Reads for non-fiction fans


For those of you who enjoy non-fiction reading, we’re sure you’ll find something which appeals in this list of nine top releases this May.

Taxtopia by Rebel Accountant

“A shocking, enraging, sometimes hilarious expose of a tax system that lives down to all our worst fears of further enriching the wealthy at the expense of the little guys.” — Piers Morgan


The Earth Transformed by Professor Peter Frankopan

“All Historians aiming to tell a narrative face the problem of when exactly to start it. Only Peter Frankopan would go back 2.5 billion years to the Great Oxidation Event” — Tom Holland


Ten Birds That Changed the World by Stephen Moss


For the whole of human history, we have lived alongside birds. We have hunted and domesticated them for food; venerated them in our mythologies, religion and rituals; exploited them for their natural resources; and been inspired by them for our music, art and poetry.


Harry Oppenheimer by Michael Cardo

Harry Oppenheimer, the international gold-and-diamond magnate, presided over the corporate dynasty of Anglo American and De Beers for more than 25 years. Yet, two decades after his death, the Oppenheimer empire is no more.


The Plot to Save South Africa by Justice Malala

In this meticulously researched new book, the reader is taken into the thought processes and consequential actions of the key players – from Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk, the police investigating the murder, dangerous right wingers like Clive Derby-Lewis, and leaders such as Cyril Ramaphosa, Bantu Holomisa and Tokyo Sexwale.


The Outsider by Prince Mashele

In his trademark opinionated fashion, political scientist Prince Mashele delivers a fascinating fly-on-the-wall account of Mashaba’s dramatic rise to the mayor’s office, managing the fragile coalition with the EFF, falling out with the DA and starting his own party.


I Am Ella: A remarkable story of survival, from Auschwitz to Africa by Joanne Jowell

Ella Blumenthal’s story of surviving the Holocaust and building a new life in South Africa is a lesson in resilience, attitude and joy. From the dying embers of the Warsaw Ghetto to the gas chambers of the Nazi concentration camps; from Poland to Paris, Palestine and eventually Cape Town; from stateless refugee to community pillar, Ella’s 100 years of life have been nothing short of herculean.


Impossible Skies: Life with my brother, the artist, Walter Meyer by Frans Meyer

In December, 2017, Walter Meyer was stabbed in the heart with a kitchen knife by his wife, Sophia. Dubbed “South Africa’s own van Gogh” and critically acclaimed as the finest landscape artist to emerge from this country in the last century, his brutal death left a deep void.


Five Love Languages Hardcover Special Edition by Gary D. Chapman

Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.


All these titles are from the May Exclusive Books Recommends list, available from Exclusive Books instore or online on