New Arrivals 19th to 25th of September 2019

414pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R260
A Tannie Maria mystery that involves the arrival of a tall, dark stranger on a motorbike, an investigative journalist who moves in for safety reasons after receiving threats, and a road trip to the north.

Sally Andrew in the author of Recipes for Love and Murder and Tannie Maria and the Satanic Mechanic. A former social and environmental activist, she lives in a nature reserve in the Klein Karoo.
Fourie (S.) NOORMAN,
293pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R250
An historical novel set in the Sandveld in the 1940s, about a World War II veteran who moves into the area.

In Afrikaans.

SD Fourie is the author of the novels Die Lanternswaaier and Die Dooies Leef. She lives in the Sandveld.
Gunn (S.) & Haricharan (S.) eds. VOICES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, eighteen life stories from Umkhoto we Sizwe's Ashley Kriel Detachment
403pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R320
Members of Umkhonto we Sizwe's Ashley Kriel Detachment in the Western Cape conducted over 30 operations between late 1987 and early 1990. Eighteen members give accounts of their involvement in the ANC's armed struggle.

"A riveting account of the lives and deeds of idealistic young MK operatives." Albie Sachs, author of The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter and The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs

Shirley Gunn is a former anti-apartheid activist, MK member and commander of the Ashley Kriel Detachment. She is the Director of the Human Rights Media Centre.
Shanil Haricharan is a former unit commander of the Ashley Kriel Detachment. He has served as a senior official and public management advisor in the South African public service and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Cape Town's Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance.
Holloway (S.) A KIND OF COUSIN, an anthology of short stories
193pp., paperback, Caledon, 2019. R368
Suenel Bruwer Holloway lives in McGregor, a small village near Robertson in the Western Cape.

Jansen (A.) & Coetzee (S.) SUIKER BRITZ, dossier van 'n speurbaas
211pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R230
A biography of South African policeman and detective Suiker Britz. From 1991 he was national commander of the murder and robbery, illegal firearms and special projects component and worked on the Church Street bomb, the Barend Strydom killings, the drug-related murder by two Brixton policemen and the extortion of former National Party minister Fanie Botha. In 1995 he was appointed head of the newly-created priority crime unit, tasked with solving high-profile criminal cases such as the Atteridgeville/Boksburg serial killings; the Johann Heyns assassination; arms smuggling in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga; the murder of anti- apartheid lawyer Griffiths Mxenge; the murder of Dr Abu-Baker Asvat; and the letter bomb that killed activist Jeanette Schoon and her six-year-old daughter Katryn in exile. He committed suicide in 2018, at the age of 74.

Anemari Jansen is the author of Eugene de Kock: sluipmoordenaar vir die taat and the novel Glipstroom. She lives in Alberton.
Stefaans Coetzee is the author of Wit Wolf: die storie van die Worcester-bompanter se bevryding. He lives in Klerksdorp.
263pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R230
A novel based on true events. In 1899, at the start of the Anglo-Boer War, the gold mines were shut down and the miners ordered to leave Johannesburg. Over 10 days 7000 Zulu miners walked the 5000 kilometres to Natal.

Fred Khumalo is the author of the novels Dancing the Death Drill and Bitches' Brew and a book of short stories, Talk of the Town. His memoir, Touch My Blood, was shortlisted for the 2007 Alan Paton Prize for Non-fiction.
Latter (G.) ANGOLSH, scenes from an army camp
170pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R220
South African writer and film director Greg Latter's account of the three-months he spent in Angola on a South African Defence Force army camp in 1976.

Greg Latter is the recipient of the Thomas Pringle Award for Creative Writing (1982), the Sithengi Best Screenplay Award (2005), the SAFTA Best Screenplay Award (2007) and the Naledi Best Play Award (2011).
420pp., paperback, New York, 2017. R275
A novel about Robin, a young white girl whose parents are killed, and Beauty, a black woman, whose activist daughter goes missing. Both events take place during the 1976 Soweto uprising. The two are brought together when Beauty is hired to care for Robin.

