Last day of November

Finally after a long tough year, we have reached the final day of November, the December holidays are in sight and it is time to slow down and enjoy some good reads. As the end of the year approaches it is time we set out on new endevours and make sure we have completed all of the tasks we have set out through the year.

Below are some of the books we believe will make for excellent holiday reading:

Vorster the man by John D Oliveira Biography of Prime Minster John Vorster FIRST EDITIONVorster - the man - John DOliveira

John D’Oliveira was one of the few journalists who knew John Balthazar Vorster well. This biography is compiled mainly out of original material, interviews with people involved with Vorster from his childhood to Premiership and with Vorster’s cooperation. A unique insight into the youth and career of this   Afrikaner nationalist, the role he played in the Ossewa Brandwag, and the rise of the Nationalist Party. Photos’

ErnestStanton Publishers , First Edition 1977, 292p.

Elke hond kry sy dag deur Ettie Bierman jeugverhaalImage

Elke hond kry sy dag handel oor ‘n seun se verhouding met sy meisie en sy hond.

Van der Walt uitgewers, 2de druk 1980, 158p



Witbande kom deur Anna Enslin roman oor Rebellie van 1914 EERTE DRUKImage

Anna Enslin se  eerste boek, Die Witbande kom, behandel die nagevolge van die Rebellie van 1914 op die samelewing. Voortrekkerpers, 1943, 263p.

Vir Die Houtsnyer deur Engela Swart, en Mifanwy van Nieuwenhuizen

Volledige kursus in   houtsnee werk wat onderrig verskaf, gereedskap, aanwending vir artikels vanaf meubels tot juweliersware met foto’s, diagramme en metodes. Koevert met stensils in boek.

Ons Gemeentelike feesalbum P L Olivier Gefedereerde Ned.  Ger Kerke geskiedenis Van Riebeeck Fees 1952.Image

Oorsig van die ontstaan en groei van Gemeente van die Gefed. Ned. Gereformeerde kerke met geleentheid van die Van /Riebeeck –Fees, 1952. Fotos van leeraars, geboue, and geskiedenis van talle dorpe.NG Kerk-uitgewers, 1952, 608p.


Laat die stories loop deur Dirk van Schalkwyk Humoristiese vertellings GETEKENDE KOPIEImage

Stories en taalverskynsels aangeteken terwyl hy navorsing gedoen het hierdie gesoute verteller Laat die stories loop, saamgestel.

Uitgegee deur D J van SCHALKWYK (Sonder jaar)  81p. Getekende kopie “ met die woorde: “Lag, en die wêreld lag saam met jou.”

If you have any book requests for the holidays, please let us know.



Halloween a commercial fest based on a pagan tradition

The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin   and means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening. The Scottish term is    All Hallows’ Eve and is celebrated on 31 October. Like all events, it has become highly commercialised and the mother city does not lack things to do for Halloween, offering ghoulish goings-on such as Trick-or-treating, creepy costumes, tours to haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns for sales,   horror films and all things bone-chilling.

To whet your appetite read:

Haunted by Sian Hall ghosts spirits of South Africa.haunted 001

Haunted incidents in the veld, farms, spectral hoarders, haunted public places, psychic pets, ominous lights, ghosts lost in time haunted houses and ghostly sounds are examined.

Andy Warhol Bela Lugosi Dracula the Kiss poster framed rarekiss (2)

Size poster approx.70×108 cm, in black and gilt frame 83x113cm

Condition: excellent, belonged to a discerning art collector for years.

Kalahari Rivers of Sand by A Degre et al. Kalahari DesertImage

A spectacular and lavishly illustrated coffee table size book, packed with colour photos and background information, which introduce the reader to the beautiful world of the Kalahari Desert in Africa.

