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Pierre van Rooyen

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About Pierre van Rooyen

Husband and Wife Writers Work From Their Boat

When their two children, Brett and Ingrid, grew up and left home, Pierre and Faith Van Rooyen decided to leave home too.

They retired from their jobs, gave the contents of their home to their offspring, sold their house and bought a wreck of an old sailing boat.

It took them a year to fix up the boat and get it ready for sea. Over a thousand hours of labour for each of them.

Then they set sail. ‘Just us two kids on board,’ they say.

Their travel adventures under sail and backpacking exploration ashore, have taken them to such exotic places as Madagascar, Zanzibar, Chagos Archipelago, Thailand, Singapore, Borneo and the Philippines.

Three times have they crossed the Indian Ocean, twice the South China Sea, and survived a five day storm in the Sulu Sea when, they say, so many waves were breaking over the boat, there were fish, seaweed and plankton in the cockpit with them.

They have been chased by typhoons, unwittingly swum with sea-snakes, been challenged by a warship in the dead of night, six times crossed the second busiest shipping highway in the world with the chance, every twenty four seconds, of being run down, and spent a whole night hand-steering and navigating their boat around the reefs of northern Madagascar.

Pierre’s classic novel, Saturdays Are Gold, first published in UK and now released in South Africa by Jacana Media, was nominated for The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize.

His romance-suspense novel, The Girl Who Tweaked Two Lions’ Tails is available in paper-back and e-book. Readers adore this story which was awarded 119 Likes when it appeared on Smashwords.

Faith writes the non-fiction travel-adventure Sailing With Senta series. The sub-titles of her seven true-life tales are … Eastward Ho, Across Coral Seas, Africa Calls, Tropical Dream, Borneo Here We Come, Playtime in the Philippines, Small Boat Voyaging.

Five-star reviews and likes are appearing for these e-book works.


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