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.



Thursday 3 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We look forward to a fascinating discussion with Ena Jansen and Gerrit Olivier around her book Soos familie:Stedelike huisewerkers in Suid-Afrikaanse tekste. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 9 September - 5:30 for 6:00 pm - We launch Dagga:A Short History by Hazel Crampton, author of The Sunburnt Queen. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Saturday 12 September - 10:00 am. Come along for a SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS storytime as we celebrate the 10th annual Roald Dahl Day. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 15 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We are absolutely delighted to be hosting Helen Macdonald, author of the incredible and unforgettable winner of the Costa award, H is for Hawk. Helen will be in conversation with Michele Magwood. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 17 September - 5:30 for 6:00 pm - Pumla Dineo Gqola launches Rape: A South African Nightmare. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408

Monday 21 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of Signs for an Exhibition by Eliza Kentridge. RSVP as always to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 29 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of Anna Peters’ Year of Cooking Dangerously by the delightful Kathryn White. 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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August must-reads

Dept of Speculation, by Jenny Offill (R195.00)
They used to send each other letters. The return address was always the same: Dept. of Speculation. This is a heartbreaking portrait of a modern marriage, from early romance, through parenthood, to the inevitable unravelling. That may sound a bit hum-drum, but this book is anything but boring. Through vignettes written in beautiful, poetic prose, Jenny Offill manages to convey the profound loss of self that is often felt at the end of a marriage. Absolutely compelling, it’s like nothing you’ve read before.
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More must-reads

Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art, by Julian Barnes(R378.00)
Julian Barnes first began writing about art with a chapter on Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa in his novel A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters. That wonderful chapter is included in this collection of essays that traces the story of how art (mainly French) made its way from Romanticism to Realism and into Modernism. You’ll love this book if you love art and also if you love Julian Barnes. It’s readable, beautifully produced and illustrated in colour. Order a copy

Villa America, by Liza Klaussmann (R260.00)
Based on the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy, an American couple who ‘set out to create a beautiful world’ in the 1920s at Villa America, their lavish house on the French Riviera. Their flamboyant parties attracted artists and writers, with the likes of Picasso, Hemingway, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald (Villa America was the setting for Fitzgerald’s novel Tender is the Night) and Cole Porter becoming regular guests. When a young pilot arrives on the scene, something changes and suddenly, the stakes are incalculably high. A great read, especially if you’re still on holiday.
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The Good Story: Exchanges on truth, fiction and psychotherapy , by JM Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz(R285.00)
This is a fascinating, stimulating dialogue on the human inclination to make up stories, between Nobel Prize-winning South African writer JM Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz, a psychotherapist at the world renowned Tavistock Clinic. Their exchanges are premised on the idea that ‘something is to be gained by a therapist exploring therapeutic practice in the company of an outsider to the discipline of psychology, in this case a sympathetically disposed writer and literary critic.’ At the heart of their exchange is a concern with stories. Intellectually stretching stuff. Order a copy

Children’s must-read

Bon Appetit! The delicious life of Julia Child, by Jessie Hartland (R250.00)
If you have a little foodie in your household, this is an absolutely delightful introduction to Julia Child, one of the most influential cooks of the 20th century. Charming illustrations and captivating text perfectly capture the passionate, fun-loving Julia.

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