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Africana Catalogue Q228 14th November 2014

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#17806 Abani, Chris. GRACELAND. Printed wraps. 321pp 8vo. A near Fine copy. Picador. Johannesburg 2004. isbn 9781770100084
Author's second title garnered amongst others the Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award. Set in Lagos, a story of son and father in postcolonial Nigeria where American pop culture rules supreme.
£12.00
#19292 Abbott, David. THE SONS. Green cloth boards. 175pp 8vo. No inscriptions. G-VG in dustwrapper (rubbed but no loss, chips, or tears). Ad Donker. Johannesburg 1979 1st edition. isbn 0949937622
Explores the relationship of colour within a poor white family living in a small railway village and the problems of accommodating someone 'not quite white' within.
£4.00
#13162 Adair, Barbara. IN TANGIER WE KILLED THE BLUE PARROT. 164pp paperback. VG-F condition. Jacana Media. Bellevue, SA. 2004 isbn 9781919931968
A novel based around the writers Paul & Jane Bowles in Morocco in the 1940s.
£6.00
#8163 Adams, Keith. (Ed). UNCOVERED MIRRORS. 134pp paperback. Fine. Footprints. Cape Town (1999). isbn 9780620245319
A selection of contemporary South African stories by mostly unpublished writers. Includes stories from Frank Opie, Elaine Pearson, Roy Robins, Brian Green, Paul Lehman, Elizabeth Winhall, Michael Louw, Kirsten Miller, John Carter, Philip C. Bateman Ann Wagener and Wendy Moult. The twelve stories were entries into an literary competition organised by St Joseph's Adult Education Programme.
£8.00
#23293 Altman, Phyllis. THE LAW OF THE VULTURES. pale orange cloth boards. 206pp 8vo. No inscriptions. VG in Good dustwrapper (price-clipped, spine tanned, some insect attack, but no major loss or tears bar 1cm top of spine) Jonathan Cape 1952.
A story of racial conflict set in Johannesburg.
£1.00
#17417 Aucamp, Hennie. (Tr. Ian Ferguson). HOUSE VISITS. A Collection Of Short Stories Selected And Translated By Ian Ferguson. Blue cloth boards VG+ condition in dustwrapper (very attractive, no chips, tears or loss). Tafelberg. Cape Town 1983 stated 1st edition. isbn 0624018776
Short stories by the author
£10.00
#14838 Beckett, Denis. THE ROAD STOPS AT NOWHERE. 79pp paperback. No inscriptions. at least Very Good condition, a tight copy. Penguin. Parktown 1988. isbn 9780140282429
Famed for his tv series 'Beckett's Trek', our intrepid philosophical traveller, ever optimistic, takes a drive through the Karoo in a less than reliable motor vehicle. The South African edition of a Canadian book based upon a South African magazine article .
£4.00
#23292 Behr, Mark. THE SMELL OF APPLES. 200pp paperback. No inscriptions. VG+ condition. Abacus 2010. isbn 9780349107561
First published in SA 1993, Award-winning novel, Understated and ironic indictment of the hypocrisy of apartheid through the eyes of a young Afrikaans boy, as told by himself 15 years later as he fights in Angola during his national service.
£6.00
#23294 Bennun, David. TICK BITE FEVER 245pp paperback. No inscriptions. a VG copy. Ebury Press 2003. isbn 9780091886899
"The infectious tale of a chaotic African childhood". Humorous look at life.
£7.00
#14576 Beresford, David. THE DEAR WALTER PAPERS. Printed wraps. 160pp. Neat ownership inscription ffep else VG. Mail & Guardian. Braamfontein 1997. isbn 9780620211635
The sensational correspondence exposing the secrets of the world's youngest democracy. A humorous spoof based upon fictitious correspondence from Nelson Mandela to Walter Sisulu.
£2.00
#7824 Bergh, Rocco. PALM STALKER. 512pp p/b. No inscriptions. VG condition. Penguin. Johannesburg 2000. 1st edition. isbn 9780140279870
Set against the exotic background of the coast of Zululand, this gripping adventure story sees a confrontation with ruthless and desperate men driven by the lure of treasure. Author's first novel.
£2.00
#9173 Biljon, Madeleine van. MERELY MADELEINE. Black cloth boards. 115pp 8vo. Neat small inscription ffep, small dib to edge of front board, stain on few ff, hence G+ copy only, with no dustwrapper - but still a clean looking copy. Tafelberg. Cape Town 1975 1st edition. isbn 0624007480
Reprint of weekly pieces published during the early 1970s in the Pretoria News and The Star.
£3.00
#16572 Blacklaws, Troy. KAROO BOY. 196pp p/b. A near Fine copy. Double Storey. Cape Town 2004. First edition. isbn 9781919930251
A story of boyhood against the backdrop of conflict in the 1970s. Author's first novel.
£6.00
#23295 Booysen, C. Murray. )Comp). TALES OF SOUTH AFRICA. An Anthology Of South African Short Stories. 218pp softcover. Owners signature inside front wrap, wraps soiled with stains. a decent reading copy. Howard Timmins. nd. (1962). isbn 0869780824
A contemporary school text.
£2.50
#22096 Bosman, Herman Charles. (Ed. Lionel Abrahams). UNTO DUST. Brown cloth boards. 181pp 8vo. No inscriptions. prelims a little browned else conservatively VG+ in bright VG+ dustwrapper. Human & Rousseau. Cape Town 1971. 4th edition. isbn 0798104910
Published posthumously, this is a (second) collection of 24 short stories of the Marico district, all except four 'narrated' by Schalk Lourens. Edited by Lionel Abrahams who translated two stories direct from the Afrikaans. Foreword by William Plomer.
£8.00
#20081 Brekke, Toril THE JACARANDA FLOWER. And Eleven Other Stories From Africa. 143pp green cloth boards 8vo. Pages browned, slight lean, else a clean VG copy in dustwrapper (rubbed, no tears, loss, or chips). Methuen 1987 reprint. isbn 9780413148704
Translated by Anne Born. First published in Norway 1985. 12 measured, thoughtful stories that attempt to bridge the gulf between the forces shaping the lives of African women - such as polygamy - and Western attempts to comprehend them.
£6.00
#23297 Brink, Andre. A CHAIN OF VOICES. 512pp large format paperback. G+ condition. Fontana 1983. isbn 9780006540014
£3.50
#22631 Brink, Andre. A FORK IN THE ROAD. A Memoir. 439pp paperback illustrated b/w plates. No inscriptions. a Fine unread copy. Vintage 2010. isbn 9780099527039
Biography of author covering early formative years, his involvement with other literary icons (including Ingrid Jonker), exile in France, and thoughts on the changes wrought in South Africa over the last years.
£6.00
#23296 Brink, Andre. AN INSTANT IN THE WIND. 251pp paperback. No inscriptions. pages well tanned. a clean reading copy. Star / W.H. Allen 1980. isbn 0352306904
£2.50
#22087 Brinkman, L.H. THE GLORY OF THE BACK VELD. A Novel Of South Africa. Gilt on red cloth boards. A Good clean sound reading copy. Arthur H. Stockwell nd.
£12.00
#23258 Brownlee, Frank. CATTLE THIEF. The Story Of Ntusukumbini. 234pp paperback. No inscriptions. VG-F condition. Penguin 2007. isbn 9780143185543
Also includes 'Chats With Christina'. Brownlee was a magistrate in the Transkei territories in the '30s. His novel reflects the characters, cattle and horse thieves, that he met in his work. A pioneer recorder of oral testimony to written texts, Brownlee had a soft spot for the reivers and rustlers that he encountered.
£5.00
#17074 Brownlee, Russel. GARDEN OF THE PLAGUES. Printed wraps 223pp. A Fine unread copy. Human & Rousseau. Cape Town 2005 isbn 9780798145183
Author's first novel is a love story set in the Table Bay of 1685 mixing realism with the fantastic to produce a portrait of life at the Cape in the 17thC.
£5.00
#22836 Butler, David & Guy. (Eds). OUT OF THE AFRICAN ARK. Printed wraps. 281pp 8vo. No inscriptions. VG condition. Donker. Craighall 1988. isbn 9780868521473
With Zoological Descriptions By Carmen Welz. An anthology of writings from well-known poets is complimented by traditional pieces from the Bushman, Shona, Sotho, & Zulu. Arranged in A-Z order, the animals of Africa are rendered in verse.
£6.00
#13849 Butler, Guy. CAPE CHARADE. or Kaatjie Kekkelbek. The Albany Series. Printed wraps. ix + 94pp illustrated b/w. No inscription, VG condition. Balkema. Cape Town 1968.
A play around Andrew Geddes Bain that takes place during the construction of Bain's Kloof Pass during 1853. First performed in Grahamstown at the University Theatre on 4th September 1967.
£5.00
#8659 Butler, Guy. ON FIRST SEEING FLORENCE. Cream paper wraps. 16pp stapled booklet 8vo. No inscriptions. Wraps tanned, inside VG condition. New Coin. Grahamstown 1968 1st publication.
Poetry inspired by the author's early morning view of Florence during the last war and shortly before the 6th SA armoured Division advanced to the bank of the Arno in August 1944.
£6.00
#13843 Butler, Guy. SELECTED POEMS. Orange cloth boards. 103pp. small 8vo. No inscription. VG in VG dustwrapper (rubbed, no tears, fading). Donker. Johannesburg 1975. isbn 0949937215
Contains new unpublished poems as well as selections from 'Stranger To Europe' (1960) and 'South Of The Zambesi' (1966).
