ANDY GRIFFITHS IS COMING TO SOUTH AFRICA!

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ANDY GRIFFITHS

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. Andy is best known for The Treehouse series, the JUST! books and The Day My Bum Went Psycho. Over the last 20 years Andy’s books have been New York Times bestsellers, adapted for the stage and television and won more than 50 Australian children’s choice […]

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Advocate Thuli Madonsela is to publish her autobiography with Pan Macmillan South Africa

For general release on 20 January 2017 at 09h00   Pan Macmillan South Africa is delighted to announce today that it will publish a memoir by Former Public Protector of South Africa, Advocate Thuli Madonsela. The book is a personal memoir covering the remarkable life of one of South Africa’s pre-eminent and most respected leaders […]

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TREVOR NOAH’S MEMOIR RELEASES TODAY!

  Global release of Born a Crime by Trevor Noah Tuesday, 15 November, marks the global release of Born a Crime and Other Stories by Trevor Noah, South Africa’s internationally renowned comedian. Subtitled in other countries as Stories from a South African Childhood, Pan Macmillan is excited to be the publisher of Trevor Noah’s memoir […]

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Truly South African Treehouse competition: Andy Griffiths

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Season of Crimson Blossoms By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim Wins $100,000 NLNG Nigeria Prize For Literature 2016

Cassava Republic Press is delighted to announce that ‘Season of Crimson Blossoms’ by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim has won the 2016 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature. The $100,000 prize for Prose Fiction is awarded every four years. The two other books on the shortlist were ‘Born on a Tuesday’ by Elnathan John (also published by Cassava […]

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Pan Macmillan and Holt win global Macmillan deal to publish Elton John’s autobiography

PRESS RELEASE: Pan Macmillan announced today that the company has acquired Elton John’s autobiography alongside sister company Henry Holt in New York, for publication worldwide in 2019.  MD Anthony Forbes Watson and Publisher Jeremy Trevathan at Pan Macmillan, and Stephen Rubin, President & Publisher, and Gillian Blake, Editor-in-Chief, at Holt, jointly acquired World English Rights […]

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WITS EVENT POSTPONED – MY OWN LIBERATOR

Please note that the book launch of My Own Liberator by Dikgang Moseneke, due to be held at WITS Great Hall on Saturday 15th October has been postponed. Further details concerning a WITS event will follow. Please get in touch with us on rsvp@panmacmillan.co.za if you would like us to send details of the new […]

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Cover revealed for Ken Follett’s new Kingsbridge novel A COLUMN OF FIRE

  Pan Macmillan are delighted to reveal the cover for Ken Follett’s new novel A Column of Fire, which will be published across the world in September 2017. Ken Follett’s first Kingsbridge novel, the masterful epic The Pillars of the Earth, enchanted millions of readers with its compelling drama of war, passion and family conflict set around the building […]

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** Prize Announcement : Two Picador Titles Longlisted for the National Book Award **

  We are delighted to announce that Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs to You and Brad Watson’s Miss Jane  have been long-listed for the 2016 National Book Award in fiction. The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of […]

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ALERT: OPEN SUBMISSION PERIOD FOR UNSOLICITED MANUSCRIPTS – FICTION AND NON-FICTION

Pan Macmillan’s open submission period for unsolicited manuscripts is from the 26th to the 30th of September. Find all the details here: Submissions

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COULD THIS BE YOU?

Pan Macmillan’s open submission period for unsolicited manuscripts is from the 26th to the 30th of September.   Find all the details here: Submissions  

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POSTPONED – PUBLIC LAUNCH OF MY OWN LIBERATOR by DIKGANG MOSENEKE

  FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BOOK HERE. Intro by VC Adam Habib Contributions by: Peter Vundla Tiego Moseneke Adv Dumisa Ntsebeza   Dikgang Moseneke will be in conversation with Iman Rappetti.   Parking on campus (details to follow).   The book will be available for sale (cash or card).

