Beverley Naidoo - Author

About the Author

South African author Beverley Naidoo was exiled from her home country when she was a student in 1965, for campaigning against apartheid. Her first children's novel, Journey to Jo'burg, was banned in South Africa when it was published in 1985 and only available there after the release of Nelson Mandela from jail in 1991. It was however published in many other countries around the world and widely praised for its eloquent, moving and accessible story. Her later novel, The Other Side of Truth, won the Carnegie Medal in 2000 and she has written many other acclaimed books for children. Beverley lives in the UK.

Featured books by Beverley Naidoo

No Turning Back

No Turning Back

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

NO TURNING BACK by Carnegie-medal winning author Beverley Naidoo is the powerful and moving story of Sipho and his struggle to survive on the city streets of Johannesburg in the 1990s. South African society is on the brink of a huge change as apartheid comes to an end, but will it make any difference to the tough life of Sipho and the other street kids?

Other books by Beverley Naidoo

Cinderella of the Nile

Cinderella of the Nile

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/2018

The Other Side of Truth

The Other Side of Truth

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2017

This is the story of 12 year-old Sade and her brother Femi who flee to Britain from Nigeria. Their father is a political journalist who refuses to stop criticising the military rulers in Nigeria. Their mother is killed and they are sent to London, with their father promising to follow. Abandoned at Victoria Station by the woman paid to bring them to England as her children, Sade and Femi find themselves alone in a new, often hostile, environment. Seen through the eyes of Sade, the novel explores what it means to be classified as 'illegal' and the difficulties which come with being a refugee.

No Turning Back

No Turning Back

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

NO TURNING BACK by Carnegie-medal winning author Beverley Naidoo is the powerful and moving story of Sipho and his struggle to survive on the city streets of Johannesburg in the 1990s. South African society is on the brink of a huge change as apartheid comes to an end, but will it make any difference to the tough life of Sipho and the other street kids?

Who is King? And other tales from Africa

Who is King? And other tales from Africa

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2015

All kinds of animals feature in these ten sparkling stories from all over Africa, by an award-winning author and illustrator. Find out what happens to Lion when he challenges Elephant and discovers who is the real king of the savannah; laugh along with Tortoise as he bewitches the animals in Leopard' s work-party with his irresistible music; find out why Hippo has no hair, how Elephant got his trunk, and why Cockerel crows. Then read about the woman who had a mouse-child! The stories are drawn from the rich folklore of Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and are perfectly matched by Piet Grobler' s wonderful illustrations.

Death of an Idealist In Search of Neil Aggett

Death of an Idealist In Search of Neil Aggett

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2013

Death of an Idealist is the story behind the only white detainee to die in the custody of South Africa's apartheid's security police. A medical doctor who worked most of the week as an unpaid trade union organiser, Neil Aggett's stark non-materialism, shared by his partner Dr Elizabeth Floyd, raised police suspicions. They were among a swathe of union activists detained in 1981 when their names appeared on a list of 'Close Comrades' prepared for ANC leaders in exile. Naidoo explores the metamorphosis of a high-achieving, sports-loving white schoolboy into the 28-year-old whose coffin was followed through Johannesburg by thousands of workers. The extraordinary funeral and the preceding national work stoppage were a watershed for trade union unity. First-hand interviews reveal the fraught, intense world of activists inside the country in the late '70s and early '80s as the ANC-in-exile pushed to link with emerging black unions. They provide historical insights into the contemporary conflict over democratic accountability. Poignant, personal stories run through this fully-referenced biography of a stoic, stubborn, principled thinker who became a militant yet gentle activist. Neil's story is still alive - witness the South African Mail and Guardian comment: (Nov. 2012) 'One of the police interrogators singled out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as having driven Aggett to suicide, former security police officer Stephan Whitehead, would dearly like South Africa to forget what he did. Presumably using the techniques and experience he acquired as a security force operative, Whitehead has spent 30 years burying his past and reinventing himself as a commercial counterintelligence specialist. So respectable has he become that he now offers training to the South African and other African governments, a supreme irony given his former attitude to democratic rule...'

Journey to Jo'Burg 02/e Hardcover educational edition

Journey to Jo'Burg 02/e Hardcover educational edition

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2008

What's the hook? This award-winning title provides a moving insight into life and conditions for a black family in apartheid South Africa. This edition contains a revised introduction by author Beverly Naidoo, which provides an insight into her own experiences and the inspiration for the novel. A sequence of photographs from the period is also included, to help pupils understand the harsh realities faced by Naledi and Tiro. What are the themes? Individual vs. society, families and different cultures. Teaching points Ideal for thought-provoking multicultural work. Provides numerous opportunities for exploring narrative devices, characterisation and the wider historical context of the novel. New versions of the author's essay and introduction provide an ideal opportunity for developing pupils' cultural and critical understanding.

