Q2 April – June 2016 SA Books


April – June 2016 : 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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Andile M Afrika | Touched by Biko | Unisa Press 9781868888290 | R250 | June

This is a political memoir of life in a rural South African township – with Andile M-Afrika weaving a creative narrative about events surrounding this country’s struggle history, where Steve Bantu Biko played a pivotal role.

Andile M-Afrika’s memoir delves deep into his personal encounters with people, political events and day-to-day life in rural King Williamstown, Eastern Cape. What speaks volumes, are the pervasive echoes of Biko’s presence, on those who shared life in this historic village.

M-Afrika’s insider’s account about the everyday turmoil of life in the village of struggle icon Steve Bantu Biko leaves readers with a vibrant, accurately drawn impression of events which flowed through the village. Author Andile M-Afrika lived just across the street from Biko, and takes us on a highly personal journey.

The book is filled with direct references to specific buildings and events specific to the area and the time.

This highly engaging narrative will be enjoyed by readers ranging from mid-high school to adult readers, with an interest in the South African struggle history.

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Dave Baker | If I Retreat, Shoot Me | I Go Books 9781928283041 | R240 | June 

When Loyalties & Love Collide…Side with the English? Never! The sibling rivalry between brothers Pierre and Jan Rousseau escalates when the Smuts Government declares war on Nazi Germany. Pierre, the charming extrovert, chooses the more glamorous option, heading ‘Up North’ with the Air Force but his equally good-looking rightwing brother Jan joins the militant wing of the Ossewa Brandwag.

The story tracks their adventures during the conflict, reaching a climax when Pierre survives a spell ‘on the loose’ in Italy and returns home.

It portrays the deep division World War II created between groups and individuals in South Africa and the life-changing impact it had on many lives.

You’ll be fascinated as you follow the brothers’ hairy – and often romantic – adventures.

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David Birmingham | A Short History of Modern Angola | Jacana 9781431423736 | R195 | April

Rights other than Southern Africa, C Hurst & Co, UK.

Angola, a vast, wealthy and important African country, has at last found the writer who can do its
history justice in a concise and readable way.

‘Angola is now a key player and power-broker across Africa, and so an understanding of the unique historical forces that have shaped it is more important than ever. There are few outsiders who know the country better than David Birmingham,
and he has written a timely and incredibly readable book on this rising power. His great knowledge and insight shines through on every page with vignettes and descriptions which tell the tortured story of Angola’s rise to nationhood.’ – Toby Green, Lecturer in Lusophone African History and Culture, King’s College London

‘David Birmingham, one of the leading scholars of modern Angola, has produced a superbly concise but focused and very readable history of Angola. For me, after decades of studying and observing events in Angola, it is a breath of fresh air as it [tells the country’s history] through snapshots of the lives of people and the development of trade – slaves, ivory, wild
rubber, cocoa, coffee, cotton and latterly diamonds and oil. In telling the story of Angola, Birmingham brings it to life in a novel and effective way. It is not a dry, dusty account but a vibrant living one.’ – Keith Somerville, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London and author of Africa’s Long Road Since Independence: The Many Histories of a Continent


Maxim Bolt | Zimbabwe’s Migrants and South Africa’s Border Farms | WUP 9781868149636 | R350 | April

During the Zimbabwean crisis, millions crossed through the apartheid era border fence, searching for ways to make ends meet. Maxim Bolt explores the lives of Zimbabwean migrant labourers, of settled black farm workers and their dependants, and of white farmers and managers, as they intersect on the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa. Focusing on one farm, this book investigates the role of a hub of wage labour in a place of crisis. A close ethnographic study, it addresses the complex, shifting labour and life conditions in northern South Africa’s agricultural borderlands. Underlying these challenges are the Zimbabwean political and economic crisis of the 2000s and the intensifi ed pressures on commercial agriculture in South Africa following market liberalization and post-apartheid land reform. But, amidst uncertainty, farmers and farm workers strive for stability. The farms on South Africa’s margins are centers of gravity, islands of residential labour in a sea of informal arrangements.

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Charles Cilliers and Carnie Matisonn | Degas Dust | Tafelberg 9780624075141 | pbk | R280 | May

The enthralling tale of charismatic South African businessman, theatre owner, art collector and chopper pilot Carnie Matisonn, whose quest to rescue an Edgar Degas portrait of his greatuncle takes him into the murky worlds of busting Apartheid sanctions, Mossad agents, international art dealers and Nazi hunters

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Johnny Copelyn | The Maverick Insider | Pan Macmillan SA 9781770104914 | tpb | R275 | April

‘We had millions of workers to organise. Ideas that endlessly carped about the correct and revolutionary line seemed more of a distraction to me than being of any real benefit to working-class people. I guess Marianne Faithfull summed up all our collective hopes and dreams in the lyrics “a working class hero is something to be”.
As for me, I had simply become what I purported to be –a trade unionist.

This may sound like a job description, but actually it was far more than that. I became “mfowethu” to some and “sibhari” to others. Within a few years we would all be “comrades”. In short, while I still may have been a maverick, I was transformed into an insider in our movement.’

The Maverick Insider provides a rich and detailed recording of the important years of building trade unions in South Africa from the 1970s onwards, in particular the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU). The anecdotal and personal style adopted by Copelyn allows for readers not familiar with this history to gain genuine insights into what was at stake and how the union was strategically built.

Copelyn’s memory and perceptions are incisive and his variations in tone –at times ironic, humorous, tender, strident and explanatory –make it an accessible read that provides wonderful detail on the early negotiations and the personalities and issues involved.

Grace Hendriks has led a pretty sheltered life. So when her sister Natalie begs her to take her place as a Rihanna impersonator at a club in Amsterdam, no alarm bells go off … until she finds herself onstage with only a pole for support and her knickers in a knot.

Thrown into strip-club life, and forced to share an apartment with an exotic troupe of impersonating divas with Lady Gaga-sized egos, Grace has to learn some hard lessons fast. One: living with Marilyn Monroe and Madonna isn’t easy. And two: transformations don’t happen overnight – especially when your bra is determined to sabotage your dance routine.

