Steven Boykey Sidley joins MFBooks Joburg with new literary mystery novel Leaving Word
Internationally published author Steven Boykey Sidley has signed up with award-winning publisher Melinda Ferguson of MFBooks Joburg, an imprint of Jacana Media.
Sidley has joined the MFBooks bestselling ranks with Leaving Word, his highly anticipated upcoming literary mystery novel, to be published in September 2019.
Leaving Word is a story of a mysterious death, a comic and probing look at our need for stories and a satire about fame, fortune, art and books. It is also a love story about a woman who is on a quest to find meaning in a chaotic world.
‘I regard Steven as South African literary royalty and am honoured that he has chosen me to publish this brilliant novel, which has already attracted serious interest in the USA,’ Ferguson says.
Sidley has published four novels, a play (co-written with Kate Sidley) and a one-man show featured at William Kentridge’s Centre for the Less Good Idea. Sidley’s first novel, Entanglement (Pan Macmillan), received the UJ Debut Prize and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the M-Net Literary Award. Sidley’s second novel, Stepping Out (Pan Macmillan), was shortlisted for the UJ Main Prize. Sidley’s novels are also published internationally by Belfond in France. Leaving Word is represented by Tom Miller of the literary agency Liza Dawson Associates in New York.
‘I have watched Melinda of MFBooks from afar for a while and have been bowled over by her enthusiasm for her authors and her explosive passion for marketing and sales. We hit it off immediately and I am thrilled to be part of the MF/Jacana stable,’ Sidley says.