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She smiled a half-smile and asked, ‘Do you have a gun?’ – Read an excerpt from Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

What do divisions matter in a world full of doors? Read an excerpt from Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, a tale of love and hope, travelling from the Middle East to London and beyond.

‘I think we can make reading cool again’ – Clinton Chauke chats about the success of his debut book Born in Chains

In the latest edition of Africa’s Lit, young author Clinton Chauke discusses the reception his debut book Born in Chains has received. 

New book alert! The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela by Sisonke Msimang will be published in October

The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela, the new book from Sisonke Msimang, will be out from Jonathan Ball Publishers on 24 October 2018.

RIP David Goldblatt, 1930–2018

David Goldblatt was a brilliant photographer, social commentator, and altogether decent human being, and he will be greatly missed.

Bom Boy, Yewande Omotoso’s first novel, to be published in the US in January 2019

Yewande Omotoso’s debut novel Bom Boy will be published in the United States by Catalyst Press in January 2019. Catalyst Press is an …

Harry Kalmer and Bongani Ngqulunga win 2018 Sunday Times Literary Awards

The winners of the 2018 Sunday Times Literary Awards were announced on Saturday.

Read an excerpt from I am Pandarus, the new novel from award-winning author Michiel Heyns

Jonathan Ball Publishers has shared an excerpt from I am Pandarus, the new novel from acclaimed author Michiel Heyns.

‘Dad thinks lots of things are right-wing. He even thinks He-Man is right-wing’ – Like Sodium in Water, a memoir of post-independence Zimbabwe by Hayden Eastwood

It’s post-independence Zimbabwe and an atmosphere of nostalgia hangs over much of Harare’s remaining white community.

The next District 9? Trailer released for Apocalypse Now Now – based on the novel by Charlie Human

Charlie Human’s dark Cape Town-based urban fantasy novel Apocalypse Now Now has been adapted into a short film!

A disconcerting portrait of South Africa’s underworld: Tymon Smith reviews Hitmen for Hire

Hitmen for Hire by Mark Shaw debunks the myth that assassinations and political killings belong to South Africa’s past.

Masande Ntshanga chats about his relationship with language and his novel The Reactive

Masande Ntshanga chatted to Ayanda-Allie Paine on ENCA Weekend Wakeup about his award-winning book The Reactive recently.

Don’t miss the launch of Hedley Twidle’s new book of essays, Firepool, at Love Books

Hedley Twidle will be chatting to Simon van Schalkwyk at Love Books in Melville on Thursday, 17 August.

New JM Coetzee book coming this September

A new collection of JM Coetzee’s essays has been announced by Penguin.

Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them

When the library at Alexandria burned it was said to be an “international catastrophe.” When the most significant humanities project of our time was dismantled in court, those who’d had a hand in its undoing breathed a sigh of relief.

2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist announced

The 2017 Man Booker International Prize shortlist of six books has been revealed.

Make Sherry Johnson’s damn fine cherry pie

Ever dream of sampling Twin Peaks’ culinary centrepiece? Well, now you can make it yourself.

Translating Agatha Christie into Icelandic: ‘One clue took 10 years’

Ragnar Jónasson, author of Rupture, explains how rendering great English thriller writer Agatha Christie into his own language taught him how to write fiction himself.

Are indexers the “unsung heroes” of publishing?

Sam Leith considers the importance of indexers in a Google age. The best indexes, he writes, “are works of art”.

“Since everything was suddening into a hurricane” – new story by Binyavanga Wainaina

There’s a new piece from the incredible Binyavanga Wainaina in the latest issue of Granta.

“Visionary” Wolf Erlbruch wins prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

With his focus on “darker” subject matter, Wolf Erlbruch is an interesting choice for this year’s Astrid Lindgren memorial award.