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Author Catherine McCallum


About the author: Catherine McCallum

 Catherine McCallum has lived in Johannesburg, South Africa since the late sixties. A child of global travelers (India, Burma, Gibraltar, England, Canada, Zimbabwe), she had stayed firmly put in the city of her choice. A fascination for family memories has led to two fictional books about interpretations of the past, either flawed or the glorious re-telling of tales. Her books also capture the South Africa of today – the clash of the presumption of the young and the experiences of the old.


About the book: Sanctuary for a Name

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When the works of a long dead South African artist start to resurface, Jane Cartwright immediately takes an interest. After all, art is Jane’s passion. Art and detail. What she cannot know is that by involving herself in the story of these “lost” artworks she has already unwittingly begun a journey that will test her relationships to the limit and shatter her ordinary life.

Haunted by a single artistic detail in one of the paintings, Jane begins to investigate the history behind it, but it isn’t long before she runs into individuals intent on using myths from the past to throw her off the scent. But what is it they are so keen to hide? What is it that still holds power over them almost a hundred years after the end of the First World War?

It is up to Jane to do the right thing, to solve the mystery that hangs over the artworks and bring the reputation of a lost South African home.


About the book: The Birch Tree Path

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Between two 60th birthday celebrations, Keira discovers the existence of a family memoir containing fascinating facts, secrets, and opinions spanning several generations.

Her busy life as a young mother aside, Keira sets out to track down the modern silva rerum with some difficulty. A fascinating read, the memoir unearths the mysteries of family lives lived before she was born in a vastly different South Africa.

With her own babies ever-present in her mind, she follows the life of her great-aunt, discovering courage and sorrow in the threads of Abigail's story.

Keira's growing appreciation for her place in the family tree is tempered by the hierarchy of blood ties, family myths, secrets and lies that are revealed, as well as the unreliability of memory and intent.

This captivating story contains subtle, yet deeply emotional messages that tug at the heart strings and makes the reader think about the roots of their own family tree.

Our future generations’ experiences are shaped by the decisions we make today. How different would life have been if Abigail had made different choices? How would Keira have handled the same decisions Abigail faced? How will our children’s and grandchildren’s futures be affected by the decisions we make today?

Buy your copy of The Birch Tree Path today and enjoy this meaningful - yet fictional - exploration of self-discovery.


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