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2018 Preview

Monday, January 29th 2018

**Please note that publication dates and schedules are subject to change without notice**





Win! Compelling Conversations with 20 Successful South Africans by Jeremy Maggs – A book that gives you access to 20 of SA’s best of the best in their respective fields.





The Chalk Man by C J Tudor – Brilliantly dark debut about childhood secrets.

The Fatuous State of Severity by Phumlani Pikoli – A fresh collection of short stories and illustrations that explore the experiences of a generation of young, urban South Africans coping with the tensions of social media, language and relationships of various kinds.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – “For someone who loves stories about brothers and sisters, as I do, The Immortalists is about as good as it gets. It’s amazing how good this book is.”   Karen Joy Fowler

A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey – From the double Booker Prize winner, a story of love, Empire and high-speed racing!

The Only Story by Julian BarnesWould you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? That is, I think, finally, the only real question. A discourse on love from the master of human feelings.

The Reservoir Tapes by Jon McGregor – McGregor returns to the territory of the brilliant, Booker-longlisted Reservoir 13, revealing the web of connections that bind us, and the many layers on which we all build our truths.



Feminism Is: South Africans Speak Their Minds edited by Jen Thorpe – An inspiring and informative collection of essays about what feminism means to South Africans today.

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johan Hari – From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety.

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers – A heart-pounding adventure story, a tale of underdog entrepreneurship and true passion, and a fascinating modern take on the great American dream.

Wit issie ‘n color nie by Nathan Trantraal – A collection of life-stories about growing up in a township on the outskirts of the Cape Flats. Full of dark humour and raw honesty, this is a deeply personal and harrowing account of life on the Flats, written in the Kaapse dialect, from the author of Chokers and Survivors.




Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro – A daring debut novel of obsession, desire and salvation that shows the radical light and dark of love itself. This is a visceral, rich and devastating portrait of life and loves lived and lost that cannot fail to echo in your own experience.

Force of Nature by Jane Harper – Follow-up to the hugely successful The Dry. Five women go hiking in the Australian bush – only four come back…

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi – A prize-winning horror novel from war-torn Iraq, which captures with white-knuckle horror and black humour the surreal reality of a city at war.

House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph CassaraA gritty and gorgeous debut that follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ballroom scene of the 1980s and ’90s.

The Infinite Future by Tim Wirkus – A mindbending novel that melds two page-turning books in one. Part academic satire, part science-fiction, and part book-lover’s quest, this wholly original novel captures the heady way that stories inform and mirror our lives.

Knucklebone by NR Brodie – Nechama Brodie is a welcome new voice on the krimi scene. This is a disturbing story set in Johannesburg that wrangles sangomas, disillusioned cops and animal poaching.

The Lullaby by Leila Slimani – Winner of the Prix Goncourt. A terrifying and haunting thriller about what happens when the nanny is not what she seems…

The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar – One of the most anticipated debuts of 2018, a story of curiosity and obsession, set in bustling and bawdy 18th Century London.

Soweto, Under the Apricot Tree by Niq Mhlongo – A new collection of short stories from the author of Affluenza and The Way Back Home, amongst others.

The Strange Bird: A Borne Story by Jeff Vandermeer – With The Strange Bird, Jeff VanderMeer has done more than add another layer, a new chapter, to his celebrated novel Borne. He has created a whole new perspective on the world inhabited by Borne – a view from above, of course, but also a view from deep inside the mind of a new kind of creature who will fight and suffer and live for the tenuous future of this world.



Virgin: Poems by Analicia Sotelo –  A highly-acclaimed and vivid portrait of the artist as a young woman. Blistering and gorgeous, Virgin is an audacious act of imaginative self-mythology from a talented and promising young poet.



Enlightenment by Steven Pinker – The Harvard psychologist follows up The Better Angels of Our Nature by arguing that our turbulent times call for reason and Enlightenment values.

Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith – A second collection of essays from the fabulous Ms Smith.

Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India by Shashi Tharoor – The bestselling account of India’s experience of British colonialism by the internationally acclaimed author and diplomat Shashi Tharoor (first publication in South Africa).

