South Africa

Mon – 15th Jan 2024

Revolutionising South African Literature: Jacana Media’s Collaboration with DSAC and ANFASA

Jacana Media is delighted to announce a contract to publish work by five new authors writing across South Africa’s official languages under the Vela Books imprint.

Fri – 12th Jan 2024

‘Only food runs’ – Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: the lively adventures and biting wit of an African safari guide

Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison – a hilarious, highly original collection of essays in the tradition of Bill Bryson – out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers. 

Wed – 10th Jan 2024

‘I found myself holding hands with a baboon’ – Read an excerpt from Hippos, a Mongoose and Me by Karen Paolillo

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from Hippos, a Mongoose and Me, the new book by Karen Paolillo!

Tue – 19th Dec 2023

Footnotes, December 2023: Book links from around the web

At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye.

Mon – 18th Dec 2023

Listen to an excerpt from The Pole – an indelible tale of life, love, death and Chopin, from Nobel Prize-winning author JM Coetzee

A pianist falls grandly, helplessly in love in this elegant new novella from the twice-Booker Prize winner JM Coetzee.

Fri – 8th Dec 2023

‘There was nothing like a bit of controversy to sell a book’ – Read an excerpt from Each Mortal Thing, the new novel by Michiel Heyns

Read an excerpt from Each Mortal Thing, the 10th novel from critically acclaimed author Michiel Heyns, courtesy of Penguin Random House!

Tue – 5th Dec 2023

Don’t miss the launch of Innards by Magogodi oaMphela Makhene at Book Circle Capital in Melville (7 Dec)

Jonathan Ball Publishers and Book Circle Capital invite you to the launch of Innards by Magogodi oaMphela Makhene.

Don’t miss Zanele van Zyl at Exclusive Books Galleria Mall and get your copy of Senidlile Kodwa? signed! (10 Dec)

Penguin Random House and Exclusive Books invite you to a book signing of Senidlile Kodwa? Have You Eaten Yet? by Zanele van Zyl.

Mon – 4th Dec 2023

Win limited edition signed copies, Penguin merch and more!

Unwrap the joy of reading this festive season with Penguin Random House SA!

Listen to the Pagecast festive special! Top picks for holiday reading and gift recommendations

This week’s episode of Pagecast, brought to you by Jonathan Ball Publishers, is a Holiday Roundup with Exclusive Books Cavendish!

Thu – 23rd Nov 2023

Jojo – Strictly star Johannes Radebe’s uplifting memoir about overcoming struggles and finding joy

Jojo celebrates the incredible journey that Johannes Radebe has been on so far – out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers!

Now a major TV series! A new edition of Catch Me a Killer by South Africa’s first-ever profiler Micki Pistorius

Delve into the gripping world of criminal profiling with psychologist Micki Pistorius – the trailblazer who became South Africa’s first-ever profiler.

Wed – 22nd Nov 2023

The new episode of Pagecast is out now! Jenny Crwys-Williams chats to Beverley Roos-Muller about her extraordinary book Bullet in the Heart: Four Brothers Ride to War

In today’s episode of Pagecast, join legendary broadcaster Jenny Crwys-Williams as she interviews Beverley Roos-Muller about her book Bullet in the Heart: Four Brothers Ride to War 1899–1902.

Join Matthew Blackman and Nick Dall for the Stellenbosch launch of Legends: People Who Changed South Africa for the Better (30 Nov)

Penguin Random House and the Stellenbosch University Centre for Social Justice invite you to the launch of Legends: People Who Changed South Africa for the Better by Matthew Blackman and Nick Dall.

Thu – 16th Nov 2023

[Pagecast] Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi chats to Uhuru Portia Phalafala about her epic and deeply personal novel The First Woman

In this episode of Pagecast, prize-winning author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi chats to Uhuru Portia Phalafala about her second novel, The First Woman.

Join Justin Fox in Somerset West for the launch of his gripping new book Place: South African Literary Journeys (18 Nov)

Penguin Random House invite you to the launch of Place: South African Literary Journeys by Justin Fox.

Don’t miss former Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musida in Joburg and get your copy of I Am Shudu signed (25-26 Nov)

Join Jacana Media for an exclusive book signing tour featuring Shudufhadzo Musida, former Miss South Africa!

Wed – 15th Nov 2023

Join Lauren Beukes for the online launch of her new novel Bridge (16 Nov)

Penguin Random House, Umuzi and Exclusive Books invite you to the virtual launch of Bridge by Lauren Beukes!

Tue – 14th Nov 2023

Don’t miss the launch of Legends: People Who Changed South Africa for the Better by Matthew Blackman and Nick Dall at Love Books (16 Nov)

Penguin Random House and Love Books invite you to the launch of Legends: People Who Changed South Africa for the Better by Matthew Blackman and Nick Dall.