Q2 April – June 2017 SA Books


April – June 2017 : New SA Titles 

Prices, cover images and publication dates subject to change

Jacket images are added as they become available from the publishers


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Karen Adendorff | Crochet Tile Motifs | Human & Rousseau 9780798175913 | R195 | May

Crochet is a new worldwide trend, popular with old and young, with the wellknown granny square making a reappearance everywhere. In this new crochet book by a top-selling author you will find motifs with a difference: Moroccan, Delft,
Persian and Mediterranean block patterns made with interesting techniques that can be used in different ways, ranging from carpets to clothes. Each pattern has a diagram, the size, colours being used, degree of difficulty and the complete

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Chris Alden, Sérgio Chichava and Ana Christina Alves | Mozambique and Brazil | Jacana 9781431425198 | R260 | June 

This book critically investigates the expanding involvement of a leading emerging power, Brazil, in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, Mozambique. It focuses on the dynamics of Brazilian development assistance, its flagship engagement in Mozambique’s agricultural and resource sector and the burgeoning social ties that bind them together. With elites in Brazil and Mozambique celebrating the strengths of South-South Cooperation, there is an emerging
belief that the two countries are on the path to forging a new development partnership. However, despite these official discourses, there is growing evidence that the conduct of Brazilian firms and the policies promoted by Brazilian development assistance projects are generating negative fallout within local communities and among local
environmental activists. Indeed, the complexities of Brazil’s economic diplomacy and its private commercial interests, coupled with the involvement of everyone from Brazilian NGOs operating in the health sector to missionaries evangelising in rural towns in Mozambique, seem to affirm the unique characteristics of this growing relationship
and the problems that it is facing in becoming truly sustainable.

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Tammy Baikie | Selling LipService | Jacana 9781431424795 | R225 | May

I was one of them – just as stroke-stricken, equally lost for words. We were as kinbled as our brain MRIs pinned up, on the wall of the ward. Each one with an almost identical inkblot lesion – a black mark against our names and the naming of all things.

Since coming of haemorrhage, Frith must wear a LipService patch to write or speak. The words the patch produces are not her own. Scripted by copywriters, they promote one sponsoring brand or another. With them, ‘You’ – a voice in her head that is the patch’s brand persona and her conformist alter ego – appears.

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Ken Barris | The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions | Kwela 9780795707957 | R250 | May

As I walked into my house, I knew something was wrong. There was a smell in the air that I couldn’t identify – and then sound of breaking crockery from the kitchen confirmed it. I walked slowly to the kitchen door. A large male baboon
looked up from a slice of bread laid flat on a cutting board, and turned to me. My shock at first prevented me from recognising the object in his left hand. It was a butter knife.

The Life of Worm & Other Misconceptions is a collection of new and critically acclaimed short stories by award-winning author Ken Barris. They combine everyday events with the surreal: the title story is centred on a dog called Worm;
in another, a husband and wife quarrel over a plugless lamp; and in another, a man encounters a speaking baboon in his kitchen. Lyrical and humorous, these stories concretise the human condition via the author’s characteristically
unfettered style.

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Fred Bridgland | Cuito Cuanavale | Jonathan Ball 9781868428328 | R290 | June

“As we advanced the tanks began firing ahead speculatively. It was an amazing sight. After an Olifant [tank] unleashed a 105 mm shell you saw a path opening up through the forest just like the Red Sea divided for Moses.”

It is September 1987. The Angolan Army – with the support of Cuban troops and Soviet advisors – has built up a massive force on the Lomba River near Cuito Cuanavale in southern Angola. Their goal? To capture Jamba, the headquarters of the rebel group Unita, supported by the South African Defence Force (SADF) in the so-called Border War.

In the battles that followed, and shortly thereafter centred around the small town of Cuito Cuanavale, 3 000 SADF soldiers and 8 000 Unita fighters were up against a much bigger Angolan and Cuban force of over 50 000 men.

Thousands of soldiers died in the vicious fighting that is described in vivid detail in this book. Bridgland pieced together this account through scores of interviews with SADF men who were on the front line. This dramatic retelling takes the reader to the heart of the action.

The final battles of the war in 1987 and 1988 had an impact far beyond the borders of Namibia and Angola. They not only spelled the end of the last great neo-colonial attempts at African conquest by Cuba and the former Soviet Union, but also made possible the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa.

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David Coplan & Oscar Gutierrez | Last Night at the Bassline | Jacana 9781431424993 | R280 | May

In 1994 Brad and Paige Holmes opened a small, live-music venue in the bohemian suburb of Melville in Johannesburg. They called it Bassline, which very soon became synonymous with cigarette smoke, great jazz and nights you wished would never end. They later moved the club to Newtown where it grew in prominence as the ultimate venue for live music, hosting amazing artists like Thandiswa Mazwai, Jimmy Dludlu, Lira, The Soil and Grammy Award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

In 2016 word spread like wildfre that everyone’s favourite club was closing its doors forever; this place that held all the promises of a new South Africa, a place where people of all races could come together, share a drink, dance and fall in love was to be no more.

But as Bassline starts its new journey with Live @ the Bassline, yet another great story begins with Last Night at the Bassline.

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Frans Cronje | A Time Traveller’s Guide to South Africa in 2030 | Tafelberg 9780624080589 | R260 | May

What will South Africa look like in 2030? And how will the next 15 years unfold? 

Since leading scenario planner Frans Cronje published his bestseller A Time Traveller’s Guide to Our Next Ten Years, the country has changed rapidly. Political tensions have increased, economic performance has weakened and more and more South Africans are taking their frustrations to the street. What does this mean for the country’s future? Will there be a spark to ignite the powder keg or will a rainbow rise unexpectedly? Will the country take the socialistic route where rich South Africans will be forced to share their wealth and land with the poor? Or will capitalism prevail and the gap between the rich and poor widen while crime soars?

