Bryony Rheam has won the Best First Book prize at the 2010 Zimbabwe Book Publishers’ Association Awards for her debut novel This September Sun.
Publishers of the book, amaBooks, said last week they were delighted by the development.
Brian Jones said they were “delighted with this recognition of the quality of Bryony’s writing”, adding that they heard about the win while at the Cape Town Book Fair where the book also attracted significant interest.
The book has proved particularly popular among Bryony’s generation, those too young to clearly remember the time before Independence.
Bryony was born in Kadoma in 1974 and lived in Bulawayo from the age of 8 until she left school.
She studied for a BA and an MA in English Literature in the United Kingdom and then taught in Singapore for a year before returning to teach in Zimbabwe in 2001.
Her book has attracted favourable attention in Zimbabwe and elsewhere. Launches, book signings and discussions about the book have taken place in Bulawayo, Harare and in Zambia.
Bryony has noted that “there are many ways in which This September Sun may be considered literary . . . but that wasn’t my intention when I wrote the book. I’m glad that it can just be read as a mystery/romance because it means it appeals to a wider audience”.