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SA scifi author gets international publishing deal

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The United States publisher SkyHorse Publishing has acquired the rights to publish South African author Fred Strydom’s hotly anticipated novel, The Raft, in North America.

The Raft, which was published by Umuzi in South Africa at the beginning of April, was the subject of a multi-party auction, with SkyHorse securing the rights just ahead of the London Book Fair.

Editor Cory Allyn of Skyhorse Publishing said of this captivating debut novel: “It’s Lost meets Life of Pi meets The Road.”

Strydom’s novel is set in a world where humankind has lost its memory in a single, devastating moment. For the novel’s main character, Kayle Jenner, all that is left of his past are the haunting visions of a boy he believes to be his son. Jenner embarks on a voyage across a broken world to find the boy. What he discovers on his journey is breathtaking.

The deal was negotiated by Aoife Lennon-Ritchie of the Lennon-Ritchie Agency.

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