New Arrivals 7th to 13th of November 2019

Banda (F.) ed. THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ASPECTS OF AFRICAN LANGUAGES AND CULTURE, festschrift in honour of Professor Mildred Nkolola-Wakumelo
352pp., paperback, CASAS UWC Book Series No. 130, Cape Town, 2019. R450
Contributions include:
"The Form and Structure of Compounds in Setswana" by Budzani Mogana, Margaret M. Kopi and Herman M. Batibo
"Ikalanga and Shona Complex Sentences Formation Strategies" by Rose Letsholo-Tafila and Idzai Iris Mushayabasa
"Argument Structure Alternatives in Neuter and Other Verbal Extensions in Setswana" by Stumile Morapedi
"Botswana Implicit Language Use Policy Deficiencies and its Impact on Linguistics and Cultural Rights Development" by Andy Chebanne.

Felix Banda is Senior Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape.
Barron (R.) KINGDOM OF SOULS, the last witchdoctor
439pp., paperback, London, 2019. R305
A fantasy novel for young adults set in a West African-inspired fantasy kingdom, about a young woman born into a family of traditional healers who trades years of her life for magic in the hope of catching a child-snatcher.

Rena Barron grew up in Alabama, lives in Chicago and works at an advertising agency. Kingdom of Souls is her debut novel.
Dasnois (A.) & Whitfield (C.) PAPER TIGER, Iqbal Survé and the downfall of Independent Newspapers
238pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R260
Journalists and newspaper editors Alide Dasnois and Chris Whitfield on Iqbal Survé's reign at Independent Newspapers. Survé's Sekunjalo Independence Media Consortium bought Independent Newspapers in April 2013.

"A must-read for those who value quality, independent journalism...This is an eye-opening account of what happens when transformation goes horribly wrong, when one man's interests override a nation's drive for change and progress." Anton Harber, Caxton Professor of Journalism (Adjunct), University of the Witwatersrand

"An easy-to-read chronicle of how two people personally involved with Survé's newspapers witnessed the decimation of the media company. It is also about the role of the people - some of whom pose as paragons of journalistic virtue - who aided the erosion of editorial integrity." Mathatha Tsedu, Adjunct Professor and Acting Executive Director of the National Editors Forum (SANEF)

Alide Dasnois is the former editor of the Cape Times and Business Report. She is part-time associate editor at GroundUp news agency in Cape Town. She was fired by Survé in December 2013.
Chris Whitfield is the former editor of the Cape Times, Cape Argus and Weekend Argus, and the former editor-in-chief of Independent Newspapers Cape.
Heller-Stern (P.) JOSÉ DALE LACE, a woman of some importance
158pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2019. R310
Historical novel based on the life of actress José Dale Lace. She married gold and diamond mining magnate and Randlord John Lace and lived a life of luxury in Johannesburg until their fortune dissipated and their Parktown mansion 'Northwards', designed by British architect Herbert Baker, burnt down.

Pamela Heller-Stern's novels include The Pink Slippers, Who's Knocking on my Door? and Have a Heart. She lives in Johannesburg.
Johnson (C.) THE TWO TANGLED TREES, the improbable stories of Saartjie and Jan Daniel on their arrival in the Cape
106pp., illus., paperback, No Place, 2019. R440
Colin Johnson relates his family history. He focuses mainly on two of his ancestors: Saartjie (1800-1850), a young Indian woman sold into slavery at the age of 13 and bought by the owner of the farm Klein Drakenstein near Klapmuts, and John Daniel Giovanni de Pasqual (1780-1864) from Corsica, who came to the Kogmanskloof via St Helena. Children of the fourth generation of Saartjie and John Daniel married, establishing a new branch of the family from which Johnson stems.

