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.


Wednesday 1 March - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Fred Khumalo launches his highly anticipated story of the sinking of the SS Mendi Dancing the Death Drill. In conversation with Karabo Kgoleng. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Monday 6 March - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Philippa Kabali-Kagwa launches her heart-warming memoir, Flame and Song. She’ll be chatting to Barbara Boswell. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.


Wednesday 8 March - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We launch Commonplace, the extraordinary new photography book from Fourthwall Books. Author Tamsyn Adams will be in conversation with Pamila Gupta around this fascinating collection of images from two very different families. RSVP soon to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Saturday 11 March - 10 o’clock story time with the delightful Refiloe Moahloli as she reads from her book How many ways can you say Hello.

Tuesday 14 March - 5:30 for 6:00 pm -Ashwin Desai launches his new book Reverse Sweep, a hard-hitting look at South African cricket since the late apartheid years. RSVP to rsvp@jacana.co.za or 011 726 8408.

Wednesday 15 March - Marita van der Vyfer launches her latest novel at the Alliance Francaise in Parkview.

Thursday 16 March - 6:00 for 6:30 pm. Launch of Business Writing for South Africans by Bittie Viljoen-Smook. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 23 March - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Theuns Eloff launches Turning Point: South Africa at a Crossroads. Theuns is the executive director of the FW de Klerk Foundation. He’ll be chatting to economist and author Ralph Mathekga. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 28 March - 6:00 pm Irma Venter sal in gesprek wees met Deborah Steinmair oor haar opwindende nuwe spanningsverhaal, Sirkus.RSVP by Claire Williams op rsvp@nb.co.za of 021 406 3477.

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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Dancing the Death Drill, by Fred Khumalo (R230)
It’s a hundred years since the tragic sinking of the SS Mendi, a British ship carrying members of the South African Native Contingent in World War 1. Over 600 black troops died on that day in February, 1917, in a catastrophe that history largely forgot. This is Fred Khumalo’s fictionalised account of the story. It brings to life the historical event, honouring both those who perished in the disaster and those who survived.

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4 3 2 1, by Paul Auster (R330)
It’s been a while for Paul Auster fans and this doorstopper is being touted as his most provocative, most heartbreaking, most satisfying work. The epic story of Archibald Isaac Ferguson, a boy who grows up again, and again, and again, it’s an inventive and unforgettable tour de force.

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Books for Living: A Reader’s Guide to Life, by Will Schwalbe (R330)
From the charming man who brought us The End of Your Life Book Club, this is Will Schwalbe’s second ode to the transformative power of books. As he says, the one question everyone should be asking each other more often, is: ‘What are you reading?’

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Afrikaner Odyssey, by Martin Meredith (R260)
Renowned historian Martin Meredith brings us a wide-ranging portrait of a distinguished Afrikaner family whose presence is still marked on the South African landscape.

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The Code: The Power of ‘I Will’, by Shaun Tomson (R145)
Who can forget Shaun Tomson, inventor of the Instinct brand and one of the greatest surfers of all time. This is his gift to today’s youth - it’s about courage, creativity, faith and determination, and above all, it’s about inspiring your youngster to believe in themselves and the power they have to shape their lives. Great for parents too.
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The 78-Storey Treehouse, by Andy Griffiths (R140)
The world’s coolest treehouse has new rooms - an open-air movie theatre, a scribbletorium and lots more. And we have signed copies of the full set. Come in and grab them before they go!
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