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.
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.
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.
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.
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.