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Pharaoh by wilbur Smith

From the glittering temples of Luxor to the Citadel of Sparta, Pharaoh is an intense and powerful novel magnificently transporting you to a time of threat, blood and glory. Written solely by master storyteller, Wilbur Smith.

 

Egypt is under attack. Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded, All seems lost. Taita prepares for the enemy’s final, fatal push. The ex‐slave, now general of Tamose’s armies, is never more ingenious than when all hope is dashed. And this is Egypt’s most desperate hour. With the timely arrival of an old ally, the tide is turned and the Egyptian army feasts upon its retreating foe. But upon his victorious return to Luxor, Taita is seized and branded a traitor.

 

Tamose is dead and a poisonous new era has begun. The new Pharaoh has risen. Pharaoh Utteric is young, weak and cruel, and threatened by Taita’s influence within the palace – especially his friendship with Utteric’s younger and worthier brother, Ramases.

 

With Taita’s imprisonment, Ramases is forced to make a choice: help Taita escape and forsake his brother, or remain silent and condone Utteric’s tyranny. To a good man like Ramases, there is no choice. Taita must be set free, Utteric must be stopped and Egypt must be reclaimed.

 

 

 

 

 

Price: R320


ISBN:
 9780007535811

 

Publisher:  HarperCollins

 

Format: Hardback


Category: 
Fiction

 

 

 

MEDIA: Wilbur Smith will be in South Africa to promote Pharaoh Cape Town 12 – 13 September | Johannesburg 14 – 16 September. Please contact Andrea Marchesi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 021 469 8900 | 083 408 2514

 

 


 

 

Poison City

Poison City is the first in a fantastical new series for fans of Ben Aaronovitch, Lauren Beukes, Sarah Lotz and Stephen King.

 

The name’s Gideon Tau, but everyone just calls me London. I work for the Delphic

Divi­sion, the occult investigative unit of the South African Police Service. My life revolves around two things - finding out who killed my daughter and imagining what I’m going to do to the bastard when I catch him.

 

I have two friends. The first is my boss, Armitage, a fifty-something DCI from Yorkshire who looks more like someone’s mother than a cop. Don’t let that fool you. The second is the dog, my magical spirit guide. He talks, he watches TV all day, and he’s a mean drunk.

Life is pretty routine - I solve crimes, I search for my daughter’s killer. Wash, rinse, repeat. Until the day I’m called out to the murder of a ramanga - a low-key vampire - basically, the tabloid journalist of the vampire world. It looks like an open and shut case. There’s even CCTV footage of the killer.

 

Except... the face on the CCTV footage? It’s the face of the man who killed my daughter. I’m about to face a tough choice. Catch her killer or save the world? I can’t do both.

It’s not looking good for the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price: R380


ISBN:
9781473631595

 

Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton

 

Format: TPB


Category: 
Non-Fiction

 

 

To request a review copy of Poison City or an interview with Paul Crilley please contact Jennifer Ball: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | 021 469 8943 | 071 870 6130 Cape Town: 5 - 7 September | Participating in Open Book 7 - 11 September


 

 

Pharaoh by wilbur Smith

From the glittering temples of Luxor to the Citadel of Sparta, Pharaoh is an intense and powerful novel magnificently transporting you to a time of threat, blood and glory. Written solely by master storyteller, Wilbur Smith.

 

 

Egypt is under attack. Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded, All seems lost. Taita prepares for the enemy’s final, fatal push. The ex‐slave, now general of Tamose’s armies, is never more ingenious than when all hope is dashed. And this is Egypt’s most desperate hour. With the timely arrival of an old ally, the tide is turned and the Egyptian army feasts upon its retreating foe. But upon his victorious return to Luxor, Taita is seized and branded a traitor. Tamose is dead and a poisonous new era has begun.

 

The new Pharaoh has risen. Pharaoh Utteric is young, weak and cruel, and threatened by Taita’s influence within the palace – especially his friendship with Utteric’s younger and worthier brother, Ramases. With Taita’s imprisonment, Ramases is forced to make a choice: help Taita escape and forsake hisbrother, or remain silent and condone Utteric’s tyranny.

