Curl Up With A Book This Winter: June 2020 Book Releases

Kids (Ages 4 - 8)

With the kids being off school for near on two months, cabin fever and boredom must be setting in. If your little ones won't be returning to school during the winter months, pick up these exciting new reads to keep them entertained.

Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Introduce your little ones to the magic of poetry with this picture-poem collection by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Writing in the voices of very different, but all beautifully unique little girls, Brantley-Newton explores themes of identity, community and the simple pleasures of a child's life. The mixed-media illustrations will capture the attention of even the most impatient young reader. Suitable for ages four to eight.

Slime by David Walliams

Bestselling children's author, David Walliams is back with another delightfully witty storybook. Slime is a "fantastically funny tale", set on the Isle of Mulch. Here live a large number of incredibly horrible adults who like nothing more than making children miserable. Who could be brave enough to stop them? Meet Ned - an extraordinary boy with a special power - Slimepower! This book is perfect for bedtime reading with the kids. But don't blame us if you get slimed!

Tweens (Ages 9 - 12) 

Tween readers exist in that awkward stage between little kid and full blown teen. Appeal to their childlike sense of adventure and their more grown up sensibility about the way the world works with these top reads.

The Kid Who Came From Space by Ross Welford 

This one is for kids who loved the humour of Wall-E, the action-adventure of Star Wars and the emotion of ET. Twelve-year-old Tammy disappears, rocking her small village in the wilds of Northumberland. Only her twin brother, Ethan, knows she is safe – and the extraordinary truth of where she is. It is a secret he must keep, or risk never seeing her again. This remarkable story of sibling bonds and intergalactic adventure is ideal for readers aged ten and older.

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal by Jeff Kinney

If your tween hasn't gotten themselves stuck into the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series yet, get them started with this latest release from number one bestselling author, Jeff Kinney. This spin-off from the original series will have your tween rolling with laughter, as Greg's best friend and sidekick, Rowley Jefferson, tells his side of the story. But will Rowley's recollection of events reveal secrets Greg never meant to share with the world?


Teens & Young Adults (Ages 13 - 19) 

The pressures of online schooling and keeping up with their friends in lockdown is surely weighing on your teens' mind. Help them escape the 'real' world for awhile by investing in these awesome new reads from two of the literary world's best loved authors.

A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games books are hailed as some of the most prolific young adult reads over the last decade. Let your teen (or yourself) enter the world of epic violence, corruption and courage in this prequel to the series. A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games trilogy. Centred around the adventures of a teenage Coriolanus Snow, who would go on to become the illustrious President Snow of Panem. This action thriller is an absolute must-read this winter.

Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson

Growing up is hard. Falling in love for the first time is harder. Jacqueline Wilson's new teen novel delves into the ups and downs of teenage life, love and coming out. Frankie is fourteen and growing up fast. When she begins to develop feelings for her friend, Sally, she wonders if she may be in love. She also wonders if Sally may feel the same way. Love Frankie is relevant, poignant and perfect for teens experiencing a whole bunch of scary firsts. This book is expected to release in August 2020.


Adults (you know how old you are!) 

If you've ever complained about a lack of time for reading, now's your chance to get stuck into a few new books. It's cold outside and you aren't allowed out except for essentials or work anyway, so get busy!

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

A story about greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts - what more could you ask for in a book? The Glass Hotel comes to you from the award-winning author of Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel. Taking place between the deck of a mysterious ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of northern Vancouver Island, this book will take you on a journey to other worlds (which we imagine is exactly what you need right now!)

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

English novelist, Hilary Mantel is the verified queen of historical fiction. Pick up her latest master work, The Mirror and the Light, this winter. This book is the final installment in Mantel's trilogy charting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful minister in the court of King Henry VIII. If you haven't read the two previous installments, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, get stuck in! You really have no excuse not to.

Not sure where to purchase books in lockdown? Find out here! 

Where To Buy Books During Level 4 Lockdown

Exclusive Books

If you're an EB Fanatics member, you've most likely heard the good news. Exclusive Books has partnered with Uber Eats to bring good reads direct to your door! All you have to do is download the Uber Eats app, enter your address and get clicking away to find the latest local and international bestsellers on offer. Exclusive Books stores are also open, so you can pop by if you prefer to do your book hunting in person. Alternatively, browse through their website and order online. Delivery is free on orders over *R450.

Bridge Books

Bridge Books is an independent bookstore located in downtown Johannesburg. If it's local fiction, biographies or unique titles you're after, this is the place to go. Under level 4 lockdown, Bridge Books will be offering contactless collection at their Maboneng store, as well as delivery across Johannesburg. If you would like to visit their store in person, please contact them on 079 708 4461 to book an appointment, as only two customers will be allowed into the store at a time to facilitate physical distancing. If you prefer to shop online, click here.