£5.00
#15017 Butler, Guy. THE DAM. A Play In Three Acts. Red cloth boards 69pp 8vo. with errata slip. No inscriptions. a Good clean copy. Cape Town. 1953 1st edition.
First performed at the Little Theatre, Cape Town, March 1952.
£5.00
#10356 Campbell, Alexander. FELL PURPOSE. A novel. Brown cloth boards. 222pp 8vo. Gift inscription, boards faded. spine lean. a sound reading copy, no dustwrapper. Timmins. Cape Town nd.
£3.00
#9154 Carney, Daniel. THE WHISPERING DEATH. Orange cloth boards. 177pp 8vo. Boards curved, spine damped, however a sound reading copy. College Press. Salisbury 1969. 1st edition.
Set in Rhodesia after UDI this was Author's first novel and explores ritualistic murders amongst the white community.
£2.00
#22854 Cartwright, Justin. OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY. 259pp large format paperback. Ownership inscription ffep. G+ condition. clean. Bloomsbury. London 2011. isbn 9781408814130
His 15th novel. Author was born and schooled in South Africa but presents as a British novelist.
£5.00
#14012 Cartwright, Justin. THE PROMISE OF HAPPINESS. 307pp paperback. Owners inscription else a near Fine copy. Bloomsbury. London 2005. isbn 9780747577065
His 12th novel Author was born and schooled in South Africa but presents as a British novelist.
£6.00
#10318 Chinodya, Shimmer. DEW IN THE MORNING. Illustrated by Thomas Nhokwara. 287pp paperback. No inscription. wraps slightly rubbed. a Good copy. Mambo. Gwelo 1982 1st edition.
Short stories by Zimbabwean author.
£10.00
#14841 Chislett, Dave. (Ed). URBAN ONE. Printed wraps. 107pp. No inscriptions. a Fine copy. Spearhead. Claremont 2001. isbn 9780864865181
A cutting-edge anthology of new talent capturing South African popular culture. Short stories by Hagen Engler, Toast Coetzee, Sean Wienand, Peter van Straaten, Kate Madden, Andrew Ing, Tanya Hayward, Andrew Bond, Clive E. Smith, Dror Eyal, Gordon Glyn Jones, Daryn Katz, & Dave Chislett.
£7.00
#23267 Christensen, Anna. et al. (Eds). AERIAL 2008. 143pp paperback. As new unread copy. ISEA. Rhodes University Grahamstown 2008.
A selection of verse and prose from the 2008 creative writing course.
£10.00
#22832 Church, Peter. DARK VIDEO. 285pp large format paperback. VG+ condition. Umuzi 2009. isbn 9781415200155
Inscription by Author to title page, "Careful where you click! PG Church". A thriller.
£12.00
#23290 Cloete, Stuart. CHETOKO AND OTHER AFRICAN STORIES. (The Writing On The Wall And Other African Stories). 189pp paperback. No inscriptions. page tanned hence G+ condition. Fontana 1976. isbn 000614070X
15 short stories by famed author.
£2.50
#23291 Cloete, Stuart. RAGS OF GLORY. 667pp paperback. No inscriptions. pages tanned, Good clean only. Fontana 1974.
A novel of the Boer War.
£4.00
#23289 Cloete, Stuart. TURNING WHEELS. Red cloth boards. 380pp 8vo. No inscriptions. minor tanning to edges else VG condition in G+ dustwrapper (no major loss or tears). Collins. London 1985. isbn 978002218191
A novel of the Great Trek of 1836.
£8.00
#23236 Coetzee, J.M. DISGRACE. 219pp paperback. No inscription. crease to spine hence VG only. Vintage 2011. isbn 9780099563129
Novel set in the present day Cape. David Lurie, middle aged and twice divorced, is a scholar fallen into disgrace after an impulsive affair with a student.
£8.00
#23252 Coetzee. J.M. AGE OF IRON. 198pp paperback. No inscription. a VG+ copy. Penguin 2010 isbn 9780241951019
£5.00
#20119 Conyngham, John. THE ARROWING OF THE CANE. A Novel. 151pp paperback. VG condition, gift inscription on ffep. AD Donker 1986. isbn 9780868521121
This award-winning novel is set on a cane farm in Natal and describes one man's attempt to record the truth about himself and his society.
£2.50
#21441 Cope, Jack (Ed). GUY BUTLER / PATRICK CULLINAN Maroon boards. 58pp. 8vo. No inscription. a Fine copy in worn and chipped dustwrapper. David Philip. Cape Town 1978. First edition. isbn 0949968862
A selection of verse from the two poets.
£10.00
#16576 Courlander, Harold. ( Illus. by Enrico Arno). THE KING'S DRUM. And Other African Stories. Plum cloth boards 125pp illustrated line drawings. Good in worn dustwrapper. Rupert Hart-Davis. London 1963.
Folk stories from African countries. Notes give the original source of each story and an interpretation.
£8.00
#17810 Cullinan, Patrick. MATRIX. Printed wraps. 189pp 8vo. No inscription. front wrap creased (a manufacturing fault) hence G-VG condition only, contents are fine. Snail Press 2002 1st edition. isbn 9781874923626
Although well known for his verse and other writings this was the Author's only novel.
£6.00
#17473 Cullinan, Patrick. (Ed). LIONEL ABRAHAMS A READER. Printed wraps, 8vo, 333pp. Clean, VG condition. Donker, Craighall 1988. isbn 9780868521497
Contains a selection from his published poetry and prose, selections from uncollected essays and critical works.
£12.00
#22639 David, Saul. ZULU HART. 376pp large-format paperback. No inscription. a Fine unread copy. Hodder 2009. isbn 9780340953631
Romantic fiction set against the backdrop of the Zulu war.
£5.00
#13719 Davis, John Gordon. TALLER THAN TREES. Black cloth boards. 186pp 8vo. No inscription. VG in G+ dustwrapper (price-clipped, lamination lost at very top edge of spine, else nice clean with no tears). Michael Joseph. London 1975 first edition. isbn 0718113667
Author's 5th title? Story of an epic struggle to the death between the elephant Dhlolamiti and the hunter Jumbo McGuire.
£5.00
#20124 Denton, Kit. THE BREAKER. With A Selection Of The Verse Of Harry ("The Breaker") Morant 281pp paperback. A Good reading copy, ownership inscription on inside cover. Collins/ Angus & Robertson 1990 isbn 9780207142680
First published 1973, Fictional account of the real Breaker Morant set on three continents.
£3.00
#22831 Der Vliet, Emma. PAST IMPERFECT. 318pp paperback. Fep foxed o/w unmarked, hence a VG copy. Penguin 2007. isbn 9780143025276
A humorous look at the heroine who is in a rut and is eventually forced to take stock of her life.
£5.00
#23235 De Wet, Reza. PLAYS ONE. Missing, Crossing, Miracle. 173pp paperback. No inscriptions, wear to wraps, G-VG condition. Oberon 2000. isbn 9781840021455
Translated from the afrikaans.
£15.00
#23238 De Wet, Reza. VRYSTAAT TRILOGIE. 151pp softcover. Used academic text. sold with all faults, no apparent text markings, G-VG condition. Kagiso 2006. isbn 9780798630719
Afrikaans text.
£7.00
#19119 Donald, Jason. CHOKE CHAIN. 309pp paperback. A Fine unread copy. Cape. London 2009 1st edition / printing. isbn 9780224087186
A poor white family in the 1980s. Two young boys struggle to find steady ground in a disintegrating household. Watching their mother diminish in the black light of their father they learn that all adults are not right and true. Author was born in Dundee but grew up in Pretoria.
£6.00
#19241 Dovey, Ceridwen. BLOOD KIN. 162pp large-format softcover. No inscriptions. VG+ condition. Penguin 2007. isbn 9780143025429
Author grew up between South Africa & Australia and now lives in New York. This is her first novel. Not specifically set in Africa, this tells the story of a chef, a portraitist, & a barber, taken prisoner as hostages in a coup to overthrow their employer the president. Reveals how humanity's most atavistic impulses - vanity, vengeance, greed - seethe relentlessly beneath its veneer of civilisation.
£5.00
#23130 Dow, Unity. THE HEAVENS MAY FALL. 190pp paperback. No inscription. G++ condition. Double Stoey 2006. isbn 9781770131033
As a fiery up-and-coming lawyer at the Bana-Bantle Children's Agency in Mochudi, Botswana, Naledi Chaba's caseload is bulging with stories of rape and abuse. So when she takes on the case of a 15-year-old girl who has been raped by the lodger, she's on a familiar battleground involving her own peers. Author is Botwanas's first female High Court Judge. This is her fourth novel and provides an insight into traditional and received law regarding women in Botswana.
£5.00
#21872 Dyer, John B. RIDERS IN THE NIGHT. A Story Of Heroism And Adventure Against The Backdrop Of War. 319pp large format softcover. No inscriptions, a near Fine unmarked copy. Ajubatus. St Francis Bay 2005. isbn 9780620342063
£8.00
#21442 Emecheta, Buchi. SECOND-CLASS CITIZEN. Printed wraps. 192pp. Small inscription to front pastedown. school stamp to various parts of ffep, front pastedown and rear. library tag to tail of spine. A Good copy. Flamingo/Fontana. London 1987. First edition. isbn 9780006542186
The protagonist, Adah, joins her husband studying in London so that she too can become a 'been-to', but discovers that London is not the heaven she expected.