The Knock on the Door: The Story of the Detainees’ Parents Support Committee by Terry Shakinovsky and Sharon Court – An inspiring account of the DPSC and how ordinary people came together to stand up against racism and the abuse of power.

The Land is Ours: South Africa’s First Black Lawyers by Tembeka Ngcukaitobi – This book tells the story of South Africa’s first black lawyers, who operated in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In an age of aggressive colonial expansion these men believed in a constitutional system that respected individual rights and freedoms, and they used the law as an instrument against injustice.

Living with the Gods: The World’s Stories by Neil MacGregor – The panoramic new history of belief from the celebrated author of A History of the World in 100 Objects.

Plucked! The Truth About Chicken by Maryn McKenna – A must-read for anyone who cares about the quality of food and the welfare of animals. Rich with characters who together propelled the story of chicken’s unintended consequences, Plucked! will reveal how the antibiotic era created modern agriculture. It is an eye-opening exploration of how the world’s most popular meat came to define so much more than just chicken nuggets.

Skin in the Game: The Underlying Matrix of Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb – The ‘hottest thinker in the world’ (Sunday Times) is back with a book about why we should only trust those who have something to lose – who have ‘skin in the game’.

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jenkins – From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today.

What Are We Doing Here: Essays by Marilynne Robinson – New essays by the Orange and Pulitzer Prize winning author of GileadHome and Lila. In this collection, Marilynne Robinson, one of today’s most important thinkers – admired by President Obama, and so many others – impels us to action and offers us hope.







The Book of Chocolate Saints by Jeet Thayil – from the author of Narcopolis, an epic novel of contemporary Indian life that probes the mysterious margins where art bleeds into the occult, and celebrates the artist’s life itself as a final monument. It is Jeet Thayil’s spiritual, passionate, and demented masterpiece.

The Boy Who Could Keep a Swan in his Head by John Hunt – The story of a boy growing up in Hillbrow in the ’60s and his friendship with an eccentric homeless person.

Dead Men’s Trousers by Irvine Welsh – Fast and furious, scabrously funny and weirdly moving, this is a spectacular return of the crew from Trainspotting.

Death Cup/Gifbeker by Irna van Zyl – New fiction from the award-winning journalist, magazine editor and author of Dead in the Water. Simultaneously published in Afrikaans.

A Girl in Exile by Ismail Kadare -A deeply affecting portrait of life and love under surveillance, infused with myth, wry humor, and the absurdity of a paranoid regime.

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg – A collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Sinister and inviting, familiar and alien all at the same time, with elements of psychological horror, emotional clarity, and a keen sense of feminist mischief.

The Ones With Purpose by Nozizwe Cynthia Jele – From the author of Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, a novel of family, mourning and betrayal.

The Panic Room by Robert Goddard – Robert Goddard at his best. A sliver of a mystery kicks off a juggernaut of a thriller. Layers of secrets, half-truths and lies must be peeled back to reveal what really lies within.

Die rooikop en die redakteur en ander stories 1955-1959 deur André P. Brink – A collection of some of Brink’s earliest short stories, giving a picture of the development of a young literary star.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – A highy-anticipated, brilliantly original high concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent: Gosford Park meets Inception, by way of Murder on the Orient Express.

Tangerine by Christine Magnan – The perfect read for fans of Daphne du Maurier and Patricia Highsmith, set in 1950s Morocco, Tangerine is a gripping psychological literary thriller.

Under Glass by Claire Robertson – A high-stakes narrative of deception and disguise that will appeal to a range of readers of literary fiction by one of the country’s finest novelists.



Believe in Tomorrow by Mmusi Maimane – A fascinating glimpse into the personal life and political beliefs of the leader of South Africa’s second largest party.

Blood on the Page: A Murder, A Secret Trial, a Search for the Truth by Thomas Harding  – “Meticulous and gripping – a thriller that disturbs for revelations about a singular act of murder, and the national security state which we call home” Philippe Sands.

Brutal Legacy: A Memoir by Tracy Going – A detailed and harrowing account of the media star’s brutal relationship with her ‘Prince Charming’ and the court battle that dragged on after his vicious assault.

