In this month’s Writer’s Spotlight, Africa Book Club interviews South African author, Manu Herbstein, whose book Ama, A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade won the Best First Book: Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2002. Manu is currently based in Ghana, where he has lived since 1970. He visits South Africa regularly.
In this interview, Manu talks about his early years, life as a writer, the challenges of finding a publisher and how he got his first break. He also tells us about his role in the anti-apartheid movement. Manu’s latest book, The Brave Music of a Distant Drum won an honourable mention in the 2010 Burt Award for Ghana and will be published in Canada in late 2011 or early 2012