Cronje analyses the latest trends, makes sense of these rapid changes and presents the most likely scenarios for South Africa’s future.

Piers Cruickshank | Confluence | Pan Macmillan 9781770104747 | R275 | April 

Confluence tells the uplifting non-fiction story of the Dusi canoe marathon partnership of Piers Cruickshanks, a seasoned paddler who had won multiple gold medals in the Dusi, with Siseko Ntondini, a paddler who had come up through the ranks of the Soweto Canoe Club, and whose dream was to win a gold medal in the Dusi. The two men agree to paddle together and start training towards their gold-medal goal, but in order to get to the start line, they need to overcome cultural and physical challenges to create a winning combination.

Understanding Elephants | Elephant Specialist Advisory Group | PRH SA 9781775843412 | R120 | April

Elephants are arguably Africa’s most charismatic animals, and among the biggest drawcards to our game reserves. While the burgeoning game-park industry may be increasing our access to these magnificent creatures, rising human-elephant encounters are an inevitable outcome – sometimes, sadly, fatal. Such encounters could likely have been avoided had those involved understood elephant behaviour, and particularly how these intelligent animals interface with traffic through their territory.
This book describes elephant family life, from rearing of infants to establishing dominance within a herd; it unpacks regular elephant behaviour, the matriarchal system, the particular dangers of males in musth, and many other aspects of their lives. Most of all, it provides guidelines for ensuring safe and enjoyable encounters with these majestic animals.
This is an essential guide for those planning visits to reserves: aside from the interest factor, being able to read the tell-tale signs may just save lives.


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Thandeka Gqubule | No Longer Whispering to Power | Jonathan Ball  9781868427314 | R250 | May

Advocate Thuli Madonsela has achieved in her seven years as Public Protector what few accomplish in a lifetime; her legacy and contribution cannot be over-stated. In her final days in office she compiled the explosive State Capture report and, before that, the report on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence. Praised and vilified in equal measures, Madonsela has frequently found herself at centre stage in the increasingly fractious South African political scene.

Yet, despite the intense media scrutiny, Madonsela remains something of an enigma. Who is this soft-spoken woman who stood up to state corruption? Where did she develop her views and resolve? This book attempts to answer these questions, and others, by exploring many aspects of Madonsela’s life: her childhood years and family, her involvement in student politics, her contribution to the constitution, her life in law.

Madonsela once described her role as Public Protector as being akin to that of the Venda traditional spiritual female leader, the Makhadzi,who whispers truth to the ruler. When the sounds of the exchanges between the ruler and the Makhadzi grow loud, Madonsela said, that is when the whispering has failed.

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Jane Griffiths | Jane’s Delicious Garden | Jonathan Ball 9781920289935 | R275 | June

Do you live in an urban area and want to grow your own organic vegetables, but don’t know where to

Jane’s Delicious Garden is perfect for you – whether you have green fingers or not. Packed with practical
advice, time-saving tips, step-by-step instructions and personal anecdotes, this book is for beginners and
gardening gurus alike. With over 200 photographs and detailed information on how to prepare your garden
for planting and growing nearly 100 vegetables and herbs, this guide will enable you to feed your family
and friends with wholesome, organic food harvested from your own garden.

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Mark Heywood | Get Up! Stand Up! | Tafelberg 9780624081135 | R260 | May

Mark Heywood has spearheaded remarkable victories for justice in South Africa, including the court case forcing the ANC government to provide ARVs to those who need them. With this book he recounts the personal story behind his highprofile public persona.

His gripping tale takes us from Oxford to a grim council estate in London, to China, all over Africa and behind the scenes at many a pivotal political event. In sharing his experience in ALP, TAC, Section27, and various campaigns (including
Unite Against Corruption, Zuma Must Fall and Save South Africa), Heywood provides fascinating insights into how politics work in South Africa and how injustice can be tackled effectively. Urgent and inspirational, his is also a
deeply human story of fighting for what is right despite the costs.

WILDLIFE AT WAR IN ANGOLA: The Rise and Fall of an African Eden


Brian Huntley | Wildlife at War in Angola | Protea Book House 9781485306115 | R350 | April 

This book describes in fascinating detail the wildlife, wild places and wild personalities that occupied Angola’s conservation landscape through four decades of war and a decade of peace. Intrigues, assassinations, corruption, greed and incompetence ‒ during the colonial era, through the horrific war and most especially throughout the crony-capitalist kleptocracy of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos ‒ have resulted in the extinction of most of its formerly abundant wildlife populations and the decay and erosion of a once endless Eden.

This is the first book to integrate the political, economic and environmental threads that account for the post-colonial tragedy of one of Africa’s most biologically diverse countries. A corrupt government has robbed the country of its vast oil and diamond wealth, of its environmental health, of its morality and of its soul. It was not always so.

The author was appointed ecologist to Angola’s National Parks in 1971. But the vast open spaces, peaceful stillness and tropical luxuriance that he found during the four years they spent exploring and developing the country’s wildlife reserves was not to last. The powder keg of anger against centuries of colonial exploitation ‒ of slavery, of forced labour and of an abusive system of penal settlement ‒ could not be contained. Bloody nationalist uprisings led to the abandonment of Angola by Portugal and the transition from random guerrilla skirmishes with a colonial army into a brutal civil war that cost over one million lives. Despite its scarred history, the author believes the country can still rebuild its national parks and save much of its wildlife and wilderness. But this can only happen if the current ageing autocracy makes space for a new generation of Angolan conservationists.

