South Africa

Fri – 2nd Feb 2024

‘Entering the church is easy, but leaving it can be a matter of life or death’

Maria’s Keepers: One Woman’s Escape from the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in South Africa by Sam Human is out this month from Penguin Random House. 

Thu – 1st Feb 2024

Do you feel overwhelmed by AI? Don’t miss the launch of Age of Agency: Rise with AI by Kerushan Govender in Cape Town (2 Feb)

Join Routledge and Jonathan Ball Publishers for the launch for Age of Agency: Rise with AI by Kerushan Govender!

2023 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award shortlist announced!

The Jacana Literary Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2023 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award!

Wed – 31st Jan 2024

Don’t miss the launch of Adrian Perkel’s new book Unlocking the Nature of Human Aggression in Cape Town (4 Feb)

Join Routledge and Jonathan Ball Publishers for the launch of Unlocking the Nature of Human Aggression: A Psychoanalytic and Neuroscientific Approach by Adrian Perkel.

Join acclaimed author Micki Pistorius for the launch of her book Catch Me a Killer: A Profiler’s True Story in Pretoria (10 Feb)

Join Penguin Random House and Exclusive Books for an unforgettable evening celebrating the launch of Catch Me a Killer: A Profiler’s True Story by acclaimed author Micki Pistorius!

New book alert! Nthikeng Mohlele’s new novel Revolutionaries’ House – an invitation to be hopeful again

Nthikeng Mohlele’s new novel Revolutionaries’ House is out soon from Jacana Media!

Tue – 30th Jan 2024

The new episode of Pagecast is out now! Listen to Sewela Langeni’s chat with Magogodi oaMphela Makhene on her new book Innards

In the latest episode of Pagecast, Sewela Langeni sits down with Magogodi oaMphela Makhene, the author of Innards, for an engaging discussion.

Thu – 25th Jan 2024

New book alert! A 60th anniversary edition of William ‘Bloke’ Modisane’s autobiography Blame Me on History

A 60th anniversary edition of William ‘Bloke’ Modisane’s seminal work Blame Me on History is out in February from Jonathan Ball Publishers!

Mon – 22nd Jan 2024

‘Unfortunately, only a girl again.’ Read an excerpt from The Woman at the Wheel, the inspiring historical novel by Penny Haw

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from The Woman at the Wheel by the brilliant Penny Haw!

Fri – 19th Jan 2024

Don’t miss the launch of David Goldblatt’s No Ulterior Motive at David Krut Bookstore in Joburg (3 Feb)

Join David Krut Bookstore and Jonathan Ball Publishers for a conversation about No Ulterior Motive, a new book on the work of the late acclaimed South African photographer David Goldblatt.

Mon – 15th Jan 2024

Looking to cut costs in the kitchen? Try these delicious recipes from Jenny Tschiesche’s Budget Air-Fryer Cookbook

Penguin Random House SA has shared an excerpt from Budget Air-Fryer Cookbook by Jenny Tschiesche! 

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.