£5.00
#17131 Fisher, Marie (Ed). WOMEN FLASHING. A Collection of Flash Fiction From Women's Writing Workshops. Printed wraps, 182pp. No inscriptions, wraps rubbed, contents excellent, hence G-VG condition. Women's Writing Workshops, Muizenberg 2005. isbn 9780620347785
A dazzling collection of stories from over 50 women, over 100 stories, who have taken their hearts in their hands, travelled in time, journeyed deep inside themselves and far into fiction.
£15.00
#16385 Fish, Robert L. ROUGH DIAMOND. Blue cloth boards, 348pp, 8vo. Ownership inscription ffep. slight spine lean hence G+ condition in bright dustwrapper (no chips, tears, or loss). William Heinemann, London, 1982 1st edition. isbn 0434263451
Blending history with fiction this is the story of Barney Barnato's rise to fame in the legendary Kimberley diamond fields.
£5.00
#9455 Fox, Jane. THE KILLING BOTTLE. 143pp paperback. 8vo. No inscriptions. Mint. David Philip. Cape Town 1999. isbn 9780864863966
Author is married to well-known writer Lionel Abrahams. Known for her poetry and short stories this is her first novel.
£6.00
#22636 Fugard, Athol. THE ROAD TO MECCA. A Play In Two Acts. Suggested By The Life And Work of Helen Martins Of Nieu Bethesda. 79pp paperback. No inscriptions. a Fine copy. Faber 2000. isbn 9780571136919
Helen Martins created the Owl House at Nieu Bethesda in the Karoo. This unique house, now a museum, houses her cement-on-wire-frame sculptures and is almost completely surfaced inside with designs in broken glass and mirrors. Artist committed suicide due to blindness brought on by grinding the glass (in a coffee grinder) needed to create her works.
£10.00
#22655 Fugard, Athol. THE TRAIN DRIVER. A Play. 43pp paperback. No inscription. A Fine unread copy. Faber 2010 1st edition thus. isbn 9780571275205
On Friday 8th December 2000 Pumla Lolwana pulled her three children close to her body and stepped in front of a train on the railway tracks between Philippi & Nyanga on the Cape Flats. The resulting news story compelled Fugard to write this play.
£10.00
#22860 Fugard, Athol. (Ed. Stephen Grey) MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA! AND SELECTED SHORTER PLAYS. 198pp, paperback. No inscriptions. wraps lightly rubbed, small creasing to front, else a VG copy. Witwatersrand University Press 1991 (reprint) isbn 9781868141173
First published 1991, Included: The Occupation, The Coat, Mille Miglia, Oresters, The Drummer and My Children! My Africa!, These scripts and plays demonstrate the crucial stages of Fugard's development.
£6.00
#22622 Fugard, Sheila. THE CASTAWAYS. 108pp softcover. No inscriptions. a Fine unread copy. Jonathan Ball 2002. isbn 9780868522258
Author's first novel. (wife of Athol Fugard). Winner of both the Olive Schreiner Prize and the CNA Literary Award.
£6.00
#9161 Fugard, Sheila. THE CASTAWAYS. Red cloth boards. 155pp. 8vo. Inscription. ffep else Good. no dustwrapper. Macmillan. Johannesburg 1972 1st edition. isbn 0333142225
Author's first novel. (wife of Athol Fugard).
£2.00
#19101 Galgut, Damon. THE QUARRY. 193pp paperback. No inscriptions. VG+ condition. Penguin South Africa 1996. isbn 9780140249323
On a lonely stretch of road near a small coastal town a murder is committed. Does Captain Mong get his man? Made into a feature film that won the 1998 Montreal Film Award.
£5.00
#19100 Gibbon, Perceval. MARGARET HARDING. Printed wraps. 317pp. Neat ownership inscription else VG condition. David Philip. Cape Town 1983. facsimile of original 1911 Methuen edition. isbn 0908396821
Prophetically and in advance of its time it anticipates post-colonial attitudes while analysing those of the time. The author, born in Wales, spent the years 1898-1903 in South Africa.
£6.00
#10253 Glaser, Marc. THE UNQUIET LOVE. Stories With Illustrations By The Author. Intro. by Lionel Abrahams. Printed wraps. 54pp 8vo. No inscription. VG+. Snail Press. Plumstead 1993. isbn 0874923108
£15.00
#23153 Gordimer, Nadine. THE BLACK INTERPRETERS. Notes On African Writing. Printed wraps. 76pp. one page addendum. Wraps tanned. ownership inscription ffep. hence G+. Spro-Cas/Ravan 1973 1st edition thus. isbn 0869750267
Paragraphs on pages 54 & 60 are blacked out as censored, but includes publishers one-sheet addendum restoring the text to the reader.
£35.00
#22843 Gordimer, Nadine. THE PICKUP. Black cloth boards. 270pp 8vo. Ownership inscription ffep and remains of removed label. slight spine lead hence G-VG in dustwrapper. David Philip. Cape Town 2001 1st edition. isbn 0864865015
£18.00
#10722 Gordimer, Nadine. et al. FRONTIERS. Red cloth boards. 272pp. illustrated colour & b/w photos, maps. large 8vo. No inscriptions. VG+ in VG d/w (rubbed, no chips. loss, or tears). BBC. London 1990. isbn 9780563207016
This book accompanied the major TV series in which eight well-known individuals explore frontiers in which they have a special interest. Nadine Gordimer travels to the South African - Mozambiquan border across which SA arms flow to aid RENAMO guerillas and Mozambiquan refugees flee for sanctuary. Her 30pp article is entitled "The Ingot and the Stick. The Ingot and the Gun."
£6.00
#8061 Gray, Stephen. DRAKENSTEIN. A NOVEL. 215pp paperback. No inscription, Fine. Justified Press. Johannesburg 1994. isbn 9780947451400
A Johannesburg studio is shooting a horror movie on location in the Maluti mountains when events overtake them.
£5.00
#17483 Gray, Stephen. HUMAN INTEREST AND OTHER PIECES. Printed wraps, 165pp. VG+ condition. Justified Press, Johannesburg 1993. isbn 9780947451233
A selection of stories, autobiographical sketches, reports, plays and travel writing.
£10.00
#16989 Habila, Halon. & Sesay, Kadija. (Eds). DREAMS, MIRACLES AND JAZZ: New Adventures In African Fiction. Large softcover 319pp. Near Fine. Picador. 2008. isbn 9781770100251
Twenty seven short stories by new writers from Ghana to Zimbabwe to South Africa.
£6.00
#17528 Haresnape, Geoffrey. TESTIMONY. Printed wraps, 105pp. No inscriptions, a VG copy. Justified Press, Rivonia 1992. isbn 9780947451219
Set in South Africa, the story is of a young woman's struggle to survive and to raise her son in a world that is brutal and alien. Joint winner of the 1990 Weekly Mail - Heinemann Literary Award.
£10.00
#18744 Himunyanga-Phiri, Tsitsi V. THE LEGACY. 58pp paperback. VG condition. Zimbabwe Publishing. original edition, Harare 1992 2nd imp. isbn 1779010125
Puts sharply into focus the degrading beliefs of a male-dominated society. Calls into question the cultural practices invoked when a woman's husband dies, rejecting that the husband's relatives inherit her accumulated wealth and rejects the practice of sexual intercourse with the deceased husband's brother as ritual cleansing of his spirit. The author's novel challenges women to fight for their rights.
£10.00
#7707 Hobbs, Jenny. THE TELLING OF ANGUS QUAIN. 320pp large format paperback. Inscriptions to half-title page and title page, a Good copy. Jonathan Ball. Johannesburg 1997. isbn 9781868420520
A novel of contemporary Johannesburg recounting the rise of Angus Quain from railwayman's son to executive glory. Author's fourth novel.
£3.00
#15096 Hobbs, Jenny. & Couzens, Tim. PEES AND QUEUES. The Complete Loo Companion. Printed wraps. 258pp. A VG++ unread copy. Spearhead Press. Johannesburg 2000. isbn 9780919780580
A collection of literary and anecdotal tales culled worldwide with a South African gloss.
£6.00
#17455 Holman, Michael. LAST ORDERS AT HARRODS. An African Tale. 279pp softcover. VG+ condition, no inscriptions. Polygon. Edinburgh 2005. isbn 9781904598320
First of the trilogy. Threatening letters to Charity Mupanga from London's most famous store threaten Harrod's International Bar (and Nightspot) in the shanty town of Kireba in the fictional land of Kuwisha. Author was born in Zimbabwe and was, amongst other things, Africa editor of the London Financial Times after a stint as the FT correspondent in Lusaka, Zambia.
£6.00
#19301 Hove, Chenjerai. (Illus. Luke Teronga). BONES. 135pp paperback. No inscriptions. VG+ condition. David Philip. Cape Town 1988 1st SA edition. isbn 0864861141
This first novel in English by the Zimbabwean author tells the story of Marita, a farm worker, whose only son joined the freedom fighters in their war of liberation. Rich in Shona idiom this writing portrays the life of hardship of the woman protagonist. Won the Noma Award for publishing in Africa in 1989. A critic of the Mugabe regime he currently lives in exile.
