New Arrivals 30th to 5th of June 2019

Barr (D.) YOU WILL BE SAFE HERE,
327pp., paperback, London, 2019. R295
Damian Barr's debut novel is made up of twin narratives of internment. The first part is set in 1901 and takes the form of a diary written by the wife of a Boer farmer taken to the Bloemfontein Concentration Camp. The second half of the novel, set in Johannesburg in 2010, tells the story of a 16-year-old boy sent to a Safari Training Camp where "they make men out of boys".

Writer and columnist Damian Barr's memoir, Maggie & Me, won the Paddy Power Political Books 'Satire' Award and Stonewall Writer of the Year Award. He lives in Brighton.
Busby (M.) ed. NEW DAUGHTERS OF AFRICA,
805pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2019. R350
First published in the UK in 2019.

An anthology of writing by over 200 women of African descent. The selection includes autobiography, memoir, oral history, letters, diaries, short stories, novels, poetry, drama, politics, journalism, essays and speeches, from pre-1900 to the 1990s. South African contributors include Diana Ferrus, Makhosazana Xaba, Gabeba Baderoon, Yvonne Vera, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, Sisonke Msimang and Zukiswa Wanner.
de Kock (L.) THE LOVE SONG OF ANDRÉ P BRINK,
413pp., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2019. R350
Leon de Kock's biography of Afrikaner novelist André Brink is informed by Brink's journal-writing. Brink kept journals for 45 years - they have been unavailable until now.

"The biographer does not cower before Brink's status as a writer. The style of writing is robust, muscular and witty, maintaining just the right balance between familiarity and distance. This biography is an example of incisive literary scholarship by an experienced researcher." Louis Viljoen, Stellenbosch University, author of Die Mond Vol Vuur: beskouings oor die werk van Breyten Breytenbach

"This story is bound to have a lasting impact on how Brink is read and understood. It is a timely and excellent reminder of Brink's importance to South African literature." Gerrit Olivier, University of the Witwatersrand, author of NP van Wyk Louw: literatuur, filosofie, politiek

Also available in Afrikaans.

Translator, poet, novelist and scholar Leon de Kock's books include Losing the Plot: crime, reality and fiction in postapartheid writing, the novel Bad Sex, and three volumes of poetry. His translation of Marlene van Niekerk's Afrikaans novel Triomf into English earned him the South African Translators Institute award for outstanding translation. He is Professor Emeritus in English Studies at the University of Stellenbosch and a research associate at the University of Johannesburg.
Farren (T.) THE BOOK OF MALACHI,
298pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R320
A novel about an inhumane medical project taking place on an oil rig. Malachi, a mute survivor of civil war, must decide whether to risk his life to set the victims free or abandon them to their fate.

Tracey Farren is the author of Snake and Whiplash, adapted to the film Tess.
Jeffery (A.) PEOPLE'S WAR, new light on the struggle for South Africa
364pp., maps, paperback, Revised and Abridged Edition, Johannesburg, (2009) 2019. R260
This new edition of Anthea Jeffery's review of ANC policy and strategy between 1979 and 1994 includes a brief overview of the ANC's democratic revolution post-1994.

Anthea Jeffrey is Head of Policy Research at the South African Institute of Race Relations. Her books include The Truth about the Truth Commission and BEE, helping or hurting?.
Loots (F.) 'N SPOOK IN DIE HUIS,
162pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R260
A novel set in the Cape about two men: one works for the government during the day and is engaged in the shadowy world of sadomasochism at night, the other works in publishing but dreams of being a baker.

Francois Loots' other novels include Die Diepblou See, In Sneeu Geskryf and Rooi Jan Alleman, which won the University of Johannesburg prize for creative writing. He lives in Cape Town.
Moosa (N.) & Dangor (S.) eds. MUSLIM PERSONAL LAW IN SOUTH AFRICA, evolution and future status
465pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R745
This collection of essays on Muslim personal law or family law "touches on constitutional issues, concerns with the application of Muslim personal law by South African courts, and the conflict between supporters and opponents of the draft Bill on Muslim Marriages." from the back cover
Naidoo (K.) KRISH, struggle lawyer
306pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Crown Mines, 2019. R260
Foreword by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Krish Naidoo was born in 1951 in Durban. He practised as a human rights lawyer in Johannesburg in the 1980s. His clients included the United Democratic Front, members of the ANC, PAC and AZAPO, the SA Domestic Workers Union and the National Union of Mineworkers. He was a founding member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers and was the first General Secretary of the National Sports Congress. Currently he is a consultant to the ANC and legal adviser to the ANC's National Disciplinary Committee.
Phamotse (J.) BARE, the cradle of the hockey club
410pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R280
A new novel in the BARE series, about a young woman in a relationship with a 'sugar daddy' who gets drawn into an underworld of human trafficking and organ sales.

Jackie Phamotse is the author of BARE, #theblessersgame #thebreedingofanunderdog.

