Book extracts

‘I once went to kill a man’ – Read an excerpt from The Year of the Locust, the terrifying and eagerly awaited new thriller by Terry Hayes

Penguin Random House SA has shared an excerpt from The Year of the Locust, the highly anticipated second novel from Terry Hayes, author of the global bestseller I Am Pilgrim.

Read an extract from the pulse-pounding new Jack Reacher thriller The Secret

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from The Secret – the new high-octane rollercoaster ride of a novel from Lee Child and Andrew Child.

‘The doctor’s bedside manner is one of the coldest, most violent experiences of my life’ – Read an excerpt from Hot Water by Nadine Dirks

Jacana Media has shared an excerpt from Hot Water by Nadine Dirks – an intimate and daring look into the life of a young African woman from the Cape Flats with a chronic illness.

‘Really, I knew, I had lost my way long before.’ – Read an excerpt from Jane van der Riet’s debut novel How to Hide Inside a Three

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from How to Hide Inside a Three, the debut novel by Jane van der Riet.

Try Jamie Oliver’s Herby steak & crispy potatoes from his new book 5 Ingredients Mediterranean

Jamie Oliver’s most popular cookbook goes Mediterranean in this mouthwatering follow-up!

‘Dear White People, I love white girls. Especially blondes.’ – Listen to an excerpt from The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa by Stephen Buoro

Listen to an excerpt from Stephen Buoro’s tragicomic debut novel The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa, out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

[Video] Funny, fierce and addictive – Bea Fitzgerald reads an excerpt from her debut novel, Girl, Goddess, Queen

Penguin Random House has shared a video of Bea Fitzgerald reading an extract from her debut novel, Girl, Goddess, Queen!

Try Ottolenghi’s Slow-Cooked Chicken with a Crisp Corn Crust from Simple

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from Simple – Yotam Ottolenghi’s vibrant food made easy!

‘Flames. Chunks of metal ripping off, flying by.’ – Listen to an excerpt from TJ Newman’s unforgettable new thriller Drowning

Listen to an excerpt from Drowning, the new edge-of-your-seat thriller by bestselling author TJ Newman!

‘With hindsight she should’ve walked out of the door right then’ – Read an excerpt from Lesley Pearse’s brilliant new pageturner Betrayal

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from Betrayal, the enthralling new novel from the 10-million-copy bestselling author Lesley Pearse!

Listen to an excerpt from Karin Slaughter’s gripping new thriller After That Night

After That Night, the new novel from Karin Slaughter, is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers!

Listen to an excerpt from Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s explosive, hotly anticipated debut novel Chain-Gang All-Stars

The debut novel from Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, the bestselling author of Friday Black.

Listen to an excerpt from Yellowface, the wild, brutal, darkly satirical new novel by Rebecca F Kuang

Yellowface by Rebecca F Kuang – the book that everyone’s talking about – is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers!

Read an excerpt from Abraham Verghese’s ‘masterful’ new novel The Covenant of Water

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from The Covenant of Water, the new novel from Abraham Verghese.

Read an excerpt from Ann Napolitano’s heart-breaking and heart-mending novel Hello Beautiful

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano!

Read an excerpt from Tom Hanks’s new novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece!

Hold on to your popcorn, folks! Academy Award-winning actor and bestselling author Tom Hanks is back with a thrilling new book that takes you behind the scenes of the biggest superhero action film of all time.

‘I never really wanted to be a police officer.’ Read an excerpt from Stuart MacBride’s chilling new thriller The Dead of Winter

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from The Dead of Winter, the new novel from number-one bestseller Stuart MacBride!

[Video] Watch an animated excerpt from Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono, read by the author

Bono – artist, activist and the lead singer of Irish rock band U2 – has written his autobiography: honest and irreverent, intimate and profound, Surrender is the story of the remarkable life he’s lived, the challenges he’s faced and the friends and family who have shaped and sustained him.

‘It would almost be funny if it wasn’t so terrifying.’ Read an excerpt from Amazing Grace Adams – the fiercest debut of 2023

Penguin Random House has shared an excerpt from Amazing Grace Adams, Fran Littlewood’s tender, funny and unapologetic debut novel!