NB Publishers

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NB Publishers have seven main imprints: Tafelberg, Human & Rousseau, Queillerie, Pharos, KwelaBest Books, and Lux Verbi.

Afrikaans romance novels are published under the imprints Jasmyn, Melodie, Satyn, Hartklop and Mirre.

We are the largest general publisher in the South African book market, and the leader in adult fiction, nonfiction, children’s and youth fiction.

We mainly publish books for the general trade market in South Africa, but we also publish literature and grammar textbooks for schools. We publish across all genres, mostly in Afrikaans and English. To a lesser extent, we also publish books in some of the local African languages.

Our publishing lists cover everything from popular to literary fiction and nonfiction, from romance novels to political exposés and biographies, from cookbooks to books on health and gardening, as well as humour and books aimed at young adults. We also publish picture books, mass market children’s books and dictionaries.

Awards and prizes

A complete list of prizes and awards won by NB's authors is available here.

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NB Publishers have six imprints: Tafelberg, Human & Rousseau, Queillerie, Pharos, Kwela and Best Books.

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Human & Rousseau was founded in 1959 with the aim to publish and promote Afrikaans books in particular.

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Tafelberg Publishers was established in 1951 and is renowned for its Afrikaans literary fiction.

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Kwela Books was founded in 1994 and specialises in African writing.

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Pharos specialises in Afrikaans language and Afrikaans-English dictionaries.

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We mainly publish books for the general trade market in South Africa, but we also publish literature and grammar textbooks for schools.

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Established in 1991 by Hettie Scholtz as an independent publishing company, Queillerie came to prominence with the publication of titles by...

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Lux Verbi is South Africa's oldest Christian publisher

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