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.


Thursday 4 August - 5:30 for 6:00 pm - Sue Hickey and Philippa Sklaar launch their book The Affair. They’ll be chatting to publisher and writer Melinda Ferguson. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 10 August - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of Die Laughing: Stories of wit, satire and humour, edited by Joanne Hichens. Karabo Kgoleng chats to Fred Khumalo, Gail Schimmel and other contributors in what is sure to be a captivating evening. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 18 August - 6:30 for 7:00 pm - Bestselling crime writer Karin Brynard launches her new book Tuisland. She’ll be chatting to Mariette Kruger. RSVP essential to RSVP@penguinrandomhouse.co.za or 011 327 3550.

Monday 22 August - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Andrew Brown launches his new book Good Cop Bad Cop and he’ll be chatting to the inimitable Charles Leonard. An unmissable evening. RSVP absolutely essential to anna@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 25 August - 5:30 for 6:00 pm - More satire with Willie Currie who launches his new book Blue Eland Foxtrot. Introduced by Mandla Langa. RSVPs to tatum@jammedia.com.

Wednesday 31 August - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Irma van Zyl chats to Ruda Landman about her new book Moordvis. Available in English as Dead in the Water. 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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This Must Be the Place, by Maggie O’Farrell (R360)
From the moment you pick up a Maggie O’Farrell novel you are swept along by her dazzling writing and the ability she has to create characters that get right under your skin. O’Farrell excels at writing nuanced, intimate human relationships, and while all that is here, This Must Be the Place is a much bigger and more sweeping novel than anything she’s done before. This portrait of a marriage between academic linguist Daniel and reclusive movie star Claudette, is a story you’ll be truly sorry to finish.

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The Course of Love, by Alain de Botton (R320)
The 21st century’s pop philosopher brings us his second, hugely enjoyable novel. What we loved about The Course of Love, is that woven between the story of two ordinary people in an ordinary marriage, are philosophical musings on the state of the human heart, the stages of marriage, the journey of life. These musings seem to lift the mundane everydayness of things to a comfortingly profound level. There is an irresistible pondering on The Sulk – required reading for anyone who’s ever felt guilty about employing that strategy with their partner.

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Island Home, by Tim Winton (R375)
Tim Winton is one of our favourite authors and these days we find ourselves loving his non-fiction almost as much as his fiction. Island Home is the second instalment in his memoirs about growing up in Australia (the first was Land’s Edge) and becoming a writer. Where Land’s Edge was a lovesong to the western Australian coast, this is an ode to the harsher interior, the rugged natural landscape of Australia that has inspired Winton’s writing and passions (he is a fervent environmentalist). As South Africans, we can relate to the intense visceral connection he feels to the land. Magnificent.

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I’m the Girl who was Raped, by Michelle Hattingh (R200)
This is a searing, no-holds-barred and no-punches-pulled account of the author’s rape one night in Muizenberg, Cape Town. That morning, Michelle presented her psychology honours thesis on rape. That evening, celebrating her degree with the rest of her honours class, she and a friend go to the beach where they are robbed, assaulted and raped. This beautifully written and brave book gives incredible insight into the event of rape - it is one of the most honest, courageous and devastating accounts you could ever read.

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I Will Always Write Back, by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda (R199)
Subtitled ‘How one letter changed two lives’, this is the inspiring true story of a friendship between a 12-year-old American girl and a Zimbabwean boy who change each other’s lives after her letter for a class pen-pal project finds its way to him. 11+

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