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.


Wednesday 5 October - 5:15 pm walk and 6:30 pm launch - Luke Alfred, veteran journalist and writer, brings us an absolute gem - Early One Sunday Morning I Decided to Step Out and Find South Africa. We start with a walk to the Rand Steam Laundries at 5:15, followed by the launch at Love Books at 6:30 pm when Carlos Amato will chat to Luke about his book. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408. Please indicate walk, launch or both.

Thursday 6 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Karin Brynard chats to Michele Magwood about her second English crime novel, Our Fathers. Crime fiction doesn’t get better than this. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 11 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Andrew Harding, BBC Africa correspondent who put his day job on hold to write his book about the unravelling of Somalia, launches The Mayor of Mogadishu. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 12 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - International best-selling author Richard Mason launches Who Killed Piet Barol. Richard will be chatting to Tamara LePine-Williams. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 13 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Academic, poet, translator and essayist Leon de Kock launches his new book Losing the Plot: Crime, Reality and Fiction in Postapartheid Writing. RSVP absolutely essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 19 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Sean Christie launches his astonishing genre-busting book Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard: Life among the Stowaways. His is an unmissable new voice on the scene. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 26 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Political analyst Ralph Mathegka launches When Zuma Goes. RSVP absolutely essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 27 October - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Lovely local author Miranda Sherry launches her new book, Bone Meal for Roses. 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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The Relatively Public Life of Jules Browde, by Daniel Browde (R240)
An unusual memoir, this deeply affectionate story is written by Jules Browde’s grandson Daniel, and is as much a biography of his grandfather as it is a memoir of the author’s personal struggles with the writing process. Chapters move between Jules’ straight-forward, transcribed tales as told to Daniel (life in Yeoville in the 30s, signing up for the artillery in World War II, court cases) and Daniel’s more complex and troubled musings on the writing process. Jules Browde died just before the book was published making it all the more poignant. A gem of a book.

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Student, Comrade, Prisoner, Spy, by Bridget Hilton-Barber (R230)
Bridget Hilton-Barber is one of the most natural writers we know, and this is her utterly compelling tale of her time as a student activist at Rhodes in the 80s. It’s the story of a wild and passionate young girl who became an anti-apartheid activist, witnessing the evil of apartheid first-hand. It’s the story of a young woman incarcerated in Fort Glamorgan prison in East London under the detention without trial rule. And it’s a story of betrayal by her friend and fellow activist, Olivia Forsyth, revealed as an informer working for the’Branch’. What a ride Bridget has had and what a powerful reminder this is of where we’ve come from. A must-read.

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Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole, by Alan Ropper & B.D. Burrell (R285)
Subtitled ‘Extraordinary journeys into the human brain’, this is medical writing at its best. It’s a fascinating glimpse into sick brains, and Dr Ropper takes the reader into a world where lives and minds hang in the balance, concluding that science is good, medicine is good, but there is also something beyond. You’ll meet a range of absurdities – the sportsman who starts spouting gibberish, the undergraduate who suddenly becomes psychotic and lots more. An illuminating and thought-provoking read.

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Hidden Johannesburg, by Paul Duncan (R390)
Joburg’s beautiful old buildings have unfortunately, mostly been very well hidden by the relentless development of the city. In this glorious book that follows on the success of Hidden Cape Town, Paul Duncan uncovers some of Joburg’s (almost unbelievable to some) hidden gems. From the Freemason’s Hall, hidden somewhere behind the Brenthurst Clinic in Parktown, to the L Ron Hubbard house on the Linksfield Ridge and the Lion’s Shul in Doornfontein, our wonderful city reveals its surprises in beautiful photographs by Alain Proust. The perfect Christmas present for a Joburger.

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Ottoline and the Purple Fox, by Chris Riddell (R235)
We’ve always loved Ottoline, for the story and the amazing illustrations. At last, number four in the series is out. Ottoline and Mr Munroe are having a party, and the mysterious purple fox is their special guest. How can they refuse when he offers to take them on a midnight safari of the Big City…

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