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HarperCollins Children's Books Announces May Publication of The World's Worst Children 2


Britain's Bestselling Storyteller pens another unique collection of cautionery tales.


HarperCollins Children’s Books is thrilled to announce the publication of David Walliams’, The World Worst Children 2. With illustrations in glorious colour by Tony Ross, it will publish on 25th May 2017.


David’s release of his first volume, The World’s Worst Children, stormed the market with its surprise publication last year, delighting his millions of readers and supercharging the book industry. From launch, the book dominated the charts. It held the industry No.1 slot for three weeks, and the children’s-chart No.1 slot for ten weeks. Success continued throughout 2016 with the book staying 29 weeks in the Children’s Top Ten and exceeding sales of over 500,000 in the UK alone.*


David Walliams said, “I wrote the first collection of short stories with the reluctant reader in mind. I wanted to create a book that would be very friendly for children whatever their reading ability, full of surreal humour and colourful illustrations from the great Tony Ross. This new book has all new characters and stories and I am thrilled to be unleashing these horrible children on the world.”



For more information see press release attached.

Sisonke MsimangJonathan Ball Publishers to publish Sisonke Msimang memoir


Jonathan Ball Publishers has won a fierce bidding battle for Sisonke Msimang’s memoir and first book, acquiring Southern African rights from agent Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann, London. Jonathan Ball will publish the memoir, Always Another Country, in October 2017. Msimang is one of the most assured voices commenting on the South African present – often humorously; sometimes deeply movingly.


Jonathan Ball Publisher Ester Levinrad is confident that Msimang’s memoirs will find a broad and highly receptive audience: “Once in a while you are fortunate enough to work with a writer who crystallises what makes publishing in South Africa so exciting, telling a personal story that could only have a local genesis, yet with a potential which defies borders. That is Always Another Country, to me –Sisonke’s writing helps me to make sense not only of the country but the world in which we live.”

Msimang writes about her exile childhood in Zambia and Kenya, young adulthood and college years in North America, and return to South Africa in the euphoric 1990s. She reflects candidly on her discontent and disappointment with present-day South Africa but also on her experiences of family, romance, and motherhood, with the novelist’s talent for character and pathos. Her bitter-sweet memoir is at heart a chronicle of a coming-of-age. As Isobel Dixon said, “while well-known [South African] political figures appear in these pages, it is an intimate story, a testament to family bonds and sisterhood”.


Sisonke Msimang currently lives in Perth, Australia, where she is Programme Director for the Centre for Stories.  She is regularly in Johannesburg where she continues to speak and comment on current affairs.  Sisonke has degrees from Macalester College, Minnesota and the University of Cape Town, is a Yale World Fellow, an Aspen New Voices Fellow, and was a Ruth First Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand. She regularly contributes to The Guardian, The Daily Maverick and The New York Times and has given a popular TED Talk which touches on events which appear in her upcoming memoir. Msimang started writing Always Another Country in 2013 as political events in South Africa worsened in the aftermath of the Marikana massacre.  She will be in South Africa to launch the book later in the year.


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South Africa The Worlds Longest Dot-to-Dot PuzzleJoin over 3000 dots to reveal a beautiful illustration of South Africa's most famous landmarks!



This spectacular puzzle is made up of over 3 000 dots feature the most famous landmarks and wildlife of South Africa, including the Pretoria Union Buildings, the skylines of Cape Town and Johannesburg, and the Soweto Towers.


Coloured in, it will look even better!


When you are finished, the pages detach easily so you can display your panorama and enjoy your handiwork to the full.


 Read more here.



Nelson Mandela Comic Book UK Edition

The many lives of the Nelson Mandela Comic


We first published Nelson Mandela: The Authorised Comic back in 2008 so it’s strange to write about a book nearly ten years later. Some books, however, take on a life of their own and this is one that recently came across my desk again when we sold publishing rights to Robinson, an imprint of Little Brown in London. Robinson is run by the wonderful publisher Duncan Proudfoot who happened to grow up in the same street as I did. But that’s a story for another day.



The Nelson Mandela Comic first came to life not as a book but as series of eight comic books. They were a collaboration between Umlando Wezithombe and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The comic books were distributed to children around South Africa, and were also serialised in various newspapers.


I came across them – I don’t remember how – and immediately saw the potential of putting them together into a single volume. It wasn’t long before we had a deal and the first edition hit the South African market.

Since then the rights have been sold to the Netherlands, France, Spain and Korea. Each with a cover design to appeal to their own market. Open the pages and there is Nelson Mandela speaking in Dutch, Spanish, Korean...

In South Africa we published a second edition, this time in paperback and with teacher’s notes at the back for teachers wishing to use it in the classroom.


One day I got a call from the Spanish publisher at Ediciones Escalera. It was two or three years after publication of their edition and he was breathless with excitement: ‘Jeremy, we have sold 100 000 copies to the education department in Peru in South America. They are going to give one to every child in grade 8. You don’t know what this means – we were about to go under and now we can continue publishing!’ In publishing, stories of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat are all too rare. I’ll drink a glass of champagne to that.


Now back to the latest deal. Constable have cleverly bought all language rights still available. They will publish in English in the UK and Commonwealth, but will also sell language rights to publishers in countries I haven’t a hope of reaching. Long live the comic.


Jeremy Boraine, Publishing Director

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