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Jonathan Ball Publishers was founded in 1976 to publish books of an independent character that enlighten and entertain.

We publish a range of non-fiction titles and specialise in South African politics, current affairs, biography and history. Acclaimed authors include Jonny Steinberg, Redi Tlhabi, Mark Gevisser, Sisonke Msimang, Justice Malala, RW Johnson, Richard Steyn, Margie Orford and Michiel Heyns.

We are also leading agents for British and American publishers, marketing and distributing books on their behalf in southern Africa. 

Among the many titles and authors that Jonathan Ball Publishers distributes are the Harry Potter series, Wilbur Smith, Hilary Mantel and Jodi Picoult.

In 2020 Jonathan Ball Publishers bought Icon Books in the UK.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

Our Own Publishing:

To publish books about South Africa which enlighten and entertain. Books of a liberal sanity which pander to neither left nor right nor to clever contemporary fashions in thinking. 

Our Agency and Distribution Business:

To be South Africa's leading agent for British and American publishers and in this way maintain and foster links with the English speaking world. To offer the most efficient, fastest and most cheerful service to our Bookseller customers.