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Thursday 7 July - 5:30 for 6:00 pm - Sam Cowen launches her courageous new book From Whiskey to Water. She’ll be chatting to publisher and writer Melinda Ferguson. RSVP essential 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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Like It Matters, by David Cornwell (R250)
David Cornwell is being promoted as Damon Galgut’s protégé (Damon edited this book), and we can assure you he is a huge talent, a rising star and the next big thing on the South African literary scene. This compelling yet devastating story of Ed and Charlotte, two young people on the cusp of creating lives that matter, or living with lives that don’t, is a sad, gritty and all too real story. The writing is meticulously crafted and the South African idiom beautifully captured, but it’s the fraught voice of the narrator, Ed, that makes the book such a compelling read.
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Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave (R360)
Chris Cleave is one of our favourite writers – he’s fearless and ambitious and always brings something fresh to his novels. His new book is set in the Second World War, but in true Chris Cleave style, it is unlike any other story you’ve read about Blitz-torn London. Taking centre stage is Mary North who escapes from finishing school and goes straight to the War Office where she imagines signing up as a spy. To her surprise, she is allocated a much less glamorous position in education, and from here, this compelling story unfolds. Everyone Brave is Forgiven is a love story, a story of friendship and mostly of courage.
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When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (R335)
Raw, honest and devastating, this is Paul Kalanithi’s unforgettable and profoundly moving memoir of his death. On the verge of completing a decade of training to become a neurosurgeon, he is diagnosed with terminal cancer and goes from being the brilliant young doctor to the patient struggling to make sense of his mortality. An extraordinary and powerful read from a deeply thoughtful man.

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Up Up:Stories of Johannesburg’s Highrises,edited by Nele Dechmann et al (R735)
Another winner from Fourthwall Publishers, this is a beautiful must-have for passionate citizens of Joburg. The skyscrapers of Joburg are documented here in two ways: firstly, through historical facts, floor plans, archival records and contemporary photographs of their formal architecture; and secondly, through reportage, interviews and essays. This book is the first to document Joburg’s skyscrapers and it offers new insights not only into these classic buildings, but also into contemporary urban life in South Africa.

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There Should Have Been Five, by Marilyn Honikman (R145)
Marilyn Honikman has excavated one of those wonderful untold South African stories and told it in a book for children age 12+. Job Maseko was taken prisoner by General Rommel in 1942 at Tobruk. What ensued was an act of great courage, that should have made Job the fifth South African to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

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