New Arrivals 22nd to 28th of August 2018

Angula (O.) SWAPO CAPTIVE, a comrade's experience of betrayal and torture
179pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R230
In 1978 Olva Angula left Windhoek, went into exile in Angola and joined SWAPO's military wing, PLAN. Branded as an apartheid spy and traitor he was tortured by his comrades and imprisoned for four and a half years in the pits in Lubango.

"Adds significantly towards our understanding of the glory and pain that characterised the Namibian liberation struggle." Professor André du Pisani, political scientist

"An important and compelling story, dealing with a shameful part of Namibian history that deserves not to be forgotten." Werner Menges, journalist

Olva Angula was a founding member of the Namibia Black Students Organisation (NABSO) and leader of a local branch of the SWAPO Youth League. He received training at the Academy of Social Sciences and Social Management in Bulgaria and the International Institute for the Training of Journalists in Hungary. He is a founding member and acting chairman of Breaking the Wall of Silence, a Namibia-based NGO that advocates for the rights of those detained by SWAPO during the Namibian War of Independence.
Breytenbach (G.) & Brodie (N.) THE RULE OF LAW, a memoir
259pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R285
A memoir by former state prosecutor for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Glynnis Breytenbach, as told to journalist Nechama Brodie. In 2012, after working for the NPA for 26 years, she was suspended as senior prosecutor and had criminal charges levelled against her. She was acquitted on all charges. She claims her threat to go to court to challenge her superiors’ decision to withdraw fraud and corruption charges against controversial crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli was behind her suspension and the subsequent criminal charges. Breytenbach is now a Member of Parliament for the Democratic Alliance and South Africa's Shadow Minister of Justice.

"I was always impressed with the fairness and high level of integrity shown by Glynnis. But, above all, I like the fire in her. She truly has fire in her belly." Advocate Vusi Pikoli, National Director of Public Prosecutions (2005 - 2007)
221pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R265
A novel about a man who lives alone, off the grid, on a small-holding in the Overberg, and grows vegetables and dagga in order to survive financially.

Jean-Pierre de Kock lives in Somerset-West. "Die Daggaboer" is his first novel.
Driver (C. J.) BEFORE, a sequence of poems
40pp., paperback, East Molesey & Cape Town, 2018. R225
"How does one write poetry about a lost homeland that was both paradise and prison? Jonty Driver answers that question with 'Before', a haunting, virtuoso sequence which represents a kind of verse 'Bildungsroman' woven of unreliable encounters with a lost self. He creates deep meaning out of an impossibility of return, recognisable to anyone rendered homeless by the turmoil of the twentieth century. His South Africa can equally stand for my Eastern Europe, and so many other troubled parts of the world." Professor Vesna Goldsworthy, Serbian writer and poet

"There is an unusual honesty and courage about these poems. Beginning in memory or dream, or in the strange terrain between the two, they constitute an autobiography of the poet as a child and a young man. But recollection does not secure either the past or the continuity of the self. The voice in these poems is quietly but insistently questioning. And what it questions is not just the meaning of memory and dream, but the limits of experience itself. 'Before' is a work where a measured voice encounters what disturbs measure. These are poems of great emotional range and intelligence." Jon Cook

C.J. (Jonty) Driver was born in Cape Town in 1939. As a student he served as President of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS) and spent time in solitary confinement. Forced into exile in 1964 he worked as a teacher and headmaster in England and Hong Kong. Now retired and a full-time writer, he lives in East Sussex. He is the author of five novels, six volumes of poetry and a biography of Patrick Duncan.
February (J.) TURNING AND TURNING, exploring the complexities of South Africa's democracy
326pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R280
Governance specialist, lawyer and columnist Judith February reflects on South Africa's democratic journey over the past 18 years, and especially on the crisis and frustration of the years since Jacob Zuma assumed office in 2009. She also focuses on the 12 years she spent at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) working on the arms deal, IDASA's party-funding campaign as well as issues of accountability and transparency. She was head of their South African governance programme for nine years.

"In this excellent book, Judith Febuary, one of South Africa's finest political analysts, dissects the ills of our country with quiet authority and insight. I highly recommend it." Barney Mthombothi

Judith February is now based at the Institute for Security Studies and is also a Visiting Fellow at the WITS School of Governance. Prior to this she was Executive Director of the HSRC's Democracy and Governance unit. She write regularly for Daily Maverick and Eyewitness News.
363pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R280
A novel about a teenager suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the effect of his condition on his family.

