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.


Wednesday 10 May - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Simon Bruinders launches his beautiful book A Handful of Earth. He’ll be in conversation with author, Hamilton Wende. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 16 May - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Diplomat Rafique Gangat launches his memoir Bending the Rules: From De Klerk to Mandela, stories of a pioneering diplomat. He’ll be chatting to editor of the Business Day, Tim Cohen. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 24 May - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We launch Fred Strydom’s highly anticipated second novel, Inside-Out Man. He’ll be in conversation with our very own (well we think she’s our very own), Pamela Power. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 25 May - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - So looking forward to launching Jennifer Friedman’s delightful memoir Queen of the Free State. She’ll be chatting to Michele Magwood. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408

Wednesday 31 May - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Prof Michael Titlestad talks to Alison Lowry, author and editor extraordinaire, about completing Gerald Kraak’s unfinished novel Shadow Play .RSVP to rsvp@jacana.co.za or 011 726 7408

Coming up in June:
Thursday 1 June - Fiona Snyckers chats to Gus Silber about Spire, her new suspense novel.
Thursday 8 June - Hope Malau launches Johanne 14:Real South African Food.
Tuesday 13 June - Michael Stanley launch the latest Detective Kubu novel.
Wednesday 14 June - Steven Boykey Sidley chats to Richard Poplak about his latest novel Free Association.
Tuesday 20 June - Johan Myburgh stel sy nuwc digbundel Uittogboek bekend.
Wednesday 28 June - Dr Ela Manga launches The Energy Code.

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 life of Worm and other Misconceptions, by Ken Barris (R260)
A collection of quirky and wondrous short stories, described by Michiel Heyns as ‘exhilarating … at times sublime’. Everyday events combine with the surreal - a man encounters a speaking baboon in his kitchen, a husband and wife quarrel over a hot tray and a plugless lamp, there is a dog called Worm. Poised and humorous, and short. Highly recommended reading

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Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins (R295)
The new one from the author of the phenomenal bestseller - The Girl on the Train. Just find the time, the place, and don’t stop till you get to the end.
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Apartheid, Guns and Money: A tale of profit, by Hennie van Vuuren (R280)
The book of the moment. It’s an expose of the global covert networks created in defence of apartheid, and of the people who made it possible - heads of state, aristocrats, bankers, spies, journalists. It includes eyewitness accounts from spies, politicians, sanctions busters and freedom fighters. A must-read.

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Song for Sarah: Lessons from my mother, by Jonathan Jansen (R240)
The perfect mother’s day gift, this highly personal memoir from Jonathan Jansen is a praise song to South African mothers who have raised their families and built communities in trying circumstances.

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Today I Feel … an Alphabet of Feelings, by Madalena Moniz (R285)
Quite the most gorgeous alphabet book we’ve seen in a very long time. Simple, clever, beautifully illustrated and with that something special that makes a great picture book.
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The Bombs that Brought us Together, by Brian Conaghan (R188)
Winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award and shortlisted for the Carnegie award, this is an emotional and topical read. Set in a fictional town, it deals with the very really issues of refugees and immigration. 14+
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