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.


Tuesday 2 September – 6:00 for 6:30 pm – We launch Black Dog Summer with debut author Miranda Sherry who’ll be in conversation with Fiona Ramsay. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 3 September - 7:00 for 7:30 pm - The Troyeville Hotel Book Club chats to Ray Hartley about his new book, Ragged Glory.
Bookings essential on 011 402 7709 or laurence@troyevillehotel.co.za.

Thursday 4 September – 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Ray Hartley and Peter Harris will be in conversation at Love Books around, Ragged Glory. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 10 September – 6:00 for 6:30 pm – Join us as we celebrate the launch of Mzilikazi Wa Afrika’s uncompromising new book, Nothing Left to Steal. Mzilikazi will be in conversation with Justice Malala, and Zwelinzima Vavi will be the guest speaker. Not to be missed and essential to RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 17 September – 6:00 for 6:30 pm – We launch a fully revised and updated old favourite, The Joburg Book, by Nechama Brodie. Nechama will be chatting to WISER fellow Khadija Patel on ‘Writing Johannesburg’. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 18 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm – Join us for a wine-tasting with the wonderful Cathy Marston as we launch her book Love Your Wine. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 23 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Marguerite Poland is one of our country’s greatest novelists and we are delighted to be launching her latest book The Keeper. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 24 September - 10:00 am through to 17:00 pm – ParkWords, the first ever Parkview Literary Festival takes place in Tyrone Avenue, Parkview. Click here
for the programme of events. Love Books will be there!

Tuesday 30 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm – Join us as we host Edyth Bulbring in conversation with Ben Williams about her new book for young adults, The Mark. 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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September must-read

Black Dog Summer, by Miranda Sherry (R220.00)
The story is familiar to us – a gruesome farm murder and its awful consequences – but it’s the way it’s told that sets this book apart. Sally cannot die (as she puts it ‘something has gone wrong with my dying’). And so she becomes our narrator, lingering in her daughter Gigi’s shadows, as she witnesses the grief of her family and the secrets that bubble to the surface after her horrible death. This is a gripping and emotional read, and a brilliant debut from Joburg writer Miranda Sherry, who secured an international deal for this novel – she’s definitely a writer to watch. .

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More must-reads

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami (R370.00)
He might want to sit at the bottom of a well for the rest of his life, but we’re rather glad he hasn’t done it yet, because Haruki Murakami is one of the greats of contemporary literature. His new book is the complex, sparely written story of Tsukuru, a young man who is inexplicably expelled from his peer group as a teenager. We meet Tsukuru when he is 36 years old - a new friend has prompted him to uncover the reason for his traumatic expulsion from his group all those years ago. As so often with Murukami, music underscores the narrative – get your hands on Listz’s ‘Le Mal du Pays’ from Years of Pilgrimage and feel the full weight of the story. Available in a beautiful hardback edition. Order a copy

Ragged Glory, by Ray Hartley (R225.00)
Ray Hartley is a former editor of the Sunday Times and one of South Africa’s most respected journalists. In Ragged Glory he casts his sharp insider’s eye on the last twenty years of our democracy. From that cold but euphoric May morning in 1994 when Nelson Mandela took the oath of office, through the torrid Mbeki years and the Aids debacle, to the controversial Jacob Zuma presidency, this book offers a critical look at the achievements and failures of the first two decades of our democracy.
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Legends of the Tour, by Jan Cleinje(R330.00)
We’ve got a bit of thing for cycling at Love Books, and this exquisite book by Dutch artist and amateur cyclist Jan Cleijne, will get your heart-rate up very fast. It’s the history, in comic form, of the greatest race of them all, the Tour de France. In ten concise chapters, Cleijne covers everything from the first race in 1903 (rendered in black and white illustrations) to the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, and a wonderful illustration of the ‘man with the hammer’. Put your name down if we’ve run out!
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Children’s must-read

Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell (R153.00)
It’s impossible to ignore a book that starts like this: ‘On the morning of its first birthday, a baby was found floating in a cello case in the middle of the English Channel.’ The baby is Sophie and she refuses to believe that her mother died in the shipwreck. And so she begins a journey that takes her across the rooftops of Paris with a boy who walks tightropes and lives in the sky. A wonderful read. Age 10+. Order a copy