Fiction

Fri – 23rd Aug 2019

‘A cool new generation of spy novel’ – The Most Difficult Thing by Charlotte Philby

Stylish and assured, The Most Difficult Thing is an irresistible combination of contemporary espionage and domestic suspense, and a compulsive, highly charged examination of betrayal.

Thu – 22nd Aug 2019

A slowly unfurling nightmare – Someone We Know, the gripping new thriller by Shari Lapena

Someone We Know – the new domestic suspense novel from Shari Lapena, the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House and An Unwanted Guest.

Impossible to put down – Phoebe Locke’s ‘twisty and haunting’ new thriller The July Girls

The July Girls by Phoebe Locke is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

‘A Nearly Normal Family will make you question everything you know about those closest to you.’ – Karin Slaughter

Available now from Pan Macmillan, MT Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family will have you on the edge of your seat.

Wed – 21st Aug 2019

Watch Mphuthumi Ntabeni introduce his novel The Broken River Tent, and listen to an excerpt

Wordfest South Africa recently asked Mphuthumi Ntabeni to introduce his entrancing novel The Broken River Tent.

Listen to an excerpt from Friday Black, the unforgettable and explosive debut short story collection by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Listen to an excerpt from Friday Black, the piercingly raw debut story collection from Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

Tue – 20th Aug 2019

Olive Schreiner Prize and French edition for Bronwyn Law-Viljoen’s debut novel, The Printmaker

Bronwyn Law-Viljoen’s debut novel, The Printmaker, will be awarded the Olive Schreiner Prize for Prose on 7 September.

Mon – 19th Aug 2019

Find out more about The Nickel Boys – the chilling, masterful new novel from Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys – the gorgeous, dazzling and heartbreaking new novel from Colson Whitehead.

New book alert! Alex van Tonder’s ‘dark, deadly and beautiful’ psychological thriller A Walk at Midnight

Alex van Tonder’s new book, A Walk at Midnight, is out from Pan Macmillan SA on 2 September 2019. It’s a must read!

Fri – 16th Aug 2019

What does it mean to have visions, to be mentally ill within a South African context? Masande Ntshanga discusses his new novel Triangulum

‘I was interested in this idea of exploring mental illness in a way that looked outside of its formulations by the West. What does it mean, actually, to have visions, and what does it mean to be mentally ill within an African context, or even a South African context?’

Wed – 14th Aug 2019

Why do South Africans find crime fiction so fascinating? Listen to author Amy Heydenrych share a deeply personal story

Shame on You author Amy Heydenrych speaks out about a personal experience that shaped her writing.

Tue – 13th Aug 2019

New book alert! Zadie Smith’s dazzling, first-ever short story collection Grand Union

Grand Union: Stories by Zadie Smith will be published in October 2019 by Penguin Random House.

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

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 …