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Wednesday, January 30th 2019




Homegrown Hero by Khurrum Rahman – The follow-up to his brilliant and funny debut, East of Hounslow.

Sex, Lies and Stellenbosch by Eva Mazza – A behind the scenes look at the ‘upstanding’ town of Stellenbosch, written as fiction to protect the innocent…



The A to Z of South African Politics: People, Parties, Players – a bang-up-to-date look at SA politics to launch election year.

Confronting Inequality: The South African Crisis edited by Michael Nassen Smith – A contextual study on ‘the most unequal country’ with essays from academics and thought leaders.

Democracy Works: Rewriting Politics to Africa’s Advantage by Greg Mills, Olusegun Obasanjo, Jeffrey Herbst and Tendai Biti – A book directed at leaders and citizens who want to address the demographic challenges that face Africa.





The Distance by Ivan Vladislavic – New fiction from a hugely respected South African novelist and journalist.

Illumination by Nthikeng Mohlele – The sixth novel from the author of Small Things and Michael K deals with betrayal, obsession and family.

Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma – A contemporary twist on Homer’s Odyssey, from the author of Booker-Shortlisted The Fishermen.

The Snow Sleeper: Short Stories by Marlene van Niekerk – First English translation of Seneeuslaper by this much-loved South African writer.

Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe – Highly-anticipated first novel from Nigerian lawyer and short story writer.

The Wall by John Lanchester – A dystopian allegory for our times from the author of Capital and Debt to Pleasure.

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin – Much hyped, comparisons to Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, and shouts from the likes of Roxanne Gay. A sharp satire on racism in America.





Are You Two Sisters by Hester van der Walt – English translation of the popular Afrikaans memoir, from the author of Hester se Brood.

The Library Book by Susan Orlean – A love letter to libraries from the author of The Orchid Thief.

Vagabond: Wandering through Africa on Faith by Lerato Mogoatlhe – An extraordinary account of her 5 years wandering through Africa as a drifter, and the adventures that gave her a sense of home.




Mama’s Shadow by Lebo Mashile – The third collection from this South African cultural icon tackles gender issue and stepping out of the shadows.







Adele by Leïla Slimani – An erotic look at female freedom from the author of Lullaby.

Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad – A much-anticipated novel on the nature of home and place, the past and forgiveness.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – The first in a fantasy trilogy, set in ancient America, from the author of The History of Seven Killings. Neil Gaiman a big fan.

Broken Stars by Ken Liu – Book Lounge favourite (author of Paper Menagerie) returns with a new collection of short stories.

Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Grey – A highly-anticipated debut, described as An American Marriage meets The Mother.

The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri – A fictional polemic on the naturer of freedom, and what it means to be without it, by Booker-winning author of The Famished Road.

Lost Man by Jane Harper – New standalone novel from the author of the hugely popular Aaron Falk series.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – Strong, highly-acclaimed female-led fantasy from the author of The Bone Season.

The Spirit of Science Fiction by Roberto Bolaño – An early novel of Bolaño’s, translated for the first time. A story of two young bohemian poets adrift in Mexico City.

Yellowbone by Ekow Duker – A beautiful new novel about fitting in from the author of Dying in New York and White Wahala.

The Zulus of New York by Zakes Mda – The legendary South African writer tells the story of a group of Zulus sent to New York in the 1880s as a freakshow attraction.


Young Adult

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – The author of the brilliant, bestselling The Hate U Give returns with a powerful story of disadvantage and following your dreams.



Jan, Piet, Koos en Jakob by Loftus Marais – A new collection from the author of Staan in die Algemeen nader aan venster.

Magical Negro by Morgan Parker – A poetic polemic on Blackness, from the author of There are Things More Beautiful then Beyonce

Op weg na ku by Breyten Breytenbach – A new collection from this South African icon of words.


Literary Magazine

Prufrock – The brilliant local showcase for new writing and artistic talent has its last outing – it will be sorely missed.



Between Rock & A Hard Place by Carsten Rasch – An irreverent memoir uncovering the South African counter-culture punk and new wave scene in the early 80’s.

The Blackridge House by Julia Martin – A powerful memoir of dementia. Advance praise from Antjie Krog and Mark Gevisser.

