New Arrivals 21st to 27th of February 2018

Beukes (L.) SLIPPING, stories, essays & other writing
272pp., paperback, San Francisco, 2016. R275
"The dazzling short pieces collected in 'Slipping', which range from reportage to tender bits of personal reflection to weird sci-fi horror, together serve to confirm the impression Beukes already created in her novels: this is a writer who can do anything." Ben H. Winters, author of 'Underground Airlines"

"Bold, brazen, and brilliant - now this is a collection to die for. Beukes fearlessly skewers personal relationships, social injustice and pop culture (among other things), and every story is a masterclass in flair, wit, and fresh ideas." Sarah Lotz, author of "The Three" and "Day Four"

Lauren Beukes is the author of "Broken Monsters", "The Shining Girls", "Zoo City" and "Moxyland" She has received the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the University of Johannesburg Prize, and the Strand Critics Award. She lives in Cape Town.
Delius (P.), Maggs (T.) & Schoeman (A.) VERGETE WÉRELD, die klipmuurnedersettings van die Mpumalanga-platorand
157pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, First Afrikaans Language Edition, Johannesburg, 2017. R350
This history of the ruined settlements in Mpumalanga, also known as Bokoni, the country of the Koni people, was first published in English in 2014.

Between Ohrigstad and Carolina, over 10 000 square kilometres of the escarpment are connected into a complex web of stone-walled homesteads, terraced fields and linking roads. The archaeological and historical research presented here demonstrates "that these settlements were at their peak between 1500 and 1820, that they housed a substantial population, organised vast amounts of labour for infrastructural development and displayed extraordinary levels of agricultural innovation and productivity", and that the Koni were part of a trading system linked to the coast of Mozambique and the world of Indian Ocean trade.

Also available in Sepedi.

Peter Delius is Professor of History at the University of the Witwatersrand. His latest books include "Mpumalanga: history and heritage" and "Mpumalanga, an illustrated history", both with Michael Hay, and "A Long Way Home: migrant worker worlds 1800-2014", co-edited with Laura Phillips and Fiona Rankin-Smith.
In the 1960s archaeologist Tim Maggs did pioneering research on the precolonial black farming communities in the Free State. Retired to the Western Cape, he continues to cooperate in research projects on the Later Stone Age and early farming communities in the Western Cape, North West and especially Mpumalanga.
Alex Schoeman is a senior lecturer in archaeology at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Faasen (N.) AFRIKAANSGIDS, naslaanlyste, spellyste en taalreëls
371pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R295
A guide to the Afrikaans language that includes grammatical rules and a dictionary with idioms. Suitable for high school students.
Gibson (G.) DIE SIN VAN DIE HUT,
78pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R225
A new collection of Afrikaans poems by Gilbert Gibson.

Gilbert Gibson was born on a farm near Marquard in the Free State in 1963. His first volume of poetry, "Boomplaats" received the Protea Poetry Prize in 2006. "Boomplaats" was also shortlisted for the Ingrid Jonker Prize. He lives in Bloemfontein, where he practices as a medical doctor.
Kenyon (P.) DICTATORLAND, the men who stole Africa
453pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, London, 2018. R315
Paul Kenyon on post-independence Congo, Zimbabwe, Libya, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire and Eritrea.

"This is the heartbreaking account of how a handful of men were handed a continent or rich lands and poor people. Paul Kenyon is a brilliant writer and reporter who's been there and tells a story of unparalleled greed and western complicity in vivid detail. It's Africa's ruin, but our story too." Michael Buerk, author of "The Road Taken"

Paul Kenyon is a BBC correspondent and BAFTA award-winning journalist.
Newitt (M.) A SHORT HISTORY OF MOZAMBIQUE,
252pp., illus., maps, paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2018. R250
First published in the UK in 2017.

"Malyn Newitt has demonstrated why he is one of the leading historians of modern Mozambique. A must-read for academics, NGOs, governments and businesses interested in Mozambique's history and how it influences its future." Alex Vines, Head of the Africa Programme at Chatham House and Senior Lecturer, Coventry University.

Malyn Newitt was Deputy Vice Chancellor of Exeter University and first holder of the Charles Boxer Chair at King's College London. He is also the author of "A History of Mozambique" and "Portugal in Africa: the last hundred years".
Pauw (J.) IN THE HEART OF THE WHORE, the story of apartheid's death squads
309pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (1991) 2017. R250
A reprint of journalist Jacques Pauw's investigation into the apartheid regime's death squads, responsible for the assassinations of anti-apartheid activists.

Jacques Pauw is also the author of "The President's Keepers, those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison", "Into the Heart of Darkness, confessions of apartheid's assassins" and "Dances with Devils, a journalist's search for truth". He was a founder member and assistant editor of the anti-apartheid Afrikaans weekly newspaper, Vrye Weekblad.
Pauw (J.) INTO THE HEART OF DARKNESS, confessions of apartheid's assassins
344pp., paperback, Reprint, Johanesburg, (1997) 2017. R250
A reprint of journalist Jacques Pauw's investigation into state-sponsored apartheid death squads and the activities of assassins Ferdi Barnard, Eugene de Kock, Dirk Coetzee, Willie Nortje, Paul van Vuuren, and Dirk Stoffberg.

Jacques Pauw is also the author of "The President's Keepers, those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison", "Into the Heart of Darkness, confessions of apartheid's assassins" and "Dances with Devils, a journalist's search for truth". He was a founder member and assistant editor of the anti-apartheid Afrikaans weekly newspaper, Vrye Weekblad.
Raath (J.) BLOOD MONEY, stories of an ex-Recce's missions as a private military contractor in Iraq
322pp., illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R260
Johan Raath worked in Iraq from 2004, providing security for engineers working on reconstruction projects after the fall of Saddam Hussein. He was a South African Special Forces operator, or Recce, from 1986 to 1992. Since the 1990s his security training and consulting company has been involved in high security operations in more than 15 countries, including Libya, southern Sudan, Sierra Leone, Haiti and the Middle East.

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