 

To a good man like Ramases, there is no choice. Taita must be set free, Utteric must be stopped and Egypt must be reclaimed.

 

 

 

Price: R320


ISBN: 9780007535811

 

Publisher: HarperCollins

 

Format: HB


Category: Fiction

 

 

MEDIA: Wilbur Smith will be in South Africa to promote Pharaoh

Cape Town 12 – 13 September | Johannesburg 14 – 16 September

Please contact Andrea Marchesi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 021 469 8900 | 083 408 2514

 


 

A Man of Good Hope  by Jonny Steinberg

A Man of Good Hope

Based on the book by Jonny Steinberg

Adapted by Isango Ensemble, directed by Mark Dornford-May

Baxter Flipside

10 to 20 August 2016

 

 

A Man of Good Hope, based on the book by Johnny Steinberg and adapted by Isango Ensemble, comes to the Baxter Flipside for a short season from 10 to 20 August at 7.30pm nightly, before jetting off to London for its UK premier at The Young Vic.

 

The production premiered at the District Six Museum in Cape Town earlier this year and ran for three weeks of sold out performances.

 

Inspired by a true story, the musical piece traces one young man’s flight from civil war in his childhood Somalia, through the African continent, to seek new opportunities in South Africa. But as he arrives, horrific xenophobic violence erupts sending the country and his plans into chaos.

 

Directed by Isango’s Artistic Director Mark Dornford-May and performed mainly through music, this new stage adaptation of Oxford University academic Steinberg’s book, features haunting marimbas and vocal performances by the 23-strong ensemble.

 

The company is made up of both classically trained and untrained singers with an ensemble that includes Pauline Malefane, Noluthando Boqwana, Ayanda Eleki, Zamile Gantana, Zanele Mbatha, Katlego Mmusi, Zoleka Mpotsha, Busisiwe Ngejane, Sonwabo Ntshata, Luvo Rasemeni, Masakane Sotayisi, Luvo Tamba and Ayanda Tikolo.

 

Isango Ensemble is a South African theatre company that draws its artists mainly from the townships surrounding Cape Town. Their stage productions and films have played to sold-out audiences across the world, and they have received numerous international awards.

 

They have done this by re-imagining classics from the Western theatre canon, and finding a new context for the stories within a South African or township setting, thereby creating inventive work relevant to the heritage of the nation.  The company’s structure embraces artists at all stages of their creative development, allowing senior artists to lead and contribute towards the growth of rising talents. Previous productions include U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, The Magic Flute Impempe Yomlingo, A Christmas Carol iKrismis Kherol and Son of Man.

 

The production marks the first ever collaboration between the Cape Town-based Isango Ensemble The Young Vic, The Royal Opera, Repons Foundation, BAM and Les Théâtres De La Ville De Luxembourg.

 

David Lan, the Young Vic’s artistic director, said he knew he wanted to bring the story to the stage before he finished reading the book, which he received as a Christmas gift in 2014. “The idea I had is the journey through Africa, through the different musical styles, expressing the incredible cultural diversity of that continent.”

 

The conductor is Mandisi Dyantyis, musical direction is by Dyantyis and Pauline Malefane, movement is by Lungelo Ngamlana and lighting design by Mannie Manim.

 

A Man of Good Hope runs at the Baxter Flipside for ten performances only, from 10 to 20 August at 7.30pm. Booking is through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. For corporate, block or school bookings, charities and fundraisers, contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For further media enquiries, interview or picture requests please contact Fahiem Stellenboom on 021 680 3971 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or cell 072 2656 023. Alternatively contact Andiswa Gumbi on 021 680 3973 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

AWARDS RECEIVED BY ISANGO ENSEMBLE

 

U-CARMEN EKHAYELITSHA

Golden Bear, Berlin Film Festival – Best Film

Golden Thumb, Rodger Eberts Film Festival – Direction, Mark Dornford-May and Performance, Pauline Malefane

Cannes Film Festival – Official Selection

Toronto Film Festival – Official Selection

THE MAGIC FLUTE IMPEMPE YOMLINGO

Globes de Cristal, Paris – Best Opera

Arts and Culture Award, South Africa – Award for Excellence in Opera

Olivier Award, London – Best Musical Revival

A CHRISTMAS CAROL IKRISMAS KHEROL

Along with The Magic Flute Impempe Yomlingo

Whatsonstage Theatregoers Choice Award Best Off-West End Productions

SON OF MAN

LA Pan African Film Festival – Best Feature

Traverse City Film Festival – Founders Award presented and awarded by Michael Moore.