Cape, Curry and Koesisters by Fatima Sydow and Gadija Sydow-Noordien – Real Cape food from the Kyknet series of the same name

Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History by Richard J Evans – The first full account of this participatory and hugely influential historian.

Merchants of Truth: Inside the News Revolution by Jill Abramson – A revelatory account of how the media has changed in the last decade, by former editor of the New York Times.

A Mouth Full of Blood: Essays, Speeches and Meditations by Toni Morrison – A collection spanning four decades, from the legend that is Toni Morrison.

Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall by Adam Habib – The prominent university official tells his story of the Fees Must Fall protests.

Time Song: Searching for Doggerland by Julia Blackburn – Stories, songs, histories and meditations on the stretch of and that once connected the UK to mainland Europe, from this most imaginative writer.

Undercover with Mandela’s Spies: The Story of the Boy Who Crossed the Square by Bradley Steyn and Mark Fine – This astonishing true-life thriller reveals for the first time some of the dirty secrets of the dirty war fought during apartheid.





Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – A hotly-anticipated novel about the excesses of the music business in the 1970s.

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi – The author of Boy, Snow, Bird returns with an enchanting tale of family grudges, ambitions, dark histories… and gingerbread.

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See – From the author of Snow Flower & the Secret Fan, a beautiful story of friendship in Korea.

Lanny by Max Porter – New novel from the author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Highly praised by Mark Haddon, Kamila Shamsie, Nathan Filer and Maggie O’Farrell amongst others.

Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt – An original, autobiographical novel from this highly regarded writer.

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell – A highly-anticipated debut novel following three generations of a Zambian family.

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie – The first fantasy novel from the author of the hugely popular Ancillary series. Being compared to both Shakespeare and Ursula le Guin.

Spring by Ali Smith – Part 3 of her lauded Seasonal Quartet.

Talk of the Town: Short Stories by Fred Khumalo – Stories from much-loved local author. The title story has been shortlisted for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.


Young Adult

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi – Part 2 of the Legacy of Orisha series, following on from the highly-acclaimed Children of Blood and Bone.

Internment by Samira Ahmed – Set in a horrifying ‘fifteen minutes in the future’ United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin is forced into an internment camp for Muslim-Americans along with her parents. Comparisons to The Hate U Give.



The Gendered Brain: The New Neuroscience that Shatters the Myth of the Female Brain by Gina Rippon – In a cutting edge study Rippon unpacks the stereotypes that bombard us from our earliest moments and shows how these messages mould our ideas of ourselves and even shape our brains.

Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez – A powerful, important and eye-opening analysis of the gender politics of knowledge and ignorance

Lawfare: Judging Politics in South Africa by Dennis Davis and Michelle le Roux – Two of South Africa’s best legal minds examine the implications of mixing politics with the law.

Loyal Traitor by Wilhelm Verwoerd – Originally published in Afrikaans as Bloedbande, now out in English. Grandson of Verwoerd.

The Messiah’s Dream Machine by Jennifer Friedman – The follow up to her very successful first memoir, Queen of the Free State.

Whatever by Saskia Bailey – Nineteen year old Saskia Bailey pens a hilariously shocking  millennial memoir.






The Book of Malachi by Tracey Farren – Third novel from Cape Town author of Whiplash (Tess) and Snake.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins – Lots of advanced praise for this historical novel – “By turns lush, gritty, wry, gothic and compulsive . . . a dazzling page-turner.” Emma Donoghue, author of Room.

Cygnet by Season Butler – One to watch according to many – a “clear-sighted, poignant rumination on loneliness, love, the melancholy of age and of youth – and, in its quiet way, the end of the world.”  China Mieville.

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan – An alternative history of London in the 1980s, by the one and only Mr McEwan.

Metropolis by Philip Kerr – The final Bernie Gunther novel from the much-missed Philip Kerr, in which we return to Bernie’s youth in the dying days of the Weimar Republic.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams – Darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on life, love, race and family in London. Lots of advance praise for this one.

Triangulum by Masande Ntshanga – An ambitious, often philosophical and genre-bending novel that covers a period of over 40 years in South Africa’s recent past and near future, from the  author of The Reactive.

The Troubled Times of Magrieta Prinsloo by Ingrid Winterbach – First English translation of this title from the popular South African novelist.



