Friday – 20th July 2018
Birding in South Africa’s National Parks – the first book dedicated to birding in South African parks
Of the 700 regularly seen terrestrial species in South Africa, at least 640 can be found in the 19 national parks, with 13 of the 15 species endemic to South Africa and another 19 of the 20 species endemic to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.
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.
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.
‘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.’
Written specifically for youngsters aged 10–14, Hashim Amla takes the reader close to all the action, and the ups and downs.
Don’t miss a book discussion of Christy Chilimigras’s shockingly brilliant debut memoir Things Even Gonzalez Can’t Fix
Join Christy Chilimigras as she discusses her new book, Things Even Gonzalez Can’t Fix, which talks about her childhood with addict parents.
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.
Mpho Dagada mastered the Bitcoin marketplace to become a millionaire at age 21. In his new book, Mr Bitcoin, he explains the secrets to his success.
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.’
Today Penguin Random House celebrates what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday with The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela.
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.
The Life Righting Collective and Jacana Media invite you to the launch of This Is How It Is: True Stories from South Africa.
Tuesday – 17th July 2018
Revealed! The Instagram-inspired design of Khaya Dlanga’s new book, These Things Really Do Happen to Me
The cover has been revealed for Khaya Dlanga’s new book, These Things Really Do Happen to Me.
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.
Don’t miss the Durban launch of Clive Barker’s biography, Coach: The Life and Soccer Times of Clive Barker by Michael Marnewick.
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
Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive ‘The Dog’ Barker has released a biography, Coach: The Life and Soccer Times of Clive Barker.
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.
‘If you focus on your people and create a working environment in which they feel nurtured, cared for, content and inspired, they will motivate themselves to serve their customers to the best of their ability.’