The Johannesburg Review of Books Vol. 4, Issue 10 (December 2020, The Fiction Issue)

Keletso Mopai • Byron Loker • Wamuwi Mbao •
Sebastian Murdoch • Jarred Thompson • Richard de Nooy •
Khaddafina Mbabazi • Kelwyn Sole Masande Ntshanga •
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim • Zaina Arafat TJ Benson •
Yamen Manai • Yaa Gyasi • Adekeye Adebajo •
Lester Walbrugh • Helen Moffett • Angela Makholwa •
Victor Dlamini • Tymon Smith


Welcome to the tenth issue of Volume 4 of The Johannesburg Review of Books—our fourth annual Fiction Issue!

In this edition, read new short fiction from Keletso Mopai, Byron Loker, Sebastian Murdoch, Jarred Thompson, Richard de Nooy and Khaddafina Mbabazi.

We also delighted to present an excerpt from a work-in-progress from our regular contributor Wamuwi Mbao.

Better things are surely to come in 2021, including new novels from TJ Benson, Yamen Manai and Adekeye Adebajo, which you can sample in this issue.

You can also dip into hot-off-the press work by Masande Ntshanga, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Yaa Gyasi, Lester Walbrugh, Helen Moffett and Angela Makholwa.

Kelwyn Sole also graces this edition, with his new poem ‘One breath, away’.

From our Photo Editor Victor Dlamini this month, feast your eyes on a portrait of Lerato Mogoatlhe, and treat your ears to a Joburg summer playlist, compiled by Tymon Smith.

Enjoy the issue, and let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Here’s the complete breakdown of Vol. 4, Issue 10, which you will also find on our issue archive page:

New short fiction

Work in progress

Forthcoming works





The JRB Daily

Header image: Joburg from Ponte Tower, by Efemia Chela

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