Self-published.
Rogers (D.) TWO WEEKS IN NOVEMBER, the astonishing untold story of the operation that toppled Mugabe
252pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R260
The true story of a high-ranking politician, an exiled human rights lawyer, a spy and a white businessman turned political fixer who team up to topple Robert Mugabe.

"This book is a smasher. The opening movements are possibly the hottest non-fiction I have ever read. Spies, Assassins and audacious plots fomenting under our unsuspecting noses. The fall of Robert Mugabe was orchestrated from Sandton? Douglas Rogers has to be kidding. He isn't." Rian Malan, author of My Traitor's Heart

Zimbabwean-born journalist and travel writer Douglas Rogers is the author of The Last Resort: a memoir of Zimbabwe. He is based in the USA.
Soldaat (F.) UHAMBO, the life journey of Funeka Soldaat
108pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Khayelitsha, 2018. R280
Black lesbian and gender activist Funela Soldaat was born in 1961 on a farm in the Eastern Cape. She has worked as an outreach worker for Triangle Project and as an educator for Rape Crisis. In 2008 she co-founded Free Gender, an organisation mobilising and mentoring Black lesbians in Khayelitsha and other Western Cape townships.

"Uhambo is about a life dedicated to the struggle for Black people's liberation. In Funeka's world, this is also about gender, sexuality and bodily autonomy. In her journey as an African lesbian in South Africa is the challenge of self-discovery, self-love and acceptance. She carries this identity proudly as a freedom fighter, partner and activist. We can learn from her about community organising, developing a new generation of activists, and making government accountable to the constitutional promise." Zathy Matebeny, feminist scholar, activist and supporter of Free Gender
Stockenström (W.) THE EXPEDITION TO THE BAOBAB TREE, translated from Afrikaans by J. M. Coetzee
113pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (1983) 2019. R180
Originally published in Afrikaans in 1981 as Die kremetartekspedisie.

"Stockenström’s imaginative interrogation of slavery is the richer for encompassing the appeal of preferment, of pleasurable sex, of gifts, while at the same time fully aware of its boundless pain and grief. Her highly literary language sets up a tension in relation to the lived experience of her first-person narrator, but it’s a measure of the book’s success that we accept this contrast between character and voice. JM Coetzee’s translation from the original Afrikaans is marvellous." Jane Housham, The Guardian

"Coetzee's tightly paced, restrained rendering of a complex text gives due weight to every word. It should ensure that Stockenström’s compelling picture of suffering and loss becomes a classic in English as well as Afrikaans." Times Literary Supplement

South African poet, novelist and dramatist Wilma Stockenström was born in 1933 in the village on Napier. She lives in Cape Town. She is the author of Van Vergetelheid en van Glans (Hertzog Prize for Poetry), Monsterverse (CNA, Louis Luyt and the Old Mutual Prize), and Abjater Wat so Lag (WA Hofmeyr and Hertzog Prize).
Sutherland (I.) FEATHERSTREAM,
338pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R295
A novel set in South Africa in 1942 about a young woman who suspects her father is involved in a clandestine operation to aid the Nazis.

Self-published.

Engineer, management consultant and banker Ian Sutherland lives and works in Cape Town. This is his debut novel.
Verwoerd (W.) VERWOERD, my journey through family betrayals
244pp., illus., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2019. R290
Originally published in Afrikaans in 2018 as Bloedbande, 'n donker tuiskoms.

A memoir by Wilhlem Verwoerd in which he 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.

"Filled with fascinating insights into the legacy of a man who represented good for his people, while entrenching himself as one of the cornerstones of evil for my people." Lukhanyo Calata, author of My Family Died for This

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 Northern Ireland and South Africa.
Wiese (T.) comp. WREED ÉN MOOI IS DIE DOOD, verhale oor verlies, hunkering en heling
260pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R270
A collection of personal reflections on death, loss and longing by Afrikaans writers, including Marita van der Vyver, Dana Snyman, Karin Brynard, Annelie Botes, Kerneels Breytenbach, Antoinette Pienaar, Christina Landman and Wilhelm Jordaan.
Xaba (M.) THE ALKALINITY OF BOTTLED WATER,
74pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R115
A new collection of poems by Makhosazana Xaba, the author of the collections These Hands and Tongues of Their Mothers and the collection of short stories, Running and other stories, which won the 2014 SALA Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award. "Running", the short story, won the Deon Hofmeyr Prize for Creative Writing in 2005. Together with Karen Martin, she has co-edited Queer Africa (2013) and Queer Africa 2 (2017).

Makhosazana Xaba, who trained as a nurse, is a Writing Fellow at the Wits School of Public Health where she is working on a book on the history of nursing in South Africa.
Zakwe (S.) et al BOTSOTSO 20, the dramas of life
232pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R140
This anthology of new South African plays includes:
Isithunzi by Sipho Zakwe
Sleeping Dogs by Simphiwe Vikilahle
The Good Candidate by Hans Pienaar
Shoes and Coups by Palesa Mazamisa
Book Marks by Allan Horwitz
The Couch by Sjaka Septembir
Iziyalo Zikamama by Botsotso Ensemble
Finding Me by Moeketsi Kgotle

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