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Pan Macmillan Authors at the Star Soweto Literary Festival

Pan Macmillan is pleased to have three local authors speaking at the inaugural Star Soweto Literary Festival this weekend. Find out more about the festival here. Download the programme here.   Craig Higginson – The Dream House Friday 19 August, 11h00 – 11h30   Mandla Langa – The Texture of Shadows Saturday 20 August, 09h30 […]

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Andy Griffiths is coming to South Africa February 2017

Exciting news! Andy Griffiths is coming to South Africa in February 2017.  Here is Andy talking about his visit. Competition information can be found here Competition Terms and Conditions

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Pan Macmillan to represent Cassava Republic in South Africa

Pan Macmillan South Africa is delighted to announce that as of July 2016 the company will represent Cassava Republic Press in South Africa.   Cassava Republic Press is a leading African publishing house and their list comprises an eclectic list of quality literary fiction, non-fiction, crime, young adult fiction, children’s books, and romantic fiction under […]

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OLIVER JEFFERS AND SAM WINSTON INTRODUCE ‘A CHILD OF BOOKS’

Oliver Jeffers’s new book, A Child of Books (releasing in SA in November 2016) is an artistic collaboration with Sam Winston, and a homage to the power of stories. Watch Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston talk about the book.

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Justice Dikgang Moseneke is to publish his two memoirs with Pan Macmillan South Africa

Pan Macmillan South Africa is delighted to announce today that it will publish two memoirs by Justice Dikgang Moseneke. The first book, entitled My Own Liberator, will be published in October 2016 and is a personal autobiography covering the remarkable life of one of South Africa’s pre-eminent and most respected leaders. This memoir will also […]

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THE DREAM HOUSE and TO QUOTE MYSELF shortlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Awards

  Pan Macmillan are proud and excited to announce two of our authors have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Awards. 2016 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize The Dream House by Craig Higginson – Picador Africa 2016 Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction To Quote Myself – A Memoir by Khaya Dlanga – Macmillan   The 2016 […]

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I AM HENRY FINCH wins Little Rebels Award 2016

  I am Henry Finch (Walker Books) has won the Little Rebels Children’s Award 2016. Pan Macmillan just did a Picture Book Party blog tour with this title.  Blogs included: Se7en Rattle & Mum  You, Baby and I And you can also find out how the book was created. Activity sheets for this title and many others […]

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PICADOR wins Imprint of the Year at the The British Book Industry Awards 2016.

    Among the other awards, as part of a “remarkable” year of growth for Pan Macmillan, Picador was awarded the accolade Imprint of the Year, sponsored by FMCM, in particular for its ability to be both literary and commercial – “with no sense of compromise between the two”. The “star performer” laid on a spread […]

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BRIDGET IS BACK … And better than ever.

You can watch the trailer for the exciting new film here. And catch up with Bridget in both classic and film tie in editions. Coming in September, 2016 – the brand new, Picador Classic edition of Bridget Jones’s Diary, featuring an introduction from Caitlin Moran ‘A brilliant evocation of life as a single girl in […]

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UK CHANNEL 4 COMMISSIONS JOE WICKS, THE BODY COACH

   LEAN IN 15 Half a Million copies sold in 10 weeks 8 weeks at Number 1 The biggest cookery book in 10 years One of the top 20 best selling cookbooks of all time   Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, is bringing his unique brand of exercise and nutrition to Channel 4, enrolling Brits […]

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Events with Jess Sepel – author of THE HEALTHY LIFE

 

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Prize News : A Whole Life longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize

Picador is pleased to announce : A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler has been longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.   Editor Ravi Mirchandani says: “It’s really wonderful to see Robert Seethaler’s subtle, quiet, powerful short novel of a life in twentieth-century Europe on a longlist that includes Nobel winners and Pamuk and the current […]

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A LITTLE LIFE longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Picador is delighted to announce: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Is among the 20 longlisted authors for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, announced today (8th March). American author Yanagihara’s novel was also the bookies’ favourite to win the Man Booker prize last year.   Read more about the Bailey’s longlist here.    Now Available in Paperback Format   […]

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Film rights to THE APARTMENT by S.L. Grey sold to Steven Spielberg’s Amblin production company

THE APARTMENT, the new novel by authors Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg, writing together under the pen name S.L. Grey, will be published in August, and Stephen Spielberg has already acquired the rights. The Apartment tells the story of Mark and Steph, who are struggling to move on with their lives after an armed break-in […]