Educated by Tara Westover – An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality by Chris Hughes – Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes makes the case that one percenters like him should pay their fortune forward in a radically simple way: a guaranteed income for working people.

Who Will Rule in 2019 by Jan-Jan Joubert – An insightful look at local politics from acclaimed journalist Jan-Jan Joubert.



Agency by William Gibson – In William Gibson’s first novel since 2014’s bestselling The Peripheral, a gifted ‘app-whisperer’ is hired by a mysterious San Francisco start-up and finds herself in contact with a unique and surprisingly combat-savvy AI.

All the Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth Church – A dazzling, powerful story of a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past amongst the glamour of 1960s Las Vegas – finding unexpected fortune, friendship and love.

All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson – From the author of The Kind Worth Killing. On the eve of his college graduation, Harry is called home by his step-mother Alice, to their house on the Maine coast, following the unexpected death of his father.But who really is Alice, his father’s much younger second wife?

Census by Jesse Ball – A father and son who are census takers journey across a nameless country from the town of A to the town of Z in the wake of the father’s fatal diagnosis. Profoundly moving novel, glowing with wisdom and grace, and roaring with a desire to change the world.

Circe by Madeline Miller – From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer – From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, an electric, multilayered novel about ambition, power, friendship, and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.

Happiness by Aminatta Forna – In this breathtaking novel from the Orange Prize-shortlisted and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning author Aminatta Forna asks us to consider the values of the society we live in, our co-existence with one another and all living creatures – and the true nature of happiness.

Homeland by Karin Brynard – The award-winning political journalist turned crime writer, author of Weeping Waters, with her latest novel, translated into English for the first time.

Macbeth (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Jo Nesbo – A brilliantly dark and gritty retelling of Macbeth, set in Northern Scotland in the 1970s, from the master of noir.

Michael K by Nthikeng Mohlele – A brilliant take on JM Coetzee’s classic that explores the weight of history and of conscience, by one of South Africa’s most compelling young authors.

The Neighbourhood by Mario Vargas Llosa – From the Nobel Laureate comes a politically charged detective novel weaving through the underbelly of Peruvian privilege – a crime thriller that evokes the vulgarity of freedom in a corrupt system.

The Overstory by Richard Powers – Nine strangers, each in different ways, become summoned by trees, brought together in a last stand to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest.

You Think I’ll Say It: Short Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld – Sharp and tender, funny and wise, this collection shows Sittenfeld’s knack for creating real, believable characters that spring off the page, while also skewering contemporary mores with brilliant dry wit.



Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K Smith – The extraordinary new collection by the Poet Laureate of the United States



Born in Chains: The Diary of an Angry ‘Born Free’by Clinton Chauke – Debut author Chauke shows how his generation is still affected by apartheid policies but writes with wit and a unique sense of humour about his life. It’s a story of hope and perseverance, and of succeeding against all the odds.

Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City by Richard SennettBuilding and Dwelling summarises a lifetime’s thought about what makes cities work – or not – to the benefit of their communities.

The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy – Witty and ruthlessly honest, a unique memoir of writing and womanhood from the twice-Man Booker-shortlisted author of Swimming Home.

Edge of Chaos by Dambisa Moyo – Dambisa Moyo (Dead Aid) sets out the new political and economic challenges facing the world, and the specific, radical solutions needed to resolve these issues and reignite global growth. It is a warning for advanced and emerging nations alike: we must reverse the dramatic erosion in growth, or face the consequences of a fragmented and unstable global future.

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya – A raw personal story of fleeing the conflict on Rwanda, and the appalling aftershocks of war.

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee – From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist – and how we form our identities in life and in art.

Ministry of Crime: An Underworld Explored by Mandy Wiener“The proximity of organised crime, politics and the police is frightening. I have spent years working at the coal face of crime and policing in the country and feel that the story has to be told in a book to explain the granular detail and complexity of the situation.”

The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli – The bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics returns with an exploration of the meaning of time.

Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon – A collection of essays on parenting and more. “As in his novels, he shifts gears easily between the comic and the melancholy, the whimsical and the serious, demonstrating once again his ability to write about the big subjects of love and memory and regret without falling prey to the Scylla and Charybdis of cynicism and sentimentality.”  Michiko Kakutani

See What Can Be Done: Essays by Lorrie Moore – In sparkling, articulate prose – studded with frequently hilarious insights – Moore’s meditations are a rare opportunity to witness a brilliant mind thinking things through and figuring things out on the page.

Seven Types of Atheism by John Gray – A meditation on the importance of atheism in the modern world – and its inadequacies and contradictions – by one of Britain’s leading philosophers.

Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean – From acclaimed, award-winning literary critic Michelle Dean, a powerful portrait of ten writers who managed to make their voices heard amidst a climate of sexism and nepotism, from the 1920s to the 1990s.

Tsk-Tsk: A Story of Childhood by Suzan Hackney – In a style reminiscent of Alexandra Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Hackney writes of a childhood on the run, fighting to survive in a world of abandoned and abused children.





Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk – In his new novel the author of Fight Club Palahniuk fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche.

How to Rule the World by Tibor Fischer – Demonstrating Fischer’s inimitable talent for eviscerating social satire, How to the Rule the World is a magnificently funny read. A trip from the Garden of Eden to Armageddon, via London, plus reggae.

Last Stories by William Trevor – In this final collection of ten exquisite, perceptive and profound stories, William Trevor probes into the depths of the human spirit. These gorgeous stories – the last that Trevor wrote before his death – affirm his place as one of the world’s greatest storytellers.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner – From twice National Book Award-nominated Rachel Kushner, whose Flamethrowers was called “the best, most brazen, most interesting book of the year” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine), comes a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America.

Motherhood by Sheila Heti Motherhood treats one of the most consequential decisions of early adulthood – whether or not to have children – with the intelligence, wit and originality that have won Sheila Heti international acclaim.

Patagonia by Maya Fowler – A new novel from the hugely talented local author of Elephant in the Room.

A Season of Glass by Rahla Xenopoulos – A beautiful new novel from the author of Bubbles, Tribe and A Memoir of Love and Madness.

Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey – The follow-up to the highly acclaimed and brilliant Elizabeth is Missing. A 15 year-old girl disappears and then comes back – unharmed, but changed.



Against Memoir: Essays by Michelle Tea – Delivered with her signature honesty and dark humour. As she blurs the line between telling other people’s stories and her own, she turns an investigative eye to the genre that’s nurtured her entire career―memoir―and considers the price that art demands be paid from life.

Arnhem: The Last German Victory by Antony Beevor – Using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, Beevor has reconstructed the terrible reality of this battle, known as ‘The Last German Victory’. Written in his inimitable and gripping narrative style, goes to the very heart of war,

Ndibhala iNto eThandwa Ndim (I Write What I Like isiXhosa) by Steve Biko – long-anticipated translation with full support of the Biko family by Professor Peter Mtuze

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxanne Gay – With an introduction by Roxane Gay, this anthology of first-person essays tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on. Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that “not that bad” must no longer be good enough.




Florida: Short Stories by Lauren Groff – Over a decade ago, Groff moved to her adopted home state of Florida. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida becomes their gravitational centre. Groff pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury – the moments that make us alive.

The Golddiggers by Sue Nyathi – The Zimbabwean author recounts the experiences of her fellow compatriots trying to make a life in Jozi. The stories of these desperate immigrants are both heart-breaking and heartwarming.

Good Trouble: Short Stories by Joseph O’Neill – A masterly collection of eleven stories about the way we live now from the best-selling author of Netherland. An incisive writer on the strange world we live in – he is deeply in touch with his characters’ heartbreaking vulnerability.

Kudos by Rachel Cusk – The third in the trilogy that began with Outline, Rachel Cusk’s Kudos takes as its theme the relationship between pain and honor, and investigates the moral nature of success as a precept of both art and living.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner – From twice National Book Award-nominated Rachel Kushner, whose Flamethrowers was called “the best, most brazen, most interesting book of the year” (New York magazine), comes a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America.

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson – President Bill Clinton partners with No. 1 bestselling author James Patterson in a powerful, one-of-a-kind thriller filled with the kind of insider details that only a President can know.

