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.


The New Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan – a new history of the world

The New Silk Roads – a brand new book by Peter Frankopan – takes a fresh look at the network of relationships being formed along the length and breadth of the Silk Roads today.

You Don’t Own Me – the new novel from the queen of suspense, Mary Higgins Clark, and Alafair Burke

‘Trust Mary Higgins Clark to know what frightens us to death.’

Eric Idle introduces his new book Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography

Eric Idle’s new memoir, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography, is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

How To Keep Your Marriage From Sucking – a brilliant guide for the first stretch of that wild ride we call marriage

If you’re in a committed relationship or thinking about putting a ring on it, then this is the book for you!

Get inside the mind of a Formula One legend and enigmatic iceman – The Unknown Kimi Räikkönen by Kari Hotakainen

Kimi Räikkönen is the Finnish superstar Formula One driver with a reputation for being fast on the track and silent off it – until now!

From Elizabeth I and Rameses the Great to Stalin and Leonard Cohen – Written in History: Letters that Changed the World

Acclaimed historian Simon Sebag Montefiore selects over one hundred letters from ancient times to the twenty-first century.

The Stranger Diaries – the chilling new stand-alone thriller from Elly Griffiths

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths – a gripping contemporary Gothic thriller from the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries.

Jock of the Bushveld by Percy Fitzpatrick – a timeless classic

Jock of the Bushveld is the classic and much-loved story based on the true experiences of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick and his Staffordshire bull terrier, Jock.

A military narrative combined with heart-stopping personal experiences – Max Hastings’s new book Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945–1975

In Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975, Max Hastings marshals testimony from warlords and peasants, statesmen and soldiers, to create an extraordinary record.

The highly anticipated release of Lift As You Rise by the CEO of Business Leadership South Africa, Bonang Mohale

Lift As You Rise: Speeches and Thoughts on Leadership by Bonang Mohale is out now!

The Art of Hustling: Sell or Surrender by DJ Sbu – a must-have for every person who wishes to further their lives and their careers

The Art of Hustling: Sell or Surrender by DJ Sbu – an inspiring read and a practical handbook.

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.