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NADIA BILCHIK AND LORI MILNER

NADIA BILCHIK, President of Greater Impact Communication and CNN Editorial Producer, is an internationally recognised television personality, keynote speaker, author and trainer renowned for her expertise in ‘getting people to like you, trust you and want to do business with you’. Nadia’s clients include CNN, Turner Entertainment Networks, The Home Depot and Coca-Cola. Watch a […]

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Win 1 of 2 Signed Copies: Cometh the Hour – Jeffrey Archer

You could win 1 of 2 signed copies of Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer. Send your answer to the question below to competitions@panmacmillan.co.za by 10 March 2016 when the competition closes.   The final instalment of The Clifton Chronicles, This was a Man, will release in: a. November 2017 b. November 2016 c. February 2016 […]

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Out 25 February COMETH THE HOUR – the Clifton Chronicles book 5 by Jeffrey Archer

 

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Win 1 of 2 copies – Pope Francis: The Name of God is Mercy

You could win 1 of 2 copies of Pope Francis: The Name of God is Mercy. Answer the question below to enter. In which of the below years was Pope Francis elected? a. 2012 b. 2014 c. 2013 Send all entries to competitions@panmacmillan.co.za by 4 March 2016 when the competition closes. Ts and Cs apply. […]

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JOE WICKS: Lean in 15 sells the most books in 1st week of the year since TCM began

Every January, the book charts are dominated by healthy living and diet books after the indulgence of the holidays. But 2016 is one for the record books thanks to Joe Wicks, aka the Body Coach. As well as securing 2016’s first number one in the UK’s TCM Book Charts, Joe’s debut healthy cookery book Lean […]

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Pan Macmillan launches new classics imprint, Macmillan Collector’s Library

Pan Macmillan will launch a new hardback classics imprint Macmillan Collector’s Library, with twenty six titles in July and will publish around 100 titles in the first six months after launch. This launch follows the company’s acquisition last year of independent publisher The Collector’s Library from whose catalogue many of the initial list will be […]

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Pan Macmillan South Africa acquires first book by Trevor Noah

Pan Macmillan South Africa is thrilled to announce that it will publish Trevor Noah’s forthcoming book in November 2016.     Pan Macmillan South Africa has acquired southern African rights to comedian Trevor Noah’s first book, a collection of personal stories about growing up in South Africa during the last gasps of apartheid and the tumultuous […]

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Julia Donaldson is in South Africa 05-13 February 2016

Tickets to Julia Donaldson’s shows can be bought on Computicket. Books will be on sale at all of Julia Donaldson’s events.

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Find some peace in 2016!

The Big Book of Relaxing Colouring The Little Book of More Calm Colouring The Mindfulness Colouring Diary  

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Eat Better in 2016!

  The Healthy Life The Paleo Chef I Quit Sugar: Simplicious  

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Get Fit in 2016!

  I Ran For My Life The Men’s Health Little Book of Exercises The Women’s Health Little Book of Exercises  

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Win one of two copies of LEAN IN 15!

  You could win 1 of 2 copies of Joe Wicks’ Lean in 15.   Simply send your answer to the below question to competitions@panmacmillan.co.za   The meals and exercises take ___ minutes to complete.   10 15 20   The closing date of this competition is 1 April 2016.     All about the […]

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Delicious Frozen Lolly Recipes from Ice Kitchen

Photography: Adam Slama Illustrations: Peter Roden + Divya Scialo

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Stress-free Holiday Shopping

Let Pan Macmillan take the stress out of finding gifts for everyone you know. We’ve created two easy to use guides for you to download that have something for everyone. The Children’s List The Adults’s List

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Pan Macmillan acquires Oprah Winfrey’s inspirational memoir

We are pleased to announce that Pan Macmillan has acquired Oprah Winfrey’s upcoming inspirational memoir THE LIFE YOU WANT, a book that uses her own story as the source of inspirational advice.  Winfrey said, “All of my experiences, even the painful ones, have been there to teach me something about life.  I’m still learning and I […]

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Meet Tony Park in Namibia

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Cape Town events with Tony Park

   

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Julia Donaldson is coming to South Africa in 2016!

