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.


RSVPs to kate@lovebooks.co.za or 011 726 7408

Tuesday 17 July 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Raashida Khan launches her debut novel Mirror Cracked. Chatting to The Barefoot Facilitator, Rehana Moosajee.

Wednesday 18 July 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We are delighted to host Imraan Coovadia for the launch of his new novel, A Spy in Time. He’ll be chatting to journalist Richard Poplak.

Friday 20 July 10:00 for 10:30 am - Join us for a cup of coffee as journalist Mandy Wiener gives us the lowdown on her new book Ministry of Crime: An underworld explored. RSVP essential.

Saturday 21 July 10:00 o’clock - Join us for a wonderful story time as we launch Grandad Mandela. Nelson Mandela’s great grandchildren, Zazi and Ziwelene Mandela, will be reading from this special book.

Tuesday 24 July 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Stephen Grootes chats to the inimitable Ralph Mathekga about his new book Ramaphosa’s Turn: Can Cyril Save South Africa? Pretty unmissable, we think.

Wednesday 25 July 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Pamela Power chats to rising star Amy Heydenrych about her internationally published debut Shame on You.

Thursday 26 July 6:00 for 6:30 pm - Poet Megan Ross launches her debut collection Milk Fever. She’ll be chatting to Sibongile Fisher.

Tuesday 31 July 6:00 for 6:30 pm - We launch Arushi Raina’s debut novel, When Morning Comes.

Coming up in August:
Wednesday 1 August: Melusi Tshabalala launches his long-awaited Melusi’s Everyday Zulu
Thursday 2 August: Craig Higginson launches his new novel, The White Room
Thursday 16 August: This is How it Is, with Dawn Garisch and the Life Righting Collective
Wednesday 29 August: Poetry with Tafadzwa Taruvinga

Our launches are supported by Joostenberg, delicious organic wines from the family estate in Stellenbosch.

Story hour is every Saturday at 10 o’clock. 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 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.

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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+

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