David Cornwell | Like It Matters | Umuzi 9781415201602 | R250 | April

When Ed meets Charlotte one golden afternoon, the fourteen sleeping pills he’s painstakingly collected don’t matter anymore: this will be the moment he pulls things right, even though he can see Charlotte comes with a story of her own.

They try to make a life in Muizenberg, but old habits die hard, and they become embroiled in a scheme that soon slips out of their control.

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AB de Villiers | AB – The Autobiography | Pan Macmillan SA 9781770104488 | tpb | R325 | June

AB de Villiers is one of the finest batsmen ever to play cricket, and yet his achievement extends beyond his outrageous armoury of drives, pulls, paddles, scoops and flicks.

Whether he is delighting home crowds at the Wanderers or Newlands or setting new records in Bengaluru or Sydney, he plays the game in a whole-hearted manner that projects a positive image of his country around the world and also makes millions of South Africans feel good about themselves.

This is AB’s story, in his own words … the story of the youngest of three talented, sports-mad brothers growing up in Warmbaths, of a boy who excelled at tennis, rugby and cricket, of a youngster who made his international debut at the age of 20 and was then selected in every single Test played by South Africa for the next 11 seasons, of a batsman who has started to redefine the art, being ranked among the world’s very best in Test, ODI and T20.

Through all the pyrotechnics and consistency, AB has remained a true sportsman –quick to deflect praise, swift to praise opponents, eager to work hard, to embrace the team’s next challenge and to relish what he still regards as the huge privilege of representing his country.

This is the story of a modern sporting phenomenon.

Paul Duncan | Hidden Cape Town | PRH SA  9781432307936 | R395 | June

A unique look ‘inside’ 30 of Cape Town’s most notable buildings. If you have ever wondered what lies behind an interesting façade, or wished you could peek behind a closed door, Hidden Cape Town  is the book for you. The author and photographer have collaborated to reveal the artworks and architectural secrets that lie behind the doors of some well-known, and lesser known, landmark buildings in and around the ‘Mother City’. These buildings are part of our collective heritage, reflecting the myriad cultural influences that have shaped our country.
These ‘hidden’ interiors include the Sendinggestig Museum, South African National Library, City Hall, Palm Tree Mosque, Welgelegen, the Royal Observatory, Bertram House, the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George, Groote Schuur, the Old Synagogue, Irma Stern Museum and the officer’s mess of the Cape Town Rifles (‘The Dukes’).

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Nancy Edwards et al | Building and Evaluating Research Capacity in Healthcare Systems | UCT Press
978 1 77582 207 3 | R275 | June

Over the past decade, there have been many international calls to strengthen and support/sustain research capacity in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs).  This capacity is considered an essential foundation for cost-effective healthcare systems. While there have been long-standing investments by many countries and research funding organisations in the training of individuals for this purpose, in many LMICs research capacity remains fragmented, uneven and fragile. There is growing recognition that a more systems-oriented approach to research capacity-building is required.

Nonetheless, there are considerable gaps in the evidence for approaches to capacity-building that are effective and sustainable.  This book addresses these gaps, capturing what was learned from teams working on The Global Health Research Initiative. This book brings together the experiences of research capacity-building teams co-led by Canadians and LMIC researchers in several regions of the world, including Jamaica, Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Uganda.

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Alix Eliseev | Cold Case Confession | Pan Macmillan SA 9781770103108 | tpb | R299 | May

For 13 years, a dark secret lay hidden beneath a carpet in southern Johannesburg. Then, on a regular autumn night in 2012, a sweaty supermarket chef renovating his home stumbled across a three-page letter, which revealed the anatomy of a grisly murder.

The letter began with the words: ‘If you are reading this then I am dead’. It was typed in neat bullet points, listing a series of violent abductions perpetrated by a gang trying to cover up the murder of a 37-year-old woman named Tandiwe‘Betty’ Ketani.

Within days the letter made its way into the hands of a private investigator known as ‘Doc’. Teaming up with a colleague and two detectives from the Yeoville Police Station, Doc made sure the Ketani case was woken from a long slumber.
Whether the real mastermind behind the crime will be captured remains unknown, so does the true motive for the murder. In court, prosecutors said the case was like a mosaic, with all the pieces coming together to form a disturbing picture. Not all the pieces have been found. But already, this has become one of South Africa’s most intriguing crime stories.

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Stephen Ellis | This Present Darkness – A History of Nigerian Organised Crime | Jacana 9781431423743 | R250 | April

Rights other than Southern Africa, C Hurst & Co, UK.

‘This is quite simply a dynamite book, striking first of all for the sheer depth of research that has gone into it. It is remarkable, too, in the way that it is able to fit this material into a bigger picture, created not only by a thorough familiarity with Nigerian history and politics, but also by an awareness especially of the spiritual dimensions
of Nigerian life, and the ways in which these feed through into crime as well as virtually every other aspect of Nigerian affairs.’ – Christopher Clapham, University of Cambridge

Nigeria and Nigerians have acquired a widespread reputation for involvement in drug-trafficking, fraud, cyber-crime and other types of criminal activity. Even South Africa has not been immune: in 1992 the National Intelligence Agency admitted to a parliamentary committee that it had fallen victim to a million-dollar Nigerian scam.

Successful Nigerian criminal networks have a global reach, interacting with their Italian, Latin American and Russian counterparts. Yet in 1944, a British colonial official wrote that ‘the number of persistent and professional criminals is not
great’ in Nigeria and that ‘crime as a career has so far made little appeal to the young Nigerian.’ This last book by a celebrated African historian traces the origins of Nigerian organised crime to the last years of colonial rule, when nationalist politicians acquired power at regional level. In need of funds for campaigning, they offered government contracts to foreign businesses in return for kickbacks, in a pattern that recurs to this day. Political corruption encouraged a wider disrespect for the law that spread throughout Nigerian society. When the country’s oil boom
came to an end in the early 1980s, young Nigerian college graduates headed abroad, eager to make money by any means. Nigerian crime went global at the very moment new criminal markets were emerging all over the world.

