The SA Writers College Book Club

SA Writers College has teamed up with Penguin Random House Publishing to bring you their recently released recommended books. Perfect for book club reads!

Read more about these titles in the latest issue of the Penguin Post.

Penguin Bookclub

Recently Released Fiction Reads

The Man Who Died Twice

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

The second novel in the record-breaking number one bestselling Thursday Murder Club series from the biggest debut novelist in recent history.

Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Bewilderment by Richard Powers

A magnificent new novel by Richard Powers, his first novel since the Booker Prize-shortlisted, Pulitzer Prize-winning 'The Overstory'.

Glass House by Chinenye Emezie

Glass House by Chinenye Emezie

Let me tell you a story. It’s about a war. This war is not the type fought with guns and machetes. It is a family type. A silent war. The type fought in the heart. It began long before I was formed.



Wayfarers Hymns by Zakes Mda

Wayfarers’ Hymns by Zakes Mda

Infused with rhythm and melody, Zakes Mda’s new novel invites you to travel from Lesotho’s Mountain Kingdom to the City of Gold through the history of famo. Famo music was born in the drinking dens of migrant mineworkers in Lesotho, where the men would sing to unwind after work, accompanied by the accordion, a drum and sometimes a bass.

Recently Released Non-fiction Reads

Shackleton by Ranulph Fiennes

Shackleton by Ranulph Fiennes

An authoritative biography of Sir Ernest Shackleton from polar adventurer Ranulph Fiennes.

Shackleton is an engaging new account of the adventurer, his life and his incredible leadership under the most extreme of circumstances. Written by polar adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes who followed in Shackleton's footsteps, he brings his own unique insights to bear on these infamous expeditions. Shackleton is both re-appraisal and a valediction, separating the man from the myth he has become. .


Renegades Born in the USA by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen



Renegades Born in the USA by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen

TWO LIVING LEGENDS: Sit alongside these two long-time friends as they talk intimately and entertainingly about life, marriage, fatherhood, politics, race and masculinity - and music

Two long-time friends share an intimate and urgent conversation about life, music and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions, in this stunningly-produced expansion of their ground-breaking Higher Ground podcast, featuring more than 350 photographs, exclusive bonus content, and never-before-seen archival material.

Will Smith with Mark Manson

Will Smith with Mark Manson

The 'Event' Autobiography of the Year - a brave, inspiring and wildly entertaining memoir full of self- help lessons for readers, from one of the world's most charismatic and much-loved actors

One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had.

No Cure for Being Human by Kate Bowler

No Cure for Being Human (and Other Truths I Need to Hear)

The visceral and insightful personal story of a Divinity Professor coming to terms with what life really means, as she approaches its close.

In No Cure for Being Human, Kate searches for a way forward as she mines the wisdom (and absurdity) of our modern 'best life now' advice industry, which offers us exhausting positivity, trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn and out-perform our humanness. With dry wit and unflinching honesty she grapples with her cancer diagnosis, her ambition and her faith and searches for some kind of peace with her limitations in a culture that says that anything is possible.