Unauthorised Siya Kolisi book will not be withdrawn

Unauthorised Siya Kolisi book will not be withdrawn

The publisher of Siya Kolisi's biography has responded to the #SaveSiyasStory social media campaign.

Rachel and Siya Kolisi
Siya and Rachel Kolisi / Instagram

Last week, Rachel Kolisi made waves when she took to social media to demand that a book about her husband, Siya Kolisi, be removed from the shelves.

According to the Kolisis, Jonathan Ball (publisher of Siya Kolisi: Against All Odds) did not get consent to have the Springbok captain's story published.

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In 2019, the rugby player distanced himself from the book in a tweet posted by the Springboks' official account, saying: "To clear any confusion, the book published about me with my name on the cover wasn't written by me or produced with my approval or even knowledge."

But, Jeremy Boraine, publishing director at Jonathan Ball is adamant that the book will still appear on bookshelves. 

"We've taken note of their unhappiness though we're not withdrawing the book," he told Sport24. Further stating that as the publisher, Jonathan Ball Publishers believe they've not committed any crime.

"We actually approached him back (in mid-2018) when he was first named Springbok captain. There was a substantial offer on the table, but this was dismissed," he added.

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IMAGE CREDIT: Instagram/Rachel Kolisi

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