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. Please pop in and chat to our friendly, helpful and passionately bookie staff.


Wednesday 2 July – 6:30 for 6:30 pm – Melanie Verwoerd was in conversation with John Carlin around her new book, Our Madiba, an inspiring compilation of stories from those who met Nelson Mandela. For pics of the wonderful evening go to our facebook page.

Wednesday 9 July – 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Our very own international rock-star author, Lauren Beukes, is back with her new novel, Broken Monsters. Lauren will be in conversation with the Michele Magwood from the Sunday Times. We expect a crush, so it’s essential to RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 8408.

Wednesday 16 July – 6:00 for 6:30 pm – We launch Hazel Crampton’s The Side of the Sun at Noon: A Quest. This is the fascinating story of the mysterious people of southern Africa, the Chobona, who for many years were dismissed as fantasy. Hazel, who is well known as the author of the hugely successful The Sunburnt Queen, will be in conversation with Wits lecturer Chris Reinders. RSVP as always on kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 22 July - 7:00 for 7:30 pm sharp - The Troyeville Hotel Book Club chats to Glenn Moss about his new book The New Radicals. Bookings essential on 011 402 7709 or laurence@troyevillehotel.co.za

Wednesday 23 July – 6:00 for 6:30 pm – She’s back …the lovely Lesley Lokko, and we’re launching her latest novel, In Love and War. RSVP on kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 24 July - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We’re cooking the books again, this time with Marita van der Vyfer, to celebrate her new cook book Winter Food in Provence. Marita will be talking about her new book and the Service Station will be cooking a 3-course meal from the book. Space limited and bookings only via kate@lovebooks.co.za. R350 per person.

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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July must-read

Eyrie, by Tim Winton (R315.00)
We are huge fans of this great Australian writer, and frankly, unashamedly adore anything he writes. Eyrie takes in the life of Tom Keely, a divorced, unemployed man who has lost his way. His reputation is in ruins, and he finds himself living in a grim high-rise, cut off from the world, until a chance encounter from his past shakes things up a bit. Dark and funny, a page-turner, mostly bleak, but also redemptive, this one is a real must-read.

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More must-reads

The Unwitting, by Ellen Feldman(R236.00)
This is a wonderfully atmospheric novel from the author of Scottsboro. Set in 1950s literary Manhattan, Nell Benjamin is a wife, mother and ambitious journalist, working at the start of the Cold War. Her husband is the young editor of a literary magazine … or so she thinks, until the bright November day in 1963 when President Kennedy is shot. Compelling, absorbing plot-driven reading.
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Creativity: the perfect crime, by Philippe Petit(R370.00)
Philippe Petit is the ‘man on the wire’ who illegally walked between the Twin Towers in 1974. A rebel by nature, his subversive approach to creativity will resonate with performers, professionals and those individuals simply engaged in the art of living creatively. A beautifully packaged book.
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Mandela: an audio history, hosted by Desmond Tutu (R220.00)
There’s a rush of Mandela memorabilia just six months after his death. This one is an award-winning radio documentary hosted by Desmond Tutu. It features first-person accounts from fellow freedom-fighters, family members and fellow Robben Island prisoners. Great listening.
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Young adult must-read
Love Letters to the Dead, by Ava Dellaira (R152.00)
Laurel writes letters to Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Amelia Earhart and lots of other dead people before she is able to face up to the loss of her own sister, May. An emotional, intense and well-written read for teenagers. Age 14+. Order a copy