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Sean Fraser | Scenic South Africa | Jonathan Ball : 9780620226172 | R205 | April


15th reprint

The landscapes and faces of South Africa epitomise the very essence of life in a vibrant and dynamic world of
colour, textures and sounds. Scenic South Africa is a photographic collection of the most picturesque areas of South Africa, aimed at both local and international tourists and the corporate market. Author Sean Fraser provides an introduction to the spectacular places and beautiful country that the photographs describe.
New images and captions
– Waterfront pages 14 &15
– Umhlanga coastline page 65
–  Lions pages 94 & 95
– Zebra pages 96 & 97
– Elephant pages 100 & 101
– Hippo page 103
– Cooling tower in Soweto page 105
– Ndebele women page 108
– Basotho man p 119
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Wendy Gers | Scorched Earth | Jacana 9781431421268 | R750 | April

Scorched Earth will be the first comprehensive history of fine art potteries in southern Africa, with
a focus on pioneer ceramic studios and workshops.

Th is encyclopedic revisionist history of an often overlooked sector of the South African art and design world will explore the work of 30 potteries that produced high-quality ceramic wares from 1900 to 1980. Th e book promises to be the
definitive history of southern African ceramics, giving voice to many artists whose work is little known in the
wider art world.

It will contain over 300 photographs, a comprehensive list of studios, workshops and potters, makers’ marks, and a wide-ranging essay on the history of this art form in southern Africa.

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Jane Griffiths | Jane’s Delicious Herbs | Jonathan Ball 9781920289928 | pbk | R295 | May

Paperback edition.

Herbs are rewarding and versatile plants. They are easy to grow and add colour, texture and fragrance to our gardens.

Jane’s Delicious Herbs is a hands-on guide for growing and using these productive plants. With a detailed and richly illustrated A-Z reference of nearly 80 herbs, the book covers how to grow them, their medicinal and culinary uses, as well as their many healing properties.

In her book, Jane shows you exactly how to design and maintain your own herb garden. She provides sound advice on how to propagate, harvest and preserve herbs, and useful tips on how to grow them in containers.

Also included is a handy, quick guide to healing herbs, with over 100 useful recipes for well-being, healing and happiness.

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Ray Hartley | The Big Fix – How South Africa Stole the World Cup | Jonathan Ball 9781868427246 | R240 | June

Between June and July 2010, 64 games of football determined that Spain was the world’s best team at the World Cup in South Africa. South Africans – and the world – celebrated a brilliantly hosted tournament where everything worked like clockwork and the stands were packed with vuvuzela-wielding fans.

But the truth was not yet known. Behind this significant national achievement lay years of corporate skulduggery, crooked companies rigging tenders and match fixing involving the national team.

As late as 2015 it was revealed that the tournament’s very foundations were corrupt when evidence emerged that South Africa had encouraged FIFA to pay money to a bent official in the Caribbean to buy three votes in its favour.

As Sepp Blatter’s FIFA edifice crumbled, a web of transactions from New York to Trinidad and Tobago showed how money was diverted to allow South Africa’s bid to host the tournament to succeed.

In The Big Fix: How South Africa Stole the World Cup, Ray Hartley reveals the story of an epic national achievement and the people who undermined it in pursuit of their own interests. It is the real story of the 2010 World Cup.


Anne Hefferman and Noor Nieftagodien | Students Must Rise | WUP 9781868149193 | R250 | June

The Soweto Student Uprising of 1976 was a decisive moment in the struggle against apartheid. It marked the expansion of political activism to a new generation of young activists, but beyond that it inscribed the role that young people of subsequent generations could play in their country’s future. Since that momentous time students have held a special place in the collective imaginary of South African history.
Drawing on research and writing by leading scholars and prominent activists, Students Must Rise takes Soweto ’76 as its pivot point, but looks at student and youth activism in South Africa more broadly by considering what happened before and beyond the Soweto moment. Early chapters assess the impact of the anti-pass campaigns of the 1950s, of political ideologies like Black Consciousness as well as of religion and culture in fostering political consciousness and organisation among youth and students in townships and rural areas.
Later chapters explore the wide-reaching impact of June 16th itself for student organisation over the next two decades across the country. Two final  chapters consider contemporary student-based political movements, including #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall, and historically root these in the long and rich tradition of student activism in South Africa.
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1976 June 16th uprisings. This book rethinks the conventional narrative of youth and student activism in South Africa by placing that most famous of moments – the 1976 students’ uprising in Soweto – in a deeper historical and geographic context.

Chantell Ilbury | A Fox’s Tale | Penguin 9781770229952 | R230 | June

Sit down with one of Africa’s most creative strategic minds, and really get to know her and how she thinks … In this book, and for the first time, Chantell Ilbury – bestselling business author, renowned scenario strategist and speaker – tells her remarkable story. It covers her formative years in a country at war, her early days as an educator and entrepreneur, the roots of her successful partnership with Clem Sunter, and what she has learned steering the executive level strategies of global organisations and some of the biggest names in business.

She also talks candidly about dealing with physical threat, controversy, reputational risk and the dangers of a woman travelling the world alone; and provides refreshing perspectives on entrepreneurism, working in Africa, balancing the demands of family and business, and on women in the corporate working environment. A Fox’s Tale is loaded with strategic insight, yet often reads like an adventure novel, rich with humour and entertaining anecdotes.

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Thomas G Karis and Sheridan Johns | From Protest to Challenge Vol 2 – Hope and Challenge 1935 – 1952 | Jacana 9781770098817 | R450 | April

Revised by Gail Gerhart

From Protest to Challenge is a multi-volume chronicle of the struggle to achieve democracy and end racial
discrimination in South Africa. Beginning in 1882 during the heyday of European imperialism, these volumes
document the history of race conflict, protest, and political mobilisation by South Africa’s black majority.

Completely revised and updated, with the inclusion of photographs and with the previous volumes re-formatted
to unify the series, this second edition of From Protest to Challenge revives the classic work of Thomas Karis
and Gwendolen Carter and provides an indispensable resource for students and scholars of African history, race
and ethnicity, identity politics, democratic transitions and conflict resolution.

The authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance and generosity of all those who helped to make this book
possible. During two extended periods of pioneering field research by Gwendolen Carter, Thomas Karis,
and Sheridan Johns in South Africa in 1963 and 1964 – a period of growing political tension – dozens of
South Africans gave them documents or loaned them material to photocopy, often in the hope of preventing
irreplaceable records from falling into the hands of the police. In addition, lawyers for the defendants in the
1956–61 treason trial contributed a complete set of the trial transcript and the preliminary examination, as
well as a set of virtually all the documents assembled by the defence in preparation for the trial. Added to
the materials that the team was able to photocopy from archival collections at several South African universities
and at the South African Institute of Race Relations, these months of fieldwork provided the initial foundation for
what was to become the first four volumes of From Protest to Challenge.

