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.
Monday 5 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Garth Greenwell, author of the critically acclaimed What Belongs To You will be chatting to us about his brilliant debut novel. The BBC called Garth ‘the publishing sensation of the year’. You don’t want to miss this one! RSVP essential to firstname.lastname@example.org or 011 726 7408.
Tuesday 6 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of The Street: Exposing a world of cops, bribes and drug dealers by Paul McNally. Paul will be chatting to journalist Carolyn Raphaely. RSVP to email@example.com or 011 726 7408.
Wednesday 14 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Another international face in the shop this month as we host Nadia Hashimi, author of the bestselling The Pearl that Broke its Shell.RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 011 726 7408.
Thursday 15 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Nomavenda Mathiane launches her ground-breaking new book, Eyes of the Night. Unmissable. RSVP to email@example.com or 011 726 7408.
Tuesday 20 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Bridget Hilton-Barber launches her new book Student Comrade Prisoner Spy. This one’s going to be a biggie! RSVP absolutely essential to firstname.lastname@example.org or 011 726 7408.
Monday 26 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Marianne Thamm launches her memoir, Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela and Me. Marianne has a huge following and we can’t wait to have her in the shop. RSVP absolutely essential to email@example.com or 011 726 7408.
Thursday 29 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Richard Calland launches his new book, Make or Break. Richard is always good value - don’t miss it. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 011 726 7408.
Our launches are supported by Joostenberg, delicious organic wines from the family estate in Stellenbosch.
Good Cop Bad Cop, by Andrew Brown (R220)
This extremely personal memoir is an account of Andrew Brown’s experiences as a police reservist in the Western Cape. It’s an incredibly brave and thought-provoking read, full of insights into the realities of policing and the mostly unpalatable realities of our society. Brown takes centre stage as the intense and conflicted main character – describing everything from drug busts and gruesome murders, to a hilarious encounter with a tik-soaked intruder in his own home, and the poignant moment where he finds himself on one side and his children on the other during the FeesMustFall campaign. A gripping must-read. Now who’s going to play Brown in the mini-series?
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Known and Strange Things, by Teju Cole (R305)
This is a remarkable collection of literary essays on everything from meeting a rather old VS Naipaul at a small literary dinner in a glittering Manhattan apartment ,to contemplations on our very own Ivan Vladislavic, Google photography, visiting the grave of Cole’s literary hero, WG Sebald, and short conversations about grief – ‘Grief is a frightening condition, and at its extreme is like the sun: impossible to look at directly.’ If you found Open City, for all its wonder, a slow and intense read, these shorter musings and learned observations are written with incredible richness and intelligence and make for easier, but just as deeply satisfying, reading.
The Muse, by Jessie Burton (R285)
This is the story of a painting. Art, love, betrayal, family and the Spanish Civil War are the backdrop to the stories of Odelle Bastien and Marjorie Quick. When Caribbean immigrant Odelle starts her typist’s job at the Skelton Institute of Art in London, little does she know that the enigmatic Quick will have such an influence on her life. When a long-lost masterpiece appears in their offices, it’s the start of a journey that uncovers some unexpected truths about identity and ownership. Jessie Burton’s debut novel, The Miniaturist, was a millon-copy bestseller, and we are pretty sure The Muse is going to do great things too. Great book club fare.