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.


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

Tuesday 1 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Shirley Gunn and Shanil Hanicharan chat to Charles Nqakula about Voices from the Underground: Eighteen life stories from Umkhonto we Sizwe’s Ashley Kriel Detachment.

Wednesday 2 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Sally Andrew chats to Mbali Vilakazi about the latest Tannie Maria mystery, Death on the Limpopo.

Thursday 3 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Fred Khumalo chats to Jenny Crwys-Williams about his new book The Longest March.

Tuesday 8 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Gregory Mthembu-Salter chats to Sean de Waal about his fascinating book Wanted Dead & Alive: The case for South Africa’s cattle.

Wednesday 9 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Bekendstelling van Debbie Loots se nuwe boek Die Boek van Gelukkige Eindes. In gesprek met Charles Leonard.

Thursday 10 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of Black Tax with Niq Mhlongo and contributors.

Tuesday 15 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of A Sin of Omission, the new book from the legendary Marguerite Poland. She’ll be chatting to Sue Grant-Marshall.

Wednesday 16 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of the 2019 edition of Ons Klyntji, the oldest Afrikaans magazine in the universe, first published in 1896

Thursday 17 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Finuala Dowling launches her new novel Okay Okay Okay, and reads a bit of poetry from her new collection Pretend You Don’t Know Me. Chatting to Kate Sidley.

Tuesday 22 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Poetry launch with Maneo Mohale and her latest collection Everything is a Deathly Flower.

Wednesday 23 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - A House Divided: The feud that took Cape Town to the brink, by Crispin Olver.

Thursday 24 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Kurt Ellis chats to Sue Nyathi about his debut novel In the Midst of Wolves.

Tuesday 29 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Nedine Moonsamy launches her debut novel The Infamous Five.

Wednesday 30 October 6:00 for 6:30 pm - The return of a classic … we celebrate the re-issue of Joanne Richards’The Innocence of Roast Chicken.

Coming up in November:
Wednesday 13 November - The World Looks Like This From Here, by Kopano Ratele
Tuesday 19 November - For the Love of the Land, by Ivor Price

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

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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The Cafe de Move-On Blues, by Christopher Hope (R290)
Stuck in traffic on De Waal drive, Cape Town, Christopher Hope parks his car and walks up to the UCT campus to see what’s causing the trouble. He encounters an angry crowd pulling down the Rhodes statue - the chaotic culmination of the RhodesMustFall movement. What follows is a thoughtful road trip around South Africa’s cities and towns, their statues and memorials. An absolutely brilliant dissection of South Africa in the post-Mandela era. Magnificent and highly recommended.
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First, we make the beast beautiful, by Sarah Wilson (R335)
Sarah Wilson is best known for her I Quit Sugar cookbooks, so this book on anxiety from a high-functioning, super-successful human being comes as a surprise. But for those living with anxiety(all of us?) this is the freshest, most inspiring, insightful book on the subject you could hope to find. Beautifully written, quirky and uplifting, Sarah asks if anxiety can be re-sewn as a thing of beauty – it really might change your world.
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Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje (R290)
Set in post-war England, this is the story of 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister Rachel, who are abandoned by their parents and left in the care of an enigmatic figure known as The Moth. But things are not what they seem, and soon we find ourselves in a thrilling novel of adventure, intrigue and desire. Loose yourself in Ondaatje’s achingly beautiful prose.

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Patagonia, Maya Fowler (R220)
After a drunken one-night stand with a student, followed by a terrible confrontation, academic Tertius de Klerk flees to Patagonia to the remote region where his Afrikaner forebears started anew after the Anglo-Boer War. Epic, poetic and soulful, this is an engrossing read based in this real-life Afrikaans community that exists to this day in South America. Available in Afrikaans as Patagonie.

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Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2, by Francesca Cavallo & Elena Favilli (R420)
For children of all ages, the follow up to the international bestseller, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, is a stunning collection of one hundred bedtime stories that celebrate extraordinary women. From queens and activists to ballerinas and lawyers, there’s something in here for everyone.
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The Road to Glory (R130 each)
This fantastic little series, The Road to Glory, tells the stories of famous South African sporting legends as they set out on their journeys to becoming national and international sports stars. First up in the series are new rugby captain Siya Kolisi, cricketer AB de Villiers and athlete Wayde van Niekerk. 8+

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