Zukiswa Wanner has a new children’s book on the way!

South African novelist and 2020 Brittle Paper African Literary Person of the Year Zukiswa Wanner has a new children’s book forthcoming from UK’s Pushkin Children’s Books in May.

The book, at 160 pages, is titled The Black Pimpernel: Nelson Mandela on the Run, and is most suitable for 8 to 12 year olds. It will be published by Pushkin Children’s Books on May 6.

Here’s a synopsis by the publishers:

In March 1961, after giving a brief speech at a conference, Nelson Mandela vanished.

For the next eighteen months he was an outlaw, living under assumed identities and in various disguises (sometimes as a chauffeur, sometimes a gardener) as the South African police and secret services, helped by MI5 and the CIA, sought him in vain. His mission? To undergo military training and set up armed resistance to apartheid.

Zukiswa shared the news on Instagram, noting that she “had a lot of fun reimagining what was happening.”


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Wanner’s previous novels include The Madams (2006), Men of the South (2010) and London Capetown Joburg (2014). She has served on the board of Writivism and as a judge for the Etisalat Prize for Literature and Commonwealth Short Story Prize. In 2020, she launched the Afrolit Sans Frontieres Literary Festiva which brought together 16 writers assembled in a virtual festival and sharing their work with readers in a live broadcast on Facebook and Instagram. She received the 2020 Goethe Medal Award and was named the 2020 Brittle Paper African Literary Person of the Year for her contribution to literature in the continent.

Preorder the book here!