Darryl Ilbury | Tim Noakes – The Quiet Maverick | Penguin SA 9781776091379 | June

On 5 February 2014, world-renowned scientist Tim Noakes fred off a tweet allegedly dispensing dietary advice to a young mother into a highly volatile media space; the fallout threatened to destroy his career. This is the untold backstory.

Veteran journalist and writer Daryl Ilbury unveils, layer by layer, a combustible mix of scientifc ignorance, academic jealousy, the collapse of media ethics, and the interests of a worldrenowned scientist in highlighting the intricacies of human nutrition and exposing those he believes have vested interests in regulating it.

Featuring interviews with people who have worked closely with Noakes, including former Springbok coach Jake White and polar swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh, as well as award-winning journalists and fellow scientists and academics, some of whom now consider Noakes dangerous and out of control, this book is bound to be as controversial as the man himself.

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Tony Jackman | foodSTUFF | Human & Rousseau 9780798172899 | R320 | May

foodSTUFF is Tony Jackman’s view of life and the food that goes with it. He relates every heartache and joy, and does not shy away from imparting pain or loss. His journey towards adulthood is illustrated by rich, fascinating tales from his life. foodSTUFF has meaty recipes, spicy poultry dishes, Tony’s signature dishes, and desserts.

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François Janse van Rensburg | Making Money Through Buy-to-Let in South Africa | Zebra 9781776092055 | R230 | June

You don’t have to be a financial guru to invest in property. Just by reading and applying the easy-to-follow processes in Making Money Through Buy-to-Let in South Africa, you will realise that ordinary people can become extraordinary. This book explains why buy-to-let property investment is the only sensible opportunity to earn an inflation-linked, passive income for the rest of your life. It gives ordinary South Africans the hope that they might enjoy a financially secure retirement by building a substantial property portfolio, either when they start at a very young age or by supplementing their lifetime savings or pension pay-out at a later stage.

Making Money Through Buy-to-Let in South Africa is written for the ordinary person, in everyday language, and guides readers step by step through the entire process of property investment so that they, too, can become financially independent.

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Jonathan Jansen | As By Fire | Tafelberg 9780624080305 | R285 | May

What are the real roots of the student protests of 2015 and 2016? Is it actually about fees? Why did so many protests turn violent? Where is the government while the buildings burn, and do the students know how to end the protests?

Former Free State University Vice-Chancellor Jonathan Jansen delves into the unprecedented disruption of universities that caught South Africa by surprise. In frank interviews with eleven of the VCs most affected, he examines the forces at work, why the protests escalate into chaos, and what is driving – and exasperating – our youth.

This urgent and necessary book gives us an insider view of the crisis, tells us why the conflict will not go away and what it means for the future of our universities.

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Pallo Jordan | Letters to My Comrades | Jacana 9781431424863 | R280 | April

Pallo Jordan is the quintessential man of political letters on the one hand, and an astute literary historian in his own
inimitable way, penning flowing observations, interspersed with pithy and yet colourful descriptions on the other hand
– while cutting to the bone in analyses and breath-taking insights, informed by meticulous reading amassed over
nearly half a century of struggle. Letters to Friends and Comrades is the ultimate collection of his piercing and yet
embraceable thoughts and inquiries.

This treasure trove of the writings of Z Pallo Jordan could not have been more timely in this critical – or should we
say unfortunate – period of the promise that was the New Democratic Republic of South Africa, and published as it is
on the eve of the African National Congress’s general elective congress in December 2017, and interestingly in the
aftermath of the watershed municipal elections of 3 August 2016.

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Russell H Kaschula, Pamela Maseko and H Ekkehard Wolff | Multilingualism and Intellectual Communication | WUP 9781776140268 | R380 | May

To date, there has been no published textbook which takes into account changing sociolinguistic dynamics that have infl uenced South African society. Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication breaks new ground in this arena. The scope of this book ranges from macro-sociolinguistic questions pertaining to language policies and their implementation (or non-implementation) to micro-sociolinguistic observations of actual language-use in verbal interaction, mainly in
multilingual contexts of Higher Education (HE).

There is a gradual move for the study of language and culture to be taught in the context of (professional) disciplines in which they would be used, for example, Journalism and African languages, Education and African languages, etc. The book caters for this growing market. Because of its multilingual nature, it caters to English and Afrikaans language speakers, as well as the Sotho and Nguni language groups – the largest languages in South Africa [and also increasingly used in the context of South African Higher Education].

It brings together various inter-linked disciplines such as Sociolinguistics and Applied Language Studies, Media Studies and Journalism, History and Education, Social and Natural Sciences, Law, Human Language Technology, Music, Intercultural Communication and Literary Studies.

The unique cross-cutting disciplinary features of the book will make it a must-have for twenty-fi rst century South African students and scholars and those interested in applied language issues.

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Gerald Kraak | Shadow Play | Jacana 9781431425075 | R225 | April

“In the early evening I pulled up outside The Eyrie. The gate was open. I stepped through the space in the creeper-covered fence, expecting to fnd everything as usual, the kitchen door open, the scent of curry coming from inside and a strain of Coltrane drifting down to the pear orchard. Except that the house was gutted. The smoke I had smelled on the road, that I had put down to sundown cooking in the township, was suddenly strong and pungent. This was a different kind of smoke. I stood and stared. My feet would not move, forward or back.”

When confronted with his call-up papers for the apartheid army, with his fellow student activists either scattered or in jail, Matthew chooses exile in Europe. In Amsterdam, he reconnects with his friend Oliver, who is studying music there. As he falls into a different rhythm of life, as contented as he is in a loving relationship and a job in a music store, the pull of his homeland never leaves him. When he receives an unexpected call from a former activist comrade, he makes a decision that will put at risk everything he has built in his new life. And when he meets Mandla for the frst time,
he knows there will be no going back.

