• On writing

    How I came to write An Elephant in my Kitchen

    Do you want to write the sequel to The Elephant Whisperer? A friend of my brother’s worked with Françoise Malby-Anthony, widow of the book’s author, and had told him that she was looking for a writer but I didn’t take him seriously. Yes, I was writing full time and yes, I dreamed of The Big Break. Just not this big. For those who don’t know, The Elephant Whisperer is an international bestseller – the true story of a rogue herd of elephants that Lawrence Anthony and his French wife, Françoise, saved from being shot when they gave them a new home…

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    Oh no, not scrabble!

    I write, therefore I love Scrabble. Wrong. I hate Scrabble. I love words for their content, not their structure. A scrabbler sees gambol as: 4 consonants, 2 vowels, total value 15. But gambol is so much more! There’s bounce in…

  • Life

    It could have been me

    I had just moved to Cape Town and loving life – just as Anita Rakidžija was. Now imagine bombs whistling overhead, grenades raining down. That’s what happened to Anita Rakidžija, a successful Croatian businesswoman in her 30’s. Anita Rakidžija's memoir…