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 2 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We launch Blackout: The Eskom Crisis by James-Brent Styan Styan has spent years as a journalist behind the scenes at Eskom - this is his story. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 3 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - The wonderful, iconic Sindiwe Magona chats to Wally Serote about her new book, Chasing the Tails of my Father’s Cattle. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 4 November - 6:00 pm - Wine-tasting evening with the famous brother-in-law Philip Myburgh of Joostenberg Wines. Fully booked.

Tuesday 10 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Richard Steyn launches his book Jan Smuts: Unafraid of Greatness. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 11 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - The wonderful Rahla Xenopolous chats to poet Mbali Vilakazi about Tribe, her compelling new novel. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 17 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We’re cooking the books again with engineer and chemist turned Masterchef finalists, Seline and Leandri van der Wat. A wonderful three-course meal will be served in the Service Station. R350 a head. Bookings only to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 18 November - 10:00 for 10:30 am - We host a coffee morning filled with egg-nog and hilarity to celebrate Pamela Power’s new book Ms Conception. She’ll be chatting to Kelley Thorington. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Woensdag 25 November - 6:00 for 6:30 nm - Jack Parow, ja, JACK PAROW sal in gesprek wees met Angola Badprop oor die boek Jack Parow: Die Ou Met di Snor by die Bar. RSVP kate@lovebooks.co.za of 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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November must-reads

Did You Ever Have a Family, by Bill Clegg(R299.00)
On the morning of her daughter’s wedding, June Reid’s house goes up in flames, destroying her entire family – her present, her past and her future. This beautifully written book about family and the devastation it almost inevitably causes, is a must-read. The story unfolds lyrically, told through the voices of the main characters in the novel. Slowly, you piece together the story - the secrets, the truths and the lies that led to the tragedy. This book was longlisted for the Man Booker – a truly wonderful, albeit distressing, read.
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More must-reads

The Magistrate of Gower, by Claire Robertson (R230.00)
Henry Vos is a poster boy for the Boer War, until an illicit affair in British Ceylon disgraces him and he is shunned by Brit and Boer alike. Three decades later Henry has reinvented himself as the magistrate of Gower, a small inland South African town. As in her previous novel, The Spiral House, Claire Robertson masterfully transports us to fascinating times and places in the history of South Africa, and the novel is strewn with intriguing characters. As Michele Magwood said, Claire Robertson has ‘lifted the bar of South African litertature’. Order a copy

Tribe, by Rahla Xenopolous(R230.00)
You don’t get better than a shout on the front cover of your book from Chad Smith, of uber-rockband the Red Hot Chili Peppers, that says ‘The Less than Zero of 2015’! That’s quite something to live up to, but this compelling story of a group of friends who reconnect at a game lodge in South Africa a decade after sharing a hedonistic time together on Ibiza, where strong bonds were formed, is a pretty exhilarating ride. And it even has a downloadable soundtrack. Pretty cool.
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Lost Ocean, by Johanna Basford(R195.00)
From the girl who started the adult colouring-in book craze (with Secret Garden), the third inky adventure from Johanna Basford is here in all its glory. Coral reefs, barnacle studded shipwrecks, ornate shells and pirate treasure await you and your set of pencil crayons. A wonderful gift for the holidays. Order a copy

Nopi, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully(R570.00)
Out and out the best cookbook so far this Christmas. Nopi is more complex than Ottolenghi’s previous books – the recipes are from his restaurant of the same name in London, and so are not developed for domestic kitchens like his previous books. But if you’re an Ottolenghi fan, you will love, love, love this beautiful cookbook. . Order a copy

Children’s must-read

The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by JK Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay (R550.00)
This is the first ever illustrated edition of a Harry Potter book, and it’s beautiful. Jim Kay won renown for his illustrations in A Monster Calls,by Patrick Ness. This is an absolute must for collectors and die-hard fans, and it’s also a perfect introduction for newcomers to the series. .
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