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Wed – 13th Mar 2024

Why are more South Africans resorting to mob justice? Why We Kill explores the current crisis of vigilantism

Why do so many South Africans prefer to take the law into their own hands rather than rely on the police? Why are those who do so often cheered or sympathised with?

Listen to the new episode of Pagecast! Mike Martin chats about How to Fight a War, an indispensable guide to understanding modern warfare

This week on Pagecast, the podcast from Jonathan Ball Publishers, Prof. Abel Esterhuyse interviews Mike Martin about his new book, How to Fight a War.

Tue – 12th Mar 2024

Join Margie Orford in conversation with Sue Nyathi for the launch of Love and Fury: A Memoir (26 Mar)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Love Books invite you to the launch of Love and Fury: A Memoir by Margie Orford.

New book alert! My Friends, a luminous novel of friendship, family, and the unthinkable realities of exile by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hisham Matar

My Friends, the new novel by the Booker-shortlisted, Pulitzer prize-winning author Hisham Matar, is out now from Penguin Random House SA!

Mon – 11th Mar 2024

New book alert! Margie Orford’s compelling, intimate and profound memoir Love and Fury

Love and Fury: A Memoir by bestselling crime writer Margie Orford is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Read an excerpt from Elly Conway’s deathly rollercoaster ride of a thriller, Argylle

Penguin Random House SA has shared an extract from Argylle by Elly Conway!

Don’t miss the Joburg launch of Is the Party Over? by ANC insider Oscar van Heerden (12 Mar)

Join Jacana Media for an evening of insightful discussion and gripping narratives at the launch of Is the Party Over? by Oscar van Heerden.

Fri – 8th Mar 2024

Called by the Wild – the thrilling story of the conservationist who pioneered the use of dogs in combating poachers

Called by the Wild: The Dogs Trained to Protect Wildlife by Conraad de Rosner, with Graham Spence and Elaine Bell, is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Read an excerpt from The Ghost Orchid – the new book from bestselling master of suspense Jonathan Kellerman

Penguin Random House SA has shared an extract from The Ghost Orchid – the new Alex Delaware novel from Jonathan Kellerman!

Thu – 7th Mar 2024

On my mind: Neglecting your will can be a costly mistake

Many avoid discussing wills due to fear or discomfort, but intestacy can lead to assets being distributed against the deceased’s wishes.

The new episode of Pagecast is out now! Listen to Verushka Louw’s chat with Nadine Aisha Jassat about her novel, The Stories Grandma Forgot

This week on Pagecast, Verushka Louw interviews acclaimed poet Nadine Aisha Jassat about her verse novel for children, The Stories Grandma Forgot (and How I Found Them).

Wed – 6th Mar 2024

What can you do today that makes life simpler tomorrow? Find out in Healthy Made Simple by Ella Mills

Healthy Made Simple, the major new cookbook by Ella Mills, the founder of Deliciously Ella, is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers!

Explore the enchanting world of elusive Fynbos creatures with Field Guide to Fynbos Fauna

Cliff and Suretha Dorse, dedicated conservation biologists, share their two-decade exploration of the Fynbos Biome in their book, Field Guide to Fynbos Fauna.

Tue – 5th Mar 2024

‘Great fiction, of any type, is always about mystery and surprise’ – In conversation with Jonathan Kellerman

It’s Jonathan Kellerman’s curiosity that drives the exploration of human behaviour in his novels.

Join Jo Watson at the Joburg launch of her new novel Love at First Flight (7 Mar)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of Love at First Flight by Jo Watson!

Fri – 23rd Feb 2024

Footnotes, February 2024: Book links from around the web

At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye. …

Don’t miss the launch of Age of Agency: Rise with AI by Kerushan Govender in conversation with Jeremy Maggs in Sandton (7 Mar)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of Age of Agency: Rise with AI by Kerushan Govender.

‘It isn’t always advisable to write things which are better left unsaid’ – Five minutes with CA Davids

How to Be a Revolutionary was recently awarded the 2023 Sunday Times Fiction Prize. The Penguin Post asked the author, CA Davids, some questions on her novel and the win.

Thu – 22nd Feb 2024

New book alert! Is the Party Over? by Oscar van Heerden – a powerful account of the inner workings of a cripplingly divided political party

Is the Party Over? by Oscar van Heerden will be out from Jacana Media in March, ahead of the elections on 29 May.

[Watch] Bestselling phenomenon Marian Keyes introduces her new novel, My Favourite Mistake

My Favourite Mistake, the hilarious, heartwarming new novel from global bestseller Marian Keyes, will be out in April from Penguin Random House SA!