Trekking On by Deneys Reitz Boer War journal, First Edition With a preface by the RT HON. J C Smuts. MAPS. Sequel to his book Commando (see listing).London, Faber and Faber, 1933, First edition, 351pImage


Suid – Afrika Waarheen deur Prof. B B Keet Eerste Anti-Apartheid boek in Afrikaans. Sub-titel: ‘n Bydrae tot die besprekings van ons rasseorobleem.Image

(‘n man van gesag in die NGK (en een van die 1933-Bybelvertalers) se boek oor die euwels van Apartheid, wat hewige reaksie uitgelok het.  Daarin verklaar hy onomwonde dat apartheid volgens Christelike beginsels verkeerd was. Geskryf in die tyd van Verwoerd.

Bright Ideas for your home by Per Dalsgaard and Elizabeth Erichsonbright ideas

Step-by-step photographs in colour   and instructions to make stylish, practical furniture and accessories. Black and white illustrations.

Goeie maniere en etiket deur Emsie SchoemanGoeie Maniere en Etiket 001

Die immergroen boek van raad vir elke denkbare situasie, van bankette tot begrafnisse, kleredrag, protokol, ens.

Promised Land by Karel SchoemanImage

Originally published in Afrikaans under the title Na die Geliefde land, Translated by Marion Friedmann.  The novel begins with George’s return to the country of his birth, where he hopes to sell the farm he inherited but cannot understand the changes brought about with the new government regime. Futuristic, depressing picture. Condition:  paperback, age yellowing Spine shelf fraying. Futura Publishers, London, 1979 ed.205p.

Saturday Night at the Palace a Pay in one act by Paul Slabolepszy drama FIRST EDITIONImage

Based on a play by screenwriter Paul Slabolepszy which in turn is based on true story, and set in a fast-food restaurant in a South African suburb. Thought-provoking drama offers insight into the origins of racist tension.AD. Donker Publishers, 1988. 79p. FIRST EDITION

Atlas van Nasionale Parke en Reservate van Suid-Afrika met teks deur M RenssenImage

Parke, Toerkaarte, kleur beskrywings, diere volledig weergegee.

No space on Long Street Marshrose two plays by Pieter Dirk Uys   Signed copy. First editionImage

In this a one-man show, Uys presents a variety of characters … all of them the leading actor in their own play. It gives also an insight in the early years of the early years when the Space Theatre opened its doors in Cape Town. No Space on Long Street is a celebration of this era   and also a salute to Long Street where Pieter-Dirk Uys lived and worked   during working years at the Space Theatre, and got to know the people who lived there.

Nursery Patterns Delton Patten GuideImage

More than 200 lively patters or children adaptable for any occasion and surface from gifts to cakes including designs and pattern graphs.

Trek op die Skerms deur Lydia Lindeque BiografieImage

Lydia Lindeque (Vrou van Uys Krige) is een van dié pioniersvroue van die teater in Suid-Afrika en haar biografie lewer ‘n lewendige en humoristiese prentjie van besoekende teatergeselskappe in die ou dae en persoonlikhede soos die toneelbaas Paul de Groot en   ander bekendes. Geskiedkundige waardevolle wit en swart foto’s.

South African Law of Persons and Family Law, Barnard, Cronje, OlivierImage

Paljas deur Chris Barnard die filmdraaiboek

Die sirkustrein bring ‘n nar in die lewens van ‘n gesin en in die mense van ‘n afgelee

Karoodorpie, wat lei tot dramatiese omwentelinge in hul lewens.

Basjan en Wilhelm en die manne van die Kamp deur Jan Geldenhuys (Getekende kopie).Image

Humoristiese verbeeldingstories oor die “ manne van die kamp”  met name soos Paul Kruger, Barney Barnato, Danie Craven, die Prins van Wallis en ander daarin geweef.

Jetlag SA Airways in the Andrews Era. By Dennis BeckettJetlag 001

Coleman Andrews was imported to run the SAA between 1998 and 2001 and it seems that even then the SAA was riddled with subterfuge, scandal and overpaid executives.

