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Author sets new book in Jeffreys Bay

AWARD-winning author, Sally Partridge (37) from Durbanville in Cape Town, has released her sixth novel, Sea Star Summer – a love story set in Jeffreys Bay.

Her favourite holiday destination since 2018.

Inspired by her own love story, the book is an ode to the seaside town and references some of her favourite places: Kitchen Windows, Supertubes, Nina’s Restaurant, Suikerbossie, Walskipper, The Mexican, The Bay Pasta Co. and the putt-putt course.

“I fell in love with the area on my first visit. I love the shell beaches and the wild, warm ocean. It’s part of my love story, so it felt natural to set a love story there as well,” she says.

Partridge, who writes fiction for young adults, calls her latest book a coming-of-age story and says it took her four months to complete.

According to her, the book is about a Cape Town family’s holiday to Jeffreys Bay during the school holidays and the wild, magical adventure the 16-year-old Naomi has while there.

Not only does she experience a new way of life, but also finds love and embarks on a journey of self-discovery – reflecting on herself and her life, away from the peer pressure at school and the expectations of her parents.

Who will enjoy reading the book?

“Fans of beach reads,” says Partridge who started writing at a young age. “Fans of books that take you to different places, as well as readers who have an interest in young adult fiction.”

Partridge is already at work on her next book, also set in the Eastern Cape, and hopes to add to her long list of literary awards.

In 2019, she won a South African Literary Award for her novel, Mine, as well as her fourth Media24 Books Literary Award.

Three of Partridge’s books – The Goblet Club, Dark Poppy’s Demise and Sharp Edges – all won the M.E.R. Prize for the Best Youth Novel.

Her work has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story prize, the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature, the International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY) Honour List, and the Percy Fitzpatrick Prize.

In 2011, she was named one of 200 Young South Africans in the Literature/Arts category.

Partridge’s advice to aspiring authors: “Just do it. No one can achieve your dreams for you. Start writing, finish a draft, get someone to read it for you and then aim for the stars. Nothing is stopping you.”



Three lucky Kouga Express readers can each win a copy of Sally Partridge’s book, Sea Star Summer.

The book is published by Human & Rousseau.

To enter, like the Kouga Express Facebook page and find the competition details. The competition ends at noon on Friday, July 10.

Winners will be contacted on Facebook.

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