Sundance Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize nomination “World Cinema”

BFI London Film Festival – Official Selection

River Run International Film Festival – Special Jury Prize “Original Creative Vision”

San Francisco Black Film Festival – Winner “Best World Cinema”


 

 

 

Dark Forces  by Stephen Leather

The thirteenth book in action supremo Stephen Leather's Spider Shepherd series is his most pulse‐pounding yet. Full of his trademark insider know ledge, Dark Forces is sure to have you on the edge of your seat.

 

A violent South London gang will be destroyed if Dan 'Spider' Shepherd can gather enough evidence against them while posing as a ruthless hitman. What he doesn't know is that his work as an undercover agent for MI5 is about to intersect with the biggest terrorist operation ever carried out on British soil.

 

Only weeks before Shepherd witnessed a highly skilled IS sniper escape from a targeted missile strike in Syria. But never in his wildest dreams did he expect to nextcome across the shooter in a grimy East London flat.

 

Spider's going to have to proceed with extreme caution if he is to prevent the death of hundreds of people, but at the same time, when the crucial moment comes he will have to act decisively.

 

The clock is ticking and only he stands between us and Armageddon ...

 

 

       

 

 

 

The sheer impetus of his storytelling is damned hard to resist. Sunday Express

 

As tough as British thriller writers get. Irish Independent

 

Let Spider draw you into his web, you won't regret it. Sun

 

Price: R365


ISBN: 9781473604070

 

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton


Format: TPB


Category: Fiction/Crime

 

 

Stephen Leather will be participating in the Bloody Book Week Festival 29 – 31 JULY
MEDIA: To arrange an interview in Johannesburg
Please contact Andrea Marchesi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 021 469 8900 | 083 408 2514

 


 

 

mmusi maimane by Sthembiso

“Mr Maimane, good evening to you and, with the greatest of respect, who are you?”


This is how journalist Jeremy Maggs began his television interview with Mmusi Maimane in 2011 when he was unveiled as the Democratic Alliance’s mayoral candidate for Johannesburg. 

 

Since then, the charismatic Maimane’s rise from obscurity to leader of the DA in 2015 has been nothing short of meteoric. His anointment as leader of the DA made history, marking the completion of this political party’s transformation from a ‘white’ political party to one whose new leader shared similar experiences to those of the majority of voters. Yet there are
those, even within the party, who denounce Maimane as nothing more than a puppet dancing to the tune of white masters. 

 

So who is the real Mmusi Maimane? Experienced political reporter S’thembiso Msomi goes behind the scenes to examine how and why Maimane rose to head up the opposition. He delves into Maimane’s formative years, his time at the pulpit in the church, and his family, to bring substance to the man.


Finally, the author attempts to answer these burning questions: is Maimane his own man, and can he deliver the electorate that the DA so fervently desires?

 

 

 

 

Pub Date: July 2016 


Price: R200


ISBN: 9781868427086

 

Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers


Format: TPB


Category: Non‐fiction

 

ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK: 9781868427093 | R150

 

MEDIA: to request a review copy or arrange an interview with S'thembiso Msomi,
contact Andrea Marchesi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 021 469 8900 | 083 408 2514

 

 

 

 


 

 

A time of torment by John ConollyAuthors John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard will be in South Africa an available for interviews

 

Fourteenth in the ‘series of superb novels built around the haunted private
detective Charlie Parker. Daily Mail

 

Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings
and in doing so damned himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalized.


