Annie and Koos for South African Readers

My Book Annie and Koos of the Bushveldt  is based on the writings of Nonnie de le Rey whose Book the Wanderings and Trials of a Woman during the Anglo Boer War  was published in 1903. This is a diary of her travels with 12 children in two oxen drawn wagons to escape the khaki soldiers who, given the chance, would have interned them in a concentration camp. She was a woman of great strength and resourcefulness and managed to escape capture. She also formed an unusual friendship with Lord Methuen who was responsible for  burning her farmhouse. This is highlighted in ch.17. Nonnie, Annie and the General.

Initially this book was intended to give to my grandchildren, who are far removed from their South African heritage, a link to their past. It also highlights the plight of refugees without being at all gruesome.

It is an adventure story so I invite you and your children to get aboard Nonnie’s wagons.  Annie and Koos are there sometimes frightened but mostly  having a great adventure as they meet with a black mamba snake, a honey bird, a strange ghost, elephants and a comet streaking across the night sky. All the while Koos must hide Cluck, his pet chicken, from Nonnie’s casserole pot.

I hope you enjoy the ride.


(see my post on the right……. available from Booksellers etc. if you wish to purchase a copy.







One year on

It is now one year since I completed ‘Annie and Koos of the Bushveldt’.  This year I have been writing short stories for children with the aim of getting them published in the NSW School Magazine.  One story, ‘Duck Island’ has been accepted with another two or three stories in the pipeline.

Annie and Koos of the Bushveldt. available from Booksellers

 Annie and Koos of the Bushveldt   is now available from for  $21.31 ( free postage in Australia) and from for $22.14 ( free postage worldwide):

For Readers in  South Africa the price is approximately ZAR 213.0                                   Search:  Annie and Koos of the Bushveldt  ( use ‘t’ in Bushveldt)  for other suppliers.

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A New Book for Children

.”Annie and Koos of the Bushveldt” will be published before the end of 2016. It is a book for younger readers, or their parents who might read to them, based  loosely on the writings of Nonnie De La Rey during the Boer War.

It is historical fiction.  But it isn’t just about history, the children on the wagons with Nonnie meet with much adventure along the way. There are  wild animals, raging storms, cannon fire , a strange ghost, and a comet which streaks across the night sky.  All the while, Koos must protect his pet chicken, Cluck, from Nonnie’s casserole pot.

I’ve had much enjoyment from researching and writing this book and hope to publish more.