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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

June 2016


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

Pre-order special – Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

PRE-ORDER SPECIAL – 20% discount!

Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of Born to Run

Seven years in the writing, this is Bruce Springsteen’s own account of his journey to stardom – from growing up in Freehold, New Jersey to playing the Super Bowl half time show – is told with all the poetry and vision he brings to his songwriting.

Worldwide publication is 27th September. The book will retail at R370, but if you order an pay before publication you will get a 20% discount and pay only R296!
To order please mail us at

Something for everyone at Open Book Festival 2016


I loved coming to the Open Book Festival in Cape Town and being enveloped in literary love.”

Chris Riddell, UK Children’s Laureate

Open Book

Brought to you by the Book Lounge and The Fugard Theatre, Open Book Festival this year has something for everyone. There’s a feast of book launches, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, readings, performances and more. The event takes place from 7 to 11 September at The Fugard Theatre, District Six Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge in Cape Town.

From the rock stars of the literary world to emerging writers, the Open Book Festival provides a platform to connect with a diverse range of local and international authors. The more than one hundred events are designed to entertain, engage and stimulate ideas and conversations. The programme will again include the popular Poetica and Comics Fest as well as events for younger readers. Nearly ten thousand people attended the Festival last year.

Forthcoming Events

Storytime: Kings

Saturday, 2 July 2016 at 11:00 AM

Launch of A Manifesto for Social Change by Moeletsi Mbeki

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 at 5:30 PM

Boekbekendstelling van Hy Kom Met die Skoenlappers deur Valda Jansen

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 at 5:30 PM

Events Calendar

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