Ja Well No Fine

Tim Richman & Stuart Hendricks
Humour/ South African non-fiction
November 2013


Ja Well No Fine is, well, ja, like a book, bru. About South Africa, nogal, – a.k.a. Suid Afrika, Sefrica, Mzansi Fo’ Sho’ – and how it all fits together, you check. Sharp sharp, wena…

But it’s not just about slang and Safricanisms; it’s also about our people, places, things, foods, habits, sport, fashion, culture and politics. It’s about all the wonderful (and flippen annoying) little things that make up the country we live in, from the legal requirements of boerewors (not braai wors!) to the psychological explanation for why watching Carte Blanche on a Sunday night is bad for your health.

In short, it’s an (alternative, entertaining, enlightening, irreverent) A-Z guide to South Africa through cliches, stereotypes, and other dingamalietjies. 

The Topics (a sample)

African Handshakes • Africa time • The Arms Deal • Babalas • Bergies • Boerewors vs Braai Wors • Born-frees • Braais • Car guards • Carte Blanche-induced Sunday-night Loser’s Complex • Crime and corruption • Driving • EFF • ‘Eish’ • The fracking Karoo • The great emigration debate • ‘Hayibo!’ • Hipsters • ‘Ja Well No Fine’ • ‘Kak • Minibus taxis • Nkandla • Petrol Attendants • The race card • Robot Hawkers • Springbok madness • The swaart gevaar • The tokoloshe • The Tripartite Alliance • Two-tone shirts • Vuvuzelas • Lulu Xingwana • Jacob Zuma


Tim Richman and Stuart Hendricks are the people behind Two Dogs and Mercury Books. Between them they have conceptualised, edited, subedited, researched, proofread and/or handlanged on more than forty books. Tim is the author of the bestselling Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? series.

Click here for a short interview with Tim Richman




"From our controversial politicians to our assorted cultural beliefs, this laugh-out-loud South African read is an absolute must." – Women24 [Book of the month, February 2014] 

"Absolutely hilarious." – AtoZblog

"Irreverent [and] playful [with] an inquisitive ear for our foibles and prejudices, celebrating the mixed-up bredie that SA is." – Jeremy Cronin, Deputy General of the SA Communist Party (his review then went on to criticise the book's general disparagement of communism in the modern world…)

"A definite must-have for Christmas and will be perfect as a gift for the bookworm in your life." – News24

"A funny and irreverent look at our country." – Cosmopolitan


An alternative guide to South Africa – from the author of the bestselling Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? series

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