Merklappe in kruissteek deur Riette SteenkampImage

Foto’s in kleur, patrone, instruksies vir kruissteekwerk, vir huwelike, baba-en kinderkamers, die huis, tuin, Kersfees, alfabet en syfers. Koffietafelgrootte.

Odd Koppie of a Veld Fool by Flemming, L AFRICANAImage

Reminiscences, rhymes of life on a farm. Bloemfontein: A. C. White, 1929  203p. First edition.

Toy box Leadership by R Hunter and M Waddell Lessons from the toys you loved as a childImage

How your favourite childhood toys have already taught you the secrets of successful leadership and influencing others.

Harbours of Memory by Lawrence G Green harbours of memory 001.jpg

“A book of personal experience along South Africans and other romantic waterfronts, odd characters encountered by the author and the strange tales they told.”(Title page).

Thank you for reading this weeks blog.

If you would like to ask any questions or have any queries, it would be most welcome.

All the best

Babsie and John



Last month was heritage month, but it is good to remember your heritage throughout the year and draw strength and pride from it.

What is heritage?

People’s heritage can be described as the practices and traditions that are passed on from parents to children. Various types of heritage are:

National heritage. A person who was born in South Africa has a South African heritage. This also means they have an African heritage because they were born on this continent.”

Cultural heritage is formed by those things or expressions that show the creativity of people. These can be special monuments, like a building, sculpture, painting, cave dwelling or anything important because of its history, artistic or scientific value.

“When South Africans celebrate the diverse cultural heritage that makes up a ” rainbow nation”  It is the day to celebrate the contribution of all South Africans to the building of South Africa.“ — Lowry.


van Suid-Afrika, Geskiedenis red A J van der Walt et al. 2 Volumesgeskiedenis van Suid-Afrika 2 vols 001

Boek 1: die Witman in Suid-Afrika, boek: 2 bestuursvorme en hul ontwikkeling.



Vast Heritage an 1820 Settlers Epic novel by Vera Buchanan-Gouldvast heritage_0003

The story of the heroine, Beth, one of the four thousand permanent 1820  Settlers to the Eastern Cape  who acted as human barriers between primitive races and the civilized white Colonists of the Cape of Good Hope, and how they had to face many obstacles and sacrifices on the primitive frontier.

South Africa’s wildlife heritage by Anthony Bannister and Peter Johnson Wildlife heritagewith text by Mike Nicol.  Colourful, captivating illustrations of animals and nature captured in this book by world famous photographers Bannister and Johnston and complemented with text By Mike Nicol, with contents ranging on wildlife from the Lowveld, Highveld, arid west, Natal, the Cape and our Seashores.

Afrikaanse Volkskultuur deur Prof Abel Coetzee Inleiding tot die studie van volkskundeImage

Vanaf grondbeginsels van die Afrikaanse kultuur, en hoofstukke oor geestelike kultuur, and stoflike kultuur en volksaard. Swart en wit fotos van wonings, kleredrag, meubels en ander volksitems.

Dapper Kinders Van Suid-Afrika deur D J Kotze.  Heldhaftige kinders ook jong Boereoorlog helde. EERSTE DRUKImage

Dapper Kinders Van Suid-Afrika eer die bekende en minder bekende heldhaftige kinders in die geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika. Ook jong Boereoorlog helde en heldinne. Daar word vertel van die koue nag toe Klara Majola haar blinde pa gaan soek het. Jacobus Lombard onthou die ontberings wat hy as 15-jarige seun op die Dorslandtrek gebly het en die dapperheid wat dit gekos het om te oorleef.Die Anglo-Boereoorlog se Penkoppe (seuns van ongeveer 10–15 jaar) het saam met die Boere op kommando gegaan en in sekere gevalle saam gesneuwel. ‘n Versameling van 36 verhale wat ’n blik gee op die heldemoed wat kinders jonger as 16 jaar aan die dag gelê het. Fotos, illustrasies.