The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton – Fierce and lyrical, The Shepherd’s Hut is a story of survival, solitude and unlikely friendship. Most of all it is about what it takes to keep hope alive in a parched and brutal world.

A Spy in Time by Imraan Coovadia – a literary time travel novel with a daring and original African-centric story which also touches on global issues history, race and inequality. This might be the African time travel novel everyone was waiting for, and will appeal to fans of Blade RunnerCloud Atlas, District 9 and Stanislaw Lem, among others.

Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-JephcottThey told him everything. He told everyone else.

Based on ten years of research comes a dazzling literary debut about the rise and self-destructive fall of Truman Capote and the beautiful, wealthy, vulnerable women he called his swans.

A Suitable Girl by Vikram Seth – The long-awaited sequel to the million-selling, critically acclaimed A Suitable Boy (1993). This ‘jump sequel’ is set in the present day.

Upstate by James Wood – From the highly regarded literary critic comes a novel that is rich in subtle human insight, full of poignant and often funny portraits, and vivid with a sense of place – Upstate is a perceptive, intensely moving novel.

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje – In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself – at once both shadowed and luminous – Warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire, set in London after the Blitz.



Fallout: Disasters, Lies & the Legacy of the Nuclear Age by Fred Pearce – The science and environment journalist in a “shocking” book that considers seven decades of nuclear technology.

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward – Envisioned as a response to The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin’s groundbreaking 1963 essay collection, these contemporary writers reflect on the past, present, and future of race in America.

I Beg to Differ by Peter Storey – Memoir of the head of the Methodist Church in SA during apartheid. Fought alongside Tutu, and never backed down frm the fight.

Mandela: The Making of a President by Xolela Mangcu – Mangcu’s new appraisal of the formative influences on Nelson Mandela challenges convention, presenting arguments based on previously unused sources.

The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading by Edmund White – Edmund White made his name as a writer, but he remembers his life through the books he read. For White, each momentous occasion came with books to match: Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, which opened up the seemingly closed world of homosexuality while he was at boarding school; the Ezra Pound poems adored by a lover he followed to New York; the biography of Stephen Crane that inspired one of White’s novels. This is a wickedly smart and insightful account of a life in literature.




Axis and Revolution by Gabeba Baderoon – A working title and no information yet, but this is, excitingly, the first novel from the poet and author of Regarding Muslims.

Calypso by David Sedaris – The long-awaited new collection of stories from David Sedaris, America’s favourite humourist.

CoDex by Sjon – Jósef Loewe enters the world as a lump of clay – carried in a hatbox by his Jewish father Leo, a fugitive in WWII Germany. At once playful and profoundly serious, this novel melds multiple genres into a unique whole: a mind-bending read and a biting, timely attack on nationalism.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh – The pitch-black Eileen made the 2016 Man Booker shortlist; this dark new novel features a privileged woman whose alienation is exacerbated by medication and an awful shrink.

So Much Life Left Over by Louis de Bernières – Brand new fiction from the author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

Talion: A Tragedy by Beyers de VosTalion is a work of fiction which follows four characters. Written within the spirit of classic tragedy, the tightly controlled plot and heightened tension, as well as the brutal violence, strives to create something more than your average detective novel. A literary and genre hybrid that is both entertaining and unusual, suspenseful and complex.



Criminal Mind: Why SARS Once Beat Organised Crime but are Not Doing so Now by Johan van Loggerenberg – A timely look at the government’s inability to tackle organised crime, by the co-author of Rogue.

Out of My Head by Tim Parks – The bestselling novelist embarks on a quest to discover more about consciousness.

Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl’s Bible by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené – ‘The love child of exasperation and optimism’, Slay in Your Lane springs from best friends Yomi and Elizabeth’s search for a book that would address the uniquely challenging experiences faced by black women today. From education, to work, to dating, to representation, money and health, they explore the ways in which being black and female affects each of these areas – and offer advice and encouragement on how to navigate them.



Being Lily by Qarnita Loxton – The eagerly-awaited second novel from the author of the brilliant Being Kari.

Heads of the Colored People: Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires – Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot Díaz, this collection of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era.

