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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:

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





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