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  • Mhudiby Sol T Plaatje

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2011; US$ 7.29

    Originally published in 1930, Mhudi: An Epic of South African Native Life of a Hundred Years Ago is a historical romance of epic scale that tells the story of a courageous and beautiful Barolong woman who risks her life to save her husband. The story is set in the 1830s, during the time of Matabele Chief, Mzilikazi?s attempt at exterminating the... more...

  • Lost and Found in Johannesburgby Mark Gevisser

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2014; US$ 24.79

    An inner life of Johannesburg that turns on the author?s fascination with maps, boundaries, and transgressions This singular memoir begins with a transgression—the invasion of a private home in Johannesburg, South Africa. But it is far more than the story of a theft. Lost and Found in Johannesburg is a luminous exploration of place, one in which... more...

  • My Lion's Heartby Gareth Patterson

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2014; US$ 11.65

    Environmentalist, independent researcher and author, Gareth Patterson has spent his entire adult life working tirelessly for the greater protection of African wildlife and, more particularly, for that of the lion. Born in England in 1963, Gareth grew up in Nigeria and Malawi. From an early age he knew where his life?s path would take him – it would... more...

  • The Ranter'S Guide To South Africaby Bryan Rostron

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2011; US$ 11.67

    Ever wondered what waffle like ‘accountability?, ‘site of contestation? or ‘The National Democratic Revolution? really means? Here, in an irreverent nutshell, is your answer. The Ranter?s Guide to South Africa pinpoints and defines some of the most overused and abused words, acronyms, piffle and jargon that noisily bamboozle our daily life. It... more...

  • The Typewriter'S Taleby Michiel Heyns

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2012; US$ 11.67

    Combining fact with fiction, novelist Michiel Heyns recreates the society around the celebrated author Henry James, as seen through the cool gaze of his typist, Frieda Wroth. Admiring of the great author, she nevertheless feels marginalised and under-valued, a mere typewriter. But when the dashing Morton Fullerton comes to visit, she finds herself... more...

  • Touch, Pause, Engage!by Liz Mcgregor

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2011; US$ 17.50

    South Africa is a land of contrasts, as the tourist brochures promise, and this is true for the game of rugby. From the Pretoria heartland to the aspirant Eastern Cape, from the hardscrabble Cape Flats to the islands of privilege at Bishops and Grey College. No other rugby-playing nation has to grapple with so much diversity. Different languages,... more...

  • Apartheid: The History of Apartheidby Michael Morris

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2012; US$ 18.96

    The one thing that looms largest in South Africa?s future is South Africa?s past – most especially the nearly five decades of division and conflict at the heart of one of the twentieth century?s most infamous social experiments. Apartheid, An Illustrated History is a portrait of the defining experience of modern South Africa?s transition from colonial... more...

  • Commandoby Deneys Reitz; Thomas Pakenham; JC Smuts

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2012; US$ 7.29

    In 1899, seventeen-year-old Deneys Reitz enlisted in the Boer army to fight the British. He had learnt to ride, shoot and swim almost as soon as he could walk. The skills and endurance he had acquired were more than put to the test during the war. Commando is his classic account of guerrilla warfare during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902), during... more...

  • A Country At War With Itselfby Antony Altbeker

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2010; US$ 17.50

    Crime is tearing South Africa apart. Whether it is hijacking or rape, a home robbery or a husband's explosion of rage, violence is so common that few lives have been left untouched by it. The result is a society deformed by its fears. Closeted behind locked doors and high walls, panic buttons at the ready, members of the middle class live lives... more...

  • Assegais, Drums & Dragoonsby Willem Steenkamp

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2012; US$ 27.71

    What motivated a small multiracial force of Cape-born soldiers – whites, coloureds and Malays – to put up such stiff resistance at the Battle of Blaauwberg in 1806, in spite of odds so overwhelming that even some long-serving professional soldiers broke rank and ran? This was the intriguing question that launched author Willem Steenkamp?s research.... more...