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Umuzi Acquires Acclaimed Playwright Nadia Davids’ Debut Novel, An Imperfect Blessing

Playwright Nadia Davids’ debut novel will be published in South Africa by Umuzi, an imprint of Random House Struik.

Davids’ novel is titled An Imperfect Blessing, and is scheduled for publication in April 2014. The novel will be edited by Alison Lowry.

Davids says: “I am utterly thrilled to be publishing with Random House Struik’s Umuzi imprint – it’s such a privilege to join a list of writers whose work I read and admire.”

Davids’s work, including the award-winning play At Her Feet, has been staged throughout Southern Africa, in New York, London and Holland, and is taught at universities in South Africa, North America and the United Kingdom. She holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town and is currently a full-time lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. Her most recent creative project, a screenplay adaptation of her short story The Visit, won best South African Film Project at the Durban International Film Festival.

Fourie Botha, Publisher of Umuzi, says: “It only took a few pages to realise that An Imperfect Blessing will be a major novel for 2014. We are very proud to welcome Nadia to Umuzi.”

Charles Buchan from The Wylie Agency in London brokered the deal. Buchan says: “I am delighted that Nadia Davids’ debut novel will be published in Random House Struik’s distinguished Umuzi imprint. I feel very privileged to be working with Nadia and Umuzi in sharing An Imperfect Blessing with South African readers. I hope that, in encountering the Dawood family’s experiences of Cape Town in 1986 and 1993, readers will be as captivated as I have been, and delight in this profoundly accomplished, deeply moving novel. I am so pleased, too, that the novel will appear in 2014, twenty years on from the presidency of Nelson Mandela, which the events of the novel anticipate.”


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  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    October 2nd, 2013 @11:24 #

    Looking forward to this!


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