New Arrivals 7th to 13th of February 2020

Baker (J.) THE HORNS, the Zambezi trilogy: book one
399pp., illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R320
A novel set in southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) between 1939 and 1966, based on Jill Baker's childhood experiences. Four childhood friends' lives go in very different directions: a white school headmaster's daughter; the son of a Matebele chief; the black adopted child of a Scottish nurse, and the son of the black district assistant.

Self-published.
Burger (L.) SHE DOWN THERE,
238pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R275
A novel about two people who are brought together by their shared love of the ocean: a woman descended from Canada’s native Haida people who joins the fight to safeguard Mozambique's coral reefs and a navy diver working as a dive master in the coastal town of Tofo.

Marine biologist, master diver and underwater photographer Lynton Francois Burger serves as an advisor to ocean-impact ventures in several countries, including the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town. He is an inducted member of the Ocean Artists Society and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers. She Down There is his first novel.
Ferrus (D.) DIE VREDE KOM LATER,
72pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R185
A collection of poems by Diane Ferrus about her father who, with his companions, was taken prisoner in 1942 at the Fall of Tobruk, WWII.

Self-published.

Diana Ferrus was born in Worcester in 1953. She worked as an administrator at the University of the Western Cape until her retirement in 2016. She lives in Kuils River, Cape Town. She is the author of I've Come To Take You Home, a tribute to Sarah Baartman.
Graham (M.) CONTEMPORARY AFRICA,
291pp., illus., maps, paperback, London, 2019. R600
A concise introduction to contemporary Africa, with chapters on political systems, the economy, political violence, social movements and civil society, popular culture, Africa beyond the nation-state and Africa's future.

"No danger of a ‘single story’ here! Matthew Graham provides a superb in-depth analysis of the history and politics of contemporary Africa. A brilliant and succinct text. A must read for all scholars of African studies.’ Tanya Lyons, Flinders University, Australia

Matthew Graham is a lecturer in history at the University of Dundee, UK and a research associate in the Centre for African Studies at the University of the Free State, South Africa.
Krog (A.) KLEUR KOM NOOIT ALLEEN NIE,
104pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2000) 2019. R230
This collection of poems by Antjie Krog won the 2001 RAU Prize for Creative Writing.

"As Tafelberg moes begin praat, dan sou dit in só 'n stem gewees het. Of in 'n ander raamwerk: hierdie bundel is vir my in poësie die ekwivalent van Bach se groot Toccata en Fuga, waar die ganse register van die orrel oopgetrek word...Wat Antjie hier saamdig, is die intimiteit van een mens wat vir 'n ander sê: Ek het jou lief - en 'n begrip van menslikheid so wyd as die Heer se genade. Dit gaan om klip en aarde en grond (bowenal die grond van Afrika, wáár ook al op die vasteland) en die verskriklike manier(e) waarop die mens met hierdie vasteland leer saamlewe het. Dit is onbeskroomd oor wat hard en bitter en gewelddadig is, maar dit alles word geheilig deur 'n mededeelsaamheid en 'n erbarming waarin juis die mensste van menswees in al sy wondbaarheid én weerbaarheid deurstraal word: of dit gaan oor Boerekinders in konsentrasiekampe aan die begin van die 20ste eeu, of om swart kinders in townships aan die einde van dieselfde eeu; of dit gaan oor 'n griot in Wes-Afrika of die spontane klaaglied van 'n moeder in 'n township. Uit alles, illustreer dié bundel, is poësie te maak - juis óók uit die gevormde poësie, soos blyk uit die intensiewe gesprekke wat hierdie verse aanknoop met Van Wyk Louw, of Ingrid Jonker, of Breyten Breytenbach, of vele ander...Dis een van die min bundels waarvan ek kan sê dat ek na die lees daarvan werklik op 'n ander manier na die wêreld kyk. Met meer deernis, meer begrip; 'en eindeloos vergiffenis vir als". André Brink

Poet, writer, journalist and academic Antjie Krog's collections of poetry include Lady Anne, The stars say tsau, Body bereft and Skinned. She has received numerous honorary doctorates and literary and journalism awards over the years, including the Hertzog Prize (1990), the Pringle Award (1996), the Alan Paton Award (1996), the Protea Prize for Poetry (2007) and the ATKV Prestige Award (2009).
Maathai (W.) WANGARI MAATHAI'S REGISTERS OF FREEDOM,
333pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R295
Selected writings by Wangari Maathai, edited and introduced by Grace A. Musila.

Wangarĩ Muta Maathai (1940-2011)was a Kenyan social, environmental and political activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya. The first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, she became chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nairobi in 1976 and an associate professor in 1977. She founded the Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organisation that focuses on poverty reduction and environmental conservation through planting trees. She is the author of The Green Belt Movement, Unbowed: a memoir, The Challenge for Africa, and Replenishing the Earth.
Viljoen (H.) BRISANT,
87pp., paperback, (Cape Town), 2019. R235
"Brisant, 'n epiese gedig wat plek-plek haas toneelmatig aandoen, eggo in bepaalde opsigte die uitbeelding van die eksistensialistiese opstand van die klein man wat in Afrikaans al so meevoerend vertolk is in, byvoorbeeld, Chris Barnard se hoorspel Die rebellie van Lafras Verwey." Bernard Odendaal, Professor of Writing, North-West University Potchefstroom Campus

Hendrik Marthinus Viljoen was born in 1951 in Pretoria. Now retired, he was Professor of Afrikaans and Dutch at North-West University from 1992 to 2011. His previous poetry collections are Waterkristal and Holtrom en groot kabaal.
Winch (J.) & Parry (R.) TOO BLACK TO WEAR WHITES, the remarkable story of Krom Hendricks, a cricket hero who was rejected by Cecil John Rhodes's empire
255pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R260
Winch and Parry document William Henry ‘Krom’ Hendricks’s struggle for recognition and the public controversies around his exclusion from South Africa’s 1894 cricket tour of England and the subsequent Test series. Hendricks was the first sportsman to be formally barred from representing South Africa on the basis of race. From the Bo-Kaap in Cape Town, in 1892 he played for the South African Malay team against the touring English, who insisted that he was one of the best fast bowlers in the world.

"Highly readable and packed with fascinating historical detail, this is the compelling story of a rip-snorting South African cricketer whose career was smothered by the shameless colour prejudice of Cecil John Rhodes and his snobbish cronies. By turns formidable, sad, enlivening and enormously informative, this book pays Hendricks the honour that has long been his due." Bill Nasson, University of Stellenbosch

Journalist and author Jonty Winch is the co-author of Cricket & Conquest: the history of South African cricket retold 1795-1014.
Tax advisor and author Richard Parry was a contributor to Empire and Cricket: the South African experience 1884-1914 and co-editor of Cricket and Society: in South Africa 1910-1971: from Union to isolation

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