Jonathan Ball Publishers withdraws The Outsider: The Unauthorised Biography of Herman Mashaba by Prince Mashele from market
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Jonathan Ball Publishers has confirmed that The Outsider: The Unauthorised Biography of Herman Mashaba by Prince Mashele has been withdrawn from market.
Withdrawal of The Outsider by Prince Mashele
Following the disclosure that Herman Mashaba had funded the writing of a biography about him by Prince Mashele, as confirmed by Mashaba in a media release today, Jonathan Ball Publishers is left with no option but to withdraw The Outsider from the market.
Jonathan Ball Publishers was unaware of any funding agreement between Mashele and Mashaba when we signed a publishing agreement with Mashele in 2022. We view this as a material non-disclosure on the part of the author and as a breach of trust.
We also want to note that the contract Mashaba quotes from in his statement is from 2019 and is not the contract that was signed between Mashele and Jonathan Ball Publishers.
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