Thu – 8th Aug 2019

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.

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

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

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

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

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

New book alert! Women take centre stage in Perfect Imperfections by Makanaka Mavengere-Munsaka

Perfect Imperfections, the debut novel by Makanaka Mavengere-Munsaka, is out mid-August 2019 from BlackBird Books!

You can’t escape this ride from hell! Watch the book trailer for Zola, the debut novel by Johan Jack Smith

Zola: A Novel by Johan Jack Smith is out now in English and Afrikaans from Penguin Random House.

Sign up for Read This! – a new voice note show, hosted by The JRB and Volume

The Johannesburg Review of Books and Volume have launched a new books show called Read This!, where you can discover what’s hot in the world of literature.

Thu – 1st Aug 2019

To have, to hold, to betray – listen to an audiobook excerpt from Your Truth or Mine? by Trisha Sakhlecha

Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook of Your Truth or Mine?, the excellent debut thriller by Trisha Sakhlecha.

Read an excerpt from Train Man, the brilliant and profoundly affecting novel by Andrew Mulligan

Journeys intersect. People find people when and where they least expect it. A missed connection needn’t be a disaster: it can save your life.

Wed – 31st Jul 2019

Read an extract from Knife, the gripping new book in Jo Nesbo’s intense and brilliant Harry Hole crime series

Penguin Random House SA has shared an excerpt from Knife, the brand new Harry Hole thriller from Jo Nesbo, where Harry comes face to face with a deadly foe.

The Rapture – the debut novel by Claire McGlasson – is the history of a religious cult and a psychological thriller

The Rapture by Claire McGlasson – as captivating as The Girls, with the period sensibility of Sarah Waters, this riveting novel is based on a true story …

Tue – 30th Jul 2019

Get your popcorn ready! The film adaptation of Angela Makholwa’s bestselling crime thriller Black Widow Society is coming soon

Book lovers, rejoice! Angela Makholwa’s bestselling novel Black Widow Society will soon be made into a feature film.

A reboot of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for the 21st Century – Read an excerpt from Frankissstein: A Love Story by Jeanette Winterson

What will happen when homo sapiens are no longer the smartest beings on the planet?

Funny, furious and bold, FRANKISSSTEIN is a love story about life itself, the bodies we live in and the bodies we desire.

Read an excerpt here

Footnotes, August 2019: 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 over the last month. Browse and enjoy!

Mon – 29th Jul 2019

‘Get out of my classroom. We don’t need types like you here.’ – Read an extract from As if Born to You by Susan Newham-Blake

As if Born to You, the new novel by Susan Newham-Blake, tells the story of two women, equally damaged by the past and its secrets, who discover that healing sometimes lies in unexpected places.