South Africa

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.

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.

Friday Night Book Club: Read the first chapter of The Blessed Girl by Angela Makholwa

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.

Don’t miss the launch of Craig Higginson’s new novel The White Room at Love Books

‘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.’

Hashim Amla: The fourth book in the inspirational new Road to Glory series for younger readers

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: A writer searching for connections

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. 

Find out how Mpho Dagada became a millionaire at 21: Meet Mr Bitcoin at Bridge Books Maboneng

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.’

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.

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.

Don’t miss the Cape Town launch of This Is How It Is: True Stories from South Africa

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.

Join Clive Barker for the Durban launch of Coach: The Life and Soccer Times of Clive Barker

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 launches his biography

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.

Sorbet Group founder Ian Fuhr shares the inspiration behind his new book The Soul of Sorbet

‘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.’