Julia Donaldson will be in South Africa from 07-13 February 2016! Tickets for her theatre shows will go live on Computicket from December 2015.  Watch this space for more details…

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Win with Peggy Porschen

Win 1 of 2 copies of Peggy Porschen’s Cakes in Bloom. Send your answer to the below question to mailers@panmacmillan.co.za by 11 December 2015.   Love Layer Cakes is a book by Peggy Porschen.   A. True B. False   Winners will be notified by email. Ts and Cs apply. Please note that entries will […]

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GIFT GUIDE 2015: CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Books for ages 0 + years Books for ages 3+ years Books for ages 7+ years Books for ages 10+ years Books for young adults Books to celebrate Alice in Wonderland’s 150th birthday

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To Quote Myself Cover Competition

Find out more about the book here. Entrants may use any images but you can download source pictures here: 1 , 2 , 3 and 4

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I Ran For My Life

‘I had checked out of rehab at the end of 2002. Between the launches of my second and my fourth solo albums, I was busy staying clean, I was touring and performing. I put on weight so gradually that I didn’t really notice it until one morning in 2004. I sat down on my bed […]

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Pan people talk about their experiences of A LITTLE LIFE

. “So it may sound presumptuous to say that this month I’ve read the best book I’ve read all year.  Reading is a lot like love and sometimes you just know… And I know A Little Life exceeded all my expectations and took me on a journey so unexpectedly heart-breaking that I can’t stop thinking […]

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A letter from the editor of A LITTLE LIFE

A review in the sadly defunct Time Out Film Guide used to begin: ‘favourite films are hard to describe’. This is true of some books too. I have never read a book quite like Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, let alone published one, and I fear I can think of no comparisons that give any […]

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Terms and Conditions TO QUOTE MYSELF Jacket Competition

Terms and conditions for the To Quote Myself jacket competition   This competition is being run by Pan Macmillan (Pty) Ltd of 34 Whiteley Road, Melrose Arch. (‘the Promoter’). To enter this competition, an entrant must be: (a) a South African resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry. This […]

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NATIONAL BOOK WEEK IS #GOINGPLACES

South Africa’s longest running and most successful national reading campaign National Book Week will be celebrated across the country from the 7th – 13th September 2015   At Emoyeni Conference Centre in Parktown, Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi launched National Book Week and the NBW Tour Bus ahead of its one week […]

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Oliver Sacks dies, aged 82

It is with great sadness that Pan Macmillan has learnt of the death of Oliver Sacks who died on Sunday 30 August, aged 82. Oliver Sacks was born in London in 1933, into a family of physicians and scientists. He received his medical education at Oxford and trained at Mt Zion Hospital in San Francisco […]

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Cressida Cowell FAQs

With the last How to Train Your Dragon to be released in October 2015, here are some frequently asked questions to the author, Cressida Cowell.   Are there any children’s books that made a big impression on you when you were a child? I read a wide variety of books: domestic books like Noel Streatfeild […]

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All about the South African Book Fair | 31 July – 2 August

  The world would be a better place if we all had the opportunity to read more. This is our belief and the driving force of the South African Book Fair. For the first time, Johannesburg will be able to enjoy the exciting literary programme designed to satiate the appetites of the most voracious reader, […]

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Download Chris Riddell designed posters for your classroom or library for #ChildrensBookWeek

Children’s Book Week Poster One Children’s Book Week Poster Two Children’s Book week Poster Three Children’s Book Week Poster Four

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ALEX VAN TONDER

Alex van Tonder  is the debut author of This One Time – she talks about the book on YouTube here. Alex grew up in Natal and studied Copywriting for Advertising at the Red & Yellow School in Cape Town, where she graduated in 2004 at the top of her class.   She began her career as an […]

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AB: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY to be published by Pan Macmillan South Africa

  PAN MACMILLAN is delighted to announce that in 2016 it will publish the autobiography of AB DE VILLIERS, the No.1 batsman in the world and captain of the South African One Day International (ODI) cricket team. The Hardback edition of AB’s autobiography, titled AB: The Autobiography, is to be released in English and Afrikaans […]

