New Arrivals 12th to 18th of September 2019

Bloemhof (F.) SPOOKSOEKER,
222pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R215
A young adult novel about a teenage boy who becomes aware the presence of ghosts.

Afrikaans writer Francois Bloemhof has written for adults, teenagers and children. He won the 1991 De Kat Prize for his debut novel, "Die Nag Het Net Een Oog". He has received four ATKV Children's Book awards, and won the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature.
Booysens (B.) comp. 50 JAAR MET FRED, Fred Mouton se beste spotprente
224pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R320
Includes more than 400 of Fred Mouton's cartoons. He has been published in Die Burger, Weg and Rapport since 1976. He currently works at Die Burger in Cape Town.
Cilliers (S.) HUIS VAN GRUWELS, my 16 jaar in die Springs-hel
146pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R270
Yulandi, the oldest of five children, was rescued by police in 2014 from the house in Springs where they had been imprisoned and tortured for many years. Now 21-years-old, she tells her story to journalist Susan Cilliers. In 2018 her father was found guilty of attempted murder, rape, child abuse and neglect, using and dealing drugs, defeating and obstructing justice and sentenced to 67 years’ imprisonment, of which he must effectively serve 35 years. Her mother was given a five-year suspended jail term on charges of child neglect, defeating and obstructing justice, and drug possession.
Galloway (F.) ed. BREYTEN BREYTENBACH, woordenaar woordnar, 'n huldiging
416pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R230
A collection of essays in honour of Afrikaans poet, writer, artist and academic Breyten Breytenbach.

Includes contributions by Willem de Vries, Willie Burger, Hein Viljoen, Alwyn Roux, Louise Viljoen, Catherine du Toit, Johann Rossouw and Francis Galloway.

Francis Galloway is a researcher at the Center for Literature Research (SENSAL) at the Human Sciences Research Council. She is the author of the monograph Breyten Breytenbach as a public figure.
Garisch (D.) BREAKING MILK, a novel
251pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R240
Kate is estranged from her only child, a daughter whose children, conjoined twins, are about to undergo surgery. Her employee, a young black man, is undergoing initiation. Forbidden to have contact with him at this time, his mother anxiously awaits his return.

"A probing meditation on motherhood, not only in personal and human terms, but also with regard to our lives as destructive children of the earth. The focus is a single day in Kate's life, where she is the knot straining to hold together not only herself, but several critical threads of her personal community. Garisch's voice is unique in so seamlessly integrating contrasts of harsh emotion and scientific knowledge, generativity and decay, frailty and strength." Ken Barris, author of The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions

Dawn Garisch is a practising medical doctor and lives in Cape Town. She is the author of six novels, including Trespass and Accident, and a collection of poems. Breaking Milk is her seventh novel. She is a founder member of The Life Righting Collective where she runs courses in memoir writing.
186pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2018) 2019. R195
Deborah Levy was born in Johannesburg in 1959. Her father was a member of the African National Congress and spent time in prison. The family emigrated to the UK in 1968. She is the author of six novels, including Swimming Home and Hot Milk. The Cost of Living is the second part of a three-part autobiography. The first part, Things I Don't Want to Know, is also available.

"At the age of 50 and after decades of what sound like the usual patterns of north London family-making, she finds herself cast adrift from her marriage and, crucially, without any desire to swim back. We’re not given names or details, but that is not so much a matter of tact as irrelevance, since the story Levy tells, she insists, does not belong to her alone. It is the story of every woman throughout history who has expended her love and labour on making a home that turns out to serve the needs of everyone except The Cost of Living, Levy explicitly recuperates De Beauvoir’s position, not only by engaging closely with The Second Sex, but by going deeply into the philosopher’s personal struggles to reconcile sexual love with intellectual liberty. The result is a piece of work that is not so much a memoir as an eloquent manifesto for what Levy calls 'a new way of living' in the post-familial world." The Guardian

"Deborah Levy is a most generous writer. What is wonderful about this short, sensual, embattled memoir is that it is not only about the painful landmarks in her life - the end of a marriage, the death of a mother - it is about what it is to be alive. I can't think about any writer aside from Virginia Woolf who writes better about what is is to be a woman. This is a little book about a big subject. It is about how to find a new way of 'living'." Observer
Levy (D.) THINGS I DON'T WANT TO KNOW, a response to George Orwell's 1946 essay "Why I Write"
162pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2013) 2018. R195
Deborah Levy was born in Johannesburg in 1959. Her father was a member of the African National Congress and spent time in prison. The family emigrated to the UK in 1968. She is the author of six novels, including Swimming Home and Hot Milk. Things I Don't Want to Know is the first in a three-part autobiography. The second part, The Cost of Living, is also available.

