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Last Minute Christmas Shopping? The Book Lounge and Kalk Bay Books Share Their Favourite Titles

If you’re still on the lookout for Christmas presents then feast your eyes on two of our favourite independent book stores’ best titles of the year. The Book Lounge has split their “Christmas Stocking” list into two parts, while Kalk Bay Books has divided their picks into fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

Taken Captive by BirdsWild Flowers of South AfricaKirstenboschAfropolis

Local books that The Book Lounge recommends are Taken Captive by Birds by Marguerite Poland, Wild Flowers of South Africa by John Manning and Colin Paterson-Jones, Kirstenbosch: The most beautiful garden in Africa by Brian J Huntley, Afropolis: City/Media/Art edited by Larissa Förster, Kerstin Pinther and Christian Hanussek and Bicycle Portraits by Stan Engelbrecht and Nic Grobler.

The Book Lounge Santa has arrived! So here, in no particular order, are the books that we have specially chosen as ideal presents for even the most difficult people on that Christmas shopping list.

Kalk Bay Book’s favourite local non-fiction titles are But Will It Stand Up in Court? by Zapiro, 50 Flippen Brilliant South Africans by Alexander Parker and Tim Richman, The Super-Afrikaners: Inside the Afrikaner Broederbond by Ivor Wilkins and Hans Strydom, Ardmore: We Are Because of Others by Fée Halsted as well as Jane’s Delicious Herbs by Jane Griffiths and cookbooks from Tina Bester and Marlene van der Westhuizen who wrote Jampacked and Abundance respectively.

Diane Awerbuck’s Home Remedies and Deon Meyer’s 7 Days were included on Kalk Bay Books’ favourite fiction titles list.

But Will It Stand Up in Court?50 Flippen Brilliant South AfricansJampackedThe Super-AfrikanersJane\'s Delicious HerbsAbundanceArdmoreHome Remedies7 Days

Local titles on the children’s books list are Paul Benjamin’s Dad, don’t go to work, Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince by Carol Bloch and Margaret Sixel, with illustrations by Joan Rankin, as well as The South African Alphabet by Alex Latimer.

Dad, don�t go to workOscar Wilde's The Happy PrinceThe South African Alphabet


Buying Christmas presents doesn’t get easier – this is the bookshop where everyone has a story.

This list comprises our selection of non fiction titles to suit a wide variety of interests and to suit every pocket. The relevant category for each book is noted along with a summary of the contents.

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