Now We Shall be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller – Costa- and Impac-winner Miller is known for his masterful historical novels: here, a soldier home from the disastrous campaign against Napoleon in 1809 runs from his demons towards the Hebrides.

Saving Noah Croome by Máire Fisher – New fiction from the author of the wonderful Birdseye.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – From the Booker Prize-winning author of the Regeneration Trilogy comes a monumental new masterpiece, set in the midst of literature’s most famous war. Pat Barker turns her attention to the timeless legend of The Iliad, as experienced by the captured women living in the Greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War.

The Theory of Flight by Siphiwe Ndlovu – No info yet as all very hush hush – but the publisher is very excited about this one!

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan – The Man Booker-shortlisted author of Half-Blood Blues returns with a novel based on a 19th-century criminal case about a young field slave in a Barbados sugar plantation who becomes servant to an eccentric abolitionist obsessed with flight.



21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari – Hard on the heels of the astonishingly successful Sapiens, which looked back, and Homo Deus, which looked forward, Harari presents lessons on the here and now.

People, Politics and Ideology in South Africa by RW Johnson – From the author of How Long Will South Africa Survive.





Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart – When his dream of the perfect marriage, the perfect son, and the perfect life implodes, a Wall Street millionaire takes a cross-country bus trip in search of his college sweetheart and ideals of youth in the long-awaited novel, his first in seven years, from the acclaimed, bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story.

Love is Blind by William Boyd – A young Scottish musician heads to fin-de-siècle Paris to find himself, and is swept up in an obsessive love affair that takes him to Russia and back.

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks – Contrasts the lives of Hannah, an American academic researching women during the German occupation of Paris, and Tariq, a Moroccan teenager on the run, to explore France’s troubled history.

Transcription by Kate AtkinsonTranscription is a bravura novel of extraordinary power and substance. Juliet Armstrong is recruited as a young woman by an obscure wartime department of the Secret Service. In the aftermath of war she joins the BBC, where her life begins to unravel, and she finally has to come to terms with the consequences of idealism.



Breaking News by Alan Rusbridger – Former Guardian editor-in-chief on who controls the news in this era of transformation and why it matters.

The Lies that Bind by Kwame Anthony Appiah – One of a number of books out this year on identity and how it works, from the philosopher and chair of judges for the 2018 Man Booker prize.

Louis Botha: A Man Apart by Richard Steyn – biography of the first Prime Minister of South Africa, from the author of Churchill & Smuts and Jan Smuts: Unafraid of Greatness.

The Zulu Kings by John Laband – A history of the Zulu Nation through the reigns of eight kings from 1816 to the present. Author of The Assassination of King Shaka.




American Weather by Jenny Offill – Offill made her name with 2014’s Dept. of Speculation; her new heroine is a librarian navigating polarised political opinion and family crises in turbulent contemporary America.

Bertha Isla by Javier Marías – From the author of The Infatuations, this story of Tomás, a half- Spanish, half-English man forced into the British secret service, and Berta, the woman he loves, examines the power of the state and a marriage built on lies.

Melmoth by Sarah Perry – The new novel from the author of The Essex Serpent is inspired by Charles Maturin’s 1820 gothic masterpiece Melmoth the Wanderer, and promises to investigate good and evil through a time-travelling narrative.



Identity by Francis Fukuyama – Still best known for The End of History, Fukuyama takes on populism, politicised Islam, the fractious “identity liberalism” of college campuses and white nationalism.

Johannesburg Then & Now – A companion volume to the hugely successful Cape Town: Then and Now.




Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami – The first novel in four years from the hugely popular Murakami.


Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the Surveillance State by Barton Gellman – A study of “the hidden superstructure that connects government espionage with Silicon valley” from the journalist and author who shared the Pulitzer prize for his role in bringing Snowden’s revelations to light.


Philip Larkin: Letters Home 1936-1977 edited by James Booth –  A collection that presents the last major unpublished Larkin archive: the letters to his family, chiefly his “conservative anarchist” father and beloved mother.

The Pink Line: The World’s New Queer Frontiers by Mark Gevisser – follows protagonists from nine countries over five years to tell the story of how LGBT Rights has become the world’s new human rights frontier.