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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

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October/November 2015

Book of the Month

The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

Is it the funniest travel book I’ve read all year? Of course it is.” Daily Telegraph


Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the bestselling travel book ever, and was also voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain.Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed.

Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis to Cape Wrath, by way of places that many people never get to at all, Bryson sets out to rediscover the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly unique country that he thought he knew but doesn’t altogether recognise any more. Yet, despite Britain’s occasional failings and more or less eternal bewilderments, Bill Bryson is still pleased to call our rainy island home. And not just because of the cream teas, a noble history, and an extra day off at Christmas.

Once again, with his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson gives us an acute and perceptive insight into all that is best and worst about Britain today.

Bill Bryson’s new book The Road to Little Dribbling is warm, funny, thoughtful, sometimes grumpy. An absolute joy.” Clare Balding

Fans should expect to chuckle, snort, snigger, grunt, laugh out loud and shake with recognition…a clotted cream and homemade jam scone of a treat.” Sunday Times

There were moments when I snorted out loud with laughter while reading this book in public…He can be as gloriously silly as ever.” The Times

Bryson has no equal. He combines the charm and humour of Michael Palin with the cantankerousness of Victor Meldrew and the result is a benign intolerance that makes for a gloriously funny read.” Daily Express

At its best as the history of a love affair, the very special relationship between Bryson and Britain. We remain lucky to have him.” Financial Times

The truly great thing about Bryson is that he really cares and is insanely curious… Reading his work is like going on holiday with the members of Monty Python.” Mashable

The observation, the wit, the geniality of Bryson’s inimitable words illuminate ever chapter.” Terry Wogan, Irish Times

Everybody loves Bill Bryson, don’t they? He’s clever, witty, entertaining, a great companion… his research is on show here, producing insight, wisdom and startling nuggets of information… Bill Bryson and his new book are the dog’s bollocks.” Independent on Sunday

Stuffed with eye-opening facts and statistics….. Bryson’s charm and wit continue to float off the page….Recognising oneself is part of the pleasure of reading Bryson’s mostly affable rants about Britain and Britishness.” Daily Mail

September 2015

Book of the Month

Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez by Craig Bartholomew Strydom and Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman

In the summer of 1972, during a compulsory stint in the South African military, Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman heard the music that would forever change his life. A decade later, on yet another military base, Craig Bartholomew Strydom heard the same music. It would have a profound effect. Who was this folk singer who resonated with South Africa’s youth? No one could say. All that anyone knew was his name – Rodriguez – and the fact that he had killed himself on stage after reading his own epitaph.

After many years of searching in a pre-internet age, Strydom with support from Segerman found the musician not dead but alive and living in seclusion in Detroit. Even more remarkable was the fact that Rodriguez, no longer working as a musician and struggling to eke out a blue-collar existence, had no idea that he had been famous for over 25 years in a remote part of the world…

August 2015

Open Book Focus

Spotlight on Africa

We are delighted to have a number of very highly regarded authors joining us from our very own African continent. From 9th – 13th September you can look forward to seeing these authors (click on their names for a list of events) –

Okey Ndibe, from Nigeria, is tha author of two highly acclaimed novels – Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods. He teaches African and African Diaspora literature at Brown University.

Told with a fable s deceptive lucidity, this original debut is packed with darkly humorous reflections on Africa’s obsession with the West, and the West’s obsession with all things exotic.” Daily Mail

Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe. Her debut story collection, An Elegy for Easterly, won the Guardian First Book Prize in 2009. Her debut novel, The Book of Memory, is this month’s Book of the Month at the Book Lounge. If you buy it in August you will get a 20% discount plus a FREE ticket to see her at the festival on September 1oth.

Forthcoming Events

Launch of What If There Were No Whites in South Africa by Ferial Haffajee

Thursday, 26 November 2015 at 5:30 PM

Storytime: Giants

Saturday, 28 November 2015 at 11:00 AM

Launch of No Valley Without Shadows MSF & the fight for affordable ARVS in South Africa

Monday, 30 November 2015 at 5:30 PM

Events Calendar

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