But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private
detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death
but was saved, of the ones who tormented him, and the being that they
serve. Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war.


Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut,
and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder.


All in the name of the being they serve.


All in the name of the Dead King

 

 

 

 

 

Dominion by John Conolly

The Conquest has been made, the Empire expanded, and the Earth lost, twice over...


Syl Hellais is the first of the alien Illyri race to be born on Earth. Paul Kerr is a teenage Resistance fighter. In search of freedom, they found each other. With the Illyri invasion came the promise of a new future for mankind - one in which deserts would flourish and terminal illness would be cured - but with it also came a sleeping terror, for within the worst of the invaders dwells an ancient parasite known only as the Others. And now the blue planet has been presented to the Others like an offering.

 

On the Marque, stronghold of the secretive Nairene Sisterhood, Syl uncovered secrets that their keepers would kill to keep hidden. Because of what they know, she and Paul are forced to run for their lives, chased through the mysterious Derith wormhole from which no one has ever returned.

 

Yet Derith’s secrets are far stranger than they imagined. Trapped in a dimension beyond their own, they finally emerge to discover a universe that has moved on without them. Five years have passed, there is a Civil War raging among the Illyri, much of humanity has been destroyed by the Others, and, most surprising of all, the Sisterhood’s leader, Archmage Syrene, has disappeared into the bowels of the Marque. But before she cloistered herself, Syrene chose her replacement. The Sisterhood has a new leader...

 

And the danger is greater than anyone could ever have imagined. It will fall to Syl and Paul to save this world - to save all worlds - from the horror that lurks in the darkness.

 

 

John Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, the Samuel Johnson novels for middlegrade readers, and - with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard - the co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders, as well as The Book of Lost Things and other works. Jennifer Ridyard was born in England and grew up in South Africa, where she worked as a journalist for many years. John and Jennifer live in Dublin.

 

 

 

To request a review copy of Dominion or an interview with John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard 
please contact Jennifer Ball: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 021 469 8914 | 071 469 8914

 

 


 

The Big Fix by Ray Hartley

The Big Fix gives the first detailed account of how South Africa paid $10 million to secure the 2010 World Cup.

 

Between June and July 2010, 64 games of football determined that Spain was the world’s best team at the World Cup in South Africa. South Africans – and the world – celebrated a brilliantly hosted tournament where everything worked like clockwork and the stands were packed with vuvuzela‐wielding fans. But the truth was not yet known. Behind this significant national achievement lay years of corporate skulduggery, crooked companies rigging tenders and match fixing involving the national team.


As late as 2015 it was revealed that the tournament’s very foundations were corrupt when evidence emerged that South Africa had encouraged FIFA to pay money to a bent official in the Caribbean to buy three votes in its favour.


As Sepp Blatter’s FIFA edifice crumbled, a web of transactions from New York to Trinidad and Tobago showed how money was diverted to allow South Africa’s bid to host the tournament to succeed. In The Big Fix: How South Africa Stole the 2010 World Cup, Ray Hartley reveals the story of an epic national achievement and the people who undermined it in pursuit of their own interests. It is the real story of the 2010 World Cup.

 

 

Pub Date: May 2016


Price: R240


ISBN: 9781868427246

 

Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers


Format: TPB


Category: Non‐fiction

 

ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN EBOOK: 9781868427253 | R175

 

MEDIA: to request a review copy or arrange an interview with Ray Hartley,
contact Andrea Marchesi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 021 469 8900 | 083 408 2514

 


 

 

Out of Orange by Cleary WoltersOut of Orange by Cleary Wolters

 

Based on Piper Kerman’s #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, the Netflix Original show “Orange Is the New Black” has received widespread critical acclaim. Out of Orange sheds new light on the cultural phenomenon that is “Orange Is the New Black”, going deeper into the true-life story of one of its main characters and adding context and rich detail.


This memoir is Wolters speaking out for the first time to share her story - including how she introduced Piper to the criminal activities that would ultimately send both of them to prison. Cleary tells a brutally honest, emotional tale of the bold decisions and epic mistakes she made and the struggle to keep them from defining the rest of her life.

