International

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.

Wednesday – 18th July 2018

The world today could do with a dose of Nelson Mandela’s leadership – Peter Hain, author of Mandela: His Essential Life

‘You’ve got President Trump, you’ve got President Putin, you’ve got Erdoğan in Turkey, all these authoritarian figures, and they appeal to people’s base instincts. Nelson Mandela always appealed to people’s higher instincts in the way that he led.’

Celebrate what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday with a landmark book

Today Penguin Random House celebrates what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday with The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela.

Tuesday – 17th July 2018

It’s Madiba’s centenary this month! Read all about his legacy in Peter Hain’s new book Mandela: His Essential Life

Mandela: His Essential Life chronicles the life and legacy of one of the twentieth century’s most influential and admired statesmen.

Listen to a 1971 letter from Mandela to his daughter Zenani, from the new book The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

‘You will be able to pay me a visit in 1975, when you will have turned 16, but I am growing impatient, and the coming five years feel longer than eternity.’

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.’

Thursday – 12th July 2018

Jacana Media acquires Southern African rights for Panashe Chigumadzi’s new book, These Bones Will Rise Again

Jacana Media has announced a southern African rights agreement with Panashe Chigumadzi for her new book, These Bones Will Rise Again.

Reunited with her family on the Oprah show – Read an excerpt from The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

‘I’d fantasised about this moment so many times. In Malawi, I used to write my name in dust on trucks, hoping my mother would see my loopy cursive Clemantine and realise that I was alive.’

Wednesday – 11th July 2018

‘The world has a view of Nelson Mandela as a cuddly teddy bear’ – Sahm Venter discusses The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

‘The world generally has a view of Nelson Mandela as being this cuddly teddy bear, or this grandfatherly person, because he was a grandfather when he came out of prison.’

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.

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

Win a copy of the inspirational new book The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

Poignant, impassioned, gripping, and always inspirational.

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.

The Outsider: The new book from Stephen King is edge-of-your-seat supernatural crime

At a time when the Stephen King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

Floored: When Seven Lives Collide – a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors

The Breakfast Club meets One Day in Floored, a unique collaborative novel by seven bestselling and award-winning YA authors: Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood.

Sunday – 1st July 2018

Hauntingly beautiful: Read an excerpt from The Possible World by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

A captivating novel that will make you laugh, cry and see the world anew: read an extract from the hauntingly beautiful The Possible World.