"Starting to read her response was like chancing upon an oasis. The writing is of such quality that you want to drink it in slowly. Orwell said: "Good prose is like a windowpane." He would have approved of Levy, although he might have been surprised by what she sees through the glass. The essay is a mini-memoir that moves between three countries: Mallorca (to which she flies to reflect), South Africa (where she grew up and where her father, an ANC supporter, was imprisoned) and England (where she describes her teenage years as a baffled exile in lime-green platform shoes, in Finchley)...She does not take issue with Orwell (he would admire the way she weaves South African politics into her narrative), but her triumph is to show that the will to write may not always be rational...It gives one – as does everything in this original, dreamy, unmissable essay – pause for thought." Kate Kellaway, The Guardian
Molver (L.) KING SHAKA, Zulu legend
90pp., colour illus., map, paperback, Pietermaritzburg & Livermore, 2019. R210
A graphic novel that tells the story of the Zulu monarch Shaka kaSenzangakhona, also known as Shaka Zulu (1787-1828). The sequel to Luke Molver's graphic novel Shaka Rising.

Luke Molver is a writer, illustrator and comic book creator in Durban.
247pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R250
A novel about five teenagers from Lenasia, a suburb created for people classified Indian by the apartheid government, who witness a violent crime that has a lasting impact on their lives.

Nedine Moonsamy grew up in Lenasia. She teaches in the English Department at the University of Pretoria. The Unfamous Five is her debut novel.
Mthembu-Salter (G.) WANTED, dead & alive
184pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R250
Gregory Mthembu-Salter examines South Africans' love of cattle in the face of climate change.

"Passionately and colourfully, Gregory Mthembu-Salter walks us through history and causes us to look at our future differently, perching us uncomfortably on the horns of multiple dilemmas." President Cyril Ramaphosa, from his foreword

"This eye-opening book takes the discussions back to first principles, to vital but unspoken facets of livestock which must be aired; and it suggests a possible route to satisfying both human and climate justice." Mandi Smallhorne, President, South African Science Journalists' Association

Writer, researcher and journalist Gregory Mthembu-Salter was born and raised in the UK. He emigrated to South Africa in the mid-1990s and is a research associate of the South African Institute for International Affairs. Wanted, dead & alive is his first book.
Nyamnjoh (F.) ed. EATING AND BEING EATEN, cannibalism as food for thought
332pp., illus., paperback, Mankon, 2018. R600
Contributions include:
"Introduction: cannibalism as food for thought" by Francis B. Nyamnjoh
"The Violence of Translating People into Cannibals: the man-eating anthropologists" by Andreas Buhler
"Incorporated or Cannibalised by Posthuman Others? Sanctions and witchcraft in contemporary Zimbabwe" by Artwell Nhemachena and Maria Kaundjua
"Researching Cannibalising Obligations in Post-apartheid South Africa" by Ayanda Manqoyi
"Lehu la gago le ya, 'your death nourishes me'" by Veronica Dimakatso Masenya
"Rainbow Nation of the Flesh" by Dominique Santos.

Francis B. Nyamnjoh is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town. His books include Africa’s Media, Democracy and the Politics of Belonging, and #RhodesMustFall: nibbling at resilient colonialism in South Africa.
70pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R160
"The distinctive atmosphere of Voices from Another Room is elegiac and nostalgic, the occasional emotional use of rhyme recalling Auden. The sense of a lived life is moving, with loss and absence the major themes. Payne can also tell a story and paint a picture...This is an original voice in South African verse" Tony Voss, author of The Mushroom Summer of Skipper Darling

Stuart Payne lives in Cape Town, where he was born. Voices from Another Room is his debut collection of poems.
Prinsloo (L.) VEGTERS,
302pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R330
A novel about two young South African men who leave their homes in the Gamtoos River Valley in the Eastern Cape to join the British Valsker Regiment fighting in Afghanistan.

Lucia Prinsloo is the author of Kwaheri, my geliefde. She lives in Jeffreys Bay.
176pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R195
Coconut Kelz, a young white woman trapped in a black woman's body, offers a complete guide to a full Caucasian conversion.

Lesego Tlhabi is a comedian and satirical performer. She made her comedic debut with The Coconut Show at Melville Comedy Club. Coconut Kelz has a weekly feature on's morning show.
Vermeulen (J.) OOPMOND,
262pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R215
A young adult novel about a woman who begins to have visions of events from the past after she has a heart transplant.

Jan Vermeulen is a minister at the Dagbreek Congregation in Despatch in the Eastern Cape. He is also the author of Geraamtes Dra Nie Kleure Nie (2002) which won the Gold Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature, the M.E.R.Prize, the Scheepers Prize for Youth Literature and the ATKV Children's Book Award. His latest youth novel, Soen, won the 2017 Silver Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature.

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