African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, A Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan by Thomas Lockley and Geoffrey Girard – The remarkable life of history’s first foreign-born samurai, and his astonishing journey from Northeast Africa to the heights of Japanese society.

A Life Interrupted by Samantha Smirin –  A brilliantly lucid and harrowing memoir, capturing the author’s devastating three decade journey with Bipolar 1.

Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalisation of Love by Naomi Wolf – The bestselling author of Vagina illuminates a dramatic history – how a single English law in 1857 led to a maelstrom, with reverberations lasting down to our day.

Two Weeks in November by Douglas Rogers – Author of the brilliant The Last Resort examines the fall of Robert Mugabe.

What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence edited by Michele Filgate – Fifteen brilliant writers explore how what we don’t talk about with our mothers affects us, for better or for worse.





Frankisstein by Jeanette Winterson – Winterson breathes new life into Mary Shelley’s horror classic, and reboots it for the 21st century.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – A first novel being hailed as the next big thing in psychological thrillers.

The Porpoise by Mark Haddon – From the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time; a fantastical new interpretation of a Greek myth for modern times.

Saltwater by Jessica Andrews – A lyrical and boundary-breaking novel for fans of Rachel Cusk and Olivia Laing.

A Stranger City by Linda Grant – New fiction from the Orange Prize-winning author of Still Here and When I Lived in Modern Times.

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes – Broadcaster and classicist Natalie Haynes retells the story of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective.


Non fiction

The Enforcers: Bullets, bouncers and Cape Town’s deadly nightclub battles by Caryn Dolley  – Behind the scenes look at the intense turf war in Cape Town’s nightclubs.

New Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby – Showcasing the work of more than 200 women writers of African descent, this major international collection celebrates their contributions to literature and international culture.





Big Sky by Kate Atkinson – The highly anticipated return of Jackson Brodie, ex-military, ex-Cambridge Constabulary, now private investigator, ‘a hero for men and women alike’

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert – Hugely popular author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things turns her attention to wartime New York.

Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh – A many-layered story of displacement and home from the author of the beautiful Ibis Trilogy.

New Novel by Elif Shafak – New, as yet untitled, fiction from the author of The Forty Rules of Love.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong – Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn – A brave, stirring portrait of a Jamaican woman who leaves her daughter behind for a new life in America, from the author of Here Comes the Sun.

Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman – The first English publication of this prequel to the magnificent Life and Fate.



Faber & Faber: The Untold History of a Great Publishing House by Toby Faber – The story of one of the world’s great publishers told in its own words. Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished letters, minutes, memoirs and diaries.

No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know about Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder – An award-winning journalist’s intimate investigation of the true scope of domestic violence, revealing how the roots of America’s most pressing social crises are buried in abuse that happens behind closed doors.

She-Merchants, Buccaneers and Gentlewomen by Katie Hickman – The unusual and unlikely stories of the first British women to come to India – as wives, courtesans and she-merchants, every bit as intrepid as their men.

Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane – From the highly-acclaimed Landmarks and The Old Ways, a journey into the worlds beneath our feet.

Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change by Jared Diamond – From the author of Guns, Germs and Steel –  “A riveting and illuminating tour of how nations deal with crises – which might hopefully help humanity as a whole deal with our present global crisis.”  Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens.

White by Brett Easton Ellis – Ellis’s first work of nonfiction is an incendiary polemic about this young century’s failings, e-driven and otherwise, and at once an example, definition, and defense of what “freedom of speech” truly means.

Why Young Men: The Dangerous Allure of Violent Movements and What We Can Do About It by Jamil Jivani – Jamil Jivani recounts his experiences working as a youth activist throughout North America and the Middle East, drawing striking parallels between ISIS recruits, gangbangers, and Neo-Nazis in the West.

The Witches are Coming by Lindy West – The firebrand New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Shrill provides a brilliant and incisive look at how patriarchy, intolerance, and misogyny have conquered not just politics but American culture itself.







I Am Sovereign by Nicola Barker – Set over 20 minutes on a Tuesday afternoon in North Wales, the publisher has promised it will be “a novelistic tour de force in miniature form”.

Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholl – New fiction from the author of the wildly popular One Day.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead – Hotly anticipated new novel from the author of Underground Railroad, exploring the horrors of a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.



