Friday, October 7, 2011


Sep 27, 2011 - Outskirts Press, Inc. has published The Vase with the Many Coloured Marbles: Book 1, Emma, Book 2, Marla by Jacob Singer. The author's most recent book to date is a 6 x 9 paperback white in the Republic of South Africa history category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.

The name of Nelson Mandela is familiar to many as a warrior against the injustices of apartheid, but many South Africans also worked to break the power of the Verwoerd regime: the Black ANC and PAC, but also English and Afrikaans-speaking whites.

In The Vase with the Many Coloured Marbles, Jacob Singer draws on his personal knowledge and experience to reach out to all South Africans, especially those who left the country because of violence and who live in exile all over the world. Jacob tells the stories of men and women who were harassed and discriminated against and of politicians in the government who surreptitiously worked against the very regime that had employed them.

Readers will discover unsung heroes such as Emily Kleintjies, who crossed the apartheid barrier and established a life for herself as a white woman. One doesn’t have to be South African or a student of history to learn from this remarkable book, which shares a wealth of unique experience. Everyone who is concerned with justice and the human condition will be fascinated and enlightened by the tragedies and triumphs shared in Jacob Singer’s words.

353 pages in length, The Vase with the Many Coloured Marbles: Book 1, Emma, Book 2, Marla is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the Republic of South Africa history category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, The Vase with the Many Coloured Marbles meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $21.95.

Additionally, The Vase with the Many Coloured Marbles can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at
ISBN: 9781432775445 Format: 6 x 9 paperback white SRP: $21.95

For more information or to contact the author, visit

About the author:

Jacob Asher Singer was born in 1935 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.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jacob: Your cover is exquisite and your book sounds powerful. I put it on my list.

    Una Tiers