Dear book lovers,

It seems odd, slow and rather out-of-date to be wishing you all Happy New Year on the 13th  of February, but after Wednesday night’s launch of Harry Kalmer’s A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg, where everyone was wishing everyoneHappy New Year, we know we are not the only ones getting into it … slowly.

So Happy New Year, and as with every year, there are lots of exciting things to look forward to in 2017.

Talking of slow, in the publishing event of the year, Arundhati Roy will be publishing her second novel in 20 years this June –  we can’t wait for The Ministry of Utmost Happiness! For lovers of North American fiction the great George Saunders will publish his first novel this March, Lincoln in the Bardo. The delightful Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project) has The Best of Adam Sharpcoming your way. And on the local scene there is much excitement around Fred Strydom’s second novel, The Inside Out Man, coming in May, and Karina Szczurek’s The Fifth Mrs Brink, coming later in the year. This is just a tiny, tiny taste of what’s to come and if you’d like to order any of these titles (or anything else for that matter) in advance, let us know at

For those of you who are pressed for time but still looking for something meaty, why not pick up a literary journal. New Contrast has had a fantastic revamp, and we are excited to be stocking New York based American literary journal, n+1.

As always, the shop is groaning with wonderful reads so do pop in – you never know what you might find. In fact, one of our favourite customers sent us the following quote (on the Waterstones UK turnaround), with the instruction to apply it to Love Books: 

You go to Amazon because you know the name of the book you want; you go to Waterstones (or Love Books) to discover it and enjoy the experience that predicates the discovery. 

Find our February recommendations at or pop in for an unexpected discovery! 

Yours in books,
Kate and Anna