£8.00
#23302 Jacobson, Dan. A DANCE IN THE SUN. 158pp paperback. Good condition. Ace Books Harborough Publishing 1958.
The scarcer ephemeral Ace paperback edition.
£10.00
#17079 Jacobson, Dan. ALL FOR LOVE. 261pp p/b. Near Fine condition. Penguin 2006. isbn 9780141017426
Novel based upon the love story of Princess Louise of Belgium and Geza Mattachich. Includes original colour photograph of Author, noted 'Rhodes, March 95'.
£6.00
#19098 Jacobson, Dan. THE BEGINNERS. 492pp paperback. Ownership inscription, sello offset, hence G+ condition. Penguin 1968. like isbn 1842321331
A story of three generations of Jewish immigrants growing up in Johannesburg.
£3.00
#18193 Jacobson, Dan. THE PRICE OF DIAMONDS. 224pp paperback. Owners inscriptions and label inside f.wrap. faded around spine hence VG+ condition, AD Donker. 1986. isbn 9780868521176
Signed on title page thus: "Dan Jacobson, Grahamstown, 23 iii 95".
£15.00
#17132 Jacobs, Steve. UNDER THE LION. A Novel. Paperback, 320 pp. VG+ condition. Donker, Johannesburg 1988. isbn 9780868521626
An account of a man in the grip of forces, political and emotional, which he cannot control. The country in which it is set closely parallels South Africa today
£6.00
#9143 Jenkins, Geoffrey. A CLEFT OF STARS. Blue cloth boards. 224pp. 8vo. No inscription. G+ in Good bright dustwrapper (sello stains on inside). Collins. London 1973 rpt. isbn 0002211351
£2.00
#9786 Jenkins, Geoffrey. A CLEFT OF STARS. Blue cloth boards. 224pp 8vo. No inscription. top edge foxed, spine sl.offset, sello stains eps. G++ in dustwrapper. Collins. London 1973 1st edition. isbn 0002211351
Exciting novel about diamonds, hidden gold and treasure at Mapungubwe.
£2.00
#23303 Jooste, Pamela. FRIEDA AND MIN. 347pp paperback Owners signature ffep, pages tanned, VG condition Black Swan 1999. isbn 9780552997584
From prize-winning author. Two girls, both outsiders, form a friendship in 1964 which endures despite the different paths their lives take.
£7.00
#23301 Joubert, Elsa. POPPIE. (The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena). 359pp paperback 8vo. No inscriptions. pages tanned else VG condition. Jonathan Ball Paperbacks 1980 isbn 0868500747
Forward by Alan Paton, Originally published in 1978 in Afrikaans, This prize-winning testament of Poppie Nongena's 10 year battle to hold her family together under the apartheid system drew acclaim from the Afrikaans literary world and was a runaway literary success even being serialised in a popular weekly magazine.
£3.00
#17219 Joubert, Elsa. THE LONG JOURNEY OF POPPIE NONGENA. Brown cloth boards, 359pp 8vo. Shelfwear, a little spine lean, eps lightly foxed, VG in dustwrapper (no chips, loss or tears). Jonathan Ball Publishers, Johannesburg 1980 1st English edition isbn 034025047X
Based upon the real life events related to the author by 'Poppie'.
£4.00
#20171 Joubert, Elsa. TO DIE AT SUNSET. (Ons Wag Op Die Kaptein). 141pp black cloth boards 8vo. No inscription, spine lean, G-VG condition in dustwrapper (rubbed but no chips, loss, or tears). Hodder & Stroughton 1982 1st English edition isbn 0340281294
Originally published 1963, translated from the Afrikaans by Klaas Steytler, A woman's life on her husband's plantation in Angola, before and after the political insurgency, A grim parable told with restraint and precision by the author of Poppie.
£5.00
#14837 Kavanagh, Christopher. TIMID EAGLE. 219pp paperback. Small inscription. f.wrap creased, a G+ copy. Howard Timmins. Cape Town 1964.
Novel of the SAAF in action in North Africa in WW2.
£5.00
#19679 Keegan, Tim. TROMP'S LAST STAND. Large format paperback. 302pp 8vo. No inscriptions. a very Fine unread copy. Umuzi. Cape Town 2007 stated 1st edition. isbn 9781415200315
A light-hearted detective fiction featuring Jake Tromp who is foolishly not too careful about choosing his clients. Set in Cape Town.
£8.00
#4140 Kirby, Robert. (Illus. Dov Fedler). TREBOR YBRIK VERSUS THE REST. Black cloth boards. 80pp illustrated drawings. 8vo. Large stamp & inscription ffep hence G+ in rubbed & worn dustwrapper. Don Nelson. Cape Town 1975. isbn 0909238111
A collection of the best scripts from author's revues "Eight Breasts, Eight Birds", "The Receiver of Revenue Show", and "The Dot Dash Dot Show" presented over the years in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
£2.00
#19105 Knaap, Io. LOOKING FOR IO. 163pp paperback illustrated with author's drawings. A Fine unread copy. Jacana 2007 1st edition. isbn 9781770093683
A book of musings, myth & metaphysics, a clarion call to acknowledge our connections with the natural world and to discover our empathy with all sentient beings. Author lives in Onsrus near Cape Town.
£5.00
#22297 Koboekae, Martin. TAUNG WELLS. 151pp softcover. A Fine unread copy. Kwela 1st edition 1st printing. Cape Town 2004. isbn 9780795701870
Inscribed by Author at book launch during the the 2004 Grahamstown Art Festival. A portrait of rural life when cattle were wealth, when a king's word was law, when prayer changed the weather, and when one good man could decide the fate of a community. Author's first novel.
£10.00
#17127 Kohler, Sheila. CRACKS. Softcover, 165pp. Ownership inscription inside front wrap else a Fine unread copy. Bloomsbury, London 2002. isbn 9780747557623
A schoolgirl disappears into the South African veld. 40 years later the story resurfaces at a reunion of the missing girl's schoolfriends.
£6.00
#23299 Kretzmann, Bernard. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. Black cloth boards. 157pp 8vo. Pages tanned else VG+ in G+ dustwrapper (rubbed, no major loss or tears). nd.
£8.00
#16240 Lehman, Paul. PRIVY TO THE MAYOR'S COUNCIL and THE HELPER. A Two-Story Anthology. 150pp paperback. Owners initial inside front wrap else VG+. New Guild. Bloubergrant 1994. isbn 9781899694150
The first is a light-hearted story concerning greed in a small-town commumity when oil is discovered on a nearby farm. The second is about a young black man's search for knowledge and his subsequent disenchantment.
£6.00
#22720 Leipoldt, C. Louis. (Ed. Stephen Gray). CHAMELEON ON THE GALLOWS. (Gallows Gecko). 248pp softcover. Bookplate ffep else a VG copy. Human & Rousseau 2000 1st edition. isbn 9780798139984
Prequel to Stormwrack. Edited from the original typescript with an introduction.
£15.00
#23304 Lessing, Doris. THE GRASS IS SINGING. 206pp paperback. No inscriptions, a VG copy. Flamingo 1994. isbn 9780586089248
£5.00
#23228 Lessing, Doris. THE GRASS IS SINGING. 206pp paperback. Used academic text, one small inscription is all that is apparent else a VG copy. No inscriptions, a VG copy. Flamingo 1994. isbn 9780586089248
£5.00
#22859 Leveson, Marcia. (Ed). FIRETALK. Selected Short Stories From The Entries To The 1989 Sanlam Literary Award. Printed Wraps, 184pp. No inscriptions. top corner front wrap creased hence VG condition. Carrefour Press, Cape Town 1990. isbn 095830601X
Stories by Patrick Cullinan, Geoffrey Haresnape, David Medalie, Jane Fox, David Basckin, Maja Kriell, Floss M Jay, Jean Young, Moira Lovell, Lindy Davison, Lilian Simon, Shirley Boje, Steve Botha, Johan Liebenberg.
£8.00
#17130 Leveson, Marcia. (Ed). FIRETALK. Selected Short Stories From The Entries To The 1989 Sanlam Literary Award. Printed Wraps, 184pp. VG condition. Carrefour Press, Cape Town 1990. isbn 095830601X
14 stories by Patrick Cullinan, Geoffrey Haresnape, David Medalie, Jane Fox, David Basckin, Maja Kriell, Floss M Jay, Jean Young, Moira Lovell, Lindy Davison, Lilian Simon, Shirley Boje, Steve Botha, Johan Liebenberg. Selected from nearly 300 entries.
£10.00
#22293 Leveson, Marcia. (Ed). FIRETALK. Selected Short Stories From The Entries To The 1989 Sanlam Literary Award. Printed Wraps, 184pp. No inscriptions. a VG++ unread copy. Carrefour Press, Cape Town 1990. isbn 095830601X
Stories by Patrick Cullinan, Geoffrey Haresnape, David Medalie, Jane Fox, David Basckin, Maja Kriell, Floss M Jay, Jean Young, Moira Lovell, Lindy Davison, Lilian Simon, Shirley Boje, Steve Botha, Johan Liebenberg.
£12.00
#19680 Liebenberg, Lauren. THE VOLUPTUOUS DELIGHTS OF PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM. Paperback 245pp. No inscription. a very Fine unread copy. Virago. London 2008 stated 1st edition. isbn 9781844084975
A novel about 2 young girls growing up in Africa. Set in Rhodesia her world extends as far as the terr-proof fence while their father is off fighting in the bush-war.
