NB Publishers has announced that it will be distributing the Siya Kolisi biography, Rise, in South Africa.
HarperCollins Publishers have acquired the World All Language rights for Kolisi’s life story. Executive Publisher Oli Malcolm negotiated the deal for HarperNonFiction with Roc Nation Sports, supported by Rory Scarfe at The Blair Partnership.
Written with Boris Starling, the book will be published this year after the Lions Tour to South Africa.
Kolisi’s story is an extraordinary tale of a young boy from an impoverished township in the Eastern Cape who went on to take the Springboks to their first World Cup final in 12 years and lift rugby union’s greatest prize, as South Africa’s first black captain. Born to teenage parents, Kolisi was raised by his grandmother after the death of his mother when he was just 15. Aged 12, he won a rugby scholarship to Grey High, despite speaking no English upon arrival.
“There are many parts of my story that haven’t been told and I feel it’s the perfect time to share these with the hope of inspiring and motivating anyone who has ever faced adversity,” says Kolisi. “It was important to me that my story was told from my own account and with the right publishing group. I am also a firm believer in lifting as you rise, I want my story to impact as many South Africans as possible, and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to community development across the country. I’m thrilled to partner with HarperCollins on a creative project that we can both be proud of”.