Jonathan Ball Publishers

Jonathan Ball Publishers are the leading publishers and distributors of English general books in South Africa, specialising in South African history, politics and current affairs.


Don’t miss the launch of The Cowboy Capitalist by Charles van Onselen in Johannesburg

Find out how America was involved in the Jameson Raid at the launch of The Cowboy Capitalist by Charles van Onselen.

Don’t miss Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty chatting to Bongani Madondo at Love Books

Paul Beatty, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sellout, will be in South Africa this month.

‘Brilliant’ Sarah Lotz’s The Three to be adapted for ‘stunning’ new BBC drama series

The BBC has announced it will adapt South African author Sarah Lotz’s The Three trilogy as a major new eight-part drama for its flagship channel.

A disconcerting portrait of South Africa’s underworld: Tymon Smith reviews Hitmen for Hire

Hitmen for Hire by Mark Shaw debunks the myth that assassinations and political killings belong to South Africa’s past.

The Tiger’s Prey – the new novel from Wilbur Smith: A thrilling saga of the sea

In The Tiger’s Prey, Wilbur Smith, the world’s greatest storyteller, once again recreates all the drama, uncertainty, and courage of a bygone era:

Read an excerpt from I am Pandarus, the new novel from award-winning author Michiel Heyns

Jonathan Ball Publishers has shared an excerpt from I am Pandarus, the new novel from acclaimed author Michiel Heyns.

Fikile Mbalula should read this book: Marianne Thamm recommends Mark Shaw’s Hitmen for Hire

Marianne Thamm has reviewed Mark Shaw’s new book Hitmen for Hire: Exposing South Africa’s Underworld for the Daily Maverick.

Win a book hot off the press from Jonathan Ball Publishers!

We have one of each of these brand new Jonathan Ball Publishers books to give away to five lucky winners!

We did not know it was the final farewell: Read an excerpt from Karina M Szczurek’s memoir, The Fifth Mrs Brink

Jonathan Ball Publishers has shared an excerpt from The Fifth Mrs Brink, Karina M Szczurek’s soul-baring memoirs of her life before, with and after her marriage to André P Brink.

Join Karina M Szczurek at Kalk Bay Books for the launch of The Fifth Mrs Brink

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Kalk Bay Books invite you to the launch of The Fifth Mrs Brink, the new touching memoir by Karina M Szczurek.

‘The Good Daughter is Karin Slaughter’s best novel so far’ – James Patterson

Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, Karin Slaughter’s new novel The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

“If you only read one thriller this year, make it The Marsh King’s Daughter”

Praised by Lee Child and Karin Slaughter, and sure to thrill fans of The Girl on the Train and The Widow, The Marsh King’s Daughter is a mesmerising psychological thriller.

Watch: Sarah Lotz’s ‘terrifying’ trip down a cave to research her new book The White Road

For her latest book, Sarah Lotz ventured down a cave to make sure she got a true feel for the ‘terrifying sense of claustrophobia’.

What does our future hold? Find out at the launch of Fate of the Nation by Jakkie Cilliers

What does our future hold? Will the ANC split within the next five years? Could the DA rule the country in 2024? Will the EFF form an alliance with the ANC? What should we do to make our economy grow at levels that will impact on poverty and inequality? Will we become a more tolerant or a more violent society?

New book alert: A Short History of South Africa by Gail Nattrass

In A Short History of South Africa, Gail Nattrass presents the reader with a brief, general account of South Africa’s history, from the very beginning to the present day.

The price of a life? Anything from R5,000 upwards: Read an excerpt from Hitmen for Hire by Mark Shaw

In Hitmen for Hire, author Mark Shaw takes the reader on a journey like no other, navigating a world of South Africa’s hitmen, informers, rogue policemen, taxi bosses, gang leaders and crooked businessmen.

King Kong: Our Knot of Time and Music – don’t miss the launch of this personal memoir of South Africa’s legendary musical

King Kong was not just South Africa’s first ever musical, but one that grew out of collaboration between black people and white, and showcased an all-black cast.

Don’t miss the launch of The Fifth Mrs Brink by Karina Szczurek at The Book Lounge

Jonathan Ball Publishers and The Book Lounge invite you to the Cape Town launch of Karina M Szczurek’s new soul-baring memoir, The Fifth Mrs Brink.

Michael Crichton on top form with new, recently discovered novel Dragon Teeth

Michael Crichton, the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, returns to the world of paleontology in a recently discovered novel, Dragon Teeth,

[Video and podcast] Sisonke Msimang on whiteness, multiculturalism and Jacob Zuma

CBC/Radio-Canada has published a multimedia feature on journalist and activist Sisonke Msimang as part of a global series titled ‘Us and Them: …