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SA Partridge’s Fuse Heads to the Fore at the Book Lounge (Gallery, Videos)

FuseSA Partridge and Hunter KennedySA Partridge‘s fellow novelist (and “I’m a Writer” competition winner) Derick Muller signalled the formal start of the launch of Fuse, Partridge’s second novel, by picking up his Valiant Swart-signed guitar and picking out a tune for the gathered crowd.

After singing “Perron van verlaatenheid”, Muller handed over to Partridge and another musician, Hunter Kennedy of Fokofpoliesiekar and aKing fame, for the main act – a conversation between the two in which music continued to feature.

This was no surprise: Fuse was first lit in Partridge’s imagination during the Morné Harmse saga, when elements of “fringe” culture, including bands like Slipknot, were blamed for the teenager’s violence.

Partridge thinks that music becomes a convenient scapegoat when adults search for the sources of waywardness in their children. A sounder place to look, she said, was in the behaviour of their peers, who can apply social pressure – through bullying, for instance – that becomes necessary to escape from or react to.

Video: SA Partridge on “why kids go out of control”

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With Fuse, SA Partridge cements her reputation as a writer who can enter the teenage world like no other. Her stories are so compelling, she says, because “like Kevin Brooks, I don’t write for teenagers, I write about teenagers”. Hunter Kennedy certainly felt the pull of her narrative: “I was really into metal when in High School, so I could relate strongly to the main character,” he told the author.

Video: SA Partridge on writing Fuse

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Guests lingered long after the conversation concluded, purchasing both Fuse and the author’s first book, The Goblet Club. A memorable night for a writer who’s sure to bring us further fascinating doorways into the world of teenagers soon!


Danica van der Walt, Anushka Life, Fanie Fourie, Faan Fourie and Amanda Fourie Marisa Montemarano and Annie Devenish Derick Muller plays for the crowd Derick Muller SA Partridge and Hunter Kennedy SA Partridge SA Partride and Helen Moffett Moniqe Visser, SA Partridge and Jovan Fraser SA Partridge, Corinne Williams and Kardess Kock SA Partridge and Hunter Kennedy Ceri Prenter and Claire Richards Rayno von Schlicht, Barry Vorster and Francoin Visser Gert Wilmot, Charlene Ridgard, Marius Hitge, Reuben du Toit and Derick Muller Eileen Cavanagh, Ami Rademeyer, Michael Rademeyer and John Smyth Taryn Fowler and Anne-Marie Jordaan Front: Lance Gibbons, Kevin Kriedemann, Hunter Kennedy; Back: Taryn Fowler, SA Partridge, Anne-Marie Jordaan Bruce Plint, Moniqe Visser and Jovan Fraser Richard and Sally Dimblebee Adel Groenewald and Ben La Grange Marike Groenewald and Sarietha Engelbrecht SA Partride and Pa! Lucas Wheeler and Richard Parry-Davies Robin Jensen and Tom van den Berckt

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  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    July 9th, 2009 @10:10 #

    Fuse deserves to light a fire, Sally, congratulations.


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