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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.


Open Book Festival: 9th-13th September 2015

**STOP PRESS** Open Book Programmes now in! Collect yours from the Book Lounge.

The Book Lounge and the Fugard Theatre invite you to Open Book Cape Town
9 – 13 September 2015
Click here for the full programme.
Each year we’ve been lucky enough to be joined by an amazing children’s book author and illustrator and 2015 is no different. Chris Riddell, has confirmed he will be in Cape Town! Well known for his collaborative work with Paul Stewart, Russell Brand and Neil Gaiman to name just a few. He is also the author behind the Ottoline and Goth Girlseries (amongst others). Not to be missed!

 As exciting on a different front, are Masha Gessen, Andrey Kurkov, Helen Macdonald and Laura van den Berg.

Gessen is a Russian/American journalist, author and activist who has written extensively on LGBT rights. Her latest book, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, will be released in April 2015.

Andrey Kurkov, respected author and social commentator and vice-president of Ukrainian PEN has several novels under his belt. In 2014, he published, The Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev, the diaries he kept over the course of the Ukrainian revolution which began in November of 2013.

Helen Macdonald has a long standing love of falconry and following the death of her father, made the decision to train a goshawk. The book about her experiences, H is for Hawk, won the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize as well as the Costa Book Award.

Laura van den Berg has published two short story collections, and has just released her much anticipated first novel, Find Me.

They will be joining Karen Joy Fowler, Patrick Gale, Saskia Goldschmidt, Neel Mukherjee, Okey Ndibe and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.


The Open Book Team


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

20% off the new Ottolenghi cookbook – NOPI

NOPI: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully

Published in September, Ottlenghi’s NOPI: The Cookbook will retail at R570 – but if you order and pay before September 10th publication, you will pay only R456!

NOPI: The Cookbook includes over 120 of the most popular dishes from Yotam’s innovative Soho-based restaurant NOPI. It’s written with long-time collaborator and NOPI head chef Ramael Scully, who brings his distinctive Asian twist to the Ottolenghi kitchen. Whether you’re a regular at the NOPI restaurant and want to know the secret to your favourite dish or are an Ottolenghi fan who wants to try out restaurant-style cooking, this is a collection of recipes which will inspire, challenge and delight.
All recipes have been adapted and made possible for the home cook to recreate at home. They range in their degree of complexity so there is something for all cooks. There are dishes that long-time Ottolenghi fans will be familiar with – a starter of aubergine with black garlic, for example, or the roasted squash with sweet tomatoes – as well as many dishes which will stretch the home cook as they produce some of the restaurant’s signature dishes at home, such as Beef brisket croquettes or Persian love rice. With chapters for starters & sides, fish, meat & vegetable mains, puddings, brunch, condiments and cocktails, a menu can easily be devised for any occasion and purpose.

To order please mail

20% off the new Petina Gappah plus a FREE ticket to her talk at Open Book Festival

We all loved Petina Gappah‘s astonishing collection of short stories – An Elegy for Easterly. To celebrate the long-awaited publication of her first novel – The Book of Memory – and her appearance at this year’s Open Book Festival, we are offering 20% discount off the book plus a free ticket to see her discuss The Book of Memory with Lauren Beukes, Thursday 10th September, 8.00-9.00pm.

The book will retail for R250, but if you order and pay before publication of 1st September, you will pay only R200 for the book + ticket!

To order the book + ticket special, please just mail us on

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

Roald Dahl Day at The Book Lounge!

Saturday, 5 September 2015 at 11:00 AM

Events Calendar

August 2015
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