Self-published.
Kekana (R.) THE PLACE OF RELIGION IN AFRICAN LITERARY CRITICISM,
266pp., 4to., paperback, Lebowakgomo, 2018. R335
"All the literary works which are the main thrust of this critical text uphold the view that the aim of African literature is 'to explain Africa to the world: Africa has a past and a culture of dignity and human complexity' (Ngugi, 1981: 20). After all, one of the African writer's preoccupations is, especially in the works set in the past, 'to teach his fellow-African that there is nothing shameful in African culture and tradition' (Palmer, 1979: 63). All these facts combine to make this critical text an essential part of the student's criticism and evaluation of the African literary text." Puleng S. Nkomo, author and teacher at Mack Semeka High School, Polokwane

"All the literary works which are the main thrust of this critical text uphold the view that the aim of African literature is 'to explain Africa to the world: Africa has a past and a culture of dignity and human complexity' (Ngugi, 1981: 20). After all, one of the African writer's preoccupations is, especially in the works set in the past, 'to teach his fellow-African that there is nothing shameful in African culture and tradition' (Palmer, 1979: 63). All these facts combine to make this critical text an essential part of the student's criticism and evaluation of the African literary text." Puleng S. Nkomo, author and teacher at Mack Semeka High School, Polokwane

Kota Robery Kekana was a secondary school teacher and a college of education lecturer and manager. He has served as Chairperson of SiNdebele Language Sub-committee under the Limpopo Provincial Language Committee. and as a member of Ikhwezi, the isiNdebele National Language body.

Self-published.
Laubscher (W.) OPERATION MANDELA,
64pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R210
Urologist Willem Laubscher's account of meeting and operating on Nelson Mandela. He led the operation to remove Mandela's prostate at Volks Hospital in Cape Town in November 1985.
Maartens (A.) MY VEGETARIAN BRAAI,
200pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R325
Includes four vegan recipes.
Mandela (N.) I AM NDILEKA, more than my surname
245pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R260
A memoir by Ndileka Mandela, the daughter of Thembekile Mandela, Nelson Mandela's son from his first wife, Evelyn Mase Mandela. A former ICU nurse and social activist, she heads the Thembekile Mandela Foundation, the rural upliftment organisation she founded in 2014 in memory of her father who was killed in a car accident in 1969.
Ngomane (M.) EVERYDAY UBUNTU, living better together, the African way
240pp., hardback, London, 2019. R290
Foreword by Desmond Tutu.

Fourteen lessons on the philosophy of Ubuntu that include practical applications and mindful exercises.

Mungi Ngomane is Desmond Tutu's granddaughter and patron of the Tutu Foundation UK.
Pikoli (P.) BORN FREELOADERS, a novel
198pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R270
A novel that takes place over a weekend in Johannesburg, about a group of young friends navigating a life of drinking and partying as they struggle to come to terms with their privilege, identity and race issues, and the longing for acceptance.

"Born Freeloaders is an excoriating look at the impotence of youth and millennial privilege. Pikoli is an urgent new voice in South African fiction." Efemia Chela, Zambian-Ghanaian literary critic, editor and writer

Phumlani Pikoli is a journalist and artist who lives in Johannesburg. He is the author of the collection of short stories and illustrations. The Fatuous state of Severity.
Pretorius (W.) DIE ONTELBARE 48, stories uit Wakkerfontien
54pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R180
A one-man play set in a small rural village in the Lowveld. Forty-eight villagers gather in the school hall to watch The Sound of Music. In their midst is a killer with a cunning plan.

