The Indigo Press announces first title by Panashe Chigumadzi

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The Indigo Press, the publishing arm of the MILD group, has today announced details of its first title to be published in June 2018. Written by novelist and journalist Panashe Chigumadzi, These Bones Will Rise Again brings together reportage, memoir and critical analysis to address the ousting of Robert Mugabe, ahead of Zimbabwe’s elections this summer. The book will be the first title in the publisher’s ‘Mood Indigo’ series: long-form essays providing literary responses to pressing social and political issues of our time.

Working with support from the wider MILD group, overseen by CEO Susie Nicklin, the book will be launched at this year’s Balham Literary Festival, with book sales handled by Dulwich Books. Panashe will speak alongside an impressive line-up of international authors announced last week including Elif Shafak, Michael Ondaatje, Hanan al-Shaykh, Tim Winton, AC Grayling, Tessa Hadley and Tim Marshall. Foreign-language rights for the book will be managed by international rights specialists The Marsh Agency.

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Panashe Chigumadzi was born in Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa, where she is considered one of the most promising young writers of the ‘Born Free’ generation. Her debut novel Sweet Medicine (Blackbird Books) was published in 2015 and won the K. Sello Duiker Literary Award. She is the founding editor of Vanguard magazine, a platform for young black women coming of age in post-apartheid South Africa, and a contributing editor to Johannesburg Review of Books. Her work has featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, Washington Post, Die Ziet and Transition. These Bones Will Rise Again is her first book to be published in the UK.

Commenting on her first acquisition for The Indigo Press, Publishing Director Ellah Wakatama Allfrey said: “The Mood Indigo series is born out of our desire to publish timely, informative and intimate essays on urgent issues of international importance – reflecting our overall goal of publishing work that is both local and global. I am delighted that circumstances transpired that mean our first book focuses on the dramatic recent changes in the country of my birth, written by an astonishing talent whose work I have long admired.”

Ahead its first publication, The Indigo Press has appointed DJ Segrue Ltd to handle UK sales and Orca Book Services to manage its UK distribution.

Notes to Editors

•   These Bones Will Rise Again was commissioned by The Indigo Press, with World Rights acquired from Emma Patterson at Rogers, Coleridge & White

•   The book will be published as an A Format paperback on 14 June 2018

•   Panashe Chigumadzi will be in the UK between 13th- 30th June to coincide with the launch of the book

About the Indigo Press: 

The Indigo Press is an independent publisher of fiction and creative non-fiction, headquartered at the legendary John Murray building in London. Launched in 2017, it brings together a conversation-starting curation of books offering bold ideas and beautifully crafted stories from around the world.

About the MILD group

Founded by CEO Susie Nicklin, MILD brings together a dynamic portfolio of book businesses that include award-winning independent bookshop Dulwich Books (founded in 1982), long-established international rights specialists The Marsh Agency (founded in 1994), publishing house The Indigo Press (founded in 2017), and Livelit, a thriving year-round programme of events that includes two annual literary festivals. Each business operates individually whilst sharing expertise across their teams, for an enterprising approach to publishing from acquisition to retail and promotion.