2nd-class Taxi

"Very early in the morning a large, heavily-patched army greatcoat wriggled and wormed itself along the inside of a wide concrete pipe until it was sticking quarter-way out into the frosted Transvaal air." So Staffnurse Phofolo, the hero of this satiric story, is introduced to us. It is a deeply serious and felt commentary on the tragedy which was South Africa. Published in 1958, it was promptly banned when it hit the best seller list by the then Nationalist Apartheid Government. The book was unbanned in 1988.

The Bewilderness

A collection of vignettes regarding some nonsense about Mr Maxi Moss.

99 Ways to Reach 100

Sylvester Stein loved life and wanted everyone else to do likewise and live long fulfilled lives. Here he gives tips on how to increase the chances of a long and healthy happy life. Not currently available.

What The World Owes Me By Mary Bowes

Mary, poor girl, has lost her tongue completely after what happened in the Off Beat and the Partisano, two Soho clubs; and before she finds it again we discover what happened to her as a child of the blitz and in South Africa where she really grew up. 

Who Killed Mr Drum?

Part biography, part murder-mystery, with gems about Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo and other lions of the apartheid era, this book is about the author's time as editor of the legendary township magazine, Drum, and the untimely deaths of the brilliant black journalists, Can Themba, Henry Nxumalo, Zeke Mphalele, among many others.

Old Letch

"What's he like, this Letchford?" Quite outrageous and quite unforgettable. A comic creation on the grand scale as he gets involved in what are probably the oddest political goings-on ever recorded, and in the maddest election scene in literature.

I Danced With Mrs Gandhi

Stein's zany autobiography written at the age of 87. Unconventional and full of his spirited take on life, he writes about his early childhood as the son of Lithuanian immigrants in Cape Town, to his days defying the South African regime while editor of Drum, and then to his time in the UK as a publisher and champion sprinter.