Modjaji Books

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Modjaji Books is a South African small-scale independent publisher. Modjaji Books was started in 2007 by Colleen Higgs, it is an independent press that publishes the writings of Southern African women.[1]

Modjaji Books is based in Cape Town, publishing books written exclusively by Southern African women. Currently, Modjaji publishes short stories, memoir, novels, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

Modjaji Books wants to fill a gap by providing an independent outlet for serious writing by women. “From poetry to biography to fiction, there will be an outlet for writing by women that takes itself – and its readers – seriously.”[2]

The Modjaji Books blog is frequently updated and features reviews, news, articles and insights on South African publishing. The blog is available on Books LIVE.[3]

Books Published by Modjaji Books[edit]

  • Strange Fruit by Helen Moffett
  • Oleander by Fiona Zerbst
  • Please, Take Photographs by Sindiwe Magona
  • Burnt Offering by Joan Metelerkamp
  • Invisible Earthquake by Malika Ndlovu (A mother's journal about stillbirth with an essay by Prof Sue Fawcus, Obstetrician from Mowbray Maternity hospital) (poetic memoir)
  • Whiplash by Tracey Farren (short-listed for the 2009 Sunday Times Fiction prize)
  • Fourth Child by Megan Hall (Winner of the Ingrid Jonker prize)
  • Life in Translation by Azila Talit Reisenberger
  • Got No Secrets by Danila Botha[4]


  1. ^ "About Modjaji Books". Books Live. Avusa Media. 
  2. ^ "About Modjaji Books". Books Live. Avusa Media. 
  3. ^ "About Modjaji Books". Books Live. Avusa Media. 
  4. ^ "About Modjaji Books". Colleen Higgs. Modjaji Books.