Commando of horses and men by Deneys Reitz a Boer journal of the Boer War and the aftermaths of war.Image

Deneys Reitz takes the reader on a journey of historical incidents including the tribulations of the Boer commando, the struggles of his father, President Fanie William Reitz, and the aftermath of the war which included long years of exile.

Storm over the Transvaal by T V Bulpin Transvaal early history FIRST EDITIONstorover the Transvaal 001

An account of Transvaal history from 1884 until 1900 a turbulent period in the history of South Africa, which covers the discovery of gold, personalities such as Paul Kruger and Jan smuts. The story recounts the clash of Boer and Brit,   avarice and corruption, leading up to the Anglo-Boer War. Illustrations by C T Astley Maberly

There are no South Africans by G H Calpin. Historical overview of South Africa including holism theory.There are no South Africans 001

An overview of the historical and political influences that shaped South African history ending with a chapter on Hertzog and holism.

Rags of Glory by Stuart Cloete Anglo Boer War novelrags of glory 001

An epic novel of   “A civil war in which brother was against brother in which an industrialised people attempted to force material and alien culture upon farmers who were fighting for a way of life.”

Path of Blood by Peter Becker.The Rise and Conquest of Mzilikazi, Founder of the Matabele Tribe of Southern AfricaImage

Path of Blood by Peter Becker a   biography of Mzilikazi, “the Great Path”, founder of the Matabele tribe who conquered peoples of the Transvaal, Botswana, and further north, creating the Matabele nation from his captives. Although he repulsed the Zulu army, he failed    to dislodge the emigrant Boers from his territory. Chapter on Boers and their leaders and the missionary Moffat. Contains black and white photos and illustrations.


When you despair about things such as fake news, politics, corruption and the economy, take up a book and read something inspiring. Shakespeare once said “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy”.





Eclectic Reading Choices

“The reading of all books is like a conversation with the finest men of past centuries”.


This month we are focussing on eclectic reading and past favourites.

Skip is aan ons beloof deur George Louw dramaImage

Die  tema in ‘n Skip is ons beloof, is die botsing tussen ’n enkeling en die samelewing tydens die anti-bandiete agitasie van 1848 toe  ’n skip vol gevangenes,  anker gooi in Simonsbaai en die plaaslike inwoners in opstand kom teen Brittanje se besluit om die Kaap as strafkolonie te gebruik.

Kranskop Deel 1 Oupa deur Jochem van Bruggen historiese plaasromanImage

Speel af Transvaal in die laaste jare van die negentiende eeu waar die rustige landelike  boerelewe versteur word  deur die ontdekking van goud en die oorwinning van kapitalisme. Oupa is die patriarg wat met ’n ysterhand sy gemeenskap en familie lei en alle belangrike besluite word eers aan sy goedkeuring onderwerp. Die roman gee ’n beeld van die betrokke historiese tydvak en die tipiese leefwyse en gewoontes van die Boere.  

Words in Season by Olive Schreiner edited by Stephen GreyImage

“Words in season is a selection of Schreiner’s uncollected writings on key South African issues, supported by her own autobiographical pieces. It includes the political situation, written in collaboration with her husband in 1895; her Words in season produced on the eve of the Second Anglo-Boer War in 1899; and her Closer Union booklet of 1908 which defines her vision of a non-racial, non-sexist South Africa of the future.” (Grey)

Wat nou, Suid-Afrika deur Theuns Eloff politieke kwessies in Suid-AfrikaImage

Bespreek kwessies soos gebrek aan leierskap onder die Zuma-regering, die impak van kader-ontplooiing, korrupsie en talle ander kwelvrae.

Off the Beaten Track Selected day drives in Southern Africa Automobile AssociationImage

Two parts: first a selection of through routes that criss cross the country and the second part contains day drives.  Maps, descriptions and distances, colour plates.


