New Arrivals 1st to 7th of August 2019

Bumka-Nkosi (O.) START THAT BUSINESS!, a go-to guide for starting a side hustle
184pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R245
Ondiswa Bumka-Nkosi is a serial entrepreneur and a motivational speaker based in Johannesburg.
Greenberg (L.) GREEN VALLEY,
323pp., paperback, London, 2019. R195
A novel about a woman whose niece has been abducted, set in a city where digital technology has been banned. Green Valley, a bunker across town where the inhabitants have retreated into full-time virtual reality, is where she goes to find her.

"Immersive, smart, eerily prescient and crackling with tension and atmosphere." Sarah Lotz, author of Missing Person and Reborn

"A rich, dark, tech-noir that leaves you questioning your own relationship to technology." Charlie Human, author of Apocalypse Now Now

South African writer Louis Greenberg is the author of The Beggars' Signwriters. He writes with Sarah Lotz as one half of the writing team S.L. Grey. He currently lives in England.
Hack (J.) EPITAPH OF NO WORDS,
260pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, No Place, 2019. R280
Jeanine Hack tells the story of her maternal great-grandparents Emil and Martha Galliner, who left Nazi Germany in 1938 and travelled to Shanghai, the USA and South West Africa (now Namibia), before settling in Johannesburg in 1956.

Self-published.
Lederer (M.) NOVELS OF BOTSWANA IN ENGLISH, 1930-2006
185pp., paperback, New York, 2014. R550
"Mary Lederer's current study goes beyond its declared intention as an 'introductory survey' of the subject. It is substantive, thorough and lucid. For its depth and originality it is a necessary and worthwhile companion to a significant and emerging topic." Jack Mapanje, Visiting Professor, York St John University, UK

Includes chapters on Alexander McCall Smith and Lauri Kubuitsile and Bessie Head and Unity Dow.

Mary Lederer is an independent researcher currently based in Gaborone, Botswana. She taught Anglo-African literature at the University of Botswana.
Mdluli (D.) SERVE, SUFFER, AND SACRIFICE, the memoirs of Dan Makhiyana Zwelonke Mdluli
69pp., colour illus., paperback, Third Edition, Department of Military Veterans, No Place, (1973) 2018. R280
First published in 1973 in the UK as Robben Island: the memoirs of Dan Makhiyana Zwelonke Mdluli

In previous editions of this book Mdluli used fictional names to protect fellow prisoners and comrades.

Dan Mduli joined Poqo, the armed wing of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), in 1962. He was arrested in 1963, charged with belonging to a banned organisation, tortured and sentenced to 30 months imprisonment. After organising a hunger strike at Kroonstad prison he was sent to Robben Island. After his release he went into exile in Swaziland. When the PAC was expelled from Swaziland in 1978 he was detained and eventually deported to Canada, where he served as the PAC's chief representative. He returned to South Africa in 1994 and was a district councillor for the Nkangala District Municipality until he retired in 2011.
Obono (T.) LA BASTARDA, a novel, translated by Lawrence Schimel
98pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Cape Town, 2018. R220
First published in Spanish in Spain in 2016. First published in English in New York in 2018.

A novel about an orphaned teenage girl who lives with her grandmother and dreams of finding her father.

Trifonia Melibea Obobo was born in Evinayong, Equatorial Guinea, in 1982. She is a Professor in the Faculty of Literature and Social Science of the National University of Equatorial Guinea and is the author of the novels Herencia de bidendee and La albina del dinero.
Phosa (T.) & Webster (T.) FUELLING FUTURES, from influence to impact
128pp., paperback, (Durban), 2019. R200
A conversation between Timothy Webster and entrepreneur and philanthropist Tshepiso Phosa, daughter of Mathews and Pinky Phosa. Phosa discusses how she survived rape and an abusive relationship, her success as a fuel station entrepreneur and how she came to be the first woman to sit on the board of directors of iCollege Pumas, the Mbombela-based professional rugby team. She also talks about the orphanages in Tekwane and Mataffin which she adopted in 2015, and the school in Karino where she has established a life skills programme for matriculants.

Timothy Maurice Webster researches and writes on human and brand behavior. He is the author of Personal Brand Intelligence.
Portal (P.) NO NEUTRAL GROUND, finding Jesus in a Cape Town ghetto
271pp., paperback, London, 2019. R305
In 2009 Peter Portal moved from London to Manenberg, a poor community on the Cape Flats originally created for people classified Coloured by the apartheid government and known for high unemployment, rampant drug use and violent gangs. He serves on the Core Leadership Team of Tree of Life, a church community that runs ministries among the vulnerable and marginalised.
Suzman (J.) AFFLUENCE WITHOUT ABUNDANCE, what we can learn from the world's most successful civilisation
297pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Reprint, London, (2017) 2019. R235
James Suzman explores whether understanding how hunter-gatherers like the Bushmen found contentment by having few needs easily met, can help us address some of the environmental and economic challenges we face.

