The story of Dalene Matthee - South African author 13 October 1938 - 20 February 2005
Dalene Matthee was born in Riversdale in the Southern Cape in 1938. A total of 13 books flowed from her pen. Although she started her career with children's stories and short stories, she is best known for her four "Forest books": Circles in a Forest, Fiela's Child, The Mulberry Forest and Dreamforest.
Each book is underpinned by thorough research. Her books have been translated into 14 languages, and some of her books have been used as prescribed books in schools for over 20 years. Dalene has received various awards, including the ATKV Prose Award (four times), the Southern African Institute of Forestry Award (twice), the Swiss Stab Award and the Department of Arts and Culture's SA Literary Award (posthumously). She is the only South African author of whom over 1 million Afrikaans books have been sold in South Africa.