End of July – Hot sales

As the end of July approaches we present the latest Books and Prints that are on offer.

July is the seventh month of the year (between June and August) in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the fourth month to have the length of 31 days. It was named by the Roman Senate in honor of the Roman general, Julius Caesar, it being the month of his birth.

Carey Winfrey Brief Encounter poster printThe brief encounter (1)

Brief Encounter was reproduced on Premium Heavy Stock Paper which captures all of the vivid colours and details of the original.

Framed in ornate black frame, glass front with frame 75cm x 1,10cm.

Condition: poster excellent, frame few scuff marks.

Sigmund Freud by Ralph Steadman Humorous Freudian festivalSigmund Freud (2)

Ralph Steadman used more than 50 major drawing and 26 vignettes, charged with humour, pathos and insight inspired by the actual facts of Freud’s life. The result is a Freudian festival, full of visual and verbal puns, unexpected insights and sheer intellectual enjoyment.

Wine a guide for or young peopled Anette Hattingh KWVImage

Contents include chapters on : What is wine?; The Vine and its Environment; Viticulture; The Role of Origin; In the Wine Cellar; In the Tasting-room and Lab; Wine in History, usage of wine, etc  Colourfully illustrated..

Condition: soft cover, good condition.

Oor en Weer deur Hennie Aucamp onderhoude Image

Oor en Weer van Hennie Aucamp bevat gestruktureerde onderhoude wat deur die jare met hom gevoer is, waarin hy groter duidelikheid gee oor sy eie oeuvre en ook oor die skryfkuns, veral van kortverhale

Protea Boekklub 2010, 144p. EERSTE UITGAWE

Baryshnikov in colour, Ed by Charles Engel France Ballet dancer Mikhail BaryshnikovBaryshnikov

Beautiful book of Mikhail Baryshnikov in some of his famous ballet roles, in full page colour photos and narratives by him.

Harry N Abrahams Publishers, 19980, 63p.

Cooking with Chillies, Peppers and Spices by Phillippa Cheifitzcooking wit chilli

Cooking with Chillies, Peppers and Spices contains over 100 hot and spicy dishes from around the world. Recipes, colourfully illustrated.

The Nureyev Image by Alexander BlandThe Nureyev Image

More than three hundred photographs chronicle Nureyev’s career, showing the dancer and choreographer in rehearsal, in quite moments, at leisure and in many of his famous roles. Black and white photographs.

Studio vista publishers, 1977 288p.

Lifesaver by Peter James photographs of Australian lifesaversLifesaver (2)

Action photos: “Portraits in liquid bronze” describes the tanned Australian lifesavers, as captured by Peter James’ camera. Illustrated in coloured photographs.

Bok Books publication 1985 96p.

Ghoera deur Hennie Aucamp Afrika verse vir kindersImage

Hennie Aucamp se Ghoera met illustrasies deur Zakkie Eloff Is ‘n digbundel waar musiek op die voorgrond tree. “Die titel, Ghoera, dui op ’n primitiewe musiekinstrument wat deur die Boesman, Khoi en Koranna gebruik is… Alhoewel Aucamp in die subtitel na Ghoera verwys as “Afrika-verse vir kinders”, bied dié verse ook baie pitkos vir volwasse lesers. Die omdigtings van mites, verhale, sprokies en fabels spreek universeel tot die leser. Die panteïstiese ondertone in die gedigte in tandem met die sangerige aard daarvan raak aan ’n kosmiese bewussyn, gevoed deur die oorlewering van oerwyshede.

Unnatural Alliance Israel and South Africaby James AdamsImage

“James Adams gives a detailed account of the strange alliance between Israel, a state founded by a people fleeing racism, and South Africa, founded on the ideas of racial superiority. He shows how both states, for different reasons, became estranged from the international community and how in their isolation, they found unexpected common interest.”