Mandla went into exile long before ’76. After undergoing military training for the movement in Russia, and working as an operative in different African countries, he is infltrated back into SA through Swaziland in order to fulfl an important mission. His comrade and cover is a white graduate student, Rachel, who is simultaneously conducting research for her studies in a rural area where local communities are being systematically removed from their ancestral land and forced into poverty and degradation. Theirs becomes a rare and precious friendship, tender and intimate. An unwelcome
visitor disrupts their lives, however, and threatens their mission, causing damage and uncertainty in an already fragile relationship.

Mazisi Kunene | Emperor Shaka the Great | UKZN 9781869143152 | R295 | April

Mazisi Kunene is the much-celebrated author of epics, such as Emperor Shaka the Great (UNodumehlezi KaMenzi) and Anthem of the Decades (Inhlokomo Yeminyaka), as well as numerous poems, short stories, nursery rhymes and proverbs that amount to a collection of more than 10 000 works.

He was born in aMahlongwa in 1930, a small rural village on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Notwithstanding his cultural duties as a young man born into Zulu tradition, his calling as an imbongi was taken very seriously by his father and grandfather who encouraged him to write. Professor Kunene described this ‘calling’ to write as ‘something [that] is not me, it is the power that rides me like a horse’.

Kunene lectured widely and was Professor in African Literature at Stanford University and in African Literature and Languages at the University of California, Los Angeles. On his return to South Africa, he was Professor in African Languages at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He went into exile in the 1960s for more than 34 years, during which time he established and managed the African National Congress office in London and later moved to Los Angeles with his family to pursue his academic career. In UNodumehlezi KaMenzi (Emperor Shaka the Great), which he wrote during this exile period, he positions Shaka as a legendary thinker, who had great skill as a strategic and military genius. This vision acknowledges and re-imagines Shaka as a unifying cultural and political force that defined the cohesive Zulu nation. Kunene projects Shaka into the mythical ancestral universe that affirms the deep cultural lineage of the African world view.

This reprinted English edition is published with the isiZulu edition on the tenth anniversary of his death, embracing Kunene’s original dream to have his work published as intended in the original isiZulu form.

The symbolic and cultural significance of these publications begins a process of re-evaluating and recontextualising Kunene’s writing oeuvre

Juliette Leeb-Du Toit | isiShweshwe | UKZN 9781869143145 | R895 | May 

The cross-cultural usage of a particular cloth type – blueprint – is central to South African cultural history. Known locally as seshoeshoe or isishweshwe, among many other localised names, South African blueprint originated in the Far East and East Asia. Adapted and absorbed by the West, blueprint in Africa was originally associated with trade, coercion, colonisation, Westernisation, religious conversion and even slavery, but residing within its hues and patterns was a resonance that endured. The cloth came to reflect histories of hardship, courage and survival, but it also conveyed the taste and aesthetic predilections of its users, preferences often shared across racial and cultural divides. In its indigenisation, isishweshwe has subverted its former history and alien origins and has come to reflect the authority of its users and their culture, conveying resilience, innovation and adaptation and above all a distinctive South Africanness.

In this beautifully illustrated book Juliette Leeb-du Toit traces the origins of the cloth, its early usage and cultural adaptations, and its emerging regional, cultural and aesthetic significance. In examining its usage and current national significance, she highlights some of the salient features associated with histories of indigenisation.

An art historian who has a particular interest in African and South African art, Juliette Leeb-du Toit has also had a lifelong interest in design and textiles. She is currently engaged in the recovery of modernisms in design history, the impact of German modernism in South Africa and the impact of China on the arts in South Africa.

Marcus Low | Asylum | Pan Macmillan 9781770105140 | R260 | April

Barry James is detained in a quarantine facility in the blistering heat of the Great Karoo. Here he exists in two worlds: the discordant and unforgiving reality of his incarceration and the lyrical, snowy landscapes of his dreams. He has cut all ties with his previous life, his health is failing, and he has given up all hope. All he has to cling to are the meanderings of his restless mind, the daily round of pills and the journals he reluctantly keeps as testimony to a life once lived.

And then there’s an opportunity to escape. But to escape what? And where to? Can there be a life to go back to? Is there still a world out there in the barren wasteland beyond the fence?

Qarnita Loxton | Being Kari | Kwela 9780795708015 | R240 | April

When Kari’s husband reveals he’s been unfaithful, life, love and everything in-between come crashing down. And to top it all, she receives a call from her estranged brother – after ten years of silence. Kari goes back to her traditional, religious family: donning her burka, she again becomes Karima Essop: daughter, sister, deserter. Sometimes finding love means going back to where you came from: but will her two identities ever see eye to eye.

Tony Manning | The Critical Core | PRH SA 9781776091881 | R200 | April

From his 30 years of experience as a consultant and business writer, Tony Manning has distilled a set of must-do strategy practices that apply to every company everywhere. These are the critical core.
In this book, he outlines ten principles that should inform strategy, and eight critical practices that make the difference between winning and losing in business. And he explains clearly how to apply them in effectively crafting and conducting any organization’s strategic conversation.
Pieter-Louis Myburgh | The Republic of Gupta | PRH SA 9781776090891 | R260 | May
The Guptas rose to national infamy when a commercial airliner packed with guests for a family wedding was allowed to land at Air Force Base Waterkloof in 2013, sparking an onslaught of public outrage. Since then, they have become embroiled in allegations of state capture, of dishing out cabinet posts to officials who would do their bidding, and of benefiting from lucrative state contracts and dubious loans.

