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.


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

Wednesday 1 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Consuelo Roland chats to Samm Marshall about her new book Wolftrap, literary suspense at its very best. RSVP to Savannah Lucas at rsvp@jacana.co.za

Thursday 2 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Professor Leon de Kock and David Williams discuss Peter Wilhelm’s latest work of speculative fiction Whirlwind in the Thorntree. RSVP to Gail Robbins at dgrwrite@iafrica.com

Tuesday 7 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Terry Bell discusses A hat, a kayak and dreams of Dar, his hilarious memoir, with Redi Tlhabi. Unmissable. RSVP absolutely essential for this one.

Wednesday 8 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Ronnie Kasrils launches his new book A Simple Man: Kasrils and the Zuma enigma. He’ll be chatting to gender activist Nomboniso Gasa. RSVP to Savannah Lucas at rsvp@Jacana.co.za

Monday 13 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of African Muckraking: 100 years of African Investigative Journalism by Anja Schiffrin. RSVP to rsvp@jacana.co.za

Tuesday 14 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Christi van der Westhuizen launches Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans women in postapartheid South Africa. She’ll be chatting to Zimitri Erasmus, author of Race Otherwise.

Wednesday 15 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of Camp Whore (originally published in Afrikaans as Kamphoer) with author Francois Smith and translator Dominique Botha. They’ll be chatting to Michele Magwood.

Thursday 16 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Dumani Mandela launches his memoir Rain on a Sunny Day: living and thriving with bipolar. He’ll be chatting to the delightful Karabo Kgoleng.

Wednesday 22 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We are very excited to be launching Rehana Rossouw’s second book New Times. RSVP essential to rsvp@jacana.co.za

Thursday 23 November - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Tim Noakes and Marika Sboros launch their new book Lore of Nutrition: Challenging traditional dietary beliefs. They’ll be chatting to the legendary Bruce Fordyce.

Friday 24 November - 10:00 for 10:30 am - Coffee morning with political cartoonist Zapiro about his 2017 cartoon book Hasta La Gupta Baby! Limited seating - RSVP essential!

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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The President’s Keepers, by Jacques Pauw (R280)
Shrouded in secrecy until the embargo lifted on Sunday 29 October, this is the shocking story of the cabal that eliminates Zuma’s enemies, purges law-enforcement agencies of good men and women, and ensures that Zuma remains in power and out of prison. Written like a thriller, Pauw takes you on a riveting (and sickening) journey through what is now a mafia state.
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I am, I am, I am: Seventeen brushes with death, by Maggie O’Farrell (R325)
Fans of Maggie O’Farrell will not be disappointed in this candid memoir of the seventeen near-death experiences that have punctuated her life. We meet Maggie at different ages, in different places, facing a range of near-death experiences, some life-threatening, others just an imagining of what could have happened! Profound, subtle and unputdownable.
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Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders (R210)
George Saunders won the 2017 Booker Prize with this, his first novel (he’s previously published short stories). Using the historical fact of the death of Abraham Lincoln’s 11-year-old son, Willie Lincoln, as the seed of the novel, Saunders creates an unforgettable story of familial love and loss. The dead Willie Lincoln enters a supernatural realm and is trapped in the ‘bardo’ - the Tibetan word for a transitional realm - where Saunders takes the reader on an exhilarating journey around the struggle for Willie’s soul.

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Munich, Robert Harris (R295)
A spy thriller from a master of the political thriller, this story is set over the four days of the Munich Conference in 1938, when Chamberlain and Hitler met - Chamberlain determined to achieve peace, Hitler determined to start war. As the world waits for war, and the stakes are high, Harris constructs a historically accurate, well-plotted, gripping novel around this fascinating period in European history.
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Harry Potter: A History of Magic, The British Library (R615)
This is the companion to the exhibition currently on at the British Library. It’s a celebration of 20 years of Harry Potter and was compiled by author JK Rowling, publishers Bloomsbury, and the British Library. It’s a magnificent journey through JK Rowling’s personal collection of early drafts, plot plans and illustrations, as well as weird, wonderful and inspiring artefacts from the British Library archives. A must-have.

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The Explorer, by Katherine Rundell, (R185)
From the award-winning author of Rooftoppers comes a wonderful adventure through the Amazon jungle. After Fred’s tiny plane crashes in the Amazon, he and his three children are stranded without a hope of rescue. But it seems someone has been there before them … 10+
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