Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Bryony Rheam's novel 'This September Sun', first published in Zimbabwe, yesterday reached the number 1 spot in the UK Kindle store, the contemporary fiction chart AND the historical fiction chart -ahead of Dan Brown, The Great Gatsby....
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Kindle Daily Deal
This September Sun, Bryony Rheam
For one day only, Bryony Rheam's This September Sun is just 99p on Amazon.co.ukKindle Daily Deal!
Ellie is a shy girl growing up in post-Independence Zimbabwe, longing for escape from the confines of small-town life. When she eventually moves to Britain, her wish seems to have come true. But life there is not all she imagined. And when her grandmother Evelyn is brutally murdered, a set of diaries are uncovered – spilling out family secrets and recounting a young Evelyn's passionate and dangerous affair with a powerful married man.
In the light of new discoveries, Ellie begins to re-evaluate her relationship with her grandmother, and must face up to some truths about herself in the process. Set against the backdrop of a country in change, Ellie – burdened by the memories and the misunderstandings of the past – must also find a way to move forward in her own romantic endeavors.
Winner of the Best First Book Award at Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2010.
'Brilliantly evokes the ennui of the pre-Independence settler community who measure out their lives in cups of tea, sundowners, and illicit affairs.' John Eppel
Sunday, May 19, 2013
|Silent Cry on KGVI Kindle|
The first Worldreader project in Zimbabwe, providing e-readers and access to over 6000 ebooks to King George VI school, was launched in Bulawayo last week. The event was organised by KGVI, with Michael Smith and Nadja Borovac of Worldreader. Staff and students at the school have been trained in the use of the Kindles, so that they can read books on the devices, half of which are African books. ’amaBooks are the first publisher in Zimbabwe to partner with Worldreader, so that Zimbabwean fiction titles can already be accessed by students. Worldreader have similar existing projects in India and in several other African countries – the most popular ’amaBooks title with Worldreader so far being Silent Cry: Echoes of Young Zimbabwe Voices.
The guest of honour at the event was the Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, Senator David Coltart.
|Jane Morris of 'amaBooks being taught how to use a Kindle|
|Explaining about ebooks|
|The Head Boy at KGVI|
|Learning how to use a Kindle|
|Entertainment - the joys of reading|
|The Minister of Education speaks|
Photographs courtesy of Worldreader.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Bongani Ncube-Zikhali is a writer, poet, youth activist and a fan of Dr Sheldon Cooper. He is passionate about the written word and has been published in two anthologies by Amabooks. In 2010 he was awarded the Dr Yvonne Vera Award by the Zimbabwean Intwasa Arts Festival. He currently lives in Paris where he is studying computer science.
Bongani's stories are available outside of Zimbabwe in print or as an e-book in Silent Cry: Echoes of Young Zimbabwe Voices through www.africanbookscollective.com/publishers/amabooks
|Street life in Bulawayo. (Flickr/Julien Lagarde|
It's been four years since I last lived in Zimbabwe, four long years during which I strolled along the Mediterranean beaches in Algiers, ate Middle Eastern food, danced to Rai music and, like the rest of the world, observed the country of my birth from the other side of the looking glass. We are a country not exactly famous for positive headlines and I admit that I too have been sucked into negativity. Perhaps that explains the little pang of regret I feel as the bus crosses the Limpopo river and approaches the Beitbridge border post.
From Bulawayo24, http://bulawayo24.com/index-id-opinion-sc-columnist-byo-29862.html
This September Sun was positively reviewed in the April 29, 2013 issue of Publishers Weekly. The complete review is below and is available online via the link.
This September Sun
Bryony Rheam. $14.95 (420p) ISBN 978-1-906998-53-0
Rheam's debut novel follows Ellie, a shy, bookish girl growing up in Zimbabwe while navigating personal and political drama. The novel opens on Ellie's sixth birthday, a momentous day in her life as it marks two events: Zimbabwe 's independence from Britain , and Ellie's grandmother, Evelyn, leaving her grandfather to live on her own. While Ellie's grandfather feared that independence meant "The end was near" for White settlers like themselves in Zimbabwe, Evelyn embraces the changes as a headstrong woman unafraid of her own freedom. Through her adolescence, Ellie grows closer to her grandmother who encourages her to continue her education in England . After Evelyn dies, Ellie returns to Zimbabwe and discovers a series of diaries her grandma kept that reveal an illicit affair she had carried on throughout her marriage. As she uncovers Evelyn's secrets in the diaries, Ellie is forced to reconsider her relationship with her family and also to reexamine how she lives her own life. The lengthy novel feels repetitive at times as we experience events firsthand from Ellie's perspective and then again as reflected upon in Evelyn's diaries. Still, it's the personal moments and conflicts that drive this narrative of family secrets and forgiveness.
This September Sun is distributed in the USA by IPG, the Independent Publishers Group