Bianca Marais was born in Johannesburg in 1976. She now lives in Toronto. Hum If You Don't Know the Words is her debut novel.
Rich (G.) OUR BLOOD IS GREEN, the Springboks in their own words
331pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R250
Thirty-five Springbok rugby players talk about their careers, including James Small, Victor Matfield, Gcobani Bobo, Bakkies Botha, Jean de Villiers, Deon Kayser and Joel Stransky.

Gavin Rich is the author of Politically Incorrect, the autobiography of former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, Mitch - the real story, the autobiography of John Mitchell, and The Springbok Coaches.
Schulz-Herzenberg (C.) & Southall (R.) eds. ELECTION 2019, change and stability in South Africa's democracy
254pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R250
A collection of essays that analyse the party campaigns and the results, and explore "how the ANC managed to manufacture a sixth electoral victory despite its disastrous record in government since 2014." from the back cover

Contributions include:
"South African Democracy at Risk? The troubled context of the 2019 general elections" by Roger Southall
"Trends in Voter Participation: registration, turnout and the disengaging electorate" by Collette Schulz-Herzenberg
"A Campaign Born of Desperation: the 'good ANC' battles the 'bad ANC' in the electoral last chance saloon" by Anthony Butler
"Credible but Flawed: the management of the elections" by Kealeboga J. Maphunye
"The Smaller Parties: who's in and who's out" by Cherrel Africa.

Collette Schulz-Herzenberg is Senior Lecturer in Political Science, Stellenbosch University.
Roger Southall is Emeritus Professor in Sociology, University of Cape Town.
Sidley (S.) LEAVING WORD, a novel
257pp., paperbacxk, Johannesburg, 2019. R240
A thriller about an out-of-work book editor whose ex-boss is found dead at his desk, without apparent cause.

"At once razor-sharp and human, provocative and witty - an exuberant observation of the human condition. Every sentence is a gem." Mark Winkler, author of Theo and Flora

"Cracking dialogue and Sidley's facility for comedy easily make Leaving Word de rigueur reading." Mandla Langa, author of The Texture of Shadows

Steven Boykey Sidley is the author of the novels Estrangement, Stepping Out, Imperfect Solo and Free Association.
Steinberg (J.) MIDLANDS,
272pp., paperback, New Edition, Johannesburg, (2002) 2019. R195
In 1999 Jonny Steinberg went to the Natal Midlands to investigate the murder of a young white farmer on the dirt road leading from his father's farmhouse to his irrigation fields.

Includes a new afterword in which Steinberg describes his return to the area many years later.

"...the first South African book to claim a place alongside Truman Capote's In Cold Blood since Rian Malan's My Traitor's Heart." Ray Hartley, Sunday Times

"...goes to the heart of questions which are so sensitive that most people shy away from them. A fine piece of investigative journalism." Shaun Johnson, author of The Native Commissioner

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. He teaches at Oxford University's African Studies Centre and is a visiting professor at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER). His books include The Number, Three Letter Plague, a young man's journey through a great epidemic, A Man of Good Hope and One Day in Bethlehem.
206pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R250
A novel about a man who flees to Namibia after his partners in a cobalt mine in the Congo attempt to kill him, and tries to save a struggling tantalum mine near the Brandberg.

Piet van Rooyen is the author of nine novels and four collections of poetry. His first novel, Die Spoorsnyer, won the Tafelberg/Santam/De Kat Prize and the CNA Prize. His novel, Die Olifantjagters, was awarded the 1998 M-Net Prize. His other novels include Voëlvry and Amatola. He is linked to the Military Academy at the University of Stellenbosch.
van Tonder (A.) A WALK AT MIDNIGHT, a novel
316pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R270
A thriller about a writer whose husband dies in circumstances that echo events in her recently published novel, making her a suspect.

Alex van Tonder is the author of the novel This One Time. She now lives in Los Angeles.

Weekly Archive