The Republic of Gupta  investigates what the Gupta brothers were up to during Thabo Mbeki’s presidency and how they got into the inner circle of President Jacob Zuma. It shines new light on their controversial ventures in computers, cricket, newspapers and TV news, and coal and uranium mining. And it explores their exposure by public protector Thuli Madonsela, their conflict with finance minister Pravin Gordhan, and the real reasons behind the cabinet reshuffle of March 2017.

Pieter-Louis Myburgh delves deeper than ever before into the Guptas’ business dealings and their links to prominent South African politicians, and explains how one family managed to transform an entire country into the Republic of Gupta.
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SJ Naudé | The Third Reel | Umuzi 9781415207727 | R250 | May
The year is 1986. Etienne, a young South African who fled conscription, finds himself in London, studying flm. It’s the time of Tatcher, of anti-apartheid campaigns and of post-punk, but also of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and Aids. Etienne
falls in love with a German artist while he drifts about in a city that seems far removed from Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Te London Etienne gets to know is a city cast in shadow, its inhabitants living in derelict communes, artists
producing the ‘happenings’ of the era.
When Etienne finds the frst of three reels of a film made by a Jewish production house in 1930s Germany, he goes in search of the two missing reels. His search takes him to Berlin, at that stage still divided by the Berlin Wall, where the story of a small group of Jewish film makers in Nazi Germany begins to unfurl. Etienne is pulled back to the present and to South Africa when his mother is diagnosed with cancer, but his search for the third reel continues.

Ambitious and cosmopolitan, SJ Naudé’s
The Third Reel is an exquisitely wrought, deeply mesmerizing novel.
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Sifiso Ndlovu | Soweto Uprisings: Counter Memories of June 2016 | Pan Macmillan 9781770105027 | R175 | June
New edition.
When the Soweto uprisings of June 1976 took place, Sifiso Ndlovu, the author of this book, was a 14-year-old pupil at
Phefeni Secondary School. With his classmates, he was among the active participants in the protest action against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.
Contrary to the generally accepted views, both that the uprisings were ‘spontaneous’ and that there were bigger political players and student organisations behind the uprisings, Sifiso’s book shows that this was not the case. Using newspaper articles, interviews with former fellow pupils and through his own personal account, Sifiso provides us with a ‘counter-memory’ of the momentous events of that time.
Bongani Ngqululanga  | Man Who Founded the ANC | PRH SA 9781770229266 | R280 | June
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Pamela Power | Delilah Now Trending | PRH SA 9781485903659 | R230 | April
Single mom Delilah’s life goes up in smoke when her Grade 6 daughter – the star pupil Daisy – isn’t made head girl. Rosie Roberts, Daisy’s nemesis, is crowned instead. But when Rosie is pushed off the second-storey balcony at school, accusing glances are cast at Daisy…
Did Daisy push Rosie, and to what lengths will Delilah go to clear her darling daughter’s name?
This darkly comedic novel features a delicious PI named Jonty, a closeted ex-husband married to a LBW (Little Blonde Wife), and a dashing widower who presides over Daisy’s disciplinary hearing.
Kalim Rajab | A Man of Africa | Zebra 9781776092116 | R250 | May
The head of a business empire, Harry Oppenheimer played an influential role in twentiethcentury South Africa, a role that is celebrated by some and condemned by others. This book investigates Oppenheimer’s political thinking, drawing from his speeches over the years. It looks at his views on liberalism, apartheid, socialism, sanctions, trade unions, education, geopolitics, the press and the legacy of Cecil John Rhodes. Each topic is explored via extracts from Oppenheimer’s speeches, and is followed by an assessment by prominent South Africans such as Clem Sunter, Kgalema Motlanthe, Albie Sachs, Denis Beckett, Bobby Godsell, Jonathan Jansen and Xolela Mangcu.
Mamphela Ramphele | Dreams, Betral & Hope | PRH SA 9781776090921 | R220 | April
Systematically since 1994 the ANC government has betrayed the dream of democracy. A dream that imagined equality, the end of poverty, a thriving economy, and a just and prosperous future for all. Most devastatingly this betrayal can be seen in the failure of educational institutions to develop the talents and skills of the young generations. Given the ‘Fallist’ protests, given the public service delivery protests, given the voters’ message to the ANC in the municipal elections, ordinary people are suffering. Poverty still wears a black face. White racism becomes ever more strident.
The country needs to hope again.
In this searing critique of what’s gone wrong in the public and private sectors, Mamphela Ramphele turns to the tenets of black consciousness and argues for an ‘emotional settlement’ to heal the trauma of colonialism and apartheid that still ravages both black and white communities. Emotional settlement would unlock empathy for others and unleash the potential of all citizens to work together for a ‘socio-economic settlement’ to promote social justice and equality for all. ‘It is time,’ she says, ‘to reimagine the country and its future. We owe this to our children’s children. We dare not fail.’
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Brian Rappert and Chandre Gould | Dis-eases of Secrecy | Jacana 9781431424856 | R280 | May
Between 1981 and 1995, a top-secret chemical and biological warfare programme titled Project Coast was established and maintained by South Africa’s apartheid government. Under the leadership of Wouter Basson, Project Coast scientists were involved in a number of dubious activities, including the mass production of ecstasy, the development
of covert assassination weapons and the manufacture of chemical poisons designed to be undetectable post-mortem.
In 1997, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) held a hearing to investigate human rights violations that Project Coast may have been responsible for. The TRC believed that in finding the truth, we would fnd healing and ways to learn from our mistakes. But the hearing into Project Coast was characterised by the non-disclosure of government secrets, corruption and vague recollections from victims and perpetrators – leaving much of what happened a mystery.Dis-eases of Secrecy is a retrospective analysis of Project Coast and shows how South African governments (past and present) have chosen to deal with the issues of biochemical weapons and warfare. It investigates possibilities for understanding the world of politics by examining how Project Coast has been remembered – and, in some instances, forgotten – by African and international governments.Through their first-hand involvement in the investigation spanning over 20 years, the authors examine how the continuing silences, impunities and stories surrounding Project Coast are still relevant for political accountability today.
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Malebo Sephodi | Miss Behave | Blackbird 9781928337416 | R220 | April

