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Friday, October 11, 2019


Respected author Marguerite Poland’s latest book, A Sin of Omission, was launched on October 10, 2019, at Exclusive Books Gateway. A large audience supported the event to hear Professor Mbongeni Malaba conduct a fascinating interview with Poland about the book and her experiences during its development.

Set in the Eastern Cape, A Sin of Omission is about Stephen (Malusi) Mzamane, a young Anglican priest, who must journey to his mother’s rural home to inform her of his elder brother’s death.

First educated at the Native College in Grahamstown, Stephen was sent to England in 1869 for training at the Missionary College in Canterbury. But on his return to South Africa, relegated to a dilapidated mission near Fort Beaufort, he had to confront not only the prejudices of a colonial society but the discrimination within the Church itself.

Conflicted between his loyalties to the amaNgqika people, for whom his brother fought, and the colonial cause he as Reverend Mzamane is expected to uphold, Stephen’s journey to his mother’s home proves decisive in resolving the contradictions that tear at his heart.

A Sin of Omission is published in paperback by Penguin RandomHouse. Recommended Retail Price R290. ISBN 9781485904199

The review of “A Sin of Omission” will be published on artSMart shortly.