New Arrivals 24th to 30th of October 2018

Bickford-Smith (V.) & Nasson (B.) eds. ILLUMINATING LIVES, biographies of fascinating people from South African history
249pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R280
This collection of biographical essays includes:
"Tiyo Soga: the object of wonder" by Vivian Bickford-Smith
"John Koenakeefe Mohl: painting with a peculiar beauty" by Neil Parsons
"Lilian Ngoyi: flying with clipped wings" by Martha Evans
"Jane Turner: a tale of love and loss" by Jackie May
"Stephen Watson: the master of melancholy" by Christopher Hope
"Tyhini Robert Qengwa: a portrait of quiet courage" by Sindiwe Magona.

"The best way to make a society's history come alive is to tell the full human stories of its actors. 'Illuminating Lives' does this brilliantly with the revealing biographies of eleven special South Africans." Max du Preez, author of "Of Renegades, Romantics and Rabble-Rousers" and "A Rumour of Spring"

"This highly readable book will appeal to a wide range of readers, from professional historians to general readers looking for interesting biographies. Some of the subjects are already well known, others have been forgotten about, and others are the ordinary people whose stories are seldom told." Alan Kirkaldy, Professor of History, Rhodes University

Vivian Bickford-Smith is Extraordinary Professor in the History Department at Stellenbosch University. His publications include "Black and White in Colour: African history on screen" and "The Emergence of the South African Metropolis: cities and identities in the twentieth century".
Bill Nasson is Emeritus Professor of History at Stellenbosch University. His most recent book is "History Matters: selected writings, 1970-2016".
Chikane (R.) BREAKING A RAINBOW, BUILDING A NATION, the politics behind #MustFall movements
256pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R290
An examination of the student politics that informed and drove the university protests in South Africa between 2015 and 2017

Rekgotsofetse Chikane, a Mandela-Rhodes Scholar, completed his Master of Public Policy degree at the University of Oxford in 2017. In 2016 he was chosen as one of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans.
Heyl (A.) BANK ROBBER, my time with André Stander
206pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R280
In 1977 26-year-old Allan Heyl was sentenced to 15 years for bank robbery. In prison he teamed up with ex-policeman and convicted bank robber André Stander. In October 1983 the two men escaped and, as the notorious 'Stander Gang', robbed banks. After a police raid on the gang's hide-out in Johannesburg they fled the country. Heyl was arrested in England and sentenced to nine years imprisonment. After serving his time in the UK he was extradited back to South Africa where he was sentenced to a further 33 years. Since his release in 2005 he has worked as a motivational speaker. André Stander was shot by police in the USA in 1984.
Hofstatter (S.) LICENCE TO LOOT, how the plunder of Eskom and other parastatals almost sank South Africa
278pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R260
Stephan Hofstatter has twice been the recipient of the Taco Kuiper award for investigative journalism.
295pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R230
Sihle Khumao, author of "Dark Continent My Black Arse", "Heart of Africa" and "Almost Sleeping my Way to Timbuktu", spent 20 days driving throughout South Africa investigating the state of the nation.
226pp., illus., maps, paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2018. R350
First published in the USA and UK in 2018.

Gary Kynoch challenges the prevailing narrative which attributes the bulk of the violence that occurred in and around Johannesburg during the four years of negotiations that preceded the 1994 South African election, in which an estimated 14 000 people died, to a joint state security force and IFP assault against ANC supporters. He argues for a narrative that includes the aggression of ANC militants, the intersection between criminal and political violence, and clashes between groups aligned with the ANC.

"A powerful re-reading of modern South African history following apartheid that examines the violent transformation during the transition era and how this was enacted in the African townships of the Witwatersrand...An impeccable study, and one which is in many ways disturbing..." Roger Southall, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand,

Gary Kynoch is Associate Professor of History at Dalhousie University. He is the author of "We are Fighting the World: a history of the Marashea Gangs in South Africa, 1947-1999".
Mashigo (M.) INTRUDERS, short stories
182pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R180
Mohale Mashigo is the author of the novel, "The Yearning", which won the 2016 University of Johannesburg Debut Prize for South African Writing in English. She also writes "Kwezi", the comic book series.
Ndlovu (R.) IN THE JAWS OF THE CROCODILE, Emmerson Mnangagwa's rise to power in Zimbabwe
206pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R250
Foreword by Mzilikazi wa Afrika, author of "Nothing Left to Steal".

