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Kwela Publishes New Edition of K Sello Duiker’s Explosive Debut, Thirteen Cents

Thirteen CentsKwela, an imprint of NB Publishers, has published a new edition of K Sello Duiker’s debut novel, Thirteen Cents:

Thirteen Cents is an extraordinary and unsparing account of a coming of age in Cape Town.

Reminiscent of some of the greatest child narrators in literature, Azure’s voice will stay with the reader long after this short novel is finished. Based on personal experiences.

K. Sello Duiker was, before his death in 2005, widely regarded as South Africa’s most promising young writer. Thirteen Cents, originally published in 2000, was his first novel and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book Award (Africa Region) and has gone on to become a modern South African classic.

This is a new edition of a Duiker’s explosive debut.

About the author

K. Sello Duiker was born in 1974 and grew up in Soweto and, later, East London. Duiker studied at Rhodes University where, with a few friends, he started a poetry society called Seeds. A course called ‘English in Africa’ which dealt with African writers made a great impression on him, and at the same time he was very influenced by the Eastern Cape, as the birthplace of Biko, Madiba, Govan Mbeki and other black intellectuals.

After graduating with majors in Journalism and Art History, he moved to Cape Town, and it is there that he found his writing voice. Duiker studied copywriting and went on to work as an advertising copywriter, a script writer for’s popular show Backstage and later commissioning editor for SABC 1.

His first novel, Thirteen Cents, was awarded the 2001 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region. Published the same year, The Quiet Violence of Dreams, was awarded the 2001 Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English Literature. Duiker always said that his mother, an insatiable reader, inspired his decision to become a writer.

Sello passed away on 19 January 2005 – a great loss to South African writing.

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Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    July 5th, 2013 @12:15 #

    This is brilliant news. We still all have a hollow where Sello should be.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    July 5th, 2013 @13:49 #

    Lovely cover.


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