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Thanks to the new releases from Exclusive Books, you’ll have no shortage of good reads in March. Image: Adobe Stock

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With loads of new books to get stuck into for the rest of March, The South African is giving away three Exclusive Books vouchers worth R500 each.

Exclusive Books Recommends: Wh

Thanks to the new releases from Exclusive Books, you’ll have no shortage of good reads in March. Image: Adobe Stock

Book lovers rejoice! Exclusive Books has 25 fiction, non-fiction, young adult and children’s titles on its recommended reading list for the month of March. And to give your early autumn book-buying efforts a boost, The South African is giving away three Exclusive Books vouchers worth R500 each to our readers. Enter here.

70 years of Exclusive Books

Exclusive Books is celebrating 70 years of getting more books to more people. The company opened its first store on King George Street in Johannesburg in 1951. Since then, it has expanded to 41 bricks-and-mortar stores and its virtual www.exclusivebooks.co.za store. 

Exclusive Books is marking the milestone with various promotions, book donation drives, story-sharing and extra Fanatics rewards. Members of the brand’s Fanatics rewards programme received a R70 gift voucher on 3 January and will receive another R70 voucher in their birthday month.

Exclusive Books’ must-reads for March

Exclusive Books displays 25 recommended titles at the front of its stores every month. These books been carefully curated in different categories – local authors, fiction and non-fiction, young adult and children’s titles.

Fanatics members earn a whopping 200 bonus points on their purchases from the list during March.

Fiction titles

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The nine fiction titles from Exclusive Books for March include An Astonishing Achievement for a Girl, by Abigail Dean. Grown Ups by Irish author Marian Keys is superb, warm-hearted and highly entertaining, and His Only Wife, by Peace Adzo Medie, is a crazy account of rich Asians in Ghana, West Africa.

The Chanel Sisters, by Judithe Little, is delicious and absorbing — a book to be savoured. TJ Benson’s The Madhouse, set in Nigeria, is unique and colourfully eccentric, and creates a mesmerising kaleidoscopic story that will grab hold of you and not let go.

‘’Rarely is a book this finely wrought, the lives and histories it holds so tenderly felt, and rendered unforgettably true,’’ said Ocean Vuong about The Prophets, by Robert Jones Jr.


Fascinating tales of pathos and tragedy

The Push, by Ashley Audrain, will set your nerves jangling and is not to be missed. And The Smallest Man by Frances Quinn Is a fascinating tale of extraordinary accomplishment, and a story about how anything is possible and how love is a beacon of hope.

You Never Really Know, by John Hunt, is filled with warm humour. According to Exclusive Books, it serves up a double shot of pathos as it moves from playful satire to true tragedy while examining the inner workings of power.

Non-fiction titles

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Exclusive Books has selected 11 non-fiction titles for March. At Any Cost, by Stephen Timm, is an age-old narrative about ego and flying too close to the sun, as well as a modern version of greed in the tech world.

Beyond Order is the sequel to Jordan B Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life. According to The New York Times, Peterson is “the most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now”. Connect, by David Bradford and Carole Robin, is “a practical and timely book and highly recommend”, says Ariana Huffington.

How to Start a Side Hustle, by Nic Haralambous, is practical, personable, searingly honest. Everyone should have a side hustle — just not before reading this book.

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In Nuts and Bolts, by McLean Sibanda, readers will gain unique perspectives on challenges faced by leaders overseeing a turnaround in any organisation. Intelligence Isn’t Enough, by Carice Anderson, should be part of every corporate onboarding programme.

Rattling the Cage, by Brent Meersman, provides critical perspectives on and insights into South Africa’s recent past and current political, economic and social undercurrents.

The Billionaire Mindset, by Daniel Strauss, (also available in Afrikaans as Dink Soos ‘n Miljardêr) is an excellent roadmap for success that will benefit all entrepreneurs. Julia Cameron, author of The Listening Path, is “the queen of change”, according to The New York Times.

And Think Again, by Adam Grant, is “a must-read… the lessons in this book are more important than ever”, Bill and Melinda Gates said.

Books for young adults and children

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A Court of Silver Flames, by Sarah J Maas, brims with suspense, romance, intrigue and action.

In Forever Ends on Friday, author Justin A Reynolds weaves themes of friendship and tragic loss into a sensitive tale, deftly using humour throughout this fast-paced, engagingly written book.

Hawk, by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet, is an accessible novel offering a new entry point into Max’s world of evil corporations and superhuman hybrids, splitting the narrative’s first-person perspective between Hawk and her mother. The Hatmakers, by Tamzin Merchant, illustrated by Paola Escobar, is a charming adventure full of wildness, wit, magic and heart.

And As Jy Droom, by Daniëlla van Heerden and Megan Werner, is an Afrikaans tale of courage, determination, hope and hurt — an adventure with so much adrenaline you might think it was far-fetched if it wasn’t the truth.

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