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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
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


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Pub Date: June 2016

Price: R295


Format: TPB

ISBN: 9780062376145


Category: Non-Fiction



Final cover 390 x 600



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







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







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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  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:

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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.”


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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





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