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Sarah Britten
Biographical info

Sarah Britten was born in Johannesburg on August 31, 1974. She obtained BA and Masters Degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand and in her student years she was the editor of the alternative student’s magazine, Agitate, which received an award from the Mail & Guardian in 1996. After her studies she was a freelance journalist writing for publications such as Sidelines, The Sunday Independent and Style. Sarah subsequently worked for two years as a strategic planner for an advertising agency and completed her doctorate on the mythology of the new South Africa in the advertising industry. She currently lives in Australia.

In 2000 her first youth book, The Worst Year of My Life – So Far, was published and awarded the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature: silver. Two years later her second youth book, Welcome to the Martin Tudhope Show, once again received the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature: silver.

Author bookshelf

The Worst Year of My Life – So Far, Tafelberg (2000)

Awards

Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature: silver (2000) – The Worst Year of My Life – So Far
Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature: silver (2002) – Welcome to the Martin Tudhope Show

List of titles

Prose: youth novels
2000 The Worst Year of My Life – So Far, Tafelberg
2002 Welcome to the Martin Tudhope Show, Tafelberg

Non-fiction
2006 The Art of the South African Insult, 30° South Publishers
2007 McBride of Frankenmanto: The Return of the South African Insult, 30° South Publishers

Translations

The Worst Year of My Life – So Far (2000)

  • Duits (Ihr seid anders, wir sind besser, 2004)

Reviews

“The strongest aspect of the novel is its humour, but underlying the irony and self-mockery there is real sadness and depression. The Worst Year of My Life – So Far is not just funny; it is also unsettling and thought-provoking. […] The Worst Year of My Life – So Far deserves full marks for originality. So too its author, first-time novelist Sarah Britten.” – Commendation: Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature (2000)

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