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

Thursday 1 March 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Marlene van Niekerk launches her new poetry collections Gesant van die mispels and In die stille agterkamer. Marlene was chatting to Gerrit Olivier.

Tuesday 6 March 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Tracy Going launches her searing memoir, Brutal Legacy. She’s chatting to her publisher, the inimitable Melinda Ferguson.

Wednesday 7 March 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Raashida Khan launches her debut poetry collection Happy Birthday Raashi. She’ll be chatting to Malebo Sephodi, author of Miss Behave.

Tuesday 13 March 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Storied Share Block Party. Come and find out more about this exciting crowd-funding initiative to save South African fiction - coming from Jacana. For the love of stories.

Wednesday 14 March 6:00 for 6:30 pm - A very special evening awaits us as we launch Josh Crickmay’s beautiful and inspiring coffee table book Josh’s Big Year. RSVP essential please.

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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The Only Story, by Julian Barnes (R290)
This compelling novel ponders ‘the only real question’ - is it better to have loved the more and suffered the more, or loved the less, and suffered the less? Paul is nineteen and full of idealism and hope, when he falls in love for the first time, with Susan, a much older, married woman. The story follows the trajectory of their relationship as it descends into despair and alcoholism over the decades. Quietly devastating. Vintage Julian Barnes.
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Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado (R245)
This brilliant debut collection of short stories has made waves around the world. Provocative and imaginative, the writing blurs the borders between magic realism, science fiction and fantasy, comedy and horror, while the stories map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited on their bodies, both in myth and in practice. If you’re wanting to stretch your reading experience, start here.
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The Monk of Mokha, by Dave Eggers (R340)
For some of us, Dave Eggers is at his best writing non-fiction. This is the true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a young Yemeni American man raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee. He leaves San Francisco and travels deep into his ancestral home, only to find himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war. If you who loved Zeitoun you can’t go wrong with this.

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Feel Free; Essays, Zadie Smith (R350)
Zadie Smith is back with a dazzling and timely collection of essays. From German Old Masters to the new masters of East Coast rap, from social networks opening lines of communication to national referenda closing doors, this collection reaches out in all directions - pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment. Brilliant and razor-sharp.
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Hap, by Lesley Beake (R170)
This wonderful story by South African author Lesley Beake takes place on the desolate west coast, where 16-year-old Lucy is out from New York recovering from a recent trauma. Here she feels a connection to Hap, an early ancestor of the area. 12+
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Kwezi 3: Collector’s edition 7-9, Loyiso Mkize (R125)
If you haven’t met Kwezi yet, it’s time you did. The third volume is just out and it’s pure South African superhero action all the way. Black Panther step aside! 8+
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