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Tue – 21st Jan 2020

How Christiaan Barnard’s success went to his head – Read an excerpt from Bill Bryson’s new book The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from Bill Bryson’s new book The Body: A Guide for Occupants.

Cover reveal! Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams by Jamil F Khan

Jacana Media has shared the cover for Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams, the forthcoming book by Jamil F Khan!

Mon – 20th Jan 2020

Don’t miss the launch of Rodney Trudgeon’s Concert Notes: A Selection of Favourite Orchestral Masterpieces at the Artscape (27 Jan)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Fine Music Radio invite you to the launch of Rodney Trudgeon’s Concert Notes.

New poetry from Minimal Press – My Father’s Blazer by Phelelani Makhanya

Phelelani Makhanya’s second poetry collection My Father’s Blazer pokes on diverse subjects, from environmental concerns to nostalgic reflections, to the vivid imagery of our natural landscape.

Join Hassen Ebrahim for the launch of his memoir Marabastad to Mogadishu: The Journey of an ANC Soldier at Love Books (29 Jan)

Jacana Media and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation invite you to the launch of Marabastad to Mogadishu: The Journey of an ANC Soldier by Hassen Ebrahim.

Don’t miss an evening with Prue Leith in Cape Town (PLUS a cooking demonstration!) (5 Feb)

Join Pan Macmillan for a meet and greet and cooking demonstration by Prue Leith to celebrate her two latest cookbooks, Prue and The Vegetarian Kitchen (coming March 2020).

Join cricket legend Ali Bacher and David Williams for a lunch-time launch of South Africa’s Greatest Bowlers at the Rand Club

Who are South Africa’s greatest bowlers? Join cricket legend Ali Bacher and top journalist David Williams for a lunch-time discussion at the Rand Club to find out!

Fri – 17th Jan 2020

Don’t miss Phumlani Pikoli’s multidisciplinary exhibition Occupying A Fatuous State of Severity in Joburg (23 Jan)

Multidisciplinary artist and writer Phumlani Pikoli is debuting an exhibition entitled ‘Occupying A Fatuous State of Severity’, based on his book, at TMRW Gallery in Joburg.

Nuut by Minimal Press – Duifiedorings deur Thomas Deacon

Hier kry die leser met ʼn eiesoortige talent te make wat sonder pretensie of mooidoenery ontgin word – in ooreenstemming met die landskap en sy mense. As stylkenmerk vorm hierdie kombinasie van eenvoud, eerlikheid en deernis die mees uitstaande eienskap van Duifiedorings.

‘Daar is soveel organisasies wat mense se goedgelowigheid en onskuld uitbuit’ – Rene van Zyl gesels oor Die Alfadokument

Skrywer en Taalgenoot-redakteur Johan Jack Smith het met René van Zyl gesels oor haar jongste samesweringsriller, Die Alfadokument.

Wed – 15th Jan 2020

Find out more about Deepa Anappara’s Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line – hailed as 2020’s most powerful debut 

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, the debut novel by Deepa Anappara, is out in January from Penguin Random House.

‘Good luck with your murder …’ Read an excerpt from Amy Heydenrych’s twisty new thriller The Pact

Jonathan Ball Publishers has shared an excerpt from The Pact, the new thriller by Amy Heydenrych.

Tue – 14th Jan 2020

‘Afrikaans-speaking doctor operates on Mandela’ – Read an excerpt from Operation Mandela by Willem Laubscher

Read an excerpt from Operation Mandela by Willem Laubscher – the Afrikaans-speaking doctor who performed surgery on Nelson Mandela.

What if a prank becomes murder? The Pact by Amy Heydenrych will keep you guessing

Amy Heydenrych’s new book The Pact is out in January 2020 from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Everyone’s Guide to the South African Economy – essential reading for every South African consumer and taxpayer

If you are baffled by the specialised jargon of economists and bankers and want to know more about the economic forces that subtly dictate your day-to-day existence, Everyone’s Guide to the South African Economy will put you in the picture.

Reggie and Me – the new novel from James Hendry – the author of the bestselling A Year in the Wild and Back to the Bush

“Poignant, hilarious and at times tragic, this is the charming tale of Harmish, a quirky and lovable schoolboy growing up in Joburg during the turbulent 80s and early 90s.” – Justin Fox, author of #TheImpossibleFive

Mon – 13th Jan 2020

‘Wit, rebellion and sizzling sex’ – Ronnie Kasrils chats to Sue Grant-Marshall about his memoir, Catching Tadpoles

Ronnie Kasrils chatted to Sue Grant-Marshall on Radio Today’s Reading Matters about his extraordinary coming-of-age memoir, Catching Tadpoles: The Shaping of a Young Rebel.

Caroline Kurtz explores what it was like to grow up between cultures in her memoir, A Road Called Down on Both Sides

In her memoir, A Road Called Down on Both Sides: Growing Up in Ethiopia and America, Caroline Kurtz writes about what it was like to grow up between the two countries.

This year forget big resolutions. Dip into Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg, the world’s leading expert on habit formation

Struggling to stick with that New Year’s resolution already? For real change start small. Try any habit, make it tiny, find where it fits naturally in your life and nurture its growth.