April 5, 2018

Perhaps naively, I forged ahead with only Mamma’s perspective of Italian life during and after World War 2. Life however involves other people; the way we interact with them and how they react to us.

March 22, 2018

As I look around me, my elder sister’s house has a terracotta tiled patio that envelopes two sides of their double-storied tin-roofed house. An arbitrary collection of comfortable wicker and fibre glass chairs, tables, a few barbecues (braais) and the normal hanging pa...

March 8, 2018

The major ingredients however, the foundations upon which this event took place could not but be an African setting. The brief but formal marriage service was held in front of a small group of towering blue gums providing a cooling breeze, and an effective shield from...

February 22, 2018

I’d forgotten about the noise of Africa. People shout; car exhausts roar - it’s a hubbub of busy-ness. Whether strolling the beaches, walking along central pathways, seated in a bus, driving on the roads or in the busy malls, there’s this vibrancy and passionate defenc...

February 8, 2018

The dried-sweat smell of much handled tacky dollar notes is a familiar scent, and ironically stirred up some weirdly comforting memories. As transactions took place, this was normally accompanied by flashing white teeth in many a dark face.

January 25, 2018

I chose to get the manuscript professionally edited despite having lived and breathed my book for four years and being certain it had been as fully reviewed as possible.

January 11, 2018

Again at a crossroads on what to include and how to write it, my husband suggested alternating chapters that would reveal to readers the two diverse characters as they both experienced the war and then their courtship.

December 28, 2017

Should I start at the end and come back to the beginning? Should I analyse it from a Freudian perspective making claims about why my mother was attracted to a man who was thirteen years her senior, and whose personality was the complete opposite to hers?

December 14, 2017

So many questions jumped out at me? How was I going to tell their story? Why was I telling their story? Where should I start and end? What should I include or leave out?

December 9, 2017

Welcome to my new blog! Starting from the 15th of December I will share my four part blog series on how this Award-Winning publication came into existence.

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