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Reading Guide for I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

From the author of The Sky is Everywhere, comes a radiant novel that will leave you laughing and crying, all at once. Read more about the book, as well as reading guide questions (set up by the author herself) here

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Book Trailer: The Seven Sisters. The First Sister: Maia – by Lucinda Riley

The Seven Sisters. The First Sister: Maia – by Lucinda Riley

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HAUSFRAU – Book Club Discussion Questions

Hausfrau—Let’s Discuss   That Anna. So—really—what’s her deal? Her thoughts loop on a script of immutable passivity, but is that her whole story? From the onset we know she is a flawed protagonist, a damaged character, a woman who is “nothing but a series of poor choices executed poorly.” Taking into account Anna’s personal history, […]

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Jill Alexander Essbaum talks about HAUSFRAU

Dear Reader:   Imagine this: You’re thirty-eight years old. You’re married.  Mother to three small children. And you live an expatriate’s life just outside Zürich, a city that’s consistently ranked among the world’s most livable. Your husband— himself Swiss by birth— is a banker. Your days are comfortable, well-appointed. You don’t need to work outside […]

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Book Trailer: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Jon Klassen

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World Book Day 23 April 2015

Now in its 18th year, World Book Day aims to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. Read more

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CRAIG HIGGINSON

 CRAIG HIGGINSON is an internationally acclaimed writer and theatre director. His latest novel is The Dream House, and earlier novels include Last Summer (2010, Picador Africa, M-Net Literary Award finalist) and The Landscape Painter (2011, Picador Africa, winner of the UJ Prize for South African Literature in English, M-Net Literary Award finalist). His plays include Dream of the Dog, […]

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Pan Macmillan to Publish Sequel to LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

Pan Macmillan announces today that it will publish the long-awaited sequel to Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom. It had always been Nelson Mandela’s intention to publish a full account of his time as President of South Africa, and the archives of the Nelson Mandela Foundation contain a substantial but incomplete personally written draft of the […]

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THE MINIATURIST to be adapted for TV

After intense interest from film and TV companies internationally, Company Pictures in London have optioned TV rights to Jessie Burton’s Waterstones Book of the Year debut novel, THE MINIATURIST. THE MINIATURIST was one of the hottest books at the 2013 Book Fair, following Juliet Mushens’s  (The Agency Group) sale to Picador in the UK and […]

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Mobile Library – Interview with David Whitehouse

David Whitehouse prize-winning author of Bed talks about his second novel – Mobile Library  – a celebration of books and the power they have to unite. Read more…  

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Mobile Library – The Guardian

As part of the publicity campaign for his first novel, Bed , David Whitehouse set up camp outside London’s South bank Centre , got into his pyjamas and remained under the covers all day. It is hard to imagine how he might similarly draw attention to what happens in the follow-up , Mobile Library, as it […]

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Back to School with Alan Glass

Author of Oliver’s Outline Today feels like my first ‘back to school’ day for 2015, with a grown up twist. I’m sitting on a Kulula flight to Joburg, heading up to a strategic planning meeting for the year ahead. The passengers are a mix of business commuters and holiday travellers returning home. It’s pretty clear […]

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Q & A with the author of FANGIRL, Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow is such a unique name! What inspired your parents? I’m not exactly sure. It was the ‘70s, and I think my mother liked the name of a Jimi Hendrix project called Rainbow Bridge.   Did you always want to be an author? No. I never really considered that to be a real career. It […]

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Q and A about 2014 Children’s Books with some of the Pan Team

  The Team:   Danuta (Marketing Assistant) Tarryn  (Publicist) Marianne  (Sales Representative) Laura (Marketing Manager) Gillian  (Sales Manager) Babongile (Junior Local Publisher)   1. What was your best ‘book moment’ for 2014?   D: Getting to touch the new samples which are textured or contain material and getting to read the pop-up books. It takes me […]

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Picture Book Blog Party

Join in the fun with Pan Macmillan and some of SA’s top mommy bloggers with the Picture Book Party! Discover some of the best new Walker picture books, and get a ‘behind the scenes’ party tour. A big thank you to our bloggers, Se7en , Living Lionheart and Making Mountains. Feel free to download activity sheets from […]