Upon encountering historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s quote, ‘well-behaved women seldom make history’, Malebo Sephodi knew that she was tired of everyone else having a say on who and what she should be. Appropriating this quote, Malebo boldly renounces societal expectations placed on her as a black woman and shares her journey towards misbehaviour. According to Malebo, it is the norm for a black woman to live in a society that prescribes what it means to be a well-behaved woman. Acting like this prescribed woman equals good behaviour. But what happens when a black woman decides to live her own life and becomes her own form of who she wants to be? She is often seen as misbehaving.

Miss-Behave challenges society’s deep-seated beliefs about what it means to be an obedient woman. In this book, Malebo tracks her journey on a path towards achieving total autonomy and self-determinism. Miss-Behave will challenge, rattle and occasionally cause you to scream ‘yassss, yassss, yassss’ at various intervals.

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Mark Shaw | Hitmen For Hire | Jonathan Ball 9781868427116 | R275 | June

When you next sit down at your local coffee shop, look around you: there may just be a professional hitman
sitting at the next table. As author Mark Shaw reveals in this highly original and informative book, the ‘upper
world’ sails perilously close to the underworld.

HITMEN FOR HIRE takes the reader on a journey like no other, navigating a world of hammermen (hitmen),
informers, rogue policemen, taxi bosses, gang leaders and crooked businessmen. The book examines a system
in which contract killings have become the norm, looking at who arranges hits, where to find a hitman,
and even what it is like to be a hitman – or woman.

Since 1994, South Africa has witnessed some spectacular underworld killings associated with various
industries and sectors. Drawing on over a thousand cases, from 2000 to 2016, Shaw reveals how these
murders have an outsized impact on the evolution of both legal and illegal economic activity.

A Shimwell, G Mkhize, M hammon-Gordon, R Gokool and T Ngcobo | Asifunde isiZulu | UKZN 9781869143695 | R250 | April

It is written in an easy-to-grasp style with many practical activities that make the manual an accessible and useful learning tool. The content is structured into fourteen units. Each unit is based on a theme that covers current topics through which the learner gains functional vocabulary for immediate use in their own conversations; for example, greetings; asking for directions; visiting the doctor; at the petrol station; and so on. Also covered in each unit is a grammatical aspect that shows how words work together to form meaningful sentences and sentences link together to form meaningful texts. Each unit contains activities to reinforce learning and a list of vocabulary used in the unit. In addition, there is a comprehensive vocabulary and an additional tutorial section at the end.

Also included is a brief guide to Zulu history and key aspects of Zulu culture.

Asifunde isiZulu is a comprehensive interactive publication suitable for use by anyone who wants to learn isiZulu. It is intended for beginners that after working through all fourteen units, they should be able to understand and hold a simple conversation in isiZulu.


Steven Sidley | Free Association | Pan Macmillan 9781770105225 | R260 | May

Free Association is a dazzling, funny, moving novel, Boykey’s fourth to be published by us. The protagonist, Max, is a
compellingly complicated and ultimately lovable podcaster, whose show,
Free Association, is growing in popularity and
covers wide-ranging topics from the personal to the political and everything in-between. His South African producer, Bongani, adds depth and energy to the storyline as do Max’s encounters with various colourful characters along the way.

G Smith, N Crouch and E Figueiredo | Field Guide to Succulents of Southern Africa | Struik Nature 9781775843672 | R350 | June

Southern Africa is the natural home of the richest and most diverse succulent flora in the world. These plants come in all shapes and sizes, from trees such as the baobab at more than 20 m tall, to miniature soil huggers, just a few millimetres high, which mimic their pebble-desert surroundings.

This user-friendly, richly illustrated feld guide features more than 700 southern African succulents, focusing on the most interesting and commonly encountered species. An introduction to families and their key features will help readers identify the relevant plant group, while concise accounts describing the plants’ diagnostic features, along with distribution maps, will enable quick ID of species.

More than just an ID guide for plant lovers, this book will inspire gardeners who are turning to indigenous, low-maintenance and waterwise plants for cultivation

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Neil Sonnekus | Son | MF Books 9781920601805 | R225 | April

Son is a stunning achievement in post-apartheid writing. The debut novel by South African writer, Neil Sonnekus, Son brims with brio, verve and swagger. Though laugh-out-loud funny at times, it is also achingly poignant and deeply moving.

In Son, Sonnekus brilliantly captures the so-called Noughties with his tragi-comic creation Len Bezuidenhout, a recent divorcee whose quest for sex is as funny as his attempts to tease a hungover narrative from his father, a puritanical old curmudgeon. The two couldn’t be more different – or similar. They are both storytellers, but when the tale Len
starts extracting from his old man is slowly revealed, it is everything but funny.

Through scalding humour, caustic wit and brutally frank interrogation into the country’s ‘post Rainbow Nation’ pathology, this stylistically imposing work is one of hilarity, bitter warmth and eventual grace.

Son is at times uproarious and unremittingly frank as it exposes politics as a tragic farce. It is both self-deprecating and sensual as it traverses the dark arts of sexual conquest and desire while it simultaneously unearths brutal anxieties around crime, alienation and aging.