Tim Keegan | Dr Philip’s Empire | Zebra 9781770227101 | R350 | May

Dr John Philip towered over nineteenth-century South African history, championing the rights of indigenous people against the growing power of white supremacy, but today he is largely forgotten or misremembered.
From the time he arrived in South Africa as superintendent of the London Missionary Society in 1819, Philip played a major role in the idealist and humanitarian campaigns of the day, fighting for the emancipation of slaves, protecting the Khoi against injustice, and opposing the dispossession of the Xhosa in the Eastern Cape.
A fascinating picture of South Africa and the British Empire during a time of great change, Dr Philip’s Empire documents Philip’s encounters with Dutch colonists, English settlers and indigenous South Africans, his never-ending battles with fellow missionaries and colonial authorities, and his lobbying among the powerful for indigenous people’s civil rights.
A controversial and influential figure, Philip was considered an interfering radical subversive by believers in white superiority, but he has been labelled a condescending, hypocritical ‘white liberal’ in a more modern age. This book seeks to revive him from these judgements and to recover the real man and his noble but doomed struggles for justice in the context of his times.

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Henry Kenney | Verwoerd – Architect of Apartheid | Jonathan Ball 9781868427161 | tpb | R240 | June

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr Hendrik Verwoerd by Dimitri Tsafendas. Originally released in 1980, Henry Kenney’s incisive study of the architect of apartheid and paragon of Afrikaner nationalism will be republished in 2016 to coincide with this significant moment in South Africa’s modern history.

In Verwoerd: Architect of Apartheid, Kenney interprets Verwoerd in the context of the Prime Minister’s times and his own present, explaining the man and assessing his role in shaping South Africa’s history. He examines the rationale behind the policy of apartheid and, after more than a decade since Verwoerd’s assassination, he is able to distance himself from his subject and offer a balanced and objective insight into the workings of the apartheid system. What results is a fascinating study of a man who identified obsessively with the Afrikaner people, while aware that his foreign birth set him apart.

The new edition contains an introduction by David Welsh, Emeritus Professor at Stellenbosch University, bringing it into the 21st century and updating it for a new generation. This republication will satisfy an enduring interest in, and fascination with, the man responsible for decades of tyranny and oppression.



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Firoz Khan et al | State, Governance and Development in Africa | UCT Press 978-1-77582-208-0 | R295 | May

The inspiration for this book was a Summer School on State, Governance and Development presented by distinguished academics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.  Written by young African scholars, the chapters here focus on state, governance and development in Africa as seen from the authors’ vantage points and positions in different sectors of society.

The book opens with forewords by eminent African scholars, including Ben Turok and Mohamed Halfani. The chapters that follow examine rent-seeking, patronage, neopatrimonialism and bad governance. They engage with statehood, state-building and statecraft and challenge the mainstream opinions of donors, funders, development banks, international non-governmental organisations and development organisations.

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Anine Kriegler | A Citizen’s Guide to Crime Trends | Jonathan Ball 9781868427222 | tpb | R185 | June

Crime statistics do not belong to the government, academics, specialists, or the press. They are ours: we experience and report crimes and have a right to access and understand their official record. It should not take any particular expertise to get a grasp on what we should make of the figures and graphs that the South African Police Service produces every year.

Yet crime, its measurement and control, are as much political matters as they are technocratic. While there is much that remains open to interpretation and discussion, there are some things that we should all be able to agree on, based on a sober reading of the evidence. As crime is a serious issue in South Africa, knowing what the official sources say is critical for productive debates on what we can do to make our country safer.

A Citizen’s Guide to Crime Statistics provides a basis on which to understand South Africa’s crime statistics in a manner that is accessible to the general public. Each chapter challenges a set of oft-repeated assumptions about how bad crime is, where it occurs, and who its victims are. It also demonstrates how and why crime statistics need to be matched with other forms of research, including criminal justice data, in order to produce a fuller account of what we are faced with.

Lauri Kubuitsile | The Scattering | Penguin 9781485903079 | R235 | May

I, the great general of the German soldiers, send this letter to the Hereros… Any Herero found inside the German frontier, with or without a gun or cattle, will be executed. I shall spare neither women nor children. I shall give the order to drive them away and fire on them. Such are my words to the Herero people.’

South-West Africa, 1904: When German colonial authorities issue an extermination order, the Herero are forced to flee into the desert and seek safety in British Bechuanaland. Tjipuka, a young Herero mother, escapes the massacre with her baby, but is captured and put to work in the death camps in Lüderitz. There she has to find the courage – and the will – to survive against all odds.

The Transvaal, 1899: Riette’s nursing ambitions are crushed when she is forced into marriage with an older neighbour. When he is taken captive and their farm is set ablaze during the Second Anglo–Boer War, she and his daughters must face the horrors of the British concentration camps.

Against the backdrop of southern Africa’s colonial wars at the dawn of the twentieth century, The Scattering traces the fates of two remarkable women whose paths cross after each has suffered the devastation and dislocation of war.

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Liesl Louw-Vaudran | Superpower or Neocolonialist? | Tafelberg  9780624072676 | pbk | R210 | May

South Africa is undeniably an African superpower. MTN, Standard Bank and Shoprite are African business giants, SA is the only African member of BRICS and it is a leader in conflict resolution on the continent. Yet the country is often accused of being a neo-colonialist bully. Liesl Louw-Vaudran answers this accusation by examining key events, from Thabo Mbeki’s reforms of the AU to the disastrous peace-keeping mission in the Central African Republic in 2013.


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Bongani Madondo | Sigh the Beloved Country | Pan Macmillan SA [isbn TBA] | tpb | R275 | May

With his customary flair and eye for detail, Bongani Madondo delights his readers in this essay collection with his unique take on all things South African, including people and places, issues ranging from ‘Kissing & Lynching the Black Body’ to ‘New Money Culture’ and ‘Student Politics’, along with criticism and homage to our Beloved Country and those who call it home.


