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 1 August - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Johannesburg launch of much-loved author, poet and editor Helen Moffet’s, Prunings, a delicate collection of poetry. Jointly launching with Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, which Helen edited along with Efemia Chela and Bongani Kona. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Thursday 3 August - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of Queer Africa 2. Makhosazana Xaba chairs the discussion. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Saturday 5 August - 10 o’ clock story time. Author and illustrator Adrie le Roux launches her gorgeous book Farrah is Not a Dalmatian. We’d love to see you there.

Thursday 10 August - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Rockstar academic and author Pumla Dineo Gqola launches her latest collection of autobiographical essays, Reflecting Rogue:Inside the mind of a feminist. She’ll be chatting to Rosie Motene. RSVP essential to rsvp@jacana.co.za or 011 726 7408.

Tuesday 15 August - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Well-known political commentator Jakkie Cilliers launches his book Fate of the Nation: 3 Scenarios for South Africa’s future. He’ll be chatting to Ralph Mathekga. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za

Wednesday 16 August - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Launch of The Fifth Mrs Brink Karina Szczurek’s memoir of her life with Andre Brink. She’s in conversation with writer Fiona Melrose. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408

Thursday 17 August - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We launch FirePool by Hedley Twidle. This is an outstanding collection of essays chronicling South Africa in the ‘second transition’. He’ll be in convo with Simon van Schalkwyk. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za.

Friday 18 August - 5:30 pm - calling all bookclubs for a Friday afternoon glass of Joostenberg as we launch Louise Gelderblom’s stunning Eat Your Words: The Bookclub Cook Book. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za

Wednesday 23 August - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Jassy MacKenzie launches her latest crime thriller Bad Seeds. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408

Tuesday 29 August - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Historian Charles van Onselen launches his latest book The Cowboy Capitalist. RSVP to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408

Wednesday 30 August - 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Paul Beatty, MAN Booker Prize winning author of The Sellout, will be at Love Books. RSVP absolutely essential to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408

Coming up in September:
Monday 18 September - Nicky von der Heyde, Guide to Sieges of South Africa
Tuesday 19 September - Rika Cloete, Doodsroeper

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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The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead (R185)
This astonishing, devastating, harrowing book has raked in almost every big award there is - The Pulitzer, The NBA, the Arthur C Clarke and it’s on the MAN Booker longlist. Its the story of Cora, a slave girl on a cotton plantation in the American south, who takes the momentous decision to escape to the North, via the Underground Railroad. In the book, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form, a clever device which works to enhance the horrors of the world Cora inhabits. A tour de force.
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Softness of the Lime, by Maxine Case (R260)
Set in the bustling settlement of the Cape of Good Hope in 1782, this is the beautifully told tale of a wealthy Dutch heir and a young slave girl Lena, who he finds himself deeply drawn to. Drawing on the history of her own ancestors, Maxine Case has written a mesmerising and compelling story of passion and integrity, love and betrayal.
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The Fifth Mrs Brink, by Karina M. Szczurek (R260)
‘I wish I could have warmed him. He was ice-cold. I held his hand, his face; stroked his skin and hair; kissed his lips, three times, and his eyelids …’. So begins Karina Szczurek’s memoir of her life before, during and after her marriage to Andre Brink. Theirs was a great love affair and a true love. Here, Karina chronicles their relationship, from their first encounter in Vienna, to finding calm and married life in Cape Town.

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Penguin Vintage Minis, Various (R80)
This is a wonderful series from Penguin. Short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human – from birth to death and everything in between. Julian Barnes on Death, Nigella Lawson on Eating, Haruki Murakami on Desire, Jeannette Winterson on Love, and lots lots more. You can even take the online quiz at penguin.co.uk to find out which Mini you need in your life right now! It’s a lot of fun.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 20th Anniversary editions, by JK Rowling (R345)
For die-hard Harry Potter fans of all ages, these 20th anniversary editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone have been published in their houses (Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuffle and Slytherin), in the most beautiful, collectable hardbacks. Also available in paperback at R185.
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Cinnamon, by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Divya Srinivasan (R299)
We’ve always had a soft spot for Neil Gaiman, and this beautifully illustrated picture book is making us very happy. ‘One day a tiger came to the palace. He was huge and fierce, a nightmare in black and orange, and he moved like a god through the world, which is how tigers move.’ Need we say more?
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