New Arrivals 18th to 24th of July 2018

Baatjes (I.) ed. LEARNING FOR LIVING, towards a new vision for post-school learning in South Africa
292pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R250
Critically examines the relationship between post-school education and the world of work and makes proposals on how to transform the post-school system to better serve the needs and interests of rural and urban communities.
Bloemhof (F.) FEEDING TIME,
294pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R275
A thriller about a man returning to Cape Town's northern suburbs to rescue his brother from the family members he lives with.

"It's bloody good entertainment!" Koos Kombuis, author of "Vandag Wil Ek My Blou Skoene Dra"

Afrikaans writer Francois Bloemhof has written for adults, teenagers and children. He won the 1991 De Kat Prize for his debut novel, "Die Nag Het Net Een Oog". He has received four ATKV Children's Book awards, and won the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature. The thriller "Double Echo", his 24th novel for adults, was the first to be published in English.
de Vos (B.) TALION,
275pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R250
A thriller set in Pretoria. Also available in Afrikaans as "Wrok".

Journalist and writer Beyers de Vos is prose editor for the literary journal New Contrast. "Talion" is his first novel.
Duncan (J.) STOPPING THE SPIES, constructing and resisting the surveillance state in South Africa
291pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R350
Jane Duncan assesses the relevance of Edward Snowden’s revelations for South Africa, questioning the extent to which South Africa is becoming a surveillance society governed by a surveillance state. She also explores the forms of collective action needed to ensure that unaccountable surveillance does not take place and how to develop organised responses.

"This book makes a timely contribution to the study of surveillance in the South African context. It is important reading not only because of the detailed information it provides about threats to citizen freedoms in post-apartheid South Africa, but also for its constructive suggestions for public agency and resistance." Herman Wasserman, Professor of Media Studies and Director: Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town

Jane Duncan is Professor in the Department of Journalism, Film and Television, at the University of Johannesburg. She is author of "The Rise of the Securocrats: The Case of South Africa" and "Protest Nation: The Right to Protest in South Africa".
Foster (L.) REINVENTING HOODIA, peoples, plants, and patents in South Africa
209pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R350
First published in USA in 2017.

"Hoodia gordonii" is a succulent plant native to the Kalahari Desert known by indigenous San peoples to to reduce hunger, increase energy, and ease breastfeeding. "Laura Foster explores how the plant was reinvented through patent ownership, pharmaceutical research, the self-determination efforts of indigenous San peoples, contractual benefit sharing, commercial development as an herbal supplement, and bioprospecting legislation." from the back cover

“'Reinventing Hoodia' provides a well-researched, critically engaged account of a fascinating contested object of indigenous knowledge and intellectual property. Its illuminating account of hoodia across a range of scales makes significant conceptual and empirical contributions to feminist legal studies and to the history and philosophy of science.” Anne Pollock, author of "Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference"

“Foster’s fascinating account of complex negotiations between the indigenous San peoples, South African scientists, lawyers, and Big Pharma makes a valuable text for classes in law, the history, philosophy, and social studies of science, women’s studies, and anti-colonial studies. It also expands the horizon of fruitful research projects in these fields.” Sandra Harding, author of "Objectivity and Diversity: Another Logic of Scientific Research"

“Foster’s interdisciplinary work on Hoodia is both novel and timely. She offers a valuable analysis of science and its relationship to indigeneity.” Jennifer A. Hamilton, author of "Indigeneity in the Courtroom: Law, Culture, and the Production of Difference in North American Courts"

Laura Foster is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington with affiliations in African Studies and the Maurer School of Law. She is also Senior Researcher with the Intellectual Property Unit at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law.
Fowler (M.) PATAGONIA, a fugue
383pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R220
A novel about a young Afrikaner academic who seeks refuge among long-lost relatives in Patagonia.

Maya Fowler is also the author of "The Elephant in the Room". She grew up in Stellenbosch and Graaff-Reinet she now lives and works in Canada.
Groenink (E.) INCORRUPTIBLE, the story of the murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani
363pp., paperback, No Place, 2018. R280
Dutch investigative journalist Evelyn Groenink recounts her 30-year-long investigation into the assassination of Dulcie September, which led her to the assassinations of Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani. According to Groenink, what these three people had in common was that they were incorruptible and threatened the arms trade between France and South Africa - successive French governments had broken the United Nations arms embargo against apartheid South Africa.


