New Arrivals 14th to 20th of November 2018

Dahlmanns (M.) A PERSON MY COLOUR, love, adoption and parenting while white
205pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R280
Martina Dahlmanns, a German woman living in Cape Town and an adoptive mother of children who are black, shares her experience of what is means to be white in South Africa today.
Gordon (L.) OUTSIDERS, five women who changed the world
338pp., illus., paperback, Reprint, London, (2017) 2018. R230
A collection of short biographies of five women writers, including Olive Schreiner.

"It was a relief, really exhilarating, to read 'Outsiders'. Gordon's composite biography brings to light the overlaps between the lives of five visionary women who went willingly to the margins." Finuala Dowling, Aerodrome: words that matter

"In subtle and elegant interpretations, Gordon allows us to see their novels 'afresh'. The pattern she traces in their writing is equally striking: each woman refused, as Gordon puts it, "to make terms with our violent world", and this is what makes their voices so modern..She is a biographer of the imagination as opposed to a recorder of historical facts." Frances Wilson, Mail on Sunday

"Gordon is a natural storyteller, and the lives stir us and fascinate us no matter how well we already know them...full of novelistic insight, pushing into the biographical material to substantiate her hunches, tracing patterns and repetitions in these writers' emotional lives and their work." Tessa Hadley, Guardian

"The work and lives of Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Mary Shelley, Olive Schreiner and Virginia Woolf are well known. Gordon's thesis sets out just how original and brave they were - and at what cost. We owe them much." Joan Bakewell, New Statesman

Lyndal Gordon is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and lives in Oxford where she is a fellow of St Hilda's College. She is also the author of six literary biographies and two memoirs, "Shared Lives: growing up in 50s Cape Town" and "Divided Lives: dreams of a mother and daughter".
Grant-Marshall (S.) YOUR PEOPLE WILL BE MY PEOPLE, the Ruth Khama story
364pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2018. R295
Ruth Williams Khama (1923-2002) was the wife of Botswana's first president Sir Seretse Khama, the Paramount Chief of its Bamangwato tribe. Born in London, she met Seretse Khama while he was studying law in England. The British government tried unsuccessfully to stop them marrying. After the couple returned to Bechuanaland, then a British protectorate, Seretse was called to London for discussions with British officials, prevented from returning home and told he had to remain in exile. Ruth joined him and they lived as exiles from 1951 until 1956, when were permitted to return. Seretse founded the Bechuanaland Democratic Party and won the 1965 general election. As Prime Minister of Bechuanaland he pushed for independence, which was granted in 1966, when he became the first President of independent Botswana. Lady Khama was first lady during his four consecutive terms, from 1966 to 1980.

"Celebrating a romance that set the British Government on a collision course against the Bamangwato tribe of Bechuanaland - told with compassion, but with a total lack of sentimentality and melodrama." Fred Khumalo, aiuthor of "#ZuptasMustFall and other rants" and "Dancing the Death Drill"

"A beautifully crafted story, at once a homage to the beauty of Botswana and its former first lady." Jenny Crwys-Williams, journalist and radio talk-show host

Journalist Sue Grant-Marshall is the author of "Mind the Gap" and "Mind Over Money". She lives in Johannesburg and writes for Business Day and City Press.
Hofmeyr (N.) dir. MAIN REEF ROAD,
88 minutes, DVD, , 1999. R315
Main Reef Road runs through Gauteng following the line of the gold-bearing reef and linking the mines and mining towns. Filmmaker Nicolaas Hofmeyr's drove from Springs in the east to Krugersdorp in the west, interviewing people who live and work along the route.
Kavanagh (R.) et al SELECTED PLAYS, volume one, the theatre of Workshop '71
236pp., illus., paperback, Harare, 2016. R210
Includes the plays "Crossroads [or the life of Lefty Mann]", "uHlanga - the reed" and "Survival", created and performed in the 1970s by the South African theatre organisation "Workshop '71".

South African author and academic Robert Kavanagh has lived in Zimbabwe since 1984. His previous publications include "Theatre and Cultural Struggle in South Africa", "Making People's Theatre" and "Zimbabwe, challenging the stereotypes".
Manaka (M.) ONCOMING TRAFFIC,
69pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R115
Maakomele Manaka is a Soweto-born poet. His three previous volumes of poetry are "If Only", "In Time" and "Flowers of a Broken Smile." He holds a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Rhodes University.
Rose (R.) STEINHEIST, Markus Jooste, Steinhoff and SA's biggest corporate fraud
311pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R295
Retailer Steinhoff International Holdings is being investigated by the Hawks. Three cases related to allegations of fraud have been reported after the group submitted a series of allegations against former CEO Markus Jooste. Jooste resigned in December 2017 after the group admitted to accounting irregularities which led to a decline of more than 95 percent in its share price and losing more than R100-billion in market capitalisation, qualifying as the biggest corporate failure on the JSE.

"An astonishing piece of investigative journalism, exposing greed, plunder and betrayal on a grand scale." Jacques Pauw, author of "The President's Keepers" and "Into the Heart of Darkness"

"The driving narrative is vintage Rose. That's because he knows what he's talking about, Markus Jooste will absolutely hate this book." Peter Bruce, former editor-in-chief of Business Day

Rob Rose is an investigative journalist and business editor at the Sunday Times. In 2011, he was awarded the Nieman Fellowship to study at Harvard University. He is also the author of "The Grand Scam, how Barry Tannenbaum conned South Africa's business elite".
Slasha (U.) JAH HILLS,
181pp., paperback, (Johannesburg), 2017. R185
A novel that "reimagines and subverts Nguni folklore...about a man waiting alone in the Kwafindoda bush for the elders to come, burn 'ibhuma' and deliver him home when he is ‘captured’ and turned into 'isithunzela'. One night, he narrowly escapes and finds his way back. But home is no longer home…" from the publisher's website

Unathi Slasha lives in Despatch, Port Elizabeth. This is his first published novel.
Yon (D.) dir. MINING MEMORY, legacies of St Helena in the Northern Cape
56 minutes, DVD, , 2018. R280
On 21st May 1907 100 men left the island of St Helena to work on the copper mines in Concordia, Namaqualand, where the immigrants were considered neither ‘European’ or ‘Native’. In this documentary descendants of these men share stories about their ancestors, and the themes of race, heritage and the significance of ‘place’ are explored.

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