Soul Force By Suzanne Franco Book Launch.
Valliamma found herself no longer a child, not yet a woman, but an activist.
Suzanne Franco, renowned international author, held the launch of her latest book, Soul Force, in Johannesburg on the 18th August in celebration of women’s month in South Africa.
Soul Force was released in India earlier this year and has now taken South Africa by storm. Suzanne Franco developed the narration of Soul Force against the backdrop of Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement in South Africa. The storyline revolves around the protagonist, Valliamma Mudliar, who chose to follow in Gandhi’s footsteps. Under the hardship of white oppression in South Africa during the early 1900s, Valliamma and her Satyagrahi sisters are desperate to carry out their mission as they bravely march along endless dirt roads, pressing on across forbidden provincial borders. She is no more a sixteen-year-old girl; she is an activist who is fighting against the government in order to establish fundamental rights for the people. She feels proud to be a part of Gandhi’s South African Satyagraha force and disregards the threat of strict punishment. The gripping narration reveals whether Valliamma will be successful in bringing justice to thousands of people.
Soul Force has received many favourable international book reviews from many magazines and newspapers from London, USA and India. Locally, Soul Force continues to receive brilliant book reviews from many South African magazines and newspapers.
As a South African, Suzanne Franco is extremely proud and inspired by the Rainbow Nation’s commitment to equality and compassion. Suzanne believes our modern society will be equally inspired by true stories of, sometimes forgotten, heroines.
Uncovering real-life drama intrigues Suzanne, and historical novels provide a platform for her inspiring story telling. “I’m passionate about bringing real characters to life in my novels. I believe people in today’s world will live in hope by recognising women who have sacrificed so much to have an impact on history, and therefore, humanity.”