Love Books Jozi 

Do you love books? So do Love Books! This community bookstore offers rare gems that you aren't likely to find anywhere else. Their passion for good literature, good wine and great conversation (about books, of course), is exemplified in every aspect of their business. During level 4 lockdown, Love Books will be open to a limited number of customers, with the strictest hygiene procedures in place to protect both you and their staff. You can also order books by emailing them on


Are good quality, second-hand books and collectibles your cup of tea? Visit any one of the Bookdealers stores around Johannesburg to find the very best in rare editions, signed copies of your favourite books and the latest bestsellers. If you aren't quite ready to venture out into the big, wide and scary world just yet, order online for collection or delivery. Bookdealers is offering vouchers redeemable in store, as well as 20% discount on online orders for the remainder of the lockdown. Click here to get shopping.

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Students attending online classes and parents homeschooling their kids will be delighted to know that is back up and selling children's readers, textbooks and fiction reads under level 4 lockdown. Browse through their online selection to find all you need to ace those assignments or simply keep the kiddies entertained. Delivery is free on orders over *R350, so get busy buying!

We understand that times are tough right now and that buying books may not be on your list of essentials. However, if you would still like to get stuck into some good reads while at home, visit the Gauteng Virtual Library to borrow books for free! 

Exclusive Books Partners With Uber Eats To Bring Bestsellers To Your Door

Exclusive Books Lockdown Initiatives

Under level 5 lockdown, Exclusive Books were not permitted to trade. As the new level 4 regulations came into effect on Friday, 01 May 2020, book lovers across South Africa waited with bated breath. Would our favourite bookstore be allowed to operate as an essential service? Thankfully, the answer is yes! However, Exclusive Books have implemented a number of initiatives to make shopping for your books safe and contactless during lockdown.

On Thursday, 07 May 2020, they made an exciting announcement - you can now order your books through Uber Eats for delivery direct to your door! Together they will be bringing avid readers a delectable menu of bestsellers. So, if you have run out of lockdown reading material, but aren't quite ready to visit your nearest Exclusive Books store, simply download the Uber Eats app and get shopping!

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Here's how it works:

  1. Download the Uber Eats app on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  2. Sign up and enter your address and billing details.
  3. Search for your closest Exclusive Books branch.
  4. Browse through their selection of best selling local and international fiction, non-fiction and children's books.
  5. Select the books you want to order and proceed to checkout.

There are only four Johannesburg stores currently offering this service with Uber Eats, but Exclusive Books is looking to roll out nationwide over the coming weeks. If you live within a 5km radius of EB Hyde Park Corner, EB Sandton City, EB Mall of Africa or EB Nicolway Bryanston, you will be able to order from Uber Eats. Enter this promotional code - UNLTDZA  - at checkout for free delivery on meals, essentials and books with Uber Eats until 31 May 2020.

You will also be able to earn Fanatics Points on these purchases. Simply type your Fanatics card number into the comments section when placing your order. To help you protect yourself, your loved ones and the community, Uber Eats furthermore encourages no-contact delivery. Select "Leave at door" at checkout in the app to ensure your delivery complies with health and safety standards.

Our Top Picks

As always, Exclusive Books will be offering their customers the very best in local and international reads during lockdown. If you're looking for something to get stuck into while at home, check out these best sellers available on the Uber Eats app, perfect to curl up with on a chilly winter's day:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho's master work has topped best seller lists worldwide, garnering 62 million readers along the way. The Alchemist is a beautiful parable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life's path and, above all, follow your dreams. Santiago, a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucia, feels that there is more to life than his humble home and his flock. One day he finds the courage to follow his dreams into distant lands, each step galvanised by the knowledge that he is following the right path: his own. The people he meets along the way, the things he sees and the wisdom he learns are life-changing. This is a definite must-read during these uncertain times.

Available on Uber Eats for *R214,50.

A Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

If you have never read Nelson Mandela's moving autobiography, now is the ideal time to get yourself a copy. The book profiles Mandela's early life, his coming of age, his education and his 27 years spent in prison. As one of the most prolific figures in recent history, his autobiography provides insight into South Africa's dark past and the great pains it took to overcome oppression.

Available on Uber Eats for *R332,20.