"Dit is duidelik dat ons hier 'n baie sterk nuwe stem in die Afrikaanse dramawêreld het." Marisa Keuris, Literator

"Daar is baie humor in die teks, maar dis geen grappige werk nie. Die stuk is warm, menslik en slim. Maar uiteeindelik eerde onstellend en snaaks." Naomi Meyer, LitNet

Wessel Pretorius won the 2015 Afrikaans Onbeperk Prize for a young voice. He has received four Fiesta Awards and the Word Trophy for Best Drama Production for his solo piece Ont. Translated into English by Hennie van Greunen as Undone, the play toured the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Afrovibes in the Netherlands, the Wiener Festwochen in Vienna, and the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown where it received the Standard Bank Ovation Gold. His other plays include Waterpas (KKNK Kanna for best comedy), Die dag is Bros (ATKV-Woordveertjie for Best Drama) and Sê My Naam Soos 'n Starbucks-knaap.
Price (I.) & Louwrens (K.) FOR THE LOVE OF THE LAND, being a farmer in South Africa today
222pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R240
A series of interviews with a diverse group of South African farmers from across the country.

Afrikaans radio and TV presenter and columnist Ivor Price is a former SABC2 news anchor.
Journalist Kobus Louwrens is Strategy Director for a Cape Town-based digital marketing agency.
Ivor Price and Kobus Louwrens co-founded FoodforMzansi.co.za
Qintu Collab MEANWHILE..., graphic short stories about everyday queer life in southern and East Africa
100pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R140
An anthology of autobiographical short stories that "highlight the heterogeneity of experience, identity and politics associated with African queerness".

Qintu Collab consists of 18 queer youth from Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe, two academics, three artists and a journalist. It was formed to "allow young queer people from a few African countries to come together, share experiences and create context specific, queer-positive media that documents relatable stories about and for queer African youth".
Rostron (B.) ROBERT MCBRIDE, the struggle continues
358pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Cape Town, 2019. R290
First published in the UK in 1991 as Till Babylon Falls. This edition includes a new introduction and a new afterword that outlines McBride's controversial life post-1994.

Robert McBride led the Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) unit that bombed the "Why Not" Restaurant and Magoo's Bar on the Durban beachfront in June 1986. He was sentenced to death and spent 1 463 days on Death Row before having his sentence commuted to life imprisonment. He was released in 1992 and was later granted amnesty at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The book covers the 1986 Jacobs substation bombing, the Durban beachfront bombings, McBride's trial and his time on Death Row.

"A story thick with tension between love and violence, newly relevant for our complex times." Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, author of Democracy and Delusion: 10 myths in South African politics

"A political thriller, biography and historic record all rolled into one." Marianne Thamm, assistant editor of the Daily Maverick and author of the memoir Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me

Journalist Bryan Rostron has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Spectator, the London Sunday Times and the New Statesman, as well as writing columns for the British political weekly Tribune and the magazine Private Eye. He is the author of five previous books, including the novels My Shadow and Black Petals. He lives in Cape Town.
Serote (M.) SIKHAHLEL' U - OR, a praise poem for Oliver Tambo
126pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R230
Foreword by Thabo Mbeki.

Oliver Tambo served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1967 to 1991. He died in 1993.

Poet, novelist, political activist and ANC Member of Parliament, Mongane Wally Serote was born in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, in 1944. He is South Africa's National Poet Laureate, the recipient of the 1993 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, and the 1994 Pablo Neruda Award from the Chilean government. In 2007 he received the Order of Ikhamanga (Silver) for his contribution to literature, and in 2012 he won the Golden Wreath Award for his achievements in the field of poetry.
Tendayi (R.) HANDS OFF!, overcoming sexual harassment in the workplace
176pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R190
Regina Tendayi describes the different techniques used by perpetrators of sexual harassment and offers practical suggestions on how to manage the issue in the workplace.

Regina Tendayi is Director Human Resources and Administration at Premier Service Medical Aid Society in Harare, Zimbabwe. She is the author of My Boss, the Bully.
Watson (M.) THE WICKERLIGHT,
400pp., paperback, London, 2019. R185
A young adult novel about a girl whose sister is found dead on the village green. As she delves into her sister's secret life in an attempt to find answers she becomes entangled in an ancient magical feud.

Mary Watson is from Cape Town and now lives in Ireland. She was awarded the 2006 Caine prize for African Writing. She is the author of Wren Hunt.

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