Máire Fisher is the author of the novel "Birdseye". She lives in Cape Town.
Hamill (J.) AFRICA'S LOST LEADER, South Africa's continental role since apartheid
170pp., paperback, Abingdon & New York, 2018. R200
"James Hamill's penetrating study is a welcome, indeed highly original analysis of South Africa's foreign policy. It is very well researched, closely argued and written with verve and clarity. The tone throughout is detached yet always relevant. This timely account adds significantly to our understanding of an important topic in international studies and will be of considerable intellectual benefit to both scholars and practitioners." J. E. Spence, King's College, London

"The ANC government's domestic policies have been characterised as 'muddling through'. This well researched and accessibly written book by James Hamill shows the government's foreign policies have been similarly 'muddled through' with disastrous consequences on South Africa's influence, and prestige, in Africa. This book is a must read especially for South African business people whose companies are invested in other African countries." Moeletsi Mbeki, Chairperson, South African Institute of International Affairs

James Hamill lectures in the School of History and International Relations at the University of Leicester, UK.
Hope (C.) THE CAFÉ DE MOVE-ON BLUES, in search of the new South Africa
311pp., map, paperback, Reprint, London, (2018) 2018. R290
Christopher Hope contemplates the position of white South Africans in post-apartheid South Africa.

“This is an account of a journey around South Africa. It is a search for understanding of who ‘we’ are and what we thought we were doing there.” from the author's preface

"Hope is uniquely placed to write about the evolution of South Africa in the last half century. With his writing repeatedly banned, he was hounded into exile in the ’70s but continued to bait the authorities from afar. He now visits the country regularly, clocking the subtle changes that we, who live here, do not see...'The Café de Move-on Blues' is his apogee, an immensely wise distillation of his thinking and observations over decades and, as has been described, 'an elegy to a living nation, which is still mad and absurd'”. Michele Magwood in the Sunday Times

Christopher Hope was born in Johannesburg in 1944. He is the author of nine novels, including "Kruger’s Alp", which won the Whitbread Prize for Fiction. He has also written a memoir, "White Boy Running". He lives in London.
240pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R245
A novel about a young woman who loses her job and is forced to return to the small West Coast town where she grew up and face her unconventional family.

Annie Klopper is a lecturer, poet and former music journalist. She is the author of "Biography of a Band" , about the rock group Fokofpolisiekar. "Die Tragiese Saak van Pamina Vermaak" is her first novel.
432pp., illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R275
An account of Zulu history told through the institution of the Zulu monarchy, beginning with the reign of Shaka and following his successors - Dingane, Mpande, Cetshwayo, Dinuzulu, Solomon, Cyprian and the current king, Goodwill Zwelithini.

John Laband is Professor Emeritus of History, Wilfid Laurier University, Canada. He was previously Professor of History at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. His other books include "Rope of Sand", "Zulu Warriors: the battle for the South African frontier", "The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation" and "The Assassination of King Shaka". He lives in Greyton in the Western Cape.
330pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R270
A novel set in an unnamed African nation after a civil war, about a girl said to have hatched from a golden egg.

"A dazzling novel of delicate and astonishing magic. 'The Theory of Flight' is a joyful tapestry of characters shaped but never deformed by the tensions of the times they traverse, narrated in prose of devastatingly beautiful simplicity." Tsitsi Dangaremba, author of "Nervous Conditions"

Writer, filmmaker and academic Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu was born in Zimbabwe and currently lives and works in Johannesburg. She wrote, directed and edited the short film "Graffiti". "The Theory of Flight" is her first novel.
Nyarota (G.) THE GRACELESS FALL OF ROBERT MUGABE, the end of a dictator's reign
200pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R220
Zimbabwean journalist Geoffrey Nyarota discusses the political and economic impact of Robert Mugabe's presidency, the rifts within ZANU-PF, the growing ambition Grace Mugabe, the sacking of Vice President Mnangagwe in 2017 and how this led to Mugabe's downfall.

Geoffrey Nyarota was editor the state-owned daily, The Chronicle, and was dismissed when he exposed the Willowgate scandal in 1988. In 1999 he founded The Daily News, which was banned in 2003. He was a Fellow of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, and has received the Golden Pen for Freedom and Unesco's Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Award. His first book, "Against the Grain, memoirs of a Zimbabwean newsman", was published in 2006.
Nyathi (S.) THE GOLD DIGGERS, a novel
281pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R265
A novel set in 2008, about a group of Zimbabweans who pay to be smuggled into South Africa in the hope of a better life.

Investment analyst Sue Nyathi was born and raised in Bulawayo and lives in Johannesburg. Her first novel, "The Polygamist"' was published in 2012.
Szczurek (K.) comp. & ed. YOU MAKE ME POSSIBLE, the love letters of Karina M. Szczurek & André Brink
302pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2018. R230
A selection of the letters written between November 2004 and March 2005.

Foreword by Elleke Boehmer.

Writer and editor Karina Szczurek is also the author of "The Fifth Mrs Brink", a memoir about her years married to André Brink, and "Truer than Fiction: Nadine Gordimer writing post-apartheid South Africa" and "Invisible Others", and co-editor of "Encounters with André Brink", "Contrary: critical responses to the novels of André Brink" and "Water, new short fiction from Africa".

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