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From Accra, Ghana

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Post by Manuherb » Mon July 9th, 2012, 12:06 pm

I was born near Cape Town, South Africa in 1936 but have spent most of my adult life in Ghana.

My first novel, Ama, a Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, was published in 2001 and won the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Best First Book.

A sequel, Brave Music of a Distant Drum, was published in Canada in 2011 and the U.S. in 2012.

After obtaining over 200 permissions from copyright holders, I posted the primary and secondary documents I had gathered in the course of my research for Ama, at http://www.ama.africatoday.com My aim was to give non-specialist readers access to material which would assist them to criticize my work in an informed manner.

I'm now researching a novel, provisionally entitled The Boy Who Spat in Sagrenti's Eye, set in the British invasion of Asante in 1874. Sagrenti is the name given in Ghana to Major-General Sir Garnet Joseph Wolseley, who served imperial Britain in Burma, the Crimea, the Indian Mutiny, China, Canada, Sudan and South Africa. I'm presently ploughing through works by Henry Morton Stanley ("Dr. Livingstone, I presume") and G. A. Henty, who were among the correspondents who covered the war. I plan to illustrate the novel with contemporary images from the Illustrated London News based on drawings by Melton Prior.

I have to admit that I prefer reading history to historical fiction.

Manu Herbstein
Accra, Ghana

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Post by donroc » Mon July 9th, 2012, 12:34 pm

welcome to this site and enjoy.

Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

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Post by Vanessa » Mon July 9th, 2012, 12:37 pm

Welcome, Manu! I hope you enjoy it here.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Post by fljustice » Mon July 9th, 2012, 1:45 pm

Welcome, Manu. Hope your enjoy the site. Lots of knowledgeable and interesting people here. Please jump in with your opinions. Best of luck with your books!
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Post by Madeleine » Mon July 9th, 2012, 2:46 pm

Hi Manu and welcome, well done on your prize. Good luck with the new book.
Currently reading "Murder before Evensong" by Rev Richard Coles

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Mon July 9th, 2012, 2:52 pm

Welcome to the forum.

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Post by princess garnet » Mon July 9th, 2012, 10:00 pm

Hey! One of my library professors in grad school is originally from there!

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Post by LoveHistory » Tue July 10th, 2012, 9:05 pm

Hi Manu! Welcome to the group.

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Tue July 10th, 2012, 10:45 pm

Hi Manu! What is your favorite historical fiction novel?

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Post by rockygirl » Wed July 11th, 2012, 10:54 am

Currently reading Cocaine Blues.

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