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.


Tuesday 12 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Fiona Melrose, author of the critically acclaimed Midwinter, chats to Yewande Omotoso about her new book Johannesburg. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 19 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We launch Nicky von der Heyde’s new Guide to the Sieges of South Africa. She’ll be chatting to Peter Delmar. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 27 September - Launch of Qarnita Loxton’s delightful debut, Finding Kari. Qarnita will be chatting to Jenny Crwys-Williams. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 28 September - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We are very excited to be launching Redi Thlabi’s new book Khwezi. RSVP essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408

Coming up in October:
Wednesday 11 October - Peter Steyn launches Smuts and Churchill
Thursday 12 October - Adele Thomas launches Copycat
Wednesday 18 October - Bontle Senne launches the latest in the Shadowchasers series
Thursday 19 October - Dawn Garisch launches Accident
Wednesday 25 October - Jane Griffiths launches Jane’s Delicious A-Z of Organic Vegetables

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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Firepool: Experiences in an abnormal world, by Hedley Twidle (R250)
Hedley Twidle is a gem, a wonderful new voice, and as Jonny Steinberg puts it, ‘we are lucky to have a writer of his calibre working on contemporary South African material.’ In this wonderful, deeply personal collection of essays, Twidle ponders the state of South Africa in fresh and unexpected ways. The book is worth getting, even if it’s just for the brilliant, award-winning essay Getting Past Coetzee.
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The Unwomanly Face of War, by Svetlana Alexievich (R320)
Hedley Twidle describes Alexievich’s Voices from Chernobyl as ‘one of the most astonishing reading experiences I have ever had.’ The Unwomanly Face of War is her first book (published in 1985) and here she writes, in her trademark non-fiction style, about the dozens of Soviet women who fought in the Second World War. She interviewed dozens of woman - pilots, captains, snipers, tank drivers, nurses and doctors - bringing to light their memories of war. This new translation is as extraordinary as everything else she has written.
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The Sellout, by Paul Beatty (R185)
Winner of the MAN Booker Prize 2016, The Sellout reads like nothing you’ve ever read before. Rap-like in its rhythm, biting in its satire, unforgiving and unrelenting, this is a fearless and hilarious look at stereotypes and the politics of race in America. As one reviewer put it ‘… like demented angels wrote it.’

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Johannesburg, Fiona Melrose (R295)
If you’re a Joburger, it’s difficult not to pay attention to a book when it’s called Johannesburg. There’s nothing better than reading a novel set in your home town. Here, Melrose chooses to pay homage to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway and sets her story on a single day in this complex, crazy city of ours - that of 6 December, 2013, the day of Nelson Mandela’s death. It’s ambitious and beautifully written, though at times the plot suffers. Fiona Melrose was long listed for the 2017 Bailey’s Prize for her first novel, Midwinter.
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Guinness World Records 2018(R350)
What’s the most followed dog on Instagram? What’s more deadly: sharks or selfies? All this and lots more that your tweens and teens will love in the 2018 Guinness World Records book. Only on sale from 7 September.

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Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits, by Julian Gough, illustrated by Jim Field (R150)
This is a delightful new series for youngsters and early readers. Gorgeously illustrated, full of fun and cheeky rabbits.
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