Welcome to Love Books, where books are our passion. We offer a tightly curated, well-edited range of classy books that make book buying an exciting and inspiring experience. Pop in and chat to our friendly, helpful and passionately bookie staff.


All RSVPs to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 11 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Richard Steyn, author of the much-loved Jan Smuts Unafraid of Greatness, chats about his fascinating new book Churchill & Smuts: The Friendship.

Thursday 12 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Professor Adele Thomas launches her work of fiction Copycat.

Tuesday 17 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - New kid on the block Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh launches his new book Democracy and Delusion. He’ll be chatting to the man behind ⌗countryduty, Tumi Sole. Unmissable. RSVP absolutely essential for this one.

Wednesday 18 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We’re delighted to have Bontle Senne back to chat about her third book in the Shadowchasers series - Flame of Truth.

Thursday 19 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Dawn Garisch launches her new book Accident.

Friday 20 October - 10:00 for 10:30 am - We have morning coffee with the wonderful Sisonke Msimang to launch her book Always Another Country. Space will be limited so get your RSVPs in early.

Wednesday 25 October - 6:30 for 7:00 pm - Our beloved veggie gardening guru Jane Griffiths launches Jane’s Delicious A to Z of Organic Vegetables.

Thursday 26 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of A to Z of Amazing South African Women with author Ambre Nicolson.

Monday 30 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We launch the second edition of Rusty Bernstein’s Memory Against Forgetting with Ronnie Kasrils and Toni Strasburg.

Coming up in November:
Wednesday 1 November - Consuela Roland launches Wolf Trap
Thursday 2 November - Launch of Peter Wilhelm’s Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree
Tuesday 7 November - Terry Bell launches his autobiography, A hat, a kayak and dreams of Dar
Wednesday 8 November - Ronnie Kasrils launches A Simple Man
Tuesday 14 November - Launch of Christi van der Westhuizen’s Sitting Pretty
Wednesday 15 November - Author Francois Smith and translator Dominique Botha launch Camp Whore
Thursday 16 November - Dumani Mandela launches Rain on a Sunny Day
Wednesday 22 November - Rehana Rossouw launches New Times
Thursday 23 November - Tim Noakes launches his new book The Lore of Nutrition

Our launches are supported by Joostenberg, delicious organic wines from the family estate in Stellenbosch.

Story time continues as always at 10 o’clock on Saturdays. It’s for 4 to 8 year old’s (but younger are more than welcome with their parents), doesn’t cost you a cent, and earns you a punch on your Love Books Literary Punch Card. We look forward to seeing you there.

Don’t forget to use your Love Books Literary Punch Card – 10 punches = 10% discount. You get a punch for every R300 you spend, for being at a launch, for buying the book we’re launching, and for coming to storytime.

Please note that all titles are subject to availability and we are happy to order anything that might be out of stock.

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Khwezi: The remarkable story of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, by Redi Tlhabi (R270)
This is the book of the moment, and it’s an absolute must-read. Through the tragic story of Khwezi, Tlhabi very cleverly addresses so much that is wrong with our country on so many levels. It’s a devastating story of a vibrant young woman, and a sickening indictment of our president. An important read.
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Always Another Country: A memoir of exile and home, by Sisonke Msimang (R260)
This is writer and activist Sisonke Msimang’s stunning memoir of identity and belonging. She writes about her exile childhood in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, her college years in the USA, and her return to South Africa in the 90s. Her memoir is a chronicle of the coming of age of both a young woman, and our young democracy.
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My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent (R250)
This is a dark, disturbing and uncomfortable read, but it tackles tough themes like incest and love in an utterly gripping way. It is completely compelling, and 14-year-old Turtle Alveston is an unforgettable, complex and vulnerable central character. Billed as the most anticipated debut of the year, it certainly lives up to expectations.

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The Golden House, Salman Rushdie (R295)
Set in New York, this book has none of the magical realism we’ve come to expect from Rushdie. It’s a realist novel, full of social commentary, and centred around immigrant and real-estate tycoon, Nero Golden and his powerful family. The Goldens typify the ethos of Manhattan - money, power and fashion count for everything. Michele Magwood put it beautifully when she called it ‘… a drenched-in-zeitgeist panorama of New York and America.’
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition, by JK Rowling, illustrations by Jim Kay (R510)
This is the third in the beautifully illustrated editions of Harry Potter that are published every Christmas. All we can say is that it exceeds expectations, and if you have a Potterhead in your family, Christmas is sorted.

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The Worm and the Bird, by Coralie Pickford-Smith, (R290)
From the award-winning author of the The Fox and the Star comes another stunning, simple and exquisitely illustrated story book. Quite honestly, this ones for adults too.
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