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Pan Macmillan Remembers Chris van Wyk

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Chris van Wyk, the much-loved South African poet and writer, who passed away on 3 October 2014. Staff at Pan Macmillan have had the pleasure and privilege of working with Chris since 2004 when we published his memoir Shirley, Goodness & Mercy. The warmth […]

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Guest Piece from Se7en Blog Mom

In a world where marketers are trying to separate adults, young adults, teens and tweens into different categories, and so expand their market, a glance at the young adult section in a book shop can leave you feeling a little apprehensive.  The current reads appear to be dark, dystopian, and well, depressing. And as a […]

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Young Adult Literature Convention 2014 Feedback

Weekend 13-14 July 2014 saw a momentous occasion in the history of Young Adult Fiction when publishers, authors, bloggers, super-fans, readers, and a rogue Wookie descended on London Film and Comic Con, where the first ever Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) took place. As well as a huge publishers stand where attendees could take hundreds […]

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Q & A with Bloggers

Meet the bloggers: Kelly Ansara from It’s a Book Thing book blog. Gillian Cohen from Bookworm’s Corner book blog. Tammy February from The Book Fairy Haven’s book blog. The questions we asked: Do you agree or disagree with the different categories for young adult and new adult? What type/theme of YA/new adult, or even a […]

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EKOW DUKER

Oil field engineer turned banker turned writer, EKOW DUKER was educated in Ghana, the United Kingdom, the United States and France. His time in the oil industry took him to the harsh expanses of the Sahara desert and the fetid swamps of the Niger Delta, with lengthy stopovers in several countries in between. Since leaving […]

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CRESSIDA COWELL FAQs

Are there any children’s books that made a big impression on you when you were a child? I read a wide variety of books: domestic books like Noel Streatfeild and Enid Blyton, but my particular preference was for fantasy like Diana Wynne Jones; Ursula Le Guin; Tolkien and Lloyd Alexander. My favourite book as a […]

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Picador Africa Classics: Preserving Classic African Literature in Digital Form

This year, Picador Africa, an imprint of Pan Macmillan SA, celebrates 10 years of publishing local and African literature in South Africa. In celebration of this milestone and in honor Phaswane Mpe in the 10th anniversary of  his passing, we will be publishing 13 time-honored titles as ebooks this year. Launching from June 2014, Picador Africa Classics […]

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Victor Dlamini writes a Beautiful Tribute to Late Literary Great, Nadine Gordimer

NADINE GORDIMER’S SHINING LITERARY VOICE by Victor Dlamini It tells us something about Nadine Gordimer that Raks Morakabe Seakhoa, the untiring champion of South African letters, used to call her ‘Comrade Nadine’. In her country, where identity is everything, that Gordimer was comfortable with a word viewed with skepticism in high literary circles is significant. Her […]

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Timmy Failure wins Best Story Book at the The Booktrust Best Book Awards 2014

12,000 schoolchildren nationwide voted for the winning titles to produce a host of superb winners crossing six categories. The winning books range from charming and humorous illustrated reads about the challenges and traumas of everyday life to gritty coming-of-age stories. Booktrust CEO, Viv Bird said: “What’s unique about the new Booktrust Best Book Awards is […]

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Greg Mills

GREG MILLS is director of the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation. He is widely published on international affairs, development and security, an adviser to African governments, a regular columnist for local and international newspapers, and the author of the best-selling books Why Africa is Poor – and what Africans can do about it (2010) and, with Jeffrey […]

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“Stepping Out” by Steven Boykey Sidley shortlisted for the UJ Fiction Prize

Pan Macmillan and Picador Africa are excited to announce that Stepping Out by Steven Boykey Sidley, has been shortlisted for the 2014 UJ Fiction Prize. Some wonderful words from those who have read his books: ‘Three books into an astonishing career, Sidley’s modus operandi came fully formed out of the box: make ’em laugh a lot, make […]

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“My Second Initiation” shortlisted for the 2014 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award

We are delighted to announce that My Second Initiation: The Memoir of Vusi Pikoli by Vusi Pikoli and Mandy Wiener has been shortlisted for the 2014 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award! For more information on this year’s judges, criteria and other books that made the list, go to BOOKSLIVE  

