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A Sneak Preview of Homebru 2009

A Fork in the RoadThe Irreverent Mothers' HandbookBeauty's Gift'n Vurk in die padLove in the Time of Treason, The life story of Ayesha Dawood

Behind Every Successful ManCharlize, Life's One Helluva Ride

Charlize, Ek leef my droomDie portierThe Lost BoyCooking from Cape To CairoAnderkant Pontenilo

Alert! Although the official Exclusive Books Homebru selection for 2009 has yet to be released, two major publishers have disclosed which titles of theirs made the grade.

Random House Struik has garnered five spots in the coveted annual promotion, while NB is trumpeting about no fewer than ten. Inclusion in Homebru typically sees a sustained spike in a book’s sales – and the rather lengthy and opaque selection process typically sees a few publishers’ tempers shortened. (The release of the complete list has been due for some time now.)

Rumour has it, meanwhile, that UKZN Press, a Homebru stalwart since the campaign’s inception several years ago, has been left out altogether, for the first time – a fact that, if true, will come across to many as a rather bizarre and unjust omission. (Think Magenta: what could possibly be more South African than Denis Beckett‘s first novel?)

But enough editorializing. Without further ado, the official Random House Struik and NB announcements (note that several of both publishers’ titles will be released only later this year):

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Homebru happiness for Random House Struik

Random House Struik is delighted to announce the list of titles that have been selected for the Exclusive Books’ Homebru promotion in May.

André Brink’s memoir, A Fork in the Road is a love song to the country where he was born and the story of a life lived in tumultuous times. As one of South Africa’s most esteemed and influential writers, he describes with searing honesty his conflicting experiences of growing up in a world where innocence was always surrounded by violence.

Blade Runner (also available in Afrikaans as Oscar – Die verhaal van Oscar Pistorius) is a moving and inspiring book that tracks Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius’ journey to becoming a sports superstar. It is an inspirational read by a hugely admired South African sports personality.

The Irreverent Mothers’ Handbook emerged from the hilarious emails journalists Sam Cowen and Lee van Loggerenberg sent to each other while housebound with their newborn babies. With wicked wit and frank, down-to-earth advice, these two best friends offer a fresh perspective on motherhood that will keep the reader chuckling from beginning to end.

Black Jerusalem by Happy Ntshingila (currently Executive Director: Marketing and Communications of ABSA) is a funny, behind-the-scenes look at the origins of some of South Africa’s best-known advertisements. It is a story about big brands, creative energy and friendship in a country in transition.

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10 NB titles for Homebru 2009!

Charlize: Life’s one helluva ride (by Chris Karsten; Human & Rousseau) / Charlize: Ek leef my droom (deur Chris Karsten; Human & Rousseau): ‘n Oorsigtelike huldeblyk aan ’n merkwaardige vrou en die geheim van haar vordering van ’n plot op Putfontein tot die panteon van sterre.

‘n Vurk in die pad (deur André P. Brink; Human & Rousseau): Die memoir gee die leser ’n blik op die ryk en vol lewe van een van die grootste skrywers in Afrikaans.

Love in the Time of Treason (by Zubeida Jaffer; Kwela): In Love in the Time of Treason, Ayesha Dawood’s love story unfolds against the backdrop of South Africa’s turbulent political history.

Beauty’s Gift (by Sindiwe Magona; Kwela): Beauty’s Gift is a riveting, moving tale of how four women lose their best friend. And how they decide to change the fate of their own lives as well as the lives of those closest to them.

Die Portier (deur Pat Stamatélos; Kwela): ’n Lekkerleesroman deur die gewilde Pat Stamatélos, skrywer van Kroes en Die val van die dice.

The Lost boy (by Aher Bol; Kwela): A timeous story of a young man’s epic journey in search of a better life after his family has been torn apart by the war in Sudan.

Behind Every Successful Man (by Zukiswa Wanner; Kwela): A funky, witty tale of a mother turned entrepreneur (to the great exasperation of Andile, her husband and BEE tycoon) that will charm every reader with its contemporary style and political edge.

Cooking from Cape to Cairo (by Dorah Sitole; Tafelberg): Cooking from Cape to Cairo is ’n samevatting van ’n kostoer deur 19 Afrika-lande.

Anderkant Pontenilo (deur Irma Joubert; Tafelberg): Die Tweede Wêreldoorlog verdeel nie net die wêreld nie, maar ook gesinne en jongmense se drome en aspirasies word elkeen op ‘n unieke manier deur die oorlog beïnvloed.

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OK, a bit more editorializing: congratulations to Nèlleke de Jager, publisher at Kwela, five of whose titles have been included in Homebru 2009!

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