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.
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Tuesday 4 June 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Simon Gear chats to Marcus Byrne and Helen Lunn about their fascinating new book, Dance of the Dung Beetles.
Friday 7 June 7:30 am - we fling the doors open for our 70% off 10th birthday sale.
Wednesday 12 June 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Helena Kriel launches her memoir The Year of Living Dangerously. She’s chatting to Fiona Ramsay.
Tuesday 18 June 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Toni Strasburg chats to Mandla Langa about her new memoir Holding the Fort.
Wednesday 19 June 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We are delighted to be launching Ena Jansen’s Like Family. She’ll be chatting to Sylvia Vollenhoven.
Thursday 20 JUNE - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Celebrating 10 years of Love Books and 20 years of The Service Station. You are all welcome, just RSVP please.
Coming up in July:
Wednesday 3 July - Jump: An epic travel and soul adventure, by Lenerd Louw
Thursday 4 July - Recovering from Burnout, by Judy Klipin
Wednesday 17 July - One Man’s Climb by Adrian Hayes
Wednesday 24 July - Civilising Grass by Jonathan Cane
Our launches are supported by Joostenberg, delicious organic wines from the family estate in Stellenbosch.
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.
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+