"This book tells the story of the political assassinations of three brace activists and freedom fighters: Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani. Evelyn Groenink has unearthed how these comrades were murdered to make way for unscrupulous business deals, self-enrichment and political and military power. Underpinning this research is a geopolitics of apartheid: the quest for profit at any cost; the unscrupulous alliances; and the role of the apartheid state and homelands" Pravin Gordhan, from his foreword.

"Conspiracies...are often the brainchildren of a sensationalist press's fantasies. Greenlink's facts and arguments, however, do indicate a real pattern...on the basis of investigation and comparison of witness statements she finds, time and time again, the same circuit: arms trade, illegal diamind trade, bribery." de Standard der Letteren, Belgium
Hain (P.) MANDELA, his essential life
211pp., illus., paperback, London, 2018. R180
Peter Hain grew up in South Africa where his parents were jailed, banned and finally exiled to Britain by the apartheid regime. A noted anti-apartheid campaigner in the 1970s, he subsequently became a Labour MP and government minister. He is now a member of the House of Lords and Visiting Professor to the Wits Business School. His many books include "Don't Play with Apartheid" and a memoir "Outside In".
Hunt (J.) THE BOY WHO COULD KEEP A SWAN IN HIS HEAD,
286pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R260
A novel set in Johannesburg in 1967, about an 11-year-old boy who lives in a flat in Hillbrow with his mother and critically ill father.

John Hunt grew up in Hillbrow, and still lives and works in Johannesburg. He is currently Worldwide Creative Chair of advertising agency network TBWA. He is also the author of the novel "The Space Between the Space Between".
Mandela (N.) GOING TO THE MOUNTAIN, life lessons from my grandfather, Nelson Mandela
258pp., paperback, London, 2018. R320
In 1993, at the age of 11, Ndaba Mandela left Soweto to live with Nelson Mandela. He writes about his life with his grandfather, and shares traditional Xhosa stories and sayings.
Msimang (S.) ed. AS YOU LIKE IT, the Gerald Kraak anthology, African perspectives on gender, social justice and sexuality, vol. II
191pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R220
A collection of the short-listed entries to the award named after anti-apartheid activist Gerald Kraak (1956-2014). The Gerald Kraak Award is a joint initiative between The Other Foundation and the Jacana Literary Foundation.

Foreword by Mark Gevisser.

Includes fiction, poetry, journalism, academic writing and photography from across Africa by allies of the LGBTQI+ community. The winner was Pwaangulongii Dauod (Nigeria) for his essay "Africa's Future Has No Place for Stupid Black Men"
Naki (E.) BANTU HOLOMISA, the game changer, an authorised biography
336pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R290
Bantu Holomisa is a Member of Parliament and President of the United Democratic Movement. Born in the Transkei in 1955, he became head of the Transkei Defence Force, led successive coups against the homeland regime and became leader of its military government from 1987 to 1994, when Transkei was reintegrated into South Africa. In 1994 he was elected to the African National Congress National Executive Committee and served as Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism. Expelled from the ANC in 1996, he co-founded the United Democratic Movement in 1997.

Eric Naki works as a senior political reporter for The Citizen newspaper in Johannesburg.
Phillips (H.) CEMETERIES AND SYNAGOGUES, the foundation of organized jewry in South Africa
48pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R250
"These essays are built upon painstaking archival research conducted over many years. Phillips has uncovered and interpreted material that adds colour and nuance to our portrait of the foundation of Jewish communal life in South Africa. Sometimes these documents - synagogue minutes, correspondence, maps - have redrawn that picture entirely. He has done so, moreover, with the mission of the professional historian in mind: his goal has not been to celebrate but to illuminate and reveal." Adam Mendelsohn, Director, Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Cape Town

Emeritus Professor Howard Phillips worked in the Department of History at the University of Cape Town from 1974 to 2014.
Pityana (N.B.) ed. BUILDING BLOCKS TOWARDS AN AFRICAN CENTURY, essays in honour of Thabo Mbeki, former President of the Republic of South Africa
298pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R325
A collection of the essays presented at the 2012 colloquium themed "Mbeki@70", hosted by the University of South Africa, in partnership with the Thabo Mbeki Foundation.

Prefaces by Max Boqwana and Mandla Makhanya. Introduction by Barney Pityana.

