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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

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

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo – one of the most highly anticipated non-fiction debuts of 2019

Desire as we’ve never seen it before: Three Women is a riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women.

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.

Wed – 14th Aug 2019

Becoming Nigerian by Elnathan John – a tongue-in-cheek look at Nigeria’s relationship to itself

Be(com)ing Nigerian: A Guide by Elnathan John moves between the sublime and the ridiculous, deftly capturing both the hilarity and the horror of Nigeria.

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 …

Wed – 7th Aug 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.