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.


Local author Amy Heydenrych launches her international debut Shame on You at Love Books

Amy Heydenrych is a local author on the rise. Not only has she had her first novel published internationally, but she has been chosen as a Mail & Guardian Young South African of 2018.

Hashim Amla: The fourth book in the inspirational new Road to Glory series for younger readers

Written specifically for youngsters aged 10–14, Hashim Amla takes the reader close to all the action, and the ups and downs.

The world today could do with a dose of Nelson Mandela’s leadership – Peter Hain, author of Mandela: His Essential Life

‘You’ve got President Trump, you’ve got President Putin, you’ve got Erdoğan in Turkey, all these authoritarian figures, and they appeal to people’s base instincts. Nelson Mandela always appealed to people’s higher instincts in the way that he led.’

It’s Madiba’s centenary this month! Read all about his legacy in Peter Hain’s new book Mandela: His Essential Life

Mandela: His Essential Life chronicles the life and legacy of one of the twentieth century’s most influential and admired statesmen.

A novel that will haunt you long after you turn the final page: Bearskin by James A McLaughlin

‘Bearskin is visceral, raw, and compelling – filled with sights, smells, and sounds truly observed. It’s a powerful debut and an absolute showcase of exceptional prose. There are very few first novels when I feel compelled to circle brilliant passages, but James McLaughlin’s writing had me doing just that.’

Don’t miss the launch of two books on Nelson Mandela, with Lord Peter Hain and Kate Sidley

Exclusive Books and Jonathan Ball Publishers invite you to an evening with Lord Peter Hain, in conversation with Kate Sidley.

Don’t miss an exclusive champagne pairing to celebrate the launch of Champagne by Peter Liem

Join Great Domaines and Jonathan Ball Publishers at EB Social Kitchen & Bar for an exclusive champagne pairing and the launch of Champagne by Peter Liem.

Don’t miss Johann van Loggerenberg and Sikonathi Mantshantsha at the Pretoria launch of Death and Taxes

Exclusive Books and Jonathan Ball Publishers invite you to the launch of Death and Taxes: How SARS Made Hitmen, Drug Dealers and Tax Dodgers Pay Their Dues by Johann van Loggerenberg.

Len Kalane chats about his new book The Chapter We Wrote: The City Press Story and legendary journalist Percy Qoboza

Looking back at the rich history of the City Press through the eyes of its former editor Len Kalane.

Don’t miss Johann van Loggerenberg and Ranjeni Munusamy at the launch of Death and Taxes

Exclusive Books and Jonathan Ball Publishers invite you to the launch of Death and Taxes: How SARS Made Hitmen, Drug Dealers and Tax Dodgers Pay Their Dues by Johann van Loggerenberg.

Melusi’s Everyday Zulu by Melusi Tshabalala – there is um’Zulu in all of us

Duduza. Bopha. Imbiza. Phapha. Asixoliseni. Amapopeye … what is the power of a single word?

Death and Taxes – the new book by Johann van Loggerenberg, former tax sleuth and bestselling author of Rogue

Death and Taxes: How SARS Made Hitmen, Drug Dealers and Tax Dodgers Pay Their Dues, the new book by Johann van Loggerenberg, is out in July 2018 from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Don’t miss the launch of Shame on You by Amy Heydenrych, in conversation with Mohale Mashigo

Jonathan Ball Publishers and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of Shame on You by Amy Heydenrych.

The Outsider: The new book from Stephen King is edge-of-your-seat supernatural crime

At a time when the Stephen King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

‘I think we can make reading cool again’ – Clinton Chauke chats about the success of his debut book Born in Chains

In the latest edition of Africa’s Lit, young author Clinton Chauke discusses the reception his debut book Born in Chains has received. 

New book alert! The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela by Sisonke Msimang will be published in October

The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela, the new book from Sisonke Msimang, will be out from Jonathan Ball Publishers on 24 October 2018.

You Were Made for This – the gripping debut novel from South African author Michelle Sacks

Michelle introduces us to this gripping page-turner that provocatively explores the darker sides of marriage, motherhood. and friendship, and the inspiration behind it.

American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

A never-before-seen glimpse into the little-known life of the woman bringing the Royal Family into the 21st century; and her dazzling, thoroughly modern romance with Prince Harry.

Work. Sleep. Fitness. Family. Friends. Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day) – the new book from Randi Zuckerberg

In an increasingly demanding world, we’ve been told that we can do everything, maintain friendships, devote ourselves to work, spend time with family, stay fit, and get enough sleep. We just need to learn to balance it all. Randi Zuckerberg doesn’t believe in being well-balanced.

The man behind the bestsellers – Read an excerpt from Wilbur Smith’s autobiography On Leopard Rock

The Big Issue has shared an insight into Wilbur Smith’s life, with some excerpts from his new autobiography On Leopard Rock.