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.

Submitted

A charming feast for the senses: Alexander McCall Smith’s new novel, My Italian Bulldozer

The bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series returns with an irresistible new novel about one man’s adventures in the Italian countryside.

A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa – an extraordinary work of literary journalism by Alexis Okeowo

Okeowo creates a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent’s wave of fundamentalism.

Now back in print after twenty years: Jacques Pauw’s Into the Heart of Darkness: Confessions of Apartheid’s Assassins

Jacques Pauw takes us on a journey into the minds and lives of the men who went out to kill and kill again.

‘Where Jacob Zuma comes from, your child is my child; he violated those codes’ – Redi Tlhabi talks about Khwezi

‘I couldn’t accept that I was part of a society that allowed a man like that to be the president.’

Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit discuss Jacob Zuma’s ‘disastrous term in office’ and their new book Enemy of the People

Investigative journalists Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit have written a book which provides a detailed account of President Jacob Zuma’s “disastrous term in office”.

Rerelease: Jacques Pauw’s groundbreaking book In the Heart of the Whore: The Story of Apartheid’s Death Squads

Now republished in a new edition: In the Heart of the Whore: The Story of Apartheid’s Death Squads by Jacques Pauw.

‘They do not smile or welcome us but they let us in’: Sisonke Msimang recalls returning home to South Africa

The Johannesburg Review of Books has shared an excerpt from Sisonke Msimang’s new book Always Another Country.

Join James-Brent Styan at The Book Lounge for the launch of Heartbreaker: Christiaan Barnard and the First Heart Transplant

Jonathan Ball Publishers and The Book Lounge are thrilled to invite you to the launch of Heartbreaker: Christiaan Barnard and the First Heart Transplant by James-Brent Styan.

Don’t miss the launch of Richard Steyn’s new book Churchill and Smuts: The Friendship in Durban

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Adams Books invite you to the launch of Churchill and Smuts: The Friendship, by Richard Steyn.

How Ramaphosa got into business: An excerpt from Ramaphosa: The Man Who Would Be King by Ray Hartley

Ramaphosa: The Man Who Would Be King, by Ray Hartley‚ answers the question that everyone is asking: can the man in the middle lead from the front?

Don’t miss the launch of Ramaphosa: The Man Who Would Be King by Ray Hartley

Join Jonathan Ball Publishers at Exclusive Books Brooklyn for the launch of Ramaphosa: The Man Who Would Be King by Ray Hartley.

What I learned from Ben Okri about creative writing

Midway through his sentence Ben Okri stands up and turns to the whiteboard. “Who knows their work well?” he asks. The students in the class look at each other. “Someone give me a line, a line of your work”.

Presenting the new book by Ben Okri – The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age, illustrated by Rosemary Clunie

A new collection of meditations and stories from Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri, and illustrated by Rosemary Clunie.

Guide to submitting your manuscript to Jonathan Ball Publishers

Have you finished your book? Wondering how to get published? Have a look at Jonathan Ball Publishers manuscript submission guidelines.

Don’t miss the launch of Enemy of the People at The Book Lounge

Jonathan Ball Publishers and The Book Lounge are thrilled to invite you to the launch of Enemy of the People by Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit.

Crispian Olver discusses his book How to Steal a City: The Battle for Nelson Mandela Bay

The book is written as a gripping real-life thriller, taking the reader deeper and deeper into the rotten heart of the city.

‘The nation is staring down the barrel of a gun, held by a thief’ – Pieter du Toit and Adriaan Basson on their new book Enemy of the People

Enemy of the People is the first definitive account of Zuma’s catastrophic misrule, offering eyewitness descriptions and cogent analysis of how South Africa was brought to its knees – and how a people fought back.

Join Adriaan Basson, Pieter du Toit and Redi Tlhabi at the launch of Enemy of the People in Johannesburg

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books are thrilled to invite you to the launch of Enemy of the People by Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit.

Read an excerpt from Jennifer Egan’s new book Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is the long-awaited novel from Jennifer Egan, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.

[Sold out] Join Crispian Olver, author of How to Steal A City, and Antony Altbeker‏ at La Tête Restaurant

Jonathan Ball Publishers invite you to an evening with Crispian Olver, author of How to Steal A City, and Antony Altbeker‏ at La Tête Restaurant in Cape Town.