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.


5 reasons to read The Wren Hunt, the thrilling new book by Mary Watson

The Wren Hunt is part thriller, part love story: a captivating Young Adult novel about a girl caught in a battle between two ancient magics.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer – now a Netflix original film

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer – The Southern Reach Trilogy begins with this Nebula Award-winning novel.

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Don’t miss the launch of Mary Watson’s The Wren Hunt at The Book Lounge, with Sally Partridge

Jonathan Ball Publishers and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson.

Join Johan Raath for a Recce Story Night in Pretoria

Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Event: SASFA Story Evening
Venue: Ruimsig Country Club, Johannesburg
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
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Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey through the World’s Strangest Brains by Helen Thomson

Imagine getting lost in a one-room flat, seeing auras, never forgetting a moment, a permanent orchestra in your head, turning into a tiger, life as an out-of-body experience, feeling other people’s pain, being convinced you are dead, becoming a different person overnight …

Join Johan Raath, author of Blood Money, for a Recce Story Night in Roodepoort

Blood Money: Stories of an ex-Recce’s Missions as a Private Military Contractor in Iraq is out soon from Jonathan Ball Publishers. Shortly …

Blood Money: Stories of an ex-Recce’s Missions as a Private Military Contractor in Iraq

Shortly after we took off from the check point I saw an old Opel with young men trying to pass us … I remember the cracks of the AK-47 bullets when it came through our windscreen. Our driver drew his pistol and fired back with his right hand while trying to control the speeding vehicle with his left.

‘Dad thinks lots of things are right-wing. He even thinks He-Man is right-wing’ – Like Sodium in Water, a memoir of post-independence Zimbabwe by Hayden Eastwood

It’s post-independence Zimbabwe and an atmosphere of nostalgia hangs over much of Harare’s remaining white community.

Award-winning author Mary Watson touring Cape Town in April

Award-winning author Mary Watson will be launching her new book, The Wren Hunt, in Cape Town in April.

12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers – A thrilling action ride of a book

The true-life account of a US Special Forces team deployed to dangerous, war-ridden Afghanistan in the weeks following 9/11.

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews – a classic spy thriller, now a major motion picture

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews is a bestselling, impossible-to-put-down, espionage thriller!

Read an excerpt from The Feed – Nick Clark Windo’s electrifying, high-concept debut thriller

Nick Clark Windo’s debut novel The Feed is a unique, thought-provoking and utterly addictive thriller with a chilling premise at its core.

‘I think my real name is Samantha. I think I’m your daughter.’ Read an excerpt from She’s Not There by Joy Fielding

A gripping novel from a queen of psychological suspense and New York Times bestselling author, Joy Fielding.

All the Money in the World by John Pearson: The true story of the infamous Getty kidnapping

When 16-year-old Paul Getty was kidnapped, the news exploded worldwide. But his grandfather, J Paul Getty, the richest living American, refused to pay the ransom.

‘Brave is the story of how I reclaimed my life’ – Rose McGowan

‘I don’t believe I owe Hollywood a thank-you letter. I owe it a kick in the proverbial head.’

‘These are my go-to recipes when I want to eat well at home’ – Gordon Ramsay’s new book Ultimate Fit Food is out now

This is the ultimate collection of recipes that you’ll enjoy cooking and eating, and will leave you in great shape whatever your fitness goals.

What does President Trump’s staff REALLY think of him? The bestselling bombshell book Fire and Fury is now available in SA!

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial US presidency of our time.

Read and listen to an excerpt from This Idea is Brilliant: Lost, Overlooked, and Underappreciated Scientific Concepts Everyone Should Know

In This Idea is Brilliant, John Brockman asks 206 of the world’s most brilliant minds the question: What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?

Manage your Money like a F*cking Grown Up: Free workshop with Sam Beckbessinger in Cape Town

In Manage your Money like a F*cking Grown Up, money dork Sam Beckbessinger tells it to you straight: how to take control of your money to take control of your life.

A must-read for anyone who has ever loved and lost: The Museum of Broken Relationships

What to do with the fragments of a love affair? A wedding dress sealed in a jar. A roll of undeveloped film. An axe used to chop an ex-lover’s furniture in a fit of rage. These objects make up the Museum of Broken Relationships.