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About Us

Welcome to Books & Books

Books & Books are all about books – and people, both big and small! We are a vibrant, independently owned, community minded book business. We have access to key publishing houses so we’re always up to date with the latest releases and book trade events.

Books & Books opened a shop in April 2006 and we’ve never looked back! In 2013 we were voted SA’s Best Independent Trade Bookseller at the annual book trade Sefika Awards. While we no longer have a retail space, we are still passionate about books and promoting a love of reading!

Books & Books is the brain-child of Janine O’Connor and is the realisation of a dream to open a children’s bookshop. Since she also loves historical fiction, thrillers, and is a sports fanatic, she decided to stock adult books too!

We operate from Durban, supplying customers throughout KwaZulu-Natal.

Meet the Team
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Janine O’Connor
Owner

My love of books started with my Mum and older brothers reading stories to me before I could read, but it was my wonderful primary school librarian, Mrs de St Pern who turned me into a voracious reader! I would read anything – Dr Seuss, Enid Blyton, Willard Price, Ian Serralier, but particularly enjoyed adventure and historical novels.

I also enjoyed non – fiction books. I begged my Mum for my first atlas when I was about eight and have collected them ever since!! I had the dream to open a bookshop since 1990, when I decided to join the book trade. I worked in Johannesburg in sales & marketing for HarperCollins, Jonathan Ball Publishers, and finally Penguin South Africa.  I opened Books & Books in Durban North in April 2006.

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Natalie Wessels
Avid Reader

Natalie has had an avid love of books and literature since her childhood, and like Janine, was influenced by her parents’ reading habits as a child, which encouraged a love for popular authors such as Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. Her favourite genres are adult drama, suspense, and crime fiction, with a smattering of classics, and above all, anything thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, and topical!

Natalie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2019 from the
IIE’s Varsity College and pursued her Honours degree in English Studies at University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in the same year. During her Honours year, Natalie began working for Books & Books, and has future plans for a career in editing, academia and research, or even one day writing a novel of her own.

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