£6.00
#22668 Lotz, Sarah. EXHIBIT A. 263pp paperback. No inscriptions. a Fine copy. Penguin 2009 stated 1st edition. isbn 9780143025726
Exhibit A being the dog, this detective fiction centered around Cape Town moves swiftly and humorously with its eccentric cast of characters.
£6.00
#8051 Lurie, Edward. THE SCAFFOLD. 237pp p/b. ff browned at edges, VG. Zed Books. London 1986 1st edition. isbn 086232601X
Author's first novel. Centered on a building site, the strory parallels the corruption and other moral dilemmas on which apartheid was created.
£6.00
#19282 Mabuza, Lindiwe. (Comp). ONE NEVER KNOWS. An Anthology Of Black South African Women Writers In Exile. 113pp paperback. No inscriptions. VG condition. Skotaville 1989. isbn 9780947009655
Contributions from Lindiwe Mabuza, Baleka Kgositsile, Ponkie Khazamula, Rebecca Matlou, Mavis Nhlapho, Susan Lamu, & Dulcie September.
£12.00
#9176 MacNab, Roy. (Comp). TOWARDS THE SUN. A Miscellany Of Southern Africa. Dark green cloth boards. 256pp 8vo. No inscription. near VG condition, no dustwrapper. A nice sound clean copy. Collins (R.J. Hardingham & John Donaldson). London 1950. this edition printed in Cape Town.
Contributions by South African writers both famous and unsung including Doris Lessing, Nadine Gordimer, Alan Paton, Sarah Gertrude Millin, Stuart Cloete, Francis Brett Young, Alan Paton, Eric Rosenthal, F. Carey Slater, Roy Macnab, William Plomer, Guy Butler, Uys Krige, Lawrence Green, & others.
£6.00
#21108 Macphail, E.M. FALLING UPSTAIRS. Printed wraps. 181pp. Gift inscription ffep. lamination peeling hence a good clean sound copy only. Hippogriff. 1989 reissue. isbn 9780620142182
Twenty-two stories out of South Africa.
£3.00
#9680 Macphail, E.M. FALLING UPSTAIRS. Printed wraps. 181pp. No inscriptions. but neat bookshop stamp else VG+ condition. Hippogriff. 1989 reissue. isbn 9780620142182
Twenty-two stories out of South Africa.
£6.00
#10640 Macphail, E.M. & Esterhuysen, Peter (Comp). SOME ROSES, A HAMBURGER, THE AK47 AND A PUDDLE. New South African Writing. Printed wraps. 169pp. No inscription. covers slightly rubbed. G+. Hippogriff Press. Jhb 1993. isbn 0958312222
A second anthology of stories in the Hippogriff New Writers series.
£5.00
#23311 Malong, Rawbone. AH BIG YAWS? A Guard To Sow Theffricun Innglissh. Printed boards. 64pp. A reading copy only, sound but unattractive. David Philip. Cape Town 3rd edition 1978. isbn 0908396031
Humorous spoofs on the local South African accent.
£2.00
#9473 Manson, H.W.D. THE FESTIVAL. A Play By .. Buff cloth boards. 88pp 8vo. Eps lightly fox. really VG in G- dustwrapper (loss to front top edge, some insect attack) Balkema. Cape Town 1959.
Author's first published play.
£6.00
#12810 Masson, Madeleine. (Illustrated by June Lesley Cassell). THE SLAVE BELL And Other Stories. Red cloth boards. 109pp. b/w illus. No inscriptions. near VG. no dustwrapper. Unie-Volkspers. Cape Town nd.
£8.00
#17461 Matthee, Dalene. DRIFTWOOD Large format 180pp softcover. A near Fine unread copy. Penguin 2005. isbn 0143024930
Published posthumously this was Author's last work.
£10.00
#19300 Matthee, Dalene. DRIFTWOOD. Large format 180pp softcover. A VG-Fine unread copy. Penguin 2005. isbn 9780143024937
Published posthumously this was Author's last work. A tale of identity lost & found.
£8.00
#20956 McCormack, Dewar. (Ed). THE PERM BOOK OF 'TEST THE TEAM'. Hardcover edition, gilt on red skivertex boards. 226pp 8vo. No inscriptions. top front corner bumped else VG+ condition. The Perm. Cape Town 1994. isbn 0620181656
'The Perm' was of course the Permanent Building Sociey, and 'Test The Team' was one of South Africa's most successful SABC radio shows, wherein the team had to provide an answer to questions posted by the listeners. The questions were tough and the author was chairman of the team (one of three over a span of 40 years). Includes 30 sets of 20 original questions as broadcast, each with answers. Tough questions way beyond the Trivial Pursuit level.
£16.00
#23233 Mda, Zakes. THE HEART OF REDNESS. 320pp paperback. No inscriptions, a Fine copy. Oxford University Press. Cape Town 2012. isbn 978019571477
A story set in the heart of the Eastern Cape village of Qolorha where Nongqawuse gave her prophesy that lead to the great cattle killing. 150 years later these events simmer still, affecting once again the heritage of the people.
£6.00
#9823 Medalie, David. THE SHOOTING OF THE CHRISTMAS COWS. Printed wraps. 136pp 8vo. No inscription. slight crease to rear wrap, else a clean VG copy. David Philip. Claremont 1990. isbn 9780864861467
Short stories, portraits of South Africans with little access to one another's lives, potent significance given to the everyday encounters between white and black.
£5.00
#21948 Meersman, Brent. PRIMARY COLOURED. A Novel Of Politics. 391pp large-format softcover. School library stamp to ffep. uncirculated, soft crease to lower front corner of front wrap hence a VG++ unread copy. Human & Rousseau Cape Town 2007. isbn 9780798149082
A humorous insight into the state of the nation, a behind the scenes account of how elections campaigns, Parliament, politics, and money work in the new South Africa.
£8.00
#22372 Merrington, Peter. ZEBRA CROSSINGS. Tales From The Shaman's Record. 154pp softcover. No inscriptions. VG+ condition. Jacana. 2008. isbn 9781770095427
Author's first book. Short stories, some previously published. Includes 'The Purple Panorama' (winner of 1996 Pringle Prize).
£8.00
#23310 Meyer, Deon. HEART OF THE HUNTER. 422pp paperback. Bookshop stamp, spine lean, a Good reading copy only. Coronet 2004. isbn 9780340821985
£5.00
#13946 Miljak, Ante. EYES OF THE OWL. Plum cloth boards 182pp 8vo. No inscription. lower corners bumped. barely noticeable damp stain affecting top of boards just adjacent to spine and similar area inside dust wrapper. hence VG- in d/w (spine faded but no chips, loss, or tears). overall a nice copy with excellent contents. Sterling House. Pittsburg 1998. isbn 9781563150784
A journey of the spirit in Africa. Author, born in Croatia, now lives in Johannesburg. This inspirational novel starts when an aircraft crashes into the Okavongo swamp. and father and son have to fall upon their own resources to survive. Author, born in Croatia, lives in Johannesburg.
£5.00
#18178 Millar, Ann. ARIEL ROSE 320pp 8vo paperback. Small ownership inscription ffep. wraps rubbed, small tear to edge of f.wrap, spine faded, else a nice unread copy. Ad. Donker. Johannesburg 1984 1st edition. isbn 0868520616
Acclaimed as the first novel in a trilogy of one family's intimacies and their world of music, literature, and art. It is unlikely that the other novels, 'Pasella For Xavier' and 'Grail' will be found easily.
£5.00
#7298 Millar, Ann. ARIEL ROSE 320pp 8vo p/b. Wraps badly faded ffep excised, edges soiled, a reading copy only. Ad. Donker. Johannesburg 1984 1st edition. isbn 0868520616
Acclaimed as the first novel in a trilogy of one family's intimacies and their world of music, literature, and art. It is unlikely that the other novels, 'Pasella For Xavier' and 'Grail' will be found easily.
£4.00
#17299 Millin, Sarah Gertrude. THE REELING EARTH. Black cloth boards, 305pp, indexed. Inscription f.pastedown, ff tanned, eps foxed, soft at head of spine thus G++ only. Faber & Faber, London 1945 1st edition. isbn 9781906994273
An almost day-to-day World War II diary dated from September 1940 until August 1941. Many of Churchill's speeches included.
£5.00
#22624 Moffet, Helen. & Ceridwen Morris. (Eds). 180° (180 Degrees). New Fiction By South African Women Writers. 203pp paperback. No inscriptions. a VG+ copy. Oshun 2005 1st edition. isbn 9781770070424
A collection of 21 short stories from Henrietta Rose-Innes, Rayda Jacobs, Pamela Jooste, and others.
£15.00
#19295 Morgan, Alistair. SLEEPER'S WAKE. 180pp large paperback. No inscriptions. VG condition. Penguin 2009. isbn 9780143025962
Author was the first non-American to win the Plimpton Prize for Fiction (for this book in 2009).
£5.00
#17070 Morris, Jane. (Ed). SHORT WRITINGS FROM BULAWAYO III. Printed wraps. 149pp. A Fine unread copy. 'amaBooks. Bulawayo 2006. isbn 0797431314
Short short stories and verse by over 30 writers. Brief biographical entries on all. Bought in Zim, $1 million price still showing!
£10.00
#23234 Mpe, Phaswane. WELCOME TO OUR HILLBROW. Printed wraps. 124pp. No inscriptions. a Fine copy. University of Natal Press. Pietermaritzburg 2001. isbn 9780869809952
A ride through the chaotic and hyper-real zone of Hillbrow.