Chabani Manganyi | Apartheid and the Making of a Black Psychologist | WUP 9781868148622 | R350 | May

This intriguing memoir details in a quiet and restrained manner what it meant to be a committed black intellectual activist during the apartheid years and beyond. Few autobiographies exploring the ‘life of the mind’ and the ‘history of ideas’ have come out of South Africa, and N Chabani Manganyi’s reflections on a life engaged with ideas, the psychological and philosophical workings of the mind and the act of writing are a refreshing addition to the genre of life writing.
Starting with his rural upbringing in Mavambe in Limpopo province in the 1940s, Manganyi’s life story unfolds at a gentle pace, tracing the twists and turns of his journey from humble beginnings to Yale University in the USA. The author details his work as a clinical practitioner and researcher, as a biographer, as an expert witness in defence of opponents of the apartheid regime and, finally, as a leading educationist in Mandela’s Cabinet and in the South African academy.
Apartheid and the Making of a Black Psychologist is a book about relationships and the fruits of intellectual and creative labour. In it, Manganyi describes how he used his skills as a clinical psychologist to explore lives – both those of the subjects of his biographies and those of the accused for whom he testified in mitigation; his aim always to find a higher purpose and a higher self.

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Mohale Mashigo | The Yearning | Pan Macmillan SA 9781770104839 | tpb | R260 | May

‘My mother died seven times before she gave birth to me. I am grateful for that corpse that somehow always seemed to resurrect itself. My father is gone but his smile is alive on my brother’s face. There is no life without death; the two rely on each other and we rely on them both for our purpose. A new mother knows her purpose when she holds her baby within her and in her arms for the first time. A man’s work has its purpose in death, as part of his legacy. Why then do we love the one and despise the other? Why do we sacrifice so much of the present to hide the past? Why do we take away the future’s knowledge of itself in order to make the past seem perfect?’
The Yearningis the story of Marubini, a young woman whose past starts spilling into her present. She resides in Cape Town and seems to be living a comfortable life, working at a wine farm and spending idyllic days with her friends. It isn’t until she suffers a ‘seizure’, after she is haunted by a song and figure from her past, that things start to change. Doctors cannot find the cause of her seizures. Marubini begins to suspect that what is happening to her may have something to do with her grandfather’s death and her father’s brutal murder. Something from her past is making her sick and her mother is not willing to tell her what it is. Marubini embarks on a journey that is both magical and frightening to find out what it is that haunts her.

Carnie Matisonn | Degas’ Dust | NB Publishers 9780624075141 | R200 | May

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in post-war Johannesburg, Carnie Matisonn learns of a great-uncle in occupied Norway murdered by Nazi soldiers as they looted his prized art collection.

He starts a lifelong quest to retrieve the art that takes him into the murky waters of apartheid sanctions-busting, Mossad agents, international art dealers and Nazi hunters.

Matisonn’s enthralling story – told here with journalist Charles Cilliers – embraces courage, wit and wisdom as he shows one man can achieve the impossible.

B Mbambo-Thata, J Raubenheimer and G van der Linde | The New African Librarian | UNISA Press
9781868887804 | R320 | April

This book grew out of the African Library Summit, the first event of its kind, held in South Africa from 11 to 13 May 2011, and co-hosted by the Library of the University of South Africa, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Africa Section and the IFLA Regional Office for Africa. The purpose of the Summit was to bring together African library leaders to reflect on the roles of African libraries and librarianship in the production of knowledge and the dissemination of African research, with an obligation to develop libraries in the country of origin. Delegates from 24 African countries participated in the Summit, together with delegates from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy and Germany. Based on the proceedings of the first Summit, the papers have been reviewed by the editors for publication and were subjected to a peer review process. The contents cover current trends in librarianship, regional and country overviews, knowledge management, the role of library associations in the development and training of 21st century library and information professionals, and much more. The outcomes, accepted resolutions and the statement of commitment signed by the participants of the Summit are provided, with an overview of the future of African librarianship. The fruitful discussions on all these topics led to one inevitable question: what does it mean to be a librarian on the African continent? The answers provided reveal the advent of the new African librarian, dedicated to a new collaborative vision, with a commitment to quality, and confidence in the important role libraries have to play in the present and future of the continent. This book represents the arrival of an exciting phase in the history and development of African librarianship and is essential reading for understanding the background to the changes we are seeing and those to come

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Nthikeng Mohele | Pleasure | Pan Macmillan 9781770104853 | tpb | R260 | May

My official documents state my names, obviously, though I was nicknamed, raised and am known as Milton. I am studious, oldish, divorced, a literary slut of sorts: solitary, cerebral, mysterious. Some ladies, even the most reserved ones, gather courage to compliment my quiet nature and, on occasions, very rarely, wake up in my bed, prance to the bathroom in the nude, curious but content: Alexis, Abella, Masechabavisit, bearing gifts, their hearts on fire.
I am older now, wiser I suppose, philosophical about nocturnal feminine giggles. I have kissed a lot of women in my life, the fulfilment of a mental kissing register I follow to the letter, with patience and panache, until the last of the beautiful women is charmed, cornered, caressed, kissed. Many want to offer much more, but I politely decline, to their utter frustration and bewilderment. Kisses are safe preoccupations –and if properly practised, managed –have the potential to illuminate hearts without dimming the imagination, which (the imagination) once properly cultivated, is a source of unparalleled and limitless pleasure.

Pleasure is one of the oldest and most enduring grand themes of literature, presented here through the eyes and thoughts of writer and dreamer Milton Mohlele. Thoughtful, eccentric and besieged by the erotic and the sensual, the profane and the redemptive, Milton thinks and writes on pleasure as experienced and imagined. Drawn against the canvas of 1940s wartime Germany/Europe and modern-day Cape Town, South Africa, Milton sacrifices all for glimpses into the secrets and deceptions of pleasure –and how little those are in the vast scale of life in its glory and absurdity.