The Book of Gifts by Craig Higginson

The Book of Gifts has been described as Craig Higginson's most gripping and nuanced novel to date. At eleven years old, Julian Flint prefers to remain invisible, safe inside the architecture of adults provided by his mother, his uncle and his aunt. But when his mother, Emma, a celebrated sculptor, takes them all on a family holiday to a hotel by the sea, he meets the captivating and irreverent Clare and everything he thought he knew begins to shift - setting off a chain of events that will determine each of their fates. Set among the lush beaches of Umhlanga Rocks, Johannesburg and the rich and strange coral reefs of Mauritius, The Book of Gifts is sure to provide a much-needed escape from the lockdown lows.

Available on Uber Eats for *R321,20.

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Chilean author, Isabel Allende is a master of weaving fictional stories into real life events. Her latest novel, A Long Petal of the Sea, takes place at the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939. Victor Dalmau is a young doctor caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life - and the fate of his country - forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile. When the opportunity to seek refuge arises, they board a ship to Chile chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda, the promised 'long petal of sea and wine and snow'. This highly-anticipated novel is sure to sell out fast, so get yourself a copy as soon as possible.

Available on Uber Eats for *R310,20.

Super Natural by Sarah Graham

Our favourite TV chef and author, Sarah Graham is back with a follow up to her undeniably popular cookbook, Wholesome. This time, Sarah delves into the mass of information regarding plant-based eating and whole foods. Super Natural features budget-friendly recipes centred on vegetables and natural, whole foods, celebrating seasonal produce, good fats and whole grains, pulses and legumes. This is the ideal cookbook to invest in amidst the global climate crisis as it promotes mindful eating and food consciousness. Plus, there are tons of great dinner ideas to try out during lockdown.

Available on Uber Eats for *R345,50.

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Where To Find Classic Novels In Johannesburg

Exclusive Books

If it's beautifully bound classic books you are looking for, then head out to your nearest Exclusive Books. Their stores offer both Classic titles and Neo-Classic novels from the world's favourite authors. From Edgar Allan Poe, to the Brontës, Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath and Kurt Vonnegut. You can find almost any genre of classic here too. So, whether you are a horror fanatic, romance lover or sci-fi fundi, there should be a classic for you. This is the perfect place to get lost in a world of words and poetry.

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Kalahari Books

Kalahari Books in Orange Grove specialise in out of print fiction and non-fiction titles. This Victorian-style library-cum-book club offers avid readers the opportunity to pick up long-lost novels, plays and collectibles. Their main passion is theatre, poetry and classic literature, as well as bringing you titles by forgotten popular authors, including the likes of George Bernard Shaw. If you are looking for something really special to gift a book loving friend or family member, then Kalahari Books should be your first stop.

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Estoril Books

Estroil Books has three branches located in Johannesburg. Our favourite is the newly relaunched store at Fourways Mall. The most extensive and well-organised of the branches, this is a book lover's paradise. Their classic books section is wide ranging, stocking not just the most popular novels by famous authors, but entire collections of their work and a few obscure titles. Estoril Books is also relatively one of the most affordable mainstream retailers for classic novels. They often host half-off sales too, so be sure to pop by on your next trip to Fourways Mall.

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Bookdealers have been gifting readers with collectible editions for over 30 years. With five stores around the city, they are easily accessible. Plus, their staff are always willing to lend their knowledge in the search for that perfect classic. Bookdealers also stocks a couple of rare inscribed copies of non-fiction and fiction titles, especially by South African authors. This is the book store to visit for students too, as you can find set works at bargain prices, covering a range of subjects including, poetry, drama, English literature, psychology and history. So, what are you waiting for? Give Bookdealers a call!

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Bargain Books

Another great book store for classic books at discount prices is Bargain Books. Many a time we have scooped up three titles for the price of two at their Greenstone store. Mostly available in paperback editions, these classics may not look the prettiest, but it's the magnificence of words and story that we are after. Bargain Books is also an excellent kiddies book store to let the little ones browse around. Catering to new parents, toddlers and tweens, this is the ideal environment to start introducing classic literature to the kids (besides the library, of course).

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Skoobs Theatre of Books

Now, this is a book lover's ultimate fantasy. Two floors of literary delights - from children's classics to  biographies about your favourite musicians and everything in between. Skoobs Theatre of Books lives up to its name in every respect. Find yourself a quiet corner upstairs on one of their comfy reading chairs and dive into a world very different from the one we live in. English ladies in waiting, swashbuckling pirates, talking daisies and a mischievous boy who never grows up await you. But, the adventure doesn't end there. Tuck into a slice of decadent rainbow cake at the Skoobs Cafe or sip on a glass of Merlot at the upstairs champagne bar. Be warned, you may never want to leave.