“'Affluence Without Abundance' may be the best book ever written about the San (Bushmen) - a people who lived for two hundred thousand years as successful hunter-garheres and are now transitioning to our more modern but less successful way of life. This book has truth on every page and is filled with important insights that range from hunting and tracking to how we think about time, money, value or success.” – Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Harmless People" and "The Old Way"

“An insightful and well-written book, describing the hard transition of foraging communities in Namibia from relative affluence during the Stone Age to contemporary poverty and misery. Avoiding both modern conceits and romantic fantasies, Suzman chronicles how economics and politics have finally conquered some of the last outposts of hunter-gatherers, and how much humankind can still learn from the disappearing way of life of the most marginalized communities on earth.” Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens: a brief history of human kind" and "Homo Dues: a brief history of tomorrow"

Anthropologist James Suzman was awarded a Smuts Commonwealth Fellowship in African Studies at Cambridge University and led the De Beers Group's sustainability and public affairs initiatives. Recently he founded the think-tank Anthropos.
Tendayi (R.) MY BOSS, THE BULLY, human resources malpractices and key lessons for corporate management
151pp., paperback, New Edition, Johannesburg, 2018. R195
Originally published in 2017 as In Pursuit of Righteousness.

Based on the true story of a woman executive at a telecoms company who won the first case for constructive dismissal to be brought before the Zimbabwean Supreme Court. As she tells the story Regina Tendayi offers advice on how to survive bully bosses and create the best possible work environment.

Regina Tendayi is Director Human Resources and Administration at
Premier Service Medical Aid Society in Harare, Zimbabwe. In 2007 she was awarded the Personnel Practitioner of the Year award by the Institute of People Management of Zimbabwe.
Tshabangu (M.) FOOTPRINTS IN STONE, women and the Zenzele Movement in South Africa
256pp., paperback, Harare & Johannesburg, 2015. R325
Mango Tshabangu discusses the growth of the Zenele (do it yourself) philosophy and practice among women in South Africa. Zenele clubs were founded in the Eastern Cape in the 1920s by mission-educated African women who sought to improve the lives of rural women by focusing on womens' resilience and leadership, the power of education and training for income-generation, and solidarity across class and ethnic divides.

Mango Tshabangu worked as a journalist for the Sunday Times and was a member of the management team of World Newspapers.
van Loggerenberg (J.) TOBACCO WARS, inside the spy games and dirty tricks of southern Africa's cigarette trade
271pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R310
Johann van Loggerenberg reveals what he discovered about the southern African tobacco industry when "the crime-busting unit [he] led...at SARS and its 'Project Honey Badger' became a victim of a war between industry players and a high-stakes political game driven by state capture." from the back cover

"Should be prescribed reading material for lawmakers, civil servants, regulators, civil society organisations and the media, as well as alert citizens." Sikonathi Mantsahntsha, journalist at Scorpio and Daily Maverick

Johann van Loggerenberg is the author of Death and Taxes and co-author with Adrian Lackay of Rogue: the inside story of SARS's elite crime-busting unit. He joined SARS in 1998 and led some of its investigations units until he resigned in 2015. Today he is a private tax practitioner and advisory consultant.
Wa Ngugi (M.) THE RISE OF THE AFRICAN NOVEL, politics of language, identity, and ownership
228pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Pietermaritzburg, 2019. R315
First published in the USA in 2018.

Mukoma Wa Ngugi situates South African and African-language literature of the late 1880s through the early 1940s in relation to the literature of decolonisation of the 1950s through the 1980s and the contemporary generation of continental and diaspora African writers.

"A lucid history of the African novel, emphasising the need to consider works originally written in African languages prior to the 1950s. Mukoma Wa Ngugi brings to the foreground texts that are rarely discussed, demonstrating that the history of the African novel goes well beyond well-known works in the African super-canon. His archive is wide ranging, and he reads both old and new materials with rare clarity." Evan Mwangi, Northwestern University

Mukoma Wa Ngugi is Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University. His books include Logotherapy, a collection of poems, and the novels Killing Sahara and Mrs Shaw: a novel.
Xaba (M.) ed. OUR WORDS, OUR WORLDS, writing on Black South African women poets, 2000-2018
315pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2019. R315
Introduction by Gababa Baderoon.

Contributions include:
"Black Women Poets and their Books as Contributions to the Agenda of Feminism" by Makhosazana Xaba
"'Leaping from behind History's Curtain': post-apartheid Black women's poetry in South Africa" by V.M. Sisi Maqagi
"Reclaiming Sex and Queering the World: Black South African women's poetry on sexuality" by Barbara Boswell
"Searching for Women like Me: Coloured identity, Afrikaans, poetry and performance" by Teresa Muishond
"'Surely This [Mother Tongue] should Count for Something': interviews with five contemporary poets from Gauteng", Napo Masheabe, Natalia Molebatsi, Vangi Gantsho, Mthunzikazi Mbungwana and Nosipho Gumede with Makhosazana Xaba
"'Silence Makes This Possible'", Gabeba Baderoon with Makhosazana Xaba.

"This is a book that excavates histories, imagines futures and empowers the present. Embracing the academy, the experimental, the subversive, all of these essays are tangibly rooted in the personal yet reach far beyond the national. This is a work of legacy, a testament to collective strength that will surely birth even greater creativity." Margaret Busby, editor of New Daughters of Africa

Makhosazana Xaba is the author of the poetry collections These Hands, Tongues of their Mothers and The Alkilinity of Water and of Running and Other Stories, a collection of short stories. She is the editor of Like the Untouchable Wind, an anthology of poems.

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