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Manu Herbstein Author

Manu Herbstein is the prizewinning author
of historical and modern African fiction
for adults and young adults

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Winner of Best First Book Commonwealth Writers Prize and for his latest novel a Burt Award for Young adult literature by and for Africans


Ama e-reads CWPsticker Royal

Ama, A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade ISBN-10 1585869325

A monumental work, epic in scope and design, and clearly the result of extensive research, which has been skilfully woven into an enchanting narrative. Africa Book Centre, UK

Best First Book Commonwealth Writers Prize 2002

A book written with tremendous moral passion about a monstrous episode in human history.The Right Reverend Bishop Richard Holloway, Chairperson for the pan-Commonwealth judging panel

Britain's Princess Royal presents the Commonwealth Writers Prize to the author at Holyrood House, Scotland, United Kingdom

CWPposter Amaprint Plaque

Initially published 2001 on e-reads, the first electronic book to win the Commonwealth Writers Prize

Later publishedby Picador Africa in print edition in 2005 ISBN-10 1770100032

Plaques in present-day Cape Coast and Elmina Castles in Ghana commemorate twelve million who suffered in the Atlantic Slave Trade

Burt Award Ghana Brave Music of a Distant Drum Akosua and Osman

Burt Award for African Literature: Young adult literature by and for Africans Ghana Book Trust and CODE, Canada

The sequel to "Ama", Brave Music of a Distant Drum: 2010 Burt Award Honourable Mention, published by Red Deer Press, Canada ISBN-10 0889954704

a rich story that not only tells a heartwrenching and powerful tale of friendship, love, and loss, but also chonicles the history of the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the scars that it has left behind Keilin Huang

Akosua and Osman: 2011 Burt Award Third Prizewinner, published by Techmate, Ghana


In 1775 a young African woman is captured and enslaved.
The "Ama" novel tells the story of her life. The sequel for young readers is "Brave Music of a Distant Drum"

About this web-site:

Whether we are aware of it or not, the holocaust that was the Atlantic slave trade has in some way affected everyone of us who lives on the shores of the Atlantic and beyond. I hope that you will find Ama's story and my other writings a good read, but beyond that if you are left with a hunger to know more please follow the menus that have helped to answer the questions of hundreds of thousands of visitors over the past decade, many staying as long as an hour or more to study the historical background, both to "Ama, A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade" and to the sequel "Brave Music of a Distant Drum".
In this 2012 revised edition in this changed location you can read about a new contemporary novel Akosua and Osman and about other writings published at shorter length Other writings

About Copyright:

Much material I gathered for this web-site is in copyright, and after I sent off several hundred e-mail messages and letters, most authors, publishers and rights holders have given me permission to quote from their work. If, inadvertently, I have included any copyright material without seeking permission, the rights owner need only send me a request to remove it. I undertake to do so without delay. Manu Herbstein


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