segregation. East London's own character and roles in the formation of contemporary society spring from the pages and both widen and deepen understandings of urbanism in African contexts." Alan Mabin, Emeritus Professor of Urban Studies, Wits University

Leslie Bank is Deputy Executive Director at the HSRC in Cape Town and Adjunct Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Fort Hare.
Mxolisi Qebeyi is a community activist and historian, a photographer and film maker, who also served as a ward councillor in Duncan Village, formerly the East London location.
Botiveau (R.) ORGANISE OR DIE?, democracy and leadership in South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers
344pp., illus., map, paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R420
A history of South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

"A splendid effort, 'Organise or Die' is a path-breaking new account of the history of NUM. No-one will be able to write about unionisation in South Africa, especially in the mining sector, without engaging with Botiveau's thoughtful insights and provocative argument." T. Dunbar Moodie, author of "Going for Gold: men, mines and migration"

"The historical angle Botiveau takes in analysing NUM allows him to answer questions about the Marikana massacre that current scholarship only hints at but hasn't unpacked...South African unions are at a major crossroad and this book offers valuable insights for their future direction." Asanda Benya, Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town
de Vries (R.), Burger (C.) & Steenkamp (W.) MOBILE WARFARE FOR AFRICA + ATLAS, on the successful conduct of wars in Africa and beyond - lessons learnt from the South African Border War
390pp. + 96 pp., 2 vols., maps, colour illus., 2 x paperbacks, Solihull, 2017. R750
Case studies and examples of combat practices drawn mainly from the Namibian-Angolan-South African Border War.
Gastrow (M.) THE STARS IN OUR EYES, representations of the Square Kilometre Array Telescope in the South African media
244pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R250
Michael Gastrow analyses the representation of the SKA, the largest telescope on Earth, in the South African media from September 2011 to August 2012, and addresses gaps in the literature on science communication, especially in an African context.
Hamilton (G.) & Huddart (D.) eds. A COMPANION TO MIA COUTO,
243pp., paperback, Woodbridge & Rochester, 2016. R245
"For anyone who still remains to be convinced about the importance of Mia Couto as an imperative 21st-century 'must read' author, this sophisticated but very readable volume will, surely, and definitively, do the trick." Hilary Owen, Professor of Portuguese and Luso-African Studies, University of Manchester

Contributions include:
"Mia Couto in Context" by David Brookshaw
"Mia Couto or the Art of Storytelling" by Patrick Chabal
"The Multiple Worlds of Mia Couto" by Bill Ashcroft
"'Ask Life', animism & the metaphysical detective" by David Huddart
"Mia Couto & translation" by Stefan Helgesson
"An Interview with Mia Couto", conducted by Grant Hamilton and David Huddart (translated from the Portuguese by David Brookshaw).

Grant Hamilton and David Huddart are both Associate Professors of English Literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Head (V.) ed. FEATHERINGS, true stories in search of birds
183pp., hardback. d.w., Johannesburg, 2017. R250
A collection of essays by South African bird observers, including Vernon Head, David Letoalo, Rob Little, Claire Spottiswoode, Peter Ryan, Warwick Tarboton, Peter Steyn, and Ross Wanless.

Vernon Head is also the author of "The Search for the Rarest Bird in the World".
Kirkinis (N.) THE CURSE OF TEKO MODISE,
183pp., illus., paerback, Johannesburg, 2017. R200
A biography of South African professional footballer Teko Modise, who plays as a midfielder for Cape Town City in the Premier Soccer League. He played for Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, and represented South Africa at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and 2010 FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Nikolaos Kirkinis works as a freelance writer for the sports publicartion Soccer Laduma.
Mabuza (L.) ed. CONVERSATIONS WITH UNCLE O.R. TAMBO, childhood memoirs in exile
184pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R335
A collection of letters written to O.R. Tambo on the centenary of his birth, by those who were children growing up in exile during his time as President of the ANC. Contributors include Jackie Motsepe, Sisonke Msimang, David Brown, Kananelo Sexwale, Zola Maseko, Thandi Modise, and Shaka Sisulu.
Magona (S.) & Jablonski (N.) text & Fellman (L.) illus. SKIN WE ARE IN,
43pp., oblong 4to., colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R100
A children's book about why humans have different skins, and how people's thinking about skin colour has changed throughout history.

