The directors of amaBooks:
Brian Jones and Jane Morris
Welcome to our website,
amaBooks is a small independent publishing house based in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo. We are passionate about good creative writing and strive to give a voice to the Zimbabwe story. We publish novels, short stories and poetry, with a few local history and culture titles.
Since our inception we have been able to give a platform to many emerging writers, as well as publishing more established authors. Several of our titles have achieved recognition both nationally and internationally.
We also offer publishing services, including editing, proof-reading and origination, and run workshops on publishing issues.
In order to make books that have relevance to Zimbabwe available in the country, we distribute selected books by other publishers.
We, Brian Jones and Jane Morris, are the two directors of amaBooks.
This September Sun tops UK online sales:
Bryony Rheam's novel This September Sun, as an e-book, became the best selling title on Amazon in the United Kngdom in early June 2013. The book was first published by 'amaBooks in Zimbabwe in 2009, being launched by Owen Sheers at the Bulawayo Club.
Please click on the image above if you would like to obtain a copy of the e-book from amazon.co.uk
Comments by those who have recently bought the book on Amazon include the following:
"This is not my usual type of read and I had no prior knowledge of Bulawayo but from the first chapter I was hooked. I could visualise Ellie and Evelyn, Miles and Wally in my mind so easily and Bryony wrote so eloquently it made me feel all the emotions these people experienced. I would recommend this book as a truly enjoyable read. So look forward to her next book." - Ann
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. Having spent some time in Zimbabwe in my youth, I thought the book mirrored the lifestyle and culture of Zimbabwe. I highly recommend reading this, especially if you are looking to read something a little different. I look forward to Bryony Rheam's next book!" - Terence Pikul
"A hugely enjoyable book, very well written and I enjoyed it immensely. Combining colonial interests and people's personal history. Recommended reading." - R J Allen
"A must read for all who have lived in the ever changing African continent. Well written with a fast moving story and many surprises to keep it moving." - Zimbabwe
Hard copies of Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe and This September Sun are still both available in the UK, published by Parthian Books, and in the rest of the world, through the African Books Collective.
Click on the cover images on the left to order a copy from the African Books Collective, on the right to order from Parthian.
NoViolet Bulawayo, from Snapshots in Where to Now?
Mapfumo Clement Chihota from A Beast and a Jete in Where to Now?
Brian Chikwava from The Jazz Goblin and His Rhythm in Short Writings from Bulawayo III
an empty but attractive
marked in bold blue letters
fresh creamy milk
being blown by the wind
along the road
that leads to a rubbish dump
by the cemetery«
Julius Chingono from My Country in Long Time Coming
Christopher Mlalazi from Dancing with Life in Dancing with Life
John Eppel from The Very High Ranking Soldier’s Wife in The Caruso of Colleen Bawn
Judy Maposa from First Rain in Long Time Coming