Operation Oysterhood: 3 May

OYSTERHOOD is reclusiveness or solitude, or an overwhelming desire to stay at home.

— @HaggardHawks

Pandemic. Lockdown. Covid-19-related publication delays. Lower book sales. Crippling returns. Cashflow struggles. Increases in production costs. Limited promotion avenues. Debt. Debt. Debt. To be a small independent publisher right now is to survive on hope. Barely.

We published Karavan Press’s first titles in June 2019, not even two years ago, nine – very promising – months before the beginning of the lockdown in South Africa. Then the pandemic hit our shores and destroyed many dreams for the press. Against all odds, we are about to release the eleventh Karavan Press title. Last week, two of our titles – Breaking Milk by Dawn Garisch and Death and the After Parties – made the Sunday Times/CNA Awards 2021 longlists.

No matter what, Karavan Press has always paid all invoices on time, and paid out royalties to all our authors as per our agreements. None of this would have been possible without the support of friends, family, dedicated booksellers and readers (and the fact that I have been running the press – including all editing, admin, promotional, etc. work – since the beginning pro bono). But despite all the incredible help, it is becoming more and more difficult to keep Karavan Press going. And there is little respite in sight. However, I refuse to give up.

In order to generate some much-needed cashflow, I have decided to have a book sale. It is running until 14 May and I hope it will bring some relief to an acute situation.

This is the deal:

Order any four of the ten published Karavan Press books and pay ONLY R550, including delivery.

For book details, click here: KARAVAN PRESS BOOKS

To order, please send your list of the four titles and your delivery address to karavanpress@outlook.com, and we will send you an invoice for an EFT.

Delivery options:

Cape Town: next working day after payment reflects in our account, to your door within 20km of Rondebosch Common.

Rest of South Africa: within a few working days after payment reflects in our account, to your nearest Postnet office.

Contact us for other delivery arrangements, if required.


PS Karavan Press books will make great Mother’s Day presents …!

First Karavan Press SALE parcels were delivered today.

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local.

“Physical distancing remains one of the key strategies to curb this pandemic.”


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