New Arrivals 29th to 4th of September 2019

Daniel (J.) SIYA KOLISI, against all odds
225pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R260
A biography of Siya Kolisi, the first black Springbok captain. Born in 1991 in Zwide, a township outside Port Elizabeth, he was raised by his grandmother who worked as a domestic worker. Passionate about rugby, he played for the African Bombers Club until he was offered a rugby scholarship to Grey High School. He went on to play for Western Province and the Stormers and was selected as the Stormers captain in February 2017 and as the captain of the Springboks in May 2018.

Jeremy Daniel is the lead author of the 'Road to Glory' series of sports biographies for younger readers.
Hawley (J.) ed. QUEER THEORY IN FILM & FICTION, African Literature Today 36
281pp., illus., paperback, Woodbridge & Rochester, 2018. R265
Contributions include:
"Gay, African, Middle-Class & Fabulous: writing queerness in new writing from Nigeria & South Africa" by Shola Adenekan
"Homosexuality & the Postcolonial Idea: notes from Kabelo Sello Duiker's The Quiet Violence of Dreams" by Ives Loukson
"Reading for Ruptures: HIV & AIDS, sexuality & silencing in Zoë Wicomb's 'In Search of Tommie'" by Lizzy Attree.
Lin (M-C.) YELLOW AND CONFUSED, born in Taiwan, raised in South Africa, and making sense of it all
231pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R280
Ming-Cheau Lin's family emigrated from Taiwan to South Africa when she was three years old. She grew up in the largely Afrikaans Bloemfontein within a small East Asian community in the 1990s, and writes about being 'an in-betweener'. Lin is the author of Just Add Rice", a cookbook of Taiwanese recipes.
Mhlongo (N.) ed. BLACK TAX, burden...or ubuntu?
268pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R260
A collection of essays by black South Africans on the tradition of financially supporting members of your family.

Contributors include Fred Khumalo, Lucas Ledwaba, Angela Makholwa, Niq Mhlongo, Bongani Kona, Chwayita Ngamlana, Sifiso Mzobe, Clinton Chauke, Dudu Busani-Dube, Mohale Mashigo, Thanduxolo Jika, Sukoluhle Nyathi, Lidudumalingani and others.

Niq Mhlongo is the City Editor of the Johannesburg Review of Books. He is the author of the novels Way Back Home and Dog Eat Dog, and two collections of short stories, Soweto, under the apricot tree and Affluenza.
Nortjé (H.) KRYT, gedigte
61pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R240
Hennie Nortjé is the author of the poetry collection In die Skadu van Soveel Bonte which won the 2013 Ingrid Jonker Prize and the Eugène Marais Prize. He was born in 1956 in George and lives in Stellenbosch, where he works as a medical doctor.
Powers (J. L.) UNDER WATER,
190pp., paperback, Pleasanton, 2019. R260
A young adult novel about a black South African teenager struggling to take care of her younger sister after the deaths of their mother and grandmother.

American writer J. L. Powers lives in California.
Schoeman (C.) REBEL, die lewe van kommandant Hans Lötter, 1873-1901
203pp., illus., map, paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R230
Kommandant Hans Lötter was a Boer commander and Cape rebel during the Anglo-Boer War. He was captured by the British in 1901, charged with treason, murder and robbery, convicted and sentenced to death. He died before a firing squad outside Graaff-Reinet.

Chris Schoeman's books include Angels of Mercy: foreign women in the Anglo-Boer War, Bothers in Arms: Hollanders in the Anglo-Boer War.
Smith (J.) ZOLA, translated from the Afrikaans by Jaco Adriaanse
300pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R285
A thriller set in Johannesburg about two policemen struggling to track down a killer who is picking up young women to torture and mutilate.

Journalist Johan Jack Smith is the editor of Taalgenoot, ATKV's corporate magazine. He lives in Johannesburg.

Also available in Afrikaans.
Steinberg (J.) ONE DAY IN BETHLEHEM,
312pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R270
Jonny Steinberg tells the story of Fusi Mofokeng, a resident of Bohlokong, a township outside Bethlehem in the Free State created for people classified Black by the apartheid state. In 1992 he was arrested for a crime he did not commit and sentenced to life imprisonment. Throughout he pleaded innocent, campaigned for his release and applied for amnesty before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He was released in 2011. Mokoena is employed as a welder at the parks department and continues to seek a presidential pardon.

