Category Archives: General

The Shouting in the Dark by Elleke Boehmer

shouting-in-the-dark

Late at night Ella watches her elderly father on the veranda, raging at the African sky. Caught between her mother’s mysterious grief and her father’s shattering wartime experiences, between the Holland of their past and apartheid South Africa, Ella fights hard to make it through her childhood in one piece. Her one enchantment is her forbidden love for the teenage gardener, Phineas. Years later, as an activist seeking political refuge in the Netherlands, Ella discovers her father never registered her birth. Now she must confront her father’s ghosts, and create a new future for herself.

‘Unforgettable prose about an extraordinary time and place … The delicate intersection between the personal and the political has seldom been so skilfully explored; readable, tangible and haunting.’ – Naomi Wolf

About the Author

11357029_947042768679883_7281510900392163885_o

Elleke Boehmer is the author of Screens against the Sky (short-listed David Hyam Prize, 1990), Bloodlines (shortlisted SANLAM prize), and Nile Baby(2008), and also the short-story collection Sharmilla and Other Portraits (2010). Her edition of Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys was a 2004 summer bestseller. Her acclaimed biography of Nelson Mandela (2008) has been translated into Arabic, Malaysian, Thai, Kurdish, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese. She has published several other books including Stories of Women (2005), the anthology Empire Writing (1998), and Indian Arrivals: Networks of British Empire (2015). She is a judge of the Man Booker International Prize 2015 and lives in London.

View Elleke’s website HERE

Like Elleke‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Jacana Media

ISBN: 9781431422333

Be Sociable, Share!

The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

The much-anticipated new novel from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Rosamund Lupton.

The_Quality_of_Silence_2_330_x_500

On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrive in Alaska.

Within hours they are driving alone across a frozen wilderness

Where nothing grows

Where no one lives

Where tears freeze

And night will last for another fifty-four days.

They are looking for Ruby’s father.

Travelling deeper into a silent land.

They still cannot find him.

And someone is watching them in the dark.

About the Author

p9WzsACc

Rosamund Lupton is the author of Sister, a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and a bestseller in Europe. Published in the UK by Little, Brown Book Group, Sister has been translated into over thirty languages and has international sales of over 1.5 million copies. It was the fastest-selling debut of 2010 by a British author, a BBC Radio 4, Book at Bedtime and was winner of the Richard and Judy Best Debut Novel of 2011 award and the Strand Magazine Critics First Novel Award. Film rights of Sister are currently under option with Studio Canal, to produce with Kevin McCormick of Langley St Pictures. Emily Blunt is attached to star and the script is in development. Lupton‘s critically acclaimed second novel Afterwards also went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller lists and was the No. 2 Sunday Times fiction bestseller of 2011, with UK sales alone of more than 200,000 copies. The Quality of Silence is her third novel.

View Rosamund‘s website HERE

Like Rosamund‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9780349408132

Be Sociable, Share!

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

We-Never-Asked-for-Wings-web

How far would you go for your children?

Would you lie for them? Flee with them? Let someone else mother them if you thought they would do a better job?

As a single parent, Letty does everything for her two children – apart from raise them. Being a mother terrifies her more than she can admit, and so she’s always let her mother take that role. When Maria Elena ups and leaves, however, Letty has to confront her fears and become the parent she doesn’t think she can be.

Even as she tries to give her children a future, Letty’s teenage son, Alex, struggles to forgive his mother for choices she made in the past. But he and Letty are not so dissimilar, and both are prepared to risk everything for those they love.

Honest and compelling, We Never Asked for Wings is about family; it’s about the decisions we take, the mistakes we make, the people we trust, and, above all, how – and where – we find love.

About the Author

Vannessa-diffenburgh1-150x150

Vanessa Diffenbaugh was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico, California. After studying creative writing and education at Stanford, she went on to teach art and writing to youth in low-income communities. She and her husband PK have three children: Tre’von, 18, Chela, 4, and Miles, 3. Tre’von, a former foster child, is attending New York University on a Gates Millenium Scholarship. Vanessa and her family currently live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her husband is studying urban school reform at Harvard.

View Vanessa‘s website HERE

Like Vanessa‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447294504

Be Sociable, Share!

Tribe by Rahla Xenopoulos

9781415203965

It is Ibiza 1997 and rave culture is at its peak. A period of dancing and hedonism forges an unbreakable bond between six friends: an unshakeable tribe is formed.

Sharing a deep connection, their dependence on one another will intensify over the years, until one member’s flirtation with death shatters their group.

Twelve years on, the tribe reunites for an intense and claustrophobic week at a luxury game lodge in their native South Africa.

As each of the friends battle to come to terms with their present and their shared past, old resentments come to the fore, exposing guilt, and re-spinning their complicated web of relationships.

