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Writers and photographers: The Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology call for submissions

An award and anthology on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality, for writers and photographers across Africa.

The spy who became England’s first successful female writer

Aphra Behn made a name for herself in Restoration-era England, when most women still relied on their husbands.

Eusebius McKaiser chats to Thandeka Gqubule about her new biography of Thuli Madonsela

Eusebius McKaiser was in conversation with journalist and author Thandeka Gqubule about her book No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela on his show on 702 earlier today.

‘Very thrilling indeed’ – Pamela Power reviews Gail Schimmel’s The Park

Pamela Power has given Gail Schimmel’s new novel The Park a glowing review for the Sunday Times.

Win a copy of Arundhati Roy’s new book The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Penguin Random House SA is giving away three copies of Arundhati Roy’s long-awaited new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness!

Watch a video of Sally Andrew reading from her second Tannie Maria mystery, The Satanic Mechanic

I was maybe too hungry for love and ended up with murder on my plate.

75 years ago this week Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday

On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday. She died within a few years in a Nazi concentration camp, but her diary was published and became a beloved read of people the world over.

Read the opening chapter of The Woman in the Wood, the latest novel from Lesley Pearse

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from Lesley Pearse’s new novel: The Woman in the Wood.

The End of the Day, the stunning new novel by Claire North

The End of the Day is the stunning new novel by Claire North, author of word-of-mouth bestseller The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

Good books begin as bad drafts

The next time you are struggling with your own writing, recall this selection of pages from the drafts of great novels.

Rule-breaking quotations from rebel women, including Charlotte Bronte, Frida Kahlo and Amelia Earhart

Empowering, moving and inspirational, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.

Read an excerpt from Sarah Perry’s award-winning novel The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry’s new novel The Essex Serpent is a celebration of love, and the many different shapes it can take.

Join Steven Boykey Sidley and Richard Poplak at Love Books for the launch of Free Association

Join Steven Boykey Sidley and Richard Poplak at Love Books this Wednesday for the launch of Free Association!

The indignity of pit toilets and the importance of Thuli Madonsela’s lesser-known reports

Jonathan Ball Publishers has shared an excerpt from No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela by Thandeka Gqubule.

Young and queer in London and Port Harcourt: Olumide Popoola’s debut novel When We Speak of Nothing

When We Speak of Nothing launches a powerful new voice onto the literary stage. The fluid prose, peppered with contemporary slang, captures what it means to be young and queer in London and Port Harcourt. If grime music were a novel, it would be this.

‘I want my legs back’: A personal history of catastrophe by para-athlete Palesa ‘Deejay’ Manaleng

The JRB brings you an exclusive excerpt from a work in progress by Deejay Manaleng, which tells the story of how she became a top South African para-athlete.

Writing tips from John Grisham

Bestselling author John Grisham’s 30th novel, Camino Island, is out now from Jonathan Ball.

Listen to Mohale Mashigo chat to The Cheeky Natives about her book The Yearning

The Cheeky Natives sat down with Mohale Mashigo over a conversation filled with lightbulb moments, realisations and introspections delivered in the casual, easy manner which comes from someone whose magic is inherent.

UK cover for Masande Ntshanga’s novel The Reactive revealed

The cover for the United Kingdom edition of Masande Ntshanga’s debut novel The Reactive has been revealed!

Listen to Arundhati Roy read from her long-awaited second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

“How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By slowly becoming everything .”