£5.00
#23239 Mtwa, Percy., Ngema, Mbongeni., & Simon, Barney. WOZA ALBERT! 58pp paperback. Some underlining in introduction, hence a VG copy only. external appearance as new. Methuen 2009 isbn 9780413530004
£7.00
#17013 Nawa, Lebogang Lance. WANDERING TRIBUTARIES. Printed wraps, 114pp. Neat ownership inscrip ffep else near Fine. Hond. 1998. isbn 1874969132
A debut collection of short stories from poet and journalist author.
£8.00
#18745 Okpewho, Isidore. THE VICTIMS. 200pp paperback. No inscription. VG condition. Longman Drumbeat 1979. isbn 0582642663
"When a man marries, so they say, his troubles begin. When a man marries twice, his troubles are doubled. The struggle for supremacy between Onanua's wives drove him to drink and led inexorably to hideous tragedy".
£6.00
#23204 Olifant, Andries Walter. & Vladislavic, Ivan. (Eds). TEN YEARS OF STAFFRIDER 1978-1988. Vol.7 Nos.3 & 4. 411pp illustrated softcover. No inscriptions. ff tanned, spine creased, a clean sound G+ copy. Ravan Press 1988. issn 02587211 isbn 1111111111111
A collection of selected works previously published, celebrating ten years of Staffrider. Stories, photography, interviews, poetry, essays, popular history. Also cumulative index Vols 1 to 6.
£15.00
#22827 Orford, Margie. BLOOD ROSE. 352pp paperback. No inscriptions. a VG copy. Jonathan Ball 2011 reprint. isbn 9781868423484
The fourth Clare Hart detective thriller from our leading crime writer. With Riedwaan Faizal she investigates the case of the serial murders of young homeless children in Walvis Bay, Namibia.
£10.00
#22834 Orford, Margie. WATER MUSIC. 331pp large format paperback. A Fine copy. Jonathan Ball 2013 1st edition. isbn 9781868423965
Inscribed by author "♡ Margie Orford". The fifth and latest Clare Hart detective thriller from our leading crime writer. With Riedwaan Faizal she investigates a case involving long term abduction as sleazy politicians shut down the gang unit.
£15.00
#11371 Packer, Joy. THE MAN IN THE MEWS. Pale blue cloth boards. 256pp 8vo. Slight bump top of boards. top edge fox o/w very clean, near VG in G+ clean d/w (spine darkened, chipped, no tears or loss). The Book Club. London 1964
Novel, set in London and South Africa
£4.00
#23307 Palangyo, Peter K. DYING IN THE SUN. 129pp paperback. No inscriptions. VG condition. Heinemann Educational. African Writers Series No.53 1980. isbn 0435900536
First novel by a Tanzanian author in the African Writers Series.
£25.00
#8669 Palestrant, Ellen NOSEDIVE And Other Writings. 95pp paperback. No inscription. wraps rubbed, a G+ clean copy. Donker. Johannesburg 1983 1st edition. isbn 0868520195
Author's first publishd writings consisting of a novella and four short stories.
£4.00
#12527 Perkins, Norah Niland. THE CANDLE ON THE WINDOW SILL. A Romance Of Childhood. Blue cloth boards 58pp illustrated b/w drawings. 12mo. Eps browned else VG in spotted G+ dustwrapper (no chips, tears, or loss). Constable. Boksburg 1926.
Verse and prose story for young people. Illustrated by Author.
£10.00
#9183 Picard, Hymen W.J. STORM OF DESTINY. Blue cloth boards. 203pp 8vo. No inscription. shelfwear, G+ in worn d/w Hollandsch Afrikaansche Uitgevers. Cape Town 1976 1st edition. isbn 0798602961
Based upon the true story set out in De Gelukzoeker Overzee Of D'Afrikaanse Wegwyser by Gerrit van Spaan of 1694.
£3.00
#14851 Pieterse, Cosmo. (Ed). FIVE AFRICAN PLAYS. Printed wraps. 217pp. No inscription. a slight cockle to text block, wraps show internal damp stain, rubbed, a good sound copy. Heinemann 1972. African Writers Series No. 114. 1st edition stated. isbn 0043590114
Contains these plays: Femi Euba (Abiku), Ferdinand Oyono (Houseboy), Gaston Bart-Williams (The Drug), Harold Kimmel (The Cell), Kwesi Kay (Laughter And Hubbub In The House).
£3.00
#17830 Pinnock, Patricia Schonstein. SKYLINE. Printed wraps. 171pp sm.8vo. A Fine unread copy. David Philip. Cape Town 2004 3rd imp. isbn 9780864864321
Skyline is a run-down block of flats in Cape Town and home to drug-dealers, refugees and illegal immigrants. An adolescent girl comes of age in this story of the emotional ruin caused by civil war in Africa. Winner of the 2002 Sir Percy Fitzpatrick Prize.
£6.00
#22825 Plomer, William. (Edited by Stephen Gray). SELECTED STORIES. 195pp softcover. No inscriptions. VG+, tight unread copy. David Philip. Africasouth edition. Cape Town 1984. isbn 0864860226
£6.00
#22522 Poland, Marguerite. RECESSIONAL FOR GRACE. 302pp large-format softcover. Inscribed ffep "to be returned" else a VG+ copy. Penguin Viking. Johannesburg 2003 1st edition. isbn 9780670047864
£20.00
#23256 Poland, Marguerite. SHADES. Brown cloth boards. 309pp 8vo. No inscriptions. VG condition in dustwrapper (no chips, loss, or tears). Viking. London 1993 1st edition. isbn 9780670855001
Authors second adult novel, set in the Eastern Cape at the turn of the 19thC. The characters and places were taken from her own family background. Short-listed for the M-Net fiction award.
£12.00
#23308 Poland, Marguerite. (Illus. Leigh Voigt). ONCE AT KWAFUBESI. 151pp softcover 8vo. strong binding. No inscriptions. wraps a little rubbed else a clean G-VG copy. Ravan / Hodder & Stoughton. School Edition 1984. isbn 0868500992
Stories for African children.
£5.00
#22861 Rabie, Jan. (Saamgestel deur J.C. Kannemeyer). HUTSPOT. Reissketse, Verhale, Essays, Praatjies. 208pp softcover. No inscriptions. a Fine copy. Protea Boekhuis. 2004 1st edition. isbn 9781869190767
£6.00
#9361 Reinhardt, Molly. MORE LOVE AND HISSES. Green cloth boards. 187pp. 8vo. Inscription ffep. eps & edges a little fox else a nice tight VG copy in dustwrapper. Howard Timmins. Cape Town 1975 1st edition. isbn 086978126X
Known for her candour, the author wrote without fear or favour on a number of topics which became discussion points throughout southern Africa when published in the Sunday Times.
£2.00
#8844 Reinhardt, Molly. MORE LOVE AND HISSES. Green cloth boards. 187pp. 8vo. No inscription. top edge fox hence VG in dustwrapper. Howard Timmins. Cape Town 1975 1st edition. isbn 086978126X
Known for her candour, the author writes without fear or favour on a number of topics which became discussion points throughout southern Africa when published in the Sunday Times.
£2.00
#10041 Reinhardt, Molly. WHAT MAKES THE SOUTHERN CROSS. Illustrated by Dave Marais. White cloth boards. 68pp. illustrated line drawings. 8vo. No inscription. a Good clean copy in lesser dustwrapper (rubbed, minor chips and tears). Howard Timmins. Cape Town 1964 2nd edition
Humorous and political verse by veteran newspaper columnist.
£2.00
#9362 Reinhardt, Molly. WITH LOVE AND HISSES. Red cloth boards. 197pp. 8vo. No inscription. top edge a little dusty else G-VG in clean G+ dustwrapper. Howard Timmins. Cape Town 1972. 1st edition. isbn 0869780379
Her column in the Sunday Times was required reading for every South African at the time.
£2.00
#21868 Richards, Jo-Anne. TOUCHING THE LIGHTHOUSE. 249pp paperback. Tippexed-out inscription inside f.wrap else VG+. externally near new. Review / Headline London 1997. isbn 9780747276920
£6.00
#23312 Ritter, E.A. SHAKA ZULU. 316pp paperback. Good condition. Panther 1969.
£3.00
#17228 Rive, Richard. EMERGENCY. 251pp p/b. Fine condition David Philip. Cape Town 1988 1st South African edition. isbn 0864860951
The novel takes place in Cape Town in the last days of March 1960 at the time of the Sharpville shootings and centres around a young coloured school teacher. Pursued by the Special Branch and goaded by the critical events of 28-30 March he finally plunges into direct political action in a moment of personal breakthrough.
£6.00
#23206 Rive, Richard. (Ed). MODERN AFRICAN PROSE. An Anthology Compiled And Edited By Richard Rive. Hardback edition. No inscription. spine darkened and front corners bumped hence a G+ copy. internally unmarked. Heinemann African Writers Series No.9 1st edition
This was conceived as a collection of contemporary writing by African in English intended for use in schools. Stories by: Peter Abrahams, Chinua Achebe, Ezekiel Mphahlele, Ambioseh Nicol, Richard Rive, Alfred Hutchinson, Efua Sutherland, Jonathan Kariara, Peter Clarke, Luis Bernardo Honwana, Jack Cope, Cyprian Ekwensi, Amos Tutuola, Camara Laye, James Matthews, Alf Wannenburgh, William Conton, Onuora Nzekwu, and James Ngugi.