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Dirk Mudge | Dirk Mudge : All the Way to an Independent Namibia | Protea Book House 9781485304562 | R350 | May

At the age of 87 Dirk Mudge now publishes his long-awaited autobiography. This remarkable man was involved full time in the politics of South West Africa, and later Namibia, for a period of 33 years. He entered the political arena in 1960 as a member of the Legislative Assembly of the National Party of South West Africa. Mudge describes how he initally supported the ideologies of the national Party, but gradually came to change his views and politics. This inevitably lead to his resignation from the National Party and to the establishment of his own party: The Pepublican Party. He had a personal involvement in the drawing up of the new Constitution of the Republic of Namiba and tries to give answers to questions about why it took Namibia so long to reach independance. He also explains the role South Africa and the international community played in this major event.

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Sifiso Ndlovu and Miranda Strydom | The Thabo Mbeki I Know | tpb | R275 | June

The Thabo Mbeki I Knowis a collection of contributions on and personal recollections about former South African President Thabo Mbeki. In some cases, individuals have been interviewed about their interactions with Mbeki, specifically with this collection in mind, and other contributions have been authored by the individuals concerned.
The personal reflections of the contributors range from Mbeki as friend and/or comrade; as statesman and/or politician; as an associate in a business and/or international context; and as both embattled president of South Africa and as highly respected state leader in the African continent, the Diaspora and in the international context. In addition, the collection rewrites the academic views that have prevailed about former President Mbeki, presenting a fresh perspective on his time in office and his legacy.

Paige Nick | Dutch Courage | Penguin 9781415207703 | R220 | April

Grace Hendriks has led a pretty sheltered life. So when her sister Natalie begs her to take her place as a Rihanna impersonator at a club in Amsterdam, no alarm bells go off … until she finds herself onstage with only a pole for support and her knickers in a knot.

Thrown into strip-club life, and forced to share an apartment with an exotic troupe of impersonating divas with Lady Gaga-sized egos, Grace has to learn some hard lessons fast. One: living with Marilyn Monroe and Madonna isn’t easy. And two: transformations don’t happen overnight – especially when your bra is determined to sabotage your dance routine.

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Bridget O’Meara | The Irish Boer Women | I Go Books 9780620710848 | R240 | June

The Irish Boer Woman is the second volume of the Brigid O’Meara trilogy (the first part was England Wants Your Gold printed in 2015) that follows the life of an adventurous young Irish woman who is drawn into the intrigues and violence of the Jameson Raid of 1895, and later incarcerated in a British concentration camp during the Anglo Boer War for assisting active Boer commandos.

As an Irish nationalist, Brigid finds herself in the midst of a clash of cultures and worldviews. She is drawn into the conflict of the Anglo Boer War by identifying and entering the struggle of the Boers of the Transvaal to retain their independence, putting her into direct conflict with British authorities representing an expanding global empire. Adding to her emotional turmoil is her romantic involvement with a British Uitlander, who is facing charges of high treason by the Transvaal Boer Government.

Through the characters, the reader enters the harrowing realities of a war in which the two Boer Republics mobilized every man between 16 and 60 with no uniform, no money and no formal training to take on the might of the British Empire.

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Jessica Pitchford | Switched at Birth | Jonathan Ball 9781868426720 | tpb | R220 | April

It’s an impossible choice, one that no mother should ever have to make: surrender the child you have lovingly raised, in order to get back the baby to whom you gave birth. It’s the unthinkable dilemma that faced two South African mothers in 1990 after they discovered that their sons had been switched after being born at an East Rand hospital. Should they swap them back, or should they keep the boys they loved as their own? Against all advice, Megs Clinton-Parker and Sandy Dawkins chose nurture over nature, simply unable to give up their two-year-old sons. Instead they decided to try to make their bizarre relationship work, even though they lived in different cities, 500km apart, and in different worlds.

And so Robin Dawkins and Gavin Clinton-Parker grew up, living each others lives and acutely aware that their mothers’ hearts were torn. Unable to escape the consequences of the swap, at the age of 15, Robin decided it was time to claim what was rightfully his, adding a further twist to this bitter saga and almost destroying two families in the process.

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Martin Plaut | Promise and Despair – The First Struggle For a Non-racial South Africa | Jacana 9781431423750 | R250 | April

‘This is a very well-written, lively and interesting account, with vivid descriptions and fascinating information about individuals. It is a great story, one that has been told in outline before, but this tells it from a number of new angles, is now the most comprehensive account, one that is well-researched, and draws on a host of recent relevant secondary works along with primary research.’ – Professor Christopher Saunders, University of Cape Town

Most people believe that black South Africans obtained the vote for the first time in 1994. In fact, for almost a century suitably qualified black people had enjoyed the vote in the Cape and Natal, and in certain constituencies had decided
the outcome of parliamentary elections. Little wonder, then, that when the first South Africa came about in 1910, black people were keen to see the principle of non-racialism entrenched in the constitution that was drawn up for the new

This is the story of that struggle. Its centrepiece is a lively account of the delegation that travelled to London in mid-1909 to lobby for a non-racial constitution. Led by a famous white lawyer and former prime minister of the Cape, Will Schreiner, brother of the novelist Olive Schreiner, it included some of the great African and Coloured leaders of the day, who were perhaps equal in stature to the great black leaders who helped found the second South Africa in 1994.
The story played out in London, Cape Town and Pretoria; but its outcome was the result, too, of protests in India and of debates in England and Australia. Many of the Africans involved in this story went on to found the African National Congress, but there were other participants, including MK Gandhi, whose own fight for the rights of Indian people in South Africa is woven into this story. The book concludes with a discussion of why Gandhi was finally able to leave South Africa in 1914 victorious, while other parties and movements, including the ANC, were unable to resist the tide of white racism.
This is the story of the founding of the first South Africa, with all its promise and despair.

Gavin Rich | The Springbok Coaches | Zebra Press 9781776090587 | R230 | June


Was coach Heyneke Meyer the reason why the Springboks failed at the 2015 Rugby World Cup? And what does the future have in store for the incumbent coach, Allister Coetzee? Find these answers, and many others, in The Springbok Coaches.

In this new, updated edition of The Poisoned Chalice, rugby writer Gavin Rich takes us past the disappointment of the 2015 Rugby World Cup right up to the appointment of Allister Coetzee in April 2016, and dissects not only the successes and failures of these two Springbok coaches, but of all the post-isolation coaches who preceded them.