They Called Us Enemy by George Takei – A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon — and America itself — in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.



Last Witnesses: Unchildlike Stories by Svetlana Alexievich – True-life stories about what it was like to be a Soviet child during the upheaval and horror of the Second World War, from the Nobel Laureate. Available in English for the first time.

My Mother, My Madness by Colleen Higgs – Explores a fraught mother-daughter relationship as she documents the process of taking care of her ageing, eccentric, rebellious mother in a secret blog turned memoir.

Yellow and Confused: A Memoir by Ming-Cheau Lin – Memoir of an extraordinary childhood by the food blogger and author of the bestselling Just Add Rice.





Bottle Grove by Daniel Handler – A razor-sharp tale of two couples, two marriages, a bar, and a San Francisco start-up from a best-selling, award-winning novelist.

Doxology by Nell Zink – Two generations of an American family come of age – one before 9/11, one after – in this moving and original novel from the “intellectually restless, uniquely funny” (New York Times Book Review) mind of Nell Zink.

Inland by Téa Obreht – The New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Wife returns with a stunning tale of perseverance that follows an epic journey across an unforgettable landscape of magic and myth.

Innie Shadows by Olivia Coetzee – A story of four characters that live in a fictional community situated in the shadows of Table Mountain. focuses on the fate of two young men who battle prejudice, hatred and hostility because they are gay; and on two friends who love them unconditionally.

The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy – An unmissable new novel about old and new Europe, old and new love, from the twice-Man Booker-shortlisted author of Hot Milk and Swimming Home.




Coventry: Essays by Rachel Cusk – Encompassing memoir and cultural and literary criticism, with pieces on gender, politics and literature, from the hugely popular author of Transit.





Girl by Edna O’Brien – New novel from the legendary Irish writer, exploring the plight of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

New Novel by Jessie Burton – As yet untitled new novel from the author of the hugely popular The Miniaturist.

New Novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates – This will be huge – the first novel by the hugely popular essayist and commentator, and creator of Black Panther.

Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout – The long-awaited follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning, No.1 New York Times bestselling Olive Kitteridge.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – Described as ‘the literary event of the year’ (Guardian) – this is the sequel to A Handmaid’s Tale.



Rusty Brown by Chris Ware – The long-awaited (20 years in the making) graphic novel from the incomparable Chris Ware.




Autobiography by John Cooper Clarke – The veteran performance poet/punk poet tells the story of his extraordinary life.

How to be Heard by Roxane Gay – The influential and bestselling author of Bad Feminist explores the urgent concept of being heard – brave, practical and inspiring wisdom for anyone pursuing a creative life.

Tribes by David Lammy – The Labour MP for Tottenham investigates the modern concept of “tribes” and how New Tribalism has pernicious effects on the health of our society.





Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré – More espionage from the master – set in London in 2018. As always, a treat for the fans.

Grand Union by Zadie Smith – A dazzling collection of short fiction, more than half of which have never been published before, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and Swing Time.

Year of the Locust by Terry Hayes: The long-awaited and much-delayed second novel from the author of I Am Pilgrim. Fingers crossed for this publication date.



The Anarchy: How a Corporation Replaced the Mughal Empire 1756-1803 by William Dalrymple – The author of White Mughals turns his attention to the East India Company.

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth‑Century China by Jung Chang – A biography of three key figures who helped shape the course of modern Chinese history by the Wild Swans author.

Black, Listed: Black British Culture Explored by Jeffrey Boakye – Taking a panoramic look at global black history, interrogating both contemporary and historical culture. A 2019 must-read.

Death and the After Parties by Jo-Anne Hichens – Within the space of five months Joanne Hichens’ husband, father and mother-in law died. In her memoir she attempts to come to terms with loss and grief as she writes about funerals, fear, and frenzy – the afterparties – after death.

In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado – A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties.

Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald – New feathered non-fiction from the author of the bestselling H is for Hawk.

Who Am I Again by Lenny Henry – the British comedian, all-round legend and son of Jamaican diaspora, (and recent Book Lounge customer) tells his own story with characteristic humour and honesty.





The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – Highly anticipated second novel from the author of the hugely popular The Night Circus.



**Please note that all publication dates are subject to change**