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The Book Lounge is an independent bookshop in the Eastern Precinct of Cape Town City Centre. We opened in December 2007 and have had the most wonderful response. Talk to our experienced and passionate staff about the book you are looking for or feel free to grill us on what we’ve been reading recently. We pride ourselves on the many interesting book related events that we host – check out our events page for details of what’s coming up. Or just come and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee while relaxing in the Lounge area and perusing our eclectic selection of books. Bring your children to the best kids section in town and if you know of a 3 to 8 year old who likes a good story, every Saturday morning at 11.00 is story time at the Book Lounge. We have a wide and unusual range of books, and if you’re looking for something we don’t have in the shop, we will do our utmost to get it for you. Enjoy the site and please drop us a mail if you have questions, queries about books or comments to share.


The Open Book School Library Project

The Open Book School Library Project is one that is close to our collective hearts. We are delighted to announce that we will be working with St Mary’s Primary in 2015 and look forward to getting to know the teachers and learners. We have made some changes to the project which we think are going to grow the positive impact we are able to have on learners. Instead of a library – which has to be staffed and is not always easily accessible – we will be putting ‘Open Boxes’ into their Grade R through to Grade 2 classes. The boxes will include a great selection of books, games, DVDS and other resources of value to the teachers. As always, we will run exciting book related events at the school, in particular for those grades we are working with most closely.

Please consider contributing to this very worthy cause – any amount from R100 to R10,000 would be an enormous help! For more details please mail us on

Latest Blog Posts

New pre-order special – 20% off the new Arundhati Roy novel!

Brand new pre-order! We have another fantastic pre-order special offer for you – 20% off all advance payments of the new Arundhati Roy! The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy The long-awaited new novel from Arundhati Roy – 20 years after her Booker Prize-winning, internationally celebrated debut, The God of Small Things. We are offering 2 […]

April 2017

Fiction The Patriots by Sana Krasikov   Growing up in 1930s Brooklyn, Florence Fein will do anything to escape the confining values of her family and her city, and create a life of meaning and consequence. When a new job and a love affair lead her to Moscow, she doesn’t think twice about abandoning America […]

March 2017

Fiction You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman   ‘An existential thriller written in prose that points the way to the future.’               Zadie Smith   ‘Fight Club for girls’                 Vogue   A lives with B. B seems to be becoming more and more like A. If A’s boyfriend, C, likes A […]

Forthcoming Events

1001 SA Stories

Friday, 28 April 2017 at 5:30 PM

Storytime and Launch: Surprise! Surprise!

Saturday, 29 April 2017 at 11:00 AM

Book Blogger and Bookstagrammer Meet Up

Saturday, 29 April 2017 at 2:00 PM

Events Calendar

April 2017
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