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Welcome

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 booklounge@gmail.com.

Latest Blog Posts

Book of the Week – 20% discount

We are delighted to be able to offer Teju Cole’s brilliant first collection of essays – Known and Strange Things – as our Book of the Week. Buy the book before Friday 26th August and get a 20% discount. Retail price is R290, but you will pay only R232!

July 2016

Fiction

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The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray

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The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century.

Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar ‘Waldy’ Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back.

In his ambitious and fiercely inventive new novel, John Wray takes us from turn-of-the-century Viennese salons buzzing with rumours about Einstein’s radical new theory to the death camps of the Second World War, from the golden age of post-war pulp science fiction to a startling discovery in a modern-day Manhattan apartment packed to the ceiling with artefacts of contemporary life.

This is literature as high-wire act without the net; epic in scale, even bigger in heart.” Marlon James

John Wray gets his Calvino on, his Mitchell on, his Murakami on, and even his Joyce on in this spectacular rattlebag of a novel . . . Who says the novel is dead? Just smash the clocks and open this novel.” Colum McCann

With this darkly playful chronicle of three generations of crackpots and criminals, losers and visionaries, John Wray has written a book of eerie magic: Waldy Tolliver’s love letter to the mysterious Mrs. Haven is a secret love letter to fiction itself. A mischievous epic, luminous and strange.” Kiran Desai

John Wray is the next wave of American fiction.” Jonathan Lethem

One of our most astonishing and relevant young writers.” Esquire

June 2016

Fiction

Bickford Fuse by Andrey Kurkov

 

Catch-22 meets The Brothers Karamazov in the last great satire of the Soviet Era

The Great Patriotic War is stumbling to a close, but a new darkness has fallen over Soviet Russia. And for a disparate, disconnected clutch of wanderers – many thousands of miles apart but linked by a common goal – four parallel journeys are just beginning.

Gorych and his driver, rolling through water, sand and snow on an empty petrol tank; the occupant of a black airship, looking down benevolently as he floats above his Fatherland; young Andrey, who leaves his religious community in search of a new life; and Kharitonov, who trudges from the Sea of Japan to Leningrad, carrying a fuse that, when lit, could blow all and sundry to smithereens.

Written in the final years of Communism, The Bickford Fuse is a satirical epic of the Soviet soul, exploring the origins and dead-ends of the Russian mentality from the end of World War Two to the Union’s collapse. Blending allegory and fable with real events, and as deliriously absurd as anything Kurkov has written, it is both an elegy for lost years and a song of hope for a future not yet set in stone.

Kurkov’s style is spare and effective, drawing us with deceptive ease into a dense, complex world full of wonderful characters.” Michael Palin

Kurkov is the real thing . . . Comparisons with Bulgakov’s zany Moscow are not far-fetched.” Guardian

His bestselling novels are known for their surreal touches, but Andrey Kurkov, the Ukrainian novelist hailed as a post-Soviet Kafka, also has an uncanny ability to predict events in the real world around him.” Daily Telegraph

Beguiling … frequently funny … completely its own thing. it may even be a little bit of a masterpiece.” Sam Leith, Financial Times

Forthcoming Events

Launch of Zodiac by Sam Wilson

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 at 5:30 PM

Boekbekendstelling van Indeks deur Joan Hambidge

Thursday, 22 September 2016 at 5:30 PM

Launch of Hitler, Verwoerd, Mandela & Me by Marianne Thamm

Thursday, 29 September 2016 at 5:30 PM

Events Calendar

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