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.


Wednesday 2 April – 7:00 for 7:30 pm – The Troyeville Hotel Book Club chats to journalist John Carlin about his book Knowing Mandela, and of course about…(when will it all go away?)…the Oscar trial. Bookings essential on 011 402 7709 or laurence@troyevillehotel.co.za .

Tuesday 8 April – 5:30 for 6:00 pm - Local gal Estelle Jobson will be reading from her hilarious memoir Finding Rome on the Map of Love (at Love Books of course). RSVP to 011 726 7408 or kate@lovebooks.co.za.

Tuesday 15 April - The Troyeville Hotel Book Club hosts Eusebius McKaiser talking about his book Could I Vote DA. Bookings essential on 011 402 7709 or laurence@troyevillehotel.co.za .

Wednesday 23 April - 5:30 for 6:00 pm – We launch Kholofelo Maenetsha’s To The Black Women we All Knew, a novel about love and life in a modern South African township. RSVP on 011 726 7408 or kate@lovebooks.co.za.

Wednesday 30 April – 5:30 for 6:00 pm – We launch Catastrophe: Oi Vey, my child is gay (and an addict), by Anne Lapedus Brest. A deeply personal story from Melinda Ferguson Books that will resonate with parents and friends of addicts.RSVP on 011 726 7408 or kate@lovebooks.co.za.

Our launches are supported by Joostenberg, delicious 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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April must-read

The Shock of the Fall, by Nathan Filer(R195.00)
The story of Matthew, a boy who descends slowly into mental illness after the tragic death of his Down’s Syndrome brother Simon, this book will have you shut behind your bedroom door for the weekend. Not only is it beautifully told and handsomely packaged with illustrations and changing typefaces, it is also an unputdownable and emotional read. It’s no wonder it won the recent Costa Book of the Year award. An accomplished debut with wide appeal.
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More must-reads

Breyten Breytenbach: A Monologue in Two Voices, by Sandra Saayman (R280.00)
In this beautiful book, Sandra Saayman argues for a re-evalution of the relationship between text and image in Breytenbach’s work. She shows that his poems, essays and works of fiction should be considered alongside his drawings, prints and paintings. Written in an easy, accessible style and beautifully produced with colour illustrations, it’s a book to treasure. A limited edition, we suggest you get your hands on a copy as soon as you can. Order a copy

The Circle, by Dave Eggars(R265.00)
Privacy is a major issue in our digital world – who owns it, where are the boundaries, how does the future look? In this satirical look at where technology is taking our cultural and social sensibilities, The Circle (read Google) is the social networking corporation controlling our conversations, our payments, our status updates. Mae Holland is the ambitious protagonist, eager to share her entire life in the digital sphere. Similarities with George Orwell’s 1984 are hard to ignore. It’s a compelling, at times funny look at our modern world.
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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris(R205.00)
David Sedaris is not ordinary, and this latest collection of essays is as funny, clever and off-the-wall as we’ve come to expect. From nonchalant Parisian dentists, to remembering his father’s dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants) to the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered pygmy, you’ll get your fill of the absurd in this amusing volume. Order a copy

Children’s must-read

The Dark Wild, by Piers Torday (R)
In the sequel to Piers Torday’s wonderful The Last Wild, Kester Jaynes discovers his adventure is not over. Piers (son of Paul Torday) is the master of the opening sentence: ‘In the shadow of our apple tree, looking out across a river at a city full of glass and whispers, I take my dad’s hand and watch our enemy fly towards us.’ Hard to resist, even for parents. Age 11+. Order a copy