Contributions include:
"Thirty-three Years of the HIV and AIDS Epidemic in South Africa: 1982-2015" by Tony Mbewu
"Global Renaissance Man! Reflections on Thabo Mbeki's grand foreign policy agenda for Africa and the Diaspora" by Chris Landsberg
"An Epistemological Agenda for the African Union in the Twenty-first Century: building strategic partnerships for an African Renaissance through education" by Catherine Hoppers.
Raina (A.) WHEN MORNING COMES,
223pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R195
First published in Canada and UK in 2016.

A novel for young adults set in Johannesburg in 1976, the year of the Soweto uprising.

"Raina brings to vivid life the youth of 1976, who achieved 'freedom in our lifetime'." Rehana Rossouw, author of "What Will People Say?"

"Raina's novel provides a riveting and candid depiction of life in South Africa at the cusp of an uprising which would eventually dismantle apartheid. But it is also a story of complicated friendships, a doomed love affair and the surprising strength and resilience of four young people living in impossible times." Canadian Children's Book News

Arushi Raina grew up in Johannesburg. She now lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. This is her first novel.
Rossouw (R.) NEW TIMES,
312pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R250
A novel set in Cape Town in 1995 about a young woman who lives with her devout Muslim family in Bo-Kaap and works as a political reporter in Parliament.

"There is a lot to like in this novel with Rossouw tackling a period when the idealism of the transition to democracy was taking its first hard knock. And in Ali, she has created a character who is going to have to face up to her own personal circumstances – living in a community where conformity is the watchword, particularly for women, is one problem. Hopes unfulfilled in both her own life and the wider society are taking their toll. But Rossouw doesn’t always manage to mesh her themes successfully. As the political part of the novel veers perilously close to didacticism, in an effort to keep the storytelling lively Rossouw offers too many descriptive flourishes that tend to stop the reader in their tracks. Particularly towards the end of the book, the two strands of her story sit a trifle uneasily together." Margaret von Klemperer for The Witness

Rehana Rossouw was born in Cape Town and currently works as a journalist in Johannesburg. Her first novel, "What Will People Say?", won the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences prize for fiction in 2017.
Schiffrin (A.) & Lugalambi (G.) ed. AFRICAN MUCKRAKING, 75 years of investigative journalism from Africa
347pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R280
Contributions include:
"Sol Plaatje: 'All we claim is our just dues'" and "Ruth First: the obligation to dissent" by Catherine Higgs
"David Martin: tracking the 1969 killing of Mozambique's independence fighter, Eduardo Mondlane" by James Brennan
"Gwen Lister and Pius Dunaiski: exposed plans to stop SWAPO at 'all costs'" by Ron Nixon
"Anton Harber calls an apartheid strongman a 'liar' and changes the game in the negotiations that led to a free South Africa" by Ferial Haffajee
"Exposing Apartheid's Death Squads" and "Nxumalo Goes Undercover to Expose Human Rights Violations in Apartheid South Africa" by Anton Harber
"Famine and Epidemic Disease in Africa" by Alex de Waal
"Khadija Sharife on the Kimberley Process: how a system created to eliminate conflict diamonds hid conflicts through secrecy, legislative blindspots and a good ol' dose of one-eyed policy-making" by William Gumede.

Anya Schiffrin teaches and runs the Technology, Media and Advocacy Program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in New York.
George Lugalambi is a media development practitioner and researcher based in Kampala, Uganda.
Sisulu (E.) & Magona (S.) ALBERTINA SISULU, abridged by Sindiwe Magona and Elinor Sisulu from the biography "Walter and Albertina Sisulu: in our lifetime" by Elinor Sisulu
129pp., illus., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R180
New foreword by Brigalia Bam.

Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu (1918-2011) was an anti–apartheid activist, and the wife of Walter Sisulu, who spent 25 years on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela. While her husband was in prison Albertina Sisulu raised the couple′s five children alone. In 1963 she spent almost two months in solitary confinement and was banned for most of the 1960s. She became National Co-President of the United Democratic Front at its inception in 1983, was Deputy President of the ANC Women's League and in 1994 became a member of Parliament. She retired in 1998.
Vahed (G.) CHOTA MOTALA, a biography of political activism in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands
300pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2018. R425
Chota Motala (1921-2005) studied medicine in India and on his return to South Africa in 1948 set up a practice in Pietermaritzburg. He was elected chairperson of the Pietermaritzburg branch of the Natal Indian Congress in 1953 and was one of the 156 accused in the 1956 Treason Trial. In 1960 he was charged with incitement for his role in a strike by local leatherworkers, detained during the 1960 State of Emergency, banned from 1963 to 1968, and detained again during the 1986 State of Emergency. When the ANC was unbanned in 1990 he was elected chairperson of his branch. Although he declined nomination to serve as an ANC MP he accepted Nelson's Mandela request to become Ambassador to Morocco.