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Books Galore

Books Galore deals in second-hand fiction titles for children and adults. Get kiddies books for up to 50% off here, all the while stockpiling your shopping baskets with rare and unique used books. Books Galore also has a children's book club which is free to join for kids of any age. Not only do the little readers in the making receive discounts on their favourite bedtime story books, but they also get Crocky Club Stickers to add to their collections, free activity books, a birthday gift voucher and free delivery when you order three or more books online.

Their range of adult books include must-have South African collectibles. While most of these are non-fiction titles, they are still worth scouring over. Gardeners will be particularly enamored with helpful catalogues on South African species and how and where to plant them.

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Serial Thrillers

Serial Thrillers is relatively new to the book dealing scene, however they sure have made a good impression on us. Situated at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia, this knickknack store has a collection of true literary relics. Here you can find modern classics such as Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, Hemmingway's The Old Man and the Sea and short stories by the ever eloquent F. Scott Fitzgerald.

But, what makes this store extra special is their collection of comic books. Indulge your inner child with first edition Archie comics, Tintin's Adventures and Asterix and Obelix. There are also the most adorable figurines to go with your new comic collection. Who wouldn't want a mini Tintin anyway? Give this start up book store some love and visit them as soon as possible.

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Do you know of any other great book stores that sell classics in Joburg? Let us know about them! 

What To Expect At The Abantu Book Festival

Bookworms, This One's For You!

The Abantu Book Festival is a not-for-profit initiative that relies on donations and sponsorship for income. Each year they host a book festival, giving all bookworms the chance to meet authors, find books and be around like-minded people.

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Where It all Began

Coming from humble beginnings in 2016, Abantu Book Festival has become an annual pilgrimage for black writers and readers, allowing them the space to express themselves freely through the art of African literature and the celebration of the rich and diverse African literary heritage.

They have an extensive programme that is a feast for the whole family, which includes poetry and musical performances, writing and publishing workshops, panel discussions and in-conversations, dance and film-screening woven into the mix.

This festival takes place over four days, allowing you to enjoy performances by the best poets, novelists, playwrights, biographers, children's writers, literary scholars, musicians, actors, activists, thinkers and readers from as far as can be imagined, transforming the historic location of Soweto into a literary village.

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Authors To Look Forward To On The Day

Last year, the likes of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Fred Khumalo, Gail Smith, Gcina Mhlophe, Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Lebo Mashile and many more graced the festival. To see who will be attending this year, click here!

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More About The Event

Abantu Book Festival has become an annual pilgrimage, be sure to be part of this incredible experience in Soweto. While the books remain the central medium, they will be presenting an extensive programme that is a feast for the whole family, which includes poetry and musical performances, photography, dance, food and conversations.

When: Thursday, 05 December 2019 – Sunday, 08 December 2019.

Where: Soweto Theatre, Corner Bolani Link and Bolani Road, Jabulani, Soweto, Johannesburg.

Tickets: Ticket information can be found here.

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Bargain Books - A World of Magic and Wonder

Bargain Books has been bringing book lovers all their favourite titles at discount prices since 1998. Voted Bookseller of the Year for five consecutive years, Bargain Books offers a unique selection of adult fiction, children's novels and non-fiction literature. You can find the latest bestsellers here, as well as timeless classics. From the latest Stephen King or Wilbur Smith, to the Brontë sisters, there is a book for everyone here.

Online Shopping

Bargain Books offers their customers ultimate convenience with their online store. Here, you can scroll through their latest offerings, or search for rare books not often found on the shelves. Their online shop allows you to pre-order your dream book, so when you step into your nearest store there is no hassle! However, if you enjoy strolling around bookstores, taking your time to pick that perfect one, then this bookstore has got you covered. With over 10 stores located around Joburg, you are never far away from a Bargain Books.

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Beyond the Book 

Have you been dying to join a local bookclub? Look no further than the Bargain Books Beyond the Book Community. A platform for you, the customer, and BB dedicated staff to interact, discuss and debate all about books! Whether you loved or hated the last book you read, Bargain Books invites you to share with fellow readers. You can post book reviews or simply have a chat with a like-minded book nerd. Click here to join their Facebook community.

Once you have become a fully-fledged book club member, you can start attending Bargain Books' awesome events! From book signings with authors, to story readings for the kids and massive warehouse sales, this bookstore has a lot going on. Why not join Bargain Books Mall of Africa this Heritage Day for the Ludumo Magangane book signing? The author will deliver an insightful lecture on our National Anthem, after which the Cantabile Dancers will perform a rendition of Enoch Sontonga's original composition. Don't miss it.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 at 15:00 - 17:00.

Where Is It?

Truworths Court, The Mall of Africa, Magwa Crescent, Midrand, Johannesburg.

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