As the author carves out an archaeological excavation of trauma, the fallout of war, masculinity, inter-generational memory and grief is unloaded. Central to Son is the brutal mirror of what it means to be a white man in South Africa, confronting a rapid loss of power while struggling to come to terms with stark socio-political change and the
possibilities of living an unfulflled and alienated life.

While it hums and whirs with sound, movement and humour, Son seamlessly takes the reader on a profound journey of compassion and self-understanding. In a dark and disturbing turn, it argues that the dominant colour of the rainbow has become not white nor black, but red. Blood red.

Son ultimately triumphs in laying to rest its personal and political ghosts.


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Fred Strydom | The Inside-Out Man | Umuzi 978141520956 | R230 | May

Brilliant jazz pianist Bent lives from gig to gig in a city of dead ends. He is plagued by fragmented visions of the past, and has resigned himself to a life of quiet desolation. That is, until the night he meets wealthy and eccentric jazz fan Leonard Fry.

In the days that follow, Leonard makes Bent a devilish deal, proposing a bizarre experiment in which Bent will play a vital part.

The deal provides an opportunity for Bent to start afresh, to question everything he knows, and for the two men to move beyond the one terrifying frontier from which neither of them can be sure they’ll ever return: the borders of their
own sanity.

Fred Strydom’s novel The Inside-Out Man is a jazzy and surreal mind-bender of a book.

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Raymond Suttner | Inside Apartheid’s Prison | Jacana 9781431425174 | R240 | May

Jacana Media are proud to make this important book, now with a completely new afterword, available again. First published by Oceanbooks, New York and Melbourne, and University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg, in 2001, the book was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Alan Paton award in 2002.

In the public imagination the struggle that saw the end of apartheid and inauguration of a democratic South Africa is seen
as one waged by black people who were often imprisoned or killed for their efforts. Raymond Suttner, an academic, is one of a small group of white South Africans who was imprisoned for his efforts to overthrow the apartheid regime. He was frst arrested in 1975 and tortured with electric shocks because he refused to supply information to the police. He then served eight years for underground activities for the African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party (SACP).

After his release in 1983, he returned to the struggle and was forced to go underground to evade arrest, but was re-detained in 1986 for 27 months; 18 of these being spent in solitary confnement. In the last months of this detention Suttner was allowed to have a pet lovebird, which he tamed and used to keep inside his tracksuit. When he was eventually released from detention in September 1988 the bird was on his shoulder.

Suttner was held under stringent house arrest conditions, imposed to impede further political activities. He however defed his house arrest restrictions and attended an Organisation for African Unity meeting in Harare, where he remained for fve months. Shortlyafter his return to SA, when he anticipated being re-arrested, the state of emergency was lifted and the ANC and other banned organisations were unbanned.

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Redi Thlabi | Khwezi | Jonathan Ball 9781868427260 | R270 | June

In August 2016, following the announcement of the results of South Africa’s heated municipal election, four courageous
young women interrupted Jacob Zuma’s victory address, bearing placards asking us to ‘Remember Khwezi’. Before being dragged away by security guards, their powerful message had hit home and the public was reminded of the tragic events of 2006, when Zuma was on trial for the rape of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, better known as Khwezi. In the aftermath of the trial, which saw Zuma acquitted, Khwezi was vilified by his many supporters and forced to take refuge outside of South Africa.

Ten years later, just two months after this protest had put Khwezi’s struggle back into the minds and hearts of South
Africans, Khwezi passed away … But not before she had slipped back into South Africa and started work with Redi Tlhabi on a book about her life. How as a young girl living in ANC camps in exile she was raped by the very men who were supposed to protect her; how as an adult she was driven once again into exile, suffering not only at the hands of Zuma’s devotees but under the harsh eye of the media.

In sensitive and considered prose, journalist Redi Tlhabi breathes life into a woman for so long forced to live in the
shadows. In giving agency back to Khwezi, Tlhabi is able to focus a broader lens on the sexual abuse that abounded during the ‘struggle’ years, abuse which continues to plague women and children in South Africa today.

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Robert Thornton | Healing the Exposed Being | WUP 9781776140183 | R380 | April

This ethnography explores the Ngoma healing tradition as it is practiced in eastern Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. ‘Bungoma’ is an active philosophical system and healing practice consisting of multiple strands. It is based on the notion that humans are intrinsically exposed to each other, and that this is both the cause of illness and misfortune, but also the condition for the possibility of healing. This ‘healing’ seeks to protect the ‘exposed being’ from harm through augmenting the self. Unlike western medicine, it does seek to not cure physical ailments but to prevent suffering by
allowing patients to transform their personal narratives of Self. Like western medicine, it is empirical in its own ‘magical’ way. Bungoma is presented as a ‘local knowledge’ that amounts to a practical anthropology of human conflict and the environment. The book seeks to bring this local anthropology and its therapeutic applications into relation with global academic anthropology by explaining it through the political, economic, interpretive, and environmental lenses.

Anna Tietze | A History of the Iziko South African National Gallery | UCT Press 9781775822165 | R290 | June

In South Africa, with its highly contested and mutable understandings of national identity, its National Gallery is no less a contested space. A History of the Iziko South African National Gallery considers questions of artistic and cultural identity, from the late 19th century to the present day. It explores how the gallery has understood its function and its public, as a ‘national’ gallery (from 1930) and, before that, the chief gallery of the Cape Colony. This question is investigated through a study of the gallery’s administration, collection and exhibition practices, as well as the public response to exhibitions.

What is understood by and expected of a national gallery varies considerably worldwide. Should it regard itself as part of a broad international cultural discourse, or should it be representative of a specifically national – or even regional – identity? The gallery is a microcosm of the greater debate: how the South African nation relates to the larger world and how, if at all, it understands the concept of a shared culture.

