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.


Read an excerpt from Every Breath, the new novel from Nicholas Sparks, bestselling author of The Notebook

Read an excerpt from bestselling author Nicholas Sparks’s powerful new love story, Every Breath.

The future of African economic activity – prepare for a KasiNomic Revolution

KasiNomic Revolution: The Rise of African Informal Economies by GG Alcock is out now!

How John Chambers turned more than 10,000 employees into millionaires – Connecting The Dots: Leadership Lessons in a Startup World

Silicon Valley visionary John Chambers shares the lessons that transformed a dyslexic kid from West Virginia into one of the world’s best business leaders and turned a simple router company into a global tech titan.

The chronicle of a unique, and inimitable, adventure – David Attenborough’s Journeys to the Other Side of the World

Journeys to the Other Side of the World – the further adventures of a young David Attenborough, from Madagascar and New Guinea to the Pacific Islands and the Northern Territory of Australia.

Ed Sheeran – the new biography of the most successful solo star on the planet

In Ed Sheeran, bestselling biographer Sean Smith traces the astonishing journey of the shy little boy with a stammer who grew up to be a global phenomenon.

Fox 8 – A darkly comic fable from Booker Prize-winning author George Saunders

An enchanting and darkly comic fable of human greed and nature, from the Man Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo, exquisitely illustrated by Chelsea Cardinal

Melmoth – Sarah Perry’s breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent

20 years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But her sheltered life is about to change.

Find out more about Chigozie Obioma’s new novel, An Orchestra of Minorities

An Orchestra of Minorities is the second novel by Chigozie Obioma, the author of The Fishermen, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Of Blood and Bone, the new book by Nora Roberts – an epic story of love, war, family and magic

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts – the gripping sequel to the number one bestseller Year One – an epic story of love, war, family and magic.

The Story of Nelson Mandela: The Prisoner who Became a President – A perfect introduction to a fascinating period in history

A biography for children from Faber Short Books – The Story of Nelson Mandela: The Prisoner who Became a President by Adrian Hadland.

We Are the Nerds – How Reddit’s users changed the culture of the internet

We Are the Nerds – a riveting look inside Reddit, the wildly popular, often misunderstood website, whose intensely-engaged users have changed the culture of the internet.

The Real Meal Revolution: Low-Carb Cooking – 300 Low-Carb, Sugar-Free and Gluten-Free Recipes

A comprehensive, fully-illustrated guide to low-carb cooking from Jonno Proudfoot, the chef behind the phenomenal bestseller The Real Meal Revolution.

New poetry from Alice Walker in the ‘playfully imaginative and intensely moving’ Taking the Arrow out of the Heart

Mindful poems about tolerance, justice and hope for the future, by Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple.

Detective John Rebus returns in In a House of Lies – the latest and greatest novel from Ian Rankin

The iconic Ian Rankin returns with a new Detective John Rebus novel, House of Lies – this year’s essential must-read bestseller.

Does Winnie Mandela have ‘blood on her hands’? ‘Yes and no.’ – Sisonke Msimang discusses her new book, The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela

‘To ask that question of Winnie Mandela as though she were the only person engaged in the Struggle is to somehow exceptionalise her in ways that seem misogynistic, and that are self-serving and revisionist in their essence.’

This book does not condemn Winnie Mandela, nor does it seek to exonerate her: Sisonke Msimang on why she wrote The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela

Sisonke Msimang has shared a video in which she talks about why she decided to write her new book, The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela.

Her enemies will learn the true meaning of fear … Dean Koontz’s new novel The Forbidden Door is out now

The No.1 New York Times bestseller and master of suspense Dean Koontz returns with the new Jane Hawk blockbuster – The Forbidden Door!

The final book from one of the greatest minds in history – Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Professor Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, the world-famous cosmologist and bestselling author of A Brief History of Time, leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe’s biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work, Brief Answers to the Big Questions.

An intimate look at one man’s relationship with the American people – To Obama: With Love, Joy, Hate and Despair by Jeanne Marie Laskas

To Obama: With Love, Joy, Hate and Despair by Jeanne Marie Laskas – one of the most important politics books of the year.

John Grisham’s The Reckoning – his most powerful, surprising and suspenseful thriller yet

In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II.