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The Vase with the Many Coloured Marbles Published by Outskirts Press

Author and South Africa native Jacob Singer tells the tale of unsung heroes who secretly and bravely fought the apartheid system of racial discrimination and the horror and tragedy it perpetrated on their fellow citizens for so long.

Vancouver, Canada, October 15, 2011 --( Author Jacob Singer announced today the release of The Vase with the Many Coloured Marbles, Book 1, Emma; Book 2, Marla, published by Outskirts Press. Though fictional in its poignant treatment of two anti-apartheid heroines, Singer’s story shows the truth of the horrific South African system of discrimination and the valour of those every day citizens who rebelled so passionately against it.

“This is a story I have lived with all my life,” writes the author, who himself was threatened by the South Africa security police for withholding information. The characters in his historical novel are all based on people he knew, and they collectively tell their tales to show readers the true horror of an apartheid system that is still practiced today in countries that refuse to accept colour, religion or sex, both male and female, allowing all to have equal dignity.

Singer’s book follows the lives of a mother and daughter, Emma and Marla, and their opposition to apartheid during the years before and after WW II. Emma as a young girl finds that she is classified as a second class citizen because of her birth. She rebels and decides to cross the colour barrier and enter the White European community. Befriending the daughter of Charlie Stuart, she is not aware that he is a part of a secret organization working against apartheid. He recognizes that she is from the Cape Coloured community, and helps her establish a White identity, later having her join his organization. She meets a young man who is killed in the war, but not before leaving her with a baby daughter, Marla. Emma vows that her daughter will never know of her Coloured background.

Marla grows up as a White and at the university she attends, becomes very active in opposing apartheid. During a demonstration, she is arrested but mysteriously released after an hour’s detention. Obtaining her degree, she visits a friend in England, and meets a young man whom she falls in love with. They return to South Africa, with the intention of marrying. It is then that she learns from Emma, that her true grandmother is a Cape Coloured, and is on her deathbed; that Emma would like Marla to meet her so that her mother can see a grandchild she never knew she had. Marla becomes worried that her husband-to-be will abandon her now that he knows she is not a White.

Based on actual experiences, Singer’s work convincingly shows the inhumanity of apartheid and also makes a strong argument against a Black governed Africa until tribal society with its tribal traditions can be fully educated in the principles of effective democratic government.

The Vase with the Many Coloured Marbles, Book 1, Emma; Book 2, Marla, is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback white ISBN: 978-1-4327-7544-5 SRP: $21.95
Kindle $ 9.99

Genre: Fiction/history/Republic of South Africa/action and adventure

About the author:

Jacob Singer was born in 1935 in Potchefstroom, a town near Johannesburg, in South Africa. After attending the Potchefstroom High School for Boys, he studied pharmacy at Chelsea Polytechnic in London, England. He was a practicing pharmacist in Potchefstroom for the next twenty-five years. Although Jacob was not politically active, he met and knew many active players on both sides of the political fence. When he was threatened by the security police for withholding information, he encouraged his children to emigrate, and once they had established themselves, he and his wife, Evelyn, joined them in 1992. His first book, Brakenstroom, is a book of short stories about life in Potchefstroom.

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