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

Saturday 17 February 10 am - Join us for a special story time with author Elaine MacDonald and illustrator Vanessa Mearns. They’ll be reading and drawing from their new book I See an Elephant.

Wednesday 21 February 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We launch philosopher Leonard Praeg’s ambitious first novel, Imitation. Leonard will be chatting to Ulrike Kistner. Not to be missed.

Wednesday 28 February 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of Toy Boy/ Katelknaap by Leon van Nierop. Leon will be in conversation with writer Pamela Power.

Coming up in March:
Thursday 1 March - Marlene van der Westhuizen launches her new poetry collections
Tuesday 6 March - Tracy Going launches Brutal Legacy
Wednesday 7 March - Raashida Kahn launches her poetry collection

Our launches are supported by Joostenberg, delicious organic wines from the family estate in Stellenbosch.

Story hour is every Saturday at 10 o’clock. 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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Under Glass, by Claire Robertson (R270)
Claire Robertson has an established reputation as one of South Africa’s finest novelists, and a new book from her is a greatly anticipated thing. In Under Glass, she continues with historical themes, but this time we are in 1857 Natal, when a young Englishwoman arrives in Port Natal from India, seeking to make a new life for her family. Under Glass is at once a rich and intriguing mystery and a meditation on the region’s colonial history. Beautifully written.
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The Revolution of Marina M., by Janet Fitch (R325)
From the author of the Oprah-endorsed White Oleander , comes this sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of Marina Makarova. Marina is a young woman of privilege who, swept up in the tide of change that came with the 1917 revolution, joins the marches for workers’ rights, falls in love with a radical young poet and betrays everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in return. Great book club fare!
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Josh’s Big Year: From deserts to jungles, by Josh Crickmay (R699)
Josh Crickmay has Aspergers. This beautiful coffee-table book is the incredible story of how he pulled himself out of a dark and depressed place by embarking on a’Big Year’ of birding, with the aim of seeing 1000 birds in a year. He and his extraordinary parents travelled through desert and jungle, bushveld and rainforest, across two continents, photographing birds and writing about the journey. A hopeful, inspirational and joyful story.

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let my people go surfing:The education of a reluctant businessman, Yvon Chouinard (R325)
Yvon Chouinard is the founder of ‘green’ clothing brand, Patagonia. let my people go surfing was originally written in 2005 as a philosophical manual for his employees. We are all more worried about our planet than ever, and Chouinard has picked the right time to update, republish and reach a wider market. The book has a foreword by Naomi Klein, it’s beautifully designed with full colour pics and its thoughtful text seems to tap right into the green zeitgeist of our time. Get it for everyone!
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Penguin Problems, Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith (R170)
A charming and philosophical story about an unhappy penguin who just needs to learn that this is his life, and he is in it, and the world is a beautiful place.

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Mine, Sally Partridge (R250)
Sally Partridge is a local author of young adult fiction, and she’s fantastic. Fin and Kayla are the weird kids in school, they’re a bit on the edge, until they find each other and the only place they have ever belonged. 14+
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