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Thu – 19th Mar 2020

Is there a serial killer at work in Joburg? NR Brodie returns with Three Bodies

In Three Bodies, NR Brodie’s formidable duo (from her debut novel Knucklebone) are fighting time to figure out who is killing women in and around Joburg … is there a serial killer on the loose?

Financial Freedom Through Property – how anyone can make money in property, regardless of the resources available to them

Financial Freedom Through Property – a step-by-step, practical guide on how to purchase your first investment property, written in easy-to-understand, conversational language that explains complex concepts simply.

Wed – 18th Mar 2020

‘Mens moet altyd alles bevraagteken en jou verstand gebruik. Selfs in jou eie geloof’ – René van Zyl gesels oor Die Alfadokument

René van Zyl gesels oor haar samesweringsriller, Die Alfadokument, wat handel oor ʼn berugte internasionale geloofsorde in Kaapstad. 

A hard-hitting exposé of the profit-driven multinational running Mangaung private prison – The Misery Merchants: Life and Death in a Private South African Prison

The Misery Merchants: Life and Death in a Private South African Prison by Ruth Hopkins is out at the end of March 2020 from Jacana Media.

Join the Virtual Book Launch for Irna van Zyl’s new novel Blood Stone on Twitter (18 Mar 2020)

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, The Reading List will host a virtual book launch for Irna van Zyl’s new crime novel Blood Stone this evening! (6 pm, Wednesday 18 March 2020.)

‘Something terrible has happened … She ended up under a train.’ – Read an excerpt from Irna van Zyl’s heart-stopping new thriller, Blood Stone

Detective Warrant Officer Storm van der Merwe’s mother did not fall under the train on Paddington Station by accident. No, she’d been pushed.

Tue – 17th Mar 2020

‘Mens se kop kan jou vyand word in die reis met kanker’ – Madelein Rust oor haar boek Kanker schmanker! (Potgooi plus uittreksel)

In Kanker schmanker! vertel Madelein Rust van haar stryd teen borskanker. Luister na die potgooi oor haar boek en lees ‘n uittreksel.

A Poor Season for Whales by Michiel Heyns, ‘a clever, bitingly funny novel’

A Poor Season for Whales, the new novel from award-winning author Michiel Heyns, is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Out now! The Authenticity Project is the feel-good novel of 2020

The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley – the 2020 debut novel everyone is talking about.

Brian Willan stars at Human and Social Science Awards evening

Brian Willan’s Sol Plaatje: A Life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje 1876–1932 was named joint winner of the Best Biography Award at the Human and Social Science Awards last week.

Wandile Sihlobo advises caution as South Africans begin panic-buying amid coronavirus outbreak

Wandile Sihlobo, whose book Finding Common Ground will be published by Pan Macmillan in April 2020, has shared some words of caution in light of the coronavirus epidemic.

Mon – 16th Mar 2020

’n Ballade vir Nkunzi deur Ben Viljoen: ’n Kroniek van smart, verraad en ’n goeie skeut galgehumor

Daar is min verhale in Afrikaans wat armoede uitbeeld soos ’n Ballade vir Nkunzi deur Ben Vijoen, nou by LAPA beskikbaar.

Love Books and The Book Lounge cancel book launches until further notice – but will need your support, so keep buying books! (Home delivery available)

Two of our favourite independent bookshops, Love Books and The Book Lounge, have announced that they have decided to cancel all book launches until further notice.

Durban’s Time of the Writer book festival cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic (alternative digital version being planned)

Book events are being cancelled all over the world in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the latest loss is Durban’s Time of the Writer Festival. 

2020 Franschhoek Literary Festival cancelled because of COVID-19

The Franschhoek Literary Festival, which was due to take place from 15 to 17 May 2020 in Cape Town, has been cancelled, ‘in light of the growing concerns about the global spread of COVID-19’.

Jacana Media Author of the Month: Chike Frankie Edozien

Chike Frankie Edozien is Jacana Media’s Author of the Month for March!

South African publishers cancel all forthcoming book launch events

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, South African publishers have decided to postpone or cancel all upcoming book launch events until further …

Sat – 14th Mar 2020

Footnotes, March 2020: 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 …