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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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February 2016


Slade House by David Mitchell

slade houseBorn out of the short story David Mitchell published on Twitter in 2014 and inhabiting the same universe as his latest bestselling novel The Bone Clocks, this is the perfect book to curl up with on a dark and stormy night.

Turn down Slade Alley – narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you’re looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn’t quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies.

A stranger greets you by name and invites you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t.

This unnerving, taut and intricately woven tale by one of our most original and bewitching writers begins in 1979 and reaches its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe’en, 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a ‘guest’ is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom and for what purpose? The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs…

Manically ingenious … Each fresh product of Mitchell’s soaring imagination functions as an echo chamber for both his previous ideas and his oeuvre to come.” Liz Jensen, Guardian

Chilling and dazzling … but the real skill of the book is in its emotional impact. Mitchell makes you care about each of the narrators.” Scotland on Sunday

Packed with heady ideas and pulsing with dark energy . . . both dazzlingly inventive and compulsively readable.” Financial Times

An elegant fright-fest of the highest order . . . Mitchell masterfully, humorously, combines the classic components of a scary story – old house, dark alley, missing persons – with a realism, when describing the lives of the victims, that is pacy, funny and true.” Melissa Katsoulis, The Times

A deliciously creepy story to be read for plot and for pleasure, with your heart racing, and your eyes involuntarily skipping forwards to find out what happens.” Sunday Times

Genuinely good, genuinely scary.” Harry Ritchie, Daily Mail

“[Mitchell] seamlessly brings together his clashing parallel realities through wordplay so dazzling it seems to defy its own gravitational rules.” Metro

Mitchell’s most pleasurable book to date, which also features some of his finest writing.” Literary Review

Plants died, milk curdled, and my children went slightly feral as I succumbed to the creepy magic of David Mitchell’s Slade House. It’s a wildly inventive, chilling, and – for all its other-worldiness – wonderfully human haunted house story. I plan to return to its clutches quite often.” Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl

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Dark Matter & the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe by Lisa Randall – A horizon-expanding tour of the cosmos that blends what we know about the universe with new thinking, from a gifted scientist and writer.

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes – Another compact masterpiece from Barnes, which contemplates Art, Power and Dmitri Shostakovich. His first novel since the Booker winning Sense of an Ending.

The Widow by Fiona Barton – Billed as this year’s The Girl on the Train – definitely a thriller to watch.

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie – An exuberant, one-of-a-kind novel about love and family, war and nature, new money and old values by a brilliant New Yorker contributor.

Mr Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt – A New York Times Editors’ Choice and January 2016 Indie Next Pick. A contemporary gothic from an author in the company of Kelly Link and Aimee Bender, Mr. Splitfoot tracks two women in two times as they march toward a mysterious reckoning.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – An exquisite story of mothers and daughters from the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge.

Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War by Ian Buruma – Through his parents’ letters, historian Ian Buruma has created a spellbinding homage to the sustaining power of a family’s love and devotion through very dark days.

Christmas Stocking 2015 Part Deux

Literary Stocking Fillers

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There are some great choices for stocking fillers and Secret Santa gifts. A chilling new short story – The Grown-up – by Gillian Flynn of Gone Girl fame, for all the fans who are still waiting patiently for a new novel. Shaking Hands with Death is the moving lecture that Terry Pratchett gave at the BBC Richard Dimblebly Lecture, about the right to choose both a good life and a good death. Neil Gaiman’s beautiful short story How the Marquis got his Coat Back is now also available as a single volume, and Chimamande Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk about feminism – We Should All Be Feminists – is hugely popular.


Forthcoming Events

Launch of Letters of Stone by Steven Robins

Tuesday, 9 February 2016 at 5:30 PM

Launch of Ms Conception by Pamela Power

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 at 12:25 PM

SONA the Morning After @ the District 6, Homecoming Centre

Friday, 12 February 2016 at 10:00 AM

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