The book is currently available in English, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, and Sepedi. It will be published in 10 languages.
Mohlele (N.) MICHAEL K,
138pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R220
"A work of reflective intensity, re-imagining a memorable character from JM Coetzee's world of stark and sparse prose and transplanting him in Mohlele's ornate and lyrical one. Told mostly in a restrained register and with direct characterisation that consciously distances the readers emotionally, the work glistens with humour and a delightful turn of phrase. Mohlele pays homage to Coetzee by appropriating and subverting Coetzee's tools of metafiction and intertextuality to provide his own closure to 'Life and Times of Michael K'." Zakes Mda

Nthikeng Mohlele is also the author of the novels "The Scent of Bliss", "Small Things", "Rusty Bell" and "Pleasure", which won the 2016 University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing in English as well as the 2017 K. Sello Duiker Memorial Prize.
Pikoli (P.) THE FATUOUS STATE OF SEVERITY,
150pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R170
This collection of short stories and illustrations was originally self-published in 2016. This new edition includes 6 additional stories and a new introduction.

Phumlani Pikoli is a journalist and artist who lives in Johannesburg.
Shakinovsky (T.), Cort (S.) & Segal (L.) THE KNOCK ON THE DOOR, the story of the Detainees' Parents Support Committee
234pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R275
Foreword by Desmond Tutu.

The Detainees' Parents Support Committee (DPSC) was started in 1981 in Johannesburg by parents, spouses and families of activists who were detained and had no recourse to legal intervention.
Shumba (J.) ZIMBABWE'S PREDATORY STATE, party, military and business
210pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2018. R345
Political analyst Jabusile Shumba"interrogates the party, military and business complex, modes of accumulation across key economic sectors and implications for development outcomes." from the back cover

"Shumba provides a vivid glimpse into the murkey inner workings of the ZANU-PF regime. HE documents how, beyond seizing land, a party-military alliance has looted Zimbabwe's mining, banking and energy sectors. Zimbabwe's tragic story illustrates the anatomy of a predatory state; neither developmental nor failed, it survives its own contradictory impulses through dominance and violence. Recommended." Michael Bratton, University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University
Thakur (V.) JAN SMUTS AND THE INDIAN QUESTION,
115pp., paperback, Off-Centre New Perspectives on Public Issues, vol. 2, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R195
Jan Smuts' encounters with Indian diplomats at the Imperial Conferences from 1917 to 1923 and at the United Nations in 1946.

Vineet Thakur is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Leiden University, the Netherlands.
van der Westhuizen (C.) SITTING PRETTY, white Afrikaans women in postapartheid South Africa
240pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2017. R365
Explores the postapartheid identity of white Afrikaans-speaking women through the concepts of 'ordentlikheid' (respectability) and the 'volksmoeder' (mother of the nation).

"...offers a path-breaking, nuanced and insightful reading of white, middle-class, heterosexual 'Afrikaner' women in postapartheid South Africa. Van der Westhuizen's analysis of popular culture draws on poststructuralist theory to provide insight into how key signifiers work to fix meaning and shape everyday life. 'Sitting Pretty' also crucially explores the redemptive possibilities of dissenting Afrikaners, bringing home the implications of the role of shame in the transformation of relations and the restoration of ties to others.Van der Westhuizen's mapping of struggles to fix meaning in popular culture makes a serious contribution to our understanding of the complexities of the postapartheid order, and to what is demanded from us if we are truly to realise that order." Aletta Norval, Professor of Political Theory, University of Sussex, and author of "Deconstructing Apartheid Discourse"

Christi van der Westhuizen is also the author of "White Power & the Rise and Fall of the National Party". Currently she is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Pretoria.
Walker (C.) & (A.) RHINO REVOLUTION, searching for new solutions
224pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R320
Clive and Anton Walker, authors of "Rhino Keepers" (2012), discuss corruption and the criminal justice system, the need for more community engagement, the importance of the private rhino owner, and the costs of protecting the rhino in South Africa.

Clive Walker founded the Endangered Wildlife Trust and co-founded the Rhino and Elephant Foundation and the African Rhino Owners Association. He served on the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group for nearly 14 years and on the South African Parks Board for 6 years.
Anton Walker, Clive's son, was General Manager of Lapalala Wilderness Reserve and is currently Director and Curator of the Waterberg Living Museum in Limpopo Province.
Watson (F.) et al text & Bertish (H.) et al photo. THE GARDEN OF BABYLONSTOREN,
191pp., 4to., illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2018. R400
The history, design, plants, cultivation methods, and people involved in the 2.5 hectare mostly edible garden of Babylonstoren, a farm hotel and spa in the Drakenstein Valley of the Cape Winelands.

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