Rahla Xenopoulos Tribe is a compelling story of friendships, loves and lives. Exhilarating and potent, Tribe navigates the fault lines of human connections in search of common ground.

“Composed of musical dialogue and discordant truths, Tribe is a startling, witty ballad on the difference between privilege and freedom.” – Diane Awerbuck, author of Gardening at Night and Home Remedies

About the Author

Author1267125039

Rahla Xenopoulos is the author of A Memoir of Love and Madness and the novel Bubbles. Many of her short stories have been published in magazines and in Women Flashing, Twist and Just Keep Breathing. She lives in Cape Town.

View Rahla‘s website HERE

View Rahla‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Umuzi (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781415203965

Be Sociable, Share!

Paperback Release | Third World Child by GG Alcock

Third World Child is about living in South Africa in the time of apartheid and also living here today – about being truly African even as a white person.  It is about the adventures, the cultural challenges and the future possibilities of South Africa.

Cover - Third World Child Paperback

Says GG, ‘This is the story of my world or, more accurately, the worlds in which I live.’

GG Alcock’s story mirrors that of many of his people, the journey of a tribal society learning to embrace the first world. He does not shy away from the violence and death that coloured his childhood years surrounded by savage faction fighting, nor how they affected his adult life. His story is one of heartbreak and tragedy and, paradoxically, of vibrant hope and compassion. A restless energy and sardonic humour permeate his writing, which is compelling in its honesty and spontaneity.

GG’s parents, Creina and Neil, were humanitarians who gave up comfortable lives to move to rural Zululand. In a place called Msinga they lived and worked among the Mchunu and Mthembu tribes, fighting for the rights of people displaced by the apartheid government’s policy of ‘forced removals’. They also fought against the corruption of police and government officials, as well as local farmers, which did not sit well with their white fellow citizens.

When GG was fourteen his father was assassinated by rival tribesmen.

GG’s early life in rural Zululand in the 1970s and 80s can only be described as unique. He and his brother Khonya, both initially home-schooled by their mother, grew up as Zulu kids, herding goats and playing with the children of their neighbours, learning to speak fluent Zulu, learning to become Zulu men under the guidance of Zulu elders, and learning the customs and history of their adopted tribes. Armed with their father’s only legacy – the skills to survive in Africa – both young men were ultimately forced to move into the ‘white’ world which was largely unknown to them.

‘Astonishing. Alcock has written the first report from the next South Africa. You might think you know South Africa, but this book will show you otherwise.’ – RIAN MALAN, author of My Traitor’s Heart.

At the Durban International Film Festival, British producer Andrew Bendel announced that Blue Horizon Productions has acquired the film rights to GG Alcock’s memoir THIRD WORLD CHILD: Born White, Zulu Bred. Click HERE for details.

About the Author

GG-Alcock-Photo-01

GG Alcock has been at times a shebeen owner, political activist, community worker and African adventurer. Today he is the CEO of Minanawe Marketing, a division of The Creative Counsel. Minanawe is the leading activations agency in the South African mass market, where GG’s singular upbringing has given him the ability to unearth unique insights and creatively apply these to marketing solutions for a number of multi-national companies.

GG is very happily married to Sue, and has two beautiful blonde daughters, Zandi and Consi, for whom he insists in Zulu fashion he can expect a lot of lobola one of these days. GG lives in Joburg although his love of Africa leads him on many explorations of the continent. His staff is convinced that he never works but spends as much time as possible on one or other adventure – motorcycling across deserts and mountains, mountain biking among Zulu villages, paragliding or kayaking. ‘It’s not true,’ says GG. ‘I don’t spend enough time doing this!’

View GG‘s Facebook page HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Tracey McDonald Publishers

ISBN: 9780620656597

Be Sociable, Share!

Tracer by Rob Boffard

Imagine The Bourne Identity meets Gravity and you’ll get Tracer, the most exciting thriller set in space you’ll ever read.

Tracer_318_x_500

A huge space station orbits the Earth, holding the last of humanity. It’s broken, rusted, falling apart. We’ve wrecked our planet, and now we have to live with the consequences: a new home that’s dirty, overcrowded and inescapable.

What’s more, there’s a madman hiding on the station. He’s about to unleash chaos. And when he does, there’ll be nowhere left to run.

In space, every second counts. Who said nobody could hear you scream?

About the Author

0ff75fa

Rob Boffard is a South African author who splits his time between London, Vancouver and Johannesburg. He has worked as a journalist for over a decade, and has written articles for publications in more than a dozen countries, including the BBC, the Guardian and Wired in the UK. Tracer is his first novel.

View Rob‘s website HERE

Like Rob‘s Facebook page HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9780356505138

Be Sociable, Share!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

TROUJLH-hb-cover

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’ bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions… An exceptional novel from the author praised by John Green as “an insanely beautiful writer”.

