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Thursday 1 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Rock star author Deon Meyer is coming to Melville to launch his latest book Icarus. He’ll be chatting to author Steven Boykey Sidley. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 6 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We launch Power Play by Mike Nicol, the man behind the Crime Beat blog. He’ll be grilled by fellow crime writer Angela Makholwa. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 7 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm. Bridget Pitt launches her latest novel, Notes from the Lost Property Department. She’ll be chatting to the ever-wonderful and always sharp-witted Aspasia Karras. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 14 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Our favourite favourite garden girl Jane Griffiths launches her wonderful new book Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening. She’ll be chatting to Jenny Crwys-Williams. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 15 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We can hardly wait. YouTuber and South African internet sensation Suzelle DIY is coming to Love Books to launch her book Suzelle DIY: The Book. RSVPs absolutely essential as numbers will be limited - kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 28 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We are absolutely delighted to be launching Claire Robertson’s new book, The Magistrate of Gower. Hailed as South Africa’s newest literary sensation, she’ll be in conversation with the always astute Michele Magwood. 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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October must-reads

Icarus, by Deon Meyer (R335.00)
It’s a peaceful Christmas for most, but not for Benny Griessel and his team at the Hawks. On 17 December, a freak flood uncovers the body of Ernst Richter in the dunes — the Ernst Richter, notorious Internet entrepreneur, owner of the controversial Alibi.co.za. If you’re looking for straight-forward, page-turning entertainment, you really can’t do better than this. Deon Meyer is becoming a rock star on the literary circuit and one of the few South African authors that has really made it abroad. His new book, Icarus, is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon while other people watch rugby. Also available in Afrikaans as Ikarus (R280.00).
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More must-reads

Signs for an Exhibition, by Eliza Kentridge (R150.00)
What makes this beautiful poetry memoir from Eliza Kentridge particularly memorable to us, is that it had us re-living the nostalgic sounds and feelings of growing up in Joburg in the 60s and 70s. The storms, the gardens, the prickly grass, the jacarandas, the heat, the love affairs, the politics – it’s all there, revealed in a quiet, intimate voice. Signs for an Exhibition is an extremely personal exploration of a soul, and of how a person makes meaning of a life. Order a copy

A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara (R299.00)
This is the book that’s tipping the scales to win the 2015 MAN Booker Prize. Gathering rave reviews from around the planet, it’s the harrowing, emotionally charged story of four male friends - a painter, an aspiring actor, an architect and Jude, the troubled litigator at the centre of their story. The Wall Street Journal said ‘One of the pleasures of fiction is how suddenly a brilliant writer can alter the literary landscape … Ms. Yanagihara’s immense new book … announces her, as decisively as a second work can, as a major American novelist’. One cannot hope for more than that!.
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Sweet Caress , by William Boyd (R230.00)
William Boyd never fails to send a satisfying read our way, and in this engrossing and compelling new novel, he brings us the fictional Amory Clay - reporter, documentary photographer and liberated woman of the early 20th century. Interspersed throughout the text are photographs and diary extracts – all fictional, but enough to send you on a google hunt for Amory and the full cast of characters! Through Amory’s camera lens, Boyd tells the story of some of the most defining moments of modern history. Order a copy

Children’s must-read

Tell Me A Picture, by Quentin Blake (R336.00)
In 2001 Quentin Blake chose twenty-six of his favourite paintings for an exhibition at the National Gallery. They all had one thing in common - a story to tell. In this glorious A to Z, Blake urges children to use their imaginations and look for stories in pictures everywhere.
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