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

Tuesday 3 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Vincent Carruthers, aka Mr Magaliesberg, chats to Simon Gear about Cradle of Life: The story of the Magaliesberg and Cradle of Humankind.

Thursday 5 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Azille Coetzee in gesprek met Elma Smit oor haar boek In My Vel.

Tuesday 10 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Nicole Dennis-Benn chats to The Cheeky Natives about new book Patsy.

Wednesday 11 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Jonny Steinberg chats to Redi Thlabi about his new book One Day in Bethlehem. RSVP essential.

Saturday 14 September 11:00 am - Special story time with Avril van der Merwe as she launches I Don’t Want to be a Hyena.

Wednesday 18 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of The Cape Radicals by Crain Soudien.

Thursday 19 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of i love you i hate you, a book about Joburg by Bradley Kirshenbaum of the famous Love Jozi brand.

Tuesday 24 September 9:00 am - It’s back - the ParkWords Literary Festival in Tyrone Avenue, Parkview.

Wednesday 25 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Sidney Gilroy launches his debut crime novel Klikbek, in conversation with Rudie van Rensburg.

Saturday 28 September 11:00 am - Special story time with 13-year old author Tshiamo Noko as she reads from her book The Adventures of Malawi.

Coming up in October:
Tuesday 1 October - Voices from the Underground,edited by Shirley Gunn and Shanil Haricharan
Wednesday 2 October - Death on the Limpopo, by Sally Andrew
Thursday 3 October - The Longest March, by Fred Khumalo
Tuesday 8 October - Wanted Dead and Alive: The Case for South Africa’s Cattle, by Gregory Mthembu-Salter
Wednesday 9 October - Die Boek van Gelukkige Eindes, by Debbie Loots
Thursday 10 October - Black Tax, by Niq Mhlongo
Tuesday 15 October - A Sin of Omission by Marguerite Poland
Tuesday 22 October - Everything is a Deathly Flower, poems by Maneo Mohale
Thursday 24 October - In the Midst of Wolves, by Kurt Ellis
Tuesday 29 October - The Unfamous Five, by Nedine Moonsamy
Wednesday 30 October - The Innocence of Roast Chicken re-issue, by Joanne Richards

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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