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.


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Tuesday 11 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Renowned poet Gabeba Baderoon puts in a rare appearance at Love Books to launch her new poetry collection The History of Intimacy. Chatting to fellow poet Philippa Yaa de Villiers.

Wednesday 12 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of Vanessa Govender’s memoir, Beaten but not Broken. She’ll be chatting to Deborah Patta.

Thursday 13 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Maire Fisher launches her latest work The Enumerations. She’s chatting to author of Spire, Fiona Snyckers.

Saturday 15 September 10 am - Join Jessica Bosworth Smith as she reads to the children from her beautiful new book The Straw Giant and the Crow.

Tuesday 18 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Our very own answer to Marian Keyes, Qarnita Loxton, launches her new book, Being Lily. She’ll be chatting to Pamela Power.

Wednesday 19 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Well-loved journalist Rebecca Davis chats to Sarah Koopman about her new book Self-Helpless: A cynic’s search for sanity.

Thursday 20 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Journalist Stephan Hofstatter launches his explosive new book Licence to Loot. Chatting to Mzukisi Qobo.

Tuesday 25 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Poet Saaleha Idrees Bamjee launches her debut poetry collection, Zikr She’s chatting to Khadijah Patel.

Wednesday 26 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We are very proud to be launching this year’s print edition of Afrikaans cult magazine, Ons Klyntji.

Thursday 27 September 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Landa Mabenge launches his memoir Becoming Him: A trans-memoir of triumph. Chatting to Nikolaus Bauer of eNCA.

Friday 28 September 10:00 for 10:30 am - Join us for a coffee morning with Mohale Mashigo as she launches her new book, Intruders. In convo with Karabo Kgoleng.

Saturday 29 September 10:00 am - Hamilton Wende reads from his new book Arabella, the Secret King and the Amulet of Timbuktu. This is the sequel to his much-loved Arabella, the Moon, and the Magic Mongongo Nut.

Coming up in October:
Wednesday 10 October: Irma Venter launches Blue Sunday.
Wednesday 24 October: Melanie Walker and Connall Oosterbroek launch Garden Style.
Wednesday 31 October: Kimon de Greef and Shuhood Abader launch Poacher.

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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