Sisonke Msimang, author of 'The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela'
Sisonke Msimang, author of 'The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela'
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At this time of the year publishers set out their stalls and splash their wares for the rest of the year. Keep an eye out for these:


The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela by Sisonke Msimang 

Msimang is blazing hot at the moment and this will be much talked out. In it she charts and the rise and fall - and rise again - of the late Mother of the Nation.

These Things Really Do Happen To Me by Khaya Dlanga 

A collection of entertaining anecdotes from the peppery social commentator. Says Trevor Noah - ”Imagine the most fascinating stories your best friend ever told you. This book is full of them!”

'Melusi’s Everyday Zulu' by Melusi Tshabalala
'Melusi’s Everyday Zulu' by Melusi Tshabalala 
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Melusi’s Everyday Zulu by Melusi Tshabalala 

The Facebook sensation holds up a mirror to South African society, showing us in all our irrepressible humanity.

Theo and Flora by Mark Winkler 

Leading adman Winkler is just getting better and better, and this promises to be his best book yet, a story based on a cache of letters he was given, between a married man and his mistress.

Plus One by Vanessa Raphaely 

Here’s a bit of fizz from the scion of the magazine family, a welcome burst of glamour - with a very dark facet - on our bookshelves.



Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver 

The much-anticipated new work from one of America’s most penetrating writers is billed as the novel for our troubled times.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari 

Harari is the seer of our generation. Here he follows up the multi-million-selling Sapiens and Homo Deus with a deep dive into the here and now: Trump, immigrants and the threat of another World War.What, he asks, should we be paying attention to?

'Bridge of Clay' by Markus Zusak
'Bridge of Clay' by Markus Zusak 
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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak 

Who could forget The Book Thief? Twelve years on Zusak is back, this time with a striking story about five orphaned boys living in a house with no rules.

Becoming by Michelle Obama 

There’s a flood of pre-orders for the former FLOTUS memoir that follows her trajectory from the South Side of Chicago to the White House. Words like “inspiring” and “illuminating” abound.

Always Look On The Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle 

The absurdly funny and deeply poignant “sortabiography” from the veteran Monty Python man.

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