Goolam Vahed is Professor of History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His recent books include "Schooling Muslims in Natal" (with Thembisa Waetjen), "The Making of a South African Township" (edited with Ashwin Desai) and "Crossing Space and Time in the Indian Ocean" (with Surendra Bhana).
Verwoerd W.) BLOEDBANDE, 'n donker tuiskoms
304pp., illus., paperback, Tafelberg, 2018. R290
A memoir by Wilhlem Verwoerd in which writes about making peace with his family and dealing with the legacy of his grandfather, former National Party Prime Minister HF Verwoerd, assassinated in 1966. He reads old diaries belonging to his grandmother, Betsie Verwoerd, talks to friends and colleagues who suffered under apartheid, and to his mother about her experiences of the family.

"Unieke materiaal, insiggewend end angrypend - 'n belangrike boek." Annemarie Mischke, former senior deputy editor of Rapport

"Sny tot die kern van menswees en ons daaglike keuses - liries en onthutsend." Tobie Wiese, author of "Corporate Governance in South Africa"

Wilhelm Verwoerd was born in 1964. He joined the ANC in the early 1990s and worked for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and for reconciliation in North Ireland and South Africa.
Willan (B.) SOL PLAATJE, a life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, 1876-1932
711pp., illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2018. R380
"This book started out as a modest attempt to update the biography I wrote in 1984. It has ended up, however, as a wholly new book and, I hope, the better for it. I have been able to uncover far more new evidence and information than I had imagined possible, shedding new light on almost every aspect of his life..." Brian Willan, from his preface

Journalist and writer Sol Plaatje (1876-1932) was one of the founders of the ANC, a leading spokesperson for black opinion, and the author of "Mafeking Diary", "Native Life in South Africa" and "Mhudi".

"When a master craftsman spends decades engaging with a historical figure of towering proportions and importance, one has all the makings of a classic. Willan's 'Sol Plaatje' should stand - centre-shelf - in every personal and public library in southern Africa and beyond because it offers us a magnificent evocation of the life of one of our greatest countrymen.: Charles van Onselen, author of "Small Matter of a Horse" and "The Seed Is Mine, the life of Kas Maine, a South African sharecropper"

"This is a commanding – and important – biography of Sol Plaatje with a clear purpose, to bring to light a story of how this very remarkable South African figure understood himself and to illuminate the ideas and beliefs that sustained him. A blockbuster of humane historical writing and a monumental research achievement." Bill Nasson, author of "The War for South Africa" and "Springboks on the Somme"

"It takes a historian who was invested many years in research to write a biography as detailed as this one. Willan relates Plaatje’s story with such amazing skill that this biography is a pleasure to read. It is as detailed as it is beautifully written in accessible language." Sabata-mpho Mokae, author of "The Story of Sol T. Plaatje"

Brian Willan is currently an Honorary Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of English in Africa, Rhodes University. His most recent books are "Sol Plaatje's Native Life in South Africa: past and present", co-edited with Janet Remmington and Bheki Peterson, and "Sol Plaatje, selected writings".
Xenopoulos (R.) THE SEASON OF GLASS,
366pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R275
A novel about twins born into a war-torn society and the rabbi who recognises them as the long-awaited gift to humankind.

"'The Season of Glass' is a massive book, written with skill and beauty. It turns the reader to look again and again at a world and the possibility of redemptive love, as well as the horror of humanity when it turns on itself...A tour de force of a story that will have you enthralled from beginning to end. Or wondering whether there is a beginning or an end. Pure brilliance captured as a wonderful read. It is not a sermon, it is a love song. It is a story about that which may save us." Jennifer Crocker, Cape Times

Rahla Xenopoulos is also the author of the novels "Bubbles" and "Tribe" and of "A Memoir of Love and Madness, living with bipolar disorder". She lives in Cape Town.

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