Fiction

Friday – 20th July 2018

Local author Amy Heydenrych launches her international debut Shame on You at Love Books

Amy Heydenrych is a local author on the rise. Not only has she had her first novel published internationally, but she has been chosen as a Mail & Guardian Young South African of 2018.

Friday Night Book Club: Read the first chapter of The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa

Stay in and get cosy with a glass of wine and this extended excerpt from The Blessed Girl, the new novel from Angela Makholwa.

Thursday – 19th July 2018

One city. Five people. A bloody trail of revenge. Read an excerpt from Beyers de Vos’s debut novel Talion

Ben hears the gunshot before he feels it. The car is still running, the rumble of the engine unnaturally loud. His foot is slipping off the clutch. His blood is spilling out behind him, wetting the seat. His whole body is trying to panic, trying to cry out, trying to flee. But he can’t move; his lungs are filling with blood.

Don’t miss the launch of Craig Higginson’s new novel The White Room at Love Books

‘In its conception and execution, The White Room is remarkable … Evocative and dreamlike, yet all too nightmarishly real, this is a story so moving that it leaves a powerful afterimage on the reader’s imagination.’

Bessie Head: A writer searching for connections

Bessie Head was a prolific letter writer, and was in regular correspondence with figures such as Langston Hughes, Robert Sobukwe and Alice Walker. She is also known to have written to Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer, Nikki Giovanni, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. 

Wednesday – 18th July 2018

Win a bundle of books to donate to your library or school from Pan Macmillan to celebrate Mandela Day

Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better. Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.

Tuesday – 17th July 2018

The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called

As the 22nd century Nigeria becomes divided by the plan of the government to introduce law enforcement robots into the police services, Badoo, a young police officer gets a phone call from his dead girlfriend.

Monday – 16th July 2018

Don’t miss Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, in Johannesburg

Penguin Random House and Wits University invite you to an evening with Arundhati Roy.

Don’t miss Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, in Cape Town

Penguin Random House and the University of Cape Town invite you to an evening with Arundhati Roy.

A novel that will haunt you long after you turn the final page: Bearskin by James A McLaughlin

‘Bearskin is visceral, raw, and compelling – filled with sights, smells, and sounds truly observed. It’s a powerful debut and an absolute showcase of exceptional prose. There are very few first novels when I feel compelled to circle brilliant passages, but James McLaughlin’s writing had me doing just that.’

Friday – 13th July 2018

Get some reading inspiration at a fun-filled book club morning with Penguin Random House and UPPERcase Books

Join Penguin Random House and UPPERcase Books for a fun-filled book club morning at Central Square in Pretoria.

Friday Night Book Club: Read the first chapter of Knucklebone by NR Brodie

The Friday Night Book Club: Exclusive excerpts from Pan Macmillan every weekend!

Thursday – 12th July 2018

Cover and details revealed for Craig Higginson’s new novel The White Room

The White Room, the new book from Craig Higginson, will be out from Picador Africa in August.

Monday – 9th July 2018

Michael Ondaatje wins the Golden Man Booker Prize for his novel The English Patient

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje has won the Golden Man Booker Prize, a one-off award for the best work of fiction from the last five decades.

Friday – 6th July 2018

World rights sold for CM Elliott’s Sibanda series of Zimbabwean crime novels

Jacana Media is thrilled to announce that world rights have been sold for CM Elliott’s Zimbabwean crime novels, the Sibanda series.

Join Imraan Coovadia at The Book Lounge for the Cape Town launch of A Spy in Time with Ashraf Jamal

You are invited to the launch of Imraan Coovadia’s new novel, A Spy in Time, a dazzlingly original tale for extraordinary times.

Friday Night Book Club: Read the prologue and first chapter of The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse

The Friday Night Book Club: Exclusive excerpts from Pan Macmillan every weekend!

Thursday – 5th July 2018

Book giveaway! Jacana Media is giving away copies of Nthikeng Mohlele’s Rusty Bell and Small Things

Jacana Media is giving away copies of the new editions of Nthikeng Mohlele’s books Rusty Bell and Small Things!

Don’t miss the launch of Shame on You by Amy Heydenrych, in conversation with Mohale Mashigo

Jonathan Ball Publishers and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of Shame on You by Amy Heydenrych.

Wednesday – 4th July 2018

She smiled a half-smile and asked, ‘Do you have a gun?’ – Read an excerpt from Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

What do divisions matter in a world full of doors? Read an excerpt from Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, a tale of love and hope, travelling from the Middle East to London and beyond.