South Africa


Angela Makholwa’s new novel The Blessed Girl could be headed for the big screen

Angela Makholwa reveals that her new novel The Blessed Girl may be made into a film or series.

Wednesday – 13th December 2017

Jürgen Schadeberg’s memoir The Way I See It: A Key Figure in South African Photography

A behind-the-scenes journey with a legendary DRUM photojournalist and visual storyteller.

Mandela’s time in prison affected his self-belief, and his writing – Mandla Langa discusses Dare Not Linger

Mandla Langa says Nelson Mandela’s time in prison gave him a powerful sense of self-belief.

Frogs of Southern Africa: Now updated to include 12 new species

Frogs of Southern Africa: A Complete Guide is the perfect gift for amateur ‘froggers’ or professional scientists.

Stand a chance to win 1 of 10 copies of Bonang Matheba’s From A to B

Jacana Media is giving away 10 copies of Bonang Matheba’s From A to B.

Ronnie Kasrils: We should not succumb to intimidation by state security services

‘It is important that as citizens we demonstrate that we will not succumb to intimidation by the security services who are palpably failing our democracy, Constitution and people as was the case during the apartheid era.’

Tuesday – 12th December 2017

Pitch to Publication presentations pay off, for both publishers and writers

Jacana Media has revealed the successful writers who pitched their manuscripts during the publisher’s Pitch to Publication event.

Now back in print after twenty years: Jacques Pauw’s Into the Heart of Darkness: Confessions of Apartheid’s Assassins

Jacques Pauw takes us on a journey into the minds and lives of the men who went out to kill and kill again.

A gentle delight to read in this modern world of violence, racism and lack of friendship

Oh, what a pleasure! Light animal anecdotes, told originally by Alice Kirk about the very mixed family on her farm in the KZN Midlands, recalled and retold by her granddaughter.

Monday – 11th December 2017

‘Where Jacob Zuma comes from, your child is my child; he violated those codes’ – Redi Tlhabi talks about Khwezi

‘I couldn’t accept that I was part of a society that allowed a man like that to be the president.’

‘Cyril Ramaphosa is the Forrest Gump of South African political history’ – Anthony Butler

Ramaphosa has been present in the foreground of virtually every important moment in the modern history of his country.

Local is lekker this Christmas, with Penguin Random House SA

One lucky winner will receive a Christmas hamper with some of Penguin Random House SA’s best local books!

Kopano Matlwa, Zinzi Clemmons and Fiona Melrose reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Johannesburg was the focus in the Times Literary Supplement this month, with a review of Kopano Matlwa’s Period Pain, Zinzi Clemmons’s What We Lose and Fiona Melrose’s Johannesburg.

Friday – 8th December 2017

Three books by Eben Venter acquired by Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House will be publishing Eben Venter’s forthcoming three books.

Wednesday – 6th December 2017

Read an excerpt from New Times, the new novel from award-winning author Rehana Rossouw

Courtesy of Jacana Media, read an excerpt from New Times, the much-anticipated new novel from Rehana Rossouw.

First look at Under Glass, the new novel from Claire Robertson

Penguin Random House South Africa has released details of the new Claire Robertson novel, to be released in January 2018.

Monday – 4th December 2017

Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit discuss Jacob Zuma’s ‘disastrous term in office’ and their new book Enemy of the People

Investigative journalists Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit have written a book which provides a detailed account of President Jacob Zuma’s “disastrous term in office”.

Now in paperback: Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime, the bestselling, award-winning memoir by Trevor Noah, is now in paperback!

Join Vernon RL Head and John Maytham at The Book Lounge for the launch of Featherings

Jacana Media and The Book Lounge invite you to the launch of Featherings: True Stories in Search of Birds, the new book edited by Vernon RL Head.

Friday – 1st December 2017

Rerelease: Jacques Pauw’s groundbreaking book In the Heart of the Whore: The Story of Apartheid’s Death Squads

Now republished in a new edition: In the Heart of the Whore: The Story of Apartheid’s Death Squads by Jacques Pauw.