Journey to Jo'Burg

Journey to Jo'Burg

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/03/2008

This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa's apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid. Their journey illustrates at every turn the grim realities of apartheid - the pass laws, bantustans, racism, the breakdown of family life. The opulence of the white Madam's house contrasts starkly with the reality that Naledi and Tiro face - that their baby sister is suffering from starvation, not an incurable disease. This edition of Beverley Naidoo's classic story includes a special Why You'll Love This Book introduction by Michael Rosen, the Children's Laureate.

Burn My Heart

Burn My Heart

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2007

The Mau Mau - the name of a secret society that once struck terror into the hearts of British settlers in Kenya. An episode in history that ended in a State of Emergency, with violent and brutal acts dividing a nation. This is an intensely personal and vivid story of two boys: one black, one white. Once they were friends even though their circumstances are very different. But in a country riven by fear and prejudice, even the best of friends can betray one another . . . Internationally acclaimed and award-winning author Beverley Naidoo explores new territory in this beautifully realized and moving story set in Britain's colonial past.

New South African Plays

New South African Plays

Author: Beverley Naidoo, Mike van Graan, James Whyle Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2006

Beverley Naidoo - The Playground is a Time Out critics choice, recently seen at Polka Theatre. Sisubiso Mamba - Taxi' - A satire on the new black entrepreneurs is broadcasted on BBC Radio 4. Rehane Abrahams - What The Water Gave Me features poetic monologues performed at the Baxter Studio. Ashwin Singh - To House is a PANSA finalist, premiered at Catalina Theatre, Durban, 2004. Mike Van Graan - Green Man Flashing is an award-winning play, recently playing in South Africa (Baxter Theatre). James Whyle - Rejoice Burning is broadcasted by BBC on World Aids Day.

Web of Lies

Web of Lies

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2004

Two years after their flight from Nigeria, 14-yr-old Sade, her younger brother Femi and her father are living in a council flat in London, waiting for their claim for asylum to be approved. Sade is upset when Femi is drawn into a violent possibly drug-dealing gang, and even more upset when their father doesn't seem to notice. He's too taken up with his new friend Mrs Wallace, a refugee from Sierra Leone. But when Femi is arrested for murder, and the gang set fire to their flat, the family has to pull together to get through this most difficult time.

Baba's Gift

Baba's Gift

Author: Beverley Naidoo, Maya Naidoo Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2004

Lindi and her brother go to the sea with their grandmother, taking a little wooden boat to play with that their grandfather has made. They quickly make a new friend and play together with the boat in the sea and then have a picnic. No one notices the sea creeping in until it has taken their boat away. The children are upset but find a special shell to take home for their father to make up for the loss of the boat he had given them. He says he can always make another boat but that he could never make anything as beautiful as the shell.

King Lion in Love

King Lion in Love

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2004

The Great Tug-of-war and Other Stories

The Great Tug-of-war and Other Stories

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2003

The Other Side of Truth

The Other Side of Truth

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2002

The New Windmill Literature File provides photocopiable activities to help you link The Other Side of Truth and other popular New Windmills to Framework objectives and approaches to learning and teaching. See The New Windmill Literature File for more information.| Carnegie Medal Winner.

Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2001

A collection of short stories - four previously published and three new - linked by the theme of young people experiencing personal dilemmas. All are set in South Africa, first under apartheid and then after the first democratic elections. They cover the period from 1950 to 2000 and reflect the lives of a range of young people, black and white, living in what was for many years seen as the world's most openly racist society.

Where is Zami?

Where is Zami?

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/1998

This title looks at what children can do about a bully. The text is part of the Ready...Go series which features controlled language to give confidence, and illustrations to provide important visual clues to the young reader. The stories featured in the texts focus on experiences relevant to young children and are taken from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. The series is divided into two levels: Ready for new readers who have learned the present tenses; and Go for readers who are beginning to learn the past and future tenses. Where is Zami? is part of the Go level of the series.

Global Tales

Global Tales

Author: Beverley Naidoo, Christopher Donovan, Alun Hicks, Michael Marland Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/04/1997

These sixteen stories by new and internationally-known writers reveal a rich diversity of story telling. They offer a variety of forms, settings, contexts, characters, themes and language in stories that are both accessible and challenging. Authors include: R.K. Narayan, Beverley Naidoo, Mildred D Taylor, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Anita Desai. Paperback 168pp

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