Emmerson Mnangagwa became the new President of Zimbabwe in November 2017 when Robert Mugabe was forced to resign after 37 years in power. Ndlovu analyses the sudden shift in power within ZANU-PF, discusses the military intervention against Mugabe and his allies and the mass demonstrations that took place, and concludes with an account of the disputed 2018 election.

Journalist Ray Ndlovu lives in Harare and writes for the Sunday Times and Business Day.
Neame (S.) IMPRISONED, the experience of a prisoner under apartheid
472pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R280
Anti-apartheid activist and SACP member Sylvia Neame's account of her 3-year imprisonment in Barberton maximum security prison after being found guilty under the Suppression of Communism Act in 1965. On her release in 1967 she left the country and lived in Britain and Germany. She returned to South Africa in 2014 and lives in Johannesburg. She is the author of the three-volume "The Congress Movement, the unfolding of the Congress Alliance 1912-1961".
Nicol (M.) SLEEPER,
351pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R250
A thriller set in Cape Town involving the murder of the Minister of Energy, the suicide of the policeman investigating the murder, Iranian agents, the theft of enriched uranium, ISIS, the CIA, and the kidnapping of a top scientist.

Mike Nicol has written novels, works of non-fiction nd poetry. His crime thrillers include the Revenge Trilogy, "Of Cops and Robbers", "Agents of the State" and "Power Play". He lives in Cape town.
Strachan (S.) NEVERTHELESS, Sparkian tales in Bulawayo
66pp., illus., paperback, Bulawayo, 2018. R280
A series of short stories published in celebration of Muriel Spark's centenary in 2018.

Shane Strachan lives in Scotland. He is one of Scottish Book Trust's Robert Louis Stevenson Fellows. He visited Bulawayo in 2015 and 2016.
Viney (G.) THE LAST HURRAH, South Africa and the Royal Tour of 1947
386pp., b/we & colour illus., map, paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R285
From February to April 1947, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, together with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, travelled across South Africa in the specially commissioned White Train.

"For me, this was the literary surprise of the decade, to be so moved and enlightened by a book about British royals and their 1947 tour of South Africa. In Viney's hands, this apparent non-event turns into a vivid and unforgettable excursion into a world peopled by gracious blue bloods, lovely princesses, bowing colonials and great throngs of Boers and natives, inexplicably cheering the rulers of a kingdom that subjugated their ancestors. Bathed in the fading glow of empire and buffeted by the coming storm of political struggle, Viney's South Africa is a country most of us will barely recognise, teetering on the brink of convulsive change and yet almost united, at least for a moment, by love for a king and queen who weren't really ours. This is a very fine book. It deserves readers." Rain Malan, author of My Traitor's Heart"

Graham Viney is the author pf "Colonial Houses of South Africa" and "The Cape of Good Hope, 1806 to 1872." He runs an international design company.
Wylie (D.) DEATH AND COMPASSION, the elephant in southern African literature
267pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R390
Examines what certain literary genres - indigenous forms, early European travelogues, hunting accounts, novels, game-ranger memoirs, scientific accounts and poems - imply about the diverse attitudes towards elephants and who shows compassion towards them.

"'Death and Compassion' is engagingly written. It provides an original and highly informative analysis of fictional and non-fictional accounts of elephant ontology, of what it might be like to be an elephant, and of elephant ethics in southern Africa." Kai Horsthemke, Chair of Philosophy of Education and Systematic Pedagogy, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany

Dan Wylie lectures in the English Department at Rhodes University. He has published three books on King Shaka, several volumes of poetry and a memoir.

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