 

A riveting tale, told well and full of lessons.Like many prisoners, she paid the big price for some relatively dumb actions, taken when she was young... Her life and loves then, her imprisonment to follow, and her way back to the free world are all detailed here in a voice that is heartfelt and honest, toughening when it needs to be but remaining steadfastBooklist

 

Can’t-put-it-down entertainmentNext Magazine

 

 

 

 

Pub Date: June 2016


Price: R295

 

Format: TPB


ISBN: 9780062376145

 

Category: Non-Fiction

 


 

Final cover 390 x 600

THE EIGHTH STORY. NINETEEN YEARS LATER.

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II
(Special Rehearsal Edition)

J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany 

 

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on 30th July 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three schoolage children.

 

While Harry grapples w ith a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

 

The Harry Potter series, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories and translated into 79 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films.

 

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story, set nineteen years after Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, featuring beloved characters Harry, Ron and Hermoine as adults.

 

 

Publication date Sunday, July 31,2016

 

ISBN 139780751565355

 

General fiction

 

Little, Brown Book Group

 

 


 

 

Vegetarian

 

We are delighted to announce that Han Kang, and her translator, Deborah Smith, have won the Man Booker International Prize 2016 for  The Vegetarian

 

Han Kang’s latest novel Human Acts  9781846275968 is available at R345

 

 

Han, who will share the £50,000 award equally with Smith, took the award for The Vegetarian, a three-part novel described as “concise, unsettling and beautifully composed” and an “uncanny blend of beauty and horror” by judges.

The Chair of the judges, Boyd Tonkin, called The Vegetarian “an unforgettably powerful and original novel that richly deserves to win the Man Booker International prize 2016”.

 

The Man Booker Prizes reward the finest in fiction, highlighting great books to readers. The Prize has evolved to encourage more publishing and reading of quality fiction in translation. From 2016 it is to be awarded annually on the basis of a single book, translated into English and published in the UK.

 

 

About the book:

 

Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more 'plant-like' existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister's husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks, while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming - impossibly, ecstatically - a tree. Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.

 

 

The Vegetarian  

 

B format paperback

  

9781846276033

 

R215

 

 

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Always Anastacia by Anastacia Tomson 

 

 Anastacia Tomson by press release

 


 

 

Svetlana Alexievich

Jonathan Ball Publishers acquires Nobel Prize winner’s new book

 

Jonathan Ball Publishers will publish a South African edition of Svetlana Alexievich’s new book Second-Hand Time, translated by Bela Shayevich, in June 2016. Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015, with the Swedish Academy citing her for inventing “a new kind of literary genre,” and describing her work as “a history of emotions ... a history of the soul.” The same translation from the Russian of Second-Hand Time will be published in the UK, the US and Australia simultaneously – the originating publisher is Fitzcarraldo Editions, London.

 

Second-Hand Time is a monument to the collapse of the USSR, charting the decline of Soviet culture and speculating on what will rise from the ashes of Communism. As in all her books, Alexievich gives voice to women and men whose stories are lost in the official narratives of nation-states, creating a powerful alternative history from the personal and private stories of individuals. On her writing method, Alexievich says: “I don’t ask people about socialism, I ask about love, jealousy, childhood, old age. Music, dances, hairstyles. The myriad sundry details of a vanished way of life … It never ceases to amaze me how interesting ordinary, everyday life is. There are an endless number of human truths … I am fascinated by people.” From this fascination emerges a hugely important and deeply moving portrait of post-Soviet society. In a nation that likewise grapples with making sense of scattershot historical experience, Alexievich’s portraits may make the South African reader draw unexpected and uncomfortable parallels between Russia post-1990 and South Africa post-1994. 

