The Johannesburg Review of Books Vol. 4, Issue 5 (May 2020)

Alain Mabanckou • Ama Ata Aidoo • David Goldblatt • Tayari Jones • Jacob Dlamini • Abi Daré • Lidudumalingani • Alaa Al Aswany • Cho Nam-joo • Margie Orford • Jamil F Khan • Maggie O’Farrell • Neliswa Tshazi • Imtiaz A Cajee • Sifiso Mzobe • Andries Bezuidenhout • Makhosazana Xaba • Lindiwe Mabuza • Baleka Kgositsile • Lerato Kumalo • Barbara Adair • DDT Jabavu • Mark Winkler • Victor Dlamini

Welcome to the fifth issue of Volume 4 of The Johannesburg Review of Books—the Sampler Issue!

In this edition of The JRB—which marks the start of our fourth year in business (our first issue was published way back in May 2017)—we present a selection of new and forthcoming books, for you to peruse from the safety of your favourite chair.

Scroll down to take a browse through our virtual shelves.

We’d also like to share some welcome good news: Rémy Ngamije has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for a story that was first published right here in The JRB! Hearty congratulations to Rémy and the other shortlistees, Irenosen Okojie, Erica Sugo Anyadike, Chikodili Emelumadu and Jowhor Ile. Click here for more on the announcement.

Here’s the complete breakdown of Vol. 4, Issue 5, which you will also find on our issue archive page:

City Editor




Short stories


The JRB Daily

Cover image: Pippa Malec

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