New Arrivals 17th to 23rd of January 2020

Bacher (A.) & Williams (D.) SOUTH AFRICA'S GREATEST BOWLERS, past and present, with a chapter by Krish Reddy
209pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R260
Ali Bacher and David Williams discuss the careers of South African bowlers, including Peter Pollock, Alan Donald, Fanie de Villiers, Shaun Pollock, Paul Adams, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Radaba.

Cricketer Ali Bacher played 12 Tests between 1965 and 1970. He went on to work in cricket administration.
David Williams was Deputy Editor of the Financial Mail. He is currently Senior Anchor on the daily Business Tonight TV programme on CNBC Africa.

Williams and Bacher are the authors of Jacques Kallis, and 12 other great South African all-rounders and South Africa's Greatest Batsmen, past and present.
244 pp., maps, paperback, Third Edition, New York, (2004) 2017. R640
A revised and updated third edition of Anthony Butler's introduction to South Africa's social, political, cultural and economic life in the twenty-first century, and its changing role in the world.

"The best introduction to South Africa I know... With its focus on a rich array of institutions, ideas, individuals and issues, this excellent book provides an analytically acute lens through which to understand contemporary South Africa." Lawrence Hamilton, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and University of Cambridge, UK

Anthony Butler is Professor of Political Studies, University of Cape Town
Cheifitz (P.) THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF POTCHEFSTROOM, a history, edited by Gwynne Scrire
184pp., illus., map, paperback, Cape Town, No Date. R290
The first Jewish residents arrived in Potchefstroom in 1878, drawn by reports of gold. A Jewish cemetery was established in 1892. Over the years the Jewish community shrank and the last service for the Potchefstroom Hebrew Congregation was held in 2000, after which the synagogue was deconsecrated. In 2019 there were six Jewish people living in the town.
364pp., illus., paperback, No Place, 2019. R370
The second volume of Straun Douglas's three-part series on South African jazz. It draws from interviews, articles, commentaries and oral history.


"Beautiful beautiful story of South African jazz" Shadow Twala, South African radio DJ, journalist and radio and television producer

The Story of South African Jazz, volume one is also available.

Struan Douglas is founding director of, a free music website.
Essa (E.) EB KOYBIE, a memoir of shenanigans between Durban and Bombay
200pp., illus., paperback, No Place, 2019. R155
Ebrahim Essa writes about growing up in the 1950s in Mayville, Durban, and being sent to school in India. Mayville was a township designated for people classified Indian by the apartheid state. Essa worked as a high school science teacher for 30 years before retiring in 2016.

Jabavu (D.) IN INDIA AND EAST AFRICA/ E-INDIYA NASE EAST AFRICA, a travelogue in isiXhosa and English, translated by Cecil Wele Manona, edited by Tina Steiner, Mhlobo W. Jadezweni, Catherine Higgs and Evan M. Mwangi
306pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2020. R385
Davidson Don Tengo Jabavu (1885-1959) was a South African political campaigner, writer and editor who became the first black professor at the University of Fort Hare, where he taught African languages and Latin. In 1949 he attended the World Pacifist Meeting in India and wrote an account of his journey, which was first published in 1951.

Text in the original isiXhosa with an English translation by Cecil Wele Manona. Includes chapters by the editors that examine the international networks of solidarity which Jabavu helped to strengthen, biographical sketches of Jabavu and Manona, and an afterword that reflects on the significance of making African-language texts available to readers across Africa.

"A remarkable travelogue by one of South Africa's greatest intellectuals, D.D.T Jabavu, is available for the first time in isiXhosa and English. This historical gem enriches our sense of the scope and scale of South African letters." Isabel Hofmeyr, Global Distinguished Professor, New York University, and Professor of African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand

Catherine Higgs is Professor of History, University of British Columbia.
Mhlobo Jadezweni teaches isiXhosa at Rhodes University.
Evan Mwangi is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Northwestern University.
Tina Steiner is Associate Professor in the English Department, Stellenbosch University.
232pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2019. R365
A thriller set in an office block in Sandton, Johannesburg, where there are tokoloshes (spirits in African folklore) lurking in the corners, sent to sniff out evil.

Anneleigh Jacobsen is a career marketer specialising in brand management. Corporation Games is her debut novel.
167pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R175
A collection of 16 short stories that challenge the tropes that have come to define Africa. Southern African contributors include Tina Chiwashira, Busisiwe Manana, Mpho Mokone, Eliza Mabungu, Mandia Dlali, Diketseng 'Keke' Motseke, Natassia Garish and Lerato Matshwane.

Thabo Jijana won the 2016 Ingrid Jonker Prize for Poetry for his debut collection Failing Maths and My Other Crimes. He is also the author of the memoir Nobody's Business, a taxi owner, a murder, and a secret.
137pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R175
A collection of short stories that engage with Africans' struggle with organised religion and the longing for spiritual connection. Southern African writers include Christine Coates, Damon Yel, Tariro Ndoro and Themesha Khan.

Thabo Jijana won the 2016 Ingrid Jonker Prize for Poetry for his debut collection Failing Maths and My Other Crimes. He is also the author of the memoir Nobody's Business, a taxi owner, a murder, and a secret.
217pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, No Place, 2019. R320
A coming-of-age memoir by Zambian-born and South African-based actor, music writer and performer, radio and TV presenter and voice-over artist Chilu Thema (born 1975).

Mlambo (A.) & Parsons (N.) A HISTORY OF SOUTHERN AFRICA,
276pp., maps, paperback, London, 2019. R485
A textbook suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of History and African Studies.

"This book succeeds in placing South Africa within the political, economic, cultural and regional context of Southern Africa. This is an excellent historical text fortuitously appearing at a moment when history is finally receiving a new emphasis in the curriculum in South Africa." Muchaparara Musemwa, University of the Witwatersrand

"This is a first-rate history of Southern Africa by two renowned scholars. Covering the period from early human societies to the present day, Mlambo and Parsons succeed admirably in presenting an account of the region as an integrated whole." Wayne Dooling, SOAS, University of london

Alois S. Mlambo is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria.
Neil Parsons is a former Professor of History at the University of Botswana.
Phillips (H.) UCT UNDER APARTHEID, part 1, 1948-1968, from onset to sit-in
407pp., illus., hardback, Johannesburg, 2019. R380
A social, intellectual, educational, cultural and political history of the University of Cape Town during the first phase of apartheid.

Emeritus Professor Howard Phillips taught in the Department of Historical Studies and the Department of Public Health at UCT from 1974-2014. His books include At the Heart of Healing: Groote Schuur Hospital 1938-2008; Plague, Pox and Pandemics: a pocket history of epidemics in South Africa; In a Time of Plague: memories of the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918 in South Africa and UCT 1918-1948: the formative years.
Salafranca (A.) ed. FOOL'S GOLD, selected Modjaji short stories
209pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R280
A collection of short stories that previously appeared in individual writers' collections or in anthologies published by Modjaji Books.

Authors include Jayne Bauling, Melissa de Villiers, Sandra Hill, Reneilwe Malatji, Jolyn Phillips, Lauri Kubuitsile, Sarah Lotz, Arja Salafranca, Meg vandermerwe and Makhosazana Xaba.
64pp., illus., paperback, New Edition, Cape Town, (1897) 2019. R150
Reprint of the allegorical novella by Olive Schreiner about one of Cecil John Rhodes' young troopers lost in Mashonaland and the appearance of a Christ-like figure on a hilltop. The pursuit of small gold mines by Rhodes' British South Africa Company led to a violent expropriation of Mashonaland and Matabeleland.

Includes a new introduction by Matthew Blackman.

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