If all of them agree on one thing, it is that the job goes hand in hand with tremendous pressure and that, at some point, they all buckled under the strain. This book reveals why André Markgraaff and Rudolf Straeuli came up with some of their weird and controversial decisions, why Nick Mallett dropped Gary Teichmann and how he regrets it now, why Harry Viljoen really quit, and why the pressures on Heyneke Meyer made it so much more difficult for the Springboks to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

This book chronicles all the post-isolation coaches’ experiences via interviews, articles and stats. From the triumphs to the controversies, the boardroom to the rugby field, this book will reveal exactly what it takes to be the Bok coach, and why each and every one of them had, at some time or another in the toughest job in South African sport, lost it. A riveting, often revelatory and definitely controversial read!

Henrietta Rose-Innes | Green Lion | Umuzi 9781415209592 | R180 | May

“Of course, you’re never expecting the lion, are you? Like something coming up in the rear-view mirror. Much closer than it appears.”
When a lion at a breeding park mauls an old school friend of his, Con steps in as the keeper of Sekhmet, the last remaining black-maned lioness in the world.
In a Cape Town where fences keep people and wildlife apart, park officials and investors fret about their flagship big-cat project. And while Con grows steadily more bonded to his enigmatic charge, a cult of animal lovers with obscure alchemical aims seeks to claim the lioness as their own.
When she escapes, Sekhmet engulfs the city’s imagination, stirring up rumours of terror and magic. In Con’s quest to track her down, he must enter the wilderness of a cordoned-off Table Mountain – and his own dark history.

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South Africa – 50 Famous Photos and the Stories Behind Them | Jonathan Ball 9781868427307 | R225 | May

Filled with a selection of the finest images from the Famous Photos library, South Africa 50 Famous Photos captures some of the defining moments of South Africa’s past and present. Next to each photograph is the story it illustrates, allowing for a complete immersion in these remarkable instants.

Moments as diverse as the Treason Trial, Paul Simon’s Graceland tour and the 1969 earthquake in Tulbagh and Ceres show how South Africa is more than the sum of its political parts. These are moments of triumph and pride, of drama and violence, of despair and mourning – captured on camera, at the right time, in the right place, and with remarkable skill.

From Mahatma Ghandi to Chris Barnard, Charlize Theron to the sharks of False Bay, this collection is a valuable way of remembering the people, places and points that have made South Africa the distinctive country it is.


Richard Saunders and Tinashe Nyamunda | Facets of Power | WUP  978-1-86814-976-6 | R350 | May

The diamond fields of Chiadzwa in the Marange District, among the world’s largest sources of rough diamonds, have been at the centre of struggles for power in Zimbabwe since their discovery in 2006. Against the backdrop of a turbulent political economy, control of Chiadzwa’s diamonds was hotly contested. By 2007 a new case of ‘blood diamonds’ had emerged, in which the country’s security forces engaged with informal miners and black market dealers in the exploitation of rough diamonds, violently disrupting local communities and looting a key national resource. The formalisation of diamond mining in 2010 introduced new forms of large-scale theft, displacement and rights abuses, with as much as $13 billion now estimated by government to have gone missing.
Facets of Power is the first comprehensive account of the emergence, meaning and profound impact of Chiadzwa’s diamonds. Drawing on new fieldwork and published sources, the contributors present a graphic and accessibly written narrative of corruption and greed, as well as resistance by those who have suffered at the hands of the mineral’s secretive and violent benefi ciaries. If the lessons of resistance have been mostly disheartening, they also point towards more effective strategies for managing public resources, and mounting democratic challenges to elites whose power is sustained by preying on them.

Paul-Constant Smit | Gold Never Rusts | Penguin 9781485903222 | R230 | June


After stumbling across records of an ancient gold-seeking expedition to Africa, Con Slaughter – adventurer, prospector, gunfighter – strikes it rich on the Barberton gold fields. But the intrepid American is soon on the move again, fearing a bullet in the back due to his involvement in a plot between England and Germany that could alter the course of history. When Con meets Lorelei, he decides to stop running, but British and German Military Intelligence are gaining on him.
From facing the fierce onslaughts of wild animals and witnessing men die unspeakable deaths to becoming embroiled in the Boer War, Con has to live by his wits and courage to navigate and survive the harsh southern African veld.

Lindy Steibel and Michael Chapman | Writing Home | UKZN Press  978 1 86914 309 1 | R345 | April

Lewis Nkosi’s insights into South African literature, culture and society first appeared in the 1950s, when the ‘new’ urban African in Sophiatown and onDrum magazine mockingly opposed then Prime Minister H.F. Verwoerd’s Bantu retribalisation policies. Before his death in 2010, Nkosi focused on the literary-cultural challenges of post-Mandela times.

Having lived for 40 years in exile, he returned to South Africa, intermittently, after the unbannings of 1990. His critical eye, however, never for long left the home scene. Hence, the title of this selection of his articles, essays and reviews, Writing Home.

Writing home with wit, irony and moral toughness Nkosi assesses a range of leading writers, including Herman Charles Bosman, Breyten Breytenbach, J.M. Coetzee, Athol Fugard, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Alex La Guma, Bloke Modisane, Es’kia Mphahlele, Nat Nakasa, Njabulo S. Ndebele, Alan Paton and Can Themba.

Combining the journalist’s penchant for the human-interest story with astute analysis, Nkosi’s ideas, observations and insights are as fresh today as when he began his 60-year career as a writer and critic.

Selected from his out-of-print collections, Home and Exile, The Transplanted Heart and Tasks and Masks, as well as from journals and magazines, Lewis Nkosi’s punchy commentaries will appeal to a wide readership.


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Anastacia Tomson | Always Anastacia – A Transgender Life in South Africa | Jonathan Ball 9781868427130 | tpb | R240 | May

I stand in front of the mirror as I remind myself that I don’t have to wear the uniform anymore. I don’t have to dress myself in men’s attire. I can grow out my nails, and paint them with polish. I am finally free to have my ears pierced. I can speak in the voice that I’ve spent so many hours cultivating with my speech therapist. I don’t have to hide my disgust anymore at being called “boet” or “sir”. I no longer have to tolerate any references to my deadname.

