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.
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Thursday 2 May 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Samantha Smirin chats to Melinda Ferguson about her searing memoir of bipolar, Life Interrupted.
Thursday 9 May 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Karin Cronje launches her critically acclaimed memoir of teaching in Korea, There Goes English Teacher. She’s chatting to Alison Lowry.
Thursday 16 May 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Louisa Treger launches The Dragon Lady, in conversation with Tamara LePine Williams.
Tuesday 21 May 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We are delighted to be hosting international bestselling author Simon Sebag-Montefiore.
Thursday 23 May - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Rising star Masande Ntshanga launches his new book, Triangulum, in conversation with Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu.
Friday 24 May - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We celebrate the first South African launch of The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela with Sisonke Msimang.
*Tuesday 28 May - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We launch Tony Peake’s North Facing.
Thursday 30 May - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of the book of the hour, Gangster State by Pieter-Louis Myburgh.
Coming up in June:
Tuesday 4 June - Dance of the Dung Beetles by Helen Lunn and Marcus Byrne
Wednesday 12 June - Helena Kriel
Tuesday 18 June - Holding the Fort by Toni Strasburg
Wednesday 19 June - Like Family by Ena Jansen
Our launches are supported by Joostenberg, delicious organic wines from the family estate in Stellenbosch.
The Cafe de Move-On Blues, by Christopher Hope (R290)
Stuck in traffic on De Waal drive, Cape Town, Christopher Hope parks his car and walks up to the UCT campus to see what’s causing the trouble. He encounters an angry crowd pulling down the Rhodes statue - the chaotic culmination of the RhodesMustFall movement. What follows is a thoughtful road trip around South Africa’s cities and towns, their statues and memorials. An absolutely brilliant dissection of South Africa in the post-Mandela era. Magnificent and highly recommended.
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First, we make the beast beautiful, by Sarah Wilson (R335)
Sarah Wilson is best known for her I Quit Sugar cookbooks, so this book on anxiety from a high-functioning, super-successful human being comes as a surprise. But for those living with anxiety(all of us?) this is the freshest, most inspiring, insightful book on the subject you could hope to find. Beautifully written, quirky and uplifting, Sarah asks if anxiety can be re-sewn as a thing of beauty – it really might change your world.
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Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje (R290)
Set in post-war England, this is the story of 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister Rachel, who are abandoned by their parents and left in the care of an enigmatic figure known as The Moth. But things are not what they seem, and soon we find ourselves in a thrilling novel of adventure, intrigue and desire. Loose yourself in Ondaatje’s achingly beautiful prose.
Patagonia, Maya Fowler (R220)
After a drunken one-night stand with a student, followed by a terrible confrontation, academic Tertius de Klerk flees to Patagonia to the remote region where his Afrikaner forebears started anew after the Anglo-Boer War. Epic, poetic and soulful, this is an engrossing read based in this real-life Afrikaans community that exists to this day in South America. Available in Afrikaans as Patagonie.
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Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2, by Francesca Cavallo & Elena Favilli (R420)
For children of all ages, the follow up to the international bestseller, Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, is a stunning collection of one hundred bedtime stories that celebrate extraordinary women. From queens and activists to ballerinas and lawyers, there’s something in here for everyone.
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The Road to Glory (R130 each)
This fantastic little series, The Road to Glory, tells the stories of famous South African sporting legends as they set out on their journeys to becoming national and international sports stars. First up in the series are new rugby captain Siya Kolisi, cricketer AB de Villiers and athlete Wayde van Niekerk. 8+