Paint Magic by Jocasta Innes Revised edition Image

Lots of photos on painting, stencilling walls, floors, furniture and fabrics. Techniques and style are highlighted.   Implements and methods are described.

Toorberg deur Etienne van Heerden roman Graaff-Reinet  Oos-Kaap omgewing plaasroman omgewing.Image

“Die kernverhaal is dié van ‘n magistraat wat gestuur word om die saak te ondersoek van ‘n vertraagde kind, Noag “Druppeltjie” du Pisani, wat in ‘n boorgat geval en doodgeskiet is nadat alle pogings om hom te red, misluk het. Saam met die storie van Druppeltjie word die geskiedenis van vyf geslagte Moolmans (én hul Skaamfamilie) ontplooi.” (Wikipedia). Met dié roman het Van Heerden die CNA-prys vir Letterkunde, die W.A. Hofmeyr-prys en die Hertzogprys gewen.

Tafelberg-Uitgewers, 4de druk, 1989, 186p

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Winter solstice book sale

The 21st of June signals the winter solstice (or hibernal solstice), also known as midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere this is the June solstice.

To warm up your nights, we are offering the below choice reads at a 10 percent discount. In order for this discount to apply kindly let us know once your bid is successful that you read the Winter solstice book sale blog.

wolwedans (2)Wolwedans n soort revue deur Hennie Aucamp EERSTE DRUK

“Daar kan drie vlakke in die bundel onderskei word: die revue, ’n “verskeidenheidsprogram”; die wolfsheid van die samelewing; en die verloopte en vereensaamde enkeling. Wolwedans en Hongerblom is in 1974 (saam met Chris Barnard se Mahala) met die WA Hofmeyr-prys bekroon. “

Tafelberg, EERSTE DRUK, 1973, 87pp.

In een kraal deur Hennie Aucamp Prosa GETEKENDE KOPIE EERSTE UITGAWEImage (2)

‘n Keuse uit die prosa van Hennie Aucamp saamgestel en ingelui deur Eliza Botha.

Tafelberg, EERSTE DRUK, 1979, 207pp. EERSTE UITGAWE

Shape of my heart Poem by Sting, Paintings by PicassoImage (2)

Edited by Linda Sunshine and Mary Tiegree. “Shape of My Heart marries the haunting lyrics of pop icon Sting with the mesmerizing images of Pablo Picasso, perhaps the greatest artist of the twentieth century. The result is a scintillating look at how the forces of love and desire will enrich and complicate life.” Beautiful coloured Picasso prints.

Volmink deur Hennie Aucamp Kortverhale. GETEKENDE KOPIEVolmink - Hennie Aucamp

“Hennie Aucamp se kortverhaalbundel Volmink kan beskou word as die eerste gay teks in Afrikaans wat weggebreek het van die verdoeseling en maskering wat die uitbeelding van homoseksualiteit in die ouer literatuur gekenmerk het.” Travestie en gay identiteit in Volmink (1981) van Hennie Aucamp, Andries Visagie).

Tafelberg, EERSTE DRUK, 1981. 86p, GETEKENDE KOPIE

Te Glorious Knitting by Kaffe FassettImage

Over 30 colourful, fashionable exclusive patterns by the master of hand-knitted designs

Century Hutchinson publishing Group, 1987, 160p.

Condition: Soft cover, folio size Good, slight water stains on edge.

Tema en Variasies deur Willem van den Berg RomanImage

Kyk na die stadslewe van Afrikaners en veranderende tradisies.

Nasionale Pers 1947, 313P.

Finishing Touch by Robin Guild Making the most with the things you own. Excellent DIY BookImage

Innovative, amazing imprint to make your house a home. Colourful illustrations, ingenious ideas and use of worthwhile items.

Groot gebod deur T C Pienaar roman Image

‘n Roman met ‘n godsdienstige boodskap oor hoe om jou medemens by te staan.

