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

Friday 2 November 10:00 am - Coffee morning with Jane Griffiths of Jane’s Delicious Gardening fame, to launch her delicious new range of natural body lotions for gardeners.

Saturday 3 November 10:30 am - Story time with Shafinaaz Hassim to launch the second book in the Nisa Qamar series - Nisa Qamar and the Rainbow Healers’ Society.

Tuesday 6 November 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Sihle Khumalo, well-known for the bestselling Dark Continent, My Black Arse, brings us his take on the state of the nation in his new book, Rainbow Nation, My Zulu Arse. Unmissable frankly!

Thursday 8 November 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We are honoured to be launching Peter Storey’s autobiography, I Beg to Differ: Ministry amid the teargas.

Tuesday 13 November 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Bekendstelling van Charl-Pierre Naude se roman Die Ongelooflike Onskuld van Dirkie Verwey. Hy gesels met Willie Burger.

Wednesday 14 November 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of Terry Kurgan’s Everyone Is Present, Terry will be chatting to Gerrit Olivier.

Thursday 15 November 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Dryad Press poets come to Joburg. A once-in-a-blue-moon evening with readings from poets Joan Hambidge, Michele Betty and Stephen Symons.

Tuesday 20 November 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Join Ian Sutherland for the launch of his debut novel, Featherstream.

Wednesday 28 November 6:00 for 6:30 pm - launch of Cape Town sensation Nasty Women Talk Back, with Joy Watson and Amanda Gouws.

Thursday 29 November 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We are delighted to be launching Vanessa Raphaely’s debut novel, Plus One.

Coming up in December:
Saturday 1 December: Story time with Mapule Mohulatsi and her new book Mizz President

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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