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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Find out more about The Nickel Boys – the chilling, masterful new novel from Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys – the gorgeous, dazzling and heartbreaking new novel from Colson Whitehead.

Join Andrew Pike for the launches of Against All Odds: The Epic Story of the Oceanos Rescue, a gripping account of SA’s biggest maritime investigation (26 Aug–3 Sep)

Jonathan Ball Publishers invite you to the book launches of Against All Odds: The Epic Story of the Oceanos Rescue by Andrew Pike.

Siya Kolisi: Against All Odds – the remarkable story of the first black South African to captain a Springbok rugby team

Siya Kolisi: Against All Odds by Jeremy Daniel is out in September 2019 from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Why do South Africans find crime fiction so fascinating? Listen to author Amy Heydenrych share a deeply personal story

Shame on You author Amy Heydenrych speaks out about a personal experience that shaped her writing.

Andrew Pike captures the greatest maritime rescue in South African history in Against All Odds: The Epic Story of the Oceanos Rescue

In Against All Odds, maritime lawyer Andrew Pike recreates the compelling drama and extraordinary heroism of the greatest maritime rescue in South African history.

Ghost Fire – the brand new novel by Wilbur Smith – an epic story of tragedy, loss, betrayal and courage

Ghost Fire by Wilbur Smith is out from Jonathan Ball Publishers on 22 August 2019!

The Office of Gardens and Ponds – A mesmerising fable with a difference, set in Japan over 1000 years ago

Didier Decoin’s exquisite and captivating mystery The Office of Gardens and Ponds is out soon from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Don’t miss the launch of Julia Martin’s powerful memoir of dementia The Blackridge House at Epworth Prep School in Pietermaritzburg

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Epworth Prep School are thrilled to invite you to the launch of The Blackridge House by Julia Martin. Julia will be in conversation with Mary Gardner.

Excerpt from The Stellenbosch Mafia: ‘Floyd Shivambu was one of Johann Rupert’s go-to men in his informal intelligence network’

Read an extract from The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club by Pieter du Toit.

Jonathan Ball Publishers joins the audiobook revolution: Now you can listen to your favourite South African books!

A leader in the field of local publishing in history, politics and current affairs, Jonathan Ball Publishers has now joined the audiobook revolution!

New book alert! Rockonomics: What the Music Industry Can Teach Us About Economics (and Our Future)

In Rockonomics, Alan Krueger uses the music industry, from rock artists to music executives, from managers to promoters, as a way in to explain the principles of economics, and the forces shaping our economic lives.

‘What we’re seeing in Cape Town is just a fragment of transnational organised crime’ – Watch an interview with Caryn Dolley on her new book The Enforcers

Caryn Dolley chatted to Open News recently about her new book The Enforcers: Inside Cape Town’s Deadly Nightclub Battles.

The Rapture – the debut novel by Claire McGlasson – is the history of a religious cult and a psychological thriller

The Rapture by Claire McGlasson – as captivating as The Girls, with the period sensibility of Sarah Waters, this riveting novel is based on a true story …

Video: Does the ‘Stellenbosch Mafia’ really exist and how much power do they wield over South Africa?

In this video, author and News24 assistant editor for in-depth news Pieter du Toit unpacks his book, The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club.

Don’t miss the launch of The Enforcers: Inside Cape Town’s Deadly Nightclub Battles by Caryn Dolley at Love Books (30 July)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Love Books invite you to the launch of The Enforcers: Inside Cape Town’s Deadly Nightclub Battles by Caryn Dolley.

Read an excerpt from Blood on Her Hands: South Africa’s Most Notorious Female Killers by Tanya Farber

This excerpt focuses on Chané van Heerden, also known as ‘Welkom Killer’, who was convicted of the murder of Michael van Eck in 2011, when she was 20 years old.

Don’t miss bestselling author Iain S Thomas reading from his new collection, Every Word You Cannot Say, at The Book Lounge (31 July)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and The Book Lounge invite you to join the internationally acclaimed author Iain S Thomas in Cape Town on 31 July, where he will be reading select excerpts from his new book, Every Word You Cannot Say.

An enchanting, romantic tale about the grace and beauty of second chances – Read an excerpt from Jojo Moyes’s new novel The Horse Dancer

Read an excerpt from Jojo Moyes’s The Horse Dancer, a novel about a lost girl and her horse, the enduring strength of friendship, and how even the smallest choices can change everything.

All the book launch details for The Stellenbosch Mafia by Pieter du Toit – in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Joburg and Pretoria

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club by Pieter du Toit.