Books by Hamilton Wende

Deadlines from the Edge

You must have seen them. Groups of them waiting for their heavy silver metal boxes to come off the luggage carousel at Heathrow, Rome, Paris, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg.

Red Air

When CIA operative Al Morris is kidnapped in Afghanistan, it sets off a dizzying chain of international terrorist intrigue.


‘Explains the fears and tensions of working at the frontline.. its message is powerful’

Lucas Ledwaba: This Day

True North: African Roads Less Travelled

Louis looked at me ‘So you want advice?’ He put his fork down. ‘Look here,’ he told me. ‘You’re lucky, things are changing just at the right time for someone like you. The whole of Africa is opening up to you.

House of War

Sebastian Burke, a British academic, has spent his whole life trying to understand the secret life of Alexander the Great and his slave bride Roxane.


‘… held my interest to the last page’

Wilbur Smith


‘… vivid portrayals of war, sex, violence and love bring history to vibrant life’

The Pretoria News

The King's Shilling
The King's Shilling

There are two kinds of wars: one external, a public war for all the world to witness: the other intensely private, glimpsed by only a few.

Only the Dead

Deep in the Ugandan jungle, a mysterious new presence has infiltrated the Claws of God – a cult of child soldiers led by the depraved General Faustin.


‘Historical fiction at its finest’

David Lambkin

‘Reconstructs battle with great skill and verve’

Sunday Independent


‘A terrific thriller… that cuts to the heart of evil in our world today’

Tim Butcher

Red Air: Great read. Escalates quickly from a humdrum family existence of established norms to a blizzard of war in the mountains of dust. Father and son drawn together through forced appreciation of war and its mental wounds.
Red Air: Superb Exciting Thriller .. Excellent thriller .. Kept me turning the pages till the every end .. Wende has a wonderful way with words which makes each page come alive as if you were there .. Highly recommended ..
Steve O.
Steve O.


Arabella the Secret King & the Amulet from Timbuktu

Arabella the Moon & the Magic Mongongo Nut is a local classic for tweens. Watch author Hamilton Wende talk about it on Joburg Today. “If you choose to follow the wrong path...

Arabella 02 Secret King & The Amulet From Timbuktu

Arabella is grieving her dad’s death while struggling to adjust to her new school. Plus she’s having trouble with her friends. Then Akbar, the broom seller from Mali, gives Arabella a magical amulet that can open a gateway to Azothia , the world of magic that is being threatened by a strange and dark new power.


‘A little bit of magic, an awful lot to love’

Mail and Guardian

‘An extraordinary journey’

The Knysna-Plett Herald

FIVE STARS: 5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read " What a brilliant read, combining the fascinating world of Alexander with more recent history, this is the kind of book I couldn't put down. The finish is nail biting, and you aren't always sure of the character's motivations. If you love history and you're interested in recent events in the Middle East with journalists, archaeologists and the CIA thrown in then I couldn't recommend this book more highly."


House of War A love story and thriller about searching for the lost diaries of Alexander the Great in the badlands of northern Afghanistan while being hunted by Al Qaeda. It was long-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award in 2010. The King’s Shilling. A novel about WWI in East Africa published by Jacana in April 2005. It has been on the bestseller lists in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and was long-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Award in 2006. True North; African Roads Less Travelled is a non-fiction account of his work as a journalist in Africa. It was published in 1995 by William Waterman in Johannesburg. It was nominated for the 1995 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award.