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.


RSVPs to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408

Wednesday 1 August 6:00 for 6:30 pm - The truly inimitable Melusi Tshabalala has turned his smash hit Facebook page into a book. Join us for the launch of Melusi’s Everyday Zulu. Chatting to Macfarlane Molele.

Thursday 2 August 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Novelist and playwright Craig Higginson chats to literary journalist Karabo Kgoleng about his latest book, The White Room.

Monday 13 August 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Panashe Chigumadzi launches her latest work These Bones Will Rise Again.

Monday 20 August 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Dawn Garisch chats to Arja Salafranca and Ronelle Hart about her wonderful publication, This Is How It Is, writings from the Life Righting Collective.

Tuesday 21 August 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Well known political commentator Judith February launches her first book, Turning and Turning: Exploring the complexities of South Africa’s democracy. She’ll be chatting to SAFM presenter Stephen Grootes.

Saturday 25 August 10 am - A special story time with Avril van der Merwe as she launches her latest children’s book, Once Upon A Rhinoceros. Please RSVP for this one.

Coming up in September:
Tuesday 11 September: Gabeba Baderoon launches A History of Intimacy
Wednesday 13 September: Maire Fisher launches her new novel, The Enumerations
Tuesday 18 September: Qarnita Loxton launches Being Lily
Wednesday 19 September: Rebecca Davis launches Self-Helpless: A cynic’s search for sanity
Thursday 20 September: License to Loot with Stephan Hofstadter
Wednesday 26 September: Launch of Afrikaans cult zine, Ons Klyntji
Thursday 27 September: Becoming Him:A trans memoir of triumph with Landa Mabenge
Friday 28 September: Coffee morning with Mohale Mashigo to launch Intruders, her new collection of short stories
Saturday 29 September, 10 am: Hamilton Wende launches Arabella, the Secret King and the Amulet from Timbuktu

Our launches are supported by Joostenberg, delicious organic wines from the family estate in Stellenbosch.

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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The Cafe de Move-On Blues, by Christopher Hope (R290)
Stuck in traffic on De Waal drive, Cape Town, Christopher Hope parks his car and walks up to the UCT campus to see what’s causing the trouble. He encounters an angry crowd pulling down the Rhodes statue - the chaotic culmination of the RhodesMustFall movement. What follows is a thoughtful road trip around South Africa’s cities and towns, their statues and memorials. An absolutely brilliant dissection of South Africa in the post-Mandela era. Magnificent and highly recommended.
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First, we make the beast beautiful, by Sarah Wilson (R335)
Sarah Wilson is best known for her I Quit Sugar cookbooks, so this book on anxiety from a high-functioning, super-successful human being comes as a surprise. But for those living with anxiety(all of us?) this is the freshest, most inspiring, insightful book on the subject you could hope to find. Beautifully written, quirky and uplifting, Sarah asks if anxiety can be re-sewn as a thing of beauty – it really might change your world.
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Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje (R290)
Set in post-war England, this is the story of 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister Rachel, who are abandoned by their parents and left in the care of an enigmatic figure known as The Moth. But things are not what they seem, and soon we find ourselves in a thrilling novel of adventure, intrigue and desire. Loose yourself in Ondaatje’s achingly beautiful prose.

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Patagonia, Maya Fowler (R220)
After a drunken one-night stand with a student, followed by a terrible confrontation, academic Tertius de Klerk flees to Patagonia to the remote region where his Afrikaner forebears started anew after the Anglo-Boer War. Epic, poetic and soulful, this is an engrossing read based in this real-life Afrikaans community that exists to this day in South America. Available in Afrikaans as Patagonie.

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Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2, by Francesca Cavallo & Elena Favilli (R420)
For children of all ages, the follow up to the international bestseller, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, is a stunning collection of one hundred bedtime stories that celebrate extraordinary women. From queens and activists to ballerinas and lawyers, there’s something in here for everyone.
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The Road to Glory (R130 each)
This fantastic little series, The Road to Glory, tells the stories of famous South African sporting legends as they set out on their journeys to becoming national and international sports stars. First up in the series are new rugby captain Siya Kolisi, cricketer AB de Villiers and athlete Wayde van Niekerk. 8+

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