£19.00
#9791 Roebuck, M.F.C. NYITSO. A Novel Of West Africa. Cream cloth boards. 266pp 8vo. No inscription. some marks to boards. Good only in worn dustwrapper with loss. Purnell. Cape Town nd.
Noted that "This book is the first to be published under the Purnell Author Scheme".
£1.00
#9335 Rolfes, Karen Isabella. THE SHOPKEEPER. Printed wraps. 69pp 12mo. A near-Fine unread copy. RTF. Cape Town 1998. isbn 9781919785011
A novella with the theme of enfant sauvage,
£2.00
#22261 Rose-Innes, Henrietta. THE ROCK ALPHABET. 191pp softcover. An as-new copy. Kwela. Cape Town 2004. isbn 9780795701931
The discovery of two small children hiding in a cave in the remote Cedarberg mountains is the setting of this novel.
£5.00
#19007 Rostron, Brian. MY SHADOW. Printed wraps. 240pp. A Fine unread & unmarked copy. David Philip 2004. isbn 9780864866097
A law-abiding citizen is arrested for an unspecified crime and kept under house arrest. The town buzzes with wild rumours and the innocent victim discovers what dark suspicions his neigbours have been harbouring.
£6.00
#4314 Russell, Bill. THE SHIELD OF MASHONA. 238pp p/b. No inscription. crease to f.wrap else VG. New Guild. Wimborne Minster 1994. isbn 9781899694259
A novel drawing on the Author's experience as a sniper during WW2. Survivors of the North African campaign were at the head of the Allied 8th and American 5th armies in the push against the German army up the length of Italy.
£3.00
#19307 Salafranca, Arja. THE THIN LINE. 216pp paperback. No inscriptions. front wrap a little curled at edge hence VG+ only. Modjaji Books. Cape Town 2010 1st edition. isbn 9781920397081
A collection of short stories by journalist author.
£10.00
#18851 Salisbury Writer's Club. PEN POINT. Tales For Sundown. Printed wraps. 99pp. No inscriptions. front wrap split at spine bottom 1" hence a Good only but reasonably clean copy. Galaxie Press / Salisbury Writers Club. Salisbury 1972.
A collection of short stories. Includes stories by Cynthia Hind, Mary Cullen, E.K. Rowe, G.H. Tanser, Merna Wilson, Val Tomlinson, Margaret Woodhouse, Barry Keyter, Wendy Hedderick, Gwenne Oliver, Molly Neild, Jane Meiring, Maureen Sangster, Frank Ashton, Sylvia Bond-Smith, & Vic Levey. Some items previously published in The Sunday Mail, The Rhodesia Herald, Evening Post (PE), Personality, Voices International, Illustrated Life, but other items previously unpublished.
£6.00
#14376 Sanlam. FIRETALK 2. Selected Short Stories From The Entries To The 1992 Sanlam Literary Award. Printed wraps. 120pp 8vo. No inscrip. VG+ condition Sanlam. Cape Town 1993. isbn 0620175362
Authors featured in this collection: Marion Baxter, Shaun de Waal, Peter Wilhelm, Julia Martin, Ivan Vladislavic, Jane Fox, Jane Powrie, M.J. Marchand, Willem van der Walt, Faheem Fredericks, Dermod Judge.
£12.00
#10441 Sargeant, Roy. THE PRINCIPAL. Alan Paton's Years At Diepkloof Reformatory. Based upon original works by Alan Paton, this is the book of the SABC 3 series. 245pp paperback. No inscription. Fine. Penguin. Sandton 1997.
£5.00
#23226 Saro-Wiwa, Ken. SOZABOY. A Novel In Rotten English. Printed wraps. 188pp. No inscriptions. a Fine copy. Longman African Writers Series 2009. isbn 9780582236998
The 'Rotten English' refers to the mixture of pidgin, broken, and idiomatic English in which the novel is written.
£6.00
#22818 Savory, Phyllis. (Illustrated Joan Rankin). THE LITTLE WILD ONE. African Tales Of The Hare. Printed boards. 224pp 8vo. No inscription. ffep excised, a little bumped with spine lean. hence a Good clean reading copy only. Tafelberg. Cape Town 1990. isbn 9780624027461
Substantial collection of nearly fifty African folk tales involving the hare from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa (Transkei), Swaziland, and Malawi. Collected by author over a period of 80 years!
£12.00
#17453 Schoeman, P.J. PHAMPATHA THE BELOVED OF KING SHAKA. Orange cloth boards. 221pp 8vo. Inscription f.pastedown, top edge browned, hence VG+ in matching dustwrapper (no loss, chips, or tears, spine lightly faded). a very attractive copy. Howard Timmins. Cape Town 1983 1st edition. isbn 0869782495
Written as the result of author's personal research in and around Zululand. Speaking Zulu fluently he was able to access the memories of the older men of Zululand before writing this fictional account.
£15.00
#9790 Scholefield, Alan. FIRE IN THE ICE. Green cloth boards. 281pp 8vo. Inscrip fep. eps browned else VG+ in dustwrapper. Hamish Hamilton. London 1984 1st edition. isbn 0241113474
Set in Russia in 1917, a British delegation is forced to join a group of marching prisoners in Siberia. Author explores the human spirit in adversity.
£10.00
#6186 Schreiner, Olive. STORIES, DREAMS AND ALLEGORIES. Purple cloth boards. 155pp + publisher's advertisements. 8vo. Ownership inscription and bookplate ffep. edges foxed, ff tanned, light wear to head & tail of spine, a clean attractive G-VG copy. no dustwrapper. T. Fisher Unwin. London 1923 1st edition thus.
Contains the stories Eighteen-Ninety-Nine, The Buddhist Priest's Wife, On The Banks Of A Full River, The Wax Doll And The Stepmother, The Adventures Of Master Towser, A Soul's Journey - Two Visions, Who Knocks At The Door, and a number of shorter writings.
£25.00
#9181 Scott, John. NOTES IN THE HOUSE. Pink cloth boards. 126pp 8vo. No inscrip. G+ in worn rubbed dustwrapper Don Nelson. Cape Town 1975.
A selection from Author's column of the same name from the Cape Times. Illustrated cartoons by Bob Connolly of the Rand Daily Mail. The selections relate to his humorous reporting of happenings in the then SA parliament.
£2.00
#7434 Scott, John. (Illus. Buddy Scott). THE BEST OF P.S. 128pp. illus. line dwgs G-VG in worn dustwrapper. Don Nelson. Cape Town 1974. isbn 0902238014
Selection from Author's humorous column in the Cape Times.
£2.00
#14386 Sheers, Owen. THE DUST DIARIES. 320pp paperback. No inscription, a VG+ copy. Faber. London 2005. isbn 9780571210268
A novelised biography of Arthur Shearly Cripps, Independant Missionary to Southern Rhodesia in the early 20thC.
£5.00
#22490 Sher, Anthony. MIDDLEPOST. With Five Illustrations By The Author. 445pp paperback. No inscriptions. a VG+ copy. Abacus 1996. isbn 9780349108254
Set in the Cape of Good Hope at the turn of the century, this is the first novel by acclaimed South African born actor known for his performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
£5.00
#23306 Sherlock, Christopher. CALL OF THE LION. 465pp paperback. No inscriptions. VG condition. Mandarin 1994. isbn 9780749313241
A thriller based upon the Supergun concept of Gerald Bull advanced for Saddam Hussein to fire nuclear shells.
£5.00
#22147 Shute, Jenefer. FREE FALL. 287pp paperback. No inscriptions. VG condition. Vintage 2003. isbn 9780099437499
South African author now lives in New York. The protagonist loses her mother in an aircrash off the East coast of the USA. Examining the emotional issues surrounding such loss, she has to come to terms with herself and her estranged sister living in Johannesburg. Closely modelled on the events surrounding the 1996 TWA Flight 800 disaster.
£8.00
#9573 Slaughter, Carolyn. BEFORE THE KNIFE. Memories Of An African Childhood. 253pp paperback. Near Fine condition. Black Swan. London 2002. isbn 9780552999885
This well-known novelist was born in Botswana. She tells the story of a family that destroyed itself from within and offers us lessons on survival and the triumph of love over hate.
£6.00
#23320 Smith, Pauline. THE BEADLE. Gilt title on black spine over red boards. 288pp 8vo. No inscription. G++ condition, no dustwrapper. Vanguard Press. New York nd.
£6.00
#22633 Smith, Pauline. (Ed. Dorothy Driver). THE LITTLE KAROO. 155pp softcover. No inscriptions. A VG+ copy. David Philip 1990. isbn 9780864861207
A collection of ten short stories with the introduction by Arnold Bennett, preface by William Plomer, and foreword by Guy Butler from earlier editions along with the new Introduction.
£8.00
#23237 Soyinka, Wole. DEATH AND THE KING'S HORSEMAN. 92pp paperback. Used student text. Sold with all faults. Sticky 'star' from previous bookseller, else no apparent marking. G+ condition. Methuen 2009. isbn 9780413695505
This edition features an interview with the author.
£10.00
#9165 Stern, Rhona. THE CACTUS LAND. Black cloth boards. 221pp 8vo. No inscription. VG in G dustwrapper (soiled to rear, spine faded, no loss or tears). Michael Joseph. London 1964 1st edition.
