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.


Thursday 1 June - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Fiona Snyckers launches her latest page-turner, Spire. She’ll be in conversation with writer and tweeter par excellence, Gus Silber. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 8 June - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Chef Hope Malau launches his first cookbook Johanne 14. He’ll be chatting to icon and national treasure, Dorah Sithole. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Saturday 10 June - 10:00 am story time - Rob van Vuuren reads from his book Florence and Watson and the Sugarbush Mouse, a trilingual edition published in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za.

Tuesday 13 June - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Michael Stanley is back with the sixth in the Detective Kubu series, Dying to Live. He’ll be chatting to MD of Jonathan Ball Publishers, Eugene Ashton, about the latest Kalahari murder mystery. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 14 June - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Steven Boykey Sidley and Richard Poplak shoot the witty breeze around Steven’s new book Free Association. Unmissable for those looking for sharp, clever banter. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408

Tuesday 20 June - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Johan Myburg, stel sy nuutste digbundel, Uittogboek, bekend. Hy is in gesprek met Bibi Slippers. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408

Wednesday 28 June - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Dr. Ela Manga launches her book The Energy Code. RSVP to rsvp@jacana.co.za.

Coming up in July:
Wednesday 5 July - Barbara Boswell launches her debut novel Grace,.
Thursday 6 July - Hennie van Vuuren launches Apartheid, Guns and Money.
Wednesday 12 July - SJ Naude launches Third Reel
Wednesday 19 July - Joostenberg wine-tasting
Tuesday 25 July - Lorenzo Fioramonti launches Wellbeing Economy: Success in a world without growth.

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 Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy (R295)
Landing gracefully to great reviews, this is the highly anticipated second novel from Arundhati Roy. Anjum, who used to be Aftab, unrolls a threadbare carpet in a city graveyard that she calls home. A baby appears quite suddenly on a pavement, a little after midnight, in a crib of litter. This book is a miracle of storytelling.

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Fever, by Deon Meyer (R260)
Don’t expect Benny Griessel in Deon Meyer’s latest novel. This is post-apocalyptic, end-of-the-world stuff, set in a desolate South Africa after a virus has killed most of the world’s population. Gripping, emotional, and Stephen King loved it!
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The Republic of Gupta, by Pier-Louis Myburgh (R260)
To get behind the daily headlines to the root of the rot, read this book by award-winning investigative journalist, Pieter-Louis Myburgh. He looks at what the Guptas were upto during Thabo Mbeki’s presidency, how they got into the Zuma’s inner circle, and the real reasons behind the March 2017 cabinet reshuffle. Gripping stuff.

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Tragic Shores: A memoir of dark travel, by Thomas H Cook (R330)
Thomas H Cook is a brilliant crime-writer, but here he moves to travel in this unusual memoir about places of tragedy and suffering. As he says ‘I have come to thank dark places for the light they bring to life.’ Beautifully written.
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Dark Artifices Book 2: Lord of Shadows, by Cassandra Clare (R220)
Don’t worry, your teenager will know exactly what the Shadowhunters are and that this is the brand new next instalment that they just have to have. 14+
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The World’s Worst Children 2, by David Walliams (R230)
With a foreword by Her Majesty the Queen, this is a glorious, hilarious, illustrated collection of the worst children in the world and their impossible stories. David Walliams is irrepressible.
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