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Thursday 4 December – 6:00 for 6:30 pm – See the year out on a high note as Darrel Bristow-Bovey chats to Sam Cowen about his side-splitting memoir one midlife crisis and a speedo. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

The only other event we’ve planned this December is the moment our toes curl with pleasure as we dip them into beach sand for the first time!

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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December must-haves

Letters of Not, by Dale Shaw (R267.00)
A hilarious collection of completely made up letters written by the great and the good, this book assembles the fictional Post-it notes, the shopping lists, the failed limericks and the birthday card sentiments of history’s most celebrated sons and daughters. Jottings like Patti Smith’s gym application, Werner Herzog’s letter to his cleaning lady (hilarious), and James Joyce’s out-of-office reply. A wonderful way to while away a lazy day on a worn holiday sofa.
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More must-reads

The Who, the What and the When, by Jenny Volvoski et al (R355.00)
In this completely beautiful book, 65 artists celebrate the sidekicks of history through illustration. As Mark Twain said ‘Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.’ And so, the book explores the stories of people like Sofie Magdalene Dahl (Roald Dahl’s mother), John Greenwood (George Washington’s dentist), Vera Nabakov (Vladimir Nabakov’s wife), and many, many more. A wonderful gift.

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H is for Hawk, by Helen MacDonald (R315.00)
Helen Macdonald loses her father, and in her grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk, the wildest and most difficult of birds to train. With a background in falconry, this is not a totally unexpected decision. It’s the author’s lyrical depiction of the relationship between her and Mabel (the goshawk) that makes this an unusual and original story. Take your time with this one (now that you have it).

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Indigenous Plant Palettes, by Marike Honig (R495.00)
We are unashamed indigenous plant addicts at Love Books, and while there are a few books available on the subject of gardening with these wondrous things, we haven’t seen one quite as beautiful as this …ever. Author Marijke Honig has chosen 24 palettes (from ‘fragrance’ to ‘architectural plants’ to ‘security’) with suggestions of what to plant to achieve the palette you want. A gorgeous and inspiring gift for gardeners and landscapers.

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one midlife crisis and a speedo, by Darrel Bristow-Bovey (R180.00)
There’s been an awful lot of chuckling coming from the shop floor recently, and it’s because noses are deeply buried in Darrel Bristow-Bovey’s hilarious account of his midlife crisis. Warm, witty, and eventually also wise, the book opens with Darrel standing knee-deep in the cold waters of a Turkish sea, about to swim across to the Dardanelles. If you’ve noticed that time is ticking faster every day, this book will speak to you.

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Children’s must-read

Awful Auntie, by David Walliams (R205.00)
A new David Walliams is always highly anticipated and this one hit the top of the bestseller lists in the UK the minute it was out. Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily, Stella has a secret – and slightly spooky – weapon up her sleeve. Hilarious as always.
Age 8+.

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