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Q & A with Author of Banished, Liz De Jager

          Are there any children’s books/young adult books that made a big impression on you when you were growing up, and if so, why? I didn’t really read a lot of YA when I was growing up mostly as there really weren’t that many YA books out there for us to read.  […]

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – Judith Ancer

Oh the places you’ll go when reading to your children As a parent, psychologist and lifelong readaholic, I do tend to go on and on (and on) about the huge value of reading aloud to your children. I strongly recommend starting to share books and stories with your children from babyhood. From long before babies […]

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READING LEADS TO GREATNESS! WORLD BOOK DAY 2014

World Book Day (WBD) was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. WBD is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all. World Book Day […]

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Pan Macmillan’s Book Break Episode 2!

It’s that time again… the 2nd episode of Pan Macmillan’s Book Break on our official YouTube page.   This month we’ve got F.R. Tallis, Charlotte Mendelson and Emily Gravett on the couch chatting to Alex, plus VTs from Nicola Lathey discussing the best ways to improve your child’s speech while reading together, Jeffrey Archer showing us […]

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Vaughan De La Harpe and Sean Disney

VAUGHAN DE LA HARPE is the Managing Director of a company based in Johannesburg that specialises in the administration of insurance-related products. He is the first South African, along with Sean Disney, to have completed the Explorers Grand Slam. SEAN DISNEY is the Managing Director of Adventure Dynamics International. He lives with his family in […]

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The First Day of School

An article by Judith Ancer I don’t know who was more nervous about my son’s first day of grade 1, me or him. On the surface I had been positive and he was full of bravado but the unconscious told a different story – I’d had bad dreams and he had taken up sleepwalking. At […]

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Cherub: The Series

CHERUB is a series of young adult spy novels, written by the English author Robert Muchamore, focusing around a division of theBritish Security Service named CHERUB, which employs minors, predominantly orphans, as intelligence officers. Initially, the series follows James Choke, better known as James Adams (his adopted name at CHERUB), as he enters CHERUB and performs various missions. However, the focus later turns […]

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Prince Mashele and Mzukisi Qobo

PRINCE MASHELE is the Executive Director of the Centre for Politics and Research. He is a leading political commentator in South Africa and the author of The Death of our Society. MZUKISI QOBO teaches International Political Economy at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, and is affiliated to the Centre for […]

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Kate DiCamillo wins Newbery Medal for ‘Flora and Ulysses’

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures byKate DiCamillo and illustrated by K.G.Campbell, a sweet and funny fantasy about a cynical 10-year-old girl obsessed with comic books and a flying squirrel who can type poetry, has won the Newbery Medal as the best children’s book of 2013. The Caldecott Medal for best illustrated book goes to Brian Floca, writer and illustrator of Locomotive,about a […]

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Steven Boykey Sidley

Award-winning novelist STEVEN BOYKEY SIDLEY was once a software engineer and can be seen playing saxophone in bands around town. He has also lived in the Hollywood depicted in this book. His current home is in Johannesburg with his wife, Kate, and their two children, Alexandra and Joe. Imperfect Solo is his third novel.

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Julia Donaldson film Room on the Broom earns Oscar nomination

A UK film based on the children’s book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. The movie was produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of London-based Magic Light Pictures. Gillian Anderson provides the voice of the witch. The first time Donaldson […]

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Movie, Philomena has been nominated for four Oscars!

The movie Philomena, partly filmed in County Down, has been nominated for four Oscars including best picture. The film is based on the true story of an Irish woman who was forced to give up her son. Best actress nominee Dame Judi Dench spend four days filming in Killyleagh, Bryansford and Rostrevor, where she met […]

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TIGERS IN RED WEATHER wins at National Book Awards

Liza Klaussmann has won Books Are My Bag New Writer of the Year for her debut novel Tigers in Red Weather. She beat fellow Picador book Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach, as well as Natural Causes by James Oswald, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer and The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. Tigers in Red Weather follows Nick and her […]

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WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF A LEGEND

Rest in Peace Madiba. It was an honor to have lived in your lifetime.

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