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.


Saturday 2 April - 10 o’clock story time. Claudia Eicker-Harris reads from her new picture book City Rooster (also available in Afrikaans as Die Eerste Stadshaan). RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 5 April - 5:30 for 6:00 pm - Nicky Falkof launches her book The End of Whiteness:Satanism and Family Murder in South Africa. If you want to be part of this fascinating discussion RSVP to Takalani on rsvp@jacana.co.za.

Wednesday 6 April - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Jill Weintroub launches her wonderful look back at the life of Dorothea Bleek, daughter of Wilhelm Bleek in this fascinating biography - Dorothea Bleek: A life of scholarship. Jill will be in conversation with author Lindi Koorts. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 12 April - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Jessica Pitchford of Carte Blanche fame, launches her new book Switched at Birth. A fascinating story of two children (you guessed it), switched at birth. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 14 April - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We launch Book 1 in Bontle Senne’s exciting new trilogy for tweens - Shadow Chasers. Bring your kids along to hear all about Book 1, The Power of the Knife. Author Sarah Lotz said this series is ‘Deliciously creepy, fast, fun and a blast to read. Get this for the reluctant reader in your life right now!’. Bontle will be chatting to the divine Joanne Macgregor. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 20 April - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Karina Brink will be here for the Joburg launch of the stunning Flame in the Snow: The love letters of Andre Brink and Ingrid Jonker. She’ll be chatting to Zelda la Grange. Unmissable. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 21 April - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Jen Thorpe joins us to launch her delightful book, The Peculiars. She’ll be chatting to the Sunday Times’ Jennifer Platt. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

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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Continental Shift, by Kevin Bloom and Richard Poplak (R265)
A refreshingly honest take on Africa’s changing economic fortunes, this book is brilliantly written, acutely observed, on-the-button and up-to-date, basically everything you could want from a book on the continent we call home. Africa’s inherent ambiguities are refreshingly laid out – she is at once failing and succeeding, economies are soaring but people are starving, Africa is doomed, but also ‘the future’. By looking at the economies of eight African countries, the authors reveal a future we are only beginning to understand.
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On the Move: A life, by Oliver Sacks (R240)
When Oliver Sacks was 12 years old, a perceptive teacher wrote on his report ‘Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far’. And what a wonderful, surprising biography this is – from growing up in a conservative Jewish home in London, to his first gay experience in Amsterdam, to his obsession with motor bikes and his road trips down the west coast of America, and (you’ll never guess), weightlifting, this is neurologist Oliver Sacks’ life story. Told with humanity and compassion and incredible warmth, it’s an inspiring and fascinating autobiography.
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Letters of Stone, by Steven Robins (R250)
This is a powerful book and a gripping read. Billed by Antjie Krog as ‘a most exeptional and unforgettable book’, it’s a story that gets right under your skin. The story of Steven Robins’ family at the hands of the Nazis reveals itself through the 100 or so letters he finds in a Seapoint family flat. Poignant and personal, it is also a fascinating look at the rise of eugenics and racial science before the war, and its unsettling historical links to southern Africa. A must-read.

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Under the Visible Life, by Kim Echlin (R355)
Katherine Goodnow is Chinese-Canadian, and Mahsa Weaver is Afghani-American. Both are in unsatisfactory marriages – Katherine with an unreliable man she cannot stop loving, and Mahsa with a man she was forced to marry. Both find solace and freedom in music, specifically jazz. When they meet in New York they form a lifelong friendship. A beautifully written literary novel – great for bookclubs.

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Finding Winnie, by Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall (R305)
The utterly enchanting true story of the bear that inspired Winnie the Pooh. Beautifully illustrated by the wonderful Sophie Blackall. A gentle story about friendship and family, this is a must-have for families and collectors.

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