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 8 May 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of Writing the Ancestral River: A biography of the Kowie, by Jacklyn Cock. Jacklyn chats to Oupa Lehulere.

Wednesday 9 May 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Psychologist Paul Bushell launches his new book Raising Kids to Thrive in a Constantly Changing World.

Thursday 10 May 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Legendary newspaper man Harald Pakendorf launches his autobiography Stroomop. He’ll be chatting to Anita Visser.

Monday 14 May 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Aspire Art Auctions host a chat about rare and collectable books with fundi Warren Siebrits.

Wednesday 16 May 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Christopher Hope launches the highly anticipated Cafe de Move-On Blues. In conversation with Michele Magwood.

Tuesday 22 May 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of An Image in a Mirror, by Ijangolet S Ogwang, new from BlackBird Books.

Wednesday 23 May 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of Patagonia by Maya Fowler.

Saturday 26 May 10 o’clock - We host a special story time with Corne Groenewald as we celebrate her new book _Salome and Gogo Visit the Farm’.

Monday 28 May 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Kerry Hammerton launches her new poetry collection, Secret Keeper.

Wednesday 30 May 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Anneliese Burgess launches her explosive and gripping Heist: South Africa’s cash-in-transit epidemic uncovered.

Coming up in JUNE:

Thursday 7 June: Things Even Gonzalez Can’t Fix, by Christy Chilimigras
Wednesday 13 June: Odyssey of an African Opera Singer, by Musa Ngqungwana
Wednesday 20 June: The Season of Glass, by Rahla Xenopoulos

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

Story hour is every Saturday at 10 o’clock. 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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Like Sodium in Water, by Hayden Eastwood (R290)
This story of a childhood spent in Harare has all the elements we’ve come to expect from the classic Zimbabwean memoir - wild and feral children, too much drinking, a constant sense of things unravelling on both the personal and political fronts. Hayden Eastwood’s account of growing up with his fierce, intellectual father, his meek, depressed mother, and Dan, his brother and best friend, is a gripping, heart-rending and beautifully written tale. Highly personal, it’s a devastating coming-of-age story and despite the grim events, it’s an unputdownable read.
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The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy, by Bhekisisa Mncube (R230)
Funny, charming and captivating, this memoir of interracial love is a heart-warming story of an unconventional love affair. Zulu boy, Bhekisisa Mncube, escapes the suffocating small-town vibes of his village for bigger things in Durban. He finds himself moving in with a white academic, who he refers to only as Professor D. True love follows, and we are entertained and charmed by the cultural hoops through which he has to jump to win approval on both sides.
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Michael K: A novel, by Nthikeng Mohlele (R220)
Nthikeng Mohlele has never shied away from the challenges of serious, literary fiction, and here, he holds up a mirror to Michael K, the bewildered, fragile character of JM Coetzee’s classic, The Life and Times of Michael K. Glorious, literary indulgence.

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When I Hit You, Meena Kandasamy (R250)
Short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 (to be announced 6 June), this is a tough read, beautifully written and courageous, but not for the faint-hearted. The story is set in India where a young woman, caught in the hook of love, marries a dashing professor. But the perfect husband turns out to be a perfect monster, and fighting back will either kill her or set her free. Based on the author’s own experience of an abusive marriage.
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Loud and Yellow Laughter, by Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese (R100)
‘Dad, after all these years, I still roll
an orange under my foot in order
to loosen the skin for easy peeling,
you taught me that as a child.’
Winner of the 2018 Ingrid Jonker Prize.

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Flamingo Boy, by Michael Morpurgo (R240)
The great Michael Morpurgo brings us his latest story set in the Second World War. With the unique landscape of the Camargue, France, as the backdrop, it’s the story of a boy, his beloved flamingos and a carousel, all of which are threatened by the arrival of German soldiers. 10-12

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