Anastacia Tomson has fought hard for her right to live, held back for decades by a body that didn’t fit, and an identity that never belonged to her. At first, it had seemed impossible – like transition was some romantic, impractical ideal that was incompatible with reality. But now, after five months of hormone therapy, countless sessions of painful laser hair removal, multiple appointments with doctors and psychologists, it is very much a reality …

Born into an orthodox Jewish family in Johannesburg and brought up as a boy, Anastacia was never sure how much of her conflicted sense of self could be blamed on her often troubled family life and strict upbringing. It would take her nearly 30 years, a great deal of questioning, and a bravery she could never have imagined, to find the peace and self-acceptance she had always sought.

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Touring Atlas of South Africa and Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe | Jonathan Ball 9781920289911 | R115 | April

Now in its 3rd edition, this touring atlas covers all of Southern Africa and is designed for all road users – from the regular commercial traveller to the casual tourist.

South Africa is broken down into a main map section covering all of the country’s areas, where main touring areas are shown in larger scale and much greater detail; and city maps, where all of the main city centres and significant surrounding areas are also shown in detail.

Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe are handled in a similar way with a full spread for each country, together with the main tourist areas and city plans.

The book also includes a comprehensive index of place names and, where appropriate, an index of city plans. The touring sections show places of interest in specific locales, such as the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal and the wineries of the Western Cape. Lastly, photographs of scenic areas accompany the maps where appropriate.

Lerato Tshabalala | The Way I See It | Penguin 9781776090150 | R210 | June

Lerato Tshabalala first came to our attention in 2011 with her ‘Urban Miss’ column in the Sunday Times, and since then she has by turns entertained, exasperated, amused and confounded her fans and critics alike.
Now, with her first book, she looks set to become the national institution she deserves to be. With her customary wit and keen insight into social, political and cultural affairs, Lerato shines a bright – and controversial – light on South African society and the quirky ways of the country. She is brutally honest about her experiences as a black South African in post-apartheid Mzansi, and no subject is too sacred for her to explore: annoying car guards, white-dominated corporate South Africa, cultural stereotypes, economic and racial inequality, and gender politics, among many other topics, come under her careful – and often laugh-out-loud – scrutiny.
The Way I See It is written for people who are hungry for a book that is thought-provoking, funny, irreverent and truly South African all at the same time. It is light but full of depth: like a supermodel with an MBA!
Lerato Tshabalala first came to our attention in 2011 with her ‘Urban Miss’ column in the Sunday Times, and since then she has by turns entertained, exasperated, amused and confounded her fans and critics alike.
Now, with her first book, she looks set to become the national institution she deserves to be. With her customary wit and keen insight into social, political and cultural affairs, Lerato shines a bright – and controversial – light on South African society and the quirky ways of the country. She is brutally honest about her experiences as a black South African in post-apartheid Mzansi, and no subject is too sacred for her to explore: annoying car guards, white-dominated corporate South Africa, cultural stereotypes, economic and racial inequality, and gender politics, among many other topics, come under her careful – and often laugh-out-loud – scrutiny.
The Way I See It is written for people who are hungry for a book that is thought-provoking, funny, irreverent and truly South African all at the same time. It is light but full of depth: like a supermodel with an MBA!
Annchen Weideman and Annaret Brand | Zebra 9781432304249 | R200 | May 
Do you want to lose weight, feel great and live longer, without having to comply with a strict diet? Periodic fasting might be just the thing for you. Studies have shown that eating significantly less for limited periods of time produces better results than sustained dieting, and that reducing calorie intake is beneficial for chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. Periodic Fasting introduces the concept of eating normally for five days, followed by two days of restricted eating (also known as the 5:2 diet).
During fasting, the body has a chance to use its inherent healing capacity to restore our health and wellbeing. Unlike many popular diets, periodic (intermittent) fasting puts you in control of what you eat. It’s as simple as eating normal, healthy meals on non-fasting days and making sensible choices on fasting days. There are no special diet foods or supplements, and everyone in the family can eat the same meals, making this an ideal weight-loss programme for families with differing nutritional needs. There are guidelines and menu plans for both fasting and non-fasting days, and examples of meals and snacks that make up the 600 calorie limit on fasting days. Sixty tasty and nutritious recipes for breakfasts, lunches and dinners include variations on how to adapt the dishes for fasting days. The recipes and recommendations in Periodic Fasting make it easy to adapt to this eating lifestyle, and your body will thank you.
Braam van Wyk and Hugh Glen | Guide to Trees Introduced into Southern Africa | Struik 9781775841258 | R390 | June
Southern Africa is home to more than 2,000 introduced (not indigenous) trees. These non-native species are encountered daily and form a familiar part of our urban landscapes, growing successfully in parks, gardens, along road sides, and in other open spaces. This guide features nearly 600 of the most common and familiar of these and, using the same model of identification as FG Trees of Southern Africa, facilitates ID based on leaf and stem features. The book provides the country of origin for each species and offers key information on cultivation and uses. Each entry is supported by colour images that depict key features, and a shaded map that shows the plant’s cold tolerance (where the species can grow). An essential guide for landscapers and gardeners as well as tree enthusiasts who will struggle to find these trees in their guide to indigenous trees.

Irna van Zyl | Dead in the Water | Penguin SA 9781415207215 | R220 | June

Dead in the Water is Irna van Zyl’s highly anticipated debut thriller. Set on the coast near Hermanus in the fictitious town of Grootbaai, shark-cagediving capital of the world, the novel features oddball detective Storm van der Merwe. Stocky, smart and unconventional, Storm was banished to Hermanus after demonstrating against the shooting of beached whales. She now keeps out of trouble in the seaside town by working on cold cases. But how can she keep a low profile when bodies, limbs and other evidence keep appearing on the sandy shores of Grootbaai?
When the body of investigative journalist Jessica Stander washes up on the beach minus an arm, Storm realises that the situation at Grootbaai is even more dangerous than she suspected.


Sylvia Vollenhoven | The Keeper of the Kumm | Tafelberg 9780624063087 | R220 | June

Too much of South Africa’s history has been lost and suppressed, leaving a void for many South Africans. Sylvia Vollenhoven brings together her life and that of a long-ago ancestor, //Kabbo, a respected Khoisan storyteller. She writes of her experience as being “too black” for her coloured schoolmates, working as one of the early female journalists in the misogynistic environment of the 70s, and of the constant impact on her life of her background – including her ancestors.