Nasionale Boekhandel, 1950, 233p.

Boys in Africa Photographs by Andrew Kennedy an African journey mostly in the nudeImage (2)

“… A glorious journey of seven guys together on safari… sharing togetherness, the loneliness and beauty of the African bush.” Sub-heading: by the Reverend Toop with the sounds of Beethoven in the bush.

Alternative Books, Botswana, 1988 approx 100p.

Wys my waar is Timboektoe deur Hennie Aucamp samesteller ‘n persoonlike reis deur Afrika EERSTE UITGAWEImage

Aucamp se groot Afrika-bloemelesing. Wys my waar is Timboektoe  is “’n  samestelling van tekste van Beroemde en bekende skywers en roep die “gansheid van Afrika” op.

Spitsuur deur Hennie Aucamp Kortverhale  Spitsuur deur Hennie Aucamp Kortverhale

12 kortverhale wat oor die dood, eensaamheid, seksfrustrasie en oor Hernnie Eucamp as mens gaan.

John Malherbe -Uitgewers, 1972 derde druk. 108p. Klein formaat.

Keep warm this winter with our selections of books.

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Books for 1st week of June

“So many good books to read, so little time,” is written on the  wall of my local public library, (Sea Point) which is a hive of activity for children, with working computers, neat shelving and many a humorous Saying, such as “If you refer to you librarian as “my dealer”,  it means that you  are a library addict. We have a variety of  good visitors/ subjects/book reviews monthly, and yesterday we had the pleasure to listen to the entertaining  anecdotes of the well-known journalist and author David Biggs. His message was” If you want to do it, you can fulfill your dreams”

Choice of books for the week:

(Click on the Title of the book which is hyperlinked to Bidorbuy for more information)

Mantis carol by Laurence van der Post Mantis carol by Laurence van der PostImage

A Mantis Carol tells the story of an episode in van der Post’s life that leads him in search of one of the “First People” of his native Africa to Hans Taaibosch, a Bushman from Africa working the circus in modern America, and, which begins with a recurring of a praying mantis a deeply moving conclusion.


Januarie-suite deur Antjie Krog DigbundelJanuarie-suite 001

Gedigte   van Antjie Krog met ‘n musiek –tema.    Die gedigte kan as swaarmoedig beskryf word en sommige soos:”’n bundel vir aborsie” ‘n hartbrekend,

Human en Rousseau Uitgewers 1980 uitgawe, 60p.


Shaka Zulu: The Rise of the Zulu Empire. E. A. Ritter Image

A comprehensive history of one of the greatest Zulu kings. Photos, maps, illustrations.

Nuwe F.A.K sangbundel  hoofred. D Devilliers

Die derde uitgawe van die bekende Volksangbundel uitgegee in oopdrag van die F.A.K. Sommige liedere wat nie veel aftrek gekry het nie , is weggelaat terwyl nuwe  liedere weer opgeneem is.

Uitgewers: Nasionale Boekhandel, vierde druk, 1966, 518p.

Southern Africa Land of beauty and splendour by T V Bulpin COFFEE TABLE BOOKSouthern Africa land of splendour 001

A beautifully , descriptive and vivid book telling the story of south africa in lively prose  and 190 full colour photographs representing the works of some of the world’s most outstanding photographers.

Readers digest publishers, 4th edition 1978, and 319p. COFFEE TABLE BOOK.

Condition: Hard cover, dust jacket very good condition,

Ongelooflike avonture van Hanna Hoekom deur Marita van der Vyver JeugromanImage

Hanna besluite op 15 jaar om haar biografie te skryf en sluit in haar hoogs disfunksionele, snaakse familie.

Tafelberg Uitgewers 2002, eerste druk. 168p.


Cask of Jerepigo sketches and essays  by Herman First editionA Cask of Jerepigo

Short humorous sketches, depicting everything and everybody Herman Charles Bosman encountered, in his unique, conversation-type style.


