34 books to read this holiday season

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Holiday reading. (Image: Getty)
Holiday reading. (Image: Getty)

It's that time of year when we buy books in great numbers - for family, friends, and for ourselves. Our guide to the best of what's on the shelves this holiday season includes the top non-fiction titles, the best novels and stories, recommendations for children and young readers – and some ideas about what to read on the beach. We also have some excerpts for interesting holiday reading.

Find our recommendations below.


9 top non-fiction books

From a sporting hero, to a music legend, to a national crisis that brought South-Africa to a standstill - here are nine non-fiction books to read this holiday season.

Deep Collusion, Eight Days in July, and Confession

11 of the best novels and stories

Great work from prizewinners this year – Abdulrazak Gurnah (Novel Prize for Literature), Damon Galgut (the Booker Prize), and Jacob Mott (US National Book Award) – and other superb holiday reads.

Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah (Bloomsbury), The

7 great books for kids and young readers

The young ones will enjoy the richly illustrated books (and one comic) offered here, in a selection by the owner of one of Jo'burg's best-loved bookshops.

The book covers of Taking Selfies with a Sheep , S

Don’t forget the sunblock: 7 books that are perfect for the beach

And, if you're going to the beach, take some sunblock and a rucksack for one or other of these popular easy reads, from thrillers to a murder mystery and a family saga.

Book covers


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