International

Thu – 29th Sep 2022

Small Miracles – a novel about nuns and miracles that’s big on love

Small Miracles will take you on a joyful and uplifting journey as three nuns learn more about life, love and friendship than they could ever have imagined – and it all began with the seed of an idea planted in the mind of author Anne Booth.

Charlene: In Search of a Princess – journalist Arlene Prinsloo sifts fact from fiction in this revealing unauthorised biography

Charlene: In Search of a Princess by Arlene Prinsloo is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Mon – 26th Sep 2022

Elizabeth Strout chats about her Booker Prize-shortlisted novel Oh William!

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of My Name is Lucy Barton. She chatted with Lauren McDiarmid about her novel, the 2022 Booker Prize-shortlisted Oh William!, which sees the much-anticipated return of her beloved character, Lucy, what made her continue with the series, and the person who inspired her to become a writer.

Thu – 22nd Sep 2022

A gripping portrayal of human frailty and courage in the face of mortal danger – A Russian on Commando: The Boer War Experiences of Yevgeny Avgustus

A Russian on Commando: The Boer War Experiences of Yevgeny Avgustus, edited by Boris Gorelik, is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers. …

Wed – 21st Sep 2022

‘It was a big surprise to me when I found my voice in novels.’ – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid on chasing ideas, writing badly and her next project.

‘My entire life’s work rests on the outcome of this match.’ Read an excerpt from Taylor Jenkins Reid’s new novel Carrie Soto is Back!

Penguin Random House SA has shared an excerpt from Carrie Soto is Back, the new novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid – the bestselling author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & the Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

Tue – 13th Sep 2022

The new episode of Pagecast is out now! Listen to Jennifer Platt interviewing Kirstin Chen, author of Counterfeit

In the new episode of Pagecast, the podcast from Jonathan Ball Publishers, Jennifer Platt interviews Kirstin Chen, author of the Reese’s Book Club pick Counterfeit.

Mon – 12th Sep 2022

‘What do you do if you suspect your husband is planning to murder you?’ Maggie O’Farrell introduces her new book The Marriage Portrait

In her new book The Marriage Portrait, Maggie O’Farrell turns her talents to Renaissance Italy in an extraordinary portrait of a resilient young woman’s battle for her very survival.

Thu – 1st Sep 2022

The Mandela Brief: Sydney Kentridge and the Trials of Apartheid – a biography of South Africa’s most prominent anti-apartheid advocate

The Mandela Brief: Sydney Kentridge and the Trials of Apartheid by Thomas Grant is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Tue – 30th Aug 2022

Career opportunity! Penguin Random House is looking for a dynamic, target-driven Sales Representative

Penguin Random House is looking for a dynamic, target-driven Sales Representative to maximise sales and market share for the company in the Gauteng area.

Mon – 29th Aug 2022

Listen to the new episode of Pagecast! Mary Watson, author of Blood to Poison, in conversation with Joy Watson

The new episode of Pagecast, the podcast from Jonathan Ball Publishers, is out now!

Fri – 26th Aug 2022

Don’t miss the launch of Africa in Fashion by Ken Kweku Nimo at The Melrose Gallery in Joburg (2 Sep)

Join Exclusive Books, The Melrose Gallery and Jonathan Ball Publishers for the launch of Africa in Fashion by Ken Kweku Nimo.

Footnotes, August 2022: 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.

Thu – 25th Aug 2022

Join debut author Shameez Patel Papathanasiou for the launch of The Last Feather in Cape Town (26 Aug)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Wordsworth Books invite you to the launch of The Last Feather by Shameez Patel Papathanasiou!

Wed – 24th Aug 2022

Smart, sexy, and downright hilarious – read an excerpt from Mr Wrong Number by Lynn Painter

Penguin Random House SA has shared an excerpt from Mr Wrong Number by Lynn Painter – in which a steamy text to the wrong number has laugh-out-loud consequences …

Tue – 23rd Aug 2022

Join author Prof. Veronique Tadjo for a seminar titled ‘Close to Nature: The creative process of writing the Ebola epidemic’ in Pretoria (24 Aug)

Jacana Media and the University of Pretoria’s Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship invite you to join Professor Véronique Tadjo for a seminar titled ‘Close to Nature: The creative process of writing the Ebola epidemic’.

Fri – 19th Aug 2022

Join Margie Orford for the Joburg launch of her new thriller The Eye of the Beholder (31 Aug)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of The Eye of the Beholder, the new novel from Margie Orford.

Ivorian author Véronique Tadjo will be at Book Circle Capital in Joburg to launch her novel In the Company of Men (24 Aug)

Jacana Media and Book Circle Capital invite you to the launch of In the Company of Men by Véronique Tadjo!

It’s a Continent – a new book that reveals the histories you were never taught in school

It’s a Continent: Unravelling Africa’s History One Country at a Time by Astrid Madimba and Chinny Ukata is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Mon – 8th Aug 2022

‘Boundary-breaking, fascinating and deeply affirming’ – The Sex Lives of African Women by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah

In these confessional pages, women control their own bodies and desires, work toward healing their painful pasts, and learn to assert their sexual power.