A story of an African girl, from her childhood in tribal surroundings to her involvement as an adult with sophisticated city life.
£2.00
#9491 Stewart, Alison. BORN INTO THE COUNTRY. Grey cloth boards. 184pp 8vo. VG+ in dustwrapper (rubbed, no chips, loss, or tears). Justified Press. Bellevue 1988 stated 1st edition. isbn 0947451013
Loosely based upon Dr Mamphela Ramphele, authors first novel explores anti-apartheid sentiments from both black and white perspectives.
£2.00
#23318 Stiff, Peter. THE RAIN GODDESS. Red cloth boards. 256pp 8vo. Insect damage to cloth, spine lean. a reading copy only, no dustwrapper. Jacaranda Press. Salisbury 1973.
An adventure story set on the north-eastern border of Rhodesia after UDI in 1965. Author's first novel.
£5.00
#4188 Stokes, C.S. STUBBLE. Printed paper boards. 96pp illustrated drawings. cartoons. 8vo. A good sound copy. Self published. Cape Town 1943.
Humorous prose and verse writings by author of "Sanctuary" written to raise money for the war effort. Foreword by HRH Prince George of Greece and Denmark.
£7.00
#11382 Stratford, George. IN THE LONG RUN. 226pp. large format paperback No inscription. G-VG condition. Citron Press. London 1999. isbn 9780754401261
Novel centred around SA's Comrades Marathon (a 55 mile road race, run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg).
£4.00
#23316 Trump, Martin. (Ed). ARMED VISION. Afrikaans Writers In English. 210pp paperback. Ownership inscription. G+ condition. Donker. Craighall 1987. isbn 9780868521312
Short stories from the 1950s to the 1980s with brief biographical notes: Bartho Smit, Jan Rabie, Abraham de Vries, John Miles, Chris Barnard, P.J. Haasbroek, Hennie Aucamp, Petra Muller, M.C. Botha, Breyten Breytenbach, George Weideman.
£6.00
#17173 Turkington, Kate. THERE'S MORE TO LIFE THAN SURFACE. 277pp paperback. VG condition. Penguin. Parktown 1998. isbn 9780140267549
Inscribed by Author on title page. Author, a confessed cynic and non believer, shares the the experiences of her spiritual journey that lead to acknowledging "the interconnectedness of all things.".
£12.00
#17241 Turner, Jann. HEARTLAND. Printed wraps, 629pp. No inscrip, VG condition. Orion Books, London 1997. isbn 9780752805275
This novel is about an Afrikaner woman and the son of a black cook who works for her family. After 20 years their lives intertwine, he having been in exile while she is engaged to a local policeman.
£8.00
#23317 Tyson, Harvey. THE ITCH OF THE TWITCH. And A Twist Of Tougher Tales. 262pp paperback. No inscriptions. VG condition. Zebra. Sandton 1996. isbn 9781868700295
Author was well known Editor-in-Chief of the Johannesburg daily "The Star" for 16 years.
£5.00
#9548 Tyson, Harvey. THE ITCH OF THE TWITCH. And A Twist Of Tougher Tales. 262pp paperback. No inscriptions. VG+ condition. Zebra. Sandton 1996. isbn 9781868700295
Author was well known Editor-in-Chief of the Johannesburg daily "The Star" for 16 years.
£6.00
#23305 van de Ruit, John. SPUD - LEARNING TO FLY. 411pp paperback. No inscription. VG condition. Penguin 2009. isbn 9780143025955
The third title in the 'Spud' saga.
£5.00
#23313 van de Ruit, John. SPUD - THE MADNESS CONTINUES ... 341pp paperback. No inscriptions. VG+ condition. Penguin 2010. isbn 9780143025207
The second title in the 'Spud' saga.
£6.00
#17156 Van der Vyver, Marita. (Tr. Isobel Dixon). TRAVELLING LIGHT. Softcover, 349pp. A Fine unread copy. Penguin, London 1995. isbn 9780143024552
Translated from the Afrikaans. Taking her lover to South Africa and into her eccentric family is risky for Griet Swart. A tale of the risks we take for love and life in the modern world. Author's first adult novel, 'Entertaining Angels' in Afrikaans, was awarded the M-Net Book Prize.
£8.00
#9789 Van Ees, Erik. THE LAST BLUE. Blue cloth boards. 351pp 8vo. Inscrip fep, ff browned else VG+ in dustwrapper. Century. London 1983 1st edition. isbn 0712601023
Author's second novel, a story of whale hunting and sea adventure set in Antartica.
£8.00
#22247 Van Heerden, Etienne. LEAP YEAR. 369pp paperback. No inscriptions. ff tanned else a VG+ copy. Penguin. 1st English edition 1997. isbn 9780140262162
This humorous and thought provoking novel is set in the Eastern Cape around Grahamstown.
£5.00
#23211 Venter, Eben. MY BEAUTIFUL DEATH. 275pp softcover. A near Fine copy. Tafelberg. nd. isbn 9780624044253
Translated from the Afrikaans. Stream of consciousness story of the South African diaspora in Australia. Forsaking the land of his birth, the protagonist Konstant finds that he will die unexpectedly, the novel explores his inevitable progression towards death.
£8.00
#9987 Vorster, Gordon. THE TEXTURES OF SILENCE. A novel. Printed wraps. 466pp. Ownership inscription and stamp inside f.wrap. a good clean reading copy. Howard Timmins. Cape Town 1983. isbn 0869782436
The story of a man, a vegetable from 3 weeks of age, who miraculously recovers in later life, and his subsequent transformation.
£2.00
#10269 Vorster, Gordon. THE TEXTURES OF SILENCE. Winner of the Timmins Golden Cape Literary Award. Ochre cloth boards. 287pp large 8vo. No inscriptions. sadly board edges & rear ep targeted by migrant insects else sound and clean in dustwrapper (spine faded) hence G+. externally attractive. Howard Timmins. Cape Town 1982 1st edition. isbn 0869781774
The story of a man, a vegetable from 3 weeks of age, who miraculously recovers in later life, and his subsequent transformation.
£6.00
#22855 Wastberg, Per. (Tr. Tom Geddes). THE JOURNEY OF ANDERS SPARRMAN. 401pp large format paperback. No inscriptions. a clean VG copy. Granta 2010 stated 1st edition. isbn 9781847081841
A biographical novel of Sparrman's journey to Africa. Includes selections from his own writings.
£8.00
#23109 Webster, Roger. AT THE FIRESIDE. Vol.3. True Southern African Stories. 157pp softcover. No inscription. VG condition. 2005. isbn 9780864865823
The fourth book in this series of South African stories. Over 40 home grown tales from our past.
£8.00
#21646 Wende, Hamilton. THE KING'S SHILLING. 303pp paperback. No inscription. a Fine copy. Jacana. Johannesburg 2005. isbn 9781770090538
Set in 1916 on the German East Africa frontier this novel goes beyond the guns and bombs and deep into the heart of the human spirit. Writer is a journalist based in Johannesburg.
£5.00
#22858 Whyle, James. THE BOOK OF WAR. 264pp paperback. No inscriptions. spine lean, spine creased, hence a very clean VG copy. Jacana. 2012 1st edition. isbn 9781431403479
A novel set in the Eastern Cape frontier wars.
£5.00
#9264 Wicht, Hein. SEARCH FOR REKIRA. An Adventure. Lime cloth boards. 192pp 8vo. No inscription. shelfwear else VG in G-VG dustwrapper (rear shows rubbing, sl.wear to ends of spine). Howard Timmins. Cape Town 1974 1st edition. isbn 086978076X
A novel about adventure at sea in the Pacific Ocean where the French navy prepare to explode their atomic bomb.
£8.00
#23315 Wicomb, Zoe. DAVID'S STORY. Printed wraps 209pp. Ownership inscription. G-VG condition. Kwela. Cape Town 2002. isbn 9780795701092
Brings to life the history of the Griqua people. The protagonist David is as confused about the meaning and import of the freedom struggle as a 'coloured' of Griqua descent as he is about women.
£4.00
#23314 Wilhelm, Peter. SOME PLACE IN AFRICA. 121pp paperback. No inscriptions. tear through front wrap hence a reading copy only. Donker 1987. isbn 9780868521114
A collection of short stories by the author.
£2.00
#10273 Wilhelm, Peter. SUMMER'S END. Printed wraps. 149pp. ffep insect-nibbled else G+. Ravan. Johannesburg 1984 1st edition. isbn 086975260X
Inscribed ffep thus: "To Chris Mann - All love - Peter Wilhelm. Johannesburg. 10/12/84". Story for young teens, rather sci-fi which is an unusual genre for South African writers. Illustrated by Mark de Lange.
£6.00
#10488 Wilhelm, Peter. THE BAYONET FIELD. Selected Stories. Printed wraps. 254pp. No inscriptions. Fine condition. Donker. Johannesburg nd (2000). isbn 9780868522203
The stories in this collection were selected from three previous collections (LM & Other Stories, At The End Of A War, Some Place In Africa) and arranged thematically, and may have been slightly edited. Three new works are added.
£5.00
#20793 Woodrow, Mervyn. A CAPITAL AFFAIR. Printed white wraps. 95pp. Ex-library, a reading copy in an attractive bright dustwrapper. Nasionale Boekhandel. 1967.
This was probably a school reading text.
£6.00


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