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.


Thursday 11 February - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We are honoured to be hosting South African literary icon Zakes Mda for the launch of his new book, Little Suns. He’ll be chatting to the poet and performer Mbali Vilakazi. Unmissable. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Wednesday 17 February - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Theatre director and well known academic Greg Homann launches The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary South African Theatre. Please note this book is launching at Kippies in Newtown, but we’ll be there selling. RSVP to greghomann@mweb.co.za.

Tuesday 23 February - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Steve Robins launches his fascinating book Letters of Stone - the story of the fate of his family in Nazi Germany. Antjie Krog called this ‘a most exceptional and unforgettable book’. Steve will be in conversation with radio presenter Terry Shakinovsky. 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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M Train, by Patti Smith (R420.00)
‘It’s not so easy writing about nothing’ is how this wonderful memoir from iconic musician Patti Smith begins. Patti Smith has the soul of an artist, and in this luminous collection of thoughts and memories she takes us on a journey through her life via her favourite coffee shops, where she sits and ruminates on her world every morning, taking notes and drinking black coffee. Illustrated with her signature Polaroids,_M Train_ is a meditation on Smith’s relationship with the things she owns, her past and her present, her seaside bungalow in Far Rockaway, her membership of the quirky Continental Drift Club. Smith has referred to this book as ‘a roadmap to my life’. It is a powerful, deeply moving and beautiful book by a remarkable artist.
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What if there were no whites in South Africa?, by Ferial Haffajee (R275.00)
Pertinent, thoughtful and thought-provoking, we should all read this compelling discussion of where we are today in the post-rainbow nation era. Haffajee’s analysis of race rage in South Africa is illuminating and relevant, especially in the light of the public debate around RhodesMustFall and FeesMustFall. She calls the book ‘a love song to an Mzansi I love dearly and … an attempt to see the possible.’
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Recipes for Love and Murder: A Tannie Maria mystery, by Sally Andrews (R231.00)
If you’re looking for something uplifting, entertaining, plot-driven and well written, then you can’t do better than this delightful mystery set in the Little Karoo. Short, soft, fifty-something Tannie Maria writes the recipe column for the Klein Karoo Gazette, until her boss shifts her into the agony aunt column, where she advises her emotionally distressed readers to remedy their problems through baking and cooking. Her life takes a sinister turn when one of her readers is murdered and Tannie Maria becomes entangled in the investigation. Such a charming read, we’re already looking forward to the next one!
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Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Arrival, edited by John Freeman (R278.00)
Just in and completely irresistible. For those of you who love literary journals, this is a new bi-annual anthology from John Freeman, former editor of Granta. It features never-before-published stories from the likes of Haruki Murakami, Lydia Davis and Dave Eggars, all writing about that electrifying moment when we arrive. Strange encounters abound – David Mitchell sees a ghost near Hiroshima, Lydia Davis learns Norwegian without a dictionary, Colum McCann gets lost on his way to Ireland, and much, much more.
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The Fox and the Star, by Coralie Pickford-Smith (R260)
A book for adults and children, this absolutely beautiful work was chosen by the Waterstones staff as their 2015 book of the year, across all categories. A modern fable that tells the story of Fox, who must stray out into the world alone in search of his missing friend, Star. For true booklovers.
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