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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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.

Join The Cheeky Natives for a discussion of Sisonke Msimang’s new book The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela at Bridge Books

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Bridge Books invite you to the launch of The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela by Sisonke Msimang.

Read an excerpt from Unsheltered, the compulsively readable new novel from Barbara Kingsolver

Unsheltered – Barbara Kingsolver returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resilience and compassion in times of great upheaval.

How long can a dream survive? Every Breath, the new book by Nicholas Sparks, bestselling author of The Notebook

There are times when destiny and love collide. This story is one of them.

A new edition of The New Century of South African Poetry, edited by Michael Chapman

This new edition of The New Century of South African Poetry now includes 125 new poems, with the addition of a fifth section covering works produced by poets who have made their mark since the early 2000s.

Don’t miss the launch of Deon Meyer’s new book The Woman in the Blue Cloak in Cape Town, with Mike Nicol (8 Nov)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of The Woman in the Blue Cloak, the new novel by Deon Meyer!

The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela by Sisonke Msimang – a razor-sharp examination of the legacy of one of our most controversial figures

Sisonke Msimang’s new book The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela is out in November from Jonathan Ball Publishers.  

‘To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous’ – Read an extract from Anna Burns’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel Milkman

Jonathan Ball Publishers has shared an extract from Anna Burns’s novel Milkman, which was recently awarded the 2018 Man Booker Prize. 

‘A modern day Byron for the Instagram generation’ – presenting The Dark Between Stars, the new book by poetry sensation Atticus

From the internationally bestselling author of Love Her Wild comes The Dark Between Stars, a new illustrated collection of heartfelt, whimsical and romantic poems from Instagram poetry sensation, Atticus.

‘If you dead, you wake up again in your homeland. You wake up free.’ – Read an excerpt from Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black

Read an excerpt from Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

An urgent and necessary book – Identity: Contemporary Identity Politics and the Struggle for Recognition by Francis Fukuyama

Identity: Contemporary Identity Politics and the Struggle for Recognition is an urgent and necessary book: a sharp warning that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continual conflict.

Read an excerpt from Robert Galbraith’s gripping, page-turning new novel Lethal White

Lethal White is new instalment in the highly acclaimed Strike series, written by JK Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

‘There is a stigma when you are dark skinned in this country’ – Clinton Chauke discusses his book Born in Chains: The Diary of an Angry ‘Born-Free’

‘With skin colour and complexion and skin tone, they judge your beauty, they judge your humanness, with the legacy of apartheid. I struggled with that, I got mocked. So that is also one of the “chains” from the title Born in Chains.’

Join Jane Griffiths for a Delicious Morning at Love Books – including a talk on growing and using herbs

Launch of Jane’s Delicious Product Range at Love Books, Friday 2 November @ 10 am

‘I wanted to show what you can do with our languages’ – Melusi Tshabalala chats about the inspiration behind Melusi’s Everyday Zulu

‘Advertising doesn’t respect and appreciate our languages. For me, in the beginning, it was to showcase my language, isiZulu. I wanted to show what you can actually do with our languages.’

Don’t miss the launch of Deon Meyer’s new book The Woman in the Blue Cloak in Johannesburg

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of The Woman in the Blue Cloak, the new novel by Deon Meyer!

A fascinating account of a pivotal moment in South African history – don’t miss the launch of The Last Hurrah in Johannesburg

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books are thrilled to invite you to the launch of The Last Hurrah by Graham Viney.

Don’t miss the launch of Richard Steyn’s new book Louis Botha: A Man Apart at Love Books

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Love Books are thrilled to invite you to the launch of Louis Botha: A Man Apart by Richard Steyn.