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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

May 2016


What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

Pure, sensuous enjoyment.” Times

The stories collected in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours are linked by more than the exquisitely winding prose of their creator: Helen Oyeyemi’s ensemble cast of characters slip from the pages of their own stories only to surface in another.

The reader is invited into a world of lost libraries and locked gardens, of marshlands where the drowned dead live and a city where all the clocks have stopped; students hone their skills at puppet school, the Homely Wench Society commits a guerrilla book-swap, and lovers exchange books and roses on St Jordi’s Day.

It is a collection of towering imagination, marked by baroque beauty and a deep sensuousness.

Oyeyemi’s imagination is impressive and vast . . . Her ability to conceive her stories on such a grand scale is what makes her work so magnetic, sucking the reader into any number of netherworlds. Perhaps it’s this ability to consume and be consumed that keeps Oyeyemi constantly, and prolifically, at work.” Guardian

Transcendent . . . the pleasurable awareness of a story being told courses through the collection like electricity . . . Oyeyemi expertly melds the everyday, the fantastic and the eternal . . . with each story I had the delightful and rare experience of being utterly surprised . . . Oyeyemi has created a universe that dazzles and wounds.” New York Times

Ethereal beauty and unexpected humour.” Independent on Sunday

SOLD OUT! Down in the Basement: The Plot Hole

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!!! Stuart Cairns(Winner Laughmaster 2014) and Westley Cockrell(Winner Joke Slam 2015) are fresh new talents on the South African entertainment scene. They have been producing shows all over South Africa and run several monthly and weekly gigs in Cape Town including hosting, auctioneering and stand-up comedy. Both acts have been featured […]

Calling all John le Carré and Philip Kerr fans!

To our delight, there is a ‘new’ author to enthuse about for fans of intelligent crime and spy thriller writing! John Lawton is a British writer who has received favourable, and entirely justified, comparisons to both John le Carré and Philip Kerr. His current series takes place in the early days of the Cold War, […]

Forthcoming Events

Launch of Writing What We Like compiled by Yolisa Qunta

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 at 5:30 PM

Launch of Always Anastacia: A Transgender Life in SA by Anastacia Tomson

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 at 5:30 PM

Launch of Little Suns by Zakes Mda

Thursday, 2 June 2016 at 5:30 PM

Events Calendar

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