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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: 17th-21st September 2014

The fourth edition of Open Book is just around the corner, and authors from around the world will be heading from SA in preparation for their events at Open Book 2014!

Each year, there are key moments that take our excitement up to the next level. One of those is the arrival of the printed programme – for those of you keen to get your hands on one, please visit the Book Lounge.
For those keen to buy tickets to any of the events, we are offering EFT and credit card facilities. For EFT payments, please mail, with the list of events you want to attend.

We do have some disappointing news unfortunately. Taiye Selasi is no longer able to join us for Open Book due to a family emergency. With the wealth of authors joining us however, we know that the festival is going to rock regardless!

Keep an eye on our website for any changes to the programme and should you have any queries, please do get in touch.

If you would like further details about the festival or events through the year, please contact Frankie (


The Open Book Team


Westridge High Library Appeal

Our Library Appeal continues – This year we have identified Westridge High School in Mitchell’s Plain as our target school. The school has over 1,100 pupils but no library, so we have committed to installing a full library of 5,000 books for them as part of this year’s Open Book. We believe passionately that children benefit exponentially from having access to books throughout their education. Last year we installed a library at Parkhurst Primary in Mitchell’s Plain, with great success. Parkhurst feeds in to Westridge, so this will give every pupil at both schools the wonderful opportunity to engage with books and reading throughout their school career.
We are asking all our friends and customers if they would consider contributing – the books have been carefully selected and will be available in-store to buy for the school, or just mail us with an amount you would like to contribute to the appeal, and we will select from the book list for you.

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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Simon Schama: Story of the Jews Vol I and II – 20% pre-order discount!

We have a NEW DOUBLE Special Offer to announce. We are offering 20% off the forthcoming Simon Schama – Story of the Jews II: When Words Fail (1492-present day), as well as 20% off the paperback of the first volume – Story of the Jews I: Finding the Words (1000 BCE-1492). Story of the Jews […]

20% off pre-orders of the new Yotam Ottolenghi!

ottolenghiWe are delighted to be able to offer our customers a 20% discount on the delicious forthcoming Yotam Ottolenghi book – Plenty More - a follow-up to his bestselling title Plenty.

All orders placed and paid for before October 1st 2014 will pay only R456, rather than the retail price of R570.

To order please mail us on, or call on 021 462 2425.

The 2014 Man Booker Prize Shortlist


To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

J: A Novel by Howard Jacobson

The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

How to be Both by Ali Smith

Forthcoming Events

Launch of Mission to South Africa by Robin Renwick

Thursday, 5 February 2015 at 5:30 PM

Creatures under the Sea Story Time

Saturday, 7 February 2015 at 11:00 AM

Barbara Kingsolver visits the Book Lounge!

Friday, 13 February 2015 at 5:30 PM

Events Calendar

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