African Authors, African Stories

When lives collide, and time runs out, will there be one final chance for redemption?

Damaged by childhood trauma and a series of tragedies and disappointments, Aden Cassalotti finds solace in a crack pipe. The marijuana and magic mushroom operations in his fertile hometown no longer rakes in enough to sustain him. Aden’s neglect and detachment has a profound effect on his lifelong friend and business partner, Noel Schuurman. Noel, a brooding recluse becomes dangerously deluded and volatile. He has killed before and, with escalating pressures, not even his mother and sister are safe on their isolated plot.

Published April 2014
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After the 1994 general election which brought democracy to South Africa and swept Nelson Mandela’s ANC into power, South Africans were intoxicated by euphoria. The widely predicted civil war had not happened. The crushing burden of apartheid had gone. Black and white celebrated together.

But the slate of hate had not been wiped clean. Under the sunny surface was a layer of white extremists utterly opposed to blacks in power. They were unseen but everyone suspected they were there: the Third Force, the Hidden Third.

This is a story of what could have happened after the election.

Published April 2013
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Two Russian SS-X-25 nuclear missiles are missing. Billionaire and political intriguer Hugh X Alcock’s son, Peter, a charter pilot and covert MI6 agent, is missing. MI6, the CIA and Southern African intelligence services believe the missiles to be in Madagascar, positioned by hard-core Soviets bent on creating political mayhem.

Victor Kennedy, ex-soldier skilled in guerrilla warfare, is hired by Alcock to find Peter after his plane disappears on a flight to Mauritius. When Kennedy and a Mozambican colleague find Peter they learn the appalling truth of the missing armaments. They also uncover a CIA dirty tricks campaign which, if successful, will result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of people in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique. An all too possible killing field – for which South Africa will be blamed.

Published as Darts of Deceit November 2011
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Shy, indecisive Steph Andrian and assertive, handsome Nick Hallis, have been best friends since childhood. Nick taught Steph all the social skills and sports while Steph helped Nick with his schoolwork. They are a team and their lives are full of promise.

After university, Nick marries Olivia, and Steph marries his boss’s daughter, Sabine, both delighted with their good fortune.

A freak accident ravages Steph’s life. Then, in a vividly lucid dream, Steph makes love to Nick’s wife, the goddess-like Olivia. The uncanny outcome devastates Steph and his confusion intensifies with this seeming betrayal of his life-long friend.

Against a backdrop of rapid social and political change, love and loss, Steph reflects on how fate has juggled his life, and how life’s lottery provides a serendipitous opportunity to repay his indebtedness to Nick.

Published September 2013
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What if you could peep into an analyst’s exchanges with intriguing people such as Benjamin Franklin, King James, Lilith, Leonardo da Vinci, Brahms, Hemingway, Cleopatra and many others who made great impact on the world? The poet Keats so obviously needed sex therapy and was Napoleon truly a eunuch as Josephine declared?

Bernard Levinson, using modern techniques and great empathy, invites intriguing and memorable individuals to his psychiatric couch to discuss their lives and loves and sexual problems.

Honouring the framework and facts of their lives, Bernard conjures the joy, pain, humour, loneliness and uniqueness of heroes of our culture.

Published July 2013
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Throughout her life Basha fought to keep alive that small flame which lit her being. Whether in Toender in Denmark, St. Petersburg in Russia, London in England, Durban, Standerton or Johannesburg in South Africa, Basha’s life has been determined by others. Sent as a child by her impoverished parents to a better life with an uncle in Russia, Basha battled to overcome her rage at being separated from her family, and especially her Zayde, her grandfather. Aided by her beloved sister, Eva, and Pavli, her greatest friend and the man she should have been allowed to marry, Basha employs all her wit, talent, imagination and humour to forge her life.

The shock of an arranged marriage to a weak and selfish man, David Tannerberg, whom she scarcely knows, tests her mettle further, as does maintaining his business when he leaves London for Durban. Five years later, Basha sells the business and takes the family to join David, who gives every appearance of having forgotten them, or wanting to do so. She discovers new joys and different heartaches but her compassion and generosity never desert her in finding gratification and beauty in unexpected ways.

Published August 2012
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An extraordinary life shared by an extraordinary raconteuse.

Born in Africa, Anglo-Irish by descent, Diana, aged two, travelled from Johannesburg to Ireland, to Annes Grove, a stately Georgian home with world-famous gardens, with talk of horses, rare plants and fishing juxtaposed with tales of banshees, the little people, ráths, the foxy-haired ghost and visits from Elizabeth Bowen, Vita Sackville-West, David Cecil and many others.

Aged 18, Diana returned to Africa, where she doubled for Grace Kelly in ‘Mogambo’, met Raymond Hook, the king of cheetah racing, befriended the legendary Ewart Grogran and unwittingly employed a Mau Mau leader. Ever one to stand up for what is right, she challenged the authorities at the height of apartheid – and won!

With humour, eloquence, empathy and candour, Diana shares her return to a place from her childhood, where family truths are learned, along with the realisation that Africa has real magic all of its own.

Published December 2010
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