New Arrivals 3rd to 9th of October 2019

Albu (J.) MY AFRICAN CONQUEST, Cape to Cairo at 80
209pp., maps, illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R260
On 1st June 2017, her 80th birthday, Julia Albu set off in her 20-year-old Toyota on a six-month journey from Cape Town to Cairo.

Foreword by John Maytham.
421pp., paperback, Hermanus, 2019. R240
Originally published in 2015 in English as If I Retreat, Shoot Me. Translated into Afrikaans by Nellie Alberts.

A novel about two brothers who join opposing sides when the Smuts Government declares war on Nazi Germany, one choosing to go 'up north' with the Air Force while his borther joins the militant wing of the Ossewabrandwag.

Blake (A.) ROBEY LIEBBRANDT, 'n lewe van fanatisme
296pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R260
A biography of Sidney Robey Leibbrandt (1913-1966), a South African boxer who became a Nazi sympathiser after participating in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. He gathered a small paramilitary force from members of the Ossewabrandwag and launched a series of small-scale guerrilla warfare operations against infrastructure targets. He was captured in Pretoria in December 1942, convicted of high treason and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was released in 1948 under a general amnesty enacted by the new National Party Government.

Albert Blake is a researcher linked to the History Department at the University of the Free State.
Esterhuyse (W.) OORLOG EN VREDE,
353pp., paperback, (Cape Town), 2019. R300
Willie Esterhuyse, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Business Ethics at Stellenbosch University, on the question of whether human beings are by nature violent and power-hungry.

Willie Esterhuyse's publications include Afskeid van Apartheid, Eindstryd: geheime gesprekke en die einde van apartheid and Die Tronkgesprekke: Nelson Mandela en Kobie Coetsee se geheime voorpunt-diplomasie (with Gerhard van Niekerk).
Junck (L.) LIKE A BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER, an ethnography on strategies of bodily navigation of male refugees in Cape Town
82pp., paperback, Mankon, 2018. R380
"Leah Junck's careful ethnography vividly captures the predicament of African immigrants in a transforming ethnonationalist South Africa whose bodies have become the frontiers of different kinds of border crossings. Through a dense theoretical discussion of 'dreaming' as an agentive capacity, this work provides access to how tainted and subjugated masculinities navigate the precarities of entrapment as refugees," Dr Divine Fuh, CODESRIA, Senegal

Leah Junck is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town and a researcher at the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Marinovich (G.) SHOTS FROM THE EDGE, a photojournalist's encounters with conflict and resilience
218pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R250
Photojournalist, filmmaker and author Greg Marinovich recounts his experiences covering war and conflict throughout Africa and around the world. Over a period of 25 years he worked in South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Uganda, Somalia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Chechnya, India, Saudi Arabia, Palestine and the USA.

Marinovich was a member of the Bang-Bang Club, and co-author of The Bang-Bang Club: snapshots of a hidden war. His book, Murder at Small Koppie: the truth behind the Marikana massacre, won the 2017 ALan Paton Award. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2013/14 and teaches visual journalism at Boston University's journalism school and at Harvard University.
Olivier (F.) ed. PIETER FOURIE, teatermaker, 'n huldiging
291pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R200
A collection of essays in honour of Afrikaans playwright and theatre director Pieter Fourie.

Contributors are Nico Luwes, Paul Boekkooi and Kerneels Breytenbach, Temple Hauptfleisch, Fransjohan Pretorius, Maritha Snyman, Thys Human, Annebelle Smit, Marisa Keuris and Joan Hambidge.

Pieter Fourie was born in 1940. From 1967-1987 he was Art Director at CAPAB Drama Company. He later worked as resident dramatist at PACT, was the Chief Director of the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunsfees (KKNK), and the founding owner of Rooderandt Produksies. In 1996, he received the Honorary Award for Performing Arts and the Gerhard Beukes Award from the South African Academy of Science and Arts. In 2003 he received the Hertzog Prize for drama for his plays, which include Faan se Trein, Die Joiner, Die Plaasvervangers, Ek, Anna van Wyk, Die Koggelaar, Donderdag se Mense, Koggelmanderman and Jasmyn.
Rampolokeng (L.) THE BAVINO SERMONS,
124pp., paperback, Reprint, Grahamstown, (1999) 2019. R195
Reprint of Lesego Rampolokeng's 1999 collection of poems.

Performance poet, novelist and playwright Lesego Rampolokeng was born in 1965 in Soweto, and rose to prominence in the turbulent 1980s. Since 1990 he has published eight books of poetry, two plays and three novels. He has collaborated with visual artists, filmmakers, theatre and opera producers and musicians, in South Africa and internationally. Currently he is researching the literary and political writing of poet and black consciousness thinker Mafika Gwala.
Roderigues (J.) ONGESLYP, skitterende staaltjies van lank gelede
102pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R180
The story of Kingsley Seale who cleaned and valued diamonds for Hans Merensky in Alexander Bay in the late 1920s.

Jan Roderigues was born in Viljoenskroon in the Free State. He spent 13 years in the South African Police Force, after which he worked as a reporter. In 1983 he was appointed as a senior journalist at the National Parks Board.
van der Spuy (C.) FARM MURDERS, victims tell their stories, translated by John van den Berg
248pp., colour illus., pasperback, Pretoria, 2014. R115
"This book raises three major points: the utter brutality of farm attackers, the defencelessness of the innocent victims and the inexplicable power of faith and forgiveness." Dr Johann Burger, Institute of Security Studies

"Statistical analysis shows that farmers are three times more likely than ordinary citizens to be victims of violent crime, and it is twice as dangerous to produce food than it is to be a policeman. These firsthand accounts by the victims are shocking! This is a book every city dweller should read."Nico van Burick, Editor, Farmer's Weekly

114pp., paperback, (Cape Town), 2019. R245
A new collection of poems by Cas Vos.

Casparus (Cas) Vos was born in 1945 in Rustenburg. Now retired, he was Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria. His first collection of poems, Vuurtong, was published in 1999. His publications include Fragmente uit die Ilias, Fragmente uit die Odusseia and the poetry collections in 'n Oomblik, Voor-bode and Duisend Dae Op Jou Spoor.
Vroue-landbouvereniging van Kaapland DIE VLV-KOOKBOEK, resepte van toe & nou
240pp., colour illus., hardback, Cape Town, 2019. R350
A collection of members' favourite recipes, published in celebration of the Vroue Landbouvereniging's 90th birthday.

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