Courtesy of Pan Macmillan, view the reading guide for The Rest of Us Just Live Here.

About the Author

patrick

Patrick Ness was born in the U.S. on Fort Belvoir army base, near Alexandria, Virginia, where his father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. They moved to Hawaii, where he lived until he was six, then spent the next ten years in Washington State, before moving to Los Angeles. Patrick studied English Literature at the University of Southern California.

View Patrick‘s website HERE

View Patrick‘s Facebook page HERE and follow him on Twitter HERE

Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781406361797

Be Sociable, Share!

Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange

9780141978659 - Good Morning, Mr Mandela (New edition) - Zelda La Grange - LR

Good Morning, Mr Mandela, the extraordinary story of how a young woman had her life and everything she once believed in transformed by the greatest man of her time.

Zelda la Grange grew up in South Africa as a white Afrikaner who supported the rules of segregation. Yet a few years after the end of Apartheid she would become the trusted assistant to Nelson Mandela. Now she shares his lasting and inspiring gifts with the world.

Helen Conford, Publishing Director, said, “This is a book that will touch your life and make you believe that every one of us, no matter who we are or what we have done, has the power to change. It has brought tears to the eyes of everyone who has read it. It shines with honesty and love. The lessons Nelson Mandela gave her as he renewed his country offer hope to everyone.”

About the Author

zelda

Zelda la Grange was born in 1970. She began working as a secretary for the government in 1992, in the Department of State Expenditure. In 1993 she moved to the Human Resources division and a year later she joined the office of the first democratically elected President of South Africa as a Senior Ministerial Typist.

She was promoted to one of President Mandela’s three Private Secretaries in 1997, and in 1999 Nelson Mandela requested her to remain in his service beyond retirement. In 2002 she left government and became full time employee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She served Nelson Mandela in different capacities over nineteen years, as Typist, Private Secretary, Manager of his office, Spokesperson and Aide-decamp. When he passed on in December 2013, she was his Personal Assistant.

View Zelda‘s website HERE

Like Zelda‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9780241014943

Be Sociable, Share!

Freedom’s Child by Jax Miller

Freedoms_Child_326_x_500

Call me what you will: a murderer, a cop killer, a fugitive, a drunk…

There’s a lot people don’t know about Freedom Oliver. They know she works at the local bar. They know she likes a drink or two.

What they don’t know is that Freedom is not her real name. That she has spent the last eighteen years living under Witness Protection, after being arrested for her husband’s murder. They don’t know that she put her two children up for adoption, a decision that haunts her every day.

Then Freedom’s daughter goes missing, and everything changes. Determined to find her, Freedom slips her handlers and heads to Kentucky where her kids were raised. No longer protected by the government, she is tracked by her husband’s sadistic family, who are thirsty for revenge. But as she gets closer to the truth, Freedom faces an even more dangerous threat.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

The official trailer of Freedom’s Child

About the Author

jax

Jax Miller was born in New York in 1985. She started writing Freedom’s Child while travelling around America on the back of a motorcycle and finished it in the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside. Within 24 hours of writing ‘The End’ she had been signed up by a literary agent, and a few days later she had a publishing deal. Freedom’s Child is Jax’s debut novel and will be published in over a dozen languages. She lives in Ireland with her husband.

View Jax‘s website HERE

Like Jax‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9780007595884

Be Sociable, Share!

The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty

9781844883493 - The Way We Were - Sinead Moriarty - LR

Alice and Ben. A couple like any other. Bound together by love, work, children, familiarity, a shared sense of purpose.

Arguing about the usual things too – in-laws, whose career is more important, which of them is a soft touch with the children, who hates change and who craves it.

But when Ben takes a step into the unknown, and brings devastation on the family, it forces them to look at everything in a whole new way. Because, as far as they know, this is the end of the line for their family.

So what will happen if they get a second chance? Can they – should they – go back to the way they were?

About the Author

SineadMoriarty

Sinead was born and raised in Dublin where she grew up surrounded by books. Her mother is an author of children’s books. Growing up, Sinead says she was inspired by watching her mother writing.

After university, she went to live in Paris and then London. It was at the age of thirty, while working as a journalist in London, that she began to write creatively in her spare time.

After a couple of years toying with ideas, she joined a creative writing group and began to write The Baby Trail. The bitter-sweet comedy of a couple struggling to conceive hit a nerve in publishing circles. It was snapped up by Penguin Publishing in the UK and Ireland and has, to date, been translated into twenty-five languages.

Since writing The Baby Trail, Sinead has moved back to Dublin where she lives with her husband and three children and their little black cat, Minnie. The Way We Were is her eleventh novel.

View Sinead‘s website HERE

Like Sinead‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9781844883493

Be Sociable, Share!