Go set a Watchman by Harper Lee

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An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.


Nelson Mandela Day


Donate your “previously loved” books to a worthy cause. Drop them off at our shop and we will deliver them to a disadvantaged school on your behalf.



May Mother’s Day Special!


Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day with the latest novel from  bestselling author of A Walk Across the Sun, Corban Addison!


The Parkers are an American success story but behind the façade, their family is in shambles. In desperation, they dust off a long-delayed dream to sail around the world. On the lawless coast of Somalia, Ismail Ibrahim is living a life of crime in violation of everything he was raised to believe but he does it out of love and loyalty. Hijacking ships for ransom, he plots the rescue of his sister, Yasmin, from the man who murdered their father. There is nothing he will not do to save her.

  Paul Derrick a top FBI hostage negotiator and his twin, Megan, a celebrated defence attorney are dispatched to handle a hostage crisis at sea. He has no idea how far it will take them into the past that they want to forget.

Across continents and oceans, through storms and civil wars, all their paths converge in a single, explosive moment. It is this, that will not only test them but which will be a beacon of hope. Out of the ashes of tragedy and misfortune the seeds of justice and reconciliation can grow.

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Books & Books turns NINE this month! Come celebrate with us!


We have a line – up of great functions this month.

Calling all mums, kids, grannies, nannies & keen crafters! Put down those iPads and come get creative! Learn to make colourful masterpieces with Monique Labat & Carroll Lazarus who will show us, step-by-step, how to use their Afriweave hand held loom. This is an interactive craft to do on your own or with friends. Make blankets for charities or do it as a hobby or empower yourself by starting your business. The options are endless!  10 am Saturday, 11th April @ Books & Books. Cost: R 90 pp (includes Afriweave needles & a ball of yarn)

Nelendhree Govender will be telling us all about the current and forthcoming titles from Jacana Publisher’s for the April Coffee Morning. Then local author, Cecile Levin will talk to us about her delightfully funny novel, A Piece of Cake. 10 am Tuesday, 14th April @ Books & Books. Cost: R 25 pp ( Includes tea/coffee & a snack)

Meet internationally acclaimed Irish author, John Connolly, for the launch of his latest novel, A Song of Shadows.  If thrills and chills are what you enjoy then John Connolly is the man to listen to! 6 pm Thursday, 23rd April @ Books & Books. Cost: R 45 pp.

Join us for Story time and a fun activities10 am Saturday, 25th April @ Books & Books. No Charge.

Promote literacy in South Africa! From the 1st of April bookshops across SA have set aside a select list of books to promote reading for World Book Day. The books are at an amazing price of only R15 each! They will be offered to customers to purchase for themselves and as a donation to Project Literacy’s Run Home to Read.  The books will be collected after world book day and handed over to the charity. We will be participating in the countrywide initiative and have all the books for you to purchase. Visit us to make your contribution!





Author Profile: John Connolly

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If thrills and chills are what you enjoy then John Connolly is the man to listen to!

This bestselling author was born in Dublin, but divides his time between his native city and the United States, where the Charlie Parker thrillers are set.   His debut novel Every Dead Thing launched him swiftly to the top of the thriller suspense genre.  Every Dead Thing, was met with critical acclaim; it was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and went on to win the 2000 Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel. Impressively, he is the first author outside of the US to have won this award. His work has been adapted for film and television including The New Daughter starring Kevin Costner. His first novel specifically for younger readers, The Gates, was published in 2009. Critics compared him to children’s authors, Eoin Colfer and Terry Pratchett, and recommended the book to both children and adults!

Books & Books will be hosting him for the launch of his latest Charlie Parker novel, A song of Shadows, on the evening of 23rd April.

World Book Day 23 April 2015


World Book Day is an annual event celebrated on 23 April, throughout the world. It is organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright. It is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare  as well as the birth or death of several other prominent authors.

Literacy is the cornerstone of development and education and is traditionally understood as the ability to read and write. It is also the ability to comprehend the written word as well as understand language, pictures and to recognise symbols in culture. The aim is to raise the literacy levels in South Africa and the best place to start is with our youth. Schools and public libraries across the land will have activities and programs for local kids to participate in.

Bookshops across South Africa will have dump bins from the 1st of April where a select list of books has been set aside to promote reading. They will be offered to customers to purchase for themselves and as a donation to Project Literacy’s Run Home to Read. The list can be found at http://worldbookday.com/books/ these books will be sold at a phenomenal R15 each. The books will be collected after world book day and handed over to the charity.

Books & Books, will be participating in the countrywide initiative and will have all the books for you to purchase. Visit us in shop 2 on the 1st floor, to make your contribution to raise the literacy rate in South Africa!

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