Dancing with John deu/ by Nathaniel Complete cabaret script mostly in Afrikaans. FIRST EDITIONImage (2)

Nathaniël’s 1991 Road trip performing nationwide in his bilingual cabaret Dancing with John. Black and white photographs.


Thunder on the Blaauwberg by Lawrence G. Green FIRST EDITIONThunder on the Blaauwberg 001

Stories of exceptional persons in south African history, including the famous air pioneer and prophet, John William Dunne, the prospector Solomon Rabinowitz, the story of alexander Scotland a master spy, Richetersveld personalities, wine of Constantia and many more  narratives. Photographs. Sketches.

Mooiste Afrikaanse Liefdesverhale, saamgestel deur Winnie RousseauImage

Bevat twintig  liefdesverhale , onder ander van  Jan Rabie, Tryna du Toit, Kas van den Bergh, Wim Harman, Henriette Grove en Elsa Joubert.

Human en Rousseau Uitgewers, Tweede druk, 1973, 244p.

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Easter Blog – Books

Easter Sunday is one of the most festive events among Christians worldwide. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from death, as written in the Christian bible. But he consumerist version of Easter – the one with rabbits and eggs  might be a money-spinner, but it does bring families together and reminds us to have a bit of childlike fun and festivity especially when  life is full of fears and the world feels upside down and politically chaotic .

If you’ve been bingeing on chocolate (like I did), try to detox and start eating foods packed full of fibres, protein and healthy fats into your diet. This will help to subside cravings and get your diet back on track and repair the damage done by an excessive amount of sugar.

It also brings out the humour in current situations as this cartoon depicts our situation:

Books for Easter reading:

Griet Kom Weer deur Marita van der Vyver EERSTE UITGAWE.Griet kom weer 001 (2)

Griet Kom Weer hervat die storie van Griet Skryf ‘n Storie, maar 10 jaar later en ‘n nuwe man in haar lewe maar Griet is nog steeds so hartstogtelike, impulsief en lief vir die lewe soos vroeer. Tafelberg- Uitgewers, 2001, Eerste druk, 308p. 


Ander Tongval deur Antjie Krog EERSTE UITGAWEander Tongval 001 (2)

Antjie Krog se ‘n Ander Tongval is die vertaling van die topverkoper, A Change of Tongue, in Afrikaans. Krog se eie verhaal, ervarings en herinneringe saamgevat in ‘n humoristiese en onverskrokke boek. Tafelberg Uitgewers, 2005 eerste uitgawe, 411P.

 Ouma Smuts the First Lady of South Africa by Tom McDonald BiographyOuma Smuts 001 (2)

“The authentic story of a rare and simple gifted woman, Mrs. Jan Christiaan Smuts, wife of /field Marshall the Rt Hon. J C Smuts, Prime minister of South Africa.” The story of a woman whose home and family came first. Photos,

Hurst and Blackett, England, {1946} First edition. 127p.

Thunder on the Blaauwberg by Lawrence G. Green FIRST EDITIONThunder on the Blaauwberg 001

Stories of exceptional persons in south African history, including the famous air pioneer and prophet, John William Dunne, the prospector Solomon Rabinowitz, the story of alexander Scotland a master spy, Richetersveld personalities, wine of Constantia and many more  narratives. Photographs. Sketches. Howard Timmins, 1966, 266p. FIRST EDITION So few are Free by Lawrence G. Green

 Zululand Wilderness Shadow and Soul by Ian PlayerZululand wilderness player

 This wildlife story tells of how two men of entirely different culture and backgrounds learns from each other and develop a strong bond of friendship and their interdependency on the environment and the wild life. Their battle against poaching gangs, including initiating the internationally famous capture and translocations of the white Rhino. The setting for Ian Players book is the Umfolozi Game Reserve. With drawings, photos, illustrations. David Philip Publishers, First Edition 1997.

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