In the last 20 years, museum studies have become a major part of the field of cultural studies. There is a vast literature on what might be called the ‘history’ museum, but far less on the art museum or gallery. To date, there has been no large-scale historical inquiry into the Iziko SANG, the country’s national gallery. The absence of such a history marks a serious gap in the literature. This study aims to fill this gap.

Maurits van Bever Donker, Ross Truscott, Premesh Lalu and Gary Minkley | Remains of the Social |
WUP 9781776140305 | R380 | April

Remains of the Social is an interdisciplinary volume of essays that engages with what ‘the social’ might mean after apartheid; a condition referred to as ‘the post-apartheid social’. The volume grapples with apartheid as a global phenomenon that extends beyond the borders of South Africa between 1948 and 1994 and foregrounds the tension
between the weight of lived experience that was and is apartheid, the structures that condition that experience and a desire for a ‘postapartheid social’ (think unity through difference). Collectively, the contributors argue for a recognition of the ‘the post-apartheid’ as a condition that names the labour of coming to terms with the ordering principles that apartheid both set in place and foreclosed. The volume seeks to provide a sense of the terrain on which ‘the post-apartheid’-as a desire for a difference that is not apartheid’s difference – unfolds, falters and is worked through.

Nicki von der Heyde | Guide to Sieges of South Africa | PRH SA 9781775842019 | R300 | June

Unfortunately information on this book is currently unavailable.

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Hennie van Vuuren | Apartheid Guns and Money | Jacana 9781431424849 | R280 | May

In this thoroughly researched book, Hennie van Vuuren lifts the lid on some of the darkest secrets of apartheid’s economic crimes. The research weaves together material collected in over two dozen archives in eight countries over four years, providing readers with an insight into tens of thousands of pages of newly declassifed documents. Interviews with businessmen, politicians, sanctions busters and freedom fghters provide eyewitness accounts of acts of complicity
and contrition.

The book argues that corrupt networks of the past stay in business, and rather than face justice invite members of the new elite to the table. This is where South Africa fnds itself today, a deeply unequal society battling the legacy of apartheid and the persistence of corrupt networks among its democratically elected leaders. It is a problem faced by many countries with an equally troubled past. In forging its future a new generation needs to grapple with the
baffling silence of apartheid-era economic crime.

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Nico Verster | Safaris & Spices | Jacana 9781431425327 | R320 | May 

“African food is hugely underrated, and modern South African cuisine is far removed from boring old bobotie
and pale milk tart. I hope through
Safaris and Spices we can share some much-needed culinary inspiration” – Nico

This is an African cookbook that takes inspiration from all over the world, highlighting specifc African regions and
food cultures. The book features North, East, South and West African cuisine as well as the Middle Eastern, South
East Asian and European recipes that have influenced and sculpted the food scene in South Africa over centuries.

Nico Verster compiled this recipe book to capture the essence of African food. He was inspired by traditional
recipes but has added his own signature twist to each dish. This book highlights the modern diversity in the current
gastronomic scene and reminds you why you love Africa.

With stunning photography from award-winning Jo Dreyer, the recipes will inspire you to make your own stocks, spice
mixes, chutneys and sauces that can be used with an array of local dishes, as well as give you simple tips on making
the most delicious cakes and desserts.

Edward Webster, Akura Britwum and Sharit Bhowmik (eds) | Crossing the Divide | UKZN 9781869143534 | R315 | May

While work-related insecurities and worker vulnerability induced by neoliberal globalisation are undeniably affecting an increasing number of workers around the world, Crossing the Divide reveals that the history and legacy of colonialism is shaping the response of the Global South in ways that are quite different from that of the North.

Comparing precarious work in India, Ghana and South Africa, this book shows how innovative organisational strategies are emerging in the Global South to bridge the widening divide between the formal and informal economy. Farm workers in Ghana, India and South Africa are challenging colonial-type work practices. Municipal workers in Johannesburg and Accra are organising collectively. In the cities of India, Ghana and South Africa, workers in domestic service, unregulated factories and home-based work face difficult conditions with little or no union representation. Yet, these vulnerable workers are engaging in a range of creative strategies to fight for decent work and living conditions.

The studies in this collection are predominantly ethnographic, drawing on the experiences of vulnerable workers through in-depth interviews, observation and, in some cases, large-scale surveys. Together they uncover the largely invisible world of the informal economy and vulnerable workers. Crossing the Divide makes clear that informal workers are not passive victims but are building new forms of collective solidarity to promote their rights and interests.

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Jacqui Zimba | Tales of the Azanian Princess | Jacana 9781431424092 | R195 | April

Women’s voices against apartheid, a political structure which aimed at systematically dehumanising black people have
been either silenced or not paid much attention to. There is a huge imbalance and inequality between men’s and women’s stories emerging from this period. Jacqui Zimba was a childsoldier, she faced death and hardship and felt resentment and resistance towards her own femininity. Jacqui’s memoir does not only recount her struggle, but that of a community that had to endure and fght against every possible difficulty imposed by an undemocratic and racist structure.

Jacqui was born in 1970 in Vryburg, 150 kilometres from the North West province. While still in nappies, she moved with
her aunt to Alexandra. She grew up a rebel and a tomboy because she hated being a girl and school just made her

Black Consciousness was her home and she started hanging out with Ámazimzim, a group of intellectuals who knew a
lot, including politics. It was during these times that her world erupted in guns and violence, but she kept studying and
wished to attend the Steve Biko University. The movement eventually fell apart after 1994 because of internal arguments. She became aware of her womanhood and the importance of women’s role in the struggle and moved north for the possibility of a new life.