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Mon – 12th Aug 2019

Ghost Fire – the brand new novel by Wilbur Smith – an epic story of tragedy, loss, betrayal and courage

Ghost Fire by Wilbur Smith is out from Jonathan Ball Publishers on 22 August 2019!

International bestselling author Sarah Ladipo Manyika is coming to South Africa!

Save the date! International bestselling author Sarah Ladipo Manyika will be at the Open Book Festival and South African Book Fair this year.

Thu – 8th Aug 2019

‘Do you think you funny?’ How Yusuf Daniels got his big break in publishing (his book Living Coloured is now a bestseller)

Yusuf Daniels chats about his new memoir, Living Coloured (Because Black and White were Already Taken).

The Office of Gardens and Ponds – A mesmerising fable with a difference, set in Japan over 1000 years ago

Didier Decoin’s exquisite and captivating mystery The Office of Gardens and Ponds is out soon from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

The bestselling books in South Africa – July 2019

Our list is compiled from print sales data and other sources. It represents the bestselling books in South Africa from the previous …

Cover reveal! Fred Khumalo’s new historical novel The Longest March – based on an incredible event in South African history

The Longest March by Fred Khumalo – a historical novel inspired by a little-known incident from South African history – is out in September 2019 from Umuzi.

Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook of The Dream House, the riveting and unforgettable novel by Craig Higginson

Listen to an excerpt from The Dream House by Craig Higginson, read by Terry Lloyd-Roberts.

Wed – 7th Aug 2019

It’s competition time! Win a Women’s Day book hamper with Jacana Media (enter before 11 Aug)

In celebration of Women’s Day on Friday, 9 August, Jacana Media is giving away a hamper of three books by three phenomenal women.

Carol Campbell’s third Karoo novel, The Tortoise Cried its Only Tear, to be published in Dutch by Mozaïek

Exciting news! Carol Campbell​’s third Karoo novel, The Tortoise Cried its Only Tear, will soon be published in Dutch by Uitgeverij Mozaïek in The Netherlands.

Don’t miss the launch of Julia Martin’s powerful memoir of dementia The Blackridge House at Epworth Prep School in Pietermaritzburg

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Epworth Prep School are thrilled to invite you to the launch of The Blackridge House by Julia Martin. Julia will be in conversation with Mary Gardner.

Pan Macmillan South Africa makes an exciting investment into local children’s books

Pan Macmillan South Africa is delighted to announce its new publishing initiative focused on contributing to the growth and development of the local children’s book industry:

Tue – 6th Aug 2019

Excerpt from The Stellenbosch Mafia: ‘Floyd Shivambu was one of Johann Rupert’s go-to men in his informal intelligence network’

Read an extract from The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club by Pieter du Toit.

Join former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas at the Joburg launch of After Dawn (13 August)

How can we free South Africa from corruption? Find out at the launch of After Dawn: Hope After State Capture by Mcebisi Jonas.

Toni Morrison, celebrated novelist and Nobel Laureate, has died

Toni Morrison, celebrated novelist and Nobel Laureate, has died, aged eighty-eight.

Mon – 5th Aug 2019

Join Gaongalelwe Tiro at the launch of Parcel of Death: The Biography of Onkgopotse Abram Tiro at Exclusive Books (22 Aug)

Pan Macmillan and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of Parcel of Death: The Biography of Onkgopotse Abram Tiro by Gaongalelwe Tiro.

A cryptic killer cruising the streets of Joburg – Don’t miss the launch of Johan Jack Smith’s debut novel Zola at Love Books (22 Aug)

Penguin Random House and Love Books invite you to the launch of Zola, the debut novel by Johan Jack Smith.

Jonathan Ball Publishers joins the audiobook revolution: Now you can listen to your favourite South African books!

A leader in the field of local publishing in history, politics and current affairs, Jonathan Ball Publishers has now joined the audiobook revolution!

Fri – 2nd Aug 2019

New book alert! Rockonomics: What the Music Industry Can Teach Us About Economics (and Our Future)

In Rockonomics, Alan Krueger uses the music industry, from rock artists to music executives, from managers to promoters, as a way in to explain the principles of economics, and the forces shaping our economic lives.

The programme for the 2019 Open Book Festival has been revealed!

The full programme has been announced for the ninth Open Book Festival!

Edward Snowden tells his story for the very first time in his memoir Permanent Record – out in September 2019

Edward Snowden’s memoir Permanent Record will be published globally by Macmillan Publishers on 17 September 2019.