 

The Jonathan Ball edition of Second-Hand Time features an exclusive introduction to the Nobel Prize winner’s work by acclaimed writer Mark Gevisser, who will contextualise the importance of Alexievich’s writing for a South African reader. Margie Orford, president of PEN South Africa, calls the books “riveting, harrowing and extraordinary beautiful” and according to JM Coetzee, "Svetlana Alexievich orchestrates a rich symphony of Russian voices telling their stories of love and death, joy and sorrow, as they try to make sense of the twentieth century”. Jonathan Ball Publishers is delighted to add such an important world writer as Svetlana Alexievich to our stable.

 

For all publicity queries, please contact:

 

Andrea Marchesi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 021 469 8900

 

TPB | R290.00 | 978‐1‐86842‐734‐5
EBOOK | R220.00 | 978‐1‐86842‐735‐2

 


 

SHOWDOWN AT THE RED LION

Showdown At The Red Lion  by Charles van Onselen

International producers secure the rights to Showdown At The Red Lion (Jonathan Ball Publishers) and Masked Raiders by Charles van Onselen for an international television drama series based upon the acclaimed books.

Johnathan Dorfman & Dave Matthews (Stolen Sky Productions, USA), David Collins (Samson Films, Ireland) and Jeremy Nathan (Zidaka, South Africa) have acquired the rights to both van Onselen books.

The central story will be based on the life and times of Jack mcloughlin as revealed in Showdown At The Red Lion and embellished by the characters and stories found in the Masked Raiders.

It is envisioned that the television drama series will be produced under the South African-Irish Co -Production Treaty.

Johannesburg, South Africa, was and is, the Frontier of Money, the new Eldorado. Within months of  its founding in 1889, the mining camp that was built on top of the largest gold reserves in the world, was host to organized crime: the African ‘Regiment of the Hills’ and ‘Irish Brigade’ bandits. Bars, brothels, boarding houses and hotels oozed testosterone and violence, and the use of fists and guns was commonplace.

 

This was the world that ‘One-armed Jack’ mcloughlin, brigand, soldier, sailor, mercenary, burglar, highwayman and safe-cracker - entered in the early 1890s to become Johannesburg’s most infamous ‘Irish’ anti-hero and social bandit. 

 

 

The Series will be developed and produced for a global audience.

 

 

For more information about the TV series, please contact:

Jeremy Nathan, Zidaka  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

For more information about the book, please contact:

Andrea Marchesi, Jonathan Ball Publishers  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

 


 

Jonathan Ball Publishers acquires Thuli Madonsela book

 

 

Jonathan Ball Publishers has signed up journalist Thandeka Gqubule who is writing a book on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. No Longer Whispering to Power: The Tenure of Thuli Madonsela is due for publication in the final quarter of 2016 shortly after Madonsela steps down as Public Protector. The book will examine Madonsela’s seven years in the hot seat: the highs and lows, but also something of the personal beliefs and values that have assisted her through her term of office.

 

Thandeka Gqubule, who has practised as a journalist and worked in the media for nearly three decades, explains the meaning behind the book’s title: “Speaking in Cape Town last year, Thuli Madonsela said that her role as Public Protector is akin to that of the Venda traditional spiritual female leader, the Makhadzi, who whispers truth to the king or the ruler. A ruler ignores the Makhadzi at his peril. During the speech, Madonsela joked that when the sounds of exchanges between the ruler and the Makhadzi grow loud, that is when the whispering has failed. This book is about Madonsela’s tenure during which the whisper grew into a cry. It is the story of South Africa’s people’s attempt to hold power to account through the Office of the Public Protector.”

 

“I have followed the story of the Public Protector with great dedication and passion,” Gqubule added.

 

 

Publishing Director Jeremy Boraine said, “We are thrilled to be publishing this book. Madonsela and her office have been praised and vilified in equal measures during her time in office, often putting her on centre stage. In my view the Public Protector has achieved in seven years what few accomplish in a lifetime. There is enormous public interest in Madonsela and the work she has done, and it’s crucial that this be gathered and recorded in a book.”

 

For all publicity queries, please contact:

Andrea Marchesi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

TPB | R240.00 | 9781868427314

EBOOK | R180.00 | 9781868427321

 

 


 

 

How To Invest Like Warren Buffett by Alec Hogg

 

Press release How to Invest Like Warren Buffett