The book, which was self-published a little over two years ago, has received worldwide praise. The Girl Without a Sound tells the story of a voiceless girl of colour in search of a sound of her own. As an act of restoring power and agency to young black girls in South Africa, this beautifully illustrated book provides a catalyst to remind young readers of the power of the sounds trapped inside them.
We are excited to give this wonderful story a new home and allow it to reach even greater heights. In the coming months the book will be available in all eleven official South African languages and will be accessible to children (and adults) all across the country.
Author and actress Buhle Ngaba has the following to say on her journey thus far with The Girl Without a Sound: “I managed to evoke magic (for a world in dire need of it!) in the form of the little book that could, The Girl Without A Sound. The story and images came as flutterings in my heart after a very dark period. With nothing to lose and a story to tell, I gathered an incredible team and hurtled forward. If I had known then that it would be received with a colossal wave of love worldwide that crashed our website two hours after it was released, I might have been more frightened. I wasn’t. What was supposed to be a book for teeny humans & big children became a phenomena … This book has always been bigger than me and I’m very excited to announce my joining the distinguished, David Philip Publishers.”
Ngaba is an award-winning South African actor and writer. A recipient of the prestigious Brett Goldin Bursary, she recently won ‘Best Production’ and ‘Best Upcoming Artist’ for her first play, The Swan Song, at the Kanna South African Theatre Awards.
The book is available for purchase from our online shop and from all good bookstores nationwide.