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.

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New Wilbur Smith novel announced! King of Kings – an epic story of love, betrayal, courage and war

King of Kings brings together two of Wilbur Smith’s greatest families in the sequel to Triumph of the Sun.

Join Deon Maas for the launch of Witboy in Berlin in Johannesburg

Jonathan Ball Publishers invite you to the launch of Witboy in Berlin by Deon Maas.

Scrublands by Chris Hammer – a compulsive thriller that will haunt you long after you have turned the final page

In Riversend, an isolated rural community afflicted by an endless drought, a young priest does the unthinkable, killing five parishioners before being taken down himself.

‘We have no photographs of our early days’ – Read an excerpt from Emma Rous’s gripping debut novel, The Au Pair

Read an excerpt from Emma Rous’s debut novel The Au Pair – one of the most anticipated books of 2019!

Don’t miss the launch of David Brock Katz’s new book South Africans versus Rommel in Joburg (Feb 21)

Delta Books and Bookdealers invite you to the launch of South Africans versus Rommel by David Brock Katz.

The Binding is an unforgettable, magical novel: a boundary-defying love story and a unique literary event

Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could forget your pain.
Imagine you could hide a secret.
Forever.

Don’t miss the Cape Town launch of Dead of Night, the new book by bestselling, award-winning author Michael Stanley (13 Feb)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of Michael Stanley’s latest novel, Dead of Night.

Dead of Night, the stunning new thriller by Michael Stanley, author of the award-winning Detective Kubu series

When freelance journalist Crystal Nguyen heads to South Africa, she thinks she’ll be researching an article on rhino-horn smuggling for National Geographic, but within a week she’s been hunting poachers, hunted by their bosses, and then arrested in connection with a murder.

Read an excerpt from Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s extraordinary, bestselling debut, Friday Black

Friday Black is a piercingly raw debut story collection from Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, a young writer with an explosive voice; a treacherously surreal, and, at times, heartbreakingly satirical look at what it’s like to be young and black in America.

‘One of the year’s most powerful debuts’ – Find Me Gone by Sarah Meuleman

Find Me Gone by Sarah Meuleman – a haunting, whip-smart debut novel about second chances and the lengths one young woman will go to keep her dark secrets sealed in the past.

One of the most anticipated books of 2019 – The Au Pair, the debut novel from Emma Rous

Emma Rous’s debut novel The Au Pair – a tautly plotted mystery of dark family secrets, out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers. 

A Short History of Modern Angola by David Birmingham – ‘a timely and incredibly readable book on this rising power’

A Short History of Modern Angola by David Birmingham is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers. 

The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life.

Part manifesto for mastery, part playbook for genius-grade productivity and part companion for a life lived beautifully, The 5 AM Club is a book that will transform your life. Forever.

‘Among themselves, doves fight as often as hawks’ – Read an excerpt from Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Read an excerpt from the novel everyone is talking about – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Don’t miss the launch of Real Meal Revolution: Low-Carb Cooking in Johannesburg

Come and witness a live studio demo and taste recipes from the cookbook!

South Africans versus Rommel: The Untold Story of the Desert War in World War II by David Brock Katz

Relying on deep research in South African and British archives, David Brock Katz recounts a side of the Desert War that has never received the attention it deserves in South Africans versus Rommel: The Untold Story of the Desert War in World War II.

The Binding by Bridget Collins – an unforgettable novel and a homage to the life-changing power of books

The Binding by Bridget Collins is coming very soon to bookstores in South Africa!

Friends Like These by Sarah Alderson – a gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist

Friends Like These by Sarah Alderson – a gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist!

Join Jonathan Ball Publishers and Graham Viney for a Royal Tribute Movie Night

Jonathan Ball Publishers invite you to an evening with Graham Viney, author of The Last Hurrah: South Africa and the Royal Tour of 1947, as he indulges our curiosity of the British Royal Family.

Uplifting. Intriguing. 30 women, 30 stories – Cecelia Ahern’s new short story collection Roar

In this singular and imaginative story collection, Cecelia Ahern illuminates the myriad ways in which women overcome adversity with wit, resourcefulness and compassion.