"South Africa's foremost chronicler of the implications of our racist past for ordinary people has turned to luminously reveal the depressing reality of the country's criminal justice system." Judge Dennis Davis

"Haunting, enraging and painful, One Day in Bethlehem is a tale of the catastrophic collision between the personal and the political." Redi Tlhabi, author of Khwezi

"Steinberg raises fundamental questions for the nation...a gripping meditation on truth and justice." Sisonke Msimang, author of Always Another Country

Jonny Steinberg was born and raised in South Africa. He is twice winner of the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award and an inaugural winner of the Windham-Campbell Prizes in Literature awarded by Yale University. Steinberg teaches at Oxford University's African Studies Centre and is Visiting Professor at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER). His previous books include A Man of Good Hope, The Number and Midlands.
Tiro (G.) PARCEL OF DEATH, the biography of Onkgopotse Abram Tiro
244pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R290
Anti-apartheid activist Onkgopotse Abram Tiro was born in 1945 in Dinokana, a small village in North West Province. In 1972, while studying at the University of the North (now known as University of Limpopo) he made a speech condemning the 1953 Bantu Education Act, for which he was expelled. While teaching history at Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto he introduced his pupils to the philosophy of Black Consciousness and encouraged them to question the content of the history books prescribed by the Department of Bantu Education. After six months, the apartheid government put pressure on the Principal to fire him. He began travelling around southern Africa gathering support for the Black Consciousness Movement and played a leading role in the Southern African Student Movement and the South African Student Organisation. When he discovered that he was about to be arrested he fled to Botswana, where he was killed by a parcel bomb in February 1974.

"A biography of Onkgopotse Tiro, who was at once a catalyst and an active change agent in the South African struggle for freedom, is long overdue. For generations to come, this book will be a source of valuable information and inspiration." Mosibudi Mangena, former President of the Azanian People's Organisation

Gaongalelwe Tiro, Onkgopotse Tiro's nephew, is a communications professional who has worked for Reuters news agency, Business Day, the Sunday Times, City Press and The Star. He lives in Pretoria
van der Vyver (M.) ALL I KNOW,
206pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Pretoria, 2019. R215
Originally published in Afrikaans in 2015 as Al wat ek weet.

A young adult novel about a strained father-and-son relationship and how performance poetry helps Gabriel make sense of his life after the death of his mother.

Marita van der Vyver is the author of several adult novels, including Entertaining Angels and Forget-me-not Blues. Her young adult novel The Hidden Life of Hanna Why won the 2002 Sanlam Prize for youth literature.
Volker (M.) A FRACTURED LAND,
237pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Cape Town, 2019. R260
First published in the USA in 2018.

A romantic eco-thriller about fracking, set in Graaff-Reinet.

"A Fractured Land combines sizzling romance with environmental awareness - the novel is a declaration of love for passion, adventure and the beauty of the South African landscape." Karina Szcurek, Cape Times

Melissa Volker was born in Port Elizabeth and lives in Cape Town. She is the author of the novel Shadow Flycker.
Volker (M.) SHADOW FLICKER,
312pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R280
A romantic novel set in St Francis Bay, about a woman stuggling to do her job as protests against her boss's planned wind farm escalate into violence.

Melissa Volker was born in Port Elizabeth and lives in Cape Town. She is the author of the novel A Fractured Land.
Walker (M.) THE ARTISTS OF THE SOUTH PENINSULA, their paintings along the coastal road from Simon's Town to Muizenberg (1806-1906)
70pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, (2019). R220
A brief history of the early artists of the Cape, including Thomas Bowler, Abraham de Smidt, Wilhelm Heinrich Hermann, Jean Marius Rogier, Johannes Poortermans and Harry McCormick.

Michael Walker is the author of Muizenberg, a forgotten story, Kalk Bay - St James, in search of rest,(1855-1923) and Travels Along the Coastal Road, Simon's Town to Muizenberg, 1743-1890, the journey

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