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.


Tuesday 5 August – 7:00 for 7:30 pm – The Troyeville Hotel Book Club hosts Justice Edwin Cameron, talking about his memoir, Justice. Bookings essential on 011 402 7709 or laurence@troyevillehotel.co.za.

Wednesday 6 August – 5:30 for 6:00 pm - We celebrate the Bloody Book Week with the king of crime, Deon Meyer (who’s new book Cobra is just out in English), and journalist Jacques Steenkamp (author of The Griekwastad Murders). They’ll be discussing the challenges of writing real-life and fictional crime in South Africa. We expect a crush, so it’s essential to RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 19 August – 7:00 for 7:30 pm – The Troyeville Hotel Book Club chats to Glenn Moss about his book The New Radicals. Bookings essential on 011 402 7709 or laurence@troyevillehotel.co.za

Wednesday 20 August – 6:00 for 6:30 pm – Love Books and the Daily Maverick host Richard Poplak, Gareth Cliff and Ranjeni Munusamy in discussion about Poplak’s new book, Until Julius Comes(at Love Books). We expect a large turnout so please be sure to RSVP to anna@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-read

Upstairs at the Party, by Linda Grant (R285.00)
In this story of Adele, a young girl making her way from the perfume counter in Liverpool to the features editor on a literary magazine in London, Linda Grant shines her sharp light on the joys and sorrows of living in hippie London in the early 70s. The novel is a wonderful portrait of the era, a complicated mix of freedom, innocence and danger. Full of intelligent, if not cynical, observations, it is also a compelling and powerful story.

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More must-reads

Broken Monsters, by Lauren Beukes (R285.00)
Lauren Beukes’ career accelerates with every new book she writes, and across the globe, Broken Monsters has hauled in glowing reviews. Absolutely terrifying from the word go, it goes at a cracking pace, and is not a story you will easily forget. Set in Detroit (a city which Lauren confesses is her secret Hillbrow), this is, as always with Beukes, a clever, smart and genre-bending read. Part thriller, part social commentary, part horror, it’s the story of Detective Gabriella Versado, on the trail of a twisted killer, and her daughter Layla, who is indulging in dangerous online games. Signed copies available.
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The Side of the Sun at Noon, by Hazel Crampton (R280.00)
A fascinating and gripping historical narrative from the author of The Sunburnt Queen. This book traces the story of the mysterious Chobona tribe, a mythical southern African civilisation of incredible wealth and sophistication. Hazel Crampton explores the truth behind the rumours, following in the footsteps of the early explorers in an innovative and engaging interweaving of sources, from ancient Arab writings to contemporary historical documents. Very fascinating.
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Cobra, by Deon Meyer(R285)
The latest novel in English from Deon Meyer, king of SA crime writing, is a fantastic page-turner. Benny Griessel is first on the scene of a bloodbath at a luxury guesthouse on a beautiful Franschhoek wine farm. Two dead bodyguards, and no sign of the person they were meant to be protecting. Ag, just come on in and get it!
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Young adult must-read

The Apple Tart of Hope, by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald (R235.00)
You know that warm feeling you get in your heart when you discover a brilliant new writer – that’s how you’ll feel when you read Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. The Apple Tart of Hope is a beautifully written young adult story of friendship, love, loss and of course hope, that will appeal equally to adults and young readers. Sarah’s first book Back to Blackbrick, is also worth adding to your teenage library. Age 12+. Order a copy